Saturday, February 17, 2018

when inspiration strikes...

I get a thrill when inspiration strikes ANDI get it!
In my studio I have my table covered with white craft paper.
Any extra paint from my brushes I swipe onto this paper.
Later I cut up the paper into 9x 12 sheets and I use them as jump starts to create art with abandon.
Here are a couple link where I've talked about this before, in case you missed reading hem.
Today while I was working on another project there was a snippet of the paper on my table that seem to "leap out at me".  I've outlined it in black.
I was fixated by this little section.
I got out my phone a took a picture of that section.
Here it is.
Isn't it an awesome beginning of an abstract piece of art?
I believe my creative spirit delivered me a message.
My intention is to replicate it, to the best of my ability, on a canvas.

Friday, February 16, 2018

What a way to start my day.

When I do this (my) ritual before entering my studio I am blessed with tremendous success, especially from within.
I am no longer concerned with the results, I am simply grateful for the opportunity to create.

When I don't do my ritual I am riddled with self-doubt, frustration, and creative blockage.
I walk around my studio smudging with a Palo Santo stick all the while saying my intentional prayer.
Today I feel the presence of Spirit who is with me always in every detail of my life.
It is the clear light of Spirit that leads the way to complete success in all things.
Spirit is the source of all inspirations.
I am an essential part of creation.
It is the power and creativity of Spirit that expresses though me.
There is a deep yearning that lives in me that is the light of Spirit.
I am one with Spirit.
Today I walk in the pathway of inspiration.
I am serene and confident that my projects are infused with great outcomes, for I am allowing myself to be guided by the living Spirit within me.
It is divine inspiration that moves me to create.
These creations are a blessing to all who encounters them.
I give thanks for the success of this art and the joy of creating it.
I release attachment of all outcomes to the Spirit, knowing the response will be to its highest intention.
With quite expectancy, I let it be.
And so it is.

Do you have something you do before you start your day?
If so, I'd love to hear about it.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Oceanside studio

We just returned from a vacation in the Dominican Republic.  Eleven days of relaxing, enjoying each others company, the warm weather, sunshine, and the ocean.  I love the sound of the ocean waves crashing on the shore.
The resort had me from the very beginning.  As soon as we watched into the main lobby I could smell incense burning, I was captivated.  I LOVE smelling incense. I burn it a lot during the day.

I had a oceanside studio where I created art on the beach every day.
With an extremely limited supplies including 2-graphite pencils + 1-charcoal pencil + 1-flat brush + 1-pen eraser + 1-kneaded eraser I created these ladies in my art journal.





No matter where you travel or how far you roam there's one thing for certain 
"there's no place like home"

Friday, January 19, 2018

just wanted you to see

A friend came over the other day and we randomly created art in my studio.
I always enjoy sharing my studio time with a friend.

I was clicking along with the collage, adding paint, stencils, mark making.
Being all spontaneous and having a grand ole time.

I discovered a section that called for me to add a woman's face so off I went.
In hindsight I should have stopped with the collage!
It was around that time my attitude shifted to not liking what I was creating.
Honestly I thought it is hideous!
My friend never knew how I felt because I kept my composure on the outside.
Good thing our studio time was ending because my piece was kept going downhill fast.

I know... I know... I know...
You guys are so supportive and are probably wanted to help make me feel better. 
Really it's OK.
It's not over yet!  (I'm smiling!)
This piece has the potential to be a metaphor of how life can be sometimes.
It's not about what happens to you it's about how you handle it.
My intention is to love on this piece and work it until I am beaming with pride.
I am confident with a determined positive approach she will become 
a fine piece of art with a tremendous story to tell.

Be sure to say tuned to see the improved finished piece.
(Not certain when that will be, tho.)

Friday, January 12, 2018

Join the fun!

I will be teaching a Create Art with Abandon class for teens-11yrs + 
(grown-ups are invited to come, too)
The Collective + Makery 
4724 Main Street, Lisle, IL 60532
Saturday,  January 20  9:00am-11:00am

Creating art with abandon is about letting your creative spirit out to play without concern of the finished piece or outcome.  
In this class you will have a starting point.
No white page/blank canvas staring back at you, unless that is what you want.

When we allow ourselves to create freely it is absolutely amazing 
what the end result looks like! 
Experience it first hand in this relaxed environment.
Come on and...

NOTE:  There will be a class for adults to be scheduled in February.  
Let me know if you are interested in, at least, knowing when it will be.

Monday, January 8, 2018

2018 word for the year

For the past several years I have chosen a word for each year.
The word comes to me randomly and at a later time it becomes clear why "that" word was the one.
I try not to question "why this word?" but to be honest, I do question it.

Last year (2017) my word was Balance - HERE IS THE LINK if you want to read more about it.  
I loved this word for 2017 and I feel I applied it to my life.  
Because I did value it so much it will remain as my secondary word for 2018.  
Plus I like the art I created for it!
This year when my word came to me I thought it was a little peculiar.  
After sitting with it for several weeks it's meaning is clear.
My 2018 word is....... Drum roll, please......
This word can be used in many different ways.
The definition that fits me is, "up until the present or a specified or implied time".
I have dreams, personally and artistically, I want to accomplish.
Sometimes it seems like I am moving in slow motion when I'd like to be getting there a little faster.
I know that I am responsible for my actions and the results will take care of themselves.
On those times when I'm at a fork in the road my new words will help me stay on course.

Do you have a word for 2018?
If so, I'd like to hear about it.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

seems like forever

It's only been abut 6 weeks since I posted last yet it seems like forever.
I have been extremely busy with art shows, custom orders, getting ready for Christmas, and working in my studio.

Honestly,  I feel if I don't have something profound to say on this blog then I kinda let it slip to the bottom of the list.  In reality my intention for this blog was to chronicle my creative journey.  The highs, the low, the twists, the turns and now I am beginning to think the mundane, too!  One of my goals for 2018 is to be more consistent with blogging.

Let me show you the body of work I have done sine the last time I posted.








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