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change is happening

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This journal is going through big changes…I’m planning to write more on my whole writing and publishing a picture book experience.  I’m thinking 30 days of daily posts starting June 21st and possibly extended throughout the summer.  There’s going to be design changes for the blog and nothing major but just making sure everything is cohesive. Really who knows, but it’s all good.  My book will launch on my birthday…yeah that would be a great gift I will use my blog to promote my wise trees book and there’ll be giveaways like limited edition prints for the first few who purchase my book…there’s lots more ideas. I’m super excited!

 

 

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Daily Prompt: Core

 

…love, art and every drop of paint I use to draw a phrase or these days trees. At my core is a sensitive soul who loves people. That makes me vulnerable and sometimes I say the wrong things. At my core is a song, dance, tear, laugh, love, hope, and a whisper…a voice that tells me I am free if only I believe it to be true.  Imagination, curiosity and weirdness are also at my core.

All I can do as an artist is to do just that with every word and picture I paint. Knowing what’s at the core of you and of your art is what it’s all about.

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Daily Prompt: Abrupt

There I am living-drifting at times and then Abruptly this idea emerges from the  sunny breeze.  There it is, even on a cold cloudy day as this may sometimes happen. What do you do with an idea? I love that book and I must answer. I think on the idea  and follow it. Or rather I hesitate but my curiosity and imagination have a mind of their own.

It’s wonderful when ideas like these happen abruptly

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Today was a funny silly day…the kind of day you go through emotions and ponder life. I did and know that elements must change as nature always does. Out with the old and in with the NEW ever changing lovely ways of sweet lovable nature. Only sometimes love hurts, but that’s just the way it must be…honestly brutal. Or is it the other way around?

I sat and wondered about life–my life and my circumstances. Inside I thought why oh why does it take so long for a dream to surface. Others make it seem so easy walking along with the wind in their hair without so much as a care. Others struggle to hold on and the wind knocks them down again and again but the love that love never gives up. I witnessed this while watching Jane Eyre. I feel this as all the artists describe and share their latest collaborations. This very word Tantrum makes sense…when you have one, well nothing could spell out the truth so clearly as a tantrum.

I came upon the sketches I drew 5 minute style:

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My favorite is the top right one. Roots sticking out, sideways and all, branches broken, and yet still there is that little plant… a life. That’s where the tantrum happens. We cry and revolt against the status quote because we can not bear to be without what we truly want. No matter what we mustn’t let go. We must always feel–feel and revolt with our IMAGINATION, CURIOSITY AND ACTIONS. We can’t let go what simply is and therefore never die…

 

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all that led to my latest Instagram postIMAG0036

yeah today was a silly day but as my neighbor said, “I can’t complain.” I sure can’t. These are the final sketches for my wise trees book . We shall see. Continue reading “thoughts are things”

thoughts are things

thoughts are things

There you are LIVING and doing what you do. Until it happens out of the blue. It’s this warmth in your heart. It’s a song…it’s art.    Yeah this is the intro to my love poem and I have been working on this for a long time now. It’s a poem I wrote about love and it’s a hopeless love story that you experience with yourself and then the world. We all have an amazing song that should be danced to and celebrated. The real question is do we believe so.

Here’s the work in progress.

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My song has to include art. I am almost done with the wise trees book. If my fans love my blog I know they’ll love my book. In the meantime I am working on tons of art because if I want to get good then I better be drawing and painting every  single day! What am I saying? I am great! I listen to the birds sing and feel the warmth of the sun…nature and all its glory! I hear your song and I surrender singing back.

Oh to celebrate I am giving away these guys.

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thoughts are things

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Yes there are tons of toxic thoughts and behaviors that keep us from achieving our aim in live. We all have a story and yeah it does involve tears but oh it does involve glory.

I have been thinking about this and so I do what I do best..

curiosity grows

 

Ideas don’t have to be perfect and you don’t have to have all the answers. All you need to do is belief.  Let me add this to the threadless shop so others can hang it on their wall…wait I’d love to paint this on a wall…

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

 

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thoughts are things

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All of my life I think and dream. I have always thought of how I can bring that element of art in what ever it is I happen to be doing. What matters the most to me is how I make them feel. Art is after all…well I painted this…

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I  think of all the times I’ve swallowed doubt right there inside the warm cup of green tea. I think about all the times I secretly swallowed the words…the lies that someone said and secretly knew the truth. I listened from a place a love…the only place and truth I know. I sit here and write this with every ounce of my being and know that my story…so vibrant and colorful is amazing because it’s my art–my story. I savor and then swallow the imaginary piece of delicious chocolate cupcake that will be mine. You see I planned to buy the cupcake Saturday afternoon but they sold out.

YES. I think the important question is not that I will swallow but rather what will I swallow. Yes the tea is great and it warms me so. BUT how can my favorite cup of tea really warm  me like a hug from a tree and all it’s spring or summer breeze, if I swallow with doubt? When I swallow and take a deep breath I do so with belief in myself because the word itself says so. Audrey Hepburn said so too. Do I swallow the words it’s not the right season for fig trees or do I swallow the belief right down to my soul that it’s the right day? The answer lies within what your mind bravely conceives. Henry Ford said so. I say so.

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

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thoughts are things

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Today I sat down and edited my purpose statement. I’ve also been reading great books and the message is clear:

  • thoughts are things
  • think positive ones
  • people and circumstances at times will test you
  • have faith in what you want 

To allow yourself to be in a good place full of positive thoughts you need to be still and silent. This requires patience.  When someone  or circumstances test you, just let it go.  It takes patience to understand that this is only circumstance and better days are yet to come.  When you have full faith in what you are doing you wait and wait and your faith builds.  I hold art in my hand and I will not let it go. I ponder and walk among the trees with the breeze against my cheek. I feel the warmth…such warmth even on the coldest days.  Patience is a big part of faith. Patience had led me to all the wonderful projects I am working on. Patience has led me to this very moment in full appreciation for all who have helped me along the way.

 

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

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thoughts are things

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We each have a path in life. This BIG idea that makes us giggle smile. I know it and everyone knows it. We begin this path and then doubt, fear and negative outside forces and people  influence us in the worst way. These are the curves, zigzags, twists and turns in our simple path. This weekend I have been literally contemplating my purpose–well not really because deep down I know what it is. I love working with kids but art and writing is also a LOVE that has become an obsession. I spend most of my free time drawing and painting. But then there’s these meanders. These bumps in the road. I’ll be painting and for some reason the painting doesn’t feel right even after I have painted the same poem for like EVER it seems. Then I hear the same words,”Grow up and how can you draw all day?”  It’s not that they want to hurt me but come on isn’t every idea or dream a silly dream until OH it came true That’s just it I simply want to paint.  The point is this is a meander. Do I let these thoughts bring me to a stop? No absolutely not! 

Here’s a poem  that sums up how I feel and great timing that I finished it.

 

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

 

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Thoughts are things

 

I think of the slogan fabric of our lives. So what is it that always holds us together and warms us. What keeps us comfortable? For me it’s art and there’s nothing in the world quite like it! I love a whole lot at that. Art is my freedom of expression, muse and love for my imagination and curiosity. 

Some of my pieces are mere sketches with ideas. Some are paintings that I have worked on for a long time. I hold on to these ideas like Linus holds onto his fabric…his blanket. The whole point is to create and share and to voice what needs to be heard BUT to do that you have to let go of the fabric. Let go of that big imaginary blanket of comfort that makes us feel safe. There’s nothing wrong with comfort. Guess there’s really two fabrics of our lives. The one that we need to hold on to and never let go. Then there’s the fabric that we need to let go of in order to grow.

The magic is where you can balance the two. As an artist you have to hold on to your fabric…your beautiful fabric be it a certain color or pattern even at a time when it’s dare I say it not in season. You also have to let go of the comfortable warmness you felt before because to create a masterpiece you have to put away that comfortable blanket and stand out in the cold sometimes…and that’s just it …if your blanket is thick enough you just create and you don’t even feel the cold.

 

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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