Inspiration as a Brand

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This year is a year for digging deep, figuring out what I really want to do and how to create what I want to deliver. This is no easy task, believe me. It requires diligence, studying, research and asking myself a lot of difficult questions. It is also extremely helpful because I am seeing clarity like never before. I mean, pulling blinders off to see the sun shining right in your eyes clarity. It feels great but it also brings forth reservations and an uncomfortable thought of vulnerability and transparency in what I need as an artist, teacher and all around creative being. See, it is about digging deep, right?

So with this question “what would be utterly breathtaking for your business?” I was taken aback, stunned almost because I had never really thought about my business in this way. Think about that question for your own life for a moment. It is powerful, extremely powerful. It means being amazing with limitless possibilities and dreaming big for yourself. For what you want. For what would bring a smile to your face and let your heart sing every single day. See, powerful. Write down your answer, it is important, it is a goal to lead you down a path of optimism that anything is possible! For me, the answer came like this. “To see a growth of students that truly love what I have to share in opening them up into a new area of art, a more personal side that lets them be free without restraints and conditions, a risk taking that involves trust from both of us. It is a thriving community that sees my creativity and inspiration as a part of their own.” As I type this I know it is possible, I feel it coming. Something big, something scary, but something so beautiful that it will transform the creative muse within each of us. I do hope you will join me in this inspired adventure, it is going to be life changing, I guarantee!

One Day…

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I decided in October last year that I was going to take risks, learn new things and tackle the art forms I wanted to learn more about. You know, those “I will get to it ONE DAY,” but does that one day ever come? Well, this year it is here, that one day. I have set out to learn all I can about assemblage, collage art, watercolor, abstract art, encaustic and so much more. It is a year about experimenting without feeling bad if it doesn’t turn out. It is a year of playing and being a student again. Jumping in to the online classes that are challenging me out of my comfort zone but letting me explore who I am inside. It is a year of revitalizing my love of art, in all its forms.

The Dome, the art above, is my third abstract art piece. It is not the best but I learned so much in doing it. I like the process of thinking about it, letting it rest for a day or two consuming my thoughts and dreams. It started with the double butterfly collage, the city line and the water reflection. When I came into the studio the next day it was begging for a dome. Who knew this sci-fi artist was inside? I sure didn’t but I just let her have control and create. I love this piece because it isn’t perfect, I didn’t have control and it threw me out of my comfort zone in size (20″x12″), colors (interior house paint) and the biggest brushes I have ever seen (size 40 and 50).

So I am asking you, what is on your ONE DAY list? And, what are you waiting for? Unless you make the time, you will never have the time. You are so worth it!

One Wish

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My New Year is starting out great. I challenged myself to paint everyday in January and so far it has worked like a charm. This painting took two days to complete but what I learned along the way has made me excited to work with acrylics and my paint brushes again. While I have done almost all of my glass objects in colored pencil, I thought I would try one with paint on wood and a little bit of paper as a background. There are pros and cons with any medium, it is all in the handling. The paint, meaning I couldn’t use a ruler and a pencil for my straight lines. No problem, with paint, I can just wipe it off again and again and again until I am satisfied, right? It took me quite a while to get those nice dark oh so important edge lines on the bottle but when I finally did it, I smiled like the Cheshire Cat! I was really nervous about adding that yellow orange hue to the glass shine but thought it added so much to the design, I just had to try it. So I mixed the color, tested it on the piece, wiped it off then quickly gave myself the go ahead to just do it. With a nervous hand, a little gumption and the belief that it will be okay, I held my breath and did it. Whew! The end result looked just like the reference photo I had taken and I even surprised myself by that. So, the moral of the story here. Trust in yourself. Give yourself the courage to try new things. Know that everything takes practice, practice, and more practice. In the end, always be happy you found time to do art, shared a piece of yourself with the world and can look forward to the next day in the studio. This year is going to be artistically amazing, can you feel it? I know, right!

Reflections

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Why is it that the holidays just pass in a whirlwind of a blur? I mean, we start decorating our homes the day after Thanksgiving. Wreaths, stockings, family heirloom ornaments, trees, lights, everything we need to transform our ordinary everyday living into something magical and festive. Christmas shopping, sending cards, meal planning, invitations and continuous baking soon follow. The hustle and bustle never ends until all is done. The salutations of family, friends and treasured moments come in the form of holidays cards with wishes, photos and promises to get together more often. This time is something to ponder about each and every year. How thankful you are to share your life with so many! What a blessed life you are living! It can be easily forgotten in these times. And when the time comes to get together, open presents, eat and share our stories, I always sit and marvel at the people around the table in conversation. They are part of me, who I am, who I am made of. The reflection of being so small sometimes is just that. Because when you open your eyes and really think about what YOU encompass, it is always something more. More beautiful. More special. More simple than you really understand. Take the time to just BE today. Be you. Be beautiful. Be special. Be simply who you are – you!

Tranquility

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I have fallen in love with winter white this year, which is strange because I love a lot of color in my home. This display caught my eye and held my attention for several moments, while browsing one of my favorite boutiques in the area. That is huge this holiday, to get hold and retain my focus! Since I am running around with 1000 things on my mind I don’t know if it was the deer, the neutral palette or the wonderful texture the snow globe offered, but it just seemed peaceful. It is powerful when something stops you in your tracks and makes you think about things. These three little items did that for me today and I am thankful for the tranquility it offered. A quiet moment, a refreshing reflection of my life this year and a thought of stillness yet to come. Change is in the air for me and although the holidays are upon us, I am looking forward to celebrating a new year filled with unlimited possibilities. Peace and good tidings to you all!

Beauty Discovered

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Discoveries, they are all around you, literally everywhere. Do you see them?
I have the ability and I think the constant curiosity to seek them out as if a game of hide and seek is happening with only us in the room. It is something I naturally do, look for the hidden treasure that no one really takes the time to find. It is part of my nature, my childhood, my genes. My mom will tell you at four years old I was already mesmerized by the clouds and their wonderful shapes. I would point them out because I wanted them to be noticed, seen by all. Can you imagine? It is such a funny thing for her to remember. So it got me thinking about an artist’s eye, is there such a thing? I know plenty of artists who struggle with color, design, composition and such. Do you really think some of these gifts are given at birth? I have to believe they are. I just can’t see an explanation otherwise.
So, during this holiday season, take the time to see the beauty of your friends and family, the gifts they are to your lives. Discovery this with new eyes as if it is the first time. It will have you wondering what else has been hidden, waiting for you to find it!