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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Magic Moments

The Flapper party
As we trudge along in our day to day many people are struggling with the state of our world.  Beardo   made a simple inquiry to a middle aged former coworker who seemed disoriented. The guy apologized. He was sleep deprived when a nightmare  kept him awake. His dream would have been comical had it not been so close to the many News reports of late!
This tree on the beach is photographed all year
 long by many photographers!
Many artists are struggling in much the same way! Sensitivities
 heightened. Although it's great fodder for creativity, the feelings
 are often scary and difficult to cope with!
Julie is trying to enjoy a Flapper party while 
sharing secrets with her friends.
 Artist seem to need to purge those sensitivities that eat away at them. Recognizing and purging  poignant feelings into the universe through art is truly a gift to the world. Those such as Pauline do it so perfectly!
Rosemary made her dress out of material in
 her grandmothers old trunk
I've had my nose down creating so many Happy tiler peeps.
It's calming, and exciting  to meet my characters. It's as though
all the years of people watching has come to fruition. These characters
with their unique body types, clothing and features are blooming
in the midst of trying times!
Blossoms Cupcake captured from a few weeks ago!  A magical moment of beauty!
Betty  is confident in all she does! 
She isn't afraid to speak her mind!
Being that yellow tulips among  all the purple 
ones gives the world another beautiful bright spot!
Dickie is such a ham, he is so excited his
 granddaughter is over for a visit!
Much like life none of my peeps are perfect!
They are off centered and quirky and just 
need to emerge as they are!
Cora loves to wear the same colour 
lipstick as her granddaughter!
Besides the Happytiler Peeps I have done
a whole series of shoes again. Creativity is
pouring out faster than I put it on my blog.
Cassy loves visiting her grandparents, they really
 seems to know who she is!!
Tulip Festival credit Cupcake!

All things bright an beautiful fill me with joy!

You too are Natures perfection!!

Finding magic in the moment!!
Embracing creativity is truly the key to calming an artists
 sensitivities so you can find those magic moments in your day!
A visit with the Grands!

  Find the unique part of yourself that makes you shine among others!

Blossom in the small moments of your day!
Do you find your creativity heightened 
when you are worried or upset?
Bloom the best you can, even in chaos!

How do your worries  and sensitivities manifest?
Cupcake and Beardo finding joy at the Tulip festival!
Lastly a card I have made for my brothers birthday using 
older characters, and changing their colours!!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Fun and Happiness?

These three friends are all pretty unique in flavour
I feel like a hostage to creating these Happy Tiler peeps!
Truly they are nothing special...they just appear.
Even when I try to deviate by creating something else 
they call on me to return! There are three to a page in
my art journal and each page has a bit of a story! 
I photograph them,  digitally cut them out and 
mount them on a digital background! I am showing 
six but there are so many! Each so individual!
I'm just going with it to see where it takes me!
This is Gay she is still cold even though it's spring
  Recently as I peruse social media many bits of
seeming perfection and fun pop out at me!
As I scan the photos I wonder if they are truly happy!
Over the years I have seen many folks filling up on material
items and lavish events and I wonder if that sustains happiness
in their world. Upon inquiry, and over time I realize it's only
fun but doesn't always measure the contented soul.
Or true happiness!
Guy has always hated his name and his nose!
Fun can be a fleeting moment of happiness, sure!
However if happiness isn't at the foundation of
who you are then nothing  can truly be fun enough,
can it?
Kelsey is a dancer but feels she will never attain her dreams
So many people today are chasing fun. Each of us has our
own measure  of fun. For some it may be hiking in a desert, 
which would be my nightmare. Add an "S" to that desert,  
make it a dessert, at a quaint cafe with a side of intimate
 conversation along with a coffee, and I'm all in! 
My kind of fun/bliss! Scrabble too!
Brandon is quirky and happy always looks for something new to learn
Everyone enjoys different types of fun!
Years ago I gravitated to the beach, 
  lake or ocean, it was my momentary fun,
 but more it was a comfort, a place
of solace when life wasn't the happiest! 
For me water was always a conduit to 
spiritual awakening!  
Corey loves solitude and books
 Can you truly have fun when you aren't happy?
I think you can, but it's a quick fix, a momentary high,
a diversion.  It can't sustain joy or that content 
feeling like true happiness does!
Johnson is a creative peaceful soul who writes poetry
 I love the quote, " Do more of what makes you happy!"
I think the distinction between happy and fun would 
needs to be defined to make that happen! 
If you're happy when your kids are around and
they're always joking and laughing then it's fun.
However if they like to argue and fight that"s not
so fun, but having them around makes you
 happy anyway! In that case happiness would
 be your foundation to endure that!
These three hang together and all have low self-esteem
I still believe  happiness can't be found in other people,
or things, or fun,  it truly is a choice. I wasn't always happy.
It wasn't until I truly found what I love to do, and found
joy in the small everyday things that I found how to feel
happiness! It doesn't mean there aren't unhappy times.
There are...but when happiness is your foundation
it's easier to endure the hardships!

Do you need fun to feel happy? 
What is your favourite kind of fun?

Thursday, April 13, 2017


Painted Easter bunny done over a month ago.
When I'm looking for a certain type of  inspiration I often
  punch  a word into the search bar of my eleven year old blog
and  read former posts! It's a plethora of information,
some I'd completely forgotten. It's like a visit with my old self!
Digital colour edits!
It's interesting how much we can change over the years,
yet stay the same. As the blossoms begin and leaves
  return to trees I am reminded of the beauty of renewal.
  I ask myself what I'd like to renew at this juncture!
Five years ago  I was in a quandary figuring out
 a paint colour for my bedroom. Which started a few years 
previous!  I am still wavering back and forth about a colour!
  I know better than to decide willy nilly, but the better 
part of a decade to figure this out is ridiculous! 
I have a very strong relationship with colour.
Resize with a digital background..
Certain colours evoke strong feelings for me! Some
  are calming and peaceful. Some colours I just can't live with 
and others do nothing for me! The more vibrant the happier
I feel! Yet I'm not willing to commit to something too wild 
in my large bedroom!

Aesthetically I always know what I love and don't love! It's been
that way most of my life! I am never willing to just settle when it 
comes to colour!! Every colour has been very carefully decided!
I'm often ahead of the times in my choices. By the time
 the colour becomes current I'm usually pushing it out the door!
 Except my loft I have a rich teal that was decided a decade
ago and it was recently repainted again two years
 ago and is now the hot colour for 2017.
I think I may be subliminally influenced by colour! I often
fall in love with a certain shade that seems impossible to
replicate in paint tone!! No matter how close you get
it always seems  a touch off!!
Do you have a relationship with certain colours?
So here I am seven years later still deciding what colour 
I want in my eggplant bedroom. Which by the way 
 never looked the way I had imagined it to.
However it was cozy! Now for a change!
That poor room needs a definite renewal!
I don't know why I am so stuck. I have two 
colourful comforters that I love ....I should
be able to decide. This is a first for me. I 
have a feeling I just don't want the disruption
in my life so that's why there is such a delay! 
I am so blessed that the kids even want 
to paint it!
As I was writing this post I had an epiphany!
I just realized..... I need to paint my room the
same colour as the loft...maybe a shade lighter!
I toyed with the idea before....however it just 
struck me that all my much loved accessories
  would still match, both comforters would
 compliment it! It would go with the rug and  be 
cohesive with the rest of  the upstairs. 
Plus I love the colour!!  
(it's the first picture on this link)
Dressed for Easter I'm enjoying painting these quirky characters and have many more!
 This renewal may seem so superficial,
  in light of all the world  ills!
However it's been a personal struggle
for me who uses colour daily and usually
knows exactly what I want!
Are you looking forward to, or 
working on some type of renewal 
this Spring?   

Happy Easter to all who celebrate!! 
Always remember some BUNNY loves you!! 

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Knowing your Passion

Casey painted then mounted on a digital background
 There was a time when having a diesel vehicle was a form of 
success, we had a sports car then too!  If you lived within a five
 mile radius of where you worked you were also successful.
 If you had a certain education you were successful. If you had a 
home with property you were successful. There have been
 so many measures of success at different intervals in my life.....
but it didn't necessarily  mean you were happy! 
I lived in neighborhoods of the highest echelon and 
still people were so terribly dysfunctional and unhappy!
 Happiness is so subjective.  Having a passion for something
 seems to be key! For some it's fitness, or gardening, or 
creativity, for others it could be  volunteering, or doing for others.
 We all have things that truly make us happy.  How often do
 you ask yourself what that is? I think it really changes over the 
years according to our needs and interests.

 I'm not naive, of course there are many things beyond our control that disrupt
our life, make us unhappy and worried. When life is tough and full of angst
knowing our true passion makes it so much easier 
 anchor us back into happiness. Our passion  can distract us,
comfort us and  be a great source of solace in times of greif.
Reworked from last week...mirror...or twins?
Over the years my world has become smaller. My focus more narrow,
  but my passion for being creative is at the forefront. Even when
I'm creatively stagnant I am waiting for the next creative fix to hit!
   If you asked me why, I could never explain it!
It's a mystery why each of us enjoy different things!
Office Girl so many of these characters are coming to light
Could be conditioning, could be environment, could be innate.
It's hard to say but it is key to feeling content, fulfilled, 
and happy.... after your  initial needs are met of course!
Rain Girl
 The new gauge for success truly is happiness... 
because really, without it, what use is the rest. 
Working girls
 Name a few things that truly make  you happy?
The office Girls
 What do you feel excited to get up for everyday?

Happiness is an expression of the soul in considered actions.
 Burton Hills
Happiness is not a destination. It is a method of life.
To live happily is an inward power of the soul.
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