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Thursday, December 08, 2016

Growing the Good

Paint Party Friday

There's not always time to pull weeds in a flower garden.
It doesn't diminish how beautiful the individual flowers are.
Pulling weeds makes the garden prettier, and enhances
the beauty of the flowers even more!
First snow day in Dec 5th 2016, My Snow Angel!
If  we fertilize  weeds they grow even more, diminishing
  the garden, still the  flowers survive in their own beauty!
 If we fertilize the flowers to grow bigger and even more
  beautiful they can choke out the weeds!!
Little Christmas light of houses from the 70"s I still love it!!

I prefer to fertilize the good....grow what is good. Choke out the bad
as much as possible.  I was raised in a home where there
   was too much negativity! Possibly born from their harsh
unpredictable childhoods. Although I know they loved me, 
sometimes the negativity smothered feelings of love.
I spent a lot of my youth arguing for the good of people!
Innately knowing we all have dark and light residing
within. I need to see the good for my own well
The more I distanced myself from negative
thought the better my life got.  I"ve always been 
appreciative of good things that come my way! I still am. 
Doesn't mean I don't  take precautions in my 
life. I was often teased when I used a car alarm and 
anti theft bar at the same time! Warding of potential 
unnecessary inconvenience and drama!

 That which is good and  acceptable
for me, may not be for you! Some people
are more desensitized, have different perspectives
enjoy different lifestyles. 
Loving some of the quirky colour that occurred with a digital edit!
 My parents spent a lifetime waiting to enjoy retirement,
 dying before they could fully enjoy it! They fruitlessly
 worried and surmised the future wouldn't be good.
 For them it wasn't!
Cupcake enjoying the snow in her over a decade old fluvogs.
There will always be upsets, death, illness, disappointment
and rejection!   Yes, we  need to grieve it all, of course we do.
We deal with it best we can.
 Finding something within to help us cope and adapt 
  is terrifying, yet imperative. Through grief I have found
coping skills I never imagined would be so important.
  Spirituality, creativity, and gratitude for all that 
is good and all that I have!
Dec 7th 2016 residual snow, cold and slippery! Photo Cupcake
There are always changes and challenges, so we adapt. 
No one understands that better than someone with
an illness or disability. You learn to grab things with 
your cane, turn switches off with it, and ask for
help when you can't do it yourself!
Afternoon beauty Photo credit Cupcake
I like to find beauty in stories of redemption
in a quiet moments,  in accomplishing something 
small and relevant. It's easier to live in the moment,
 being grateful for all the little things that grace my life.
Like photos my daughter shares knowing it's too 
slippery  for me to be out there safely enjoying the snow!

 Seems to me some of todays media focuses on sensationalizing
scare tactics. Focusing too much on the terrible. Bolstering
bad ideas. A sense of professionalism seems lacking  as
they compete with social media. Editing is choppy, often 
misrepresenting a story. It's exhausting living in fear 
so I think  growing the good  is just one way to combat it!
I'm hoping to choke out a few more weeds while I 
focus on and grow the good in my world!

How about you, do you fall prey to all the negativity 
surrounding us, or do you push it away?

 We have a big snow storm coming tonight!! 
Can't wait to enjoy the beauty from my window!

Friday, December 02, 2016

Creative Conflict

A new painting over an old one!

I painted over an old painting so overworked
  paint build-up caused unnecessary texture!
After revamping my lap desk (below) for the second
time in fourteen months, I was in such a creative frenzy,
 searching  for more to repaint! I love when that
 happens. It usually produces something a little 
different.  I see a few changes I still want to 
make. I've started a third piece too!
Repainted lap desk. The dark red not showing up properly!
This repainted lap desk was covered with 
14 months worth of paint splatters!  I forgot to get a photo
 of how messy it was. Lower left corner in the photo below 
indicates how bad it can get when I let loose! 
I like the change, better than a face full of paint splatters!
 You can't see the high gloss varnish or the deep red
in the above photo!
The before! Fourteen months ago I painted my lap desk like this. It's again repainted!
I often find myself in creative conflict. I'm either contrived,
 overworking my canvas or art journals to a point
I dislike the outcome. Or I'm messy and whimsy
  overtakes me. At that point I am completely free, quirky,
 feel a bit disassociated from the outcome! I think
the new piece was a combination of the two!
Love the digital colour change on this one!
The words from the former painting begged to

be used in this one even though that wasn't
my intention! I even sanded down the rough
parts....like stubborn chin hairs they refused to leave!! 
When I tried to add a few new words they were 
rebuffed... so I gessoed over those and embraced
the ones left behind! 
Sheila noted that this was in my book and I'd not shared it yet!  
Lap desk colour change!

Beautiful sky  this week! photo credit Cupcake

 I could never explain how this piece was created except to 
say my squiggles turned into a hand first! The  rest came
  next! Twenty five years ago my brother and I would
burst into  guilty fits of laughter in the elevator after
visiting our mom in palliative care. In retrospect  
I realize it's always been our coping mechanism.
Joking about serious issues often dulls the pain!
I love seeing these digital colour changes.. some colours are so inspiring!

  There are things about getting older that are so
   hilarious if you look at it with a young spirit!
  It's a blessing if you can except all the quirks of aging
to belly laugh with your friends and family!! It's even better
if you can have a few laughs during the really tough times too!
I have been laughing way too much this week....just sayin!

Do you ever have creative conflict? 

What's your best coping mechanism for hard times? 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Placemats and Books!

One of my digital illustrations I forgot to share!!
 I had to delete  last weeks post with font size fit for the
eyes of an ant! Nothing I did would fix it! Obstacles
all week were a sign I needed to move on. I missed you all!
Sometimes it's difficult to let go of something you loved
and spent so much time with!  I deleted my art for that post
and took my first  blogging break in over ten years!
  How quickly Paint Party Friday has rolled around again!
Hard to believe I posted daily for years!
My kitchen table tree with my new placemat!

 I got half way done this  post  when my browser
 crashed taking  my post with it.. Hope my second
attempt   is a winner! I wasn't about
to give up once again! Although the art 
and subject matter are completely different! 
One of six placemats we had sitting in a drawer unused for the last six years!
 I had planned to put these placemats in a thrift box at the end
of October when Cupcake asked if I would paint them instead! The
 fabric is quite substantial so I gave it a whirl. I added white
 gesso to my blue acrylic making a nice thick cover for the 
  the former pattern! Then continued to  Paint  and stencil. 
Here are the results of the sneak peak I gave you
a few weeks ago!!
 I wanted to make them reversible too.
  So I did the other side orange, silver and yellow, sealing them
with  poly acrylic sealer! We needed to be able to
 wipe them rather than machine wash them. They weren't
cheap to make. The expense was in the
 time and the sealer. I used a few coats of sealer on
 twelve sides which took the majority of the jar! 
  These were really  fun to make but time consuming. 
 After stenciling them I painted over each flower several times 
 to make them more vivid and  vibrant!  Then waited for each 
layer to dry! The sealer made them quite shiny and pliable!
 The pattern is similar on all the placemats,  but no two are alike
I never measured out the spaces I just enjoyed creating each
one free hand! Now we have a unique set of kitchen placemats to
go with our orange Rachel Ray dishes!! 
Each book has 40 pages, equaling 80 illustrations!
 My flipbooks arrived nine days earlier than expected. 
They are above and beyond my expectations!
  Not sure I could capture  just how vibrant and clear 
they turned out in the videos I posted below. 
So exciting to see 80 illustrations actualized in print!
 There was a small glitch  in the dye lot. As you can see here
that bottom color on this front page is looking rather dark blue
 (looks even darker in person) when it was actually suppose to be 
a purple similar but different than in the blond girls shirt! Also
in one book one page was out of sequence!

 The Customer service was incredible. The employee was
kind, efficient, helpful. She even explained why the dye lot 
on that colour might have been different. She suggested
changing it and then sent me three replacement books
at no charge. That is why I LOVE vistaprint!
They are not paying me to say this but if you want to
get greeting cards made up of your artwork this is a
 week to do it!! They have great sales for black friday!

Truth be told they often have great sales!
Check them out! It's pretty easy to
navigate too!! Treat yourself with your
own flip book of your art! It truly is
heavenly to see your work in print!
Below are super short videos of the books!
Sage Suggestions

Have you had to let go of anything lately?

Sage Suggestions two!
Happy Thanksgiving to all my dear American friends.
Have a wonderful safe celebration! I am so grateful
for your lovely friendship!
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