Quote of The Day

Friday, March 15, 2013

You are amazing!! Paint Party Friday!!


How can women birth  and raise children, help friends,balance budgets, run a business, a family,a home, work full time, volunteer, facilitate large functions and celebrations, coordinate Christmas, Easter, Hanuka, baptisms,and birthdays and then doubt their own creativity?

Every waking moment our brains are in constant motion of what needs to be done!! Plagued with obligations, laden with guilt about all the things left undone! For calls and emails not returned,  for neglecting friends and family in lieu of necessities that take precedence! Wishing days would stretch and time would stop to fit it all in!! Women are human miracle workers! Still they doubt their god given talents, harshly judging their phenomenal abilities!! Why?
Lately I have witnessed such talented women question their own creativity! It saddens me to see an admired Licensed artist feel she doesn't measure up to her peers, in fact I see many artists  that way. While another feels depressed because her inner gremlin talks crap in her ear. I was shocked to hear a few family members admit their inner doubts about their personal talents. Wow this makes me so sad!!
Throw up your arms ladies.....Stretch yourself, shake off the gremlins and take those creative chances!!! Some will love it, some won't, but that's okay! Art is like ice-cream, we don't all like the same flavours!! It doesn't mean you're a failure.....
I am the lucky one....I create because I have to. It feeds my soul. It's irrelevant if someone likes it or not, but I love it when they do because it's something I have to do.  I have been coloring since childhood and never understood my desire for color, to be honest I still don't .....then I started decorating my homes crazy colors.... 


My whole life I've spent any free moment creating something,
either writing, crocheting or baking...because I loved it!! It's a bonus when anyone likes what I do, but not a necessity because I'm a budding self taught artist...who until a few years ago choked on that title!! I am taking baby steps and enjoying every moment along the way!!

All you creative superstars....please embrace your artistic abilities with verve!! Never let your inner gremlin take hold, because you are amazing!! So many of you at paint party Friday inspire me so much!! I bow to all of you who put yourself out there with such passion and I praise your diverse styles and tenacity!! Enjoy the process because all of you have something very important to share!! Thanks for being you!!

 A prayer by Macrina Wiederkhr
  "O God,help me to believe the truth about myself
no matter how beautiful it is. Amen"

I hope you can find some humor and wisdom
 in this poem I wrote in 2007!!
Mental Pause Mama

She’s a Mental Pause Mama
Forgot her keys today
She thought she plucked her chin hairs
But more came out to play


She should have worn her glasses
To see the ones she missed
Of course she’d misplaced them
They vanished with her list


Mental pause Mama
Wondering if she’s sane
Today she felt grumpy
Yelled at the dog again


Poor thing didn’t move an inch
Laid quiet, an took the blame
He didn’t bother to react
She’d forgot his name


Mental pause Mama
Is trying to find her muse
It did not arrive today
So she called upon the booze


Stifled thoughts many years
Being everything to all
Now in the dusk of life
She hears her muses call


They say “you go girl”
Grab your bliss and run
Favors canceled, kitchens closed,
Time to have some fun


Mental pause mama
Found herself today
She bought a bumper sticker
Says “I’M DEAF….. NOW GO AWAY”

What do you need to let go of to free up more time? 

I'm trying to stop being a co-dependent to people who tend to create their own problems!! 

 Please visit my friends at Paint Party Friday! 

55 comments:

Nita Jo said...

Oh, this post made me so happy! I love your words, love all the bold colors in the artwork, and really love that poem! Awesome!

NatashaMay said...

Love your thoughts! Love your colors! Love your energy! Love your art! :) Shine on!

acreativeharbor.com said...

Your art work is better than ever ~ love the group of women especially and your poem delights my heart ~ You go, girl ~ you are a gem! ^_^

Victoria said...

Yay..Hooray..fabulous post..such beautiful art..and powerful messages..shine on! I agree with all you shared..! Gorgeous piece..I especially love the dark haired girl in blue! Shine on..and thanks for sharing such an amazing post and soulful message of inspiration! Well said!!
HUgs
Victoria

Jez said...

I've said it before, and I'll say it again --- you are a wonderful writer, expressing deep thoughts with such wonderful simplicity. And your creativity and elan in painting such lovely colourful images is just great.
All the paintings are lovely, but my favouritr, which fits so well with the poem, is the woman bending over backwards to help and please everybody and yet keep all those balls in the air.
Me, I'm pared down to looking after the bare essenyials now, through lessons hard learnt.

Sue said...

We doubt ourselves, it s true. I often think ths is because of the men in our lives, though not always. Your work has a very positive influence.
Xxx

Enejy clemens said...

Love all your girls. And the colors are bold and beautiful. Love them all!

Hav a great day!
Nora

Gloria in CA said...

I love your work. So full of movement, color and just life. Your work always tells a story and you always give energy. Thanks for that and your beautiful work. Happy PPF!

Mary C. Nasser said...

Very true...I cannot not paint either!! Important post and wonderfully dynamic work! :)
♥♥♥
Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

craftattack said...

Great post! Valerie

sharon said...

Amazing post, blogging has cured me of the self doubt game, how can you have doubts when so many people say lovely things about your art. Love all your quotes especially mental pause mama, hehehe!

Faye said...

Love, love, love your post today. What a wonderful handle you have on life in general and on the life of women in particular. Love all the beauty you have put on your blog today. You are a great encourager.

Linda said...

I'm about at a loss for words...wow...what an awesome, empowering post that is so full of truth and heart. Your accompanying art is fantastic too. My heART is in a better place thanks to souls like you. XO. Happy PPF!

Dianne said...

This is a fantastic post...a great reminder that we all need to trust ourselves and silence the inner critic. The 'mental pause' poem made me smile...especially the part about lost keys. I do that at least once a week! Love your colorful work!

Netty said...

Loving your super happy colours and beautiful ladies.
Happy PPF, Annette x
http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

Christine said...

Cute poem and art! Go women!

Carol said...

LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! Your post and your ART♥♥♥♥♥ You brought a smile to my face and a dance to my step :)

Kristin said...

I adore you! YOU are amazing, you are such an inspiration and your posts and art always make me smile. Thank you!! xoxo

Maria said...

oh so wonderful!!!!! I soooo needed to read your blog! :D I'm so glad I came by! :D Truly uplifting!

Anne Manda said...

YOU are amazing! Thank you for your post, amazing, too! :) Love your quirky, wonderful paintings! <3

Aga Gasiniak said...

Beautiful post, heart and soul warming words and thoughts, beautiful art and poem. Thank you so much for sharing your love and art with us.

soulbrush said...

YES yes yes, all so true, love love love this post and your poem and you!It's all about having fun and enjoying and accepting what we have instead of longing for what we think we want! You go gal. And I think you should publish some poems and of course illustrate them too. Happy PPF.

Melisa said...

You are a wise woman, as well as talented. I love the poem and the prayer. You, also, are amazing!

kat said...

I love visiting here to see your great art work and wonderful words, ah yes we do always have these unending lists of what needs done! When it all gets too much that's where art comes in, forget the rest for a while, find stillness in painting, focus, balance! So needed, such a pleasure to play with colors, shapes and words! I'm so very grateful to share with you! xx

denthe said...

omg that poem is so great! I love it! Love your art too (especially the fluffy mules), and everything you say about women wrestling with their gremlins. So true!
About the spam: I had it too a couple of months back. It drove me crazy. And it only got worse. But as soon as I made it impossible (in settings) for anonymous users to comment it stopped. Everybody usually posts under their own name anyway, and the spammer comments are always anonymous. Maybe worth a try? (because, yes, the word verification is really annoying ....)

bellefrogworks said...

What a wonderful post - full of your terrific art and that funny poem. Love it all and your colorful art always makes me smile!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

fantastic paintings!
Susi from the monthly challenge
ART-JOURNAL-JOURNEY

would be glad to see you there!

Anne said...

um, social media and blogging!!!! lol but what fun would that be?!

Love your paintings!

xox

JoyCorcoran said...

Thanks for this wonderful inspiring post and the very funny poem. You're an inspiration and so kind to encourage others. I think we will always be plagued with self-doubt, but the key is to go forward and train those negative voices to help us improve out craft and our ability to appreciate ourselves. It's hard, but sometimes it all works. :)

Ariel said...

A great post Giggles. What you have said here is absolutely true. Thank you for all the encouragement.

Elisa said...

Thanks so much giggles. your writings are always so positive and easy to read. Your illustrations are just awesome. You are amazing! We all are! Thanks for the reminder!

Deepa Gopal Sunil said...

Beautiful paintings and beautiful words...it's so encouraging and inspiring to read you :)
Yay to Women Power!!!
HPPF Giggles :)

Tracey Fletcher King said...

I love the poem... and the whole post is just what I needed to read late on a Sunday afternoon after a very hectic weekend... your words are like a nice pick me up... love it and thanks for the spur on...xx

Adrienne Rose said...

This is really a lovely post, and you're so right. People's creative demons can really have an effect on one's own process. It's so hard to make them go away! :)

Kirstin McCulloch said...

Amazing post today! It totally resonated with me, and you poem summed up my week perfectly!

As always I love your beautiful + colourful paintings
x

Ritu Dua said...

Oh yes Giggles I do agree ,,, I too love to create beautiful things...even if nobody cares :) Love all your creations as always !!

Laura Moore said...

Maybe those inner doubts come from the people we listen to. Perhaps removing the negativity in our lives helps to stop our self doubt. Well it seems to work for me. Love the artwork and the thought provoking post.

aimee said...

that first sentence said it all! I love coming here for your doses of color and wisdom! xo

Rita said...

Nice post! I like the bendy lady. I also try not to let other people's problems become my own...

JKW said...

Oh Dear, I lived your words. Often times, I wish I had a button to push (like we do on the phone) so I could 'hear' where my glasses are. . . . . the bended over gal is so terrific I can't even tell you. Reminds to do our daily exercises. I love her. Yes, the encouragement I have received from the PPF group has been a Blessing to me and has gotten me back into my art. I should never have drifted away, I don't much like sewing anyway
>-< Thank you for your wonderful paintings and words. Blessings, Janet PPF

Ginny said...

Giggles, you are awesome. Your art, your words, your powerful thoughts and energy are all so inspiring. Thank you!!!!

Janet said...

You always make me smile with your colorful art and your beautiful, often funny words. I love the new header, too.

I was only sad for a few days and now I'm back to me again.

Barbara said...

I followed yout comment from Janet's blog...Very good post. so true, so true..

Jessica Sporn said...

Getting to your post many days late but I'm so glad I did. What wonderful words of wisdom and encouragement! Love your ladies - especially the bendy one! Happy belated PPF and thank you for your kind words on my blog. xo

Gloria said...

Giggles is a great nickname for you! It is what you make me do with your acrobatic multi-colored figures and funny but true poetry!!

gma said...

Bravo! Sending my LOVE.
xx

Lynn Cohen said...

Oh Ms Giggles, how I love this post! I especially love the gal so flexible she's curved way over in a way my body doesn't move any more...or maybe it does but I just haven't tried that in a long, long while! Thank you for reminding me (and all of us) not to listen to our doubting Thomas voices, that say so and so is so much better than I... Or what do I think I am doing??? Thank you for reminding me/ that my/ our art is too good, because we do it and we enjoy it and I/we like it. Thank. You so very much for these wise, honest, true words, that so many of us need to hear from time to time!
All your drawings make me smile! I love the bright colors, the combo of colors, the fun expressions, and the gift of repetition as they are fun to see again and again! HPPF on Monday!I've been busy doing many of those things!

www.dorissdaughter.com said...

Wow! What an amazing post. I love your art and your poem is awesome. Are you published? if not you should put a book together. I'd definately buy one!!!

pauline said...

This is a fabulous post, girl... YES!! So good to hear these words first thing this morning. Your art style always makes me smile and your poetry!! Amazing... i also LOVED your woman's day painting -omg - those colors - and again, the poetry. You got it, woman! LOVE IT. Thank you for sharing. And for being you too. :-) xox

Kat Griffin said...

Thanks! shaking up the brooding gremlins and making each day the best it can be
-KAT-

Piarom said...

Oh my...you catch me so deep in my heart with your blog today ;) so wonderful and wise words, so uplifting, so funny...I love you for all that and thank you for bringing me that big grin on my face :))) love the streched woman the most!

lorik said...

These are great! I needed a lift and it did it:)))

michelle allen said...

so fun and cheerful! if you ever make it down to the portland, oregon area we totally need to hook up! i have another friend that you'd LOVE and she'd LOVE you too!!! :)

Lorraine said...

happy ppf from a mental pause mama..ha ha made me laugh today

Lucy said...

I'm a mental pause mama for sure! Sooo adored every word every image! Booze...yes! Haha. I need to let go of my job!!! Haha.

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