Sunday, February 28, 2010

Simple Sunday

Spring is right around the corner so hold on tight while we ride the last weeks of winter! I am ready for sunshine, ice tea and painting on the patio. Some of you may recognize the art from a journal page I did way back in the beginning of last year. I have put a little message on it to inspire you today! I hope you are able to keep your day simple and enjoy Sunday for all it holds for you. Join me next week for another "Simple Sunday" posting.

No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. ~Proverb

"There is a sort of elation about sunlight on the upper part of a house" Edward Hopper

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Angel Journal Pages

I have been toiling with all kinds of things going through my mind. Too many technical things. I have been em erst in computer goings on. I am taking an online class and it requires my time. The benefits will out weigh the work. I am still contemplating bigger changes for the blog which I plan on tackling later in March. But not being able to do my art the last few weeks is getting to me. I have spread myself too thin especially when you add the mom job in. (I still have a 7yr old at home.) Motherhood is divine, but with that said it is time consuming no matter what age your children are. This is one of the last paintings I did prior to my older children coming to visit. I painted it on my journal pages. If I could ask my spiritual guide or angel to come help me now I would. Not because it is an emergency but just to help me clear my head, not to compare myself, not to worry as much, to help me breath and bring clarity to my direction. I know a lot of people are experiencing trying times and I am grateful to be where I am today. I truly believe that if you clear your mind and ask for help there is a higher power to help us along.
What helps you clear your anxieties? How many hats are you wearing in one day? Do you give yourself time to nurture your mind? art? body? Does making a schedule for yourself from working at home help you? Or do you slip things in, getting done around everything else?

Sometimes we are like an angel with one wing, and we necessarily need the other wing of a similar angel to keep flying.
-- M. K. Soni

If we wish to attune with our angels and spiritual helpers, we must first learn to love ourselves unconditionally. Margaret Neylon

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Breaking Free

Breaking Free~
Taking time to smell the flowers~

Absence makes the heart grow fonder! It does for me any way~ I am usually filled with a routine and a some what quieter space around here which enables me to create and blog. But with having a big family and a chance to have all my kids come visit I had to jump at the chance! My daughter from NYC came to LA for a wedding. I mentioned to her she would be only 4 hrs away and wasn't there a chance she could meet up with us. When I found out she could I asked my other children from 4 hrs north in CA. if they wanted to come down. So we were all together for the first time in almost 2yrs! The next time will be in July for my second youngest daughters wedding. So you understand as with everything there comes a time when you just have to
"stop and smell the flowers" so to speak! Big dinners, scrabble games, movies and outings to various sights around the county! Lots of things on the to do list of fun only touched upon, my how time flies!!
I have posted two journal pages I did on reflecting on breaking free! Simplifying, finding focus, creativity, art, blogging and planning. Sometimes you just have to take a deep breath and have faith all will be ok, letting time and focus set you right on course with the universe!
My written thoughts are covered by circles and the circles have words inside to focus on. The second page is a balloon with air escaping representing of letting go, setting free to breath in new air and focus~
Next time I break free, I promise to try and let you know in advance!
What have you done lately to break free? What helps you recharge yourself? Does being spontaneous or changing things up help your creativity? What helps you have faith? Have you ever taken a risk to lead you somewhere better? I would love to hear what your thoughts are!

Faith is raising the sail of our little boat until it is caught up in the soft winds above and picks up speed, not from anything within itself, but from the vast resources of the universe around us. ~W. Ralph Ward

"If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten." Anthony Robbins

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Journaling Journey

It is cold, dark and foggy today and my journey continues~ What I am searching for may be right where my paint brush leads me. Some days are dark and challenging and others like today a ray of sunshine peering through the window amd is showing me which direction to go. I am trying not to be lost in my thoughts or processes when I create. I am trying to let go and let intuition be my guide. It can be a good exercise. I am sometimes focused on the perfect line, the perfect matching eyes, perfect design....Sometimes you need to just step back and let intuition be your guide. Have you ever tried to paint just be letting go and feeling? By choosing colors or an image and just finding your way with your paint brush? Not worrying about the perfect line or outcome? Feel free to post a link to a piece of work you have done by intuition and share it with me~

The greatest explorer on this earth never takes voyages as long as those of the man who descends to the depth of his heart. ~Julien Green

A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it. ~George Moore

Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves. ~Henry David Thoreau

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Inspiration Board and Mood Board with Art Journal

Mood board incorporated with my art journal~(if you are wondering what is the black circle that is my lens cap for my camera. representing photography)
Close ups of journal pages~
Loose self portrait~

Inspiration Board which is hung in my painting area~
My inspiration board is located where I paint and craft. In my journal I created a mood board for a class I am taking to represent what I am trying to share and want my blog to be like. All the photographs and artwork are done by me. My inspiration board has Color my world ~ passion, I can, success, color. In each I tried to put things I am focusing on and wanting to achieve and share via my art and blog. I hoped you enjoyed a peek of my private side! (You can click on any of the pictures and they will go full size.)
The quote in the photograph of my mini collage is: "You know people seldom go to the trouble of scratching the surface of things to find the inner truth." author unknown

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Organizing My Work Space

The cat thinks she has a spot to play little does she know that it will be filled up quickly~
So much to go through~ scrapbook papers,sewing, kids art supplies misc.
My art table is rarely this clean~ but you can see the table today!
Believe it or not I have since organized the rest and filled the shelves. I moved things from the laundry room I use the most to the shelves to save me time going back and forth. On shelves in the other room put things I use only once in a while. My new shelf my husband found at a yard sale matched my other and both fit in the closet space! He thought I would use it in the kitchen. lol What luck finding a match~ He had already taken the closet doors off and we hung a pretty curtain rod up with some very light curtains I can have closed if I want when I am working or when guests stay in the room. I wanted to give you a peek of what has been keeping me busy~
The topic for Creative Everyday is "Home" for the month of February. So I will have more to share including my inspiration board ( not done on Polyvore, as I sometimes do ) that is hung where I paint and create.
Staying organized when creating isn't easy you are constantly pulling out and grabbing items then next time you look up you are encompassed by inspiration and chaos ~Theresa Huse

God made rainy days so gardeners could get the housework done. ~Author Unknown
(And artists!)

The best time for planning a book is while you're doing the dishes. ~Agatha Christie