Saturday, August 28, 2010

So.. do you r e a l l y want to know?

It's  "s n e a k   p e e k   f r i d a y" according to dear sweet Jennifer,
of Studio JRU. (  
What a wonderful way, for us creative types to share our work, 
our environment, and our inspirations.
For all starts next to the   c o f f e e   machine... 
homemade cherry & chocolate chip scones.
Did I mention I like to bake and cook?
hmmmmm... what painting?

A lot of artists have a studio, one large or small room, an out building, 
a loft, a table... I kind of make my way throughout the house and have different purposes for different parts of the house. My house has been known to have decoupage papers, glass and glue all over the living room and dining room one day~ all to be removed and setup for a gathering of friends and food, the next.
My house, my art, & my work is always in a state of "c h a n g e".

The kitchen counter is my favorite work space for acrylic, oil & decoupage.
The most beautiful  l i g h t  belongs to the kitchen and dining room. 
The kitchen is the  c e n t e r  of my home, and I suppose 
the  c e n t e r  of my art spirit as well.

(the only kitchen downside was that-- the kids never knew if they could eat the fruit on the table-- we always had to clarify if it was still life or real life fruit!)

The dining room table is where the makeshift photo studio is and
where decoupage pattern design happens. If the dining room table could write a book, it would have many stories to tell of what a long hard life it has had~~ used as a workhorse, and yet dressed up for many occasions. She's managed to look great for her age and maintain timeless beauty...

...while being the support for every new piece I create, and photograph 
before moving to the "studio room"...

to list on etsy, blog about creative connections, 
or continue to work on a graphic design project.

I guess, in a way, my studio involves going around in circles...
but the circles are always creative, fulfilling and come with a much deeper meaning. 

My studio is my home & my center where 
f a m i l y,   a r t,   &   c r e a t i v e   s p i r i t 
all join together as  o n e.

a new work~ from this weeks circles...


Thursday, August 19, 2010

Mama Bird & Flying Lessons...

Maybe you've noticed all of the sweet little Kelly Rae buttons, or my enthusiastic mentions (in almost every blog post since "Leaping toward the sky...")
about the Flying Lessons e-course. I can't tell you how much 
I have been impacted by the most generous soul of Kelly Rae Roberts.

It's a funny thing...I found KR a few years ago online,( and was inspired by both her art
and writing. I kept her blog in my favorites and would draw near to it,
for inspiration from time to time. She became this- almost imaginary friend
with a message that anything was  p o s s i b l e.  And why not,
as she was wildly successful, speaks from her heart and allows you
to know her, in business and personally, from the depths of her being.

Okay- so I'm a fan.... imagine my excitement upon finding the first e-course ever offered by her. In a nutshell... I thought if I could glean
a few tidbits to help me along my journey-- it would be well worth the minimal investment. Well, I could prepare a banquet with all of the helpful tidbits I collected.
I am here to say that not only did the course speak to me
about the creative journey, the business side and the heart of the process,
but it gave me more inspiration and confidence
to create in ways I didn't know I could.

I have to say, that this bundle of information is helpful to  a n y o n e  in a creative business of any kind. It's jam packed with every practical piece of information learned by one giving spirit, who believes in
S h a R i n g  herself with a capital "S".

A true opportunity lies within the pages below, which were
created from the maiden flight.

(click on this affiliate link~if you are interested in knowing more 
or to purchase any of the Flying Lessons ebook series.)

And by the way... about the cute little birds above~~ I happened upon in a wonderful little store called  b o t a n i k  ( in Summerland, California a couple of weeks ago. Just loved these little birds as a momento of the "taking flight" journey. 

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Stepping O U T of my zone...

Insert canvas- instead of glass... Insert liquid acrylic paint instead of oil 
or watercolor...gloss medium instead of linseed oil and you have an 
"o u t   o f   m y   c o m f o r t   z o n e" 
experience. (At least for me~ at that moment.)

I've been wanting to try acrylic forever, and finally put the pieces together. 
For some reason, I was thinking that each area I explored, was separate unto itself. Almost like, I'd have to complete a journey or perfect an area, 
before I could look toward another. Well, much to my surprise, I listened 
to the whispers chanting... "break the self-imposed rules."  
What a freeing, joyful experience.

Consider the rules  b r o k e n  &  a new path cleared for  f l y i n g.


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