Sunday, January 15, 2012

Seeing the Magic

“Children see magic 
they look for it.” 
- Christopher Moore
Yesterday, I had a lovely opportunity to spend 
a couple hours with my dear friend's grandkids.
We had been talking about 
a painting day for a long time. 
Not only do I have a love for the watercolor medium,
 but I really enjoy introducing children to 
"real"watercolor for the first time. 
It's kind of like...
 taking friend's to Disneyland for the very first time,
and seeing the look on their faces 
when they get off of Space Mountain.
...p r i c e l e s s ...
So, as I am trying to impart some art knowledge, 
and create a fun, playful, experience for the girls,
several thoughts come flooding into my soul....
... children seem to approach painting
u n i n h i b i t e d  
w i l d   a b a n d o n
w i t h o u t  r e s e r v a t i o n.
This is my 
t a k e   a w a y, 
every time I work with children.
And it was a 
l i g h t b u l b   m o m e n t 
for me 
when I realized 
that this is the very same thing 
I seem to be striving for 
every time 
I put a brush to paper or canvas.
Perhaps that is why I am loving the concept of intuitive painting
that I learned from Flora Bowley's class. 
Perhaps that is why I love watercolor, 
as it forces me to not be 
so in control of every part of the process...

...and perhaps 
this little painting experience
was timed just right, 
for me to be open 
and anticipate 

* I am sooo excited to be participating in an online 
ecourse that starts tomorrow called 

Another fabulous course taught by the one and only
KellyRae Roberts & Beth Nicholls.
I'll be posting about my experiences in the coming weeks- promise.

Check out the website-
there's still time to join the huge community of creatives!
I'm feeling the magic coming!

...a special thank-you 
to 3 sweet creative little girls
for letting me share 
their beautiful 
artwork above. 

(another beginning of one of my intuitive paintings)

...linking up with Jennifer and the creatives at studiojru -feel free 
to take a peek to see what everyone has been up to!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

A fresh look, new words...

"Your work is to 
your world and
then with all your heart
yourself to it."
~ Buddha
It's a   n e w  y e a r - h o l i d a y s  are over...
 the dust is settling, as the last ornament is packed away.
I don't know about you, 
but this time of year always leaves me 
r e f l e c t i v e,
p l a n n i n g,
a n d  m a k i n g   p ro m i s e s
to myself,
 to simplify
and make my time count more
in the newness of this year.

So to start off  2 0 1 2
  I've done some thinking,
and have chosen some words 
 to guide me into an  
a r t ~ f u l l  

 w o r d  thoughts...

~how I see myself... 
seed planter

~what I want to be more of... 

art doer

~in 2012 I want to...
color outside the lines
be uninhibited
explore without fear
have less expectation

~and most of all... 
I intend to 
keep discovering
and give to
my art 
with a full heart!

How about you... what are your words,
your art thoughts, your promises to yourself 
in the newness of this year?

There's always something to discover...
we just have to keep looking.

So happy to reconnect with the lovely creatives 
linking at StudioJRU
Take a peek if you are interested in seeing what 
everyone is up to this month.
(sorry- but I couldn't resist the holiday birdie~ 
it's not really over is it?)

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