OCTOBER… my favorite month.

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“OCTOBER”  8″ X 8″ Acrylic on Gallery Wrap Canvas

October is one of my favorite times of year.  I couldn’t let it pass by without praising it.  The Fall colors are spectacular, raking those leaves and then falling into them;the smell of burning piles of leaves next to the road. So many wonderful memories, come to me during this time of year.

Memories can be a wonderful way to bring uplift and positive-energy back into a day that may feel out of control, things can get very hectic as we go through our everyday tasks.  Stop and meditate for a moment and remember all those wonderful memories that October brings back.

Enjoy the cool crisp evenings and the gentle fall breezes. Before you know it October will be gone and Fall will just be a memory.

If you are interested in PURCHASING THIS MEMORY     Enjoy!!

Building My Dream

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“Ocean Dreams”  24″ X 24″ Acrylic on 1 1/2″ Gallery Wrap Canvas

Dream Building, it can take many forms, mine is a constant partnership with God to work toward my own greatness and to become the artist that I have always envisioned.  See that ocean in the painting above.  My vision when I look at it spans further than the eye can see across that ocean.  If I told you my whole vision it would take more pages than I could possibly blog.  Yet it is condensed down into a beautiful picture in my mind.  I see myself living my dream everyday.

You can start building a dream at any age.  One of my favorite books that I read frequently is Mary Manin Morissey’s “Building Your Field of Dreams”. She discusses growing your dream with the assistance of God through collabortaion with others of like mind.  She calls it a “partners in believing group”. I have a few dear friends who I try to meet with monthly who have similar goals.  Helping others to reach their dreams helps you to accomplish your own dreams.  Keeping your dream in the forefront of your mind daily is extremely powerful.  Each day part of my ritual before I start to work in the studio is meditating and giving gratitude for all the abundance I all ready have and all the abundance that my dreams are moving me toward.

One of my goals toward my dream is a large ecomerce site where all of you can purchase at reasonable prices paintings or prints of my uplifting Positive-Energy Art.  I have been working on my new website for several weeks and am launching it in stages.  Next up will be my Print Store which I hope to complete in the near future.  My photographer will be getting very busy in the next few weeks.  I will be stocking my studio with all my favorite prints in different sizes and price ranges, so the selection will have something for everyone who wants to start collecting Positive-Energy Art.

If you are interested in learning about my vision behind “Ocean Dreams” or purchasing this lovely painting.  CLICK HERE

“Sky Mesas”, Creating a work in progress

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Beginning of a painting

I started this painting one afternoon a work in progress.  My thinking process was a sunset and mesas.

I had a group of ladies coming by the studio a few days later and I decided to entertain them with a demonstration. I felt it was a good time to continue working on the above painting.

So this is what came next, Phase 2.

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Phase 2 but still not complete

I added more definition to the mesas and began to add vegetation to the foreground.  It was beginning to take shape.

The following day I put it back on the easel.  Not quite what I wanted yet. So started to rework it.

Phase three, developed more detail.

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Phase 3  with more definition

I started to lay in the sunset and define the mesas more.  Now I have the under-painting done but there is a lot more before I feel that it is completed.

I put it aside for a few days.

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Phase 4 now it is starting to take shape

I now started softening the colors adding in more foreground and cacti.  I added pops of orange to the bottom of the painting to balance it.  I thought it is almost done but I needed to sleep on it another day.

The next morning I felt that the mesas where to dark they needed a more dusky feel so I added sage and hints of orange.  The sky was not dramatic enough so i worked it some more by adding softer color.

Now it feels soft and warm yet full of my Postitive-Energy.  Just like my vision.

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“Sky Mesas”  16″T X  20″W  Acrylic on Gallery Wrap Canvas

Forgiveness, you can’t do it alone.

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“Forgiven”  8″ X 8″  Acrylic on 1 1/2 Gallery Wrap Canvas

I stumble through the darkness, for I have sinned yet God is near and hears my sorrow and shines mercy upon me.

Today I am reminded that forgiveness is a powerful tool to help each of us live a life full of   happiness.  It is not always easy to forgive  or let ourselves be forgiven; yet it is essential.  So it really takes two of us to forgive, me with the help of my partner God.

I need to be reminded of this often, which is the reason I painted this little beauty.  Mercy is given to all of us, just because…God loves us.

Go through your day today knowing that you are forgiven.  Forgive someone else, and you will have the heaviest of burdens lifted.

Sometimes I paint my faith, a way to worship for me.  Enjoy.

“Vista” Seeing the Way to Greatness

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“Vista”  8″ X 8″ Acrylic on Gallery Wrap Canvas

When I am between big projects I have a stash of small canvases that I can play with.  I create small vignettes that I can later use as inspiration for a larger piece.  I also sell these small paintings to people who want the opportunity to purchase an original piece of art at a small price point.

“Vista” above was one such piece.  I was experimenting with a new color palette for sunsets.  I washed the background in reds and purples and accented with turquoise. I than added a bit of cloud structure and a few stokes of blue lighten with titanium white  to suggest twiggy brush.  It was a quick sketch of a feeling.

Most of my work comes from the inspiration of my daily life, nothing from a photo per say but from a memory.  A fleeting moment, a feeling, a spark of creative vision.  I see the world in a different way.  I will take this small piece and one day create a picture much larger with this same color pallette, something that will spark this memory. It’s part of my work process, a habitual ritual that keeps me painting even when I may not want to.

You see that sometimes I get tired of creating paintings, but as an artist it is what I must do so I must coax myself back into the studio when I go through these periods and paint small things to trigger bigger things.  That’s what creates success.  Always painting even when the inspiration is not there.  Always bettering myself and honing my craft.

An artist’s life is not magic it is hard work… It’s seeing the way to greatness