REFLECTIONS

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Reflecting Home  30″ X 30″ Acrylic on Gallery Wrap Canvas

Today I am feeling quite melancholy, I think I am coming off the high of a great Open Studio Tour, some unexpected sales and a successful talk.  Exhaustion has settled in and I am sharing my vulnerable self.  The studio has become a working place more than a creative space. I have several pet portraits in various stages of development for customers, but I have not found time to create for me.

When I begin to feel overloaded like I do today I turn toward reflection. A time to look back and ponder how I got to this place. It is not always easy to consistently be up to the task of growing a business. Especially at my age, people say why haven’t you retired. The answer to that is simply, I like what I do. I find purpose in my mission of spreading joy and happiness to those who stumble upon my work. I love spreading positive energy through my workshops, talks, and paintings.  I love collaborating with other positive people and bringing something new and different into the world. I thrive on that spark of creativity.

It becomes more difficult each year as my energy drains faster than my ideas. So I have learned to pace myself, say NO when I have to, and pick what is important and let the rest slide.  Now is the time to nurture my soul and talk to my kids and let them know how much I love them and go on a much-needed date with my husband.

Journeying  through the ups and downs of life one painting at a time…

MONSOON LAKE

Monsoon Lake

“Monsoon Lake”  24″ X 24″ acrylic on 1 1/2″ gallery wrap canvas

The monsoon storms have set up a ferocious pattern in Northern Arizona.  It’s wonderful how much rain we are getting. The brilliant sunsets and the thunder and lightning crackling overhead, put an electricity and beauty into the environment that leaves a deep excitement and wonder.  The lakes are beginning to fill again, and the second bloom of wildflowers are starting to push through the soil.   What could show God’s blessing on this earth more than a monsoon?

As an artists this is the season of inspiration.  It is no wonder that I choose to paint one of our beautiful lakes during the monsoon. I love the energy of the monsoon and the colors that imprint on the sky, what better time than now for an artist that proclaim’s Positive-Energy Art.  It definitely resides on this website and here for you to enjoy.

Painting Arizona and the Southwest one adventure at a time.

If this painting pulls at your heartstrings it available here

ROAD TRIPPING

On The Road To Santa FeThis year it’s all about road tripping.  Around this time of year I usually schedule my upcoming vacations.  I got to thinking let’s design a series of paintings.  So “Road Trips” was born.

One of the journeys my hubby and I  will be taking is to Santa Fe, New Mexico; we will be going with some dear friends.  The other night we met together for dinner and a planning session.  We booked our rooms at the Inn of the Governors and worked on an itinerary where we would be sure to stop at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum .  I can’t wait to see what their latest show is.

I was so excited and it brought up memories of our last trip to Santa Fe and the inspiration  for my newest painting “On The Road To Santa Fe” was sparked.  It is a 14″X 11″ study that I hope to enlarge at a later date for another painting.  Studies are great because they are quick representations of an idea.  I can sell them to my collectors at a lower cost and they can have them framed to their liking.

Hubby and I will be heading to our first destination in April. Not Santa Fe, but the Central Coast of California for our annual beach fix and wine buying jaunt. I am sure this will spark some great adventures worthy of my “Road Trip” series. I can’t wait to see what my inspiration will be this year.  Maybe Bay Side Cafe, or Fat Cats two of my favorite seafood haunts, or one of the winerys that we will be visiting .

Road Tripping, Inspiration and Sparks of Creativity. I can’t wait to get started.

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