Saturday, August 23, 2014
Friday, August 22, 2014
It's fun to break the rules I've imposed on myself over time with respect to making art. If your inclined to make art .. practice breaking the rules. You may not even know that you have them. So .. I'm happy again!!!! Yayyyyy ....
But I have to get so .. this will be short and I am quite certain that I will have more stories to tell in the future. I do have 85 more days to go .. wooo hooo!!! Thank you for following me and I've noticed that FB doesn't always show my stuff but if you want to be sure to follow just come here .. i hope to develop this as I go .. it's a learning process for me. Have a fantastic wonderful happy day!! I will.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
When I am able to fill my heart with gladness I have so much more to give. I am in my head so much sometimes that spending this time perfecting a painting is a release from that. All my thoughts are on the painting. I put all my focus on creating and just letting it happen till I feel it is done. Sometimes I just have to let it be. Progress not perfection. If i am happy then .....I'm Happy!!! A dear person in my life told me that I could be happy every day. Then I think ... how is that possible? It seems that when I feel happier......I get happier haha. The opposite is also true. When I leave my house today, my smile will be there and hopefully my smile will make you smile and things will be better. Not perfect just better .. for a minute or for longer.
Today I love the texture of the paper and the sewing .............texture makes happy lol .. Thanks for stopping over and todays painting on my moms old wrapping paper and a piece of mail is sewn together and painted in acrylic. The size is 81/2" x 9 1/2". The price is the number of the day so this one is $14. Message me or email me an whoever sends me a note first will be the new owner of today's happiness. :) haha. Have a fabulous day and I hope you smile at someone. Thank you for stopping over. I do love to hear your comments.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Growing up we lived in Africa. Back then my grandmother asked my mom how she could take her grandbabies to the dark continent. That's what she called it. Every summer when we were not in school we went back to the US. I think my artistic interests were sparked then. My mom and dad used to plan our trips to the states so we got to see Europe. My mother made sure we went to every museum and art gallery that we could go too while we were in a new place. I always enjoyed this. So early in my life I was drawing faces. I remember one summer we didn't leave to go stateside as soon as school let out. So I think we did some kind of summer camp there in Ethiopia. We were at a small military installation there and it is now Eritrea. I recall drawing faces and girls in particular. Other little girls would come over and ask me to draw their girls hair.. they'd drawn the face but couldn't figure out how to put hair on the girl. I laugh when i think of this .. it is a fond memory for some reason because it was the first time that I felt like I was doing something I liked. And people wanted me to help them. It was a good feeling to be able to do this for them. I was proud. Some where in there I kept going with the art and I perfected coloring when a neighbor girl that was older showed me how to make the coloring look pretty. Then since we were a small American school in a foreign country there were probably less than thirty students in each grade. I think it was my fifth grade teacher that was an art teacher who taught us all the subjects. He was a bit wild but he always inserted a lot of art in his teaching. I even remember painting a vase on some Ethiopian newspaper. It was the first time I had worked on shading. So many experiences that have influenced me in my artistic endeavors. I am grateful. And glad that I have taken this leap of faith in doing a daily painting. I was up early this morning excited to get started. This is a very good thing. Thanks for taking a minute to read and check out my work. Today's painting is a lucky $13. Message me if you are interested. I will go by the time on the requests to see who will be the lucky purchaser. I am filled with gratitude. My joy is abounding. May your day be filled with boundless joy as well. :)
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Today this got me excited. You see not quite a year ago my mother passed away. Yes I've been grieving and processing this for nearly nine months now. Not always easy but necessary, I have been now helping my dad go through everything in their house that they have lived in for some twenty years or so. My mother saved everything. She saved every letter, every card and every magazine clipping that she cut out. She even filed them and labeled them. I often say if she could have, she would have loved, Pinterest. She had her own real live collection of everything she loved in pictures. Amazing what you can learn about a person by what they collect. Another thing that she collected was wrapping paper. She had bags of it. Being an artist and lover of paper and someone who loves to repurpose, I had to keep the wrapping paper and a lot of the paper things. This portrait today is a few pieces of wrapping paper that I have sewed on the sewing machine. I also love sewing and fabric and my mother also was the same. Perhaps it is my way of processing and connecting to those parts of her that are clearly in me. I think she'd be tickled to see what I did with her wrapping paper. The exciting thing to me is that .. now I know what I'm going to do with it .. haha. So . this birthing of an idea makes me HAPPY!!!! And yes my baby is beautiful, she's mine.. but she can be yours. Today, just email me and you can have her for just $12. Acrylic on sewn paper 8"x 12". Thanks for stopping over. I'd love to hear your thoughts. IF you just want me to send you every day's portrait post send me an email and I'll add you to the list.
Monday, August 18, 2014
I get tired of hearing my thoughts haha. Maybe you do too if your reading my posts.
I may have to mix it up a bit to keep myself motivated to keep painting.
Maybe some days it's best to just make less words.
Either way it's REALLY all Good.. I just love that so far .. yes only day 11 but i'm still doing it. Someone emailed me and said they would be bored doing the same thing every day for 100 days but I assure you I am not just painting. Maybe I can post some in between posts of what I sandwich in between these portraits.
I've been volunteering at a lady's church bazaar too .. painting silly images and stitching things like purses and bracelets. I enjoy that experience. I've even been knitting and crocheting .. :) Thanks for stopping over. Blessings to you. Oh and just a reminder today's portrait is for sale .. acrylic on rusted fabric .. this one has a few holes in it so those are no extra .. i usually say they are extra. haha .. about 7" x 11" . let me know if your interested. :) The price is the day number.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
I have to say this sharing like this is a bit like cracking open the door to my closet. haha .. I fear judgement. Either way I am enjoying the process, even though I may proceed with caution. ha And the most difficult part about today's portrait was the smile ... you have no idea how easily a line can make a smirk or a oddly strange expression. I also know that everyone see's the images with their own filters. Today I see love. And this feels good for me.
Thank you for stopping over. It is for sale so if your interested ..send me a message here or email me or comment on my facebook page, My Art of Hearts. I am trying to add as many likes on that page as I can, so more people will see what I'm doing. The more the merrier right? Have a love filled day!