Thursday, January 30, 2014

Wait Till The Sunshines Nelly

Just a quick post!!
 If you are reading this I am in Pittsburgh with my daughter Nelly.
At her Sabika Conference. They are presenting the new collection.
And Nelly could take a guest and I am it!
I am her Champion!!! Taaaa Daaaa!!!
It is Nelly's 40th Birthday!!!
(How did that happened I don't know??!!!)
Time has drifted away.
I was very young when I had Nelly.
She was the best thing that happened to me.
She saved me.
I was a child raising a child.
I am so grateful that I had my parents and my sisters to help me.
I had no clue what I was doing.
She was truly raised by a village.
I am thankful everyday for my girl.
I remember the day she was born. The nurses asked me when they were prepping me to deliver her "what names do you have picked out? I said "I think I will name her Katie or Sarah and if a boy Brandon(I don't know what I was thinking there??"
But when she was handed to me in the delivery room I knew exactly what her name was...."Nelly" I said and everyone looked at me like I was crazy. My father even sent my Sister in to speak to me about the name.(Now he understands it could be no other) I don't know where the name came from but as soon as I saw her I knew that is who she was.

Happy Birthday Nelly!!!

I made Nelly a box for her Birthday to put her earrings in.
Around the box are the words for the song that we sang to her when she was little. 


I choose this version because it reminds me of my father rocking her in his arms and singing this.
 Happy Birthday Nelly!!!


Thursday, January 23, 2014

Open your eyes and live

Mandala (Open your eyes and live)

 Been really busy this week.
I am taking 2 classes this year.
I am taking Misty Mawn's "Full Circle"
And Lifeclass 2014
Well I am having a blast!
I love Misty Mawn
I have had the pleasure of taking 2 live classes with her in Port Townsend WA at Artfest.
Something about her Vulnerability that I love.
You can see it in her Photographs and her paintings.
If you ever get a chance to take her class DO IT!
Also Lifeclass 2014 I had to take it this year so many fun teachers.
With different styles and perspectives.
Lovin it!! Carla Sonheim was last week.
I didn't get to look this week because I was busy with Misty's but I will get to it!!
I really think that you should continually take classes and surround yourself with artists.
Every Artists has new way of looking at things. 
You keep it fresh.
There is always something new that you can learn.
I will never stop learning until the day I die!

Mandala (That's My Desire)

Just wanted to remind people in my area if you are looking for the Somerset Studio and you can't find it.  I know they sold out at the Barnes and Noble in Wyomissing. Someone told me that they are ordering more copies. And also there was one copy at the AC Moore in Wyomissing.  Someone tell them to order more!!! If not you can order it on line. Click on Somerset Studio.
Hang on to it. I will be having a Spring/Summer open house this year.
I can sign it for you, Just bring it along!

I have been listening to this album
It was so hard to pick one song to put on here.

I hope Everyone is doing well!! I wanted to thank everyone for all your kind words!
I Feel So Much Gratitude to all the people that support me!!
It is a great way to start my new year off!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Find It Within the Stillness

Find it within the stillness

Find it within the stillness
Sometimes when you sit real still you will feel it. 
It will become clear.
Whatever you were trying to figure out. 
Call it prayer, Call it wishing, Call it meditation.
Call it whatever.
Be Still
Let the thoughts come.
Listen to them.
Let them go. 
Behind the thoughts is the answer.
Some people are afraid of what is going on in there own heads. 
They are frightened of it. 
They have to be connected to someone other then themselves all the time.
You can see it all the time. People walking around on cell phones all the time. 
I know a few people like that. 
They just can not be alone with there thoughts.
They are just thoughts.
If you don't like them change them.
Listen to what you are saying to yourself.
Just one day do it. Listen.
Is it negative?? If it is change it around.
Say some good stuff. 
Start with "I am Worthy" 
We are all worthy!
Change your thoughts Change your life!

This is my favorite part of the painting. 
All the spontaneous imperfections.

I just wanted to Thank everyone this week for all the Well Wishes about my article in the Reading Eagle. It was so nice to hear from people I haven't heard from since high school. People are good.
Thank you everyone!
You can click on Reading Eagle Below and read it.

Like I said my Dad is so excited about it.  Got to Love him!!
They have it hanging in the Ranch House were he has breakfast.
My little niece Maddie asked if she can interview me for her school newspaper.
My other niece Maeve did a little video for me to tell me "So Happy" (She's only 22 months)
So sweet!
I was told by some people that the Somerset Studio Magazine has sold out at the Barnes and Noble in Wyomissing. Yeah!!!!
If you want to buy one just click on the link below and you can order on line. They also have it at AC Moore and Michaels.

 I also did a journal page this week. 

Keeping with the Meditation Theme......

Also I revisited an Unfinished Painting.
You might recognize it from a prior post.

 Toned down the background and added some doodles.

Thanks again Everyone for a wonderful week and all your kind words!!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Find Your Balance


This year my main focus will be on finding my balance.
Ever since I quit my corporate job I have been having trouble finding my balance. 
Getting up and doing the work. 
How do I balance my life. When right now I feel like it is all a blur.
It all runs in to one. Work and Play.
When I was working it was easy to get up in the morning, get ready for work, go to work, do my job, come home, make dinner and then go to my studio work for a few hours and then to bed.
Start all over again.
I had a routine. There was balance.
It seemed like I got a whole lot more done.
Now it seems like it takes me 2 hours just to take a shower and get ready for the day.
Believe me I am not complaining.

But I need to find my balance again.

Some how I have to create a routine.
Balance the work with the play.
I believe there has been too much play this year. Not enough work.
Maybe I was so burnt out that all I could do was play.

Nothing wrong with that!
I must have needed it!

I love to Play!!
So to start my year out "I will find my balance"
Balance between work and play.
And I guess if I have to pick a word for the year it would be  


Taaa Daaaa!!!

Wanted everyone to know that
there will be an article in the "Reading Eagle" about my art.
I am so thrilled!!!
It will be in on Monday Morning. 
My 86 year old Father is so excited about this.
He has been reading the Reading Eagle every morning for the last 60 years. He is more excited about this then Somerset Studio and Hallmark! Every morning I make him coffee and he goes in my Library and reads his paper from front to back. I love my Daddy!!

Also don't forget to get your issue of Somerset Studio!!!
Click on the button on the side bar or click on the above link to get yourself a copy. 

 I will give you another sneek peek!
 They really did a wonderful job!!

Sooooo Happy!!!!

I will leave you with this quote.

"I always try to balance the light with the heavy - a few tears of human spirit in the sequins and the fringes"
~ Bette Midler~

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy New Year!!! She hides her dreams inside her head - Somerset Studio

 She hides her dreams inside her head

How many times have I told you that I always hid my dreams inside my head. Never told anyone.
Just waiting for it to come to me. 
I don't know when the shift happened but I think it was when I realized I control my own destiny.
No one but myself.
We can be who or whatever we want to be.
Just need to do it!!!
Get off our F..... Butts!
(I wanted to say the other word but I told myself,  my new years resolution is that I am not going to talk like a drunken sailor anymore or should I say as much)
One step in front of the other.  
Let them out!!!!

Whatever that may be for you. 

My dreams are coming true!!! Eeeeeeee!!!!
As soon as I let them out.

So excited!
I was just contacted by the Reading Eagle. They want to do an article on my art. 
It will be in the Lifestyle Section on Saturday in 2 weeks.
What a way to start the New Year. 

Also don't forget Somerset Studio
Featured Artist in the Jan/Feb Issue
 7 Whole Pages!!!
Just a bit excited!!!
Dreams doooo come true!

Here is a bit of a progression of a new painting

 I painted this on top of an old painting. 

I started not liking the face and where the eyes positioned. 
So I painted over it!!!  This is when my sisters freak out!!
Why would you do that!!! I can hear them.
Hey you just don't get attached.
I can fix it!
Her expression wasn't showing me what I need to see.
Her eyes where not dreamy enough for me.

So I start all over.
 A little undercoat.

 Coming along

 She is emerging

   Her hat has been completed

This song sums up how I am feeling right now.

I love this song and this movie. This clip is first of Ruth Gordon singing it in a scene from "Harold and Maude" and then Cat Stevens. Equally wonderful! One of my favorite movies. If you ever get a chance to see it please do. It is so worth. Has a wonderful message.

"If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out"

Well, if you want to sing out, sing out
And if you want to be free, be free
'Cause there's a million things to be
You know that there are

And if you want to live high, live high
And if you want to live low, live low
'Cause there's a million ways to go
You know that there are

You can do what you want
The opportunity's on
And if you can find a new way
You can do it today
You can make it all true
And you can make it undo
you see ah ah ah
its easy ah ah ah
You only need to know

Well if you want to say yes, say yes
And if you want to say no, say no
'Cause there's a million ways to go
You know that there are

And if you want to be me, be me
And if you want to be you, be you
'Cause there's a million things to do
You know that there are


Well, if you want to sing out, sing out
And if you want to be free, be free
'Cause there's a million things to be
You know that there are
You know that there are
You know that there are
You know that there are
You know that there are


You can live however you want to.....Its all up to you!!
Figure out what you want to do this year!!!
And just DO IT!!