Diving deep into a windy March

It’s been busy here with getting ready for Art Festivals and then being in Art Festivals Friday-Sunday. I love meeting other artists and talking with people about art. It’s beautiful in Florida right now, so it’s great weather for being outside. I have one more Art Festival this weekend at Winthrop Art Festival in Brandon.

Sometimes it’s actually hard to let go of a painting… at least for me. One of my favorites “Diving Deep” sold at the last Festival. She was inspired by my love of water and swimming below the surface where all is quiet and serene. I miss her but hope her new owner is enjoying it.

One word for 2017 and Magic Mandalas!

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I’ll be leading a workshop this weekend at Shore Bliss Yoga in Apollo Beach, FL. We’ll be doing walking meditations, writing, finding our own personal word and drawing magic mandalas to help us manifest our intentions for the year. It’ll be much more fun than make a goals list or a bunch of resolutions that will be hard to keep.

From the studio – Life goes on

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A new painting that came out of nowhere after many layers and many transitions. I was all over the place on this one, stalled for days, weeks at a time. But now I have come out at the other end of the dark tunnel. Some things are definitely looking better. I made a Manifest Abundance Mandala, a high-five hamsa hand of sorts that visualizes/crystalizes my artsy thoughts and so now I have a plan for the rest of 2016 in terms of what I want to accomplish, and I am painting again without too much struggle.

Not all is perfect in paradise though. I didn’t get accepted to a new Art Festival I wanted to be in AND I didn’t sell any of my door paintings at the Creative Artist’s Gallery Show that I was in. I am not going to let it get me down. It’s FALL and a brand new season, although you wouldn’t know it here in Florida! I always feel energized in fall! How is your year going?

Catching up to the Smiling Blue Fish!

Whew! I’ve been lost in life… a good life! I have been journaling with Lisa Sonora’s 30 Day FIRE prompts and reading Nicolas Wilton’s blog, trying to get unstuck from my floundering creative practice. Maybe I just needed a dry spell to rest because things have suddenly started to move forward again. Maybe it’s because it’s FALL (which we don’t really have here in Florida) but I like to think a change in seasons anyway… Things have certainly gotten brighter on the Mandala Series. I’ve been trying to keep this series going as Art Festival season will be here before I know it…. I enjoy painting these and thinking about my next WORD for the year 2017!

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Painting through distractions…

Wow, the time is flying faster than ever. We’re in the middle of the holidays with lots to do on top of L I F E as it usually is. My Creative+Practice Workshop with Lisa Sonora is keeping my artistic mind on track, but I am finding it challenging to get some actual painting done. My idea list continues to grow, but my studio time is nil. I have done a few more small Mandala paintings… and I am working in a very tiny little book with a very quick watercolor-a-day. I am also thinking about my O N E   W O R D for 2016. Last year it was NURTURE. I did one of these small Mandala paintings that I see every day and it reminded me to NURTURE myself, my friendships, my love, my art and much more. Now I just need to incorporate Paint-Every-Day into the mix! Argh! Hope everyone is relaxing when they can and enjoying the holiday season while it’s still here!

Maybe one of these words will work for next year…

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