Tuesday, October 14, 2014

An Artist's Spirit-Explore Your Inner Creative Self

Task List- Week #9
Can you feel the change in the air lately? It's time for a list of tasks to conquer to feed your creativity.

1. Pull out your camera and take some pictures of items that you normally would not photograph. It's all about doing something that is not normal! Grab some beautiful fresh cranberries and arrange them in a bowl. Use your macro lens or macro setting on your camera and get some neat shots up close...real close! Puts things in a totally different perspective!  Try some different items such as cotton, flower petals, candy corn, or even material from a costume? 
2. Time to shop for a new pair of boots. Find a pair that are totally original.
3. Download a new song-try a Celtic or Gaelic song. How does this music make you feel?
4. Text a friend you haven't connected with in the past month. Time to reconnect and meet for a coffee date.
5. Make your Christmas wish list! Yes, adults can make a list too!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Need Inspiration?

Create a collection of ideas to spark your creativity...
In the past, I've cut out magazine articles, photos and quotes and put on an old cork bulletin board. Pinterest is a great online tool using an online bulletin board. I love to browse the magazine section in stores and pick out the most eye catching magazine based on the design, composition and color!  The magazine that grabs my attention will most likely be the one I decide on purchasing. Use this idea for your artwork...create with passion and create with vibrant or complimentary colors that the viewer's eye will be drawn to again and again. Gather all your inspirations and put them together and see what ideas come into your head. Your brain is an amazing network of ideas that are waiting to be pulled out into the world. You just have to find that outlet!
Stacey Zimmerman


Saturday, September 20, 2014

An Artist's Spirit-Explore Your Inner Creative Self

An Artist's Spirit
Task List: Week #8
Autumn is approaching...what are some things you love about fall?
1. Make a list of feelings, smells, memories-all positive things about fall!
2. Do you love football? This is a great time of year for those football fans. If you aren't a huge fan-TRY IT OUT! Watch a game with a group, attend a party or a live game? Take your awesome camera and try out your zoom lens or even just try some action shots.
3. Pull out some new recipes and some old ones. Gather all your ingredients and include your kids in the process.
I love the smell of pumpkin bread baking in the oven. You can even make your own caramel apple dip! Pinterest is a great tool for ideas!
4. Grab a blank canvas and only get 3 colors. 3 autumn inspiring colors. Do something abstract! Have fun!
 Stacey Zimmerman
Artist, Mom, Wife


Healing Art

Do you think art has the ability to promote healing?

I really believe this. I've read countless articles about art therapy and healing art. The eyes are amazing. Everyone sees differently. I find it calming to have something to look at especially in stressful situations. From experience of sitting in hospitals or doctors' offices and after scrolling through endless outdated magazines, my eyes look for comfort from art displayed on the walls.

 Stacey Zimmerman

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Angels Among Us

Do you have an angel story?
Angels were created in many of my paintings, hidden or subtly placed so that they provide a sense of peace. I have a few stories in my life that involve angels. Close family relatives or friends' of mine have passed and I do believe they are angels now. In my opinion angels linger around and provide comfort and peace or even guide us in our ways. One of my earlier posts explain one of my experiences- Angel Butterfly .
This week I lost my second mom. She was a mom to everyone. My best friend's mom passed away from cancer. She struggled for years but things went downhill too quickly. So many of her friends and family are very sad and will miss her dearly. She was an angel and such a kind caring lady. After all, she created two wonderful daughters, one of which is a best friend. I've spent countless hours in their home as a teenager. What great years of memories! I will treasure those times forever. I dedicate my Guardian Angel painting to her and hope that these angels will protect her family in this time of grieving.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Creativity vs. Innovation

Here are some selections that I found quite interesting about creativity and innovation. Sometimes I find my fix for art in writing! I believe you must have creativity to provide innovation. Innovation has exploded from outstanding creative minds. I am surrounded by passionate friends and families that take risks and use their creativity to design or plan their futures with new business ventures. I absolutely love to watch the TV series Shark Tank. It is so interesting to learn about how others come up with innovative businesses, their personal journeys and the struggles they overcome to reach their goals. There are so many people who say that they are not creative. I have to disagree. My sense is that everyone is creative in some way in life. We are so lucky to live in a nation that we can use our creativity to expand our lives, whether it is for happiness, money, or freedom…or for all.



“The main difference between creativity and innovation is the focus. Creativity is about unleashing the potential of the mind to conceive new ideas. Those concepts could manifest themselves in any number of ways, but most often, they become something we can see, hear, smell, touch, or taste. However, creative ideas can also be thought experiments within one person’s mind.”




“Innovation refers to the application of an idea and, in many cases, is a collaborative enterprise. So in other words, innovation is applied creativity. Or if I put my creative speaker hat on, I might say, "Creativity is a bioelectrical thunderstorm that precipitates an inescapable notion."

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Selling Art: Questions to Ask your Prospective Collector

22 Questions to Ask your Prospective Buyer
 I came up with a list of great questions to ask a customer/prospective collector. Usually I'm tongue tied when it comes to finding topics about my own artwork. I think the best thing is to memorize a few of your favorite questions if you are in need of a conversation starter.

1.What do you see?

2. Can you relate to this painting?
3. Who is your favorite artist?

4. Do you collect art? Are you ready for some color?

5.Are you looking for a little inspiration or spark?

6. I created this because….(tell them your creative process)-does this painting tell you a story?

7. How does this make you feel?

8. What do you think pulled you towards this particular painting?

9. Does this painting mean something to you?

10. Do you think the use of color can inspire you?
11. Do you want this painting to be a focal point?

12. Does this painting highlight a memory in your life?

13. Would you like this painting to decorate a large or small area?

14. Can you see this in your home?

15. Does this use of color give you an uplifting feeling? Calming?

16. What is that I’ve shared with you that you have interest in?

17. Do you have interest in buying something for you today?

18. I know I can’t resist when I look at something more than once. Are you ready to add this to your home?

19. Do you feel you’d enjoy this and see something different each day in different lights?

20. Can you imagine what this looks like in different light?

21. Can you see the sparkle used in the color?

22. What do you see value in?

Thanks for visiting!
Stacey Zimmerman