Sunday, April 6, 2014

Your Muse

Who is your Muse? Is it a family member, a best friend, or your spouse? Or do you have a famous artist that you've come to admire?

My muse comes in many forms. I receive musings from nature or even from my kids' happiness and gusto for life. They look at life with curious and new eyes. I even pick up some musings from my husband's love and sense of honor and values. And from admirers that get that spark when looking at colors on canvas and want to see some more! :)

I truly adore Claude Monet's story and his many paintings in various lights.

 Then there is Vincent Van Gogh with is brushstrokes and use of color.

Gustav Klimt's use of gold and details in his paintings are very eye catching.
I keep coming back to the old masters for inspiration. I could study and look at their art everyday and still find something new. To see these paintings up close someday is definitely on my bucket list.
Thanks for visiting!
-Stacey Zimmerman
Mom, Wife and artist 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

What time is best for your "Creative Spark"?

Would you like some paint with your coffee?

When are your most productive creative hours? What type of setting? Music? Lighting?

In the wee hours of the morning I need my coffee and comfy lounging clothing on. Most of the time I enjoy the peace and quiet with tons of natural sunlight coming through my windows.

If I've had sensory overload I do not like distractions of music or television. My brain needs a rest so I can create clutter free!

-Stacey Zimmerman
Mom, Wife, artist

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Try something NEW

Don't be afraid to try something new! Explore a different path. I have definitely dipped my paintbrushes in new techniques lately. Painting is a way of expressing myself. And you know what I've noticed since I took a step out of my comfort box? I have been discovering new friends and reconnecting with old friends. When I finally get the moment to get my new ideas onto canvas, I find a sense of peace. I'm able to take on each day with more intensity. My intuition is on high and ideas keep on coming.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Painting to Music- Kodaline

I really enjoy Kodaline. Their songs seem to tell a story and grab your heartstrings. Amazing!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Inspiration for my Art : Etsy Shop Story

I've added a story to my Etsy shop.

"An" I asked myself.  I didn't think so. 

My husband and I lived in Italy just after getting married. For three amazing years I was in awe over the colors of the Mediterranean Sea which I could see from our Italian villa's rooftop. Our landlord grew a huge garden and made homemade vino. I started painting on the old glass bottles that the wine was stored in. Inspired by the landscapes and growing plants I painted on flower pots and small canvases and gave them as gifts. The volcanic soil in Naples (Napoli) allowed my green thumb to grow huge massive sunflowers. Amazed at the yellow flowers I began painting more vibrant flowers.
I can still remember walking in Florence, Italy wanting to buy every street artist's artwork. Walking those cobblestone alley's and bridges was like a feast for my senses. Breathtaking art in all forms surrounded us. Architectural elements in the churches and especially the Florence Cathedral were incredible. The “David” by Michelangelo was something you have to see in person.
Through these many years I've soaked up every experience into my mind and express myself onto canvas. I am not afraid of a blank canvas as my artist’s mind is always brewing up a new idea. I’ve basically taught myself to paint by studying the old masters of art and the many art books I have stacked throughout my home. I'm blessed that I can look at an old master's painting such as Claude Monet and reproduce his work with my own personal artistic touch. After all these years my home became my gallery. Guests entering my home are greeted with a formal dining room AKA my small art studio. I realized I should offer my paintings for sale after many visitors inquired about my artwork. I love those moments when my use of color in a painting evokes a positive emotion and I hear the viewer catch their breath. Thanks for visiting!


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Happiness Means Success- 5 Ways to Be Happier!

I've been wanting to get this blog post idea out there so here it is....

Yes, happiness I believe is the TRUE secret to being successful. Having a positive outlook on each and every daily aspect of life is a pure stepping stone to becoming the person you want to be.
  • Do you want to be independently wealthy?
  • Have more freedom and more time with your family?
  • Do you want to inspire others?
  • Would you like to wake up each morning ready to conquer the day with new ideas?
  • Would you like to be surrounded by others that are fun and encouraging ?
  • Do you want your children to grow up knowing they can follow their dreams and goals?
I know I personally answered YES to all these questions!!

5 Ways to Be Happier and SUCCEED!
  1. Exercise! Exercise will increase your mood and your body image! Those endorphins will produce that feeling of "I can do anything!"
  2. Have a handful of close relationships ! I have a great group of close friends that I can count on for anything. They've known me forever and we can act ourselves around each other. We don't have to pretend or try to impress each other. Even if we live miles apart we are still close in our hearts.
  3. Have meaningful conversations rather than small talk. I'm really bad  at  small talk person.  I am a quiet person most of the time. I listen and gather information about a person before I can create a meaningful conversation. Too many questions to another can cause that person to feel they are being interrogated. Listen!
  4. Be a positive person! Enjoy your daily blessings...even listening to your kids' scooters glide over your hardwood floors in the wee hours of the morning. Laugh! See the humor in accidents. Be human.
  5. Find a sport or hobby that you do for yourself! If your hobby turns into a business...go for it! Wouldn't you love to do something you LOVE each day. If you love a sport- COACH! Learn something new.  

I love to read inspiring quotes and remember this one from a long time ago in college when I did a paper about Positive Thinking....

“I would rather be ashes than dust!
I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot.
I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.
The function of man is to live, not to exist.
I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them.
I shall use my time.”   
-Jack London 


Saturday, February 15, 2014

Spiritual Illuminating Abstracts

New illuminating abstracts!  These images may evoke a strong emotion. Very subtle yet striking crosses glow as the focal point in these paintings.