Wednesday, February 3, 2016

3 Simple Ways to Take Control and Be Your Own Muse!

How can you focus on your creative mind? If your mind is boggled with so many distractions in this fast paced world, it will be difficult to stay focused on the task at hand.

3 Ideas to help you be your own muse:

1. Everyone loves to browse Facebook while sitting in a carpool line or in a doctor's office or even with your morning cup of coffee. Take control of what content you are exposed to on your news feed. Take a few minutes and do some searches on keywords that interest you. For example I took the liberty of searching for positive quotes, art tips and healing art. I found a variety of Facebook Pages that I found very uplifting so I "liked' those pages. Then I scrolled through and found on my current news feed the posts that were "not so appropriate" and made sure I "unfollow" those people or pages. Yes! You can be in control !

2. Take mental breaks and turn off television and your phone. I often get too caught up in the nonsense of having to feel connected all the time. My creative mind works so much better in a quiet environment. Even just some white noise or classical music will alleviate stress and may even help you access those magical areas in your brain. Try a new app Focus At Will! (Focus@will)

3. Surround yourself with people that are positive and inspiring; not those that bring you down and burden you with their dirty laundry. I like to be around good listeners or rather others that aren't conversation hogs...that sounds bad, but people that just suck all your energy out of you are draining. Everyone needs balance. You can't really control others behavior but you can limit time with them.

"Be your own muse!" -Stacey Zimmerman

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Paint a Horse and Find Peace

 Horses are such wonderful beautiful animals full of love and affection. I wanted to paint one with white/gray tones that created an elegant feel. This is my kind of healing art. Turning a blank canvas into a beautiful animal is such a blessing.
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"I paint how I see colors through my eyes."
-Stacey Zimmerman

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Infinite Inspiration-The Need for Inspiration

I tore open the blank canvas and set it upon my easel. My wooden easel was littered with speckles of paint from previous concoctions. The past few weeks I’ve felt empty. I was empty from my creativeness that usually never leaves me. Often I have an endless source of ideas that sometime bog my mind. The majority of the time I don't even play the radio in the car when I’m driving. Even when I jog I tend to listen to calming songs to pep me up rather than the uplifting hard rock. Television drives me insane, its like someone is trying to get into my head and take away my "process".  I’m a calmer person when the TV is off.

If my mind is on sensory overload or I’m working at other tasks, my heart races and my mind feels frazzled with the distraction and noise. I can channel my thoughts and focus and bring out the best in myself with the peace and calm. Sometimes, I think I can focus my energy into a special area of my brain. I’m guessing its some sort of gift to be able to replicate an old master of fine art. Visually I’m very fortunate in my photography and my paintings. The biggest challenge is to find that time needed to conquer my gift and deliver progress…that is, make some real money.

I know I’m within reach. I know I can do it, not be famous or well-known, that’s not me, but rather I want to leave a legacy behind. Stories are what this world is based upon. I hope to leave behind strength, hope, faith and inspiration. The world has become a dark place and needs some uplifting art or images that can provide a sense of hope or healing.

I was done with feeling flat and empty so I started to paint circles. I really don’t know how many circles I painted. Each circle represented an abstract flower. I layered and layered the colors and strategically placed them with complimentary colors. Honestly as I was painting the smaller dots or circles I was thinking of my youngest child. My son has type 1 diabetes and he has to poke his fingers at least 8 times a day. Diagnosed at age 6, he is the strongest most courageous boy I know; I just realized it’s almost been 3 years! How many drops of red has he dispensed from his little amazing fingers? An estimate of over 8,000 drops he has had to give to measure his blood glucose. So, I figured I could keep painting these dots for a long time if he could do it.

Circles seem to bring out the best in me. Somehow they are meditative and calming. This painting was to be therapeutic as well as a creation for others to enjoy. I named it “Infinite Inspiration.” This world needs it.
-Stacey Zimmerman
Mom, Wife, Artist


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Do you own your happiness?

Do you own your happiness? Are u in charge of your feelings? Or do you let others decide if you are happy or not?

 I was contemplating over this idea one day as I sat in my car waiting to pick up my kids. I realized I could enjoy my little ( notice the word "little") moment of quiet or I could dread these moments of waiting. I had to make a choice if I was going to feel content in these small moments or actually get annoyed and frustrated sitting and waiting.

I rolled down my windows to soak up the warm rays of the sun, turned on my music and I felt happy. I'm sure the vitamin D helped some too. So many daily tasks burden our happy hormones!

Don't let others problems or complaints sit on your shoulders. Every person has his/her own issues. Be in control of situations. If your spouse or girlfriend/ boyfriend is really having a tough day- lighten the mood. Dance to some music in the shower. Show some happiness in the thick of stress.

I had to conquer and destroy my negative emotions. Fortunately I'm an optimist and a big supporter of positive thinking. I'm hoping my words are meant to motivate and encourage you to be happy. Pass along a smile today or even a compliment to a stranger. Your good feelings will spread like wildfire!

-Stacey Zimmerman


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Art that Heals

My goals as an artist is to create art that evokes emotions of healing, passion and strength. I believe my new piece is a great example of this.


My use of color may produce a sense of intense passion and inner strength. Does it take your breath away? Do you breathe deeper? Euphoric feeling? Does your heart rate increase? Maybe this piece will take your mind to a different world. Try to visually detox and become centered and focused.
-Stacey Zimmerman
Copyright Stacey Zimmerman 2015

Monday, March 9, 2015

Macro Photography-Snowflakes

 I think we've had our final big snowfall here in PA. It was beautiful and the kids had so much fun sledding in our backyard. I had a great variety of snowflakes to capture and managed to pick a few of my favorites. It takes quite a lot of patience and tolerance for the extreme cold temps however I was rewarded with some amazingly stunning photos of nature's beauty. Enjoy! Looking forward to spring!
Relish the drops of white that linger and land
One can cap the cold to withstand
To capture, save and secure a moment
In the instant of today’s enjoyment
-Stacey Zimmerman

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Muse! Dream! Go!

Action words are inspiring! Write them down when you are feeling uninspired. Be insightful. Listen to the world around you. Write down ideas when you first wake up in the morning. Aren't they powerful? What other words to you like to hear?
Remember Nike's saying "Just Do It!"? Very powerful. Very smart.

Stacey Zimmerman
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