This is blog of my journey as a Raleigh, NC artist. A journal of my experiences, memories, and inspirations. I hope you enjoy my open studio of my fine art paintings and digital photography. My style is impressionistic, abstract and somewhat illuminating!
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!
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 From experience of sitting in hospitals or doctors' offices and after scrolling through endless outdated magazines, my eyes look for comfort from art displayed on the walls.
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.
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.”
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
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.
"Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life." - Picasso
It's Friday! TGIF! Take a moment and smell the flowers!
My reward from working hard all week is usually for painting and creating. Lately I've been bogged down with so many tasks that I need to step away to cleanse my brain. So, I am taking a break and writing here on my blog! :) I may even take a moment and whip out my paint brush just to get an idea out there on my canvas.
I was surprised by some wonderful colors in my front yard this morning...