Friday, June 25, 2010

Sophie's Choice

8 x 10 oil on canvas

By now you know I like to call animals-- critters, it is a very loving term in my mind.  I really do say thank you to God on almost a daily basis for my little critter Sophie.  She is my constant companion. She helps me do almost everything. Recently I sent a "call for entry" for shoes to my neighbors and  then to get those shoes back promptly to their owners. I spent a big block of time posing them and photographing them.

And you know who helped me-yep that's right Sophie. I knew my husband wouldn't believe me and maybe you guys wouldn't believe me so I have proof.  See the pics below and my photo assistants input:

                                            "I think we should move the lights a little"

                                                                      "let me check the angle"           

"OK Mom,  I think we've got it!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Two Choose

12 x 12 oil on canvas

I had this really strange phenomenon the other day. I did not want to paint and it felt like I never wanted to paint again, like never.  It kinda' scared me, never paint again, really?  Of course I did a little navel gazing to figure this one out. I asked self what is it that your trying to tell me. And self actually answered back           
                                                                      B A  L A N C E. 

I had been painting for many many days straight and doing all other things related to painting. It gets confusing when to push through moments of procrastination and when to listen to your own inner wisdom. This time I chose to listen. I needed to do something different. So my Honey and I went on a little day trip traveling through Texas hill country, aah it was nice, just what the navel ordered.

As you can see I got back in the saddle. These wonderful shoe models were courtesy of my sweet neighbor Carol Curcuruto.

Saturday, June 19, 2010


16 x 12 oil on canvas

I bet you're thinking I'm an Imelda Marcos, no I don't own 2700 pair of shoes. I wish.

My last post "What Would Angels Wear?" was the last of my sister's shoes that I had scavenged from her suitcase on her recent visit. So I went and scavanged my neighbors closets. To let you know, I did  ask permission first.  I sent an email to see if I could borrow their shoes.  I would love to know what some of them thought about that request.  Maybe something like "this is a very weird individual" or "maybe she has a shoe fetish" or "I hope they don't smell too bad" or "I wonder if she'll wear them" or, well, you get the picture. 

I did actually receive some invites into some closets as a result of the email, goodie for me. This is the first on the series of my neighbor shoes.  These sassy gladiators were volunteered by wonderful neighbor Jill Stachura. More to come.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

What Would Angels Wear?

8 x 10 oil on canvas

On Monday night I went to hear an Angel expert (my words) give a little talk with my good friend, Celeste(Isn't that a wonderful name?).  Her name is Lorna Byne who wrote the book Angels in my Hair. Okay first you have to know she's from Ireland, so she talks with a beautiful Irish accent.  I think all angel experts should talk with a beautiful accent, don't you? 

She's been seeing and interacting with  Angels since she was just a wee one and so now she has a million experiences to share when addressing audiences.  She strongly talked about guardian angels and their constant presence, how comforting. She went on to tell about different Angels that arrive (for lack of a better word) for different tasks. She shared how much they love to help us.  That got me a'thinking..

Why not request a painting that's just what I did. Here is what my painting Angel did for me, she or him or shim, allowed me to paint in peace, meaning the negative self-talk was non-existent. Oh how very very peaceful.  Too bad you can't hear my Irish accent that I just said that with. 

I wonder if Angels like shoes, too...hhhmm

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Formal Flops

8 x 10 oil on canvas

Thought for the day:

  "A vision without action is called a daydream; but then
 again, action without a vision is called a nightmare."

                                                                     Jim Sorenson
Good one, huh?

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Sole Sister

10 x 8 oil on canvas

Recently my sister came to visit me.  It was so fun to see her and do sister things together.  I happened to be standing by her when she opened her suitcase and lo and behold she was, shoes and more shoes.

Each pair were cuter than the last, it was just like Christmas. Here the downside, she wears one size smaller than me.  So she did get to take her shoes home, but they will live in infamy on my blog.

btw...this gives me an neat  idea....stay tuned, I will let you know the idea in future may be needed.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Rocking Horse

18 x 14 oil on canvas

Do fish know they are swimming in water?  Have you ever stopped to think about what you are thinking the moment you wake up? Or how you feel? No, not the aches and pains, but what emotions you are having? 

 I realized my mind directly went to what I'm am going to do today and accomplish today. Then I dug deeper, for me there was this underlying pressure, if I don't accomplish something or a lot of somethings today, something bad will happen to know those unfounded fears like the sky will fall or the earth will stop spinning.  OK, I'm just kidding, the earth isn't going to stop spinning. But have you ever noticed that most fears really have no substance behind them?

So what's a fish to do?  I decided I didn't mind the creating the mental to do list, but instead of the something bad will happen outcome I changed it to something happy and joyous will happen. I find my new, happy thought is a much better way to start my day and motivate me throughout the entire day.  So what are you swimming in?