Saturday, August 21, 2010

Singing Aloud

Cheerful Chirper
12 x 12 oil on canvas

Well hello there all you other followers of Amy's Art Blog. Hmmm, so why would Amy start off like that you
might be  thinking.  Well, this isn't Amy. (Could you tell by the handwriting?) This is Amy's "first ever" (hopefully not last) Guest Blogger.  Yep, cool idea huh? Guest Blogger. Hope you still feel that way in a few minutes. 

Who is it you might ask am I? Well, Amy searched far and wide for her biggest fan....would it be her most frequent commenter? Would it be her most vocal fan?  Would it be her little Muse Sophie or the largest owner of Amy's Art?  Give up?'s the hubby...Bob.  Hi there.  Thank you for indulging me a little.

Here is the thing I want to share...I am so happy when Amy paints.  I can tell in her voice, when I call from work, when she is painting.  It does something to her.  I can see it when I get home...the bounce in her step, the smile on her face, the calmness over our home (of course her music selections make it obvious, too).

I love how Amy has found something so rewarding, so joyful, so internally fulfilling.  Thank you all for your support, your kind posts, your motivation and your friendship.

Guest blogger signing off.....

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Work in Progress

painting in progress

This is just a small piece of a larger painting I am creating for a commission piece. What a journey this piece has been and I can't wait to show it to you.  I have to tell you something very exciting, but I have to start in the beginning.  In the beginning of this blogging/painting journey I really had to wrestle with my gremlins (nasty little voices with very negative unpleasant commentary) every time I put brush to canvas they would start in on me.  If you been following with me on this journey I wrote about it over and over again.  Those little gremlins are quite creative little buggers, I'll give 'em that.  Trying this angle or that angle trying to get me to put that brush down and trying to make me feel like s__t.

But alas, I persevered and just kept painting!! I noticed today they are rather silent and as I thought about it, I realized they have been silent for quite a while.  I have been totally absorbed in the act of painting and being totally present in the now of it all. It is a very wonderful place to be. I'm not quite sure how I did it, but I know it involved lots of doing without a lot of thinking.  

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Go-to Toy

Playtime with Penny
16 x 20 oil on canvas

Meet Penny and her Piney, which is Penny's favorite toy.  Piney is short for Pineapplesauras and if your not familiar with that critter it is a cross between a pineapple and a styracosaurus(dinosaurs). At one time Piney's parents spied this  mail order toy on the side of a pineapple can and thought it was just the thing for their favorite girl.  Long story short, this is Penny's go-to toy. See her happy little expression, that's pure passion,

Penny's go-to toy makes me wander into my childhood and wonder what was my go-to toy. 

For the past several years I was in this horrible limbo, maybe you know it, what do I want to do when I grow up limbo. I searched, I pondered, I requested and I even took tests and classes.  During my wandering years I had purchased Cheryl Richardson's self-care cards.  A beautiful deck of cards with thought provoking topics. Each morning I would draw a card for my daily inspiration.  I repeatedly, I mean repeatedly, would draw the Passion card which read "Resurrect a childhood dream, let your passion take flight". Each time I drew that card I would scratch my head and wondered what could that possibly be; I was totally blank.

So as things usually work for me, I figured it out later, much later.  My Angels really had to hit me over the head with this one.  My go-to toy was crayons, I would sit for hours and color pictures and not realize time had gone by, it was my play, it was my passion. What is your go-to toy?