Saturday, September 25, 2010

Happy Days

Simply Slings
8 x 10 oil on canvas

Did you ever have one of those days when you were just happy, happy for no apparent reason? I had one of those days. How wonderful. The trees looked greener, the sky bluer, my kitty cuter ( yeah, I know, it just doesn't seem possible) even the grocery store felt like a fabulous place. For a fleeting moment I thought maybe I should figure out why I was happy, but I quickly stopped myself.  I didn't want too much thinking to make my happy state go - poof.  I finished this little painting and started on another.  Oh, happy days...


This painting will be included in the Arist of Texas-Fall Show at The Dutch Art Gallery in Dallas, Texas. Reception in November 6th, 2010 show will go through Jan 3rd, 20100
for purchasing information go to http://www.dutchartusa.com/




Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A Trip Down Memory Lane


I Do
12 x 24 oil on canvas

This painting just had to have the title of "I Do" since these are the shoes that I was wearing when I said, I do. It was a beautiful sunny day in Del Mar, CA.  The skies were crystal clear blue and they made the water of the Pacific just sparkle. As Cinderella said

"The right shoes can change your life."



Sunday, September 19, 2010

Down the Rabbit Hole and Back


Spots of Affection
10 x 8 oil on canvas

What do money and success have to do with habit changing you ask. Well maybe you haven't been asking, but I have.  You see I'm a very methodical person in some respects, not all respects (don't want to hear from the peanut gallery-you know who you are).  In my unconscious I believe there is a step by step process to most anything and one must not skip the steps.  So I've undergone this attempt at changing my bad habits. It is my underling belief that if I change my bad habits, as in stop wasting time and doing those  things that make me less efficient- I will get more done. If I get more done than and I will be more productive and then maybe I will be more successful.

I had the experience this last week of trying to change those habits and then finding myself hitting up against my blockers. So my little methodical methods popped up again. Remove the blockers so that you can change your habit, so you can be more effective and productive and then be more successful. When drilling down into this rabbit hole I had a big aha.  Way down deep, under layers of stuff, I have the  kernel of belief that I'm not good  enough. I say kernel because this is something I had done lots of work on, but there is still this itty-bitty, teeny-weeny seed that is still ruling the roost. Then I saw how intricately woven that belief is in my thought process. I'm not good enough at time management, I'm not good enough at changing my habits, I'm not good enough at being productive, you get the gist, don't ya.

Awareness is such a powerful anti-oxidant isn't it? Changing my thinking to: I am good enough allows me to be in a much more positive state and when I'm in a more positive state there is unlimited possibilities.


This painting will be included in the Arist of Texas-Fall Show at The Dutch Art Gallery in Dallas, Texas. Reception in November 6th, 2010 show will go through Jan 3rd, 20100
for purchasing information go to http://www.dutchartusa.com/




Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Blind-Sided


Afternoon Glow
 oil on canvas


Okay, I already have to say, whew this habit changing goal is kicking my butt.  If you recall in my last post, I shared with you that I was going to spend more time on the business of art. To fit that into my daily life, I needed to make changes regarding how I was going to spend my time.  I saw this as a big chance to create new habits and get rid of some old time wasting habits. Well, here is where it got interesting, instead of plowing ahead on the ole change-a-roo of  my habits, making me a time efficient machine--my time efficiency got worse. UGH double UGH

Here is my explanation of what happened.  The little gremlin guys all got together and had a summit  They all decided they liked how things were so we'll show her, we will dig in our heals and make it worse.  They figured this strategy would coerce me into going back to the status quo. I'm definitely going to dig deeper and see why these little gremlin guys are throwing up this blocker. However,  what I  know from being a Life Coach  is that blockers almost always appear when someone is attempting a change.  Won't those little guys be blind-sided when I figure this one out.










Thursday, September 9, 2010

Excited Anticipation

Sexy Shadows
12 x 12 oil on canvas

Since September is my anniversary month it seems very logical to embark on a new challenge. September also seems appropriate because this was the time of year I got my new box of Crayola crayons when I was in grade school. I loved the smell of the little sticks of wax when I cracked  open the fresh box.  The brand new box made me feel special and filled with excited anticipation of what great masterpiece I would create with my little friends.

I digress, so on to my new challenge... Now that the habit of painting (almost daily) is firmly established(whew, you'all knew what that took) I intend to form a new habit.  The habit of spending 60% of my time creating and 40% on the business of art.  "They" say any business owner should spend an equal 50/50 split, but that feels just a little heavy to me. So 60/40 it is.

As this new concept has been forming in my mind, I have begun to realize my daily schedule has some bad habits deeply embedded in it, otherwise known as wasting time, ugh!. So those habits need to die, be murdered, put to rest, sent out to pasture, however you want to say it, and new habits formed in their place. I will be curious to see if I go through the same blockers ( described in my last post) as I did when I was forming the habit of painting on a regular basis. I will keep you informed. Is there new habit you want to form? or old habit you want to get rid of? I'm just saying.


Thursday, September 2, 2010

Magical Blessings

Seven Pairs of Utopia
20 x 16 oil on canvas

It's my anniversary! It seems so fitting that I'm posting a commission painting on this momentous day, it really helps tell the story of how far I have come in a year. Yep, that's right, one year ago I started this blog. I had decided to keep a blog after seeing the movie Julie & Julia.  As Julie committed to cooking over 500 recipes in a year, I committed to paint 100 paintings in a year. I stated in my first blog entry that part of my decision was based on the fact that I had heard many times that painting 100 paintings in a year is very magical and I wanted to find out about the magic part. 

Well, magic it has been. I had expected my painting skills to change but the other changes have been quite unexpected and yep, I have to say it, magical. 

First I'll share the effects on my painting. Speed- I have certainly sped up the process, what  used to take me 6-8 hours now takes me 3-4, not that I set out for that to happen it just did. Clarity- I have received more clarity, oh what a wondrous thing.  Those of you have spent time in limbo-land know what an amazing blessing clarity is. Style-this is not something I tried to make happen, it just happened. I'm sure this will evolve over time, but I can sense where I'm going.

The affects on my psyche has been  nothing short of amazing for me. As my first blog entry stated, I have been a bit of a commitment phobic in my life and I really thought that I would mainly share my struggles with committing. But it only plagued me for a couple months and then it went poof.  Then I moved unto the, oh so delightful, nasty gremlin voices.  Those voices didn't go poof in a few short months, but they did go.  The exodus of those voices seemed to go hand in hand with me getting better at following my heart. The louder the voice of my heart became the quieter the voice in my head became. With the commitment phobicness dissolved (when it comes to painting) and the voices silenced (or at least muffled) I'm able to enjoy a very peaceful happy state most of the time. Hmmf, who would of thunk it, all from deciding to paint 100 paintings and blog about it.

I have to confess, I did not complete all 100, but it just doesn't matter, it got me painting on an almost daily basis and I received so many magical blessings in return. Another of those blessings is the above commission from a self-diagnosed shoe-aholic, her friends call her the 'shoe goddess' and her closet the 'shoe alter'.

I highly recommend finding your own thing to commit to, then observe yourself going through it, it is quite fascinating and quite rewarding. Let's have a drink and toast to the next year, shall we?