Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Pay it Forward

Bows on the Open Toes © 2011 Amy Hillenbrand
  12 x 12 Oil on Canvas
$305.00 + shipping
It is amazing the affect a kind word can have on another person. I was at a little backyard cookout this past Saturday night. (Okay, I say backyard, but to be honest, a lot of the time I was indoor because it still 97 blasting degrees at 10 o'clock at night! Gotta love Texas) Okay, back to the point.  As I was leaving, a friend I had not seen in awhile, said the nicest thing to me. She said I love looking at your blog it is so inspirational. I said thank you and gave her a hug. As I drove home I allowed her words to sink in even more.( How often do you not allow a compliment to really sink in?) I was now doing a little happy dance in my head and the next day I had a little extra pep to my step. Thank you Emily.
Be open and receive and then pay it forward, make someone's day with a kind word or deed. Pretty soon we will all be doing the happy dance.

Friday, July 15, 2011


Outer-Wear © 2011 Amy Hillenbrand
  24 x 12 Oil on Canvas

I often write about getting unstuck from painters block. I received a comment the other day from a fellow artist wondering if  I have found the key to unlocking this dreadful mystery. Personally, I think the key is different for different people depending on what "lights your bulb".  Let me elaborate on the bulb comment. I am a person who enjoys the doing of something; actually being in the process of. When the item is finished, I do enjoy looking back and seeing the doneness of it, but being in the doing is what feels juicy. Oh, I know doneness is not a word, but you catch my drift. But for some people, the love of starting of something is what brings them excitement or a rush. And for others, it is the completion of something that lights them up. 

Okay, so back to unlocking the block thing. So knowing that I enjoy the doing part of things is the key to getting unstuck for me. Often I have a hard time getting started on something but once I'm in the actual "doing it" I'm humming along.  So this is what I do: instead of forcing myself into it, I picture in my mind me in the middle of painting. I will recall a time I was just flowing along being in the zone and feeling how wonderful that feels. I see my studio, I see the sun shining in the window, I hear my Pandora station playing, I feel the brush in my hands and I feel how happy and satisfied I am in that moment. It starts the juices flowing until I can't hardly wait to get my brushes and paints out. 

So whichever part of the process brings you the most juice, enough juice to light your bulb, focus on it. Make your mental picture and let the energy move you. So what is your favorite part?

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Birthday

A Walk Around the Block © 2011 Amy Hillenbrand
12 x 12 Oil on Board
$305.00 + shipping
Here is my little 4th of July salute. All done up in red, white and blue. Happy Birthday USA.