Monday, January 30, 2012

Guitar Playing Cat, Yes Really

Lufi © 2012 Amy Hillenbrand
8 x 8  oil on board
Meet Lufi. Lufi is my Nephew's kitty. Lufi is the sweetest, most laid back cat you will ever meet. In my family we have a history of teaching our cat's all kinds of tricks.  As you may recall from previous posts, my own fury child shakes hands, sits, walks on a leash, and will also lay down on command.  Nathan, my nephew, has outdone me. In addition to teaching Lufi how to high five he has taught his cat how to play the guitar. Yes, I know you don't believe me so I have included a little clip to give you a visual of this amazing, musically inclined feline. Click here to see the super talented Lufi. Isn't that just the cutest?

Thursday, January 26, 2012

What to Do When you Don't feel like Doing

Paco In Plaid © 2012 Amy Hillenbrand
8 x 8  oil on board

As much as I would like to say I'm always happy as a clam all the time, I wouldn't be telling the whole truth. Life gets tough sometimes.  It would be a very difficult jump to go from feeling very low to saying I feel super excited, enthusiastic and joyful  in one big leap. With that said, I know that it is possible, but sometimes it works to take baby steps to feeling better or as I say to my coaching clients, raise your vibration.

This is where Paco comes in.  I am currently going through one of life's curve balls and was on the low end of the vibration register. Enter stage right-critters.  Critters you say? Yes Critters.  I love the little buggers. Paco is the fury child of one of my dear artist friends Kelley MacDonald. Paco is a vivacious pug who oozes personality. Paco even writes his own blog, catch it here. Staring at this pug's mug for several hours to paint him, in his fabulous plaid winter coat, just made me smile.When I was done, I had definitely raised my vibration level several steps more than I thought I would. Hopefully when you view this little pup's portrait you will smile too.

So when you are feeling low, what is one little action you could take to get you to a more pleasant emotional place? Is there a Pug that you could hug?

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Be Flexible or Be Hot

Two Guy Ties © 2012 Amy Hillenbrand
24 x 12  oil on board
$615.00 + shipping 
Check it out, it's not a painting of shoes. I know! Shocked aren't you?  Funny little story about this painting.  I had this intense desire to do another painting like the one you see on the left side bar with the coats and the boots.  I dug in my closet and my Hubby's to find some interesting coats, fun boots and shoes. I brought some ties along for a pop of color next to the coats. (I was photographing in an empty, new house that the air was not turned on - it was over 105 degree's that day, ugh. Artist do what Artist need to do. I needed a closet with a wood floor.)
I spent hours photographing  different coat and shoe combinations. I was getting hot.  I didn't like anything I had shot. Another hour rolls by, I'm getting hotter. I glanced over at these ties on the hanger. They wanted their chance in the limelight. I said what the heck and  I did a little snap snap. Viola'...I now had something I liked.  I liked the movement, I liked the shadows and I really liked the fact I could now close up shop and head for the air conditioning. The moral of the story - be flexible, you never know what you will come up with. Or is the moral...when it's 105, don't be so picky.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Resolutin No, Word Yes!


Happy New Years Everyone! Resolution time, no, yep, me neither. But it did occur to me to choose a word for the year that would be my motto. A word I could use to be my shining star and help me through the rough spots and inspire me to be the best me I can be. As coincidence would have it, some of my fellow artist friends (otherwise known as the  FlyTribe) decided to have a word challenge. Cowinkie-dink? I don't think so.

This idea was inspired by a gal named Ali Edwards who shared her One Little Word Journey on her blog. She even has a class to help you with  your word. Stop by her site and check it out.

I digress, anyway, the word I chose is BELIEVE. Believe in me, believe in possibilities. There were so many words I could choose but this one was the one that made me smile and feel good. A word that I didn't choose but chose me. Instead of thinking about it, I let it pop into my noggin. I almost chose progress, but that felt heavy and mean and it was definitely coming from the thinking part of me.  So how 'bout you, what word could you say to yourself on a daily basis that would make your heart sing?                             

If you'd like some more inspiration, some friends of mine that I took Flying Lessons with are participating in sharing their "one word" for 2012 in a The FlyTribe. I'm sure they would let you borrow one of theirs.