Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Believe - Day 20 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

"Believe" - 18" x 24" acrylic on paper - $295
I still believe in magic, unicorns, fairies and try to have faith that there is good in every single living Soul.  Sometimes it's easier to believe in the magic, unicorns and fairies than the latter, but I have to believe we all have redeeming factors, somewhere deep inside our psyches.

With so many events lately that challenge these beliefs, I often turn off the news and retreat into my studio where I can live in my own little fantasy world.  It's my escape from reality, and for me, it's a much happier place.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Grateful - Day 19 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

"Grateful" - 18" x 24" acrylic on paper - $295
Beyond grateful.

And I have to say I like the simplicity and lack of color with this piece.  I hope to add a few more like it to the "Silence Between the Noise" series - it feels very peaceful to me. 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Love - Day 18 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

"Love" - 18" x 24" acrylic on paper - $295
Not much to say about this piece - the word gets somewhat lost in the chaos but it's still there, etched deep into the paper (and our Souls).

It's a good thing.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Imagine - Day 17 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge"

"Imagine" - 24" x 18" acrylic on paper - $295
Simply imagine all the possibilities.....that's all.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Fly - Day 16 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

"Fly" - 18" x 24" acrylic on paper - $295
Woohoo - halfway through the challenge and the end is in sight!  Don't get me wrong - I love being back in the studio again, but there are so many things happening around me right now that I'm pretty overwhelmed. 

When I get like this I just want to fly away, somewhere quiet and preferably by the ocean where I can dig my feet into the sand and listen to the endless waves. 

I think a beach trip is definitely in order when this challenge is over - perhaps that will be my "carrot" only I'll probably drive since my favorite beaches are only a couple hours away. 

I'm feeling better already, just thinking about it!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Strength - Day 15 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

"Strength - 18" x 24" acrylic on paper - $295
My mother often says/mutters "God give me strength" and lately I've had more than a few of those moments when I've had to say the very same thing.  And I somehow manage to get through whatever I'm going through and move on to the next situation. 

Such is life, no? 

And strength is what has gotten me through to the half-way mark of this challenge.  It hasn't been an easy month for me in many ways, but I'm determined to get my paintings done and finish what I started.

People ask why I continue to put my Self through such stress when I'm clearly juggling a LOT of things right now.  And I tell them I do it because at the end of the challenge, I will be filled with a joy and knowledge that confirms just how strong I was; how I managed to keep things together and exactly what a huge accomplishment I just achieved.

And let's not forget how much fun I'm having being back in the studio again after a 6+ month sabbatical. 

I'm on the home stretch now and can't wait to see what the next 15 days bring. I know I can do this - I'm strong.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Know - Day 14 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

"Know" - 18" x 24" acrylic on paper - $295
This is one of those piece that just kind of scream out to you in a variety of fashions.  Subtle yet loud as a freight train; soft and hard at the same time.  It's deep but not too philosophical, and gentle but firm.  It's one of those "I know what I know I know" pieces that told me to "stop - you're done." 

And I knew it was right.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Try - Day 13 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

"Try" - 24" x 18" acrylic on paper - $295
Well, I tried and tried and tried again to the get the metallic gold to photograph on the painting and it was a massive fail.  I've never been much of a metallic person but there's something about this gold dust that gives the pieces a final touch that leaves a rich impression.  Hard to explain and even hard to capture with a camera, but it's there. 


Monday, February 12, 2018

Feel - Day 12 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

"Feel" - 18" x 24" acrylic on paper - $295
One thing I've learned in my human experience on earth is that we all have an inner voice that guides us where we need to be.  The difficult part of hearing the voice is we have so much noise going on in the background with a brain that thinks logically versus abstractly that we ignore the voice (and our gut) and proceed with what we believe is right, based on history, facts, and what others tell us.

I can't begin to tell you how many times I "knew" something but went with my logical side (or followed the crowd) instead.  And the number of fails, heartbreak and loss that occurred because of what seemed like a no-brainer turned out to be a disaster.

Life lessons - and it's taken me almost 60 years of being on this earth to learn that our answers really do lie within us. 

This series "Silence Between the Noise" is based on finding those answers by letting the noise fade and plucking the delicate wisdom that waits quietly for us to acknowledge and propel them into our reality. 

We really do have the answers, and we do indeed know what's right, wrong, safe or dangerous for us.  The issue is learning to trust that feeling - especially when it's not what we want to hear!

So here's to life lessons, feelings within and allowing the knowledge to seep into our consciousness.  I think it's more fun to paint them than personally go through them, but then that's me living my human experience.  :-)

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Hope - Day 11 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

"Hope" - 24" x 18" acrylic on paper - $295
.....and from yesterday's "Peace" offering comes "Hope" - another lively little number with lots of colors, drips and swirls.