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Mar 21

Shiny & New!

I am so excited to share with you my brand spank’n NEW Website!  This little labor of love has been my journey for the last three months.  I hadn’t intended on taking on such a task in the New Year.  In fact my goal was to dive in to some much needed portfolio refreshening and creation, but the Universe had other ideas.  Isn’t that the way it always goes?

As 2017 was just newly unveiling itself (and as the Year of the Monkey left with a BANG) I was given the opportunity by my Awesome Web Guru & friend, Kim Beasley, to learn an entirely new Theme (Thrive Themes) and rebuild my website myself as opposed to having her do it for me.  I knew I needed to do an overhaul to my old site but I really didn’t want to deal with it and the idea panicked me to do it myself.  I learned something through this whole experience though – an important thing about myself -I can do this stuff and there’s nothing to be afraid of!  Isn’t that the nugget for everything in life?!  

So here I am in 2017 with a new online look and a new outlook on many aspects of my business(es).  First, please check out some of my new pages – Color Love & Yoga & Healing for Artistsand stay tuned for many more additions to these two pages.  Also, if you are a Subscriber you will be in the special group of people to receive Fun Freebies, coupons, and other extra goodies. If you haven’t Subscribed yet click on the button to the Right.  My goal in this New Year is to have fun, grow and expand in my business and craft, and share in the Light.  I look forward to the journey!  

Oh, and thanks to all my proof viewers who have spotted errors or non-working elements on my site over the last week since I went “live”.  It’s amazing how I can stare and review things over and over again and still miss stuff!  I’m sure there are more things I will catch, but that’s just apart of the journey isn’t it.  :0)

Sending you Peace & Love 

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Aug 15

Ebru Art

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Photos from Ebru Art

You may not have heard the term Ebru Art before but at one point you most certainly have seen this beautiful marbled painting technique on products in the store.  It is an ancient art form that has been practiced for centuries, originating in Turkistan in Central Asia and known to Europeans as “Turkish Paper” since the 1600’s. In the most simplest of ways to explain how this complicated art is created ~ it is a dance performed by the artist working to manipulate floating paint pigments on the surface of thickened water, creating a desired image or pattern and transferring it to paper. I am not doing this description justice because it is such a skilled and practiced craft, but to learn more click HERE and HERE. Below are two OUTSTANDING and mesmerizing short videos to watch by Turkish Ebru Artist Garip Ay.  Beautiful is an understatement.  Enjoy!  

VanGogh on Dark Water Animation

 

Ebru Art on Dark Water

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Apr 01

Inspiration – synesthetic artist, Melissa McCracken

Seeing a song

I have known about artists who ‘see’ sound or at least make visual associations to the tones they hear (Wassily Kandinsky is one such artist), however I haven’t observed such a beautiful modern representation of such an artist until seeing this little short about Melissa McCracken.  Her work is breathtaking and her journey to her art is truly inspirational.  Enjoy!  

Jan 15

A Cure for the New Year’s Artist Block

Inspiration-KPDIf you’re like me, every January I am fired up to get the new year started but find myself feeling a little sluggish creatively (I blame it on the sugar). It’s frustrating and always seems to take me a couple of weeks to get back into the swing of things. To help me get my mojo moving (and I do this throughout the year as these little blocks occur) I’ve adopted a habit of surfing my  favorite freebie tutorial sites and randomly picking a project/technique to learn. This year I am working on challenging myself with some vintage script and lettering looks. While I was looking up fun exercises I came across a resource that I never knew existed – the New York Public Library Digital Collections! I am SO incredibly inspired by it and wanted to make sure to share the link with you! These images are all public domain so you can have fun with these worry-free!

NYPL Collections

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Another place for amazing eye-candy inspiration is the Library of Congress WPA website “Works Projects Administration” (originally the “Works Progress Administration”) where you can find a collection of posters created to promote the various supported WPA programs. The inspiration you will get here is limitless! Enjoy the ride – be warned, however, it’s a bit of a time suck because going through the WPA and the New York Public Library files is addicting.

WPA Posters

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Last, here are links to a couple of my favorite tutorial sites:

Digital Arts Online

Design Cuts

Happy Inspiration my friends!

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Dec 06

2016 Pantone Color(s) of the Year

Here it is, Pantone’s 2016 color(s) of the Year, and I couldn’t be more happy! Rose Quartz and Serenity are the picks for the upcoming year; Two colors instead of one – with the hope of bringing peace, unity, and balance.  That is certainly my wish for the New year. Watch the below video – it beautifully expresses Pantone’s motivation behind their choice.


Wishing you all Peace, Love, Joy, and Balance today & always!

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Sep 11

A Sweet Treat from Me to You!

*Guava-Margarita-Recipe

I’m celebrating my birthday week (yes – I said “week”) by kicking it off with a fun recipe share of my new favorite cocktail – the Guava Margarita!

It is the absolute perfect remedy for a hot day!

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Aug 14

Two Books to transform an Aching Artist’s Body

I know that the summer reads are coming to an end and the kids are getting back to school, however, these two books are good for anyone at anytime of the year and I can’t say enough how much I loved reading both of them these past couple of months. For my Artist friends out there who sit or stand in their studios for long periods of time, these two books will definitely help you find that balance you are needing in your days.

First is: Born to Run, by Christopher McDougall

Born to Run

This book is truly transformative! I’ve been wanting to get in to running for years. My only experience with it was from my high school tennis team and swim team days when I was in training and forced to run ridiculous numbers of laps around a very boring track. Needless to say I hated it, but over the years many runner friends of mine have exclaimed their love of running and their achieved zen-mindset while trekking along the running paths and trails in our area. I’ve been jealous of them, wishing I could love running like they do but my memories of hamster-like track running kept me from diving in. Finally, my uber fitness friend Julia recommended I read Born to Run, and that was it …. I’m now hooked. Of course it took helpful tips from my other runner friends to let me know that: 1) it’s normal to feel like you’re going to throw up and your lungs might burst those first few runs, and that you need to kindly sequence a run/walk/run/walk rhythm until you no longer need to add in the walking times. And 2) go to a running store and buy proper shoes. I had to learn the hard way on that last one when I got a wicked bout of plantar faciitis in my right heel. I also watched a lot of ‘how to run’ videos to learn proper form, particularly the idea of the barefoot/trail running style talked about in the book. I ended up buying some amazing Brooks trail running shoes, good for both street and trail, that have a low padding on the heel and good arch support. It’s made all the difference in the world. I’m working my way to a 5k. I’m taking my time in this journey because I know that this is a life-long practice I want to nurture and I don’t want to burn out or injure myself. My goal is to keep feeling good. If you’re on the fence at all about trying to run, read Born to Run. It’s not a ‘how to run’ book,  but rather a book about the human love of running, the history and origins of running, and the personal journey of growth and enlightenment this activity can lead you on. 

With enlightenment in mind, that brings me to my second book recommendation:  Yoga for Life: A Journey to Inner Peace and Freedom, by Colleen Saidman Yee.

Yoga for lifeI can’t say enough about this book. I am such a fan of Colleen Saidman Yee (my goal is to make it to one of her yoga retreats). Whether you’ve done yoga for years or are wanting to learn now, this book is for you. Colleen sets up wonderful and easy to follow themed sequences mingled alongside chapters of personal memoirs to help you see how yoga can transform your life as it did hers. It is truly my belief that there is no other form of fitness (including my now love of running, or my guilty pleasure of Zumba), that will benefit both your mind and body more than yoga. It has absolutely been my saving grace over the past 18 years of doing it, and even so I still happily view myself as a beginner. I know that I will be doing yoga well into my senior years and 100% of the fun in yoga is the journey of it. Please check this book out and also check out Colleen’s blog if you want daily reads from her #yogaforlife; #mantramondays, and #focusfridays insights. She’s amazing!

Wishing you a fabulously fun and fit week!

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Aug 10

Hey – Look what’s new at Illustration Friday!

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Attention all my artist and illustrator friends who love Illustration Friday.  In case you missed this bit of news that the amazing Thomas James released last week regarding his new big plans for making Illustration Friday even better, click on the image below to check it out!  I love his idea for growing the site to include even more inspiration and learning tools!  Thanks Thomas!

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