Sunday, October 25, 2015

The Ability To Appreciate My Own Joy

Today I listened on my IPod, to Elizabeth Gilbert's new book called Big Magic.
I started the book at 7:45 and listened till 3:00, and the end of the book came about. 
It was wonderful and I highly recommend it. Elizabeth Gilbert is also the narrator. 
 It was perfect because I enjoyed her voice as well as the content. "The ability to appreciate my joy" is just one of the many comments that resonated within me. 

The photo above was taken this morning. You can see my ear buds ~ as I was inspired by her writings.
I have now read 3 of her books, Eat, Pray Love, The Signature of All Things, and Big Magic.
I give her double thumbs up. Big Magic is a self help, and 
I need help, 
especially in encouragement with continuing with my painting.

The angel above is part of 3 paintings. I will paint over it soon. I hate the idea of wasting a canvas and I got what I needed out of the painting. 
She looks like an alien. (grin) Serious here! It's alright to think it!
I was painting from a doll photo on Pinterest. Her eyes in the photo, 
were also exaggerated and I wanted to give it a try.

If I won't hang it on the walls of my own home, then I will most likely paint over it. 
Currently I have one (yes ONE) painting on the walls of my home. 

OK, OK, I know, 
I need to reread much of Big Magic.

It's ok!!! As the book says, we create because we need to.

"That's what I decided to do. I decided to just go make stuff."

Thank you Elizabeth, my new best friend.

Happy Sunday evening.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Flying With Paper Wings

Flying With Paper Wings.

 Alright, she is almost done. However, those that know me know, I will overwork this to death. 
The same way I will over think something. It will go on and on and on. 
Then on and on some more...

I DO like the background. 

The above photo shows her with a VERY LONG nose. Actually,   it resembles mine.  :)
Seriously.  (I'm serious here.)
My nose is my grandmother's and my sister Rudi also has a similar nose. Her face also seemed long.
So I shortened the entire face, the nose is shorter, the lips are higher, and the chin was raised almost an inch.

I think, her look now,  is much more feminine. 
I'm thinking here ~ how SWEET it would be to be able to "alter" ourselves in such an easy manner.
I'd certainly shorten my nose, take out the bump on the bridge and erase all my wrinkles!  

This is  the canvas for my next angel. 
My angels are all a little dark. They seem a bit grungy or maybe drug addicted...
It's just I feel that life, is often dark or grungy. So my angels are not pristine.
The real world is not perfect, nor is my art.
Maybe I'll call this series "Angels Gone Wild".
or maybe not...

Looking forward to painting tomorrow.
Please friends, go have some fun. Paint, write, sew, compose, whatever... just create.
Spend some time doing something you've wanted to do for a long time.
Lock yourself up in a quiet space and DO IT!
Something for you.

You will be happy you did.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Rainy Sundays

Rainy Sundays

A beautiful rainy afternoon view from the upstairs studio.

I hate Sunday evenings. Sunday evening means tomorrow I have to go back to work and I'm NOT ready. I did, paint on Saturday and today. Yeay!!!! I put aside almost all the housework, with the exception of the absolute necessary stuff. Then I got down to the fun part of my weekend, journaling, sketching, watching movies, painting...

I'm working on the background of an new angel painting.

It's a rainy afternoon and I have a cup of coffee. 
My TV is turned to the 'Turner Classics' channel 
and I'm watching Betti Davis in 
"Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte".

I've started a new angel painting. I'm pretty happy with the background.  
I'm going to try and work on it during week, not just over the weekend. 
Best laid plans...
More later.