Stop and smell the roses

As often as possible, I squeeze in some quiet time in the morning with my coffee in my garden.  Living in a townhouse, my garden area is small.  I’d wished so many times to have my large garden space back from previous homes, missing the feel of dirt, weeding and fragrance from my flowers.  Over time I’ve learned gratitude for this small garden space I now am in charge of caring for.  This mornings coffee in the garden was different.  I took these photos with my phone and then checked my e-mails.  I usually don’t do that as it seems to disrupt my quiet morning ritual but today it may have been what I needed.

I tuned into my e-mails and came across a TED talk with Brene Brown.  A few years back my daughter encouraged me to take Brene’s e-course on The Gifts of Imperfection.  Best gift we ever gave ourselves, thank you daughter!! 

Listening to her talk was like having a little pep talk about life!  I just love her…she is so amazing.  She spoke about vulnerability and how allowing ourselves to feel vulnerable brings rewards to our lives.  It brings perspective gratitude, that was my thought this morning.  Having turned off the news and spent time in my garden this morning, feeling gratitude for this quiet time, this small garden that gives so much….I am thankful. 

My art journey has given me plenty of opportunities to be vulnerable.  I’ve realized this path is where I need to be at this point in my life.  Having numbed myself to so many shameful events in my earlier life, being vulnerable has not been easy.  But, as Brene Brown states, “I am enough”.  I really needed that reminder today as I sat in my garden, coffee and gratitude make a great combination.  I rubbed the leaves of the herbs in my little basket, their scent very refreshing.  It was a small part of this day but a necessary moment for me.  Take time to smell the roses or in my case, the herbs!!IMG_0771 IMG_0775

Keeping Up!

Keeping up is my key word for the next couple weeks.  In my home studio today working on a new steer painting.  I’m usually more organized in life but lately I’m just keeping up.  My heart is loving everything that is coming my way.  For some unknown reason I am not stressing about getting things finished but rather soaking in the moments with knowledge that it will all get done.  This could actually be a false sense of security!!  Heading into the summer months in Montana we all feel a need to set aside our tasks at hand and enjoy our warmer months playing.  I’m trying to adjust all things so I find time to play but continue to strive so my art can thrive, sorry, that did sound a bit poetic…but I like it.

I’ve had some goodness come my way recently.  About a month ago I entered a Java Doodle Challenge, doodling a plain white coffee paper cup.  Surprised, I won and received a basket full of awesome art supplies for doodling…about $50.00 worth of materials and a $25.00 gift certificate at a local coffee-house.  I never win anything so this was wonderful, smiling for sure and playing with all those art goodies.  Teaching lately as well, workshops at Crooked Line Studio.  This experience is a reward for me, sharing the knowledge I’ve honed over the past years with mixed media art.  My students have been generous and open with their talents.  They’ve complimented me as a teacher verbally but the true reward is seeing their hearts open to new possibilities for themselves in creating.  Many are returning to take a second class and expanding their own knowledge of materials and techniques of mixed media.

I have a solo show I’m preparing for in June.  The steer painting will be up for that exhibit.  I’m thinking his title will be Mr. Stewart.  Today will hopefully be finishing this painting and working on a project for a future workshop.  Keep yourself busy with goodness my friends and thank you for being here with me.


Mini Coffee Time

Working on some mini art pieces for a miniature art show at Bailiwick on Grand in April.  It will be a fun spring event and I am hoping to finish several small pieces.  These three are 4×4 on ceramic tiles with a jute hanger.  Created with a layer of recycled papers, acrylics, ink and pen.  Very fun pieces to create.

Enjoy your day and a cup of your favorite coffee or tea!!

Thank you for visiting my blog…I do appreciate it!DSCN1729

Nourishment for the Soul

IMG_5389This piece just finished and sitting in my kitchen.  I’ve become a bit attached to it being a coffee lover plus the quote is presently on my chalkboard in my art studio.  It reads:

Nourish yourself every day with the wonderful things that life has to offer you

I tried a crackle effect on the cup but it didn’t work as I had hoped.  In the end I liked how it dried and rubbed over it with a silver glaze.  The crackle medium gave it a rough texture which I like.

Happy New Year Everyone!

Let your heart sing and your creative side shine into 2013.