2017 is a new beginning

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I’ve been off the grid for a few days between Christmas and New Years creating and preparing to embrace 2017.  I like to pick a word at the beginning of the year to set the tone for my goal setting.  It keeps me somewhat focused as I head into the bliss of a new year.  The new year always feels like a new beginning, a fresh start.  I like to think of placing all my past years ugliness in a suitcase and setting it out for the man in brown to pick up and take to the land of  let it go.  That baggage is gone, thank you my wonderful man in brown!

My word for 2016 was Vulnerability.  I pretty much killed it with that word. When I stepped into the Montana Artrepreneur Program I placed myself in a very vulnerable position.  I knew going into 2016 I would be facing a ton of fears with my art journey.  I’m sure that is why I picked the word vulnerability.  Many times it felt like I stepped off the edge of a diving board into the deep end of the pool.  Coming close to drowning, only to be pulled up and resuscitated by my support team.  They do good CPR apparently because I needed  their support often in 2016.  Towards the end of the year I finally realized that all that time my fear was knocking hard on me, pushing me again and again.  That is what vulnerability is about, facing your fears.  I struggled endlessly, turmoil in the depth of my soul, until finally I admitted to my peers that I was struggling.  At one point I felt I no longer wanted to be an artist.  It wasn’t until in November that I told my sister I wasn’t sure I wanted to create.  The stress of it all was becoming unbearable at times.  She said she could not imagine me ever not painting.  Imagine, imagine, again, imagine… I had to chew on fear and spit it out.  Damn, she is such a great sister to love me that much.  I needed straight forward talk and she is good at that with me.  She said a few other personal words I want to keep for myself cause I just love her that much too.  There will always be struggles but my heart tells me I’m over most of the fear.  To get to this point I needed to be vulnerable, to face my fears, to begin to heal I had to hurt first.  It’s a different hurt than a physical injury, sometimes that might be easier.  I have the MAP, all my family, all my artist friends and all my personal friends to thank for helping me pack up my baggage this year and send it off to the land of letting go.  You are amazing, you know who you are, bless you.

This years word is Discovery.  I am so excited about this years word.  Can you “imagine” what I will do with that word!  My new Zebra painting with paper collage, a new discovery already.  Happiness to each of you as you enter a new year and embrace what your world will seek.  I pray for our world and the whole of humanity.  I still seek peace and harmony.  I always have hope and share kindness when I am able.  So much of what we have to give is free so please give as often as you can…blessings in 2017.

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Happiest Season of All

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas….and a joyful beginning for 2014.  Please be safe if you are traveling.  Take time to enjoy all the special moments the holiday season offers.  I will be home with my family and taking a few days off from my art.  This is my favorite time of the year.  My husband and I made this beautiful snow-women this afternoon…we do have plenty of snow here!

Blessings to you all…copy snow queen

Walking Path

A new piece inspired by my recent effort to begin walking weekly with a friend.  It’s been an amazing experience to share our walks, our conversations and the beauty that surrounds us.  Last week we spied several different species of birds…so wonderful!  I’ve titled this piece: Walking Path.  Thank you for stopping by!IMG_0330 IMG_0335

IMG_6104D. Bitty Traveler painting was inspired by a special friend, Diane, who is a member of Sisters on the Fly.  These women have refurbished vintage campers, traveling together, as well as fund-raising for organizations…they do have the best times together!  You can read more about Sisters on the Fly on their website.  They also have a book published about the history of the organization and how it all started.  It even includes yummy recipes.  The Sisters on the Fly helped raise funds for Casting for Recovery, an organization that provides fly fishing retreats for breast cancer survivors.  I volunteer for Casting for Recovery…my first connection with Diane however was through my art!  It’s such a small world…and I love how that common thread somehow finds it way across miles and miles to connect people!  So, this painting truly is a creation from the heart and inspired by a very special lady…thank you Diane!!

D. Bitty Traveler

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Today we drove to the country-side.  These beautiful horses sauntered immediately towards me.  It is a wonderful, crisp, fall day.  On our return drive my mind wandered in many directions but one thought kept poking my brain.  It’s time to change my blog!  And darn, if it doesn’t feel good.  This past year has been a continual journey of fortunate events.  So, many, many wishes coming full circle for me.  I’ve never been an idle personality but at points in my life I’ve simply allowed it to unfold, not challenging myself.  This past year the support I’ve felt from family and friends have given me that extra push I’ve needed.  How grateful I am for that. And yes, when it all comes down to it, well, we do have to do it on our own.  No one else is going to paint those canvases for me!  But, when you have support, well, let’s just say it is simply uplifting.  The boost one needs when the wave of confidence has disappeared.  Those who have followed my blog are as important, a thrill to open my blog and see “like” in the white empty space!  Thank you family, friends and followers!!  As we drove back into our city we could not resist a stop to enjoy a sweet ice cream cone.  Life is good!

Card Art

Art card for my sister’s birthday.

I’ve been holding off making anything for my sister.  I know she has been expecting something…so I did the mixed-media dress painting a few weeks ago.  Decided to do a card as well.  I can’t show the inside as it has a special message to her but I covered the inside with papers and art as well…I think she’ll be happy.

Sisters are a special kind of friend…mine is a

forever friend, we share loud laughter,

buckets of tears and sweet harmony in it’s truest form.

Day Three-Skirt Challenge

Day Three of the Seven Day Skirt Challenge.

Getting ready for my art workshop tomorrow.  It’ll reach about 100 degrees here today so I was out and about this morning early in my skirt shopping for supplies.

I’m so excited about my workshop tomorrow…will post some pictures soon.

Keep it cool my friends…wear a skirt today!

Day Two-Skirt Challenge

Day Two of the Seven Day Skirt Challenge!

Meeting with Sharon this morning to work on plans for the gift bags for Casting for Recovery’s retreat in August.

If you’d like more information on CFR go to their website at www.castingforrecovery.org.  It is an awesome program and we’re so happy to be organizing our fifth retreat for breast cancer survivors!

My daughter will appreciate my choice of skirt today as it’s a hand-me-down from her closet to mine!!  She does have some fun clothes in her closet!  Thanks dear daughter for helping out with my skirt challenge.  Today is going to be in the high 90’s here..hot hot hot!