Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Thanksgiving opens up the windows of opportunity for ideas to flow your way."-Jim Rohn
Friday, December 26, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Dropping them releases a strong flow of power
through the mind.
from the book - Positive Thinking Every Day
Norman Vincent Peale
The closer we come to the end of one thing, the closer
we are to the beginning of the next thing. Birth and
death, starting and finishing, filling and emptying,
these are the processes by which the physical nature of
life affirms itself. But the spiritual life never begins
or ends, it just is. Only our awareness changes.
Tending our spiritual life, increasing our
awareness of it, and letting go more and more of our
dependence on the physical part of life, is the way to
real freedom and independence.
from the book - Time for Joy
Have a wonderful Christmas eve & a great Christmas!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
test it to see if it is the right thing, change yourself in such a manner that it will
naturally come to you, and always have faith.
From: Positive Thinking Every Day
- Norman Vincent Peale
Friday, December 19, 2008
#562. Remember that just the moment you say, "I give up," someone else
seeing the same situation is saying, "My, what a great opportunity."
from: The Complete Life's Little Instruction Book, Volume II
Thursday, December 18, 2008
within yourself, you are greater
than you think.
Positive Thinking Every Day
-Norman Vincent Peale
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
when they start thinking that they can do things.
When they believe in themselves they have
the first secret of success.
Positive Thinking Every Day
-Norman Vincent Peale
This is a page out of my little 3.5" x 5.5" Moleskine sketchbook.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Set yourself a goal that you've just got to reach. Then build under it the fire of anticipation and keep it burning. That goal will keep beckoning. And when you reach your goal still new goals will succeed it. These are the self-perpetuating motivators of enthusiasm.
from: Positive Living Every Day, Norman Vincent Peale
This little Christmas card is one I painted for my husband. I had a great time doing it. I may still outline it in ink. I haven't decided. I think I am finally done with Christmas and it's time to move on to other projects that I have waiting. One of those would be my Art House sketchbook project. I have a whole sketchbook to fill by February 15th. It's just 3.5" x 5.5", but it has a lot of pages! As I make a little progress, I'll share it with you.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
This is a little 5" x 7" painting called "the Christmas Star" that I did during my coffee drinking yesterday morning and this morning. It's all watercolor, except for the little bit of gold acrylic I put on the star.
I love doing paintings this size or smaller. I also enjoy painting early in the mornings, before my left brain wakes up. It seems to just flow onto the paper. It seems that after I've been awake for a while, I have so many things on my mind. It can distract me from the pure feeling of getting the art from my soul to the paper. Okay, to cerebral! hahaha.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
I finished my linocut for Four Oceans Press. It's 6" x 8" and falls into the water theme for a winter trade. I really enjoyed doing this waterfall. Of course it may be some time before my right hand works properly again!
This is an actual picture of the linoleum, because I haven't printed them yet. This printmaking could really become addictive, if it weren't for the pain! hee hee.
It is the largest one I have ever made and only the fifth one, at that. I have a really good friend who is a printmaker. She is encouraching me to go forth and carve! I have been contemplating the next project at Four Oceans Press, which is air. I'm hesitaing now, but we know I'll do it. Don't we?
Monday, December 1, 2008
Duane endulged me on my birthday and I got to stay home. I rarely get to spend a whole day at home and I love those days. We did go out to breakfast around 6 am, since we were both up, then I enjoyed the rest of the day painting, cooking and watching movies with Duane. It was heaven!
I painted the little meercat last week and this weekend, I struggled with the Venice painting. I ended up ruining the water, big time! I may come back with some pen & ink to save it, but for now, I just cropped the bottom off so you can't see it. hee hee.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Thanksgiving day, I remember playing scrabble with my Dad. It was tradition! We would eat our dinner on the good china and drink our cranberry juice from wine glasses. Fun! There was usually a walk around the block after dinner. Yeah, those are great memories!
This year, we are spending our third Thanksgiving with our friends, Jerry & Teresa.... and about 40 of thier family members and friends. It's a great day! I hope anyone who reads this has a wonderful holiday!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
I am having the time of my life, by the way!
Monday, November 24, 2008
Saturday morning, my husband slept late and I got to paint! I did 7 ATC (2.5" x 3.5") paintings for an Africa swap at WetCanvas. I felt really good about these. I got all of the references from morguefile.com, which is a royalty free photo reference site. I'll be sending an email copy of the painting to each of the contributing photographers. I really appreciate having this site to snag refrences from. WetCanvas also has a wonderful reference image library, which I use.
Funny thing about these Africa paintings. My husband usually doesn't "get" my art, or just doesn't like it. When I showed him these, he didn't want me to mail them out! He loved them and wanted me to keep them! Huh??? Now I have mixed emotions about mailing them out. I am fond of several (not all) of them, too! I guess I'll paint more than I need and keep my favorites.
I like that doing these swaps forces me to paint every day. I do a little something absolutely every morning. It is starting to show in my work. I am so happy I found WetCanvas!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I was there with six other lady artists in September of this year. I have painted this shack in several different mediums since then. This is watercolor, gouache and acrylic.
Monday, November 17, 2008
I painted the frog for a friend that wanted me to paint a frog leaping off a hot tin roof. You just never know what kind of things people will want. Isn't life fun?
I also worked on a 4" x 4" painting I am doing for a SmallWorks Invitational. I'm having a great time with it. Photo to come later.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
shapes and textures. It does make me want to do art more than work! I have to make myself go back to the old sign making mental place, to continue to do what I am supposed to be doing.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
A weed is but an unloved flower.--Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Through actively loving one another we nurture the richness of everyone's fuller expression. With no more than a nod of attention we can elicit a smile or perhaps a commitment to attempt again a challenge that defeated us earlier. None of us shines as brightly, moves as swiftly, or succeeds as easily as when someone special is rooting in our corner.We each need someone special, and let's not forget that we are someone special to another who is walking our path. The loneliness of a day is diminished when we feel the love of someone near or far. The dread of any task is lessened when we bask in the knowledge that we are special to someone. Like roses, we bloom while under the gaze of loving eyes.
Let's remember to nurture the rose within the friends and strangers who are walking our way today.
by Karen Casey
Friday, February 29, 2008
I have a wonderful life. I am happily married and childless by choice. I have owned and operated my sign shop for sixteen years in a little resort town on a huge lake. I have wonderful friends and I am very active in my community.
Lately, I have rediscovered my love of art! I have been on the board of my local arts council for three years and really love it. I was just enjoyig the arts for what it is. Last July, I discovered WetCanvas. Since that time, I have been painting every weekend without fail. I am finding such pure joy in the process! I haven't painted in 30 years. I was all about art when I was young, then life took the front seat. Now, at 51 years of age, I can't imagine that I could ever stop again.
I imagine that I'll be posting some of my art on this blog, to share my joy. Well, that's if I actually figure out how.