There is comfort in consistency.

Hello you rad rainbow surfer!  How is your most spectacular self today?  Things are good here in Atlanta.  The sun was out today and it was pretty hot.  I had lunch with a friend and then came home to make some soap.  I realized that I didn’t have enough distilled water to make soap so I had to run back to the store.  As I was driving I was thinking about how much I love my life.  I was thinking about how I have certain routines and that I find a bit of comfort in that. 

I returned home, distilled water in hand and got a phone call.  After the call I got busy.  There is something so soothing to me about making soap.  It sounds a bit crazy because making handmade soap requires working with lye.  If people tell you that you can make soap without lye, you have my permission to laugh at them.  You can’t.  Nope.  It can’t be done.  Anyway, I get lost in the process.  I love watching the soap batter come to trace.  I love adding the scent and I love molding the soap.  I love coloring the soap and I will often spend as much time planning a soaps design as I spend on the recipe itself. 

This is consistent with the joy I feel when I’m creating art.  For me it’s all about the process and seeing how close to the idea I have in my head that I can come too in reality.  Sometimes it’s very close and sometimes I end up on a totally different track.  What never changes is how happy it makes me to create. 

Tonight’s J is titled “J119 All balled up J”.  I named it this because I was just going for a different look around the J and it sort of resembles a ball of yarn to me.  This is a little 2 inch x 2 inch square.  I like the colors.  This next week is going to be very challenging for me because I won’t have a day off for six days straight.  I will be making a J everyday though.  I’m committed!  WOOT!

J119 All balled up J

 And just to make you smile tonight, a picture of Maddison the wonderdog with her toy.  She is so sassy!  I love her to pieces.  🙂

Sassy Wonderdog

 Be kind to yourself.  Find your joy.  Follow your bliss and love, love love!

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Greatness requires attention.

Hello you spiritual lightning bugs!  Tonight I want to share some things with you that have been on my mind lately.  As many of you know, I’ve been doing a good bit of work not only on my art, but also on myself.  I’ve been studying and reading and trying to practice what I preach.  The last part isn’t really that hard most of the time for me.  I mean I love people automatically so it’s rarely a challenge for me.  Once in a blue moon someone comes along who challenges me in this area though.  Today was one of those days.

As I walked into the drug store to buy some dish soap, there was a woman sitting on the sidewalk.  I noticed she was surrounded by stuffed animals and other dirty toys.  It was obvious that she was on some kind of drug or she was mentally ill.  As I approached the door she went into a rant about parking spaces and cigarettes and birds stealing her butts.  I smiled and walked inside.  As I was checking out she entered the store.  She was very loud in her expression of disdain at the world.  She also reaked.  I had to gather all of my composure as she stood next to me and spoke in gibberish for several minutes.  I spoke to her and asked her if she needed anything.  She simply responded with “The birds keep stealing my butts!”  She then went outside and began walking along the grass median between the store and the street.  I noticed as I got into my car that I was struggling with my feelings.  On the one hand, I felt very sorry for her.  On the other hand, I wanted somebody to do something with her.  Take her somewhere where she could get some help.  But who?  Where?  

As I pulled out of my parking spot I looked over at her things that she had lined up by the wall of the store.   I put on my brakes and looked closer.  She had two of everything.  The things that stood out to me were the two little plastic dolls high heel shoes and then the two grape purple monkeys.  There was a method to this womans madness.  Whatever else was going on inside her mind, she was able to line up two of everything that she owned.  Just before pulling off I heard her say to this bird, “You keep singing.  Greatness requires attention.”   Then she was off on another gibberish rant.

As I drove home, I thought about this.  Greatness DOES require attention.  This is true for art, cooking, writing, sports, computer games and even love.  I read a quote recently that said, “We spend so much time looking for the perfect lover, when we should be creating the perfect love.”   This is what I am trying to create in my life and the lives of others.  I believe the perfect love is the love that we are able to give to others without expectation of reciprocation.  That’s the hard part sometimes.  It’s also the most rewarding when we are able to pull it off.  I am finding that the more I practice it, the more attention I pay to it, the easier it becomes.  It’s very satisfying and always leaves me wanting more.  And sometimes, my reminders come from the most unlikely places.

Today I checked my P.O. box and my friend Gaby had sent me a huge bag of stamps from all over the world.  THANK YOU GABY!  *HUGS*  She put a note in with them that said, “Go nuts!”  That made me giggle.  I have so many ideas in my head for how I want to use these.  And of course I had to create a J out of them.  This J simply flowed out of me tonight.  It was easy and natural and it made me smile because I had already decided what I was going to blog about tonight when I found the LOVE stamp.  That synched it.  Tonight’s J is titled “J116 Journey of Love Stamp J”.  I just love the way it turned out. 

J116 Journey of Love Stamp J

 I hope you like this piece.  I feel very connected to it.  I would love to hear any of your stories about how you’ve either been loved or been able to love someone unexpectedly.  Feel free to share here.  I really enjoy the dialogue and I learn so much from you all.  Thank you again for being the loving beings that you are.  Thank you for sending out positive energy into the universe.  I feel it.  I need it and I love it!

Beauty in the abstract.

Hello you beautiful love visionaries!  Today I have been doing a lot of thinking about beauty in the abstract.  I’ve been thinking about this today because of a conversation I had with a friend yesterday.  We were discussing how different people view beauty.  We talked about how some people can’t see past the surface beauty.  This led to a discussion of how our physical bodies age and change and how most of us learn to see the true beauty in life which is the magic on the inside. 

This got me to thinking of all the different types of beauty in the world.  Some things that I find beautiful others do not and vice versa.  I see beauty everywhere.  I see beauty in the elderly couple walking hand in hand together.  I see beauty in the lines on my face and the faces of my friends.  They are laugh lines and crows feet.  They were all earned through lives well lived.  There is beauty in wisdom.  There is beauty in acceptance of oneself.  There is also beauty in the abstract.  Take the time to notice something beautiful today.  Then take the time to notice something beautiful about you.  Is it your laugh, your eyes or maybe even your toes?  Find something you like about yourself and acknowledge it. 

Tonight’s J is titled “J95 Abstract  Button J”.  It’s different and I think it’s beautiful. 

J95 Abstract Button J

Tonight I’m going to show you some signs that are almost ready to go into my etsy shop and on the website.  I hope you like them.  I had fun painting them. 

All about meow orange

All about meow with roses

Daddy's girl sign

All I have to do is find the right ribbons for them and take pics.  I hope I have time tomorrow when I get home from work.  I’m anxious to get things restocked.  Sometimes I feel frustrated because I’m a one girl show but then I remind myself I’m giving my very best and that’s all I can do.  🙂

Now I want to share something with you because it made me giggle and I always like to pass along a great giggle.  Zip on over to Jaclyn’s blog at The Polka dot Teapot.   I promise you will be glad you did!  Sleep sweet when you go!  http://polkadotteapot.wordpress.com/2011/04/12/absolutely-ridiculous/

All Buttoned Up

Hello my universe ski boarders!  You look so cool surfin the stars.  🙂

Tonight I’m really in serious need of sleep so I am going to keep this short and sweet.  I’m glad you came to visit because I have something very important to tell you.  There is nobody in the universe like you.  The way you smile lights up the room.  Actually it lights up the entire astral plane but you know, I don’t want to freak you out or anything.  The point is that when people are around you they pretty much feel like they are flying kites and eating cotton candy.  Some of them pick candy apples because the sticky part is fun.  It’s all because of you and your awesomeness.  Really, it’s true. 

Tonight’s J is titled “J91 All Buttoned Up J”  It’s a mixed media piece on canvas.  I love the way it turned out.  It’s all kinds of girly and magical.  I feel good about it. 

J91 All Buttoned Up J

Sweet dreams when you go.  Fly a little, float a little and soar with the birds.  Maybe you could even let the Pink Flamingos fly in your dreams.  I’m going to be busy riding a flying elephant while I eat my candy apple.  Much love and joy to you as always.

Trust always involves risk.

Hello love bunny!  How is your lil fuzzy self tonight?  For the past few months I have been learning to trust someone on a very deep level.  Today a situation came up that I had to make a decision to trust or not.  I decided to trust.  Not only did this person not let me down, but they actually created an environment to foster even more trust.  I took a risk and just to be honest, it was mondo damn cool.  As I was driving home, I was thinking about how much I’ve grown over the past few months and how happy I was that I made a decision to trust.  I had to get off of the interstate because it was a parking lot.  I took an exit and then a side street to get home.  As the sun was shining down on me and I was talking to God I glanced over and saw this sign….”Trust always involves risk”.   Has this ever happened to you?  It felt like God wrote that message just for me.  I just love it when the universe is aligned and groovy things like that happen.  Tonight’s J is titled “J90 Just a Groovy J”. 

J90 Just a Groovy J

I am stunned that I have been doing this for 90 days!  It’s completely amazing to me because it doesn’t feel like it.  I’m still having fun!  🙂

I wanted to share the info with you about the Hardball tournament and auction/raffle that is going on April 23rd.  I talked with Lindsay yesterday and she gave me permission, with great enthusiasm I might add, to share the information.  The tournament will take place at

Players Pizza & Sports Bar
2305 Balls Ferry Road, Anderson, CA 96007-3502
(530) 365-5473 ‎

from 9 am till 12 pm.  You can contact Lindsay on Facebook.  Her user name is Lindsay Burbank and she has an events page here https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/event.php?eid=135847006484830

If you are in the Anderson California area and want to participate, send her a message and she will send you her phone number.  If you are across the country like I am and want to contribute you can also contact her about that.  I just want to thank Lindsay and all the other volunteers for supporting Susan G. Komen for the cure.  Your light shines bright.  Thank you is not enough.

The truth is it’s fun to play the game.

Hello you winged creatures of love.  I had a very interesting experience tonight.  I was contacted by someone on facebook about making a donation for the Susan G. Komen foundation.  My knee jerk reaction was, hummmm maybe a scam.  I asked some friends about it and got a variety of answers.  Many of them were suspicious as well.  As I thought about it, I realized that I don’t want to live my life in a suspicious manner.  I want to do research, find out the facts and act on those.  So I started digging.  It turns out this person is legit and is going to be hosting a hardball tournament in California to raise money for the cure.  They will also be hosting an auction and raffle and that’s what I will be donating too.  Now I just have to figure out what to send.  I’m now officially excited!  I will post the details here as soon as I talk to her.

This got me to thinking about how that experience tied in so perfectly with the J I drew tonight.  I drew tonight’s J just as something different from my usual style.  It’s titled “J89 Joker J”. 

J89 Joker J

 It’s so awesome to me that I drew this before my encounter tonight.  You know, when you think about it, every time we give a donation or give a homeless person money or buy something from a street vender we are taking a risk.  We are risking our money for what they offer.  I have decided that I’m going to give.  If they make the decision to do something other than what they say they are going to do with my gifts then that is between them and God.  I know I’ve given with a loving open heart.  My side of the street is not only clean but all decorated up cool and groovy! 

I love life.  I love playing the game.  You know the one.  The one where you go around blessing others.  The one where you see how many people you can bless and before you know it you are being blessed beyond measure yourself.  Isn’t the universe cool?  Oh yeah baby!  Decorate the streets with love!  *BIGSMOOCHHUGSANDSTUFF*

Creating on the fly.

Hello you glowing time surfers!  Tonight I’m going to share with you about how I have been creating on the fly.  As you saw from last nights post, I wasn’t able to write much at all.  We had some pretty severe storms here last night so I had to shut the computer down. 

Today was a bit crazy and I didn’t have much extra time at all.  So tonight I’m going to play catch up with y’all and show you the finished work that you’ve only seen pieces of for the last couple of days.

First up is Lil Miss Seahorse.  I had her finished yesterday but I didn’t have time to snap a pic.  I thought it was more important to snap a pic of yesterday’s J so that’s what I did.  Here she is in all her colorful glory.

Seahorse J full color

I love the way she turned out.  I was worried about her facial features but they came out just as I had envisioned.  YAY!   The next pic is of yesterday’s J with the roses and butterflies.  It was kinda of neat to work on this spring piece with raging thunderstorms all around me. 

Roses and butterflies full color

That brings us to tonight’s J.  I am calling this On the Fly because I just barely had time to get it done and write this blog post tonight.  I have come to realize that there are going to be days like this and I just have to forgive myself for not being able to create something spectacular.  I will have to focus instead on the fact that I’m still on track and creating a J every day no matter what. 

J88 On the fly J

This is a small piece done on watercolor paper with copic markers.  I want to thank you all for visiting and commenting.  I also want to thank you for the emails of support.  It means a lot to me!  I hope your week is going well and that tomorrow you will witness or create some magic in the world.  Both of which are great.  Sing a song, walk in the sunshine, smooch a dog or nuzzle with a kitty.  If none of these things strike your fancy perhaps you could try hot air ballooning or playing an accordion.  Make your own magic baby!  Abracadabra!

I believe in love.

Hello you cosmic jelly beans!  I hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend.  I woke up today expecting an adventure and I wasn’t disappointed.  I told you yesterday that I was going to have to go buy a new blending pen or some blending solution today in order to finish the seahorse J.  This is where the fun began.  I woke up this morning to an email from Michaels.  This email included a 40% off coupon for all artists pens and markers.  SCORE!  I called the store, they said they had them and off I went.  I was smiling and singing as I drove to Michaels.  Soon, oh so very soon I would have my coveted blending pen AND it’s going to be 40% off!  I arrive on the scene only to discover that not only do they not have the blending solution but they don’t even carry the copic markers.  Apparently the employee I spoke too either guessed or just said they had them in order to get off the phone.  Thirty minutes, two employees and one manager later, it was indeed confirmed that I was out of luck. 

No worries!  I hopped in my car and dashed over to Hobby Lobby.  Ahhhh Hobby Lobby.  They have a definite soft spot in my heart.  Not only do they carry everything under the sun but they also have the best customer service in my experience.  I turn the corner and see the light at the entrance to the shopping center.  I’m so excited I can barely stand it.  I am going to come home and finish my little seahorse and then start on tonight’s J.  Then it happened.  I made my turn and saw an empty parking lot.  Initially I panicked.  Surely by beloved Hobby Lobby hasn’t gone out of business?!!  I drive slowly up to the door, almost afraid to see an empty building.  Then I see the sign.  Sunday hours….CLOSED.   I simultaneously felt the following things.  Oh thank God they are still open!  Rats I can’t get my pen today!  That’s so cool that they are closed on Sundays and their employees get that day off every week!  I have a newfound respect for Hobby Lobby.  I love them.  Seriously, I do.

I came home and decided to do a bit of coloring on the seahorse anyway.  I decided not to finish because I was not getting the blending that I wanted.  However, I promised you yesterday that you would see some color on the seahorse today so here she is so far.

Seahorse J partial color

After working on her for a bit I tried to think of something to create for tonight’s J.  Blank.  Absolute and total blank.  We’re talkin, the kinda blank the first time you get caught with your hand in the cookie jar as a kid.  The kinda blank when the good-looking guy smiles at you in high school.  Blank I tell ya, nada, nothing.  I sat down and painted the background of a canvas.  Very pretty pink, lavender and blues mixed.  It’s nice but it’s not speaking to me today.  Then I pondered a zen J.  Not in the mood for that and one must be in the mood to create an effective zentangle. 

So, I did what I always do when I’m stuck.  I move on to something else and work on that.  I allow my mind to release what I was so tense about and allow it to focus on the new project.  This worked out well for me today because I was able to finish my friends box that I’ve been working on for a couple of weeks a few minutes at a time.  Here is the finished box.

G's box

I am going to fill this box with tiny 3 X 3 inch cards in envelopes with silly jokes, inspirational quotes and art by the inch pieces for her to discover each day.  I hope it helps her to smile a bit as she goes through the radiation treatments.  I’ll post some pics of the contents in a few days after I mail it to her. 

After I finished the box I began to look around for something to create my J on.  Then I saw it.  It was a canvas that I had already prepped the background in browns.  I had pasted the word LOVE along the bottom and stamped a heart with wings.  I had also glued two blank pieces of cardstock on the left.  I had intended to create a very elaborate mixed media piece.  But a funny thing happened on the way to the J tonight.  This canvas told me it wanted to be a forest.  So I give you tonight’s J.  A forest of love trees.  J86 Believe in Love J.

J86 Believe in Love J

I do believe in love.  I believe that love is always the answer, even when it’s the hardest answer.  I believe that YOU are a walking, talking, disco dancin love machine!  Or you know, there is a possibility that you are a two-step line dancing machine, but really people aren’t as interested in the type of dance as much as the fact that you do the dance.  WOO HOO look at those moves!  Oh yeah.  Oh yeah.  Rock on.  Rock on with your fabulous self!

Don’t be a catfish. You can be a flashy fish.

Hello my fabulous life stream swimmers!  It was a glorious day here today!  The weather was beautiful and there was a nice breeze all day.  I took a long drive today and it was so good for my soul.  There is just something so magical about driving with the window down, letting the wind blow through your hair as the sun shines down on you. 

I also talked to my mentor today.  He has had a nickname for me for a while.  That nickname was “catfish”.  Now before my non-southern friends roll your eyes let me explain.  This wasn’t some “Dukes of Hazard” type deal.  He called me catfish because I was hiding from the world for so long.  You see catfish lie on the bottom of the river and they cover themselves with mud so as not to be noticed.  My mentor said that I was doing that with my art and with who I am as a person.  I’ve been working on changing that for a while and today I took another step into the light.  I have to tell you, it felt wonderful.  Taking risks can be so scary but the rewards can be amazing.  I am happy to say that I’m no longer a catfish.  I’m now a flashy fish!  I’m in the stream swimming and finding my own path and I have to say the water is great! 

If there is something that has you stuck in catfish mode, I highly recommend taking a risk and doing something you are afraid to do.  I read somewhere once that most of our fears are tissue paper thin and a single courageous step will carry us right through them.  It’s true and tummy butterflies are awesome! 

Tonight’s J is titled “J76 Flashy Fish”.  This is another art squared piece that is also an art by the inch work.  This little fish is only 2 inches by 2 inches big.  Isn’t she cute?  I’m totally in love with her. 

J76 Flashy Fish

So one of the risks I took today was sending an inquiry to a company about submitting my art.  I really hope that they find my work to be a good fit with them.  They are part of the positive press family so I know we have the same philosophies.  However, if I never hear from them I took the steps.  The important thing is I believe in me enough to try.  You all help me with that every single day.  I thank you and love you for it!  I kind of like the idea of a school of flashy fish!  Blessings, love and peace to you all.

Art is spiritual

Hello time power surfers!  How was your day?  It has been hot here in Atlanta.  I have been without air conditioning for three days.  This evening they came and fixed it.  It was such a blessing to finally cool down! 

I spent most of my day today running errands and taking care of household things.  I was quite pleased with my progress on the house for the most part.  I’ve had a hard time keeping up with the drudge work because of my jobs and my art.  One of my friends reminded me tonight that I need to start making lists again.  She is very wise.  She sees my potentials as well as my weaknesses.  Being a very creative person I tend to get distracted.  Especially if something is shiny or speaks to my soul.  LOL  That’s just the way it is. 

My art is very spiritual for me.  So are other artists work.  If something speaks to my soul, I catch myself breathing differently.  Often times after I’ve gasped in wonder at the beauty of a certain piece. 

Tonight’s J is one of the pieces that I do sometimes where the J is part of the piece rather than the main focus.  I designed this little border tonight.  I quite like it and I imagine it’s going to end up being used over and over again in different works.  Tonight I wanted to play with the blending technique for the copics.  I’m fascinated with this blending tool and the different effects I can accomplish with it.  So here is “J74 Art J”.

J74 Art J

I would like to invite y’all to share any art that speaks to your soul.  I love discovering new artists and I love hearing from others how someones work has touched them.  I’m so glad that you come to visit me here.  I’m so touched at the emails you send me and the comments you leave.  I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the encouragement and kind words about my work.  My goal in my art and in my life is to encourage people and create laughter and positive feelings.  I couldn’t do this without all of you.  You are rays of sunshine in my days.  I love you large!  🙂