Dec 24
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“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”

Patanjali

Dec 19
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This is my husbands Christmas gift.  He had mentioned that he really liked it a few times to me while we were strolling in World Market.  He was drawn to the message as (if you knew my husband) this is how he lives his life every. single. day.

So I decided with my I CAN DO THAT artist mentality I would make my very own.  The wood is from a fence we took down.  I simply typed the words on the computer, had them enlarged at a local copier store, and used spray adhesive to adhere them to contact paper.  Next, I cut out each individual letter (slightly maddening)  and stuck it on the wood.  Next came my favorite part:  paint!  Layers and layers of antique white, sage green, a smidge of yellow and brown.  I took the letters off to reveal the wood underneath and used sand paper until I got just the right look.

Keeping true to the statement, I didn’t wait until Christmas to give it.  I gave it to him the second I was done with it, partly because I was so excited to give it and partly because I was living NOW.

Live your life now, not tomorrow…..enough said.

 

 

 

Dec 10
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I had it all planned – my next painting that is.  I was going to call it “Everything Belongs”, a concept my yoga students and I had been exploring during class.  I even had a blog post based on experience and a story to go along with it.  I felt so prepared even before I started.  I knew the colors, the layout, the materials, and idea behind it.  I couldn’t wait to carry out my plan and then…..well, “my” plan went out the window.

Inspiration hit (which I normally LOVE), and I quickly followed.  I painted over my original idea, chose different colors, used different materials, and went in a new direction.  Upon realizing I wasn’t painting according to plan…I  came to a screeching halt! stopped.   I put it down and left it because it wasn’t going my way instead of enjoying it for what it was, pure creative expression coming from sOMewhere other than myself.

Days went by…painting unfinished, unloved, untouched.  Later I realized that life has a way of making other plans when we aren’t looking, so I decided that my painting would be a safe place to practice following my heart instead of my head to see where it would lead me.  I mean really, if it didn’t work out, I just had another canvas with lots of texture to start over again later.  Ironically, I have lots of texture in my life to work with!

Doors emerged ( I have a thing for doors and what they represent), then more colors, more layers, and a saying that just seemed to fit the bill.  I didn’t seek it, IT found me….all I did was listen.

An unexpected painting emerged, new product ideas born, and a trust established between heart and head.

Shhh…..listen closely your heart is knocking….open the door and

Let Love In.

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