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Rennata Tropeano- Artist, writer and textile designer

Orochi’s Knot

Knot for Orochi from Fire Emblem; Fates.
Knot for Orochi from Fire Emblem; Fates.

Figuring out the decorative elements on a cosplay can be a challenge, there are often buttons, or fastens or just pretty bits that are stuck on in odd locations.

Orochi’s knot that appears on the front of her top was one such detail. It is
possible to just cut the loops and glue or tack them to look mostly correct.  However, I approached this one from the idea that the artist likely drew it from a real knot, so I did a google search for a three loop frog knot, as it appears in the approximate location of a fasten.

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Celebrate!

So many times we get caught in the litany of bad things in our mind. That we are somehow (enter negative thought here.)  Many sources tell you to make them into affirmations in your mind, to replace the negative thoughts. A simple google search will give you a long list of lists of positive thoughts.  But sometimes words are not enough, so plan ahead with activities to do. Making the list ahead of time helps.

For me, using the special dishes, the delicate footed bowl (well actually a martini glass, but it watermelon seemed a better choice than gin) is something that takes my mind off the negative thing and focuses  the now. For you never really have to get through what ever period of time seems overwhelming, be it the week, the day, the hour, the minute, all you have to do is hold on for a second, then another and then repeat.  The problem is getting out of the thoughts in your head and into action. Doing something about it. So when the thoughts start to creep in, Do something to celebrate yourself. It re-enforces those affirmations I mentioned above.

 
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Believing

This quote from one of my favorite fairy tales, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S.Lewis sums up my thoughts on believing and faith.  We are at a time when choice of who and what to believe in abound and I see a lot of believe what I believe or I will unfriend you.

The character who made the above statement was being presented with all kinds of arguments as to why he should not believe and that it would be desirable to just agree with what was being said.  He believed in what was right and held fast to those beliefs.  It is a simple message, about faith. There are a lot of area in our lives that need faith. A belief that is unshakeable and resists change, a path to follow.  This can go for your religious views, or just simply a goal you wish to achieve.

Me, I want to be an artist. I want to bring magic and beauty into everyday life. I want to celebrate that which is good about living.  I am on the side of beauty and everyday magic, even if they do not exist. I am going to live a life of beauty and magic, knowing that Narnia exists and not listen to those who tell me otherwise.

I am on Aslan's side, and will live like a Narnian.

 

 

 

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Limiting beliefs and Lion’s Mane Mushrooms

 What is a limiting belief?

A limiting belief is something that holds you back only because you believe it. It sounds silly but when I googled limiting beliefs examples I got  “About 392,000 results (0.65 seconds) “, which tells me a lot of people have a lot of limiting beliefs.

I have been stuck in a ” Must diet” frame of mine for so long that I never realized that I could ever be not dieting and making healthy choices. SONY DSC

The idea ofeating in a flexible manner that values pleasure and honors internal cues of hunger, satiety, and appetite” was something I did not think I could do. It was either diet or eating as usual. 

After it finally clicked and I realized that I was putting stumbling blocks in my way, I took a look at what that sentence does and does not mean.

It does not mean nom all the comfort foods you can find. It does not mean gallons of ice cream and plates of cookies are okay. It does not mean limited, restrictive, any of the many hijacked meaning of the word “healthy” Low fat, low carb, high fiber, sugar free, and so on.

What it does mean is flexible, pleasurable, satisfying, appetizing and filling.

So in other words, instead of dieting I am going to eat in a way that is tasty and positive?  That sounds great to me, but I am looking for the catch because there has to be a catch.  The catch is that I need to eat foods that are pleasurable, satisfying, appetizing and filling.   When I am being honest with myself, a heavy meal of comfort foods is only pleasurable at the beginning, and can be downright unpleasant if I pass full and overeat.

Full of the possibilities of tasty pleasurable eating, I head off the the first farmers market of the season with my daughter. I was excited to try something new and fresh and tasty.  As we are just barely into spring here in New England, there was a natural limit to the choices, but the first booth was a mushroom vendor. I almost passed it by because my daughter does not like mushrooms, but decided to look anyway.  She surprised me by being interested in the very unusual looking Lion’s Mane mushroom. She was not letting her dislike of white mushrooms get in her way of trying something new. By being open to change she avoided the problem of limiting beliefs. It was a reminder to me that when that little voice in your head says can’t, it is important to question why and see if it is a real limit or a limiting belief.

What limiting belief can you let you of today? I would love to hear about it.

 

 

Taking the challenge- Healthy at Any Size

Selfie, the importance of self image.

This morning I made an important decision. I took the Healthy at Any Size Pledge.

From the HAES Community Website:

Health at Every Size is based on the simple premise that the best way to improve health is to honor your body. It supports people in adopting health habits for the sake of health and well-being (rather than weight control). Health at Every Size encourages:

Accepting and respecting the natural diversity of body sizes and shapes.
Eating in a flexible manner that values pleasure and honors internal cues of hunger, satiety, and appetite.
Finding the joy in moving one’s body and becoming more physically vital.

This is an idea that has traveled with me on my journey through life from time to time, but I have always allowed my self to be drawn back into the cycle of guilt and body shaming.  It is very easy to do in our society .  For a while now I have seen links to the HAES website, and I have visited it and thought about taking the pledge, but there were all these buts. I started trying to get out from behind the camera and in front of the camera to help develop a healthy self image.  That was a good start. It got me exercising and looking into diet and eating.  Yes, I was still thinking about dieting.  I had my yearly physical and my doctor suggested that I look into a weight management program, which I did. It turned out to be a program for a packaged diet and if that failed, a gastric lap band surgery.

That was a wake up for me. The health care industry’s solution was protein (chemical) shakes and surgically induced bulimia.  I found this to be UNACCEPTABLE.   I fought with the insurance and my doctor to get a referral to a nutritionist. I thought that she could help me find the perfect diet.

She didn’t. She told me that what I already knew. Diets do not work.  They will work for a short term, but ultimately the restrictive nature of them makes them fail.  She instructed me to keep a food journal, with the only restriction being that I need to record everything I eat, and suggested that I try and limit my servings of refined carbs and fruits to six servings a day.

After years of dieting, this was a scary thought. What do I eat?

On the Creative Live website I saw a class, Lose Weight without Dieting. The description said “It’s time to take control of your weight, energy, and happiness.”   Have you ever had something resonate with you so much you could feel it?   It was like a gong being struck. It described exactly what I want.   I immediately registered to watch the live class for free. ( I love that feature about Creative Live!) I also went to the instructor, Darya Rose’s blog, Summer Tomato, which I recommend highly.  I listened, I read and it kept on resonating with me. Everything she said fit into the idea of “Eating in a flexible manner that values pleasure and honors internal cues of hunger, satiety, and appetite.”   The word flexible had always bothered me in that statement particularly preceding pleasure. That sounded too much like permission to eat gallons of ice cream for me to allow myself to pledge that.

Listening to Darya’s 3 day class taught me a lot about eating and the artificial constraints I place on myself, a lot more than I can list in a single blog post, but somewhere along the way, something clicked inside me saying this is what that HAES pledge is all about, valuing real pleasures and listening to internal cues of hunger, satiety and appetite.

tasty breakfast

So I took the pledge. I am making a value based change in my lifestyle.

This was my tasty breakfast this morning. I did not eat it while I checked my email. I took the time to take it out on the porch and to sit and enjoy each bite of the meal, eating mindfully.  I can’t remember when I have enjoyed a breakfast so much.

 

 

Study of Northampton Train Station.

Originally posted http://www.rennatatropeano.com/growingunique/2013/11/01/northampton-train-station/

I’ve moved the study of the Northampton Train Station into the “is it done category”.  I pull up the tape and set it up where I can see it for a few days.

Sometimes I find that I need to go back and do some more work. Other times I start thinking about what mat or frame will set it off.

I have posted about my search for a software etc that I can use as a data base. I’ve tried a number of things including spread sheets, data bases, Evernote and a couple of other things.  Right now I am trying Trello, (Recommendation link: https://trello.com/rennatatropeano/recommend) Disclosure, For every person I get to join Trello, They give me a free month of Trello Gold, up to 12 months, not that I really have a clue at this point what that really means.

So far I am really enjoying it as it is very visual and I find it easier to add information and pictures in a single place.  For example, my Trello card on the above painting has links to the Meet up event where I started this painting, and links to posts where I have shared it as a work in progress.  I can move or copy cards from private boards to public boards. I can add the information as I work on a project, as well as being able to add checklists, files, due dates.

I am using it as my project planning and database tool, but it also can be used to work with others. I can’t really speak to that as I have not used that functionality, but it seems like it would work very well.

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I am very excited that it is finally Art Every Day Month!  I am looking forward to this challenge. It is the one that really brought me back into touch with my art. As a mother I had pretty much put it on a back shelf in favor of things I could do with my daughters.  Each November I take part and the process always inspires me.  I recommend that you give it a try.

That is it for today, as I can’t wait to see what others are doing.Image

Observation and Reflection

Originally posted :http://www.rennatatropeano.com/growingunique/2013/10/28/observation-and-reflection/

Reflecting

Last week I started the week Inspire Me Monday by Create with Joy. I found it to be a great way to start a week as I started by looking a wider variety of inspiration than usual which gave me more to think about. I have always loved this quote from Monet, because it implies an intention to the process. Julia Cameron calls the process filling the well in her Artist Way series. No matter what you call it, a important component of the creative process is this digging and delving into that which is new.

Observation

I need to take better notes on what inspires me over the week so that I can share them with you on Mondays. I keep a board of quotes over on Pinterest, but I often find that seeing other people art and creativity is the best inspiration.

Elsie Smith has a wonderfully inspirational photo collection on flickr, Sweet2Spicy. Her use of color and texture is incredible. I was particularly inspired by her bezels made of polymer clay. I have a particular fondness for small art, and it struck me that this would be a great way to make small frames that could be used for jewelry.

Tamara Tipton inspired me today by posting about choosing joy.

Ideas for Artist Dates- this blog is no longer active, but this is a great list of ideas.

Please check out all the other inspiring blogs over at Create with Joy for:

Progress on the Journey

Originally posted

http://www.rennatatropeano.com/growingunique/2013/08/12/if-life-is-a-journey-what-progress-did-you-make-today/SONY DSC

What did you do today that helped you move closer to your goals?

Today I wandered around Barnes and Noble, picking up various books on topics that interest me. How to books on reworking clothes, Watercolor painting books,photography books, etc.  Each one I picked up reminded me of a similar book that I had picked up on a previous visit.  Each book was in its own way about living a creative life.  If you throw in all the other creative choices, such as cooking, woodworking, gardening, writing, etc., these books have a significant amount of the floor space allotted for adult reading.  I realized that there is a difference between reading and learning.  Many of these books that I have purchased over the years have been books that I read, but did not learn.

Where I am making progress in my creative journey is in photography, and this is because of the mentorship program in which I am participating.  The key word is participating. I am using the camera and talking about it with the other participants.

Week 2 Plus Post-I am participating in the Camera Basics, Beyond Automatic Mentorship by +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers organized and run by the program directors, +Robin Griggs Wood +Ron Clifford and +Tamara Pruessner Each week I will be posting a Plus …read more

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