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Cherry Lemon and Turquoise

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Cherry, Lemon and Turquoise

This piece was created as part of a series of watercolors created for #WorldWatercolorMonth. Each day featured a theme for the day. The bright colors were originally going to be an underpainting for a colorful sky sunset, but when I saw them upside down, it looked more like a beach and as soon as I read the theme of Cherry, Lemon and Turquoise, I knew what that it was going to be a beach scene, not a sunset.

Today I am busy about the work part of art, getting them listed in my database and prepared for sale. And of course, as always on Monday, it is a #microblogmondays. A special welcome to those visiting from challenge.

The work part, entering in the database and prepping for sale

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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.



Study of Northampton Train Station.

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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: 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.


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

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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.


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:

Let’s start at the very beginning

Whenever I ask myself “Where to start?” I think of the song from the Sound of Music.

“Let’s start at the very beginning
A very good place to start
When you read you begin with A-B-C”

She then goes on to explain the basics of singing.  After they get the basics,

“are only the tools we use to build a song.
Once you have these notes in your heads,
you can sing a million different tunes by mixing them up.”

Which is true of most things. Once you have learned the basics, you can mix them up and do most anything with them.

This blog is all about my journey to becoming an Artist, and  I started with the basics of art a long time ago.  This morning I found myself saying where to start, and realized that I need to better define my goal so I know where to start.  How will I know if I am on the right path if I am not sure where I am going. Do I want to teach art and creativity? Do I want to make a living by selling art? Do I want that art to be production pieces or do I want to be the type of artist who is hung in major museums?  All of these appeal to me, but if I want one of them to be the final goal, I need to chart a part to it that includes the other destinations on the way.  It is very similar to saying I want to be in the mountains.  When I say that I mean that I want to be in the Rocky Mountains, specifically in Colorado.  It is very different from being in the Swiss Alps or on Mount Fuji, just to name two other mountain destinations that would make me happy, but are not what I am envisioning.

My goal of being an artist is a bit like this start of a painting. It is a mono print that we created in a watercolor class that I am taking with Marie Flahive. Everyone looked at it and said, what a great tree line, you have a great start. I was a loss for what they were talking about.  They were all on the other side of the table and were looking at it upside down.   Once I had looked at it from their point of view I knew I was the one looking at it upside down, but even then, I know this painting could go any number of ways.  I putthis post in the business of Art, because as I been trying to pick up a new set of basic tools for a while, the tool set for being able to  make my income as an artist.  I have reached the point where I regularly get introduced as an artist, and not as a mother or paralegal.  This is a great feeling, but I know that I do not want to be the starving artist. This means I have a choice, stay where I am, doing what I do and hope that someone discovers me, or learn how to promote myself as an artist.Everything I have read starts with having a plan, and knowing your long-term goals.  This is both  traditional business books and books on how to make it as an artist.  The place to start then is “Where do I want to go?”

It is a good question. I need to take some time and listen for an answer to this question.  Where do you want to go with your Creative Journey?

Hos, Yos, Half Hitches and a Wild Donkey

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A Wild Donkey? (For an explanation of the rest of title today, please see the note at the end.)


Yes, I did say a wild donkey. This morning I received an email from Leonie Dawsonthat offered a free ebook on how to finish your projects and get them out into the world. I have had a bit of problem with that as of late.
The Official Secretive title of this ebook is “The Cowgirl’s Guide To Riding Wild Donkeys”.
Reading it left me with the question: What if you want to be creative, but instead of being a goddess, you are a Christian? Her pages are fun, colorful, full of joy, energy, ideas, motivation and tips of how to release the goddess inside of you. I set aside the idea of riding the wild donkeys and did a quick search for something on what the Bible had to say about creativity. I found a link to Psalm 104, 10-14, which I have included in bright and colorful text as an image. What did I find there but a reference to God providing water to quench the thirst of the wild donkeys. A wild donkey. I did not ever recall hearing any scripture on donkeys that did not involve Mary’s Christmas trip. In her book Leonie said(about the wild donkeys, her metaphor for ideas) that “There is something I need to learn from them, There is some that needs to happen there.” I have run across many websites dedicated to finding the joyful creative inside of us, they just have not been from a Christian perspective. So I found myself faced with a wild donkey, there needed to be a site dedicated to beingCreatively Christian in the same believe in yourself, be wildly creative and enjoy life way. I do not need to find a goddess in myself, I just need to be myself, be joyous, create my art and let others see that not all Christians are ___________ (fill in your negative stereotype of choice here.)
It was the anti Christian things being posted on Facebook today that really put me over the edge. I find it easier to deal with atheists, and pagans than I do those that use the Christian religion to spread hate, Please do not Judge me because of them. I will leave it at that.

And now for the explanation: I told a friend that I would title my next blog post Hos, Yos and half hitches, and as you can see I did.

The Ho came from a discussion of odd bits that we remember. I recall as a child my father giving our phone number as H-O-4-4334. The yos and half hitches came from my attempt to learn how to read a knitting chart from lace. A yo is a yarn over and they make holes on purpose in your knitting. The half hitch came as I learned a new method of making a stitch, which while it had some other fancy name consisted of making a half hitch.