Tuesday, July 22, 2014

All or nothing!

Bill Maher said it brilliantly here.
What resonated with me is that he said
Israel always wins.
Because they have NO CHOICE.
They either win all or lose all.
Isn't that brilliant as a metaphor for life?
We make commitments easily
and then change our mind
and want to bow out.
If we KNEW when we commit
that it's 100% or nothing
how much stronger and more successful
would we all be
in all we undertake...

Sunday, July 20, 2014

There is no peace while others suffer...

Worries  fill
my mind.
We are living in difficult times.
It's not easy to detach.
Exploring my own little art world really helps.
“Any fool can be happy. 
It takes a man with real heart 
to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep.” 
Flowers are what I love the most.
After all
flowers are G-d's way
of letting us know
that although the world
is oftentimes cruel
in all their glory,
is beauty at it's essence.
....because you can grow flowers
where dirt used to be...
And most of all -
your mind is a garden,
your thoughts are the seeds,
the harvest can either be
flowers or weeds.
I am obsessed with flowers.
I created a page in my
art journal
that shows just that.

and a fun piece ready to be framed.

Stamps are from one of my favorites http://donnadowney.typepad.com/
She has inspired me to go for it.
Just take a chance and make something.

This is definitely a favorite one for me.
Thanx for checking in with me.
Here's to Peace in the world.

“But I have come to learn there is no peace while others suffer.” 
― Lily BlakeSnow White & the Huntsman

Monday, July 7, 2014

Going on an adventure without leaving home!

What I love about my new art adventure is
daring to try.
I put a fresh piece of paper in front of me.
I have no idea what will happen.
I look around and see what inspires.
I start in one place.
I finish somewhere else entirely.
(Something like life itself).
This piece turns out exactly how I hoped it would.
Not because it was planned this way.
But because I followed my inner creative spirit.
I trust myself to know.
Yet when I begin
I have no clue where I'll end.
I laugh my way through it all.
Because it makes me happy
to see colors everywhere
no matter what!

'Every adventure of an artist should be the  expression of an adventure of his soul' 
                                                                                                        W. Somerset Maugham

Friday, July 4, 2014

Have a BLAST!

I love me some Thesaurus!
Choosing specific words clarify to your audience
the depth of your thoughts and feelings.
More than that
words have impact on your own self.
I have a friend
that whenever I ask her about her day
she describes whatever she did as
'a blast'!
After years of thinking
'why is she having a blast doing this and that
while my experience was 'ordinary',
I decided to join her one afternoon at the beach with some friends
and have a 'blast' too.
What I discovered is...
the power of words.
After spending a pleasant enough experience
as we packed up to leave
my friend exclaims
'wasn't that a blast?!
And it hit me right there and then.
The word she chooses colors her experiences with richness.
Stored in her memory in a positive way.
So simple.
And from there on I made a conscious effort
to substitute any negative words
with positive ones.
It's a few years later now
and I can honestly tell you
that my life has changed .
Positive words actually create the reality of positive experience.
Which leads to happiness...
which leads me to my happy hobby!
For years I've wanted to make an Art Journal.
I finally started.
Hopefully this journal will reflect growth in my artistic journey.
I try something new on each page.
My first page uses paper and paint.
I love making little houses.
So I thought I'd start with that.
Also kind of a metaphor
for whats taking place in the house of me.
AND my favorite SHEL SILVERSTEIN poem.

So that is the introduction to my art journey. 
Encouraging myself to listen to my inner voice.
(BTW I had a BLAST doing this!)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Creativity is the act of self discovery.

Over 30 years ago I moved to Miami.
It didn't take but 30 seconds and I was smitten.
I know it's true love because I feel exactly the same now as I did then.
Early morning birds chirping...
Light breeze from the ocean...
Fans whirring...
Long shadows on the wall toward the evening...
The list goes on.
Never gets old.
all this loveliness inspires me every day.
Love of beauty is taste
the creation of beauty is art.-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Over the years I've discovered my creativity in different ways.
Mostly through scrapbooking.
Which is why I started this blog.
Now I'm HEAVY into watercolor and markers.
And I'm having a ball.
I wish  y'all would try it.
Believe me when I tell you
There is a little artist in you begging to be released.
Pick up a marker and you'll see what I mean.
This here is a Zentangle/markers collaboration.

First I draw...

 Now the fun part.

And while we're at it...

It's a great way to challenge yourself.
Joy is what happens to us when we recognize how good things really are.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Pink isn't just a color, it's an attitude!

Your attitude is like a box of crayons.
Constantly color your picture gray,
and your picture will always be bleak.
Try adding some bright colors to the picture
by including humor,
and your picture begins to lighten up.
That's how I see life.
The worse I feel
the more color I wear!
Add brighter lipstick.
Make a pretty fruit salad.
Or just make some art.
Here's one for you.
Doodles and paint.
This is what happy looks like for me.
What does happy look like for you?

I found I could say words
with color and shapes
that I couldn't say any other way
- things I had no words for.  
                    Georgia O'keefe

Sunday, June 1, 2014

As long as it makes me happy...

I haven't blogged in over a year.
And then I saw this TED TALK
which motivated me to start again.
It's a way of giving my grandchildren a peek in to who I am.
...and no matter how 'good I look for my age'
all they see is a bubby... 

With that being said...
I love to read.
When I was a little girl I went to the library every Friday to get books for Shabbos.
Not being a safe neighborhood
my heart would pound with fear
until I was safely enclosed and surrounded by my beloved books.
Yet that never stopped me.
Each story carried me off to a new adventure.
I could smell the food that was being described on those pages.
Words like
dainty and
brought vivid images to my mind.
Opening the first page always brought thrills of anticipation.
Betsy Stacy and Tibs.
Remember them?
All the Nancy Drew books.
The  Hardy boys.
The Secret Garden.
Read that at least 10 times.
Matured to Gone With The Wind.
Read that at least 20 times.
Who didn't?
The power of  words.
They take me prisoner.
Wind themselves around me
like a warm blanket.
Sometimes they keep me so enthralled
I cannot move for hours.
Now that I'm older,
I especially love reading memoirs of strong resilient people.
Their strength inspires me in ways they'll never know.
One of the most powerful reads thus far has been
As Long As I Live .
Beautifully written.
Each page reaching me at  my core.
I mostly read on Shabbos.
If a book really grabs me
I'll read a bit every night.
So please
Don't take books away from me.
I need to feel them.
Turn each page with a dampened index finger.
Fold the corner of the page as I drift off to sleep
Just like when I was little....
Books have always been my obsession
and that's never changed.
I now have a new obsession.
I have no idea how to paint,
but I'm determined to do it anyway.
Don't really care if I follow any particular rules of art.
Just want to do what I know feels good.
So I'll share my stuff with you as I learn.
Maybe I can inspire YOU to try something too.

Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do. ~Edgar Degas
In that case for me it's really easy....

My first 'real' artwork.
First one's a charm I think.
I tried again.
and again.
and again.
I'll show you.

So there you have it.
As I continue it will be interesting for me to see how I learn new things.
I'm gonna try to learn all I can through YOUTUBE and blogs.
Love the challenge...
When you do it for yourself there's no pressure...