Hidey-Hoe my peeps. I hope you had a great weekend. We have been so busy for the past week, working on remodeling the front of our home and yard. Lemme just say, OY! My back, lol…my partner is amazing. He does more work by 8 am everyday than most people do in an entire day. It looks incredible now, I love that man! It’s just the first phase of the revamping going on. This winter we plan to continue on the studio remodel, we will be adding a huge gallery space and future classroom! Also we will be building a live stage. When we shoot live video’s and for our newest idea….drum roll, please…
We have an annual art sale every year, this year we thought it would be fun to take it to the internets and have weekly Art auctions! Every Saturday in November we will be live on our You Tube channel !
Don’t miss it, we plan to have a surprise or two up our sleeves every week. Plus you get to watch us be goofy and try to figure all this stuff out! It’ll be a blast. I’m really excited about it and am hoping it’s just as good of an event, as when we have been hosted locally. We are going to open the art vault and bring out the best of the years works! We plan on super low opening bids and hopefully everyone will consider it a win-win. 🙂 Can’t wait, I hope you will join us 11/3/18!
In other arty news, I’m still working on the oil paintings…update photos:
She is One With It All- 24″ x 20″ x 2″ -Oils- HA! 2018
This one is at rest. I think I may sign her…or I may not. I’m thinking about it.
This one is WA?’s new one…it’s looking real good, WIP:
So, there’s that, what else is there? Oh yeah, I’ll be learning a new skill this week. Sewing! With a machine! OMG. I am a capable woman, I can do almost anything…except sew. I’ve always wanted to know how to do it and we have dear friends who are having a costume party! Hence the sewing. We are going as the King and Queen of Cups from the tarot deck. Today I am making a kings crown and later, the man is going to show me how to use the sewing machine. I will then make the most fabulous capes the world has ever seen. Followed by a kings tunic and fancy scepter. The Queen is regal and a little less embellished…but she reads the tarot deck and sees the future! I’m gonna so rock this…I hope! 🙂 I’ll post pictures when we get them done an thank goodness my partner is down for the teaching. Good lord I’ll be Michael Kors in no time, watch out RuPaul, I’m coming for ya! lol
That’s all for me, I gotta go be fantastic and then make dinner. It’s a life. A good gig if you can get it. Love to all, HA!
I’m still working over here, the oils have been getting most of my attention. I did make a new pour painting content video, check it out.
Here’s some progress pictures of the current oil paintings on the easel wall:
I’m off to the races, many things happening here and all at once…ain’t that just the way it goes? 🙂 Keep smiling and grit your teeth, there’s work to do! Big love to you and thanks for being here today, HA!
Quote in title: Isaac Bashevis Singer
Hello there. I hope this finds you well. All my love to those in the storms way. I am sending prayers for all life. Big Love.
Okay, well. This week? Yeah, I’m done. It’s been too long, too hard and too many dramas, for this human. I might be a little spun out on the whole adulting gig. UGH. I would go into detail…but whhhhhy? It won’t make anything any better, trust me, I’ve talked myself blue in the face.
It is always, (seems these days) a battle for living a life that is, enough. I don’t want it all, I’m good like that. I just want to reach the point of enough, so I can breathe a little easier. Enough love & attention, enough money & time, enough smarts & wisdom, you get the idea. Who needs perfection? Not me. A little more harmony and balance would work wonders for my internal view of myself. That darn inner-self is such a hot-mess of needy-ness. I swear, just when I think I have her patched up and running right, BAM! The Universe has a morbid sense of humor far as I can tell. Either that, or I am a special kind of weirdo. 🙂
I found my big girl panties and worked the knot out. This has been such a topsy-turvy year. I can validate myself, I am enough, I can keep going because I have that much faith. On with it then…pity party is over.
Tons of great art happening! That’s a good thing, a very, very good thing. WA? and I are working on a new business idea. We are thinking about creating a subscription box fluid painting kit. A new kit every month and content too. We are still fleshing out the curation for the 12 months, to make sure the kits are exciting, easy and so fun that you’ll be excited to do the next months project. It would all kick off with the big PRO kit and then be monthly 5 new colors with canvas and pre-mixed paints. The content would support the kits with skill shares and experimenting with surprises, maybe even monthly live feed tutorials, too! All that for a low monthly fee and at the end of the year, you would have 67 squeeze bottles and every color known to man…lol, almost. 🙂 And a years worth of skill practice. Everyone is an artist with our kits!
What do you think? Any takers? I’d love some feedback on the idea, I’d love to move to pre-production by the end of the month, so the launch can happen before Christmas! Can you imagine giving a art gift that happened every month for an entire year? I think I’d love it, what about you?
In other arty news…I’m oil painting this week and here are some pictures of those works, still WIP’s, because, oils. I’m having fun being at the easel right now so that’s how I’m gonna roll for now. I hope to have a new content video on the fluid art by Sunday, this week So, check back for that, or even better, just click over to the channel and subscribe! Pretty please and thank you. <3
Well, that’s got to wrap it up for me today. I am so grateful you stopped by today, thank you for that. I hope your day is, enough. I wish you enough in all ways. Big Love, HA!
Quote in the title: Don Miguel Ruiz
A jeweler could meditate by envisioning that everything is as pure and radiant as shimmering gold; a winemaker might picture herself as distilling bliss from the grapes of experience; a shoemaker could imagine that he was sewing the leather of passion with the thread of freedom to produce shoes of enlightenment. ~Miranda Shaw
While I work:
To begin, I will start with a powerful prayer or thought written on the canvas or clay. Then, I imagine my work can heal the mind, body and soul, that it is a visual medicine. I imagine the purest love I can summon and infuse that information into the paint/materials at hand. Paint remembers, like water. Clay responds to prayer. Oils hold resonate energy and it releases it slowly over time. Patrons have spoken of the energetic qualities of the works over the years. I do it because I love to love!! Also, it makes me feel incredibly fulfilled as a being and gives me energy to continue the work. (on myself too). <3
Thank you for stopping by, it means the world to me! Big Love, HA!
Quote in title: Shakespeare
Hey there, what a difference a day can make, you know?
Nothing in the outside world changed, it’s still a dumpster fire out there. I allowed all my feelings, grace and space for 24 hours. This morning, I still have a racing brain and a hard time meditating. Though my heart and soul are resting, with more ease. The tightness in my chest and pain in my neck and shoulders, diminished and healing. Allowing and radical acceptance of what is, works for me, every time. Yay for me, figuring out how to handle my own self care! It only took 48 years of practice. LOL
Aren’t we just amazing creatures? I think we are. I think we are, for sure.
The thing is, I can’t know what I don’t know. I can bone up on every subject and become the professional student of life. OR…I could allow myself to be present in every moment and find out who I am in those moments, kind of like a surprise party for myself. 🙂 When I realize I’m not going to please everyone AND I am not pretending in anyway about being me…then my soul can rest and my brain can bleed out all the art that sustains the very life inside of me.
Today I am excited to accomplish my hit list of things I need to do and have to do. Today, I feel like I can re-frame negatives into mindful positives. Today I found a little basket of hope in the back corner. Its a full basket too! Yay for me again! I’ve learned to save a little bit extra in my mental pantry…for when times get tough. I am really kicking ass at this being alive thing today, YAY!
I had better get to the actual doing. I hope to release a couple of new content videos for the PRO kit (which is now available, hint, hint), over the next couple of days. I also have a stack of paperwork to do for the business and the house. I am still packing kits and making art, daily when possible. The courses I was taking for basic filmmaker skills and photography, have come to an end and I am applying what was learned. The videos are improving with every shoot and edit. We are growing! It’s awesome! I am so grateful for, well, everything. Even the hardness in life can remind the soul palette, how sweet life can be, too.
I love you, I hope you have the day you need. Thanks so much for stopping by my little world. I am grateful for you. <3 HA!
Do something nice for you today, you deserve the love! <3
Quote in the title: Ingrid Betancourt
The history of men’s opposition to women’s emancipation is more interesting perhaps than the story of that emancipation itself.”
― Virginia Woolf,
Ok, I get it. It’s not going to stop until we all care about all (ALLOFITALLOFUS) in the organism that is humanity. The president last night in Mississippi? Yeah, I could have skipped knowing about that. I’m triggered and I admit it. My rage is showing. My mask is slipping. It’s hard to stay focused and moving forward with all the LIFE stuff happening at WTF speed. (that’s really fast y’all)
The world? Too Much. Just too much. Personal life? Yeah we are good. Managing life? Welllllll, let’s just say we are learning to juggle the flaming chainsaws, that life is want to meter out…
I turn inward. I sit down at my own round table (in my head) and call to order the meeting. All of the me’s take a seat and we hammer shit out.
I approach myself with care on days like this. I need to be my own best friend and help myself. In doing so I can share from my saucer (not the cup, the cup is me and what I need to be whole healthy and alive). I take care of the person inside myself, who is feeling these wounded feelings. I observe her, I hold her, I tell her I will stay with her. I tell her she is safe now. I meditate. I pray, hard.
After I ground myself, I always feel better. It doesn’t fix anything but it does help me to care for myself in a radically truthful way. It’s restorative. I’m having all the feels so I need to allow them to roll through. Yeah, its sounds hard because it is. Making art helps tremendously. I can enter flow state and find beauty, release, understanding and meaning in EVERYTHING.
Follow the flow…I finished my mixed media work yesterday. I added a guiding star. It’s me. That star. It’s me twinkling starlight kisses to the entire globe. It’s my love shinning in the darkness. Small (only from a distance) Raw & Radiant. I am the star and the mist on the hills. I am the moon full and bright. I am the shadows, heaving mountains. I am the earthquake that opened the gorge. I am the blue sky and the dawns blush. I am the verdant hills and the swampy shallows. I am awake. I am a machine programmed for love. I am an artist. I co-create new worlds, daily.
I am happy with it. As my loving partner pointed out yesterday, me being happy with a work at it’s finish, is a big deal. I’m usually ready to be done, when I’m finishing, this one was a song. Easy as butter and felt so nice.
I feel like this painting was a moment of “going to church”. It was healing to finish. I’ll enjoy it’s time on the drying wall.
I love you all, I am praying and pulling for us all. I am hugging you and bringing your favorite tea. I am here, if you need me. Thanks for stopping by today, it sure means a lot to me. <3 HA!
Good day to you, thank you for stopping in. I hope you are well. I know a lot of us humans are feeling overwhelmed, underwhelmed and stressed…and don’t forget a fair amount of rage and indignation, with a dash of disgust. I talk to people everyday in my day job (intuitive coaching) and I’ve spent a lot of my work time this last week, dealing with triggered humans.
Some of us trauma survivors tend to take it inside and internalize the feelings as “truths about ourselves”. BS stinking thinking. Never the less, I needed this little chart this morning, myself and I thought of you. I thought how you might need a reminder that it is gonna be ok. I thought maybe you might need a mental hug today, too. <3 I love you and am grateful you are here today, thanks so much! <3
The studio has been a little cray-cray. OMG, there are lists everywhere and they are slowly getting checked off. Everything seems topsy-turvy with a lot of unexpected problems popping up. When I say problems I mean, things that money solves. Yeah, I know, that just means they are challenges, is all. I eat challenge for breakfast, so ya know, I’ll probably live through this soul expansion, as well. Finding grace in the grit of it all. Endurance is a skill set.
Truth is, it’s all hard. Business building, art making, family tending, money making, you get my point. If I look at the issues with my loving eyes, not those judgy bitches, I can start to see threads of creative connective tissue. I can see the lessons and the acceptance. I can see where I am making it harder on myself, again. I can see the old violence, I have endured and how it made me stronger than I ever thought I could be. I can see myself…past and future and she is making art. She is explaining and reframing the world inside of her head and outside too. Manifestation is simply an active agreement between two parties, in this case, it’s me and the Universe.
I am working, went back to the brush and oils. I had a few pours that when dry, were not cutting it so I decided to go back in with oils…take a look.
Here’s the other one.
It’s been fun to start with an already formed idea (the original pour) and then take it forward into the oils and bring it to life. I miss painting in oils. I am so enthralled with controlled pouring adventures, that I have not been at the easel as much as the pouring table. It’s been slower paced and contemplative. Those things equal sanctuary for this ole bag of bones.
On top of the art, I’ve been learning the art of commercial making, product photography, writing ad copy and more on lighting and camera angles. I’ve been so busy with everything that I also decided to work on the web site. Yeah, I know…that’s what classified this as cray-cray.
This artist has got to boogie on the day. I hope you have the day you need. Thanks again for being here, you mean so much to me! <3 HA!
P.S. The Pro kits are available!
Hello everyone! Happy Friday, I hope you have had a good week so far. I mean if you don’t go online, don’t read anything or watch any news…it’s all easily, just peachy-keen. I do know what’s happening out there and I am trying to control my disgust and outrage…basically so I don’t hurt my own system. How do I get to escape, you ask? Art Making. I get to the easel, table, stand, what have you and I make art. Yeah, so there’s that.
In other news, I am now officially in the last year of my youth. 49 has arrived and I plan to enjoy the heck out of it, come hell or high water.
I did get a little art in this week and I painted this really nice painting, on the full moon. I mean I painted the full moon while the full moon was happening. Did you see it? It was so amazing!!! It looked like this…
🙂 At least that’s how I saw it. With my artist eyes. I filmed it of course…so here’s the reel. I hope you enjoy watching it come to life. 🙂
The original artwork should make it to the sales floor soon…I need to get myself an assistant that loves inputting info to the computer, takes great product and art photos and files stuff…heck, I just need to borrow someone’s cloning machine. Anyone? 🙂
I hope you have a fantastic weekend! I got to burn rubber on the day. I love you and thanks so much for being here today. HA!
Quote in title: Amy Tan
Free time. Heard of it? Yeah me too. I think it’s a fantasy, make believe place at this point. No, I’m not crying, you are.
I talk/counsel people everyday for a living, to make money and pay bills, feed the family, ya know, the basics. I’m really good at my job and I take pleasure in being good at it. I am also aware, that I do not know, um, like everything. I study all the time, to stay on top of my game. I use a lot of my free time, boning up on all the topics I use in my efforts to help heal peoples minds and hearts. Yeah, a lot of my “spare” time is eaten up in being at the top of my game, for others.
I create art for my next breath. I create art to understand what’s really going on, in the world, with my own self, with my family, my own damn mind…you get the picture. I make art so I can continue to get up everyday and keep doing this thing we call living. Making art…is an act of rebellious co-creation with the universe and myself. I create art to share what I have learned. I create art to ask the questions that are not safe for public consumption. I confront. I clear the paths. I set them on fire, sometimes, to light my way ahead, into the unknown.
“Art helps people express experiences that are too difficult to put into words, such as a diagnosis of cancer. Some people with cancer explore the meanings of past, present, and future during art therapy, thereby integrating cancer into their life story and giving it meaning.”
Art filled occupational voids, distracted thoughts of illness; improvements in flow and spontaneity, expression of grief, positive identity, social networks. Improved well-being by decreasing negative emotions and increasing positive ones……
Sounds pretty good to me!
I love fluid art for this very reason. It works so well to help me relax, let go of the over thinking and be ME for a minute. I have very little control over the outcome and I love the freedom that provides. It makes my BRAIN feel GOOD. Which thankfully, makes me feel good about the REAL ME. Scars, flaws, illness, mental health, all of it. I feel triumphant that I survived this long to know these beautiful things about being alive.
I’ll be 49 in 3 days.
I’ve come a long way, baby.
This is one of the reasons we wanted to push forward and bring out a product that would help heal people. The Pro Pour Paint Kit is doing just that. The paint is incredibly satisfying to paint with and the act of profusely allowing paint to flow, well, it’s a perfect metaphor for life don’t ya think?
I mean look at this clip…tell me that isn’t fun or relaxing. Go ahead, I’ll wait…
I’m telling you, it’s amazing. I highly recommend pouring paint for all humans. It’s a great way to get in touch with yourself again. Have some ME time. Step away from the world and all it’s me, me, me! To help work through moments of anxiety, stress, PTSD and chronic pain. In the end, you have a work of art only you could ever make. Only YOU.
As I investigate, what it is that I really want to do and be when I grow up…..no wait!…I mean, shoot I only have one year left of my supposed youth! 🙂
I KNOW THIS! I want to share this with you. I want us to burn up the internet with our work and love and energy! I want to see YOU shine! I love lighting people up. I love when humans go from I CAN’T to I AM! I love when they look up after that moment and I can see the human, present and glorious, in their eyes! I know they are right there with me, co-creating a new world, one where we ALL belong and are LOVED. That’s what makes me excited to continue. YOU. You becoming is so beautiful to me and so very sacred. Thank you for allowing your beauty out into the world. Thank you for being here. Thank you for living through your experiences and being so amazing! I love you. YOU inspire me and I am grateful.
For real, thank you for being here today. I love you!