Art has been an enjoyment in my life.
Surprisingly it has become the backbone of my survival.
When my world entered an alternate dimension 2 1/2 years ago, the only thing I had that was the same was my art, students and friends.
I left a marriage with my clothes, art supplies, a dresser and a shelf.
Zero money in fact I had to borrow to hire a lawyer.
I continue to fight through lawyers for what is mine by law.
In the meantime one must survive. How do you do that? I am not one to sit in a corner and cry much to the dismay of my first set of lawyers. I was given two hands and a mind for a reason. I was given the gift of being able to paint.
So that is what I have done. It keeps my head above water and a smile on my face.
Granted I have had to find other means of income as well, but this is my sanity. My saving grace is to be able to paint. To be able to teach.
I have been so very grateful to those who want to be taught by me and who teach me so much in return.
Each of you touch my life whether you are a student, a friend, a family member, or someone persuing this by pure chance.
Enjoy art in all forms, it truly is life.
Some of my students work are seen below.
Wow! Life really can throw you for a loop.
I was put into a martini shaker and definitely shaken not stirred.
My life as I have known it is over.
But do I stay in a depression and whoa is me attitude?
Been there done that.
Where has it gotten me?
NOT where I want to be thats for sure.
So Onwards and upwards. It is a big, bright, beautiful world out there and I am so very ready to meet it with open arms and a smile.
The one constant I have had in this time is my art. Have I painted, no not really as I find it is tied to my emotions more than i thought, but I am ready to start again. This tells me I am healing. But I have had my Students and my Art friends, they have kept me focused and together in so many ways. I love them dearly.
I am ready to Paint! I am ready to live and love life.
Enjoy what you have today my friends. .. Who knows what tomorrow will bring. ..
HAPPY HAPPY DAY!
I am über excited to let you in on my latest news.
With much pleasure and appreciation I am exhibiting my work at Eaglesmed Wellness Centre (www.eaglesmed.ca) for your viewing pleasure and sale.
Thank you so much to the wonderful staff and owners for this opportunity.
I know it will be a success.
Hugs to you all!
A New Yeah!
Yes you read that right. It may be a new year, but let's just make that a new YEAH!
Have to stay on the positive side of things as life throws us way to much crap otherwise. I have so many things happening good and bad that if I actually made a list the bad would probably outweigh the good and who needs that!
Like to think I am more of a 'glass half full' than 'empty' kind of a person. I hope you find that too and enjoy all the positives in your life.
I happily finished my Best Buds painting and am almost finished my latest piece as well. I have even started drawing out another so I can keep on rolling with my paintbrush. Yeah!
I will post them as I go. The one that is almost finished, I may as well wait till its done as you may not be able to tell so much between the finishing touches, but I will. LOL!
Eagerly awaiting to hear if I am in or not for the Stampede Art Gallery. I would be ubber excited if I am, but I will take it just fine if I am not. It is time I start approaching galleries. I have to get over my fear of rejection and just ask. Yeah!
My Painting Friends are amazing and I am so Happy to be painting with them. Will ask if I can share their masterpieces with you in a future post. Yeah!
My hand is healing and I am so happy to be able to free it from the splint a little more often. This way I hopefully will not lose as much mobility and that which I did lose I will quickly regain. This will allow me to paint that much more! Yeah!
I broke my treadmill but the happy news is I am getting an even better one. LOL! Yes I do have to wait for it to arrive, but I am excited! Yeah!
Well those are a few Yeahs! And good ones at that. I do ask that you add my DH (Dear Husband) to your 'get well' lists as he is very ill and in a huge amount of pain at present.
Thanks my friends!
Hello My friends!
The Christmas celebrations are fast approaching! Are you ready? I know i am not!
However I will not let that slow me down. I will greet it with grace and dignity, along with a healthy dose of humbleness.
LOL! Me be humble? I am not so sure on that!
I have been having my head filled with all sorts of lovely compliments lately.
KEEP THEM COMING! LOL!
Just kidding. I thank those of you who have kind things to say and those who keep me on the path and grounded.
I finished my latest painting "BEST BUDS". I am a little in love with it myself and am enjoying the view above my fireplace for now. I will give a sneak peak below before I post it to the site officially.
Now another bump in the road so to speak is that I have injured my hand. I have been taking Boxing classes and ended up with pulled tendons and sprained muscles. I am to rest my hand and not do anything. Of course here I am typing away. I will try not to ramble on and on.
Hoping I heal as I have paintings I wish to paint.
Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season and all the joys of Christmas.
Hello my friends!
I have been busy doing a little of this and a little of that.
I know, I know. No excuse! I should of been logging on and keeping you up to date.
Hoping this finds you well and painting a bit yourself.
Have been playing with palette knife paintings as well as working on a couple pieces in my favourite style. I should be done something soon, just have to find the time!
Our son left for University, so instead of using that time for painting, we went and got ourselves a puppy. Probably not our smartest move, but hey a loveable bundle!
My plan is to get back on here and do some updates as well as show you my progress on my latest piece.
Have a fantastic day and keep on painting!
Looking forward to having you come to the May Art Show I am participating in.
Many, many talented artists will have their works for sale and be in attendance.
Mark your calendars!
Hugs my friends!
I am so very happy to have won a first prize ribbon at the Calgary Stampede 2012 for this oil painting of such a majestic beast.
Something about him speaks to many a soul, those who love western art and all things western; and others who can just appreciate the power of this magnificent beast.
Thank you to all my friends and fans. I wouldn't enjoy painting as much without you behind me, cheering me on.
Hugs and love,
As I have journeyed down my life's path, there have been many offshoots along the way. The choice is of course our own, and the outcome can be surprising and life changing.
One such life changing path that has influenced me greatly is WLS (wieght loss surgery); in conjuction with diet and exercise. I have lost over 75 lbs in the past year and have dropped 12 dress sizes.
This has given me so much more energy; confidence and increased health benefits that all areas of my life are improving. My insulin (type 1 Diabetic) has dropped over 60 % -- that is huge! My Doctor's are overjoyed to say the least.
This increase in energy has helped me with my art, in the sense that I now have more energy to paint; have more drive and focus; can and do arrange photo shoots; field trips; and the will to try new things.
Not only trying new things in art, but life in general.
Don't be afraid to tackle anything and everything.
Don't hide behind inexperience and excuses.
Life is waiting to be lived.
Art is demanding to be painted.
My Art Cards have arrived and are selling very well, considering I haven't done to much as of yet. I plan on being more proactive in the new Year 2012.
Hope you had a great Christmas and/or time with your family over the holidays.
My cards sell for $5.00 each or 5 cards for $20.00.
I will attatch a photo of the ones I have available at present.
Please contact me if you are interested.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Hugs and Best wishes for a Wonderful 2012.
As those who know me, and those of you about to find out, I love to talk; meet people; learn from others; and most importantly I LOVE TO PAINT!