Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Playing in the Paint


A couple of weeks ago I finally received my copy of Jean Haines' new book, Atmospheric Flowers in Watercolor.  It is lovely and inspiring and I've been playing in the paint ever since. 

This one is 8 x 10 inches, matted and framed to 11 x 14 inches.  $225.

It's sunflower season in the midwest and I've been playing in the paint, trying to capture some of their sunny optimism. They are a giving flower.  Even after the petals fade and the flowerheads droop, the garden is full of birds harvesting the seed until the stalks fall in the snow.   I love that.

Jean Haines' books never disappoint.  I love all of them.   Check them out here.


Sunday, August 19, 2018

Making Room for Magic Experiences



We need more magical experiences.   Experiences that make us feel bigger, better, smarter, more attractive, loved, valuable, effective and safe.

These experiences happen for me when:

  • I can take the time I need without feeling rushed.
  • I don't have a secondary [or tertiary] agenda and I'm not multitasking.
  • I learn something new or see something in a new way.
  • I get to play.
  • I get to explore.
  • I get to make mistakes.
  • I feel like I'm being a good version of myself.


When do magical experiences happen for you?         I'd love to know.




What would it do for your spirit to spend an entire weekend with other supportive and loving women being inspired, igniting your creative passion, embracing your power, and opening your heart to live your best life? Guaranteed to be full of magical experiences!  Please come to our October weekend retreat so we can get you started on your way to living your best life now. Registration closes August 31.

Also, I'd like to invite you to join our Best Self facebook group where we can talk freely about becoming our best selves - and all the messy work that entails. In addition, I have another group, The Well Balanced Artist, for creatives of all kinds and in all stages of their creative lives, who are trying to balance their art, business and personal lives.


Friday, August 17, 2018

Only 2 More Weeks to Register



There are only two more weeks to register for our October Retreat - My Best Life Now 2018

Thursday, August 16, 2018

D. Omer 'Salty' Seamon



This week I went to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana to deliver 22 paintings for an upcoming show there.   [So exciting!].

I knew that Rose-Hulman had been the recipient of the D. Omer Seamon art legacy and that they had dozens of original works by him, but imagine my utter delight when I realized that the room we went to to sign the paperwork was full of these beautiful works - and that I'd get a bit of time to see them up close. 

In the pic above, Christy Brinkman, curator of the Rose-Hulman art collection, is holding one of Salty's rural landscapes.  It's a painting of a small rural cemetery.   I love these places and am thrilled to see them painted in such a warm and peaceful way. 


This is a large painting of some western Indiana barns - some of my own favorite subjects.  I love his treatment of the sky and foreground grass.


One corner of the room is covered with his smaller works hanging on the wall.  Treasures, every single one.  



This tiny painting was about the size of a business card, if that.  Rumor has it that he said the small ones were painted with 'a drop of watercolor'.   


I have a lot to learn from Salty Seamon and fervently hope that I get a chance to spend more time with these beautiful works this year.  

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Making Room for Magic Relationships

Thank you all so much for showing up here every week to join the conversation!  I see that things are shifting for many of you.   Please take a moment to celebrate the energy and courage it takes to do things in a new way.  I love you!

During the past year, I've noticed how many of us are dealing with relationship issues.  Relationships are the one thing that binds all humans together.  If there is a Final Judgement, it will be based on how we navigate relationships. It's the one single thing that every human has and they are that important. 

Take a moment to consider how you navigate your relationships.

We crave relationships with people who make us feel valuable; who are kind to us; who we can trust, who listen; who understand; who make time for us; who want to be with us; who honor our effort, our intelligence, and our other best features; who bring out the best in us. 

As we make room for more of these positive, magic relationships, we can activate the Law of Attraction to help us find them. 

If we want a relationship with someone who is open and happy, we need to practice being open and happy to others.   If we want someone who is kind, we practice being kind to others.  If we want someone to listen and understand, we have to practice listening and understanding.  If we want someone to trust, then we have to practice being trustworthy ourselves.  Just keep practicing. 

Please know that you are not alone in seeking healing relationships.  I promise you that healing happens, that dark & ugly passes, that you will find your tribe. 

Breathe deeply.  Find a way to put your best foot forward.  Watch the magic flow. Your best life is now.




What would it do for your spirit to spend an entire weekend with other supportive and loving women being inspired, igniting your creative passion, embracing your power, and opening your heart to live your best life? Please come to our weekend retreat so we can get you started on your way to living your best life now. Registration closes August 31.

Also, I'd like to invite you to join our Best Self facebook group where we can talk freely about becoming our best selves - and all the messy work that entails. In addition, I have another group, The Well Balanced Artist, for creatives of all kinds and in all stages of their creative lives, who are trying to balance their art, business and personal lives.


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

A Little Self Care


For those times when life is pulling you in a lot of different directions, nothing is going quite right, you feel very off balance, your teens are being....teens, the garden is overrun with weeds, you've had some really tough conversations, you've stretched your comfort zone way too far,  and it's all been just a bit too much, here's a vase of flowers and a sweet smelling candle.  Just for you.

I love you.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Making Room for Magic - An Attitude of Abundance


We spent last month talking about releasing. We thanked what no longer serves us and let it go. We released things we don't need,  activities we don't need,  relationships we don't need.  We released control.  We released our old selves to step into our new selves.   

Now there's room for us to add some things that will serve us better and help us live our best lives now.  To do that, we need to tap into the mindset of Abundance. 

Take a minute to think and write a few things down.  What lovely things are abundant in your life right now? 

Right this minute, I have  hummingbirds outside my window.  I have one feeder there and eight birds are jockeying for position - not politely.   It's an abundance of birds, of motion, of twittering, of green and red flashes of light, of life, of entertainment.   Also, today there is an abundance of dew, of flowers blooming in the garden.  There is an abundance of humidity [my hair looks great!] and sunshine. 

Take a moment to focus on and feel the abundance around you and the gratitude that comes with it. 

Here is a good mantra for tapping into the abundance all around you. 

  • There is plenty.  There are plenty of things.  There are plenty of resources.  There is plenty of time.  There is plenty of space.   I enjoy all the plenty around me.  I am enough.  There is enough.  There is more than enough.  

If your mind moves on to fear and scarcity, thank it for trying to protect you and then focus again to find more abundance and gratitude.  Don't beat yourself up.  We all have to re-focus.  It's part of the process.

Why is this important?   Because a positive outlook will take you much further in getting what you need.  You will have more energy, hope, faith, inspiration and connections.  People like being around positive, hopeful people.   As you continue to connect in positive ways, solutions will present themselves.  As you feel better and more inspired, you'll see new ways of doing things that will bring you lasting benefits.  

A mindset of abundance will allow you to find and get what you seek without feeling like you have to take it from someone else or without feeling like if you get it someone else more deserving won't get theirs. There is enough to go around and plenty more.  Really.  There is plenty.

Practice tapping into an attitude of abundance. 



What would it do for your spirit to spend an entire weekend with other supportive and loving women being inspired, igniting your creative passion, embracing your power, and opening your heart to live your best life? Please come to our October weekend retreat so we can get you started on your way to living your best life now. Registration closes August 31st, 2018.

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