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Feed the Happy

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Choose HAPPINESS

Life is, well, life.  Each of has a relative high and low on our horizon.  We have a chance to see the light, and an equal (and possibly even easier choice) to see darkness; please choose happiness.  Fight for your happiness.   It’s cliché, it seems obvious, but I think it really takes energy and dedication to do so.

Life has dealt my family a few rough health cards these past few months.  I know I don’t have to bleed to show my empathy, but part of me wants to.  I crave to bear part of the burden; to sense the weight of life and rise with my stubborn brute strength and pain-in-the-ass-ness.  Instead, I am left to go outside of my comfort zone and find some sort of flow and faith.  I have to live my own way through it as a source of support and comfort when I can.

Holy crap, it’s like watching your loved ones move a house with all of the heart, sweat, and WILL they can muster while you sit in a lazy-boy with a cold beer…watching.

Worthless feeling, but I know everything has it’s time and place.  I know I have more to be grateful about that not, and I am blessed beyond measure.

Truthfully, I am trying to be strong enough to choose the light, but I know I fall toward the dark pissed off pessimist more than I should.  It’s a choice, I see the choice.

So I say light.  I hope you do too.

MORE LIGHT MORE FLOWERS MORE SPRINGTIME AND MORE HILARITY.  BOOM.  🙂

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Passion

Passion, the Secret Ingredient to Success

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“As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”  Steve Jobs

“Limits, like fears, are often an illusion.”  Michael Jordan

Get lost, live, be great.

Be YOU.

This is an awesome video about our path through this crazy thing we call life.  It’s a great reminder to follow our passions, live with heart, and to find what makes you come alive.  AND DO IT, that’s important too.  🙂 In doing so, you, I, WE, will truly live the life we’re meant to live.

Cheesy, maybe a bit.

Inspirational, hell yes.

Important, ABSOFREAKINGLUTLY!  The world need more people who are willing to come alive.  As tiring and difficult as it can be, I truly believe we can all be great.  We just have to make the decision, embrace the work, enjoy the unknown, and trust that the universe rewards the brave and blazen.

So today I challenge you along with myself to be that brilliant burst of fire.  Paint (insert your thing) like only you can, breathe through it, find flow, and take one more day toward being a more self-actualized you.

Cheers.

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Penance and Kindness

When do we start being kind to ourselves??

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Pen.ance

Definition

noun 1. Voluntary self-punishment inflicted as an outward expression of repentance for having done wrong.  2. A Christian sacrament in which a member of the Church confesses sins to a priest and is given absolution.

Why worry so much, at all, about other people’s opinions?  You are good, you are you, YOU are enough.  Be proud, stop apologizing and feeling guilty. Move. On.  And own your voice.

It sounds so easy!

When I was growing up, I was never disciplined by being grounded.  I was disciplined, sure, but never grounded.  Somehow in my early twenties whenever I was disappointed in myself I “grounded” myself.  Being grounded gave me time to think, time to change; time to see what the hell happened…probably a combination of all of the above.

I am now in my thirties and I really think I am held back by my fear of doing something “wrong.”  So today, my thought is to be the best, kindest, most true me and forget the rest.  It might not fit with everyone (it won’t), but I trust that some people want to hear what I think, see what I paint…see the biggest version of me.  Growing pains and all. J

Channeling my Daring Greatly (an amazing book by Brene Brown that I HIGHLY recommend reading).

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EGO, and thoughts on the Climb.

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What you’re looking for is right here, right now.  Be present, breathe, and find your flow.

How difficult it is for me to concentrate on the process, the moment…to allow the ease of life to bring about it’s own beauty in its own time.

Art, life, lifting, and in all other facets of my life.  FLOW over BRUT=Goals. 🙂

“To the untrained eye ego-climbing and selfless climbing may appear identical. Both kinds of climbers place one foot in front of the other. Both breathe in and out at the same rate. Both stop when tired. Both go forward when rested. But what a difference! The ego-climber is like an instrument that’s out of adjustment. He puts his foot down an instant too soon or too late. He’s likely to miss a beautiful passage of sunlight through the trees. He goes on when the sloppiness of his step shows he’s tired. He rests at odd times. He looks up the trail trying to see what’s ahead even when he knows what’s ahead because he just looked a second before. He goes too fast or too slow for the conditions and when he talks his talk is forever about somewhere else, something else. He’s here but he’s not here. He rejects the here, he’s unhappy with it, wants to be farther up the trail but when he gets there will be just as unhappy because then *it* will be “here”. What he’s looking for, what he wants, is all around him, but he doesn’t want that because it *is* all around him. Every step’s an effort, both physically and spiritually, because he imagines his goal to be external and distant.”
― Robert M. PirsigZen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

A reminder to be present, happy and to breathe in the beautiful dance that life is, now.  Goals, I’ll always have them.  But finding a flow and appreciating the “beautiful passage of sunlight through the trees,” that’s a decent goal in and of itself.

Cheers to the moments that make up our lives, let’s all soak it up.

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Gratitude

 

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On this beautiful Monday morning, after a great weekend seeing  some of my amazing, loving, supportive (and NUMEROUS) family members, I am grateful for all of the people who love and believe in me and my all of my crazy dreams.

I am off to paint!  Thinking of wild and crazy colors and a few new beginnings…more on that later.

For now, thank you Montana for being so  good looking and inspirational.  Thank you friends for supporting me in my constant uncovering (however slow and twist-filled) of becoming the biggest and best version of myself, and thank you family.  No matter how different we all are (my mom is one of 7, my dad, one of 9 so there are a lot of us), I know we care about one another deeply and, near or far, often or not, I am grateful for all of you in my life.

So cheers- get out and celebrate your Monday!

 

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Hey art friends, this is a business, how do we make a living?! (Insert anxious face).

So my first major art mentor’s words still seem to have some ownership in my brain, despite how unhealthy and delusional they were.  A few things…a lot of DON’T’S:  DON’T Be a sell out, a regional artist, relationships ruin an artist’s independence, you’ll be over if you leave the realm of my genius guidance, don’t do anything else… ummm, yes.  I’m trying to restrain myself from going on a tangent of why (in my opinion) ALL of those things are ridiculous.  Let’s just say they really are RIDICULOUS and keep this short.  I am now on the up and up, and realizing that, 1) no, I won’t be a sell out if I paint the Bridgers, because I love the Bridgers.  And 2) selling in a GOOD thing.  Art is a business people!  Of course it is also a creative and enriching and a deep soul fulfilling pursuit, but hey, I still have bills.

So!  A few articles I really have enjoyed as of late that I wanted to share for you.

Let’s make a real living art friends, get younger generations to believe they really can do what they dream of doing, and get rid of this starving artist crap. 🙂  Yes?!

To begin, let’s talk about “Selling Out”  (http://invisibleofficehours.com/episodes/06)

And a few ideas for extra cash flow: http://lateralaction.com/articles/art-licensing/

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COLOR COLOR COLOR

We all have so many influences on our state of mind, mood, outlook and perspective each and every moment of the day.  I have been painting with a variety of crazy colors these past few days.  As I move paint across my canvas, I have been listening to some thought provoking books on tape (more on that later) that cover this topic as well.  Needless to say, I am very intrigued by how our minds work and how we “color” our own reality.  Today, I ran across this great article on color.  Being an artist, I love the color wheel and the power in each and every hue.  While reading this, it reminded me the power that art and color can have on our normal daily lives AND on our state of mind.  So enjoy!   COLOR COLOR COLOR!!il_fullxfull.359143277_1wtp.jpg

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WELCOME!

I am extremely excited and thrilled to welcome you to my NEW and much improved website!  What a breath of much needed and AMAZING fresh air!!

You can now find (and sign up for!) classes, find my work in galleries, online, see my portfolio and leave me your thoughts and comments about my artwork.

I’ll be blogging and sending out a newsletter as well, so please sign up for that, and follow me on social media to keep up to date!

More to come!

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