A love affair with INSPIRATION

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“Creativity is sacred, and it is not sacred.  What we make matters enormously, and it doesn’t matter at all.  We toil alone, and we are accompanied by spirits.  We are terrified, and we are brave.  Art is a crushing chore and a wonderful privilege.  The work wants to be made, and it wants to be made through you.”  

I fell in love with the quote above after reading a book by Elizabeth Gilbert called Big Magic, she also wrote Eat Pray Love.  There are so many quotes in the book that I would love to use and I have marked many pages to go back to them.  Her book has inspired me in so many ways that one day while I was walking by the beach I stopped everything and took out a pen and piece of paper and wrote this down…

I have a love affair with inspiration.  Sometimes it leaves me stranded, alone, confused and a little heartbroken.  Then whoosh, it appears out of no where, right before my eyes in the form of a person, a scenery, a painting or a picture.  It can just be an image in my mind that I have to put on canvas before it leaves me again.  Like a thunderstorm, inspiration shows up, a lightning of creative energy flows through me and channels open up.  It’s raining…no, pouring and then it all stops and it is clear.  I am left with the still shimmery waters and small waves to look at.  The tsunami of inspiration is gone and I am again your victim, waiting again for inspiration to come back and take over and pour all that creativity energy into me and through me.  I am merely a vessel, a channel that you work through to express yourself.  Inspiration, you had me at hello….

A little dramatic?  Maybe…but that is how I felt at that moment and I caught it before it left me.  So whenever you are feeling inspired, stop for a moment and feel it in every core of your body….then take action!  The painting I did above represents everything I just wrote about inspiration.  The storm, the waves and then the calm that comes after.

To all the MOMS

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“Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.”
-Stevie Wonder

I don’t think there is anything more beautiful than a new mom breastfeeding her newborn.  Although it is one of the most challenging things I have ever encountered with my first born it was also very rewarding.  Even if a mother cannot breastfeed her child and decides to bottle feed, that is ok too.  I remember calling another mom when I just had my son because I was exhausted from trying to breastfeed, he just couldn’t latch on.  I asked her if she bottle-feed or gave formula to her son and her answer was “Oh no!”.  That made me feel so sad because I felt like I was failing my child.  But if someone told me that in the long run, it doesn’t really matter and what matters is that the child receives love and more love… I may have been more relaxed about it.

I paint whatever I am experiencing and going through in my life right now and one of them is motherhood.  I think it is the most challenging job I have ever had in my life.  It can be rewarding and frustrating at the same time.  Once that child comes out they are dependent on you for many years to come and at first it is so overwhelming.  All I can tell new mothers is to take it one day at a time.

I hope my painting shows the love and bond between a mother and a child, I remember having all the happy hormones just pulsing through my veins when I held each of my children for the first time.  I poured all those feelings into this one painting, the feeling of love, tenderness, comfort, joy and serenity.  SO this is to honor all the beautiful amazing moms out there!  You are wonderful and powerful creatures that are changing the world one child at a time.  Keep shining your amazing gold light on your children and don’t punish yourselves for not being perfect, perfection does not exist.  Motherhood is a work in progress, so let’s embrace that.

Friendship shown through art…

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“Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over.”

-Octavia Butler

Colors, colors, colors…..I love colors and to show life in my paintings.  Many have said that my paintings make them happy and that is exactly what I want!  That is what brings me joy, to bring joy to others with my work, that is my gift to the world.  The painting above shows the best part of life, enjoying quality time with good friends!

“In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.”
-Khalil Gibran

My husband wanted me to do more paintings like the one above, I’m glad I listened to him.  I will call these my girlfriends series.  My friends have been there for me through good and through bad.  I don’t know what I would do without my girls nights or lunches out.  It’s our time to just to chat, have fun and enjoy lots and lots of laughter! I am sure most of you feel the same.  When I have a friend, I try to be loyal and there for them for many years to come.  My mom is the same way.  In return, I get the same…friends that stand by my side when I need them, listen to me and give me a shoulder to cry on.  They make me laugh and bring joy into my life.  My soul always feels refreshed and nourished after being with my buddies.   Best of all, they are there at the sidelines to cheer me on to get to my goal, whatever that goal may be.

There are also the friends you don’t get to see as much due to distance or time.  But when you do see them, its like you just saw them yesterday.  What is your definition of a true friend?  Call one today and let them know how much you appreciate them, I’m sure it will make their day.

Don’t forget Deepak Chopra is having another FREE online 21 day meditation class on July 15th!  Don’t forget to sign up on http://www.choprameditationcenter.com.   Yoga, meditation and painting, the best combination…namaste!

Choosing Grace

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“I love walking in the woods, on the trails, along the beaches.  I love being part of nature.  I love walking alone.  It is therapy.  One needs to be alone, to recharge one’s batteries.”  -Grace Kelly

After completing my 60 days of nature inspired paintings, I realized how important it is to immerse yourself in nature every day.  Whether you take a walk, go outside to look at some flowers or simply listen to the birds singing outside your window.  It brings a sense of calm and allows you to become more centered and aware.  Someone once told me, if you have a problem, go for a long walk.  Don’t listen to music, talk on the phone or have a friend with you.  Go alone…a solution will eventually surface.  If it doesn’t, then at least you had a nice peaceful walk without any distractions to calm your nerves.

I really enjoyed painting Grace Kelly and all I thought about was pink while painting her.  I think because her spirit embodied so much  feminine energy.  Pink is also a color that represents love.  This was painted for my next art exhibit, Chocolate and Art.  It will be June 5th and 6th and I am very much looking forward to it.  My dreams are truly coming into fruition.

I am finally, at the age of 37, listening to my inner voice.  I always wanted to be an artist and teacher.  Fifteen years ago, I failed to listen to that voice.  I thought what others were telling me to do was right, I didn’t trust myself.  After reading a great book a friend recommended called “Soul Lessons and Soul Purpose” by Sonia Choquette, I was able to tap into my soul’s desire even more.  “Follow your inner voice-the quiet, guiding expression of your Higher Self.  It is found in the heart, the home of the Divine Intelligence in your physical body.  It only makes gentle suggestions that support your authentic path.  It is your soul’s compass in this life, and it keeps you from becoming lost in the confusion of the world.”  

I encourage you to do the same, follow your true path without hesitation….also, try to meditate every day, you will not regret it!! Here is the new meditation I’ve been listening to Inner Riches by Amish Shah.  Namaste!  Be happy and be creative.

“Mother Nature”

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“I’m very inspired by nature – you could say Mother Nature. I look at things around me and get all kinds of inspiration daily.”
-Martha Stewart

Here I am at day 21 of painting nature inspired scenes and I am really enjoying it.  Painting with so much green and blue made me notice the lush green trees and blue skies even more than before.  I love nature to begin with but to paint it or my interpretation of it has been awe inspiring.  This painting really came out of no where, I just had the desire one day to paint this lovely lady.  I had been doing mostly abstract ocean scenes and I really missed painting people.  The lines and curves in her hair remind me of the lines and curves on a woman’s body. Her connection with the bird reminds me of a woman’s need to  connect with nature and nurture her young.  The green reminds of lush, tropical rain forests.

Here she (Mother Nature) is offering her wish in that little container of a better world, a world that respects the environment, a world that embraces beauty and creation rather than destruction, a world that loves instead of hates.  Maybe that little bird will take all those things in that container and deliver it to the world that is in so much need of it, especially now.  What is your wish for our planet earth?  Send out your own prayers because the universe is ALWAYS listening.

Love in all forms

mothers sorrow“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.”
― Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets

Valentine’s day is right around the corner, I always saw it as another day to sell hallmark cards.  It was also a day for restaurants too charge way to much for the same food.  But as a young girl I always wanted someone to send me flowers on that day or a love note.  It was a day of disappointment because there were times where nothing would happen on that day, except for a sweet card from my mom.  When my husband came along all that changed but these days I don’t have any expectations on that day, except for my See’s Candy!

These days it has become about the love I have for my family and what that means to me.  I expressed this in the painting above which is inspired by Gustav Klimt, one of my favorite artists.  I used gold leaf in her tears and in her hair, gold to me represents so many things.  Love, empowerment, strength, something we all possess if we dig deep enough.  Sometimes we love so much that it brings us to tears.  The painting can represent so many things, the love of a mother, the love a girlfriend or wife.  It’s a little bit of sadness and happiness mixed into one, because love can be beautiful yet heart breaking.

When I see my children grow and know someday they will leave and go off on their own… it breaks my heart.  When I see my children laugh and enjoy the time we spend together …it makes my heart smile.  When my husband is happy and we are out on a date alone…my heart is happy.  When I see my sister smile and live the life she desires… it makes my heart content.  When I see my mom live the life she was always meant to live…it makes my heart be at peace.  When I see the kids playing with their grandparents and grandpa is painting my daughters nails… it makes my heart sing.  When I paint….it makes my heart beat with all the love in the world that pulses through my veins onto canvas.

What does love mean to you?