Wish It, Dream It, Do It

In January of this year I published my first art book.  This book is a collection of my doodle art and watercolor paintings.  With each painting I have told a story from my life and/or personal experience from my journey on being an artist.  I’m excited to share with you one chapter from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 23: “Wish It, Dream It, Do it”. 

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This is what I call the 3-part recipe for success!

I am great at wishing.  One of the things I think about when I am having trouble falling asleep is that I have my very own personal Genie.  (Of course, my Genie comes with unlimited wishes!)  I start listing my wishes and I list as many as I can. When I find something on my ‘wish list’ that I really want, then I start to dream about it.  I picture myself with whatever it is.

After I have dreamed about it by picturing it clearly in my mind, then I visualize what it would feel like to have it. Then I set out to make it happen.

And does it really happen?  Sometimes yes… sometimes no.  But do I ever stop trying?   Absolutely NOT!!!

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Your Value

In January of this year I published my first art book.  This book is a collection of my doodle art and watercolor paintings.  With each painting I have told a story from my life and/or personal experience from my journey on being an artist.  I’m excited to share with you one chapter from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 22: Your Value.

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We learn at a very early age how to criticize and belittle people.  Look at young children in school.  They are quick to judge and tell another child what they are.  These can range from the typical, ‘you’re stupid’ label to a more creative ‘booger-head’ label.

Unfortunately, we have all heard these labels, and worse than that we actually believe them.  Seeing children do this is sad, but what is even sadder is when adults do it.  Then the real tragedy is when we believe what somebody else has labeled us.

For years people would tell me that art was suppose to be a hobby, not a career.  Unfortunately, for years I believed them.  Then one day I finally realized that art could be more than just a hobby.  It took me a long time, but eventually I had to come to a place in my own mind where what other people said didn’t matter to me.  Now that didn’t stop them from saying anything, I just didn’t let what they said influence me.

Eventually, after enough years of me not caring what they said, they slowly grew tired of saying anything and stopped.

 

 

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The Sky Is The Limit

In January of this year I published my first art book.  This book is a collection of my doodle art and watercolor paintings.  With each painting I have told a story from my life and/or personal experience from my journey on being an artist.  I’m excited to share with you one chapter from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 21: The Sky Is The Limit.

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We live in a world of limitations!  We have words that we can’t say because of political correctness.  We have speed limits.  We have restricted areas.  We are surrounded by laws and rules that are created to confine us.  The worst restrictions are those that we impose on ourselves.

In this world of restrictions I have two places where restrictions are not allowed and the sky is truly the limit.  One place is my studio where I create my art.  In this room I can do whatever I want.  I can play and experiment and create art with no rules or restrictions.

The second place where I do not allow restrictions is in my dreams.  In my dreams there are definitely no restrictions!  In my dreams I can be, I can do, or I can have absolutely anything I want.  It always feels so amazing!

I highly recommend everyone to find a place where they have no restrictions or limitations… even if it is only in their mind for a little while.

 

 

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There’s Nothing Love Can’t Do

In January of this year I published my first art book.  This book is a collection of my doodle art and watercolor paintings.  With each painting I have told a story from my life and/or personal experience from my journey on being an artist.  I’m excited to share with you one chapter from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 20: There’s Nothing Love Can’t Do. 

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This is one of those things that is ‘easier said than done’.  I’ve found that once you figure this out and learn how to do it then it is easier to do than you might think.

I have discovered that if there is something I don’t like to do, I find a way to love it and then it is easier to do.  I used to hate cooking.  I would never cook.  My family would just have to fix what they wanted, when they wanted it.

Then when Tim came along, I would cook something and he really enjoyed it.  He liked my cooking and that made it so I didn’t mind it that much.  The more he loved and appreciated the food that I cooked the less I hated cooking.  Pleasing Tim became more important than my hating to cook.

I have done the same thing with people.  I find something about the person that I really like, I love that element of the person as much as I can, and then all the stuff that I didn’t like about the person seems to just go away.

It’s funny how that works, but it really does!

 

 

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Do Everything with Passion

In January of this year I published my first art book.  This book is a collection of my doodle art and watercolor paintings.  With each painting I have told a story from my life and/or personal experience from my journey on being an artist.  I’m excited to share with you one chapter from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 19: Do Everything With Passion.

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I hear so many people say that they don’t have a passion.  To me, passion is simply a strong love for something.  So when I hear someone say that they don’t have a passion for anything, then I am actually hearing them say that they don’t have a strong love for anything.  To me that is very sad!

I have passion for a lot of things.  I have a passion for a bed that is made up.  Now I am not so crazy about being the one that is making the bed every morning, yet my passion for having a made bed gets me through the “making the bed” part.

The same is true with my art.  If my passion for my art wasn’t as great as it is, then I would never get through all the other stuff that I have to go through to get my art ‘out there’.

I wish everyone could find something that they love so much that they are willing to do whatever they have to do to get and keep it.

 

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Chapter 18 – “Be Curious””

In January of this year I published my first art book.  This book is a collection of my doodle art and watercolor paintings.  With each painting I have told a story from my life and/or personal experience from my journey on being an artist.  I’m excited to share with you one chapter from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 5: Fight For What You Love. 

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I am the type of person that if I have some place to go, I go straight from point A to point B.  There are no diversions and it is exactly the same every time going from point A to point B.

Thank goodness the Good Lord blessed me with a curious husband!  Tim thinks that every time you go from point A to point B you are suppose to find a different way to get there.

It really is fun riding with him.  We start off at point A and in my mind I had headed in that straight path directly to point B when all of the sudden he makes a turn and I am totally thrown off track.

If it weren’t for Tim, I would have never seen most of the things and places that I have seen.

Not too long ago, I was driving and Tim was with me.  He was expecting me to take my usual from point A to point B route, when all of the sudden I took a turn to go a different direction.  Much to his shock and surprise he said, “well look at you, getting all adventurous.”   Yes… it was fun and I liked it!

 

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Always Believe In The Impossible

In January of this year I published my first art book.  This book is a collection of my doodle art and watercolor paintings.  With each painting I have told a story from my life and/or personal experience from my journey on being an artist.  I’m excited to share with you one chapter from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 16: “Always Believe In The Impossible”. 

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In the years before I started my professional art career, I was an architectural drafter and then moved into construction management.  During that time I would look at photographs of Las Vegas casinos and dream about either working on a design team or construction team building a casino.  Although I loved dreaming about it, I never really thought it would ever be possible.

When Tim and I were living in Arkansas, he was offered a job in Las Vegas.  He immediately accepted the position and we were both so excited to be moving.

Within a couple of weeks of moving to Vegas, I found a job working for a construction company.  During my three years working for that company, I was on construction teams that did remodel projects in the Mirage, Monte Carlo, Planet Hollywood, and the Wynn.  I also was a part of the new construction team of Showcase III which housed the Hard Rock Cafe on Las Vegas Blvd.

What I once thought was an impossible dream, became my everyday life for almost three years.

 

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Opportunity Dances

In January of this year I published my first art book.  This book is a collection of my doodle art and watercolor paintings.  With each painting I have told a story from my life and/or personal experience from my journey on being an artist.  I’m excited to share with you one chapter from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 17: “Opportunity Dances”. 

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Many years went by where I would sit and daydream about somebody, someday seeing my art and suddenly make everything fall into place and give me the dream career that I always wanted.

Finally, one day I realized that nobody would ever see my art if I didn’t show it to anybody.  Once I finally started showing my art to people, opportunities started to open up for me.

It is a lesson that I am still learning, but so far I have learned that I have to go to where opportunities exist.  So far, opportunities have not come to me out of the blue.  Perhaps that will happen someday, but until then, I will keep doing what I am doing by seeking out opportunities!

 

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Say Less – Mean More

In January of this year I published my first art book.  This book is a collection of my doodle art and watercolor paintings.  With each painting I have told a story from my life and/or personal experience from my journey on being an artist.  I’m excited to share with you one chapter from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 5: Fight For What You Love. 

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This is a lesson that I learned from husband Tim.  Tim is often my proofreader for everything from a simple email, to a blog post, to a submission.

In the beginning it was a very frustrating process for both of us.  I would try hard to explain myself, yet in that attempt I would use an exorbitant number of words.

When Tim would proofread what I had written he would get lost and confused in the sea of words I had used.

Through that process I learned how to convey what I was saying in as few words as possible.  By learning to say less, my words had more meaning.

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The Cave You Fear To Enter

In January of this year I published my first art book.  This book is a collection of my doodle art and watercolor paintings.  With each painting I have told a story from my life and/or personal experience from my journey on being an artist.  I’m excited to share with you one chapter from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 14: “The Cave You Fear To Enter.

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When I first started my art career, I would dream of one day having my art displayed in a gallery.  For years I would daydream about how my art would look hanging in a gallery.  Then I would daydream about the people walking through the gallery and seeing my art.

Although I wanted my art to be in a gallery more than anything, I was scared to death to actually approach a gallery, show them my portfolio, and talk to them about showing my art in their gallery.

For years I read tons of books and articles about submitting my art to galleries.  I learned everything that I needed to do and I did it many times in my mind, but I was still too scared to actually submit.

One day I finally said, “what the heck” and submitted my work to a gallery and much to my surprise I was accepted.  I was so amazed at how easy the process was and how silly I had been to be scared.  I wasted many years by being scared of something so silly.

That same year my art was displayed in three different art galleries!

 

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