Be Who You Wanna Be

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 each week from my book. This week is Chapter Number 8 – “Be Who You Wanna Be”.

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In the original Cinderella movie, there is a part where the wicked stepmother sent Cinderella to her room as punishment.  Little did the wicked stepmother know that this was Cinderella’s favorite place to be.  Then she sings the song; “in my own little corner, in my own little chair, I can be whatever I want to be.”  As a little girl I remember singing that song all the time.

My mother tells the story of when I was little, I would wake up so happy every morning.  It was like, “good morning new world, I am so happy to be here”.  Actually, to me, it was a new world, because everyday my imagination was letting me be somebody different in a whole new and different world.  Although we both laugh about it now, at the time I think this drove my mother nuts!

After growing up, I knew I had to decide on being just one person (sad but true.)  Of course I had a lot of suggestion from many different people in my life, but in the end I had to make the decision for myself.  In the end, I am happy to say that I think I chose wisely because I really do like being me and I can’t think of anybody else I would rather be!

 

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Our Fate Lives Within Us

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 a week from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 7 – Our Fate Lives Within Us.

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I have always known that I wanted to be an artist.  I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be an artist.  Oh sure, there have been times when I wanted to be a ‘this’ or a ‘that’, but after about five minutes I was back to wanting to be an artist again.  I feel so blessed and fortunate to have always known what I wanted to be.

It surprises me how many say they ‘don’t know what they want to be when they grow up’.  These people are usually 40, 50, 60 plus years old.

I believe that everybody has a purpose and that is their fate.  Some find it, some don’t.  The ones that find it are usually the ones that have taken the time to really dig deep in their soul to find it.

Once they find it they then must then have enormous courage to make it happen.  For those with courage, they live their fate.

 

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Create With Your Heart

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 a week from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 6: Create With Your Heart.

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As an artist this was the most valuable lesson for me to learn.  It was also the most difficult lesson to learn.  Yet the way I learned it was easy.  I just watched children and did what they did.  Children know everything and they aren’t afraid of anything.

You tell a child to draw you a picture and they don’t ask, “what do you want me to draw?” or “What medium should I use?” They don’t ask silly questions like that.  They just grab whatever they can find (hopefully it won’t be the wall) and they begin to draw.

Now, when I can’t figure out what to draw or when I have run out of ideas, I just begin to play.  When I play my heart opens up and from there new ideas and new drawings seem to flow endlessly.

 

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Never Apologize for Being You

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, personal experience from my journey on being an artist.  I’m excited to share with you one chapter each week from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 5: Never Apologize for Being You.

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We have all had somebody tell us that we need to be one thing or another.  Something like, “you would be a good teacher or you need to go to school and get a degree to become a teacher.”

This is nothing unusual, we have all been told something like this probably many times in our lives.

When I was younger I would listen.  Sometimes I would even try what I was being told to do.  There came a point when I figured out that wasn’t working for me and I needed to stop doing what other people thought I should do.

Then I went through a phase of resentment.  I would think “how dare you tell me what I should do.”

Today, those words are like water on a ducks back… it just rolls off.

Once I started listening to my heart and only my heart, these people no longer bother me at all.  I usually just silently laugh and go on my way, while thinking to myself, “you silly goose”.

 

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Fight for What You Love

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 4: Fight For What You Love.

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There was a time in the beginning of my art career when I was working hard on my art but I still wasn’t making any money.  Tim was working but we still didn’t have much money and we were barely getting by.

I can’t tell you how many people would tell me “just go get a job”.  Every time I heard those words it was like fingernails on a chalkboard.  I hated hearing those words because that meant giving up my art.

I was determined not to give up my art and every time I heard those words it was like ammunition in my cannon.  Therefore, I didn’t quit my art and I didn’t get a job.  Instead I kept fighting my way through the obstacles, one by one.

Finally, one day those words went away.  Today, nobody tells me to “just go get a job”.

I fought for my art.  I fought really hard every day.  I won!

 

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Look For Hidden Blessings

At the beginning of 2016 I published my first art book.  This book is a collection of my watercolor paintings accompanied by a story from my life and personal experience from my journey on being an artist.  I’m excited to share this with you over the next year.

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I realize that not every day is a good day, but that doesn’t mean that good things don’t happen every day!

During the ‘great recession’ Tim and I were both out of work.  We were living off our savings and that was dwindling away very quickly.

One day we went the grocery store.  As we were walking through the parking lot to go into the store, we walked by a planter with bushes.  Tim suddenly stopped and said “what is that?”  He walked over to the bush and picked up a dollar bill and said, “look, I found a dollar” as he was showing it to me.

Then he looked on the other side of the bush and he found another dollar bill, and then another, and another.  By the time he was finished looking through the bushes he had found four dollars!

Tim is always looking in the parking lot for change and he always happens to find a penny.  But on this day he found four dollars!  You would have thought he had just won the lottery.

This is our reminder that blessings are everywhere.  Sometimes you just have to look under the right bush to find them.

 

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Life is Full of Possibilities

At the beginning of this year I published my first art book. This book is a collection of my watercolor paintings accompanied by a story from my life and personal experience from my journey on being an artist. I’m excited to share this with you over the next year.

This is the second chapter in my book “Don’t Give Up!” – An Artist’s Journey.

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Possibilities, Choices, Options… they are all the same thing and life is really full of them.

When we were hit with the ‘great recession’ and I suddenly found myself without a job, it took me maybe all of five minutes to get over my grief of losing a job that I so dearly loved. This was because all I could see were possibilities.

I knew this was an opportunity to take my art to the next level. However, there were so many possibilities to make that happen and it was time to look at all of them and decide on which path I wanted to take.

Questions such as: Did I want to go with the gallery route or did I want to go the licensing route were options I had to consider. Both had their advantages as well as their disadvantages.  I had already started in the gallery route and in the economic climate at the time galleries were really struggling.

Since I hadn’t pursued the art licensing route, I thought that might be a fun avenue to explore.  Therefore, I began my adventure in art licensing.  I also know there are still so many more pathways for my art to travel that I am looking forward to and can’t wait to see what route I take next.

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Life’s A Journey, Enjoy It!

At the beginning of this year I published my first art book. This book is a collection of my watercolor paintings accompanied by a story from my life and personal experience from my journey on being an artist. I’m excited to share this with you over the next year.

This is chapter 1 of “Don’t Give Up!” An Artist’s Journey.

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Life is a journey and art is the vehicle in which I have chosen to travel. My art surrounds everything that I do and my art is the reason why I do most of the things that I do.

I think that having a successful life journey is finding a comfortable vehicle to travel in.  I am so grateful and blessed to have art as my vehicle.

If I didn’t have art as my vehicle then I guess I would just be walking through life, because I can’t imagine having another vehicle.  Although I am very grateful for my legs and the ability to walk, life is long and that sure would be lot of walking.

With art as my vehicle I am able to ride through life in comfort and with ease.  Granted, there have been times when the road has gotten pretty bumpy and rather uncomfortable, yet my vehicle always got me through.

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Introduction to my Artist Book “Don’t Give Up!”

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When I made the decision to move away from creating original gallery art and start creating print art, it quickly proved to be a struggle for me.  I knew that I wanted to create my art in watercolor, but I didn’t really know what subject matter to paint.  My husband, and best friend, Tim, and I had many lengthy discussions about what I should paint.  I knew that I loved the whimsical doodle style of art and that is what I really wanted to do.

Tim would often talk about how every piece of art should say something to the viewer and every piece of art should have a story to tell.

Through our numerous discussions, Tim kept telling me that my art needed to say something.  He kept asking me, “what are you trying to say with this piece of art?”  I understood what he was telling me, but it still confused me.  I knew I liked the art and it made me feel good, but I really didn’t know what it was trying to say.

One day I finished a new painting.  As I showed it to Tim, once again, he asked, “what is this piece of art saying?”  Out of my total frustration with the question, I turned around, picked up a pen, and directly wrote on the painting the words, “Don’t give up!”  I then showed the painting to Tim and said, “There!  This painting is saying Don’t give up!”

That was the birth of all my art that was to follow.  I had found a way to create the art that I loved, and now my art had something to say.

I started putting the paintings on my blog and on Facebook.  I could tell that my art was resonating with viewers.  In the beginning it felt strange when someone would write a comment and say, “thank you for posting this today, I really needed it.”  Every single one of these comments touched my soul and let me know that my art was coming from a source greater than myself.

As I continued to create my art and post it online, I also started receiving emails from people I didn’t know.  People were sending me emails and telling me their personal stories of how seeing a piece of my art had given them comfort or caused them to stop and think.  Some of these stories were so touching they literally brought me to tears.  I am always so touched to receive these emails.

When I first started thinking about writing this book, I knew that I wanted to create a collection of my art along with the story of inspiration behind each of the paintings and what each meant to me.  I also wanted to include “pearls of wisdom” and words of encouragement to aspiring artists without telling anybody how to live their life or tell them what they should do.  Therefore, I decided to write a story about my life that could best exemplify the saying in each of the paintings.

Knowing that I was going to have 50 paintings in the book, my first thought was that I could never come up with 50 stories from my life.  As I began writing the stories of my life, I found myself enjoying them more and more as I would reminisce about the good (and  sometimes not so good) times of my life.

Whereas in the beginning, 50 stories seemed impossible, yet in the end I see that 50 stories barely scratches the surface of my life.

I hope that everyone reading my stories will find a little inspiration and/or motivation from at least one story.

Not every story in this book is a “life-changing” story. However, the combination of each story has created a great life.

Enjoy!

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A Year Long Journey: Stories from My Art Book

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At the beginning of this year I published my first art book. This book is a collection of my watercolor paintings accompanied by a story from my life and personal experience from my journey on being an artist. I’m excited to share this with you over the next year.

So, over the next 52 weeks I am going to be sharing a story from each chapter of the book. I hope that you will join me each week as I share a different painting and story.

I hope that these stories will serve as inspiration and motivation for those on their own personal journey as artist or whatever avenue you have chosen or are currently own.

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