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The Magic of Christmas

The Magic of Christmas is upon us. Our little historic Florida town is alive with lights in the trees and festivities abound which helps us feel like Christmas even though it’s in the 70’s outside!

It’s also a month of friend’s birthdays, including mine, and of course Christmas. Each year when I am honored with a birthday, I like to reflect on the importance of birthdays and Christmases and how we should make every minute count. This year I realized on my birthday that “Today is the oldest I’ve ever been and the youngest I’ll ever be again”, which emphasizes that we never know how many we have left. We might have a lot and maybe we don’t – but you see – it doesn’t matter, because what is important is NOW.

Magic of ChristmasChristmas Goals

Each year I like to set goals for myself. This year follows the importance of NOW and creating memories with family and friends. I want to listen more carefully, love more genuinely, and engage with more interest.

For painting goals, I plan to paint more regularly, paint “larger”, finish my online shop, and network more with artist friends internationally to share our art journeys together.

I also want to start painting more paintings associated with holiday seasons. I am starting with this one to share with you, my friends who follow my ramblings. It blends my love of blue and white vases and bowls with the color red of the season. To view this and my available works, check out my portfolio. 

This I share with you with blessing for a safe and warm Holiday Season.

The Wonder of Mr. Winkles

Follow your Spirit!

Sometimes I feel “led” in certain directions during my painting journey. As background, I started a painting when we moved in to the new house that took three years to build (because of COVID), but life got in the way and I had to store the canvas in my art freezer and forgot about it. Fast forward five months, and while I had every intention on working on another painting project I had started, I was led to pull this painting out of the freezer and with 2 subsequent afternoons of painting, I felt like my brush was being guided in some way like magic.

Before I started painting on the first day, I had visions in the shower (where a lot of inspiration happens) of how this painting was going to play out, and I verbally stated in my head “I’m ready for a great piece and I know how it’s going to happen.” It felt like the perfect day for the perfect subject. Painting happens that way. I have about 100 painting ideas in line, but it’s like a box of chocolates. When you wake up and your spirit moves you, you go there because it just feels right.

What surprised me is that when I started painting, I had that “aha” moment when you realize, “Oh my, I AM painting this and his soul is coming forward”. I could see his form coming alive on the page. It felt like a miracle in a way, but then a lot people feel painting comes from spirit, so that’s cool. Whatever it is, it flowed through me, I got goosebumps and felt much joy throughout the process.

Mr. WinklesI’d like to share it with you. Here is the painting subject. You can also view it in “Available Paintings”

I also put together a video which you can see by clicking on the link below with some excerpts from an “Over the Rainbow” song because he is there.

Click here to see a 30 second video of my painting with music

Buttermint Camellia

Art During Covid-19