Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Highlights of the RI Airshow

I made this video of the highlights of the RI Airshow. We went on the boat and although I haven't gone in a couple of years - it was the best show I've been to. The planes were so loud they shook the boat.

Friday, June 26, 2009

How do you gain confidence and respect?

I have always wanted to be a person that is respected by others. If you come to my house to see the way that I interact with my children, you would see that I failed to become a person that commands respect. I love them, but they sometimes walk all over me.
This really bothers me sometimes. At work I am in a leadership position and I have trouble getting the people that I teach to follow instructions. Sometimes I feel like they don't even hear me.
I am a proactive person, so I started to think, there must be something that I can do to change this. What are the people that are respected doing differently than me?
There are a few things that I noticed. They aren't wishy-washy like me, they make decisions quickly and give information very clearly. They speak clearly, and they know what they want from others. They stick by what they say and they even have a way of walking and moving that is clear and purposeful. To put that all in one word - confidence. Confidence is what they have that I don't.
Is confidence something that we are born with? I don't think so. When I went to 'school' to become a dog trainer, I had to teach a class by myself that had thirteen crazy, barking dogs in it. There were at least twenty people all staring at me, waiting for me to speak, and I had never spoken to a group of more than four friends. I took a deep breath, knew if I wanted this I had to 'pretend' to be confident. So, I did. I pretended. When I was done, I felt great. I was terrified, but I acted confident and as a result, I was able to lead the rather large class without a problem.
My lack of confidence has really held me back in my life, and I can't let it anymore. I just bought a book that will hopefully teach me to use NLP (neurolinguistic programming) to help me to gain some confidence.
In the past, I have been afraid to do so many things because of what might happen. Isn't that a ridiculous way to live? I believe that anyone who has succeeded at anything had to take a chance, and they had to take action. I really think that they had to learn to overcome fear and behave in a more confident way, even if they didn't feel that way.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Who is Georgia O'Keeffe

I get out my work and have a show for myself before I have it publicly. I make up my own mind about it–how good or bad or indifferent it is. After that the critics can write what they please. I have already settled it for myself so flattery and criticism go down the same drain and I am quite free.
- Georgia O'Keeffe

Nobody sees a flower, really, it is so small. We haven't time - and to see takes time like to have a friend takes time.

If I could paint the flower exactly as I see it no one would see what I see because I would paint it small like the flower is small. So I said to myself - I'll paint what I see - what the flower is to me but I'll paint it big and they will be surprised into taking time to look at it - I will make even busy New Yorkers take time to see what I see of flowers.

...Well, I made you take time to look at what I saw and when you took time to really notice my flower you hung all your own associations with flowers on my flower and you write about my flower as if I think and see what you think and see of the flower - and I don't.

- Georgia O'Keeffe

I am not one that normally puts a lot of effort into learning about history. To be honest, I don't usually think about the past much, my own or other people's. I am someone who attempts to live in the present, but is very much in the future, always thinking of the next step.

However, Georgia O'Keeffe fascinates me. Her art is beautiful, but it is more than that. She seems so strong and independant, not caring what others do or think. I want to be that confident and that sure of myself.

She was born in 1887 and really put all of her time and energy into becoming the artist that she always knew she would be. At the age of 10, she decided she needed to be an artist.

She used to paint very small, until her art teacher asked her why she did this and as a joke she painted on a very large canvas. After that all of her paintings were HUGE, her largest being 24' wide.

She was a woman that enjoyed a level of fame that put her on an equal playing field with men. In the 40's she had her first full-scale exhibit and this really changed her as well as the world.

I feel like a girl in school doing a book report, but I feel the need to get to know this woman a little better. I believe that finding someone to model is an important step in finding and creating your own success, and I want her to be mine. A question I am going to ask myself from now on is, "What would Georgia do?" Hee hee. I'm only half serious.

Georgia O'Keeffe: Cow's Skull with Calico RosesWhite Flower
Pedernal, 1942 Georgia O'Keeffe: Oriental poppies, 1928(silkscreen)
Georgia O'Keeffe: SunflowerGeorgia O'Keeffe: Ranchos Church
Autumn LeavesGeorgia O'Keeffe: Petunia, 1925

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Our New Bathroom

My husband is a very handy man. He is re-doing our bathroom and I can't wait to decorate. I will make a painting specifically to hang on the wall, but everything else I am going to get from etsy. I love handmade stuff. My absolute favorite color combination is brown and blue, I think it's beautiful. So here are some of the things on my wish list.

Aqua/Brown Polka Dot Shower Curtain
Brown Doily Style Crocheted Rug
Water on a Spring Day Vase or Votive Holder
Mosaic style stained glass beveled mirror
beautiful tile

Dark Brown and Turquoise Paisley Single Light Plate Switch Cover Blue

Chocolate Brown Wastebasket with Modern Dots in Light Blue and Aqua

Monday, June 22, 2009

Clayton's 6th Grade Graduation

I remember the day that I put him on the bus to go to kindergarten. He was so excited to go on a bus. I had a six day old baby at home so maybe that is why I was so emotional, but I cried so hard when that bus pulled away.

Fast forward to sixth grade, and Clay is taller than me, weighs more than me and wears a size 13 shoe! Once again, here I am crying because of another milestone that Clay has reached.

He's a good kid, and I know that he will do well in whatever he chooses to do. He is a determined and tenacious person, so he will do what he needs to do in order to reach his goals. He is kind and truthful, so I have no doubt that people will like him.

After the graduation dinner, the kids went outside to play. They played a game I'd never seen or heard of before. Basically it was like reverse dodge ball. My husband was the most competitive of them all. My little ones, the girl in the pink shirt and the tiny one in the green shirt, were also involved in the game.

It was so much fun. He told me that he is going to miss Greenwood School.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Summer Vacation is almost here!

Summer Vacation is almost here!

There is a feeling within me of joy, and beneath that, there is a feeling of fear.

Summer vacation means lots of fun things with the kids, it means getting up late and going to bed late. It means beaches, picnics and walks. It also means keeping them busy, which is not always easy for my crew. They can be difficult to entertain. The youngest one wants to run around like a maniac and get into dangerous things, the middle one wants to collect small things, have 'girls nights', and play school. The oldest one wants to complain about being seen with me in public, wants to know why everything is so unfair, and he wants to go to the video game store.

I will have my hands full this summer. I am looking forward to it, I can really spend a lot of time with my babies (the oldest would have died just then). What do you do to keep an almost three, almost seven and twelve year old busy? I will let you know when I find out.

Friday, June 12, 2009

My Three Pendants

I know that I shouldn't be so excited over only three complete pendants, but I really like them.
They were fun to make and I like the outcome. My biggest challenge has been getting the air bubbles out completely, and I am a perfectionist, so it bugs me even if it is one little tiny one.

So, I end up putting them in a cup of really hot water, letting the paper melt away and start over. I feel that it's too much paper waste though. It's frustrating, but I'm sure I'll get better at it, like anything else.

The following three pendants are all made from tiny prints of my art work. They are glass tile and they measure 7/8" square.

The butterfly was done from a photo my neighbor took in colored pencil and watercolor.

The Sunflower oil painting is actually quite large. The painting is hanging in my home, someday it will be for sale.

This is my favorite. I love fairies. This is an acrylic painting on one side of a wooden cigar box purse.


Thursday, June 11, 2009

Signs, signs everywhere

My Kids

My Husband (still just using him for his body after nine years)

My Dog
My Mom and Dad (couldn't find any pictures that were suitable)

Walks in interesting places


Vacationing in warmer places in the winter time

Trees (some of the most peaceful and intelligent beings on earth)

The tarot

Blank Canvas

Holbien Duo Aqua Oil paints. They are the best.

Experimenting and being creativite with paint.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Butterfly Pendant

This is the third pendant that I have made. The other two were practice and now my daughter wears one with her nickname on it and I wear one with a nautical star on it.
While I like mine, I must say, I was very tempted to keep this one for myself. I love things that are dainty and feminine and this pendant is both.
I did the original painting in colored pencil and watercolor over six years ago. I ended up giving it to a friend in exchange for huge amounts of brand new clothes she gave to me.
This is not the first time that I've gotten very attached to my work. It happens to me all the time with my art. There are certain pieces that I fall in love with and they are very hard to give up. I wonder if all artists and crafters have this problem?

I think that butterflies are lovely, but I know that this one is not for me. I am reluctantly selling it on etsy. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=26255979

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Thinking of Changing the Name of My Shop

The above is the name of another shop that I have on etsy that I am essentially ignoring until I can get enough items in it to open it and not feel ashamed. I was told by a friend the other day that Serenity Art sounds sleepy, and although I hate to admit it, I think she is right. I like names that make me want to find out what is in the shop, and Serenity Art doesn't do anything for me. Giggle Goddess Creations, however, does. This is also a great name for my shop because my daughter and I are both named after Goddesses. Right now, the banner in my shop is the same as the above banner used in my blog.
So, I am taking a poll, Serenity Art or Giggle Goddess Creations?

Monday, June 8, 2009

My Personal Power Pendant

For a long time now I have been wanting to make pendants out of my art. I think that they are beautiful and a way for people to wear art and carry the pieces they love with them.
The first one that I made I wanted to test to see how it came out. So I took some scrapbook paper and a square punch and got to it. It came out really good, and I liked it a lot.
The five pointed star symbolizes so many things that are important for me. I could wear it as a personal symbol , like a reminder of the things in my life that I want to achieve. To me it represents balance and guidance in the form of intuition.
I like the way that my first pendant came out, and I'm sure that I will be making many more. I am loving this process and can't wait to actually get started with my art pendants.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Newest Completed Painting

A mama and her baby underwater. I like this painting, and although I think it's ok the way it is, I think that some life needs to be added. Perhaps some fish and some coral.
This piece was done on commission. If you would like to have a painting commissioned, see my etsy listing for portraits.
I do fairies, mermaids, dragons and really anything that you would like. All that you would need is a clear photo.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Monthly Goals

I have many goals that I would like to meet before I pass on from this world. However, they are pretty big goals like, get interviewed about my art on the Oprah show, have a net worth of $250 million, own a vacation home in the mountains, and the list goes on. Do I believe that these are realistic? Yes, I do. People have been on the Oprah show, I know for a fact that there are people out there who are worth millions and I have actually visited a friend's vacation home in the mountains of Vermont. If they can do it, so can anyone else - it's just figuring out how. Anyway, I am getting off topic, the point of this post is not to write about these huge goals that I will someday reach, but to talk about a new approach that I am trying.
I have noticed that when I look at these goals I am a bit overwhelmed. "Make $5 million a year, sounds great. How do I start?" Don't get me wrong I have other goals that are smaller and involve my family, "Go on three dates with my husband this month," "Have Selene read me a full chapter book by the 1st of August,". Even these though, seem like I keep putting them off. So what I decided to do is to actually break down my goals into monthly goals. So, instead of reading "Make $5 million a year," I am instead reading, "Sell fifteen pieces by July 1st,". This gives me a definite number and is still challenging without being overwhelming. I will make millions someday, but I'm going to start by selling fifteen pieces of my artwork.
I then decided that even this was being put off. I was waiting until the last week of the month and saying, "Sell fifteen pieces this week,". I've had enough of me putting it off. I broke it down into weekly goals and then I broke it down even further into daily goals. For some unknown reason, this works like a charm. I write down my daily goals the night before and then I get them done one by one and cross them off as I go. It's so satisfying to cross each one off and such a sense of accomplishment to know that I am really getting things done to reach my goals.
If you are feeling overwhelmed by those big goals, break them down into smaller daily to do's. It might not be something that works for everyone, but I will tell you that it has made a tremendous difference in my life.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

My Private Island Experiment

To be totally honest, as a mother of three young children there are some days when I am just feeling the need to get away from the fighting and "I'm hungry," cries of my kids. I'm sure other mommies can relate. On this day I was feeling the need to escape more than ever and wanted to paint something to reflect that. I really didn't know when I started what this painting was going to end up being, so I just started and kept painting.
There is something magical about a blank piece of art board just waiting to be painted. So much potential.
I wanted to create some really off beat color combinations and see what would happen. So I basically dripped paint onto the board.

I couldn't find my sponge, and I was feeling experimental anyway, so I took some printer paper and just smeared the paint around.
I painted some rudimentary trees and blotted on some leaves, did some spattering with an old toothbrush - just to see what would happen.

I did some splattering with an old toothbrush on and around the trees - just to see what would happen.

Eventually, I got to this point, an island. How this happened, I don't know, but it certainly fits my mood on that day.