Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A Ticket Outta Here?

To anyone who reads this blog and/or follows my work via facebook, the following will come as no surprise.

Still, I am gonna go out on a limb here and let you all into my personal life, a bit:
(As if it's not already spelled out blatantly in nearly all of my art pieces; haha!)

We have been longing to move from where wecurrently reside off and on for quite a bit now, but our desire has intensified immensely in the last year or so.  Great little town I live in, sweet old houses with character and that great sense of community that seems to always be present in small towns.  And it has actually afforded me some great experiences with like minded artists like me (My Chicks are some of my most treasured friends) but there is still much lacking, especially for the other members of the family.

Take for instance, my dear sweet husband, who has for nearly 12 years now, has arisen way before the sun, traveled the distance of 75 miles (an hour and 10 min drive) to and from work 5, sometimes 6, days a week.  Not to mention that there is the fuel costs and the tolls to consider.  Yikes!

My kids, who despite Mom's best efforts in reaching out, have only a very small amount of friends with whom to socialize with on a regular basis and amongst the other kids in town, feel a bit like foreigners with very different interests than most.  The reason: We are only 1 of 3 other homeschooling families and the only free learning/unschoolers.   Not many free spirits my kids' ages.  And though both of my kids are mature for their age and  therefore do well in associating with individuals of all ages (through their volunteer/community work), they long to connect and forge a lifelong friendship with someone who shares their ideals and passions.  Though I know of places where there are apt to be more like us, there appear to be very few like that here.

And finally, there's the weather here.  Cold so much of the time (and I'm a total t-shirt and flip flop gal) but worse yet is the constant doom and gloom weather we have here on the East Coast.  I am a California girl and I need my sun!!!  All of us are affected by the lack of sun and warmth we experience here.  We are ready to find our sunny location and we have somewhere in mind that fits our ideal, somewhere that has been in our hearts for a long time.  Somewhere, we have always dismissed as not being practical, and in the past, thought outright impossible.  But, I for my part, am done thinking that way, too much thinking if you ask me! And I am done allowing my mind to drown out my heart!  I think that is evident in my art more than anywhere else.

Just check out my last three pieces and you will see for yourself:





(Can you guess my dream location?)


Now, if only I can find my ticket outta here! Since I won't be the only one ultimately doing the choosing, let's hope we pick the right one!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Pinned "official" and so grateful!

Well, I guess I have officially arrived!
Not just one but two of my pieces are making the rounds on Pinterest and best of all are being put into albums marked as "Art Inspiration". 
Could it be?! 
Me, an inspiration?!

I also awoke to 11 new "likes" on my Persnickety Chick facebook page.  Most of it I owe to my new friend, Belle West (aka Donna Leuhrs).  Thank You!

This is the piece she shared.  I have to admit it is probably one of my favorites.
So totally ME, head in the clouds, conferring with the Man on the Moon, gazing into my Magic Mirror at my dreams, wishing with all my heart that what I see in that image will come true!


And the snippet of song lyrics that I used have double meaning to me; not only am I dreamer and proud of it, knowing that I am always in the best of company amongst others like me but because I do believe that dreams come true, the little AND the big!
We can have a world motivated by peace and acceptance, a world free of judgement, a world free of war and violence if only we can stop living in fear, have the courage to believe and chase after our dreams with purpose and courage and LOVE, without fear there is only LOVE!

So, this piece does have such meaning for me and I guess I should be proud at the fact that others love it so and are inspired by it and though I am entirely and utterly flattered in every way you can be, truth be told:  I find it all a little overwhelming.  Like now there's this pressure to actually be good at what I do.  I have so much fun with my art but I know that it is far from perfect.  And maybe that's okay 'cause it's art and the art world is a forgiving place.  I just don't know that I have ever really thought of myself as good at what I do.  It's just ME, expressing myself!  

Well, regardless . . .
It is very apparent to me that I owe so much gratitude to all of my friends in the art community: new and old.  
Thank you, thank you, thank you , for believing in me and supporting me as you do!!!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Summer Dreaming

Though you are not aware, as you tend the roses in the garden, this sweet little fairy lands upon the tabletop hoping to sneak a quick sip of summer refreshment (lemonade, mint tea or perhaps a bit of rasberry vinegar). 




Credits:
Summer Junque 1 and 2 from Tumble Fish Studio at Deviant Scrap.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Circus FuN and enough LoVe to go around!






For credits to these pieces above, see my online gallery HERE
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things that make me go "heehee"!