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From the studio this week I present to you…

Six Pictures, Six P Words and more vulnerability.

Patience, perseverance, presence, positivity, possibility and politeness are the order of the day. I am striving for all of the above while feeling like sticking my head in the sand as I re-coup from a week that in retrospect may look prettier but currently looks like hell. Well, not entirely like hell, but close enough for government work.

I played hooky with my blog this week. I have retreated into a creative hibernation and a brief social hiatus. Not to worry, it’s temporary. Bracing for change necessitates objectivity, deep breathing and baby steps.

Still able and more than willing to be vulnerable and share a few peeks into the studio. It is after all, Friday and I am over at Studio JRU again, for a fabulous collaborative of creative folks being vulnerable! I am currently loving lessons in color and happy to share some of my recent explorations.

Injoy the scenery and have a fabulous weekend.

Last week’s painting, acrylic on 9×9″ reclaimed wood:

Last Week’s palette:

Digitally altered painting:

Skraps and inspiration:

One Love, walk good, more soon..

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Well it’s Monday again. More than likely, several of you are feeling this one a bit more than usual. Super Bowl Sunday, parties, good times, snacks, beverages awesome! Monday morning, not so much (especially for us Steelers fans).

All the more reason to practice…

Gratitude that is. I look for gratitude (which ultimately translates into joy and love) in every little thing. Sometimes it turns up in the most unexpected ways. Over the last few years I’ve made a habit of finding myself grateful. This manifests in mental and written lists. Keep it simple. I like to start with three things everyday. The list tends to grow from there. It’s basic, gratifying and opens my eyes and heart.

For example, today, I am grateful for:

  1. Bob Marley
  2. Get Your Paint On (a class I enrolled in/ birthday gift to myself)
  3. The fact that I finally cleaned out my purse (aka the red cow). Incidentally, not the easiest task. But gratifying all the same.

Technically, I could go on and on. I am super grateful that my husband got up at five to squeeze orange juice for us even though he had to leave the house when it was still dark. And super duper grateful that I am not sharing a pounding overhang (hangover) with millions of football fans. You get the idea.

It’s easy, cheezy. But if you practice, eventually, it will come naturally to you. You will notice small changes in your life and the way you look at things and people around you. Gratitude prompts and little pieces of love will start to pop up everywhere.

Like this sweet heart leaf in an otherwise ordinary tree.

Where did you find love today?

One Love, walk good, practicing gratitude…

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From the top of my heart and the core of my being I wish you an ilaful day…

If you are not familiar with this word, ilaful, you can learn more about it here.

If you do know this word please comment and share with me what it means to you. I would love to know.

One Love, walk good, know that you are blessed 

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