Category Archives: illustration projects

April Inventory clearance…

Shaka

Shaka A105
21.75″w x 27.75″h x .75″t
oils on board

 

Having been an artist all of my life, there are way too many pieces of art stored in my studio causing clutter. I am embracing a life with less stress, a more minimalist way of life… and am intending to clear this inventory out.

Buy a $5 ticket for your chance to win this original piece of art. If you would like to have a different original, that is not on this page for clearance, please shoot me an email to find out about it. Or, simply purchase a $5 ticket for this monthly inventory clearance drawing.

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The Little Known, Misunderstood Power of Dissatisfaction

This is absolutely eye-opening. Yes take a look under my hood and do some tweaking! Great wording!

Hope Now

So I’ve been thinking about dissatisfaction in life, and what being dissatisfied really means about us. I think a lot of people equate dissatisfaction with life with having a bad attitude or being a bad person.

They couldn’t be more wrong.

First off, judging our feelings (and dissatisfaction is a feeling) as good or bad is highly unproductive.

Agian, judging our feelings as good or bad is highly unproductive.

Feelings aren’t moral, good or bad, they just are.

Emotions are the helpful messengers that guide us towards creating balance and fulfillment in our lives. Ignored they will either fester or atrophy, and in case you’re wondering both of those options suck.

So, if we are prone to judge it’s far more beneficial to classify our reaction to our feelings as an effective reaction to emotion or ineffective reaction to emotion.

Effective reactions to emotion motivate us towards our greater purpose– health…

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An absolute must read,

This book is instrumental in my success at pursuing a profession I love  in art,

Wishcraft: How to Get What You Really Want

by Barbara Sher and Annie Gottlieb published in 1979.

  • It is hilarious how many people want to judge this book by it’s title or cover, which is truely a mistake. If you read the first page of the Intro you would know that it has absolutely nothing to do with that very similar word of “Witchcraft”. Yet, I don’t know how many people I have told about it, who refused to even take a look assuming it has something to do with witches and black magic. LOL.

I have read it myself (more than once). It is probably the most profound and helpful “self get-to-knower” I have ever ran into. It is easy to read and leads you onto an investigative journey of the truths within yourself, with easy questions. Showing simple logical paths to take to be able to proceed wherever it is that you find that you really want to go. The little tests and the explanations are quite revealing to find out what things are important. Often I was discovering dreams I that I had ignored because I assumed they were totally impossible, ridiculous, or childish but they were actually very very important to my soul.
I was getting the book out of the bookcase to loan to my son-in-law to read because they are starting a new business venture. But, I read the first page of the introduction again which made my interest get piqued so….

Unfortunately he’ll have to wait till I actually read it again before I take it to their house for them to borrow. Sorry.

Found a title YAY!

In an earlier post I asked for help to name a new painting. But I think I got it figured out. What do you think?

FROSTY MORNING VISITORS – C0718

14″w x 18.5″h
watercolor on 140lb wc paper
$275
White tail deer outside on a frosty morning.

This will be on exhibit at…

The Spokane Watercolor Society Membership Show 2018, has a show theme of, “Nature” this year. There is an opening reception as part of Spokane’s First Friday Art celebration on April 6th from 5-8pm. All of the hanging watercolor paintings by our members will be for sale and will be on display from April 6th through April 27th 2018. The Inland Northwest Land Conservancy Lobby hours are weekdays 9AM-4PM (no weekend days).

The host is the Inland Northwest Land Conservancy
Community Building lobby

which is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that helps willing landowners place conservation easements on their properties. They are focused on protecting land in watershed areas. The show location is in their Community Building lobby, at 35 West Main Avenue, in downtown Spokane WA 99201 (corner Browne and Main).

We invite you to come meet the artist’s and enjoy refreshments or even learn to paint at our teaching table. Artistic fun at the opening reception and raffle on First Friday 5-8pm. That night there will be additional small works and cards for sale.

answer mystery painting

Okay, I will tell you then.

The mystery painting is actually the cover painting for my newest book project published by Michele Bourgeois an author in Canada who does Alternative Holistic Healing.

“Where Your Mind Goes Energy Flows: A Self-Healing Manual for the Mind and Body”.

Some of my best art is in this book, check it out on Amazon.com. I also did all the manuscript layout and design for publishing. I enjoyed reading this one. Let me know what you think of it please.