Another year begins

Welcome to 2017!

I started the year thinking “I think I’ll blog again” — even though I’m told it’s not “in” anymore (so sounds like a perfect thing for me to do!) Admittedly, I doubt very much it will be the daily blog that I did a few years ago, and I don’t know if I’ll concentrate on photography or making posters & memes at all,  or if I’ll include any images of paintings or drawings I may do.

Quite frankly, right now I’m not sure what this will be.

I’ve been in kind of a holding pattern. For too long. I don’t exactly know what I want to do, or where this will take me, but I know that I need to jump in & get the hell out of my own way!

In defense of my actions (or lack there of) I did get tired of having my hopes dashed: people in my life expecting free art, hearing “friends” say they’d rather get cheap art at a big box store than purchase mine, declined entries in shows, declined entry in masters program – I even got denied a place in a permanent show at a children’s hospital (I assume, since I never heard back from them, but if I see my artwork anywhere in that building, there will be an issue…) That’s a lot of NO!

The big question is:  how does one come back from that? Well, that’s another thing I don’t know.

What I do know is that it’s time to get out of the self-inflicted lack of creativity that I’ve been in for a while now.

Speaking of, I also still long to live on a farm. In the country. Fresh air & wide open spaces to spark my dormant creativity.  It’s my happy place – currently residing only in my dreams… for now.

So, come along with me on this journey if you choose, it will either go well or it won’t… but I won’t know unless I do it. Right?

Right.

Thanks for stopping by!
Carol

Love Life, Be Brave

I like jewelry.

I also like to wear jewelry.

But the funny thing is, I haven’t really been wearing jewelry for the past few years.

It’s possible that some of you are thinking, this is not a huge revelation or deep insight to share. I know.

Anyway, I decided that one of my (easy-to-keep) 2015 resolutions would be to wear jewelry every day, whether or not I had somewhere to go or something special to do.

Now, this may seem trivial (yeah, who cares?!) or maybe even border-line arrogant (oh, look at her, she has jewelry, brag much?! and la-ti-da!)

But for me, this actually does go deeper than the ‘frosting on the cake’ that is rings-and-things. It has meaning and nuance and, ok, it does make me feel happy to match my accessories to my outfit (or pj’s as the case may be…)

And, I don’t know if this is ironic — maybe it’s just a coincidence — but the first ring I picked up at the start of the new year was this one:

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A ring. With a simple but powerful message:

“Love Life  —  Be Brave”

I wear it every day as a reminder. And a goal.

And I think you might agree…

It does have a nice RING to it (see what I did there?! lol!!)

Hope you’re all having a great start to this new year.

Thanks for stopping by – Cheers!

Happy 2015!

Hope this is the beginning of a wonderful year for us all!

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Thanks for stopping by – Cheers!

World Gratitude Day

World Gratitude Day is today (Sept. 21st)
It’s not a well-known or even particularly observed “holiday”
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But that’s okay.
Let’s just make every day “Gratitude Day”!
It begins like this: “I am grateful for…”
See how easy?!
Thanks for stopping by – have a wonderful day!

Nine Eleven

We’ll always remember this day.

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And where we were when it happened.

Thanks for stopping by – spread love!

Wednesday Wisdom 1

When I was posting daily, I also regularly made posters from my photographs and quotes & sayings I liked.

I kinda miss doing that.

So I’m starting up again (yay!)

This saying came across my computer today – sharing the message with those of you who have supported me from the beginning seemed rather apropos:

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Thanks for stopping by – enjoy your day!

Hello, September!

It’s hard to believe, with all of the photos of blooming roses (and other florals) I’ve been posting recently, that the first day of Autumn is just a few weeks away…

I’m psyched!

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You all must know by now that Autumn is my favorite season (perhaps minus the seasonal allergies, but I digress!) and my favorite reason for living in a 4-season climate!

All of the colors painted in nature.

And the crispness of the air.

And football! (I do so love watching football)

Believe me, it’s still Summer outside right now (oh, the humidity! haha!) so I’ll keep on enjoying that, but soon enough…

Autumn!

Thanks for stopping by – have a great Labor Day!

Perfection?

Here’s a revelation – I’d like to be freer as both a painter/drawer and photographer. (what in the world does that mean?)

Well, just off the top of my head:

  • More creative.
  • Less critical of my own work.
  • Un-motivated by the pursuit of perfection.

Is that last one even possible?

As I endure the self-inflicted turmoil in editing recent photographs and the apparent horrifying decision on what to draw/sketch next, I realize that what is stopping me is the belief that whatever I do has to somehow be “perfect”… and I don’t even really know what that is! (artists can be so dramatic, right?!)

No one knows better than an artist that art is subjective – what is beautiful (or perfect) to me can be absolutely abhorrent to another. Or worse – the artwork has no resulting opinion and is considered mediocre at best. (that is heartbreaking)

And you’d think with this amazing reflection and realization, I’d be less stuck — it’s a process. (silly artists!)

Oh, don’t get me wrong, I’ll keep striving for perfection (again, silly artists!) because let’s face it, no one wants to see a poorly taken, haphazardly or over-edited photograph being touted as great (they aren’t).

But at least now I can remain aware of all of this as I create. (so I’ve got that going for me!)

So back I go to the drawing board. Literally!! hehehe! (ok, I admit, being able to use a cliché in the literal sense is kinda fun!)

And one of these days you’ll even get to see some new work. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to check out my Imagekind site and follow me on Facebook!

Thanks for stopping by!

Have a great day!

That’s One!

Believe it or not, today marks the final day of the first year of my blog.

And what better way to mark the occasion than to find a photograph of my favorite subject with the most appropriate sentiment?

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LOL!

Well, did I accomplish what I wanted with this first year?

Yes and no (of course!)

I’ve somehow posted more than my projected goal of once a day (wow!) which was unexpected.

Where I am today isn’t exactly what I planned a year ago – but I’ve learned a lot about myself and my passion and am proud of how I’ve grown (as an individual and as an artist!)

I’ve set new goals that I’ll use to guide my art (one is that I’m going to actually paint more – while keeping up the photography and blog) and personal life (like living in Colorado and travelling more!)

New FUN adventures!

I’m excited to see where we’ll be 365 days from now!

Cheers to Year One!