Tuesday, October 6, 2015

So Many Gifts...

Three days until my birthday...
The birth festival is in full swing !
I have already received so many gifts !

(Roman Glass Necklace - a precious gift created by my dear friend Donna Yarger)
I am filled with gratitude and joy !

(Crystal Singing Bowl - a gift from my dear friend, Linda E.)
I feel so very LOVED !
I had a little art tribe gathering at Art More Place hosted by my amazingly generous friend, Sherri, over the weekend. 
I wasn't feeling so hot last week, with perimenopausal nightmarish symptoms and anxiety on high alert.
But the healing, loving, playful time with my friends has made things so much easier.
Though some of the symptoms linger, I have new tools to hold on to, and new thoughts to think as I go through them, thanks to my amazing women friends !
I am surrounding myself with my all the sweet gifties I received and soaking it all it.
Check out how beautiful my lanai looks this morning with my treasures displayed !
I am finding the words "Thank you!" inadequate to express how grateful I am to my loving, generous, supportive and accepting friends.
But I am saying them over and over, and sending them out in big puffs of love from my filled up heart !
Thank you, my friends ! Love you so much !

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Blue jay day...

It's dry and cool-ish this morning out on the lanai. 

That meant morning meditation was headed outside today.

I even opened the slider a bit so my furry friends could join me. Pumpkin, the meditation cat, settled in right away! 

The blue jays, butterflies, dragonflies, bright blue sky and the gentle breezes helped me ignore the drone of the ac units near by.

All decked out in my new feather earrings I made for myself, I started the day off right. 

Headed in to the studio for awhile. Still being totally inspired by Tracy Verdugo's Paint Mojo e course. 

This butterfly flew into being yesterday after a mono printing exercise. 

Happy bluejay morning, Beautiful Ones! 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

September in the Queen of Arts Studio and a L,C&C Giveaway

Wow !

I can’t believe how fast time is going ?

Don’t you feel like the days are just flying by ?

Here we are the 22nd of September already !

Only 18 days until I turn 50…


But more about that later…

September has been all about the Tracy Verdugo Paint Mojo E-Course for me.

This is a great class in creativity and in intuitive painting.

Tracy is so very generous and dedicated to giving her students a positive and rich experience. I have been totally immersed in the activities and in the creative flow that Tracy has inspired. Loving it !

One thing we are doing is gradually adding layers to a canvas,

a bit at a time, over the six week class.


My blank 24X24” canvas went from white to this with symbols and marks…IMG_3069  to this with the addition of a bit of pastel color


to this with the washes of warm and cool colors.


In week three, we went in deeper and added more layers…

IMG_3085[1]And this is where my work in progress piece is now. Loving that purple ! 

Three more weeks of layers to go !

Another thing I love about Tracy’s class is that she encourages you to see everything as a potential art piece.

Everything including the palettes that you use to spread your paint on.



These two pieces are from watercolor paper that was used as a palette and the shapes left behind inspired the bird and the angel to emerge.

I am excited to see what else will develop as I continue this Paint Mojo journey for the next few weeks !


I have also been continuing my 50 Days for Love, Compassion and Connection leading up to my 50th birthday.

I have to admit that my crappy accounting skills took over and I don’t have an exact count of how many acts of L,C&C I deliberately committed.   

I will say though, that when you make this intention to spread the love, opportunities arise all the time and when you share what you have done, other people get inspired to join in. I really love that part of the journey!

It becomes a lovely love ripple flowing out from that centering intention.

Some of the things I’ve done include providing food and water for a homeless person I passed in my car one day,


paying the entry fee at Fort DeSoto state park for the car behind us,


sending out surprise love notes and thank you cards to some dear ones,


donating some time and some Rock My World rocks to some fund raising  for causes close to my heart,

and working on looking people in the eye and making a genuine connection with a smile whenever I can.

This experience has been wonderful for me. I definitely see how life can feel much more positive when you make kindness and connection a focus in your world!

And now :



I will giveaway 5 bags of 13 Rock My World rocks to the first 5 people who comment here.

But instead of sending the bags to the winners, I will send them out to the person of their choice with a little note of love and appreciation,

To win, leave a comment on this post with the first name of the person you would like to receive the Love Compassion and Connection rocks and what you would like the love note to say. Also include your email and  I will email you to get the address of your little gift recipient.

I will be sending the rocks out by the end of this week.

Thanks for reading through this long post !

Sending big love out there to all of you !

Pass it on… ;)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Some acts of L,C&C…

Some acts of L,C&C…

As part of my 50 Acts of Love, Compassion and Connection days.


(Loved this grandfather carrying his uv umbrella and shading his granddaughter in the surf at Fort DeSoto last weekend)


Paying for the tolls for 4 cars behind us on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge on the way to the beach.

Returning the shopping cart to the rack for a busy dad trying to load up his kids into the van.


Leaving sea shells with secret messages on the shore.


Sending Rock My World rocks to friends in need.


Taking time to visit, make art with,


and get to know old friendly acquaintances


(Toni, Lyle and I reconnect at after six years or so at their new home in Winter Garden, Florida)

and make them into good art tribe friends.


And the journey continues…

Big love to you, Beautiful Ones.

Friday, August 21, 2015

For the next 50 Days….

So in 50 days from now,

I will be 50.



How the hell did that happen ?

So quickly ?

Ok, I am a little freaked out about it.

Even though all my over 50 year old friends

(how did my friends become over 50 years old ???)

have told me that 50 is great, liberating, inspiring, the new 40, etc…

It still freaks me out that I am entering this new decade.

I’m working on accepting it and recognizing it is a thing to celebrate.

I also felt that I should think of a special way to ring in this new time in my life.

So in the spirit of focusing on what I want to see more of in my world,

I have decided to dedicate the next

50 days


50 Acts of Love, Compassion and Connection.

I have gathered a mental list of some things I want to do, and I have a new little gratitude journal all ready to record the acts.


Some will be small gestures, like leaving a Rock My World rock for someone to find.


Others may be a little more elaborate and push some of my boundaries and fears.

(More on those later in the 50 days…)

I will also try and record some of them here and share what happens when I make this intention.

I have a feeling that the circles of love, compassion and connection will ripple out beautifully !

I’m excited to see what comes my way as a result !

For my first conscious act of Love, Compassion and Connection,

I was inspired by my scheduled haircut today.

My hairdresser, Genesis, is a sweet heart and always makes me feel special and cared for when I visit her. She is an amazing artist with hair. She recently moved into a small apartment of her very own down by the bay. We spoke about her love for candles at my last visit so I made this little arty bundle of love and thanks for her:


Some clean burning beeswax candles, some special rocks, a string of white twinkle lights,


all tucked into a cool cigar box with a pretty fabric nest.

  IMG_2853 A homemade card on some cool rusted paper

IMG_2854 (2)with a love message inside.


packaged up and


tied with a bow for my friend !

Can’t wait to see her smile !


I’m excited to share this 50 day journey with you, Beautiful Ones. If you have a suggestion for an act of Love, Compassion and Connection, please send it to me or leave it in a comment. And if you are inspired to join in the fun with committing acts of LC&C along with me, that would totally thrill me !!! Please share your stories with me. That would be a an awesome gift to receive !!!

Big love to you !

Monday, July 20, 2015

Studio Day Monday

It was a busy day in the Queen of Arts Studio.


Pumpkin and I began the day with the Deepak and Oprah Manifesting Grace through Gratitude Meditation.

We are on day 8 and I am quite impressed with myself for not missing a single day !

Then I headed to the work table and continued work on this intuitive painting piece. Its a 20X20” canvas.

Its gone through quite a few transformations but I am liking the final orange version quite a lot !


IMG_2514The pics don’t quite get the vibrancy of the orange nor do they pick  up the gold metallic touches that I added here and there.


It was a little grey today so maybe I will try and get more pics tomorrow but I love the little details…

IMG_2518  I also did this page in my new journal.

It was a struggle !

I have been taking the Happy Painting class by Juliette Crane and it has made me play around with different materials and different ways of painting faces and I am kind of lost in the mish mash of styles right now.


I kept at it and pulled out the old dip pen and the inks and put my own messy style on page.

IMG_2523 In the end I decided to just let it be what it is for now.

Its definitely not my favorite page and I was kind of disappointed that it was the first one in my new Moleskine journal.

But then again, I have to remember that journaling is not all about making pretty art.

Its about taking the time to do heart art.


So f*** off, Inner Critic.

The page stays as is ! I will not be taking your advice to rip it out of the book.  ;)


While letting the paint dry on both of the other pieces,

IMG_2506  I decided to spend part of the afternoon stitching.

Stitching and watching a movie.

I watched “Words and Pictures” with Juliette Binoche and Clive Owen.

I give the movie a 6.8 out of ten.

The movie played with the question of whether words or pictures are more important in and of course, there was a bumpy romance in the story as well. A pretty good chick flick.

Not a bad way to spend an afternoon.

And my jeans are starting to look pretty badass, no ?


I feel so lucky to have had this day to play.

Tomorrow will be filled with errands and such, and then Wednesday, I will be packing.

Heading north to visit my Quebec peeps and get a bit of that Northern Summer beauty.

Really excited to hug some of my special people up there ! I miss them a lot !

Happy Monday, Beautiful Ones !

Friday, July 3, 2015

And in the end…

This is the last page in my Moleskine 12X8.5 watercolor journal.

I have worked and played in it on and off for about three years.


Lots of song lyrics were running through my head as this final page emerged…


“And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.”

“We’re just two lost souls, living in a fish bowl, year after year.”

“Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am, stuck in the middle with you.”



In the end, I will just let the Beings speak for themselves.


Close the book on this chapter.


And get ready to move on to the new.


Happy Friday, Beautiful Ones ! And to my American friends, Happy Fourth of July weekend ! Make merry and be safe !