Nebula Art Journaling

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I’m having fun playing with my watercolors and trying new things like this nebula which I painted in my 5.5″ x 8″ Strathmore Watercolor Journal. The picture below was the start of my inspiration but then there were quite a few photos I liked and I had a hard time choosing just one. So I ended up combining different things from each one and putting it into this painting.

Although it didn’t go as planned I really like this color combination and it was lots of fun creating it. But I think I have a bit more experimenting to do. What I love about painting is it’s very fulfilling. When you finish a painting it gives you a sense of accomplishment and that’s wonderful feeling!

What do you like to do that gives you a feeling of accomplishment?

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“The darkest nights produce the brightest stars.” ~Unknown

Night Sky Art Journal

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On my walks, I’m finding myself studying the clouds more than usual. When I was a kid I used to love using my imagination to see what figures and shapes I would find in the clouds. It was a lot of fun then and still is now ๐Ÿ˜‚.

I had some more fun practicing fluffy clouds in my 5.5″ x 8″ Strathmore Watercolor Journal. I used watercolors with a bit of gouache but also added a little acrylic paint to this one. I love how the pinks and purple mixed with the white. Thought it looked pretty cool against the dark background.

Do you like to look up in the sky and find the figures and shapes in the clouds? I think we’re never to old to have fun ๐Ÿ˜Š

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โ€œWhen life get too overwhelming, just look up at the night sky and lost yourself for awhile.” ~Deborah A Ten Brink

Thoughtful Thursday Finding your Purpose

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It seems that as human beings we are on a perpetual path of finding our purpose. Why am I here is a very big and important question we ask ourselves. Yet some of us feel the search is pointless because we feel we’ll never find the answer. I’ve been traveling on this path for quite some time now and this is what I’m realizing.

Each of us is absolutely unique, much more than we ever could imagine. And we bring our own uniqueness into the world to share with others. Even though the gift we bring may seem small to us, it can be monumental and life changing to some one else.

I’m also finding that our purpose can change as we grow and evolve spiritually. Nothing is set in stone. You may start with a strong passion for something and travel one path, only to find that your passion fizzles and you embark on a new path with just as much passion as the first. It doesn’t mean you got it wrong, but only that you’ve fulfilled your purpose and are now ready to move on.

You’ll know if you’re on the wrong path when everything in your mind and body just feels off, like something isn’t right. I’ve learned that you need to follow your heart and do what makes you happy. Share your special gifts with the world in a positive way and your heart, mind and soul will feel fulfilled!

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Thoughtful Thursday Sound

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Your body is made up of 70% water making it a great conductor for sound. Different sounds can affect the body in a positive or negative way. It can affect our moods and emotions. It can even transport us to another time and place if we let it.

Some people need a good glass of wine at the end of the day to release the stress from their bodies. I like to listen to calming music while keeping my eyes closed and focusing on each sound as I drift to an inner peaceful place.

Even everyday sounds can have a calming effect on us. Like hearing small children laugh and play, birds singing, breezes rustling leaves in trees, waves rolling in on the seashore or rain drops hitting the roof. Whatever sound calms you, try listening to it more especially at the end of the day when you need to unwind.

I love to fall asleep to nature CDโ€™s by Dan Gibsonโ€™s Solitudes which are available on Amazon. The Solitudes CD’s offer a variety of nature sounds beautifully mixed with instruments creating a calming and serene atmosphere. There are a lot of different nature CD’s on the market but Solitudes has always been a favorite of mine.

I highly recommend listening to some type of calming nature music when you need to unwind and destress or as you fall to sleep. It does wonders for the mind, body and soul. Hope this helps you to relax and unwind.

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“Listen to the sound of the waves within you.” ~Rumi

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Press play to listen to the ocean ๐ŸŒŠ

Motivational Quote by Brendon Burchard

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I thought I’d share a motivational quote with you today by Brendon Burchard on one of my abstract paintings:

“The ultimate secret to growth is finding something worth fighting for.”

His words ring true. If you don’t feel strongly about something with your whole heart, you’ll never go it. What do you think?

Hope this inspires you in some way today!

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Fluffy Clouds Art Journaling

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I’m having a bit of fun learning to paint fluffy clouds with watercolor paints and gouache. This was my first try. It took quite a few layers and I kept switching brushes because I wasn’t happy with the result. I also decided to add a crescent moon and a few stars for more interest. What do you think?

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“The sky is not the limit. Your mind is.” ~Lynette Simeone

Thoughtful Thursday Amethyst Crystals

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Amethyst is from Greek which means unintoxicating. This crystal belongs to the Quartz family and is associated with the Crown Chakra. A fun fact, in ancient times these crystals were made into wine cups because people believed these crystals would help keep them more sober.

But these crystals are much more than that. Amethyst Crystals are said to be excellent in cleansing and absorbing negative energy. They emit a calming energy which aids in sleep, spiritual awareness and helps to balance the energies of the mind, heart and body. Amethyst crystals are also great to use in meditations. Additionally, they work well in healing the body.

If you want to calm the energy in your home try placing a few Amethyst Crystals around and see how it feels. They’re stunning to look at and the energy they emit is absolutely wonderful. Start small with a few pieces placed around your home or you can try wearing jewelry made with the crystals to get a feel for their energy and go from there.

My sister introduced me to these crystals many years ago and I fell in love with them, so much so, that I have a large 40 pound Amethyst Crystal in my bedroom, plus several smaller pieces placed throughout my home. I love the way they feel and hope you will too.

If you give them a try, let me know how it goes. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!!!

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“Everything that is made beautiful and fair and lovely is made for the eye of the one who sees.” ~Rumi

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Tony Robbins Quote

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I thought I’d share a good quote today by Tony Robbins in one of my paintings:

“The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.”

There are so many things we’d like to go for, but we think it’s impossible. The mere fact that we never try makes it impossible. So go for your dream and make it a reality. The worst thing that can happen is that you fail, but at least you gave it your best shot! Who knows, you may find great things along the wayโœจ

What have you been wanting to try but haven’t had the courage to do yet?

Hope this inspires you in some way. Thanks for stopping by!!!

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Memorial Day

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With deepest gratitude for all who served in our military and gave their lives protecting our great nation and our freedom and to those who fight for us today. From the bottom of my heart, Thank You ๐Ÿ’–
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Have a safe Memorial Day!

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” ~John F Kennedy

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Thoughtful Thursday Responsibility

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This is a tough one today because it’s something that the majority of us don’t want to admit to. Responsibility is defined as the state of being morally, legally or mentally accountable. Many go through life playing the blame game. They continually blame others for where they are, but this isn’t accurate.

Let’s say that some one did something bad to you like causing you to lose your job. At that point, you have a choice to make. Do you dwell in anger and resentment over the circumstances that led to this event or do you take responsibility for your actions, thoughts, attitude and choices that brought you down this path?

Do you fill your heart with negative energy and hatred towards that person and everyone involved or do you choose to make the best of it knowing that things happen for a reason. Maybe there was a lesson to be learned or something bigger and better is waiting for you down the road. Dwelling in negativity will hurt you the most and keep you from moving forward and growing as you were divinely designed to do.

Take responsibility for your actions, thoughts, attitude and the choices you’ve made that have brought you to where you presently are. If you’re not happy with your current path then change direction. Choose to live your life and make decisions from a place of love and happiness. It’s certainly challenging to do but if it was so easy, everyone would be doing it. Make the effort and work at creating the life you have always dreamt of. It will be well worth it!

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