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 😂.

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 😊

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

Determination Abstract

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Determination Abstract by Maria Vidaurre

I finished my latest abstract, Determination, which we all need more of at times. I love this quote by Zig Ziglar: “I believe success is achieved by ordinary people with extraordinary determination.”

This painting was created on an 8×8 inch wood panel, with lots of texture, shimmers of gold and a bit of glitter for bling. If interested, it’s available for purchase in my Etsy Shop.

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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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Amazing Life Journal Pages

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I love the ocean and enjoy spending lots of time on the beach. I lounge on the shore completely immersing my mind, body and soul in the ebb and flow of the waves. It’s a reset for me.

This was a fun little journal spread I made using lots of different things and techniques like collaged papers, stickers, stamped images, stencils, distressing, painting and coloring with markers. I added my quote “This life is Amazing, treasure it!”

I hope you’re able to find and see the amazing things in your life✨

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Thoughtful Thursday Energy Flow

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I’m making some changes in my home, including my studio. I normally don’t like change because it takes me out of my rhythm. But one good thing that’s coming out of the chaos is it’s forcing me to declutter.

We tend to get caught up in the normal rhythm of things because our minds are running on autopilot. But when you bring in change, it makes you look at things more closely. One of my favorite quotes is by Marie Kondo “Does it bring you joy? If not get rid of it!” It’s a simple enough rule to follow but is easily overlooked.

Another rule that Marie Kondo talks about is that when you bring something new into your home, something old must go. This keeps you from accumulating too much clutter. But who can let all those treasures that you’ve spent countless years collecting simply go? I have a tough time with that one, lol. But it is a good rule to follow.

As far as my studio is concerned I’ve decided to put some things that I don’t use much temporarily in storage. This way, I give myself a certain length of time and if I don’t need the things in that box, they can go. If I find I need something, then I have to make room for it in my studio. It makes it easier because I don’t have to overthink the whole process.

What do you do to get the energy flowing in your home? How do you organize and declutter? Would love to hear your thoughts.

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“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” ~William Morris

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A few of my favorite books:

  • “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” by Marie Kondo
  • “Clear your Clutter with Feng Shui” by Karen Kingston
  • “Real Life Organizing: Clean and Clutter-Free in 15 Minutes a Day” by Cassandra Aarssen

Alcohol Ink Bookmarks

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Being a bookworm, I love coming up with new ideas for bookmarks. These are two bookmarks I made using alcohol inks in bright, fun cheerful colors. They’re made with layers of heavy cardstock, stamped and punched images plus lots of interesting embellishments. I added charms to the tassels as a finishing touch. What do you think?

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Sunshine Abstract Painting

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Sunshine Abstract by Maria Vidaurre

We all need a little Sunshine in our lives. I wanted to create something bright, cheery and full of sunshine.

So I thought I’d try something new with this painting and I started by collaging pieces of torn paper from a book. It was still was missing something so I added a piece of paper doily. Before I knew it, the painting came to life. What do you think?

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If interested, Sunshine is available in my Etsy shop.

“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.” ~ Anthony D’Angelo

It’s a Party! Contemporary Abstract Painting

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This is my latest abstract, It’s a Party! Painted in vibrant hues of pink and purple with splashes of blue on an 11×14 inch stretched canvas. Plus lots of texture and a bit of glitter for bling.

If interested, It’s a Party! is available in my Etsy shop.

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A New Day Abstract Painting

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No matter how tough a day may be, tomorrow there’s always a new day filled with love and positive energy. But it’s up to you.

This is my newest abstract painting, A New Day. It’s painted on a 8×8 inch canvas panel in stunning hues of pink, orange, yellow and white. It’s accented with gold and a bit of glitter for a new day filled with magic. There’s lots of texture for interest.

If interested, A New Day is available in my Etsy shop.

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