Monday, September 29, 2008

No Fear

Perhaps the world is falling apart, who am I to know,
but I will tell you one thing I have learned, worry does
not help. When things happen that I have no power over,
I have found it is best to let go and trust that everything
that is happening is for my best, no matter how awful it
may seem. It is often easier said than done, but I attempt
to accept what I can do nothing about.
Since doing the Be Brave project (which I will do for life :-),
I have learned to stick my tongue out at fear. I first
stare it down, stand up really tall and laugh.
What is there to fear? Oh, I guess there are a million things
to be afraid of, but I figure I really don't have the time.
We are given such a small, fleeting bit of time, what a waste
to be in fear, ever. Of course, sometimes fear comes in handy
and we need to heed it, but most of the time we fear things
that will NEVER happen. I have abused fear in my lifetime,
by letting it get the best of me when there was nothing there,
just some story I told myself. Fear is now my friend, it was meant
only to let us know when to flee, but our society has twisted it
into a full time profession :-). I am so grateful that I found
the Be Brave project, it has changed my life.
Speaking of brave, my cousin R is the bravest person I know,
he is facing chemo next week and he is so full of positive energy
and life. He makes me ashamed to complain about anything.
Thank you all for your prayers.
Hope you all had a grand Monday, let me know what fears
you stared down this week.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

My friend's new resort:Victoria's Last Resort

In the lovely seaside town of Cambria California, my good
friend V has opened a one of a kind resort. Small and intimate
with a beautiful suite done to perfection by my friend who is an
artist sublime. She is also a wonderful cook and will be making
the meals herself. Check out her site and see for yourself.
Be sure and give a look at the gardens which are to die for.
Even if you are not planning a trip, you will have fun looking
at her beautiful website. Victoria's Last resort.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Pot of gold

Took this photo a couple days ago at the house I am working at.
Not much to say today. Hope you are all well and happy.
Please keep my cousin R in your thoughts, he starts Chemo
in a couple days. Happy Birthday to my friend D!
That's all folks :-).

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


I took this photo a couple days ago, under my portal.
This sweet little guy posed for me and this is one of
many shots I took. All the other birds flew away, but
this one was brave and stuck around.
I have been busy storing nuts for the Winter :-).
Life is so good. Today I looked in the mirror and
into my own eyes. I looked past my 52 years and I
saw a happy little girl of around age 8 :-), she is still
alive and well and living inside me :-).
What do you see when you look into your own eyes?

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Silly pottery

I forgot that I promised to show you these two weeks ago.
I got busy and forgot all about it. These are the first pottery
things I made from start to finish. Does anyone remember
that first little cup I made? The top one is the cup finished.
I don't like the colors and there are some flaws in the glaze,
but I still love it. Next is the Flintstones creamer and sugar bowl.
They shrunk a lot and are now tiny :-). Then comes the first
tea cup, I like this one, but it has a lot of flaws in the glaze.
Last is a big bowl, It is even too flawed for me to want
to use it, but I learned a lot making it. I have a couple other
pieces, but they are gifts and I don't want to spoil the surprise.
I learned so much making these, that the next bunch will be 100
times better. Hope you enjoyed this little journey of my clay failures :-).
Happy Sunday!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

More September beauty

These are the wild sunflowers in Taos. Every year around
late August they spring up everywhere. I dearly love them.
They are so friendly and cheerful :-). I just thought I would
share. I am as busy as a bee, but will be back to art and
blogging more this weekend. XOXO

Monday, September 15, 2008


My friend D, who I am working for feeds the ravens every
few days, today I took some photos. It was a rainy overcast
day, so forgive the poor quality. It is an amazing thing to watch
these beautiful birds. First two ravens come, one stays and the
other goes to alert the rest of their group, then one by one they
arrive, about 10-15. What is so lovely about it, is they all
sit around and wait. All that meat sitting there and they don't
go near it until the whole group has arrived, then one by one they
go and get a piece, fly away, eat it, or bury it and then fly back for more.
There is no feeding frenzy. The ravens are polite and kind, they even let
a small magpie come have some. These photos are of the ravens
waiting for the group to get there. Happy Monday! XOXOXO

Friday, September 12, 2008

Purple beauty

This is the yard of the house I am working at for 3 weeks.
The plant is called Russian Sage and it is my favorite plant
here in New Mexico. I am in charge of packing all art pieces
in the house and there is a lot. Having a great time.
I may be a bit exhausted at night, but it is worth it.
I am helping a friend and she is helping me, because I will
make enough money to get me through a couple more months :-).
I could do this for a living in this town, but I don't think I
would like it full time. I want to do my art after all, but
it is a good side job. I took these photo just for you.
Speaking of exhausted, I am ready for bed, but I am going
to work on my art photos in photo shop and see if
I can improve them. I am so dedicated :-). Have a
wonderful weekend! XOXO

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Another new painting

#2 in the Sea series
this is a bit too light,

this detail is a bit more true to the color.
This is a small 6"x6", I worked all day on photos and I think
I am getting a bit better at it, what do you think? All of this
photo business is taking way longer then I expected, so I am
relaxing and have decided I will get my Esty site up when it gets up.
There are some things you cannot rush and this is one of them.
Update on my cousin R. I spoke with him today and he sounded good,
we talked for a long while and he has a really good attitude about it.
I feel better now that I talked to him. We will know in a couple weeks
how it looks, but they hope they got it all. keep praying :-). Thanks.
I start my 3 week job tomorrow. I love the person I will be working for
and while it will be hard work, it will also be fun.
I have been thinking the last few days how short life is, don't waste
one more minute, on anger, regret, or unhappiness. Life is a gift
and sooner or later we have to get that living from our heart
and being brave is the ONLY way to live. Blessings to you :-).

Monday, September 8, 2008

New painting

#1 in the Sea series


I just completed four new paintings and have
three more well on the way to being finished.
They are about the ocean, which I am missing
very much living here in New Mexico. I want to
work on the photo taking as they need to be better
for my Esty site, but it is getting too dark today
and I really wanted to share it with you now.
Feedback would be greatly appreciated :-).
Updates on stuff: Working hard to get paintings and
other projects done for my Esty site and I have a big
job for the coming next three weeks. The pay is wonderful
and it could not have come at a better time :-). I start
Wednesday or Thursday.
None of my clay pieces are saleable, but I will share
photos this week. I don't like how the colors turned out
and I need to work on the glazing.
For those of you wanting to know, I don't think I will
see the 27 year old again as we always met in the parking
lot by my old job and as I don't work there anymore we
will have to rely on fate :-).
I have not talked to my cousin R yet, he is not feeling
up to talking and that is understandable. Keep sending
well wishes please. I think we are caught up :-).
Let me know what you think of the new piece, thanks.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Award time

Thank you Melanie for this lovely award.
Here are the rules:
1. The winner can put the logo on her blog.
2. Link the person you received your award from.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Put links of those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs of the girls or boys you've nominated.
I love you all, so I could not pick just seven of you, I pick all of you, but
I will point out seven blogs here:
1.Lisa, Uplifting, kindred spirit.
2.Eliezer, Very funny, spiritual guy.
3.Sizzle, Smart and funny.
4.AnnieH, Wonderful writer and caring woman.
5.Em, Witty and smart.
6.Suki, Talented, spiritual woman.
7.Robin, Upbeat and talented.
Remember you all get this award, if you are on my blog roll,
you get this award.
Update on my cousin R: We won't know if they got all the
cancer for two weeks. I will be able to talk to him tomorrow.
Thank you for all your prayers and well wishes.
I have many updates and things to share tomorrow.
Happy Sunday! XOXO

Friday, September 5, 2008

Sad news

I just found out one of my favorite cousins, R
has cancer and is having surgery today. I
won't name the cancer, but it is a really bad
one, the worst one. He is a little younger
than me and it breaks my heart. Please
send up prayers and good thoughts for him
to whatever God you believe in. Thanks.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

3 wonderful things.

I got this from laini and for some reason I am
feeling a little blue today, so I thought it would
help me get back to myself. The deal is, you write
about 3 wonderful things, so here is my list for today:
1. Waking up and knowing I get to do art all day!
2. Going for a long, sweet run with my dog first thing.
3. The beautiful humming bird outside in my flower garden,
the one I have been trying to get a photo of all week.
I can't stop with 3 :-), so here are some more wonderful things:
4. My animal boys, they are the joy of my life and I am not sure
what I would do without them.
5. The colors blue and green and all the various shades of both
and the combined color they make.
6. Clay and paint and plaster and all the beauty that can be made
from them.
7. Imagination, where would we be without it-no where.
8. Friends, family and bloggers :-).
9. One more chance to live life with my whole heart and
never let fear rule my life again.
What are your 3 things? Happy Thursday. XOXO

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Creative Bliss

I have been in a frenzy of creative activity.
Seven new small paintings started. Three
bowls, one mug and one plate made. I can't
keep this smile off my face :-). It is beyond
bliss. I have taken a three day a week job that
starts the end of the month. Three days is not
enough, but it is all I am willing to take as I feel
so strongly that now is the time to get my art out
into the world. It is what I am meant to do, it is
what I am happiest doing. Joseph Campbell's
often quoted quote-Follow your Bliss-is my
guiding light right now. It is so frightening to
trust this, yet for once in my life I am going to
do it. By the way the job came to me and was handed
to me without any effort at all, that is really the
only reason I am taking it as it feels right, for now
and at least I will have some money coming in, but
I will have 4 whole days to do art!!! So much better
than 2! For the next month I will have everyday
to make beauty. My plan is to have my Esty shop up
before 2 weeks. I will post photos of my new stuff soon.
Off to bed. Have a wonderful Wednesday! XOXOXO