Mind Fire

11x14 oil pastel on 90lb. fine art paper

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I always find it strange what happens when you least expect! When you just sit down, show up, and do the "work"!

This morning was no exception. I was going to do a bunch of computer work and paper work that needs doing first. Instead I thought, 'hey why not sit down and do my creative work first while the coffee in my mug is still hot. Why not throw on the recent two episodes of Taking the Leap while your at it?!' Guess What?!...Read the full story here!


The Rolling Prairies

11"x 14" oil pastel
on 90lb. fine art paper
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The prairies conjure up so many thoughts and visuals. Much, I dare say as any other sight of beauty this earth has to offer us. The prairies feel, to me, to be one of the only place where, life and death are so evident. Where the balance of making it or breaking it become a reality.

If you've ever read stories of the great depression you know what I am trying to convey here. The prairies have a rich history of resilience and life. People who lived through desperate times and then times of great abundance. Families and neighbors who clung together at the mercy of the weather or pestilence...sometimes both.

Again, maybe this takes me back to the stories I heard, in and around grandma and grandpas kitchen and sitting room. About...read more hear.


 

Mellow Drama

Oil pastel
8"x10" on stretched canvas
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This piece developed after having overcome an encounter with a toxic person I had reached out to with the idea of providing support to them through, what was appearing to be, a difficult time for them. The support I offered was rejected so fiercely and abusively that I felt physically sick! This piece was the relief I finally felt as the intensity of the encounter drained away and I recovered my equilibrium. It felt like having been on a bad ride at the carnival and the relief that you feel when the ride stops and you can finally get off the ride!

 


Shattered Dreams

Oil pastel
"8x10" on stretched canvas
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When you have a beautiful idea or hope for change and you work hard to make that idea or hope a reality there are often obstacles that present themselves that shatter that dream, hope and idea. While it may seem like that's the end of it all, the reality of this event actually is a beautiful deconstruction and reconstruction of the original plan, hope, thought or dream into an even better possibility that you least expected!

 

 


Dreamland

Oil pastel
8"x10" on stretched canvas
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Sometimes dreaming takes us to places we never thought were possible! I love visiting a place where I can just think up the wildest possibilities. Sometimes when I am stressed or in bad need of a holiday and can't take one, I just close my eyes and let my imagination run free if only for a brief moment!


Colors Run Through It

Oil pastel
12"x12" on stretched canvas
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We all have a beauty running through us like colorful cascades of wonderment. Some colors are subtle others strong and bold. Sometimes we feel like our color is fading and that's when we need to stop and reconnect with ourselves and the earth. Never lose your color or let fade to black permanently. Self care means taking time to recharge and refuel your color so you can give to the world what you were meant to.


Blue Pools

Oil pastel
8"x10" on stretched canvas
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I was floating down a lazy river in the jungle of my creative mind just imagining what it would be like to float along without a care in the world just living and being free, having no worries, just relaxed and able to enjoy and savor every moment without the fear of others or feeling that I wasn't good enough...just being and living like I was meant to.


On a Wire

Oil pastel
8"x10" on stretched canvas
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The black "wire" is what brought this piece altogether for me. So what does the "wire" represent that it is what I needed to see to have this piece feel complete? Was it that we are all connected somehow? We all need each other on some level? We all need a place to land at some point? Somehow its a common thread we all have and it is what can keep us together in love, peace and harmony. Remove that thread and we are lost.


The Core    

Oil pastel
12"x12" on stretched canvas
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Everything has a core. It doesn't matter if its imagined or real there is always a center.  A focal point, an intention, a heart, a desire, a passion, a motivation. What drives us from our center our true self?

                                                                                                                                               


Dizzy Down                                                                

Oil pastel
8"x10" on stretched canvas
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I remember as a kid discovering the ability to spin myself around and around until I couldn't walk let alone stand! The room would spin all around me, I would close my eyes and then I was spinning. Childhood can be full of such innocence. It needs to be full of such innocence and exploration, adventuring, imagination, and fun.  As a grown kid I never want to lose that fun and sense of adventure!


Three Circles                                                             

Oil pastel
8"x10" on stretched canvas
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I am not completely sure where this little chestnut came from...maybe its a comfort thing...you know that three foot circle we don't want others to invade unless invited to do so? The intensity of sharing our personal space and the immense joy we can experience when we let someone genuine see us and be with us. The individuality we have but the need for others in our life? Maybe all of the above.


Frozen Sunset                                                        

Acrylic
8"x10" on stretched canvas
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The intensity of a sunset leaves us lingering and wanting for more. We get to see a sunset everyday, and everyday its different and never disappointing...unless the clouds get in the way.

A prairie sunset is spectacular especially in the winter when the snow dances like millions upon millions of diamonds and the colors blend into each other and out over the snow covered land. The warmth in that moment almost makes you forget the chill and the long winter night ahead of the suns setting slumber.


Save the Bees                                                            

Acrylic
12"x12" on stretched canvas
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This flower was the ugliest flower I had ever seen. I hated painting it. It wasn't until I changed my perspective of things that I began to love this flower.

I can apply that to life can't I? I mean a person can be in a frustrating situation or in what feels like an impossible place and just by changing your perspective the impossible can become possible.


Imagination

Oil pastel
8"x10" on stretched canvas
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Sometimes I just like to sit down with a canvas and let my mind wonder. Our imaginations are such a precious gift. I want everyone to keep their imaginations alive. It keeps us young, vibrant, healthy, and full of promise for a rich viewpoint on life! We will always have the youthful heart we were born with if we stick with our imaginations and let them grow! So go use your imagination for a few minutes and keep that necessary tool strong and alive! With love from me to you!