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An Artist’s Expression of You

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

There’s a certain fascination with what artists do. While the rest of us breathe to live, they create just as naturally and with the same necessity. What is an artist who does not create?

Man Carrying Large PaintingLook in the mirror. Maybe it’s you.

Are you frustrated? Sometimes irritable? Feel like something’s missing in your life? All signs you are looking for creative expression and may not see the need or the opportunity in your daily life.

I don’t have any training.

I don’t own a paintbrush.

I’m not artistic.

Trying to be what you perceive you are not is unsettling. But if you think all artists must know how to paint, let’s turn that notion up side down.

Artists create their vision into outward expression. They release what is inside of them and create the image in tangible form. We celebrate the artist who paints, who writes, who performs. That same artistic opportunity is available to all of us. Our medium for creation is our mind. Our canvas for creation is our life.

All artists begin with an image in their mind of what they want to create. Not knowing every brushstroke, or every word to use, or movement they will make in the creative process, they begin with an intention to manifest in physical form what can no longer stay within them.

You are a creative being, an artist of your own life. Express the image of what’s inside you. Imagine your life. Create your life. Celebrate the artist that you are.


“True artists are almost the only men who do their work for pleasure.” Auguste Rodin

Prediction for the New Year

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

As this year draws to a close, our final rainbow color, Violet, is reflected in December’s frosty view. The days grow shorter and daylight is precious. The long shadows on the snowy ground appear to cast a violet hue. Soft, tranquil, still.

 clock faceViolet, found on the lowest arc of the rainbow, is the color comprised of the shortest wavelengths of light that our eyes can see. Ultra-violet is the term for the wavelengths of light beyond our view.

Is it coincidence that the Color of the Year for 2014 announced this very month happens to be Radiant Orchid? You’re already seeing the hue in spring clothing and decorative home décor. This close cousin of Violet will grow in popularity, I predict.

Why? You see, Violet or Radiant Orchid, are colors associated with enlightenment. In Eastern belief, the Chakras, or power centers of the body are assigned a gradation of color, much like the rainbow. The highest color at the top of the head, Violet, is associated with the sixth sense.

The popularity of colors often reflects what is happening in the culture as well as the collective psyche of our planet. The color experts that predict the yearly colors and Pantone, the company that made the Radiant Orchid choice, have an uncanny way of knowing what we are or will be thinking about.

In the coming year I believe we are all ready for a more enlightened way of seeing our lives and responding to the needs of our planet. Uncommon Violet may be just what we need to see, to capture our attention and look at things in a new way.

“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.”   Mark Twain

Colors of the Mind Part Two

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

If you read the last post, you had an "apple experience" without even visiting the market. If you didn't, read it now for an eye opening exploration of the power of your mind.

Then come back- I'll wait for you.

What made the "apple experience" work for you?

The apple became real to you as you used your imagination, one of your intellectual faculties. Imagination was something you used often as a child.

Remember lying on your back on a grassy hill and studying the clouds in the sky? You saw faces and animal shapes as your imagination was free to create another world out of the fluffy white formations.

Now, as adults, we live in a world of realities, of what “is”. But, when we allow our minds to think about what we “want to be,” we let imagination back into our lives.

As Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge”. Look around you.

The chair, the window, the building you’re in, everything you see in the world today began as an idea spawned from someone’s imagination. Were it not for imagination, we would not travel in planes, or read by electric lights, or communicate with the help of the Internet.

Anything you see in its physical form started as an imagined idea. Especially now, in this day of immediate communication, ideas are the most valuable currency in the world.

You are only one idea away from having everything you want in your life.

Let your intellectual faculty of imagination produces an abundant supply of all you "want to be."  Imagine…..what's possible for you!

Tomorrow — What's the key you have in your mental pocket that unlocks every door?


"Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions. "
Albert Einstein

Seeing Red?

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

Marie and Nicole, friends since high school, are shopping for furniture. Marie has just bought her first house and her old sofa, that she's moved from apartment to apartment, needs to be replaced.

Her new home deserves something special. She enjoys Nicole’s company and trusts her opinions, so she invites her along on her search.

After visiting the third furniture store, Nicole questions Marie, “What is it that you’re looking for? We’ve sat on so many sofas, I feel like I have calluses on my bum.”

“I’ll know it when I see it,” Marie replies. “Let’s try the store on Main Street.”

After looking through the next store, walking from room to room, Marie shakes her head. “No, that’s not it.”

 “Well, I have one more over here.” They follow the salesman to another room further back into the store.

 “That’s it!” Marie startles the salesman and Nicole. “Oh, Marie, you can’t be serious.” Nicole is shocked by Marie’s selection.

“I’ve always wanted a red, leather sofa.” Marie is all smiles.

Nicole, ever the practical friend, reminds Marie of the folly of her choice. “That red will stick out like a sore thumb. It won’t match anything else in the room. You’ll get tired of that color fast, then what? Besides, it’s probably in the back of the store because no one else wants it.”

Marie’s smile begins to fade. She asked the salesman if Nicole is right.

 “Well, we definitely sell more black leather sofas. It’s a classic look,” he replies with an air of authority.

 Marie’s mind begins to question her initial excitement.

That’s true. Black leather is a modern classic.

It’s what’s shown in all the magazines.

What was I thinking?

A red sofa- it’s so not me.

The next day, Marie’s black leather sofa is delivered and placed on a prominent wall in her living room. Nicole and Marie sink into the cushiony seats as they share some wine and toast to the first purchase for her new home.

“It’s a good thing I was with you yesterday,” Nicole remarks, “or we would be sitting on an ugly red sofa.”

Marie strokes the soft, dark leather. “Yeah, how bad would that be?”

She hears a tiny voice inside her head. “Maybe, next time.”

Is Marie listening to the voices outside her head instead of the one inside? Is her genuine self, a different person than the self she shows the world?

Which one is real?

Which one do you listen to?

You create your reality by making choices. Your choices reveal your life.

Live well. Be you.

"Choose your love.  Love your choice. "
                  Thomas S. Monson


Day Twelve of the 30 Day Gratitude Challenge

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

Do you ever find yourself  living vicariously through the adventures of another? Day twelve of the 30 Day Gratitude Challenge, I am thankful for someone whose life adventures are always interesting and inspiring.

Not a reality show, but her real life. "Things" have no appeal for her. What she values are life experiences. Travel, history, and the study of other cultures is her currency of choice. Why buy the latest do-dad when she can own a new experience?

What a great way to live life- attentive to the experience of living. Joie de Vie.

I appreciate her inspiring example in choosing priorities.

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