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Random Joy

Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. ~ Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Thanks to everyone who wrote a poem or commented on the last post, it really helped me understand why I was so ‘tapped out’ and unable to write a photo poem. Your words made me realize how cold and gray it’s been. As much as I love the stark beauty of winter, I’ve had ENOUGH! I’m so ready for some warmth and color. I’ve been setting my camera aside and painting pretty colors and editing summer photos. It’s really helped me feel more JOY : ))) Here is one of my favorite edits so far …

Pink Lotus Petal

Lotus Leaving

You can see more flowers here in my new gallery. I’m so excited to have a new plug-in that makes it easier to see and share my favorite photos. I’d love it if you have a few minutes to tell me which are your top 3 flower photos. If you click here it will take you to the new gallery. (This will help me to decide which ones to print on glass.)

This tulip makes me smile every time I see it. It’s in my top 3 and it’s the first one I printed on glass, it’s now available here in the shop :)

black tulip photo on glass

Back Lit

And if you have even more time, I’d really appreciate your opinion on these paintings. I’m having some prints and cards made of this one called ‘Falling In Love’

9x12 watercolor and ink heart painting

I want to figure out which of these 3 ‘I Love You’ paintings to make into a greeting card also?

mixed media 'I Love You' painting


mixed media 'I Love You' painting


mixed media painting 'I Love You'  graffiti



And now if you have even more time I wanted to share some random links …

  • This link is fascinating and made me feel beautiful in a strange way ….I have no idea how to edit photos this much!
  • I’ve tried to learn code and it gives me a headache, but this link inspires me to keep at it.
  • I’ve been productive lately and it feels good. One of the new things that is keeping me on track is this email I fill out each night called ‘idonethis’. Here is a link that reviews the free option.

Thanks for your help, I really appreciate your opinions!

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Mar 04, 2013 | Post by: Christine 9 Comments

Show Time

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.  ~Henry Ward Beecher

I’ve been preparing for my next show. My friend Marge organized a group of artists to show case our work at her beautiful property. If you’re in the area join us on Friday or Saturday for the ART BARN openhouse.  I spent hours creating the flyer, I was so frustrated working on it by myself, so I took up my friend Lisa’s offer to help me and we ended up having so much fun skyping for hours getting it just right. I just love collaborating, we’re both crazy perfectionists when it comes to design details, we could have worked on it longer but we made each other stop and are pretty happy with the results …

Besides making the flyer, I’ve been organizing photos, making bracelets, and trying to get a few more paintings finished.

When I was cleaning my studio , I cracked up at the condition of this brush. It’s a cheap little thing that I’m sure I got in a plenty pack for a couple dollars. I probably used a 40% off coupon too! I’m so F-ing cheap sometimes, it’s a ridiculous habit. I used this brush for so many of the tiny circles I was painting, it had a good stiff tip that I could control well.

The thing is, it’s not nearly as good as my tiny brush neatly folded and tucked away in the stash of expensive brushes, which seem to be like the good dishes that only gets used on Thanksgiving! I’ve shifted this behavior bit by bit, but it still takes over with out me even noticing … until I do.

As I continued cleaning my space, I was inspired to take a few photos of my favorite studio items. The magazine Where Women Create has an inspiring facebook page. I just love taking a peek at others creative spaces and seeing how each person sets up their studios and what items they could not live with out. Today they featured my two favorite items ~ YEAH! The first is the tuquoise bowl I got at a thrift store years ago for 25 cents, yep me being cheap again! I just love how the folds in the glass hold my brushes while I’m working.

The second is my collection of antique flower frogs, which I use for flower arranging sometimes, but mostly I use them to store my brushes. There are so many other things I feel attached to in my studio, but these few things always bring a smile to my face when ever I look at them :)

Do you have a favorite item in your creative space?

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Nov 15, 2012 | Post by: Christine 7 Comments

Gills & Spores

Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try ~ Dr. Seuss

the underside of some mushrooms is so much prettier than the topside. The gills create incredible patterns. isn’t this purple one gorgeous?

if you hold them up to the sun it creates some beautiful back lighting

these cascading curves remind me of a waterfall

doesn’t this set look like an upside-down wedding cake!

sometimes they make beautiful spore prints, sometimes there duds, it’s a fussy business that i haven’t mastered but it’s sure fun experimenting …

i never know what color I’m going to get, it’s fun to wake up and go flip over my shrooms :)



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Oct 29, 2012 | Post by: Christine 14 Comments
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