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Future is Limitless : What my business will look like moving forward

The future is undefined. It has unlimited possibilities. Only I can decide what happens next.

I have been fragmented. Putting parts of myself into different little boxes.

I paint, so I post pictures of my art on Instagram. A separate website is for my schooling and school portfolio. Some things are shared with my friends. Some things with my online Facebook groups. Different things with my family.

I think this is probably normal for most. But to me, it feels like I am sending myself in 5 directions at once.

Having so many passions means that I can’t just drop painting so that I can focus on yoga. I wouldn’t be able to let yoga go to focus just on art. I wouldn’t be able to give up either, to spend more time with my family. It’s just not me. Each of these things that I do is a part of me. They are who I am and who I want to be and who I need to be. I need time to paint, time for yoga, time for family, and time for other things I enjoy.

I have been slowly combining parts over the last year by doing more art, talking more to family and going back to school. Now it’s time to kick it up a gear and build a new solid, more interesting foundation to move my life and my business forward in a direction that I love.

I’m still figuring out all of the details as to what this looks like, but here is what I know:

  • I will still be painting and drawing and posting my work.
  • I will continue to sell art; originals and prints.
  • I will be appearing (at least my voice and one hand with a paint brush) on video more, sharing what I’m working on and creating art classes.
  • My creativity will include more than just paint on canvas. There will be meditations and maybe even some yoga to get your creativity flowing.
  • I’ll be creating a community with all of you who are moms and interested in art, creativity, and meditation.

I took a six-week coaching program with Gervase of Shiny. Happy. Human. in May and June that totally changed my world. I began to see the reasons I was unhappy had been totally made up and the reasons that weren’t made up, could be changed. I just had to step outside my comfort zone and explore a little. That’s where all of these changes are growing from. I realized that everything I want to do more of provides me with:

connection
one-ness
fulfillment
knowledge
love
inspiration
creativity

Which means, moving forward, everything I do for my business and life must fill at least one of these desires. If it doesn’t, I won’t do it or I’ll find a different way.

Be on the lookout for Facebook Live’s, video classes and questions for you when you visit me on social media! I look forward to getting to know you all better!

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A little training and a lot of self-teaching

When I was in middle school I did three oil paintings under the instruction of a local artist. While I enjoyed, these were the only ones I created. After having someone tell me line by line how to paint the light and the dark and the textures, I couldn’t do it on my own. I got frustrated and gave up.

 

Luckily that frustration didn’t last forever! But I wanted to show off what I did originally. My first paintings.

 


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My first painting. Still life is not my ‘thing’. I’m not even sure what those vegetables are!

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Still life not my ‘thing’, but I do love the shading that I got on the pitcher. And this glass bottle looks better than my first one.

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Landscape is totally my ‘thing’! This was originally a picture I saw on a calendar.

 

Since these paintings, I took some time away from the paints and then got back into it during college. If there is one thing I got out of college, it’s re-learning my love of art and painting.

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My first sold paintings!

I never thought this day would come! But here it is. I just sold my first paintings last week. And here they are, while much alike, each is its own painting.

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My first (almost) wall mural! (Part 2)

Second night took a bit longer. While it was only stripes and stars, there was alot more space to cover with paint. Not to mention, red shows all, and I mean allll of the brush marks. Took awhile to figure out how to cover that all up. But in the end it came together. I absolutely love it! And my husband does too, which is all that matters.  I showed the garage to him Christmas morning.

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Finished eagle

 

It’s finished!

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My first (amost) wall mural! (Part 1)

Ever decided to do something crazy like paint a picture on an entire wall? Well I did. And its not really crazy, as in bad. It’s crazy to want to blow up the 8×10 picture you painted to 5 foot by 9 foot. Thats pretty crazy. Repainting it on the garage wall is one way to enlarge a picture.

This idea came about when I painted the small version for a friend for Christmas. My husband absolutely loved it. So while I was out working in the garage, on his original present, I came up with the idea, to decorate. Decorating with paint is a bit more my style, than organization, as I’m sure he knows to well. (Don’t worry, I still organized too)

Just in case we ever wanted to move the painting or move to a new house, I didn’t want to do it directly on the wall, so I bought a roll of canvas from a local art supply store. I somehow managed to hang the entire thing, by myself with some thumb tacks and a ladder. By the way, kittens do not help, when they continually try to climb the ladder when you step down.

The sketch went pretty fast. I hung the canvas and sketched it out all within an hour. I was expecting it to take a while and cause a good amount of frustration.

Later that night, when my husband went to work, I got started! Turned up the radio, turned on the fan (yes, its December and I had to turn a fan on to paint a picture in the garage at midnight, crazy), pulled out the huge jars of paint and paint brushes and got to work.

Within 2 hours I had the eagle pretty much done! When I go back, maybe there will be a few touch ups, but mostly its there. I decided to save the flag in the background for another day.

 

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