Wednesday, July 4, 2012

New Painting: We Are the Light Bearers

24" x 24"
Oil and Mixed Media on Canvas
Fine Art Giclee Prints Available on Etsy

Sunflowers bear the light, they breathe the light in and use it to grow tall and strong, and then they share this light with the world.

I just completed this painting and wanted to share it with you. I had been stuck on this canvas for months, and it was sort of hiding out in the art studio, waiting for inspiration. After a few strings of events, inspiration struck!

#1. I visited the 1700 Seeds Project in the Dallas, Bishop Arts District. This is a living, breathing, work of art-- a temporary instillation of 1700 sunflower seeds planted and in full bloom in an undeveloped field in the middle of a thriving metropolitan area.  The sunflower was my grandmother's favorite flower and holds so much special meaning to our family. She told me she loved them so much because they made her happy. Whenever I see them I think of her, and I felt her presence among them.  It was such a special moment to share with my mom and kids, three generations of women who were raised to follow their hearts and find the happiness that lies within.

#2. After finding my artwork via my Etsy site and purchasing several paintings, a client in Denver had these kinds words to say: "There's something wholly intangible about your paintings; I believe it's actually a part of your energy that's breathed into your art, not unlike a blessing. It's special because you are special! "  I was struck by how someone whom I have never met could hear my authentic voice by looking at my work.  Sylvia, if you are out there, thank you!

#3. I never forgot what one of my yoga teachers, Leslie Storms, once said ago about being a light bearer, and how we should ask ourselves what we can do each day to bring light to the world. Those words truly touched my heart.  Now I find myself asking each day--how can I be a light bearer? How can I help, share love, show kindness, etc.  

Hope you enjoy the new piece.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Creative Intelligence

This picture of autistic Artist Stephen Wiltshire's unbelievable take on the NYC skyline has really impacted me. (for more of his story, visit here ).   What an inspiration!

His work shows us what the mind is capable of.   The human brain is both mysterious and amazing in how it works - it takes away in some areas but blesses us abundantly in others. Those who learn how to make the most of the abundance truly have a gift!!!

Here's to those with high creative intelligence--a trait not easily measured or fully understood/appreciated.  Applying our creative intelligence invites us to keep both heart and eyes wide open to the emerging moment. We’d all be more creative if we paid less attention to the surfaces, our doings and achievements, our ambitions and desires; and more attention to the depths, the hidden forces and faculties that lie within ourselves and others, within all things and all experiences.

God dispenses His genius in many different are you using your today?

Life Calmly Gives Out Its Own Secret
Fine Art Giclee Prints available here.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Let it Go

What Lies Beneath
24" x 36"
Fine art Giclee Prints available here.

It’s time to. . .
Let go of the anger of what could have been
Let go of the worry of what might become
Let go of the mistakes you think you’ve made
Let go of a future you cannot yet see
Let go of the expectations of others, their path is not your own
Let go of your need for control, it is only an illusion
Let go of your training and education, it was simply a place to begin
Let go of the comfortable and familiar, what you need is not found there
Let go of the distractions that keep you from your path
Let go of the tools and talents you have not yet acquired
Let go of your schedules, lists, and plans
Let go of jealousy, it’s only ignorance in disguise
Let go of competition, your path is yours alone
Let go of the critics who don’t understand
Let go of the life you had planned to live
Let it all go

It’s time to create your story
It’s time to do the work you are here to do
Then let it go

Let it Go
18" x 24"
More original paintings and prints available here.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Closing Reception

"Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life." - Confucius

Thank you to everyone who came out to the closing reception for my art show!
Pieces will hang through this week.

With LuminArte Gallery Owners Jim Lively and Jamie Labar

Gina Marie Dunn, Utopia Pkwy. Art Studio's Fan Box


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