December 27, 2009

New Day Dreams

I haven't kept up with my blog lately. I have been totally obsessed with Etsy and getting my shop set up. Then came the holidays and it was trying to balance shopping and decorating and everything else. Sometimes I wonder if I will ever find the balance to everything. I need to paint, market my paintings and a family life, clean house and work?? Am I just crazy to hope that I will figure it all out ?? I love painting and feel at odds when I can't create. I hope to fulfill my dreams and be a full time painter and artist making a living doing what I love most.

November 30, 2009

Etsy Pounce treasury

I was so excited because I made it into a pounce treasury yesterday! I am trying to figure out how to add that as a link. It is really late and I have to get ready for work tomorrow so it will have to wait until tomorrow. Please check out my new store!


November 29, 2009

Crimson Fire Studios

I have finally opened my etsy store. I had signed up with etsy back in 2007 with the shop name CrimsonFireStudios. I have recently begun to post my paintings there. I know that I need to post more than just the five I have posted. I am just a little nervous because I haven't really put my work up for sale before. I planned on using AbstractHeartStudios and will use that store in the future. It is a struggle to work full time and take care of a household . I really want to dedicate my time to painting and other works of art. I also have the issue of not really having a dedicated space to create. I intend to spend more time blogging and putting my paintings and art works online. I hope that everyone is had a wonderful Thanksgiving!! My daughter and her husband came from Houston to visit and it was so much fun to be together as a big family. Our house is a little crazy with a new puppy and a not so happy cat ( hates the puppy) LOL!! People in and out all the time. Here is a picture of one of my latest paintings. I would appreciate any feedback on my store and my paintings. The name of the painting is Mystical Forest. The painting is 24x24 and an abstract painted in acrylics and oil on birch plywood with the edges painted black. You can find this and my other paintings here at my etsy store

October 14, 2009

Wishcasting Wednesday

Wishcasting Wednesday I just came upon this link today
Todays wish " What do wish to let go of ?"

I wish to let go of negative thinking about myself and about others. It is so easy to get caught up in allowing myself to feel negative instead of positive.
I also wish to let go of feeling sorry for myself when things don't go exactly the way I expect them to.
I wish to let go of fear and the negative critic that holds me back from believeing in my own creativity and dreams!

September 10, 2009

Leaves of Autumn

The leaves are falling, falling as if from far up,
as if orchards were dying high in space.
Each leaf falls as if it were motioning "no."

And tonight the heavy earth is falling
away from all other stars in the loneliness.

We're all falling. This hand here is falling.
And look at the other one. It's in them all.

And yet there is Someone, whose hands
infinitely calm, holding up all this falling.

Rainer Maria Rilke

August 12, 2009

Torn paintings

I just finish this painting yesterday. I had been deliberating if it was finshed. Unfortunately today someone in my family left the door open to the room I was painting in. The cat jumped on the easel knocking my painting down putting a hole in the canvas! I am pretty upset about that right now. I know that the cat didn't know any better. There for I have to forgive her. It is just so difficult to make people understand how much time and yourself you put into a painting. It took several months to paint the layers of different paint. Ocean Peace was painted with acrylics first and then with oils on a linen canvas. Does anyone know how to fix a hole in a canvas? This is the second painting in 2 months that has been ruined. The other painting was a portrait of my daughter. That was on the fire place mantal leaning, my daughter and her husband took it down to show some people on there wedding night. They placed it on the mantal wrong down it fell hitting the corner of the brick putting a hole in it. I will fix it the best I can and give it to her. I have to say I would never have imagined this happening once let alone twice... sigh. Did anyone else have something this horrible happen?? How did you feel about it? I feel like crying and I don't want to become so upset that I can't paint. There are so many worse things that could happen in my life. Well I am going to go outside now and look for the metor showers maybe falling stars instead of paintings would make me feel better unless they fall on me haha.....

July 3, 2009

Evening In the city Painting


The sky puts on the darkening blue coat
held for it by a row of ancient trees;
you watch: and the lands grow distant in your sight,
one journeying to heaven, one that falls;

and leave you, not at home in either one,
not quite so still and dark as the darkened houses,
not calling to eternity with the passion of what becomes
a star each night, and rises;

and leave you (inexpressibly to unravel)
your life, with its immensity and fear,
so that, now bounded, now immeasurable,
it is alternately stone in you and star.

- Rilke Maria Rainer

June 26, 2009

Water Lily

Water Lily

No desire opens me: I am full,
I never close myself with refusal-
in the rythm of my daily soul
I do not desire-I am moved;

by being moved I exert my empire,
making the dreams of night real:
into my body at the bottom of the water
I attract the beyonds of mirrors...

Translated by A. Poulin 

Rainer Maria Rilke 

May 15, 2009

Megan Chapman's Paintings at Wear Art Thou

Megan Chapman is one of my favorite abstract artists.  I love her use of color and emotion in her paintings. I first discovered Megan and her art on myspace. I later followed her blog, which was informative to artists and allowed a glimpse into Megan's journey as an artist. I recently visited  the lovely shop Wear Art Thou Austin, Texas. If you are in Austin you should definitely visit their shop and check out Megan's beautiful paintings. Andrea the shop owner is really wonderful.I look forward to seeing more of Megan's work.  You can find and purchase more of her work at these links. 
This is Megan's Etsy site.


May 4, 2009

Creative Path

  Where does the path of creativity take you? I have always loved art and have explored many different forms of creativity along the way.  It drives my husband crazy because he believes in focusing on one particular thing at a time.  I love painting , stained glass and photography. I am fascinated with color shape and light. The following photos are of the beautiful Mayfield Park and  Preserve in Austin Texas.  My plan for my future is to take the path that will lead me to being the full time working artist that I have always wanted to be. 

April 29, 2009

Water Dreams

A friend of mine Holly Allen sent me some beautiful maple leaves all the way from Iowa.
This is a mixed media piece acrylic and oils on 140lb water color paper.  Here is a close up of one of the leaves. This piece has a luminescent shine to it that was hard to capture in photos. I will try to take another picture that shows the one inch borders.

April 26, 2009

April Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month
This is a poem from one of my favorite poets Rainer Maria Rilke.
I will be adding some more of my art work and updating my blog today.
I hope that you enjoy this poem. Please share some of your favorites with me.

Falling Stars

Do you remember still the falling stars
that like swift horses through the heavens raced
and suddenly leaped across the hurdles
of our wishes--do you recall? And we
did make so many! For there were countless numbers
of stars: each time we looked above we were
astounded by the swiftness of their daring play,
while in our hearts we felt safe and secure
watching these brilliant bodies disintegrate,
knowing somehow we had survived their fall.

Translated by Albert Ernest Flemming

Rainer Maria Rilke

March 14, 2009

Falling Leaves

This is my first post on a blog. I have been following other peoples art blogs for a while now. I decided it was time to start a blog of my own. This painting is an abstract that I did this fall on arches 140lb cold press watercolor paper,with acrylics and oil.