Sleepy Sundays: Illusions

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The world depicted in this piece is that of another one of those fictional places in my mind. Yet somehow it started out as a photo of a very real place. It’s an older photo snap of a few winters ago. There was a parking lot filled with melting snow as the sun blasted it’s powerful light through the naked trees. I was so taken by the beauty of this moment, the visual stayed with me.

As the new year started, I knew I would be returning back to all of you. Thoughts began entering my mind as to how I’d create something magical for all of you after resting my writing and artist hands. Then I thought of something so profound my son stated last week.

“You can’t see a rainbow in the dark, Mom.”

You see, my son is only five years old and clearly did not understand the weight of what he was saying. The deep meaning behind such a simple statement managed to stun me for a moment. Think about it. To him, he was merely stating such a sentence in its simplest terms, very logic-based and to the point. However, if you look at this statement in a metaphoric sense, that is where the beauty begins.

You cannot possibly see anything positive when you’re hanging in darkness. You need light to be able to “see rainbows”.

It was that statement that helped inspire the artwork above and a theme I’d like to take throughout this new year.

I dedicate this first Sleepy Sundays post of 2015 to my son who continues to inspire me everyday.

What are some of your goals for 2015? Do you have a mantra for the new year?

Have a bright Sunday!

Sleepy Sundays: The Pink Lady

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When I was little, my aunt was the coolest chick on the planet. She listened to rock music when most of my family listened to oldies. (Now, I actually like “oldies”, but that’s beside the point.) When she redecorated her apartment for the first time, I distinctly remember her color scheme of black and light pink splattered everywhere. Seeing with an artist’s eye, I thought this was one of the most gorgeous color combinations.

Pink is feminine and even somewhat romantic. Black is dark and mysterious. Later on in my life, I came to use this combo every so often in my work. Enter, The Pink Lady. Now, there are times, like many of us, I’m unsatisfied with my artistic ventures. I’m a psychotic perfectionist – so I toss things often. However, this one, I have to say I am quite proud of. I can confidently state this is one of my finest pieces to date. Even though it’s so simple, if you look closely enough you can spot fine detail.

As an adult, when I see pink now, I’m reminded of that rebellious stage in my aunt’s life and how much fun we had together. The colors even remind me of some of my friends.

Did you ever do something crazy to a room in your home? Did it stick or did you change it?

Have a pink Sunday!

If you would like to own this piece on canvas, as framed art, apparel, & more visit my gallery here.

Desert Sunset

In keeping up with my simple, sleepy, Sunday tradition, I’ll let my art do the talking today.

Desert Sunset

Desert Sunset
This was done by combining two pieces of my art and blending them into one. The result created a desert sandstorm effect and a pretty peach-pink sunset. I also added some tiny “stars” that look like sugar sprinkles. Can you spot them?

Have a lovely weekend, everyone!