Friday, December 19, 2014

On Finding Clarity

At the start of 2014, I decided to choose one word to represent my hopes and intentions for the year. (You can read more about that in my One Little Word blog post) I decided that "harmony" would be a great word for the year and I have to say that the word served me well. 

Hello Harmony

When I cleaned my home, I wasn't just "cleaning" but I was creating "harmony." I looked to make harmony throughout my life and all that I did. However, now that I look back on the year if I were to choose one word to describe my year I would choose clarity.

Finding Clarity

 Each month I reflected on my journey and each week I worked in my art journal. The art journal and meditation practice helped me find clarity. I am so grateful. 

Here is a page from my art journal. I chose a lot of purple for two reasons. First, color experts predicted that Radiant Orchid would be the dominate color of the year for 2014. Second, purple is the color is the color of good judgment and spiritual fulfillment. I also used yellow in this spread to represent hope and happiness. The teal just looked pretty and added balance to the composition.


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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Describe 2014 in one word.

To start setting goals for next year, take a look back and reflect on 2014. 

I asked some of my artist friends, how would they describe their 2014 art business in one word.... and what they want their art career to look like in 2015.

Here is what they had to say...

Deb Harvey explores art with whimsy
2014: accommodating, 
2015: discover

Renie Britenbucher creates light-hearted paintings.
2014: whirlwind
2015: structured.

Hillary Doggart-Greer excels with silhouettes
2014: flustered. 
2015: scheduled 

How would you describe your year in one word? What word would you like to describe next year?


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Monday, December 15, 2014

Best Interior Paint Color Ideas {for every room in your house!}

Do you want to makeover a room in your home with a fresh coat of wall paint but are paralyzed to start because you are afraid of making a mistake?


Trust the experts


Yep, I used to be that way too but I have learned to trust interior decorators to help me make a decision. Now, I am not talking about hiring someone. You have enough opinions (and bills) in your life.  Save your money for the house paint.

Eliminate the guesswork for no-fail paint ideas

Whether you are looking for bedroom paint ideas,  kitchen paint colors or living room paint ideas I have already done the research for you by religiously combing through my decorating magazines and curating lists for finding the perfect beige paint-- as well as the perfect red, blue, or purple!

 Download this free ebook today to learn how to choose the best paint color for every room in your house.

In The Ultimate Paint Guide, you will...
  • Learn how to create a calm room using paint
  • Identify the best paint color for showcasing art
  • Transform your home with bold colors that make a dramatic statement
  • Find the perfect beige paint -- as well as the perfect red, blue, or purple
  • Discover brown paints that will keep your house on trend without looking like a seventies flashback
  • Eliminate the guesswork by refreshing your home decor with colors chosen by top interior decorators to mistake proof your decorating.
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Friday, December 12, 2014

What would you do if you won free art supplies?

I'm teaming up with blogger Irreversibly Moi for this great giveaway! Do you see all the paints and art supplies in this fabulous picture? I don't know how she managed to put it together but I wish I could enter too! Wouldn't getting this set of paints absolutely INSPIRE you to create?

chance to win an ornament eBook

In addition to a chance to be the one grand winner of all these supplies, three folks will win a second prize with an ebook written by yours truly on how to make the ornaments. Just like the ones that just sold out in my etsy shop...  ( I may add more next week...we'll see)

Everyone who enters gets my free art journal ebook (if you haven't got it already)

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

December is the new January

What's in my art journal right now...
An inspirational art calendar will remind you to reset each month

There are certain points in the calendar year that seem to lend itself well to hitting the reset button: January, Monday, September, your birthday. Everyone loves a fresh start and a new beginning; however, I am wondering why do we have to wait to hit reset?

Hitting the reset button

When my computer is acting up I don't say--- hmmm better wait for Monday to reboot. I can reboot at anytime. So why not with our own selves and our own goals? Can we shut down and reboot anytime we want? Do we even have to wait for morning? Can I just close my eyes and count to three and when I open them, I can say- begin again. Begin now.
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December is the new January

I saw this slogan "December is the new January" at my gym, Soul Cycle. For those not familiar, this is an overpriced spinning studio based in New York City with extremely effective marketing techniques but this bit of advertising really spoke to me. Why wait for January...if I have a goal... I can begin now.

Keep a piece of inspirational art on your desk or night table



Surround Yourself with your best intentions

Keep your best intentions present either with quote jewelry that you wear, an inspirational calendar, or a piece of inspirational art that you keep on your desk.

Be your own secret Santa this year and remind yourself to begin now- why wait till January?

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

5 ways to Spark your Creative Spirit

No matter what kind of artist you are...musician, writer or painter....we all can fall into a creative rut. For this art journal page, I meditated on five ways to spark the creative spirit and I hope that these ideas ignite you!

5 Ways to Spark your Creative Spirit

  1. Relax: swim, meditate, take a hot bath, drink wine...whatever relaxes you will help your creative juices flow!
  2. Just Begin: Sometimes when we think we are stuck we really need just a little push on the swing...once you get going you know you can swing forever. So give yourself a little push to get started even if you think you are not in the mood.
  3. Play: Treat your art as an experiment and give yourself permission to have fun. Playfulness usually leads to creative expression.
  4. Write it: Journaling, art journaling, or making a list of ideas or troubles help release the creative river.
  5.  Accept it: Understand that every time you sit down to create you may not have your next masterpiece in front of you and that is okay! Learn to accept that as a fact and enjoy the process over the product.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

8 Hanukkah Gift Ideas

8 Hanukkah Gift Ideas 

Hanukkah begins the evening of December 16th and ends on Christmas Eve. So if you want to get someone something for Hanukkah, know that you may want to finish your holiday shopping early! In this list I have included some of my own creations mixed in with creative ideas I've discovered on the internet.

Shopping Guide

  1. Cosmetic Bag: A printed pouch is a great way to carry art wherever you go and keep your purse organized. Cosmetic bags make a great gifts for her. Printed on both sides with the blue and white Israeli flag, these zippered pouches are designed to fit essential makeup gear, giving it maximum points for practicality when carrying around your lip gloss, and nail polish. (want to make this gift even more special? fill it with Essie nail polish in blue shades!)
  2. Hanukkah Cookies: These cookies are made to order and are decorated with Glaze and Royal Icing. Ship these to your homesick college student.
  3.  Gift Card: Save yourself a bit of time during the holidays and let them choose their own gift from my etsy shop.
  4.  Earrings: These round earrings with a polished-scallop edge feature a modern re-imagining of the Israeli flag with a gloss finish.
  5.  Metallic Gold Hanukkah Candles: Elegant display box of 45 candles. Make your holiday candle lighting more luxe. ( I remember the year of hurricane Sandy, when I realized I burnt through all the candles during the week long power outage and had no candles left to celebrate!)
  6.  Tzedakah | Charity Box: A woman of valor is a unique collection Inspired by a Biblical poem honoring a woman in gratitude, praise and appreciation. Each original design is an expression of admiration and celebration of all women This charity box is designed by Jessica Sporn. This gift is a great way to teach children the value of giving to those less fortunate.
  7. Tallis Bag: Looking for a one of a kind tallit bag for your tallis? This tallis bag pictures a watercolor of the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Israel and features one of my watercolor paintings. Only two in stock as of this blog post, get yours here.
  8. Menorah: This Menorah, made of brass, is inspired by nature, trees, and branches of the holy land, Israel. I discovered this menorah on etsy... this is a great gift for a couple who may not have their own yet.
Make your cosmetic bag even more special by filling it with luxury cosmetics!

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