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The world is the true classroom.  The most rewarding and important type of learning is through experience, seeing something with our own eyes.” – Jack Hanna
 
Many of us must see something to believe it.  In a Photoshop world we’ve even begun to question validity of photographs that we see in the media.  Sometimes the only way to believe that something is real is to see it with our own eyes.  Questioning the reality of something seen by someone else is how we learn and grow.  Our brains are wired to respond to things that are visual which in turn induce emotion.  Therefore, we can believe that it’s real because we see it in its true form.

Some people will travel to the ends of the world to see a natural phenomenon such as the rainbow eucalyptus trees in Hawaii, Lake Hillier in Australia or the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone.  Seeing these beautiful forms of nature in real life can restore our vision on a much larger scale.

Renew your spirit today by seeing for yourself what the beauty of the world has to offer.
 
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The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.” – Leonardo da Vinci

I am dedicating this month’s blog to Leonardo da Vinci as he was born over 560 years ago today, April 15th.  His curiosity about life was impeccable.  His brilliance has been an inspiration and a mystery for centuries.

Imagine if Leonardo da Vinci was complacent with mediocrity and had given up on learning, seeking and discovering…

Da Vinci used the 67 years of his existence to challenge life as we know it today.  We may not be off the charts on the genius scale but how are we using our potential to innovate?

Many of us are content with just getting by on what we’ve been taught or what we read in passing on the internet.  We’ve taken shortcuts, and our challenges are diminishing.  Are we really using our potential to discover and create?  There’s an entire world of information and history, and our minds are unlimited!

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"A human being is a part of a whole, called by us "universe", a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this person by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty." - Albert Einstein
 
Do you ever wish that people could see the world through your eyes, beyond reality? If they took a peek into your version of the world would they see beauty and exquisiteness or would they see desert tones and monotony?
 
This painting is about seeing the world through different lenses, not just focusing on what's here or there but really examining all aspects of life.
 
Have you ever been to Venice Beach? It can be perceived as a bit frightening. If you see it through the eyes of an artist it can be fascinating, colorful and intriguing.
 
Art, music and books are great for the purpose of transporting you to a different world. I challenge you to pick a place, maybe an ordinary park or even just an aged building that you've passed by a hundred times. Do some research and find out little-known facts about it. Take some photos and give it significance. Don't just look at it in passing--study it, write about it, or paint it. You'll be pleasantly amazed at how your outlook will start to bloom.
 
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If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” – Rudyard Kipling, ‘The Collected Works’

Each painting that I create tells a story.  It’s up to the viewer to create those stories.  I challenge you today to choose a painting and write a story about it.  Give it life.  Bring your experiences and imagination into it.  What lies beneath the colors?  What memories does the painting evoke?

This painting is called Perception because it rains with intuition and insight.  We all have a story to tell with a lesson learned.  The colors that stream through this painting create an elusive beginning to one’s personal story.  Fill in the blanks.  Live through this painting by creating its origin!

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"What the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year.” – Vern McLellan

It’s a new beginning!  2014 is a blank canvas.  Start adding some color and texture to it.  Make some memories and work on those unfinished projects!

This painting Angel Rising is very hopeful and the colors represent the transformation of life and renewal of the soul.  Choose some colors for your canvas today and create something fresh for this upcoming year!  Reach into your soul and find your mantra.  Begin and finish a task.  Laugh more, have a picnic or visit an art museum.  You’ll be surprised how enlightening the colors that you pick for your new year will motivate you!

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“I do an awful lot of thinking and dreaming about things in the past and the future - the timelessness of the rocks and the hills - all the people who have existed there. I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape - the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn't show.” – Andrew Wyeth

Colors and words hide the earth’s translucence.  I love to create paintings and watch them unfold bringing undiscovered life to this sometimes bleak world.  As the colors blend into each other, a new energy forms!

This painting is called ‘Twilight’ as it combines the colors blue and red creating shades of purple, a mixture of meditation and mystery.  It expands the combination of warmth and coolness to create the feeling of winter being cold and damp outside in the snow but warm inside next to a fireplace.  Use the energy that you feel from the colors in this painting during the winter season.  Happy Holidays! 

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“What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the winter time. It is as the little shadow that runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.” – Crowfoot

As the time changes back, autumn surrounds us.  The nights are longer and darker, and the earth is preparing to hide for the winter.  Flowers vanish, it’s time to hibernate.  I love to inhale the golden hues that violate the atmosphere. Bronze and cinnamon shades spread across the trees as the maple sun inches into the horizon.  What a perfect recipe for a painting!  The colors bring warmth to my soul.  Something magical happens when autumn visits, it brings inspiration and tranquility.  Reach into your soul and find your inspiration this season!

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"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything." - Plato

As a musician gives birth to a song, so does a fine artist to a painting. A paint brush is the breath of life to a canvas, cultivating an imagination and bringing all the elements together in unity. Just as a song takes form in melody and rhythm, the vibration of colors on a canvas begin to take form and blossom into an array of emotions. One can interpret each stroke of color and placement of shapes into their own experiences, bringing a fresh perspective to another eye.

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“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson   

This painting is named “Bridge” for the simple reason that there is a dominant white path way through the middle of the piece. In thinking about pathways, in life and art we sometimes find ourselves at a crossroad between decisions. Some decisions easily made and others require more thought and energy. Always finding the right path is a challenge. In art, following your instincts is a good path to creating art from your soul. Decisions on colors and methods easily fall into place as you begin to trust your soul’s intentions. My method of painting is to practice creating without judgment of my own work. It has been a journey of progression that is constantly evolving. My artwork is the result of the evolution of learning to trust my creative instincts.

Find your path and trust it.
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“Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.” – John Meada    

Making the decision to simplify our lives is the first cornerstone to actually starting the process. It is definitely a process and not something that we expect to complete as a task in one day. Creating a complicated, even stressful life took probably years to build.  But there is hope. If simplicity is what you desire that is half the battle. It is important to note that in a frenetic state of mind our concentration suffers. We are running around making mistakes, wasting energy and not really thinking clearly. Slowing down your thoughts and actions or simplifying is actually more productive because you will regain composure and be able to prioritize what needs to be done first. When we take time to breathe it replenishes our thoughts, reduces stress, and we see the big picture more clearly. As a result we get more accomplished in less time. If you make the decision to simplify, and commit to it, incredible things will happen.
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