This is an Open Edition OOAK mounted reproduction of my original painting ‘Hope And Desires’, to this day, this is still one of my most popular paintings and really captures my little muse. I wanted to look back on what I wrote about this painting and it still holds true today, so I thought I’d share it again.
You can purchase your very own 12″x16″ Hopes and Desires HERE
Also available as an ACEO HERE
We have all experienced dream crushers in our life. Those people that think it is their job to inform us that are dreams are impractical or unrealistic. Growing up working for my parents at their small Inn in Victoria, I met many people, strangers really , the felt that it was up to them to tell me that my desire to be an artist was just plain silly.
‘Art is hobby’ one couple told my sixteen year old self as I poured them coffee for breakfast.
It is amazing to me, when I think back, at how many people told me this. It got to the point that I stopped telling people what I was studying or what my goals were.
Their comments did not changed my desire to be an artist but they did make me feel that it was perhaps a hopeless dream. After all, how do you BECOME an artist? Sure you can go to college and university but let me tell you a little secret, it is not much different there. My professors may have well been those people that I served at sixteen. They were actually teaching us that being an artist for a living was a crazy idea and not only THAT, but if you did manage to make an living as an artist, it must mean that you have sold out.
It is no surprise that I remained confused about my desire to be an artist for a very long time. Until I turned forty, actually.
What changed when I turned forty? I was able to turn off those dream crusher voices in my head and realize that the way to become an artist is to create art. As often as possible. End of story. There is no great mystery here. Maybe I am not making as much money as some one with a ‘real job’ but holey moley, I am doing something that I LOVE TO DO.
There is value in that.
There is joy in that.
There is something so SACRED about that.
The thing that makes me so crazy is that, as a parent, I work so hard to cultivate and encourage my children’s dreams and yet one person can come along and destroy it all with a few ‘helpful’ words. So remember, next time a young person tells you what they want to do with their life, just listen, bite your tongue if you have to. Don’t be a dream crusher, be a dream cultivator. *************************************************************************************************
The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way.
Desire is half of life; indifference is half of death.
It is a miserable state of mind to have few things to desire and many things to fear.
-Francis Bacon, Viscount St Albans
And now a photo of my muse 7 years later, still the same cheekiness, don’t you think?
12″x36″ mixed media painting on wood. This painting has 1.5″ deep sides and is available HERE
Ahhhh, summer is almost on us, what happened to spring, you ask? We don’t really have spring here. It goes from in the minuses last week to +26 this week. Crazy! But I am so glad for it, it has been a long winter. I look forward to filling my big glass vase with summer flowers. I love that vase. It was a wedding present and 20 years on, I still feel joy seeing it on the dining room table filled with flowers. It’s funny how some things can remain in our LOVE pile and others, well, lose favour. I am a bit of hoarder, I do not like giving away things, I love things, lots of things. What happens when you create a person who is very much NOT a hoarder? I watched Imogen go through her closet with the ruthless editing skills of a professional organizer and I resist her purge with my whole being. Are you sure you want to get rid of this? I love this, it looks so good on you. What happens when your kids are way more adult than you are? Its so funny because I am not really a sentimental person. I don’t look back a lot. Imogen seems like a sentimental person in so many ways and yet, she does not find sentimental value in ‘things’. I guess I really can’t expect to have her figured out if I haven’t got myself figured out yet.
…And I guess I better get a rubber storage bin, because there is no way in hell you are getting rid of THAT!
(I just might lose weight and fit into it.)
(LOL, don’t hold your breath)
Three new ACEOs in my Etsy shop. These three images are also available in larger embellished OOAK mounted reproductions but let me tell you, these miniature high quality reproductions look amazing when matted in a larger frame. Another thing that I like to do with these little ones is mount them on a blank greeting card ( purchased at Michaels or some other craft store). Attach with rubber cement (or some other adhesive that can be removed easily). They make great greeting cards that instead of being tossed away can be removed and then framed … a card and gift all in one … truly a ‘gift card’.
Buy yours HERE … oh, and did I mention that everything in my shop is 20% off!
Discover Your Genius
Uplift Your Spirit
Dahlias And Tea
Blossoms And Blessings
Available in my Etsy store … HERE (and 20%off too!)
The Blue Bird Carries The Sky On His Back
Enchanted Night Garden
Walk With Me
Images my be cropped to fit 2.5″x 3.5″ format. Large selection if ACEIS can be found in my Etsy Shop ( and they just happen to be 20% off right now … BONUS) GO HERE
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This is a 12″x16″ OOAK fine art reproduction on archival bamboo paper mounted on a 12″x16″ wooden stretcher. Inks are fully archival.
Sides are 1.5″ and are painted red. This mounted 12″x16″ fine art reproduction is a limited 1st edition of 50 . I make these individually and they are signed front and back and are ready to hang.
Smaller sizes and flat prints available upon request.
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This is a 12″x16”OOAK fine art reproduction on archival bamboo paper mounted on a 12″x16”wooden stretcher. Inks are fully archival. Each piece is individually made my me, hand signed front and back and further hand embellished by me, so no two reproductions are alike.
Sides are 1.5″ and are painted red. This mounted 12″x16”fine art reproduction is a limited 1st edition of 50 . I make these individually and they are signed front and back and are ready to hang.
12″x12″ mixed media painting on wood. This painting has 1.5″ deep sides that are painted red and gold.
This one is available HERE
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream an new dream
12″x16″ OOAK Limited Edition Fine Art Reproduction on wood. Each piece is individually made my me, hand signed front and back and further hand embellished by me, so no two reproductions are alike.
This reproduction is available in my Etsy shop. Go HERE
14″x14″ mixed media/encaustic painting on wood. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted red.
This painting is available HERE