Things to ponder • Things to implement
Create the life of your dreams
Questions from Louise Hay: Her Incredible Gift to All of Us
What shall I now release from my life?
What or who no longer works for me?
What am I holding on to that holds me back?
What thoughts or beliefs belong to the old me?
How am I being unloving to myself?
What do I believe that really works for me?
Am I ready to let go?
What is going on in my life that is terrific and wonderful?
Where am I being very loving to myself?
Where am I most content?
What do I want to bring to my life?
How do I want the next year to be?
Who do I want to bring into my world?
How do I want to look?
What image do I want to project?
How healthy do I want to be?
What changes can I make to feel healthier?
How prosperous do I want to feel?
What kind of world do I want to live in?
How much love am I willing to experience?
A Simple Little Project Escalated
Last month I received an email from someone I had met at a networking event several years ago. The subject line read, “help me fix my boo boo?” Renee explained that she had hung several antique bows that had belonged to her husband’s grandfather on a wall which had a faux finish. She had a party planned and thought a different look for the room was in order.
When she took the bows down and patched the nail holes she found she couldn’t match the faux finish. What began as a simple project escalated into an area about seven feet wide and five feet tall. My experience has been that it is next to impossible to touch up a faux finish. The tinted, translucent paint for faux finishes becomes darker with each coat. Unless you can stay within the confines of the damaged area the adjoining edges appear darker. Renee reapplied the base coat to the area in hopes that she could blend in the faux finish. That so seldom happens. As I saw it she had three choices:
1. Repaint the entire wall a solid color
2. Paint a solid color and apply a new faux finish
3. Have a mural designed to hide the “boo boo”
This couple was so fun to work with. When asked if they knew what they wanted. The wife looked her husband questioningly. He grinned and said, “Yes, but you won’t like it.” Hesitantly, she smiled and asked what his idea was. He replied, “Well, there’s a bathroom on the other side. I’d like to see a window with a woman taking a showing.” With a smile on her face she replied, “You’re right, I don’t like your idea.” So he looks at me and asked, “What do you think?” Oh boy, had to think quickly. Said I, “That might be more appropriate in the bedroom.” What a mischievous grin on that guys face.
Given the rural setting of their home I suggested a Colorado scene with 8-12 foot aspen trees flanking the area in question. The husband was a rock climber so I put a couple of climbers on the rocks. And to show you what a cool wife this guy has; she called one morning and asked if I could hide a nude in the mural. Something that wouldn’t be noticed unless coaxed to look.
In one of the last conversations I had with Renee she mentioned that they like to name characters in paintings so I dropped her an email to find out what the names were. Here is her response: “RE names: with a nod to our childhood, Highlights magazine, the climbers names are Gufus and Gallant. The wood nymph is really an Indian maiden (who knew?) named Little Bare. The furry animal is Marvin the Marten, and the bumblebee’s name is Dumbledore.
Oh, to live in a normal household…
I love the painting every day!
See if you can spot the characters in this short video. (Sorry I didn’t take a photo of the bee.)
Got questions or comments? – I’d love to hear them!
Silent Auction of Over 125 Original Paintings
My home town of Huntington, IN has an annual event to raise funding for the Arts in Education program sponsored by the LaFontaine Arts Council. Well over 100 canvases have been donated for JeFFFest on June 22, 2014. The silent bidding is held at Four Corners Custom Framing June 19-22, a fun, eclectic shop full of gifts for anyone on your shopping list.
Join the festivities on June 22. There will be Music by Eric Clancy Jazz, taste-size portions of fun food from area restaurants and The Fine Arts auction. Below are my entries. They could be the perfect addition to your kitchen or dining area.
“Red Pear” Mixed Media on Canvas
“Green Pear” Mixed Media on Canvas
We never know the love of the parent until we become parents ourselves.
Here is a real treat on Mother’s Day. Who doesn’t know the words to this song?
So beautifully done.
Somewhere Over The Rainbow – Tommy Emmanuel
“For I remember it is Easter morn,
And life and love and peace are all new born.” ~Alice Freeman Palmer
Have a Blessed Easter Everyone
No one does it quite like Anne Geddes