I’m looking back at my half-century of instaposts (horizontally, as I’ve done my back in..) and found this video which claims to have been viewed 2.3 million times. We love a bit of circularity. It’s a natural consequence of living and being: apply a force to a thing and it starts to go round; in this universe, at least. Perhaps something about the art of the circle keeps us minded of how utterly we belong here: we were built for this and only this existence. Or do we just like to see someone writing on a plate?
There's something MAGICAL about finding a good creative flow. That magical moment when a 'work' turns into 'art'. It's loving you and your loving it right back!
Those are the moments that define my success. When it's not about making money or recognition. It's only about soul. I am fulfilled! For now.....
GIVEAWAY! This is my first ever giveaway! I’m so excited to gift one of you this original 6”x6” oil on paper AND the 12”x15” acrylic frame it’s pictured with!
All you need to do is...
* follow me @melodyjoyart * tag a friend you’d like to say Merry Christmas to * repeat as many times as your little fingers can handle ;) Winner will be announced tomorrow evening 12/12/ at 8pm EST
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This was the color study that prompted me to test out all my blacks and grays. You can see the blue that started to appear under the ranger Black. Sometimes I like this effect but this time I didn't want it. Now I know which colors to use next time!
“Beautiful Scars”, Oil on Canvas. 16 x 20.
Sorry in advance for the long post. Bear with me.
This painting is particularly special to me because it is a self portrait about a topic I don’t really discuss. Over 6 1/2 years ago, I was in an abusive relationship and found myself devaluing my worth. I started to believe what one person told me, was my truth, until one day a voice spoke to me, and told me enough is enough. It was a difficult transition, and in this time I felt lost and stopped doing what I truly loved, painting.
Fast forward to today, and I am so grateful for all the blessings, love and support I have been lucky to receive. You all know who you are, and I cannot tell you how much you mean to me.
I’m thankful this year because I decided to not only start painting regularly, but also summoned the courage to share my work with all of you. It’s really scary to put your work out there because you never know what the feedback will be, but I can say that this has been an incredibly positive experience. I’ve always had a dream of owning my own business and I finally decided if I was going to take this leap, I needed to do it now and I have no regrets. I feel like I have found my voice again and even though there have been some pretty bumpy times, I will keep moving forward and not lose my enthusiasm and determination.
Some advice I’ve learned this year comes from Steve Harvey, yes you heard me, Steve Harvey. Know your gift. Be clear about your vision. Stop telling your big dreams to small-minded people. Surround yourself with other dreamers.
I’m not sure where this journey will take me, but I thank you all for your support.
HOPE // Words of wisdom for the day, “Stay positive and happy. Work hard and don’t give up hope. Be open to criticism and keep learning. Surround yourself with happy, warm and genuine people.” This encaustic 8x8 available @zb_gallery thru January.