Thursday, March 31, 2011

Day 90 3 months of creating daily!!!

OMG.. I can't believe I made it this far. It has been an amazing ride and not only can I see an improvement in my Art, but my day does not feel complete unless I have made something.
Work was good but felt the affects of the Mercury retrograde...
Mercury Retrograde
I am a quarter of the way there...
Let the planets go in reverse, it won't stop me!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Day 89 Spring... where?

Woke up again at 6 and saw the sun rise but was slow no pictures.  But It made me happy.
I always loved sunrises because they give you hope for the day, you get to start clean and fresh. And spring. Ah but it was just an illusion ... as outside it was COLD! more like freezing. Ugh and now talk about snow - again.
Today's painting though simple implies a lot. A sentiment, a feeling, pride, gratefulness. And you choose which one describes your feelings. Today its Pride for me. Tomorrow is day 90. Need i say more?

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Day 88 Diving in

Today was a day of revelations of sorts.  I saw that I am really strong mentally and also getting there physically. It felt good and freeing.
Oceans of Fantasy ;)
I am swimming in seas of happiness.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Day 87 Going through the motions.

I have been creating faithfully for 87 days straight. But this last week I have trouble being inspired. Of course in the end something clicks and I get a spark, but it feels like I am just going through the motions. To just get the goal of the day. It could be simply that I am tired, or stretching myself too much. But I have so much energy and I want to do so many things that sometimes 24 hours simply are not enough!
Had breakthroughs in other areas of my life though :)
tears of joy
Not only that but there are changes all around. I know I have been mentioning the word change a lot lately, but I know that a lot of you sensitives out there are feeling them too. I am still working on going with the flow.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Day 86 More lessons learned

So I open up, I trust, I give things a chance. And I am pretty sure once again I was let down. Sure I give chances but my gut knows, it always does. So do I stop trusting? taking chances? *sigh
once again
Time will tell.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Day 85

Feeling a bit all over the place, I just let the colors take charge and express themselves. They proved me wrong as they turned out really vibrant.
tie dyed
   A good closing to the day.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Day 84 Flowing

The beginning of the week I struggled with many things in many areas of my life. I know I spoke about the changes that have been trickling down. Well many of these I don't have any control over. All I have control over is to do my paintings, show up at work, put in the time, respond to messages, make the phone calls, exercise, sleep. But I have no control over other people's thoughts or feelings are. I have no control over their reactions. So when I saw that the beginning of this week was starting on the wrong foot I put a stop on it. I said enough. I had to dig deep to let go of the control ... I know I am a slow learner but I learn-eventually. So I said- screw this. (yes raising my hands to God) you take over because I can't deal with it anymore, as I am making it really messy. I promise I will go with the flow. It is what it is. Lit a candle, said Thank you.. and went on with my week. Two days later I saw the changes. They have been small and would not be noticeable if I wasn't paying attention. And today was a really good day.
It was a good day
Now I have to stay focused and stay out of my way. Just let it be and see what happens.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Day 83

Loooong day today. And cutting it close again...
The pain
I just let my hand draw- wasn't thinking about it. This is the end result.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Day 82

Running behind schedule... LOL but got the painting in just in time!
It was a good long day. Missed the sun...

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Day 81 Gold Star

Completed my 30 day challenge on the Active Wii. Now some may laugh at this, or find it infantile, but for the artistic girl who was never athletic and the last time she had attempted to do a squat heard her knee crack and gave up it has been a major accomplishment. It makes me feel, dare I say.. ATHLETIC!  As an Ex-teacher who loves positive reinforcement I believe I deserve a gold star. But not any gold star... I want one that you see twinkling in the sky :D
Camera was not cooperating -again, so phone cam shot.
Don't care for this paper now either or the koi colors.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Day 80 Out of focus

Sometimes things happen in your life that throw you off balance and you lose focus. Just like a camera when things are too busy or too shinny. I had that visual effect while recovering from my hand injury.  But sometimes out of focus can help you see the balance in things. For example, if you want to make sure you have placed your Christmas tree lights evenly, just squint your eyes...or remove your glasses of you are near sighted.
And sometimes looking at the beautiful round balls of light that blend into each other just make you feel happy just like champagne bubbles.
Super moon out of focus
Out of focus

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Day 79 Something sweet

Maybe its the Super Moon. Maybe its Spring. Maybe its the shifts all around. I can't stop the changes, and I have a headache from trying to.
Still a huge moon tonight
Sis made cupcakes again. This time for the parents who were going to a dinner. She changed the icing to a frosting... i prefer the cheesecake one she makes because its thicker, but this tasted light and fluffy. The colors are because of the Greek Independence Day celebration - the parade was today.
so inspired by these i dedicated the painting to the cupcake.
and of course non were left to eat :(

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Day 78 Supermoon and breakthroughs

I am ready for the next level. It's tiring repeating the same cycles  over and over again. Enough. So I am finally getting it. It's taken awhile but I have always been a late bloomer.
Tonight the moon was big and bright and a supermoon! 
Supermoon  3_19_2011
Even though the timing is iffy,supermoon says "changes are welcome"

Friday, March 18, 2011

Day 77 First sings of Spring

A gorgeous day in Philadelphia. Temps were in the 70's and sunny. I saw the first signs of spring- little buds on the trees. I love it! It was a nice touch to my work day. I realized that now the changes are trickling down into that territory and though I was expecting it to happen I guess I was surprised by the timing aspect. But with weather like this, who cares?
First signs of Spring

I hope the weather keeps up.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Day 76

Sneaking my painting in while company is in the house ;)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Day 75 Relaxing

Ughhhh Wii active was tough today. I don't think I have ever done so many squats in my life! So tonight as I was relaxing after dinner I decided to paint the things that just were so comforting.  A cup of jello and a cup of hot tea with honey and lemon.
now just relaxing until bedtime.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Day 74 Taking charge

I am so affected by what is going on in the world. Everything seems like a scary movie. Earthquakes, tsunamis and now Nuclear Reactor Meltdowns?  It is tough to not think of the images that are flashed on every station. Yet in the midst of all that chaos, you see compassion, patience and hope. And that is what I am focusing on. Hope.
New Beginnings
My camera decided it didn't want to take a picture of this, so this is courtesy of my lovely blackberry curve.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Day 72 "allowing happiness"

Daylight Saving. Spring ahead. 1 hour less sleep... more sun. I only slept 5 hours (barely). But I saw the sunrise and it was spectacular. Day was nice, work was good, and who doesn't love spending time with friends and loved ones.  While at work I was contemplating the past week that was full of emotions and learning experiences, when across the street I saw these 2 bright star like balloons, one in green and one in red. Being a windy day they danced around and watching them my heart felt lighter. I realized that it was a message for me to just be light and let go... be free but grounded. Perfect ending to my week.
looks like a painting !
By the time I was done with work the balloons were gone.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Day 71 "sure footed"

Ups and downs.  I guess this will be considered a down in my life. Following the week I had I was trying to focus today. Apparently the universe had other plans. A simple incident at work was translated as volumes in my mind, which of course spiraled down the rabbit hole of  circumstances, situations etc that made me feel the way I was feeling that specific moment. I tapped on it, which helped but kept on going back to that moment. And then I remembered... Unbalanced. Not mentally..NO. but physically and mostly emotionally. The Earth shook at one part of the world and it threw off its balance. So why is it a surprise when something shakes you as a person, you lose your balance?  I was in a (what I realize now) unhealthy relationship where I was giving and not receiving. For 6 mos I kept on falling down every other week. My knees have permanent scars cause I kept on falling on the same spot, over and over again. To answer your question- yes- once the relationship was over, the falling stopped.  A friend of mine who is now a Life Coach told me to keep saying to myself "I remain surefooted no matter how unstable the ground or my life  is a the moment, I can always find my balance"
I remembered I had snapped a photo of a sidewalk around my neighborhood. Philadelphia is notorious about the old brick walkways and in some areas streets. Talk about unstable ground...
Philadelphia Sidewalk
Uneven  ground
I painted it with the thought that when the ground is uneven, when life is unbalanced, when circumstances are unstable you remain sure footed and balanced.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Day 70 "grounded"

A rough day for the planet. Seems that mother earth is going through the same changes as most of us are with the change of the seasons. Yet our changes don't have such tragic results. At least not outwardly.
So I wanted to remind myself (and hopefully others) that staying grounded through the rough times pays off. My thoughts and prayers are out to all the families in Japan and areas that were affected by the Earthquake and Tsunami.
My feet with my sock slippers from Christmas on my  funky carpet. I thought it made a statement as it sort of looks like a bulls eye, or epicenter...yet here I am standing-feet firm on the ground.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Day 69

The weather was gloomy again with high winds and rain. Thinking about yesterdays post I imagined how leaves fall off trees during Fall... and how some people fall our branches the same way. Others linger longer and others just silently disappear.
Fall tree
I wonder if I will allow some leaves to linger on...

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Day 68 Finding peace

Today was one of those days where the sky was gloomy and my birdies were driving me crazy because spring is around the corner and they are making their mating sounds (emmy is and she is annoying Oscar who doesn't want to be touched so he screams) and realizing that some people never change no matter what comes out of their mouth. And I have to deal with the fact that I allowed the stories to continue. Funny how some events point out who are the people who truly love you and who just pretend. *sigh*  So I meditated a lot today, and realized I need green. So I painted leaves. I was a bit emotional as I was painting so... i just painted.
Green is a healing color and I made sure I surrounded my self in it today,  took a deep breath and finally let go of the source of my sadness.
Tomorrow is another day.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Day 67 Being made fun of

So... I am painting away, and working on a turtle when suddenly my sister and my friend Jamie started making fun of the turle calling it a "turtle bird and making  weird faces and making claws with their hands.... i had to take a picture LOL
Turtle Eating - aka Turtle bird
Anthee and Jaime acting out "turtle bird"
They think they are funny :P
I still like my turtle
Reference photo not shown here, courtesy of Andrea.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Day 66 Re-adjusting

Like getting used to the new year when you write down the date, same happens with the age. At least for me.  LOL. so today was spent re-adjusting my mental status, and then statuses around the web.. LOL i think i purposely missed a few LOL... i know.. funny..NOT!
Frosted window
It was a great first day of my 43rd year on this planet.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Day 65 Another Birthday goes by

I actually had a really good day even though I worked. Came home and spent time with my family and friends, had a delicious dinner and watched a couple of movies. And I did my painting.
Self Portrait - watercolor
I enjoyed painting this halfway, and then it hit me that its me I am painting.. and down the drain It went. LOL. It looks like me but I am not happy with how the colors blended. Regardless, you can tell its me and that is what matters LOL. Will re- try in a few months to check improvements. And I hope by my next bday to be at a different level :D

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Day 64 Another year goes by

Time confuses me as everything seems to go slowly and at the speed of light at the same time. Tomorrow is my birthday. I learned a lot this year and I hope that I have evolved into a more well rounded person. :)
Today I decided to paint the lilies sis and I got the other day. I thought they were fitting with yesterdays news, and the hope that this year will bring happiness, health and prosperity.

lilies -watercolor

Friday, March 4, 2011

Day 63 Mixed up feelings

Today was interesting day. I felt not so good.. and then I heard of 2 deaths, both totally unexpected. And here goes the spiraling down of emotions. And this is what was expressed on paper.

Feelings ~ water color

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Day 62 Finding the Humor

Long day, and annoyed with people.. so decided to find something funny to paint.
The picture that my sister sends me anytime I get down...

Aliki Vougiouklaki - "Ena Asteio Koritsi" (a funny girl)
One of our favorite Greek movies.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Day 61 Fitting everything in

Spring Bouquet
Running out of time.. 24 hours sometimes don't seem enough.
Today I painted Mel's Flowers.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

2 months!!! Day 60

I cannot believe that it has been 2 months that I have been creating everyday. As yesterday's post mentioned, this has totally changed my life so far, putting many parts of my life in order and perspective. It is exciting to learn something new, but most important letting go of the perfection and just doing.
Today was a gorgeous day,and little glimpse of spring that is just around the corner.I love spring.
Spring Just around the corner ~ watercolor
hope the weather holds up.