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J.J. said that “…freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose…”

To me freedom means that I can choose live (and love) unconditionally…some would say that’s not possible, maybe it’s not for some, but it is a great goal and I believe I am getting stronger and better at it everyday. 🙂

If I live unconditionally that means that no matter what is happening around me I will not allow it to steal my joy. My joy is not dependent on my circumstances. I can always reach for the thought that feels best to me in the moment and choose to stay the course, choosing one good feeling thought that leads to another good feeling thought; then I gather momentum with the good feeling thoughts, and then those thoughts actually turn to good feelings. (keep reading you will see my explanation below)

What I have been discovering is that when I keep that series of good thoughts going (momentum), then I keep the series of good feelings going as well and as a result it becomes easier and easier to ride that wave no matter what comes my way.

When I can find joy in the smallest things, it is then easier to pull out of a downward spiral; it doesn’t have to be something big to lift me into joy. I know that every time we think a thought that is good or happy or a thought of appreciation, then my brain (and yours) is creating chemicals that make me/us feel good, happy and appreciative. I also know that if I think a judgmental, bad, or negative thought that my brain makes chemicals that get me feeling that way too. The judgmental, negative thoughts are self destructive and that is why we want to be filled with compassion, love and joy because we want to, not only love ourselves, but love others as well and this is what the world needs most.

So knowing this is very empowering and knowing that we can train our minds and grow new neurological connections, moulding our mind, to be uplifting, loving and creative reminds me that we were given power, love and a sound mind.

It feels so good to love and encourage others and it costs nothing; don’t you agree?

This little painting is of a sparrow (another awesome symbol) in flight.
I have always loved birds and to hear them sing gives me such a sense of freedom and because of this I often listen to tracks of just birds signing while I’m painting…I’m as free as a bird 🙂 You can go to the link below to hear what I listen to.

Please click on my Vimeo account with that little icon in the bottom right hand corner; I would be so thankful if you commented and shared on there too because even though many have seen this video, it isn’t showing that on Vimeo. 🙂

Freedom, love and respect to you.

 

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Videos of Paintings


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Well I have been a busy bee painting and making videos. I am planning some online classes that I am going to launch soon. In the meantime I have been busily creating videos of paintings that I did some years ago. I recorded the videos because I had intended on doing these online classes all along but never got around to dong it.

You can contact me via my website. http://www.heatherdawnfineart.com

I am actually very excited about creating these classes and I am looking forward to seeing what kind of paintings I will do as well as the paintings my students will do.

I would really appreciate if my work could be shared.

Thank you so much.

Here is the link to the latest video on my channel:

 

Fall Paintings


Bragg Creek fall paint out


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Again another season gone…all too soon. Switching gears seems to take extra time in my world.

This fall I was very blessed to be able to take part in the Bragg Creek Plein Air Festival.

You can look up Bragg Creek online, it is a sweet place to be. The people are lovely and the art community is alive and well.

This weekend (October 6,7,8, 2017) is the opening show for the art that came from the cold, rainy, slushy, invigorating, paint out last weekend.

Here is the link: http://www.artcountrycanada.com/bragg-creek-plein-air-art-festival.htm

Happy Autumn to all of you!

 

Red Poppies


I have been working many hours to ensure that my artwork is visible in may places on the internet. One such place is Fine Art America. I am sponsoring this page to see if it will indeed make my painting available on the first page of the search for Red Poppies.

Won’t you help by clicking on my link to see if I am there? 

 

<a href=”https://fineartamerica.com/art/red+poppies+art” style=”font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;”>red poppies art art for sale</a>

 

Thank you so much for your support and for those of you who share, I am deeply grateful. 

 

Here is a detail view of a portion of my painting and my profile link. https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/heather-kemp/shop cropped-completed-poppies-in-oilcroppedforcard-2dsc_5495.jpg

#FASOrocks


I want to share my experience with my website provider FASO. Today I decided to rework my website and add a category of new work. Everything was going great until I made a huge error and messed up my entire website. I immediately asked for help from their Customer Support staff, and as usual I was helped right away. I usually choose one specific person to work with (a nice option to get to know the staff) her name is Becky. Becky makes you feel like you’re talking with a helpful friend and I like that. Not only did she immediately put everything in order, but because she perceived that I was experiencing some amount of stress so she helped by making the website categories the way I wanted  and she shared some links that will help me in the future. 

I have to say that I really appreciate all the support that I have received from FASO which really is valuable to me. 

They offer a 30 day trial and are always supportive in that area as well. Here is a link if you want to check it out.  http://faso.com/ref/62441 

Thank you FASO 

Visceral
Visceral

This is a result of my new work which I have been experimenting with. You can see  more on my page at https://heatherdawnfineart.com

Research and Experimentation


1-Emergence

Commitment and dedication are two words that I feel are synonymous with research and experimentation. I’ve decided to explore a new medium to work with, it is very stimulating for me and opens the floodgate of ideas.

The hours seem to evaporate in a day, a week and months…time is almost non-existent and dates which hold commitments and appointments appear all too quickly for me.

Meals, sleep, housework and all of life’s tasks tap, tap, tap on my shoulder, interrupting the flow of my creativity.  

“Soon”, I tell myself, “soon I will have completed a piece to my satisfaction…soon I’ll have resources to continue my research and then my attention can be more focused and less distracted with the mundane task of finances or all the other calls of everyday life.” “Then my attention can be on my work, family, remaining healthy and of course my research and creativity.”

Until then I spend as much time physically possible in the studio…after that I’m in my mind and dreams allowing the insight, the flow, the inspiration to carry me away in sleep for a few hours until the birds wake me up to a joyful beginning of another day which again slips by almost unnoticed.

My childhood dreams of creating… the peace compassion, love and joy found in that very serene space are my reality and I am filled to overflowing, urged to pour out the abundant quenching into a thirsty world.

That, to me, is ultimate. What image can I share??? Perhaps one of my experiments…this is a rough image but it gives an idea. I’ve done samples to see what I am able to do with my new found substance/medium. 🙂

I’m excited to share what I’ve been doing.

If anyone knows how I can obtain funding to enable me to work freely on my developments I would be so grateful to hear about it.

Thank you.

 

Precious Little Creatures Bring Joy Always


I find that if I start to feel overwhelmed or blue it’s a signal that I need to switch up my thoughts which, in turn, alters my mood.

One of my favorite audio recordings to listen to at those times is not jazz or dance music to change my mood…no, it’s listening to birds singing. I prefer to hear the common birds that I used to hear when I was a child playing outside. Chickadees, Robins, Meadowlarks, and finches were some of those birds. I will go online and find a soundtrack of those birds, then add the word `repeat`into the URL right before the dot com…that way I can listen for as long as I want. Here is an example: http://listenonrepeat.com/watch/?v=_uY0BmqmKdU#Birdsong%2C_Nightingales_Song%2C_Nature_Sounds

Even when I am painting in the studio and I have had enough of the noise that`s always in front of us…I will put this on and relax. The next best thing is painting outdoors.

For those who are living near me, I am offering a painting class. I have a nice but smaller classroom available to me at Aliki`s Art House. http://www.alikisarthouse.com/

Here is my poster for that class. flyer-forBird =minus ph number99

I am also offering a Flower Painting Class, same price, same method, same times, whichever one fills up first.

If you would love to have these great experiences, I would love to have you. I like to think that am quite easy to work with and learn from…give it a go, I`m sure you`ll be happy that you did and who knows, maybe more opportunities will come from this. 

Have a fantastic day all. 🙂