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“Gratitude”


Gratitude

“Gratitude”

It is so interesting to me that just by simply being grateful, one is able to move themselves closer to a healing state, able to remove stress, attract prosperity, calm themselves down, come out of depression, be joyful and even affect others in a positive manner.

http://heartmath.org has done some amazing research into understanding the heart and it is so inspiring for me because I see such great potential in not only helping and healing ourselves and our loved ones, but I see great potential in healing other people, blessing others, lifting others up…and why wouldn’t we? 

My dad and mom raised 9 children, in those days there were many large families and I am so happy and thankful that I was raised in this one. Some of the things that I remember my dad teaching us is to always be kind and caring, loving and compassionate, sharing and respectful.

He always taught us that we are all human beings, all made the same and that we all deserve to have the best life possible. That’s what I remember, that is what I took away from my childhood, in a time when racial discrimination was still alive he made a point of teaching us that was not acceptable.  It was a time when we didn’t lock our doors, we didn’t even take the keys out of the car. We trusted and we were trustworthy. We were grateful for what we had and felt as rich as could be when my dad came home with groceries. 🙂 Oh what joy.

My parents grew up during the “great depression.” Times were more than tough back then, many families sent their children off to orphanages because they couldn’t afford to raise them. I remember my mom telling us about how there was no sugar available here and so people just went without (I now know that having no sugar is a blessing.) She told us how the poor had to eat whole wheat bread and the rich ate white bread. Time sure have changed.

When I was growing up I thought that our family was the only family who was “poor” and that idea didn’t even come into my mind until I started going to school, children will say the darndest things and I was so tender hearted (still am) that I took it all in. I think it makes sense that ,because we are social beings and we have mirroring neurons, we are affected by those around us whether positive or negative. 

In my family growing up, I remember that we were grateful (as grateful as children can be) and I am still grateful to this day no matter what. I feel as though I am among the wealthiest on this planet.

I know that out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. So I make a point of speaking gratitude, speaking love, speaking compassion, speaking joy, speaking health; try it if you haven’t already and see how your heart and life becomes overgrown with such an abundance that you cannot help but give it away.

I just wanted to share my painting and some of my thoughts (I could go one forever) on my parents, my life and gratitude.

I also want you all to know that I am writing my blog posts with very little editing so please forgive the errors. If I started editing I would never share anything since it takes so much time for  me to do so.

As my Instagram [heatherdawnkemp ] says, this is “me, as is, the real deal, always living to do better, love more, understand more.”  

This painting is 36 x 48 inches oil on canvas. I see this painting as a testament of love, gratitude, abundance, prosperity, family and value for all the lives we encounter daily. Love is the key.

Where do I envision this piece you might ask? In a beautiful dining room where it can be most appreciated is my first thought, it was created to reside in that special place where Gratitude is paramount in honor of my dad. 

Enjoy your life, take time for your precious self, love others and wow the world.

hugs ❤

Imaginal Cells/ Transformation


10 x 10 inch

Lately I have been going though many changes. I mean there are some things that are difficult to come to terms with, like a cherished belief, letting go of a lifelong habit, removing some favorite, yet not so good things out of my life. These things are hard to do, but I have found that they are usually for the better; I mean I usually find that after the turmoil and struggle, I can see how the whole incident was a fruitful one.

I have read that unless a seed falls to the ground a plant cannot grow (paraphrased from the Bible). It is so true that in order to grow sometimes one has to fall, become nothing, become no one, become empty.

I had taken 15 years off from myself and became someone else in order to home-school my children, be available for many not-for-profit services, and attend to the extensive, and at times, urgent needs and wishes of many other people in my life. I had to put myself on hold or just allow myself to become a servant for many years. Although I often struggled internally with that (even unknowingly) I still had to remind myself often that this is what I HAD to do for my family and my commitments elsewhere. I can hold my head up and say that I did the best I could in any given situation and I always tried to do what was right (or what I thought was right). I didn’t always do well, I often made huge mistakes, but deep down I can honestly say that I did my best. My heart and intention were in the right place. However, even so, the results were not always what I had envisioned or hoped for.

While I was homeschooling, one common subject in elemenatry school was the study of butterflies and their life cycle. As most parents, we purchased some chrysalis that were ready to hatch so that we could see this whole amazing event, and it WAS amazing.

One thing I didn’t know at that time was the deeper truth about this transformation. I only learned about it in the last year. This is the subject of imaginal cells. I am in such amazement of the imaginal cells that I actually can see how I have been going through much the same process and have even included that into my website’s artist’s statement. http://heatherdawnfineart.com

Well the story of imaginal cells, as told by me 😉 is that the cells of the caterpillar (while in the chrysalis) “think” that they are being invaded and attacked, these cells start to protect themselves from the cells of the butterfly by killing the butterfly cells so that those cells do not take over. But after some time, the caterpillar cells cease to kill the butterfly cells and allow the butterfly to grow. Well this is so interesting and such a deep subject that I am using this metaphor in my new work. I’ve been experimenting with some new things and I am using layers to achieve my desired effect. 

I’m including a painting of a butterfly to signify that there is new work in the making. This is such a joyful yet somewhat scary transition. I am going to enter my new work into a competition so it will be some time before I post any photos of that. Currently I need sponsors and patrons so that this work can continue. If any of you have insight into how I am able to connect with people who love the arts and would like to help in any way, I would appreciate it if you could send a message to me on how to do this. 

Thank you so much for always being so loving and encouraging.

I am so grateful and thankful for all that I have and for all of you sharing my work with others. You are so very special. Thank you.

 

Vessel of Light


Bowl of Light

“Vessel of Light”

Hand formed and carved ceramic bowl Made in 2004

I often ask myself, and I encourage you to ask the same, “am I being a vessel that bears light or darkness, love or hate, peace or fear, health or disease?

About 30 years ago I had discovered that who or what you spend time with rubs off. In other words we emulate and even physically, emotionally and spiritually change to become like those we spend the most time and energy with. We know this is true because we have proof, for example, when we look at programs that help people break free from addiction, one of the first things they teach is that the addicted person can no longer hang out with the same people who shared in their addiction in any way, they also have to get rid of any “triggers”, anything that reminds them of the activity that was familiar and linked to the addiction (s). We see this in commerce where the sales team are told that if they want to be millionaires, then they have to start hanging out with millionaires. 

Beyond the obvious, we also know that we have the power to physically change matter just by speaking or thinking. A Japanese scientist and photographer, Masaru Emoto, proved that we alter matter by how we speak. He did this when he took water and spoke hatred and angry words to the water, he then froze the water and took photographs of it under a microscope. The form of the water looked like unstructured blobs. He then spoke loving and positive words to water (from the same source as the previous) and conducted the same steps of freezing and photographing it. This time the water had magnificent crystalline shapes which were beautiful to behold. 

Today I would like to point out that we humans are made up mostly of water, what kind of effect do you want to have on your body and mind? What kind of effect do you want to have on the minds and body’s of those around you? How are you allowing other people to affect you and those that you love?

This is a very short and very simple explanation of something that has been on my mind and heart for a very long time. I desire to spread this great news in more detail soon.

…whatever is true, whatever honorable, whatever is right, whatever pure, whatever lovely, whatever of good report, if of any virtue, and if of any praise, think on these things. Ph. 4:8 

We are all connected, we are all affected by each other. I say it’s high time we realized the power of our words and thoughts and that we start being the change we want to see in the world.

Best to all of you. Love and kindness. ❤ 

Thanks for stopping in and for your encouragement. 

 

 

Keeping My Promise


It’s a great day (well it is after 8 now so I guess it’s night). But I am keeping my promise to write or share something every week.

Today I quickly share what I am working on. This painting is a 36 x 48 inch oil painting on canvas.

There is still quite a bit of work to do but I am so happy with it so far. I love, love, love when I receive so many inspirations, it just confirms that I am so wealthy and I can share that wealth, and I do, with anyone who is looking, listening. 

Even though I am still working on this one I sometimes do updates on Instagram, heatherdawnkemp ,so if you want you can follow me there. I like the blog though because it gives me an opportunity to talk a bit about what’s going on.

I saw a quote today and I feel that it is good to share whatever comes my way, so here is the quote:

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” 

Rainer Rilke 

Here it is…drum roll… 😉 my new WIP ( work in progress) 

 

 

 

Hello, What’s New? It’s Good to See You!


Well hello, what’s new with you? It’s good to see you here! I am looking forward to hearing from you. I am seeking to hear back from you, in the comments, please share at least 1 thing that you are grateful for in your life right now.

 Let me tell you a short story. Years ago when I was a single mom I worked two jobs and was raising two children on my own with no financial support. One day we were invited to some friends house to dinner and someone said to me “Something must be suffering in your life.” He was talking about the fact that I had to work two jobs, raise my girls, and take care of our home, our finances, our bills, our health, our food preparation and so on, by myself, and he was so right, something was suffering. I could not handle it all so very well, not so very efficiently but what I did was handled the most important things first. I made sure my girls knew that they were loved, I made sure that I spent time with them and that when I was working, they were well taken care of. I made sure that we had food on the table and that we were not sick. I did the very best that I could do at the time.

 The reason that I am telling this snippet of a story is because I have let this blog slide a bit by not posting often and, to me, that means that I have let you down as well. I apologize for doing that and I promise that I have made a commitment to write something or share a photo or two on here every week. I am committing to being here, not trying to do it all at once, to share something that I believe will be of benefit to you. I am here for you. I may be sharing a quote, a short and sweet word, a photo of what’s happening in my life or something else that I find inspiring or a video link. This blog is now going to be a place where you can feel a little or a big lift.

 I intend to speak (write) as I do to my own family, to share love, helpful information that will inspire you, health information that will boost you and of course my artwork painted with love.

 YOU are special, you are worthy, you are enough, you are important.

 Today`s photo that I am sharing is of the Hibiscus plant flowering in my dad`s atrium…what a joy to see these flowers in the middle of winter like this. Plants are very healing to us in many ways; living in a climate where it gets pretty cold and white, I like to visit some of the greenhouses here and spend sometime with the plants, it lifts the heart for sure. So try it, even if you are not in a winter wonderland you will notice the benefit of plants by getting to a place where they are in abundance. If you are in the city, visit a greenhouse, a florist or even the local store where they sell cut flowers…and do what the song says …stop and smell the roses, (Oh my this is a song from my childhood…see how powerful our words are? They affect us for years.) 🙂

hibiscus

Photography & Paint


Oh my it has been a long time since I posted on here…it kind of feels like being away from home…have I bitten off more than I can chew? I don’t think so, I think it is just a matter of getting into a flow and I am certain that will happen soon.
Today I want to share a little of what has been happening with me. I have had a few commission paintings and a few photography sessions…well in between that I have been plein air painting and working on some of my own pieces; oh I have a long list of art shows that I am going to create and that is so exciting for me!

I also have been doing ALOT of courses on mentoring, health and painting.
Still my most all time favorite pass-time is being with my family & friends.

Today I decided to start a SmugMug website https://heatherdawnfineartphotos.smugmug.com/ for photography… and I recently I started a FASO website for paintings http://heatherdawnfineart.com …and the third website has yet to have work added…it is my Daily Paintwork website (I will tell you more about that as I get it up and running) I hope that this will simplify things for me in the end because it is like organizing….right? 🙂

There is much more to come and I have been working hard, so I want to say thank you so much for being patient and staying with me through all of my figuring out things.

All the best to all of you as you continue on your journey.

I will check in soon for updates.

Drive-By

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Wallpaper Paintings


As long as I can remember I have absolutely loved different types of papers, textures, cards and books. When I was younger I would spend as much time as I was able to inside the store looking at and touching all of the greeting cards. While I was attending Art College one of my favorite places to be was in the college’s art supply/bookstore selecting out art supplies. They had sample books with paper samples in it; that was just something that I liked doing. Another favorite place for me is the hardware stores, I know funny…but the smell of wood just catches me in a nostalgic way and I could linger strolling through a hardware store forever. They also have samples of paint and wallpaper…oh my wallpaper is so rich. I don’t really like wallpapered walls, but wallpaper itself is fun to experiment and play with; when I say play I mean to collage with it or paint on it. I have a few rolls of different types of wallpaper that I have been collecting over the years and finally decided today that I would like to paint on pieces to see what effects I can get. Of course one of my favorite subjects to paint is the human face. I plan on painting many quick sketches on pieces of this beautiful textured wallpaper and then after it is dry my plan is to mount select ones onto these walnut framed panels that I have. I have a feeling this project might take some time but I think it is well worth it. The photo of the painting below is my first “Wallpaper Lady” which I did today.
I painted it in oils and my colors are Titanium White, Raw Umber, and a touch of Phthaloe Blue in some areas. The subject is from an old black and white (sepia colored) photograph by Julia Margaret Cameron from the 1800’s

Vintage Wall Flower

Commissioned


I’ve heard many artists say that they “don’t like commissions” but for me, it has become a huge welcome. A commission is not just money in the bank, it is an awesome opportunity to connect with people, it is also a chance to be challenged to create something that someone else wants. I love the interaction with people and am blessed to have requests for commission paintings.
I took photographs of the stages from this commissioned portrait because, for me, that is such an exciting part of what I do. I absolutely love seeing the painting emerge from the canvas. I also am posting a photo of my limited palette.

I’m looking forward to helping you own your commissioned portrait of a milestone in your life or as a celebration of the ones you love.

Enjoy 🙂 thanks for always being here!

Lara

palette

stage 1

stage 2

stage 3

stage 4

stage 5

stage 6

stage 7

Loose & Quick


There will be more daily quick and loose works coming soon; I intend on making this a daily practice to improve my skills. Plein Aire season is starting so that will be a good motivator.

This weekend I will be painting live at Airdrie Alberta, Genesis Place Gymnasium with the Airdrie Arts Society for “ARTWARS” a friendly competition, people’s choice award. See the poster below.

Cheryl
This is painted from life, she sat for 2 hours with breaks.

Cherly Vogue  5 x 7

This was painted from a photo that I took (what a fun day) and the painting took an hour.

aRTWARS

This is the poster of what is happening for me this weekend.