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?
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.
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.
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.
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.