Thursday, May 20, 2010

the karma weekly giveaway #12 and SHINE....

acrylic & collage on canvas
20" x 24"
available at etsy

I realized the other day that I had not shown you this painting. I thought that was a bit unusual because I usually share all new paintings with you. Why not this one? And then I realized it was because it didn't have a video. I intentionally painted it without shooting video. Now, why would I do that? Because I wanted to let go and play....not worry about techniques, the right camera angle, or if it was even going to evolve into a desirable piece of art. Just paint for the pure satisfaction of feeling the paint gliding across the canvas.

Oh...and let me tell was so much FUN!!!

The painting is called, "Shine". It's about letting go and allowing your inner light to shine. To not be a wallflower, a copycat, or a shrinking violet. To trust your inner instincts and just be yourself. By being yourself, you shine because no one shines like you.

We are all different and unique individuals.

A fellow artist asked how I could teach and give away all my techniques, style, and tricks. She couldn't believe I wasn't bothered by other people painting like me. It was hard to explain to her, but it actually helps me to be a better artist. My brother in law owns a multi-million dollar wholesale furnishings company. He develops products, produces them and then sells them to retailers like Sundance, Restoration Hardware and others. Within months weeks days of debuting a new product, other companies are knocking him off. It used to bother him, then he realized it just made him more creative. Instead of worrying about everyone copying him, he concentrates on new brilliant ideas, and continues to blow everyone's mind. In a similar way, I try to do the same thing. I try to pull from inside and do what comes naturally. I've learned over the years that just allowing myself to have fun, play, and not me the greatest results. I don't know if I blow anyone's mind with my concepts, but on occasion someone does buy a painting or a giclee....and that is good enough for me.

But, how do we step out of our comfort zone and allow ourselves to shine? Well, first off you need to give yourself permission. Don't question yourself. Listen to your inner voice, and follow it. If you are wondering whether or not to do something....the answer is always YES! Just do it! And even if you end up botching something up...that's learned. It was a stepping stone to something GREATER!

I know that for a fact.

For this week's Karma giveaway, I'll be giving away a large 11" x 14" giclee of "Shine". Here's what you need to do:

Leave a comment on this post and your name will be entered. Only one comment per person, please. I'll use the random number generator to pick a winner the following Tuesday evening at 11pm EST. I'll announce the winner of the previous week's giveaway, and we will start the next giveaway. Just enter a comment below...and send lots of positive thoughts and prayers my way. That's all you have to do. And if you want to know more about the giveaway and how it came here. But need to leave a comment on this post to be entered in the current week's contest. :)

I'll pick a winner, next Thursday.

Next week, I'll also have a new video for you....I promise.

In the meantime...step out of your comfort zone....

Play, Create, Don't Stress, and Just Have Fun. Do that...and I promise...before you know'll be positively G L O W I N G!

Shine On....


PS. Due to some requests, I've extended the sale on the classes. All online classes are 15% off this week. The sale price is not posted, and will be refunded through PayPal. You can check out the classes here. (New classes will be announced soon, and there will be a 15% thank you discount on the new classes, if you have taken one of my previous classes).

PSS. Tokyo, our new Devon Rex monkey Dennis the Menace Yoda kitten is home with us now. Pictures soon...I promise.

PSSS. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.Pin It