Thursday, November 4, 2010

houses...contrasts, thoughts and accomplishments

acrylic & resin on canvas
18" x 18"

To say that life has been a little stressful complicated lately, would be an understatement.  But, at the same time things are really great.  I have two shows next week.  This is one of my new originals for the's a little bit different for me.  I'm really happy with the way that it came out.  It's using a layering technique that I'm showing my students in the Paint Free class

I'm really looking forward to having some time off to do some more paintings like this one.  Because it was a lot of fun!  I would love to loosen up enough to paint my girls like this...wouldn't that be interesting?

With my schedule lately, it's been very easy to get so wrapped up in the stress contrasts of life, that I forget the important things.  One of my students wrote this in an email the other day...and it really made me sit back, think and be extremely grateful for my life.

"BTW... I'm so proud of you Wyanne! Take a quick moment to step back and reflect on 10 years ago... where were you...and did you EVER your wildest would be surrounded by hundreds if not thousands of fans...producing yummy artwork that gets gobbled up as soon as it's available...teaching hundreds of anxious artists to be confident and at home with their art and themselves? At one point... I feel sure of it... YES! You had the vision... Cause now... It's Here...It's Now...and It's Alive! So proud of You!"

I don't know about the hundreds or thousands part, or the gobbling up...but wow...thinking about the journey these past 10 years is amazing.  A little over 10 years ago, I closed down two art galleries in Atlanta to pursue my own artwork.  I wanted stay home with my children, establish an Internet art business, and be able to support my family.  Wow, I did it.  Almost 5 years ago, I had visions of coaching artists with their creativity, moving to this beautiful island, and creating art.  I walked up the funky stairs at Blue Door gallery and thought, "I'd really like to be a part of this one day".  

I also remember thinking at the time, that "I might not be good enough" to be a part of Blue Door.  Maybe if I hadn't of thought the negative thought, I would had arrived there 2 years earlier.  But, that is hindsight.

My point is...don't get so wrapped up in the day to day, that you forget what you have already accomplished.  We tend to focus on how hard things are right now, that we forget all the great things in our life.  And every negative thought is just a roadblock in our journey! 

Think about where you were five, ten years ago...and look at where you are now.  I bet you've accomplished a lot more than you give yourself credit for.  Be grateful for all those accomplishments!  Revel in them!  And start setting new intentions for the future. 

I am.

Now that my kids are older, I'm ready to start traveling and teaching.  I get a little nervous thinking about it...because I wonder if I can be away from them for even a week.  But, I'd love to teach the Paint Free workshop in person. fabulous that would be.  Okay, Universe...I put it out there....

Here's a video for the new painting.  I hope you enjoy it.


 What have you accomplished that you are not giving yourself enough credit for?

Thanks to all of you, for being a part of making my dreams come true.  It's a pretty incredible life.

I love you,
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  1. This is beautiful Wyanne. I can't believe how much I love this painting. I wish I had done it. You are fabulous and have helped me more than you know.

  2. I love the inspiration and the beautiful creation..the colors are awesome and inviting...and fav..!

  3. This is fantastic continue to amaze & inspire us all. I am LOVING every minute of my classes!! Love & peace, Lisa

  4. I love your houses, it is a very happy piece. Different is good!

  5. Wyanne, you always have this way to blog about something that I need to hear. I'm putting stuff out there too and it's coming true.

    Love the freedom in this painting and can't wait to see more!

  6. Enjoying the wonderful painting and lovely message. All the best of teh show! :D

  7. Love Love! Really enjoyed the video! WAY inspiring:)

  8. oh my goodness. paint free workshop in person!?!?! YES YES YES. i will be there and i know just the place. ;-)

  9. I know you wrote this over a month ago, but I think I found this post when I most needed the reminder to remember how much I have accomplished in the past 5 years...5 years ago I did not yet have my art studio and certainly was not showing my work. Sometimes progress is slow, but little by little...Thank you for the reminder!


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