Mid- February in Need of Color

For many years, February hasn't always been my favorite month.  It's a grey-brown month here in St. Louis and I pull out my garden books and do a little dreaming, a little planning.  I think it's because I'm so thirsty for color and green.  This is a floral I painted for my 2012 calender.  I think home grown flowers look best in Blue Ball jars.   

 Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, 
wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; 
there is really no such thing as bad weather,
 only different kinds of good weather. -- John Ruskin

I've copied this quote as much for me as anyone.  Weather does effect me I'm sad to say.  If I see the sunshine in the morning, for some reason my breakfast tastes better and I'm in lighter spirits.  Oh how I wish my moods weren't effected by the seasons, the rain, the dull cold days.  It's a challenge some days to persevere.  But I think that we all have the challenge to not let circumstance -- be it  weather, traffic or even a mosquito bite ruin our day.  This quote reminds me to see my life like weather.  There are just going to be changes -- and really some of the best things in life have come from what I thought were awful.  So the challenge is to get through February not with my head held down counting the days, but up and looking to see and find the good in the day and even in the brown and grey. 

My Poster!!!!

I made this print from one of my favorite watercolors and a passage from the Bible that has truth no matter what your belief system. I do believe what you think about day after day definitely plays into your moods and response to life's day to day monotony and even surprises.

Whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely or admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - THINK ON THESE THINGS!!!! 
Philippians 4:8

I look at this print and the words remind me to reset my thinking and the watercolor flowers help me to see beauty and change my perspective for the moment. When I've been churning the negative in my head for hours it is time to look up and choose something different to think about.. even if it starts with,

"I will think about this lovely pink peony... the fact that I had a meal today that I didn't have to worry about obtaining... I then think of my friend who called me today and made me laugh... "
you get where I'm going.

Size of the paper is 13"wide x 19" high with the watercolor in the middle with 1.5 inch border around. ETSY link here.

2012 Calender

I've put together a beautiful calender for 2012 with twelve of my favorite floral watercolors.  I think this is my favorite one yet.  You can click here, my Etsy shop to purchase or you can always contact me directly here if you prefer.  I hope you like it!!!

 August 2012

Calender Details: Size 8.5" x 5.5", 12 month calender with front and back cover.  $18.00 - which includes shipping!!!

Mrs. Kasper's Roses

Don't tell Mrs. Kasper, but I didn't LOVE this painting when I did it 6 years ago.  But after a computer crash scare, I found it, hidden file within file.  And you know what, I kinda like it now.  We artists can sometimes be the harshest critic of our own work.

Rule #I (established years ago, by the way).  If I hate, don't toss it.  Put it away until my emotions settle and that awful internal critic in me is asleep.  Always get back to it.  Because you'll find with fresh eyes, it's not as bad as you thought.  It never is.  Isn't this true of so many things?

Master Gardener

"Just as a gardener cultivates his plot, keeping it free from weeds, growing the flowers and fruits, which he requires,
so may a man tend the garden of his mind,
weeding out all the wrong, useless and impure thoughts, and cultivating toward perfection the flowers and fruits of the right, useful, and pure thoughts. 

By pursuing this process, a man sooner or later discovers that he is the master gardener of his soul, the director of his life. 

He also reveals, within himself, the laws of thought, and understands, with ever-increasing accuracy,
how the thought-forces and mind-elements operate in the shaping of his character, circumstance, and destiny." 
 – James Allen As A Man Thinketh