Strong Women - we all know some. We all love one…. or more. A strong woman can move mountains. She can accomplish things that blow your mind. She can be the CEO of a company, and tuck a little child into bed after scaring away the monsters in the closet. A strong woman can be your best friend, your biggest advocate, and the backbone of your family. She will tell you the truth - in a loving way - even if it hurts. A strong woman knows how to be tough AND tender. She might drive you crazy, she might boss you around, but she will always have your back. We want to raise our daughters to be strong women. We want them to know that anything is possible and everything is achievable. We want our daughters to know when to back down and to know when to take a stand. We want our daughters to command respect, and to respect themselves enough to demand the right treatment from their partners, bosses and friends. This piece was commissioned last year by a dear friend of mine. It was a gift for a strong woman in her life who had made a tremendous difference to her. Just like in the paining, I raise my glass to the strong women out there "Here's to strong women - may we be one and may we know how to raise one!". P.S. - Look for details soon on a solo pop up show in New York City July 11 featuring Just Mary Designs Body Fab-YOU-lous line!!
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The Surtex Show
A while back I had a crazy idea…. what if my art could be used on different products? Could my paintings look good on a purse, or a tea towel, or a wall hanging? What about a picture frame, or stationery, or a journal cover? Would it ever be possible to have my designs leap off of the canvas and onto something sold in a store? What if….. And then I heard about Surtex. Surtex is one of the largest (if not THE largest) expo for art licensing. Art licensing is the pathway to having your art land on a product manufactured by a company and eventually purchased by someone in a store. As I began to investigate the world of art licensing, Surtex kept popping up over and over and over. So I decided to take a closer look.
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Now let me tell you, Surtex is a pretty big deal in the art licensing world. And it is quite expensive to be one of the several hundred artists exhibiting - all vying for the attention of some 7000 buyers who will pass through. I am not someone easily intimidated by a new adventure, but navigating the world of Surtex was quite overwhelming…. not to mention expensive. I began to consider the idea of collaborating with other artists who were like me - interested in testing the Surtex waters. Lo and behold, into my universe popped an incredible group called the Cultivate Art Collective. This collective started with a lot of like minded talented artists who were interested in the art licensing world. And 10 of us took the plunge together and registered to exhibit as a collective at the 2014 Surtex show - May 18-20 in New York City! I found my Surtex tribe - and wowza - these ladies rock! An example of a Surtex Booth[/caption] Amidst the pre show flurry of creating lots of fresh new art for the show, we have been working together to build our brand for the big show. Together, we are doing a fun blog hop today! We chose a“Sea” theme to be interpreted, re-imagined
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and beautifully designed by each artist to showcase their unique vision and creative talents. Our Blog Hop is a collaboration of these 10 diverse artists from the collective who will be exhibiting together at Surtex May 18- 20, 2014. So after you have checked out my Sea Themed Art please keep the Blog Hop Hopping and scroll down to the bottom of the post to find links to the other 9 fabulous artists! I hope you enjoy swimming through some lovely designs. And wish me luck at my Surtex adventure - I hope my art makes a *SPLASH*!!!
Stunningly Strange by Kaitlin Goodey https://stunninglystrange.com/blog/silly-sea-cultivate-art-collective RiztyDesign http://riztydesign.wordpress.com/2014/02/28/under-the-sea/ Diane Hunt Studio http://www.dianehuntstudio.com/sea---blog-hop.html Margaret Applin Designs www.margaretapplin.com/2014/03/cultivate-art-collectives-sea-art-blog-hop.html Tatyana Starikova http://www.tatyana-starikova.com/1/post/2014/03/cultivate-art-collectives-sea-art-blog-hop.html jami darwin http://jamidarwin.tumblr.com/post/78250924378/under-the-sea Robo Roku http://thiscreativelife.net/2014/03/art-scene-under-the-sea-with-cultivate-art-collective Aileen Tu Design http://aileentu.com/cultivate-art-collective-sea-art-blog-hop Rachelle Panagarry http://www.arteyecandy.com/2014/03/undersea-adventures-cultivate-art.html
I learned that I want to paint in amazing places - and explore them for long periods of time!
I learned that the beauty of the female form moves me.
I learned that music deeply resonates with me, and must always be a part of my life.
I learned that the sight of paint on my hands makes my heart thump.
I learned that running wild and free is of vital importance to me.
I learned that self connection is the key to all connection.
I learned that romance in my life is so very fun and energizing.
I learned to take little steps towards my big goals - layer by layer, piece by piece, I am building something amazing.
I learned that avoiding my studio means I am avoiding an emotional issue that I don't want to face.
I learned that creating with my hands is the same as connecting with my heart.
Click Here To Purchase[/caption] In six short weeks I will be packing my bags and heading to Lake Geneva to teach a class at the Creatives Celebrating Sisterhood Art Retreat. If you have never attended an art retreat and are looking for a couple of days away - this is the retreat for you! With several talented teachers, you will immerse yourself in creativity and come home holding the key to your heart's next creative step! This picture, Believe In Your Beauty, is what I will be teaching there. Join me to learn how to create these luscious backgrounds, and to make a reminder for yourself that believing in your inner beauty is something to focus on every day! The first art retreat I attended changed my world. I had never even picked up a paintbrush - but I knew I wanted to try! So I took myself out to the retreat and learned HOW to do all of the lovely things I was drooling over on line and in art magazines. And along the way I collected a tribe of creative sisters who mean the world to me! Here are the details: April 17-19, The Abbey Resort in Lake Geneva, WI, Click Here for pricing details and to register! As an added bonus, Linda Barutha, creator of the retreat, has graciously written this guest post!! Read her unique journey towards developing retreats like this - and join us soon!!
Creative Strength: Honoring Your Inner AdventurerEver heard the saying “there’s strength in numbers?” I am one of those firm believers in the fact that alone time is great, but we as human beings are at our creative best when we are together in a group setting. [caption id="attachment_999" align="alignright" width="100"] Linda Barutha[/caption] The energy of a group of like-minded individuals fuels passions and desires that may have been just quietly simmering within us for years. I think my desire to be with groups started when I was 11 years old and it was a big deal when my mom agreed to let me go on a Girl Scout overnight camping trip. Overnight and alone. Wow. I felt like an explorer or adventurer! Even though I didn’t know any of the other people going on this trip, I thought the whole concept of camping with a large group was so enticing. My intuition served me well because this truly was a trip that left me with lasting impressions. Once immersed in my camping trip, I was mesmerized by the way everyone worked so well together. It was fascinating to me the way the older girls were empowered to help the younger ones and the whole camp hummed smoothly like a well-oiled machine. Instead of the adults leading and telling everyone what to do or doing it for them, everyone seemed to fall into place and do their part. I didn’t realize it at the time, but they were all following a kaper chart which divides responsibilities evenly for every task that needs to be completed. It was a process, a system, and a recipe for success. That fascination of teamwork and group achievement has stayed with me well into adulthood. Now, as I pour my passion into running my own creative retreat business Live, Laugh, Love Retreats, LLC, I feel the same satisfaction and empowerment as I did during that overnight camping trip so many years ago. Founded in 2005, Live, Laugh, Love Retreats started as a scrapbooking retreat business. As my artistic experience expanded into mixed media, so have my creative retreats. Again, I am drawn to the energy and passion of women in a group setting whom are learning and growing creatively together. [caption id="attachment_998" align="alignleft" width="119"] Linda's Art[/caption] But that’s not all. My inner “explorer or adventurer” was called upon again when I saw an incredible opportunity to own my own retail brick-n-mortar store last Fall. Calling upon the many friends I have made at the various retreats or group events for support, I took a leap of faith and started Linnie Blooms Shop & Create. To make it even more fun, I offer art classes to both adults and children, which always brings me back to that feeling of empowerment that I had when I was just 11 years. old. I firmly believe everyone should seek out peers and mentors to share in what they are truly passionate about. I am living proof as to how these connections with like-minded creatives have given me the strength and confidence to spread my wings and take chances. And it’s these emotions that I try to capture when I create a new piece of artwork. It truly makes me happy when I can share my passion with others and see how it improves their lives too. What have you done this year to honor your inner creative? Honor your inner “explorer or adventurer?” Is it time to spread your wings and take a chance on something new?
Prints Available Here[/caption] "If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place." - Eckhart Tolle How true this is. In a world that places so much emphasis on the way our physical body looks, it is sometimes hard to remember that the real work is done on the inside. I know that I have spent many hours in my life trying to look a certain way....to fit a certain standard of beauty. I have exercised like a fiend to fit into a certain size. I have worn my hair in styles to emulate the current celebrity look. I have spent a lot of money on clothing that was "in". In fact it took me until my mid thirties to even recognize what my own version of beauty was - until then I was trying to conform myself to whatever my husband or boyfriend thought was attractive. What I learned was that until I could define what beautiful meant in my own eyes, then I would never feel beautiful in my own skin. I also learned that defining beautiful did not mean the size of my jeans or the number on the scale. I found that the real meaning of beauty lay deep inside of me. For a woman to feel she is beautiful, she must be at peace within her own soul. She has to become confident in who she is and what she stands for. I have learned that when a woman recognizes her own amazing worth, that she will begin to accept the body she inhabits. And when you accept your body as it is, it creates the space for it to change in healthy and permanent ways. So when I saw this quote by Eckhart Tolle, I knew I had to turn it into a piece of art. And I wanted that art to be all about love...loving yourself...loving your life. For all of my Body Fab-YOU-lous friends out there....I dedicate this piece to you and your journey towards getting the inside right.
(Prints Available Here)[/caption] One little word can mean so much. This year my word is MAGNET. I intend to be a magnet for all of the things I desire in this life. I want to draw things to me like falling in love, quality friendships, and deeper relationships with my family. I want to attract more money and opportunities to grow. This year I want to pull in more creativity, more fun and even more exciting travel experiences. I want to be a magnet for increased passion, inspiration, beauty and a deeper sense of spirituality. And I want my art to magnetically attract people who resonate with my message. I am a MAGNET this year for all of my dreams and desires to come true!! I hope you are too!! This blog post is part of a Blog Hop I am doing with my artsy gal-pals. Check out their One Little Words!!