Sometimes it’s hard to live in the moment, so I did this to remind myself. Like and share if you agree.
I never know what I’m going to come up with when I start work on a new piece. This one is a great example. I started out wanting to do a piece with an orange zinnia that I found in my mom’s flower garden and look what I came up with.
Fall colors are in full bloom in Michigan right now, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen brighter, fuller fall color anywhere, ever before. It’s practically all I can think about lately. Fall colors with a flower twist.
See that little frog sitting on the ledge? I think that sometimes it’s a great idea to hang out and take a look at the view, assess and then come up with new ideas. I’m having a lot of fun with that lately, and also having fun looking at life a little differently than I used to. When I was younger, I would always be thinking about my next goal and that I would be REALLY happy once I accomplished the goal. Then one day, I realized that those times I was waiting to be really happy, were actually very special, and that if I kept it up, I’d spend my whole life waiting for the next big thing.
I still have goals, huge ones in fact, but now I’m better at enjoying the ride. I usually look at goals as something to accomplish, but as much for the enjoyment of the trip getting there, as for the end result. Right now, I’m refining some of these goals and figuring out new ones. And you can bet that a lot of them have to do with new work that will be showing up on my websites : )
When Charles from Skyline Art Services in Houston called and said that he wanted me to create a commissioned piece for their client, Parkview Regional Medical Center, I was excited, and looking forward to the challenge of integrating water and lilly pads into my work. LillyLights, was recently installed and I was able to go “visit” it this week.
I’m glad to see hospitals investing in art, I’ve visited medical facilities nearing completion before the art goes up and it truly makes a difference in the environment. Many, many people who know of my connection with art and healthcare, have mentioned to me how profoundly calming it has been to be distracted by the art in hospitals when they were visiting loved ones, or there for themselves. Thank you Skyline Art Services and thank you Parkview Regional Medical Center for choosing my work to be part of this exciting new medical center in Fort Wayne.
Pretty much every time I start a new project, I hope that I can do something that is special and better than my last work. This piece is part of a 3 part series that I finished up over the holidays, they were a lot of fun to make.
My work is available on paper or canvas in sizes up to 82″ on the longest side. You can find the rest of the series in my IX gallery along with some other new works in gallery VIII, my website was just updated (thanks Ry!)
Check out the new work at Anntopia.com.
In September, I mentioned that I was working on some new art pieces for a special project that involves our soldiers. So here’s the deal… I was contacted by Skyline Art Services in Houston, Texas regarding a special and big project. Fort Belvoir in Fairfax County, VA was preparing to open a state-of-the-art, new medical facility to help replace Walter Reed Hospital in Washington DC.
The $1 billion Fort Belvoir complex that my work was placed in is expected to handle more than 571,000 patient visits a year and is ready to provide world class medical treatment to service members injured in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as to veterans and military families. The 1.3 million square foot project was created in response to the Base Realignment and Closure legislation and was officially dedicated on October 28th.
375 of my pieces were placed in Fort Belvoir and I am so grateful to be chosen for this project. Our soldiers have a very special place in my heart and I hope that having my work as part of their healing environment will contribute to making their recovery easier.
Thank you Skyline Art Services for believing in me, and thank you Fort Belvoir for choosing my work to be part of your community.
3 months ago I quit my job that I had worked at for 23 years and started my own business. It was a hard decision, but I’m glad I did it. Lately it seems like I know a lot of people who had been putting their lives on hold and they just got sick of it and decided to make changes. Big, big, big changes.
The truth of it is that if you know you will regret it in 5 years that you didn’t make changes now, you had better get busy. Often, what seems insurmountable is easier than staying in your comfort zone and continuing with the same old thing that isn’t working. If you are in a situation that isn’t working for you, I hope you will realize that you are stronger than you know, and you can do it. Believe in yourself and know that you deserve to have a great life. Dream big and live large.