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Wednesday in the Studio

I had a few hours of personal time in-between client appointments. It was time to paint again.

The Paintings

I might reopen the Etsy shop, but under a different name. It might be open by the fall. I want to keep painting and have a larger collection.

I have the bottom colors finished. Next will be more detail using acrylic markers..

Maybe I can spend more time in the studio later this week.

Happy Day

Caroline

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My Day Off

Today I had the day off from work. It felt great to sleep in and leisurely wake up.

I started out with a gluten free dairy free and soy free breakfast.

Stockinette stitch headband

I began a few rows of a headband. Using stockinette stitch.

Gluten free breakfast

Fried egg, on toasted gluten free bagel with avocado and tomato on the side. Top off with everything bagel seasoning.

In my studio

Then I went to my studio and used watercolor and started a new acrylic painting.

Then I are lunch which was not tasty.

Winter birds cross stitch

Then I started a cross stitch of winter birds.

Evening with stockinette stitch headband

And I’ll end the night laying down with a weighted blanket and might stitch a few more rows of the stockinette stitch headband.

Why so many little things today? Because I want to do it all and haven’t been making art in over a month. I’m trying to get my creative intuition back!

Etsy store

Art is on Etsy Https://4pawsartstudio.etsy.com

Happy Day

Caroline

art · art journal · art studio · art therapy · autoimmune · rheumatoid arthritis · watercolor

Sunday Painting

I have not been posting for awhile. Simply because I needed a break. Most of my free time has been cross stitching. My goal is to finish Derby by February.

Also my hours at work has increased slightly as new clients are calling. I have a goal to pay off some bills this early part of the year. I will need to consider buying a car later next year.

With that being said, I decided to not move. It saddens me but I need to focus on my long term goal. The long term goal is to not work as a counselor in my 60’s, and find other work to do. Or to work from home full time in 5 years. If I got another 30 year loan, then I would have no choice but work more hours and for a longer time.

Therefore, I am staying at my townhouse. And plan on finishing updating the bathroom and kitchen.

Since it is getting colder out the neighbors have stayed inside. I’m looking forward to the cold months ahead because there’s less chance my neighbors will harass me. (I am being harassed because I’m on the HOA board) trust me we made positive changes, gave owners more freedom. Someone people are just mean and hateful and don’t want others to have freedom and happiness.

Sunday, I finished a column on Derby early. I decided to close up the house early and found my way to a canvas. Afterwards I did yoga, read the Bible and read some paragraphs about chakras. Then I went to bed at 8:30! I have been exhausted and really need the sleep. I hope this extra sleep will decrease the inflammation from rheumatoid arthritis.

Here’s the beginning of the painting. I believe it will change drastically. It might not even look like this next time you see the update.

I have items on Etsy shop. Paintings and knit headbands and scarfs that’s great for the winter.

Below some examples of what’s in my Etsy shop.

Etsy shop: Https://4pawsartstudio.etsy.com

Happy Day

Caroline

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Intuitive Painting #4

Today was quiet. I slept for most of the day. The exhaustion level is high. As I write this at 9:30 at night, I am ready to sleep again.

This morning my voice was assertive. I told the HOA manager that I am thinking about resigning because of the bullying and not feeling at peace. I am also considering moving. I told her that I don’t want to be bothered by association issues daily. It’s unreasonable.

Here’s the thing most people here about how bad the association is at a condo or townhouse. But have you ever heard about how the board members get harassed and bullied? Probably not. There is nothing we did to cause that other than following the rules.

I’m not sure what decision I will make. Not sure if I want to move. All I know is I want peace and quiet again. That may result in me resigning. Time will tell as they say.

Here’s my journal painting on canvas tonight…

Below is a close up of tonight’s painting.

Below is the series of nights I painted on the same canvas using intuitive painting.

I have things to sort out then I can get back to making my art stronger and focus on my Etsy store.

Happy Day

Caroline

Etsy store: Https://4pawsartstudio.etsy.com

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Intuition painting #3

Darkness of Anger is the title of tonight’s painting.

I am on edge. If you ever lived in a relationship of harrassment or abuse, then you will certainly understand.

Everyday there is something one of these people doing that infringes in my life. My home used to be an oasis. They destroyed it. I can’t walk my dog without constantly looking over my shoulder. They bang on doors. I will refuse to answer. They complain and want to take my personal time away. For some reason every complaint they make we must find a solution.

I used to have an evening of relaxation, watching tv, doing art, yoga. Now it’s filled with worries, constantly thinking and not feeling safe.

Has anyone lived in a community of HOA? I am on the HOA board and ever since they have been extremely rude, disrespectful and making issues as a crisis when it isn’t. I’m not sure if I want to be on this board anymore. I don’t think I can take living here anymore either.

I don’t see it ending until I quit, or I get really ill or they get bored.

So I’m fed up and ready to cry. Here’s tonight’s painting…

It’s nothing but anger depression and feeling defeated.

Recap of day 1:

Recap of day 2:

Where does this painting go next?

Not feeling a happy day but I wish everyone a

Happy Day

Caroline

Etsy store Https://4pawsartstudio.etsy.com

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Night #2 of Intuitive Painting

My latest painting is about painting intuitively. But I am using this technique to help release my suppressed feelings as I go through harrassment and bullying from neighbors. I do not deserve to be bullied and have not deliberately done anything for neighbors to feel revengeful.

Last night I left the canvas looking like this, only painted the top of the canvas. I couldn’t paint the bottom, it was like my head could only see one part of the canvas. Look at the colors and the markings are forceful on the canvas.

Tonight this is where the painting ended:

So what’s the difference between the two days. Certainly, I painted on the entire canvas.

Yesterday was emotionally, physically and mentally exhausted. It was an unless day on top of an endless week. It’s difficult to live in a community where neighbors cause safety concerns because they don’t like someone or they feel they are entitled to what they want. I had much anger suppressed in my body throughout the last week. But really it’s been there longer. However the fear is causing more harm to me. This harrassment and bullying has been going on for the entire summer. Stop the bullying, stop the harrassment.

Today, it was a calm relaxing day. I was able to cross stitch, took a nap, cleaned my refrigerator and made a fresh batch of cold green tea for the week. I did yoga and meditation before I painted this evening, it was a 10 minute evening yoga.

Here’s some close up photos of tonight’s painting.

I’ll continue to post my intuitive painting. I will be focusing back into my art for the Etsy shop this week. I’m almost finished with another ear warmer.

Happy Day

Caroline

Etsy shop: Https://4pawsartstudio.etsy.com

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More on The Creative Cure

“…ask yourself what you can do to get creative with your creativity.” Pg 131

Chapter 6 has some great thoughts about creating a space to be creative.

  • Space-what is your space like? friendly? Declutter needed? Music? Lighting? Color of room, books, artwork, plants, rugs etc
  • Time– time of day, “honor this time as scared and let those around you know that you won’t be available.”
  • Ritual-“…transform ordinary moments into focused, sacred time that builds meaning and honors the inner creative self.” Mark beginning and end of your creative time. (List of ideas are included on page 140)

He wrote about forming a creative group which would be a support for each other, allow time to be creative together, trade ideas, help each other and be accountable for the creative work.

On page 134, Jacob Nordby shares an exercise, that includes a few good questions.

  • What creative practice would bring more joy into your life? There’s a list on page 128-129 that is helpful to answer this question.

My answer: sewing and textile art, knitting and crochet, painting, growing a small business

  • What is the smallest habit that could bring me toward this practice?

My answer: Experiment with painting techniques, find new knitting stitches to learn, learn more about weaving and start gathering supplies to make a quilt and/or dolls.

This was my favorite topic to read in this book. Very helpful.

Two more chapters to read, more posts to come about this book.

Happy Day

Caroline

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That’s A Wrap, A Bubble Wra

A journal technique:

Supplies needed:

  • Journal
  • Acrylic paint
  • Brushes
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Water
  • Paper towels

Choose three colors of acrylic paint. Use a brush and paint onto the paper using a wash technique.

Then choose a paint color that will stand out. I chose black.

Take a paint brush and paint onto the bubble wrap.

Below close up of bubble wrap with paint on it.

Place the bubble wrap into the paper.

Push down with your fingers and rub it onto the paper. Press lightly.

Bubble wrap comes in small and large sizes.

Overlap the bubble wrap to make the design interesting and unique.

Happy Day

Caroline

art studio · art therapy · cross stitch · knitting

Sunday Stitching

The past week has been one of those weeks where energy was low and the mind wanted to do other things.

Yesterday I started to clean my bedroom. Tonight I might go through my dresser drawers and closet.

Earlier in the week I finished the stockinette stitch headband. I’m thinking about making a scarf or fingerless gloves to match.

Here’s the headband. It will eventually be for sale on Etsy. I have other headbands and scarfs for sale on Etsy.

Over the past few days my front door was painted. This morning I put the final touch on it. I used Hint of Cherry by Sherwin Williams.

Today, I just didn’t know what to do. Cross stitching seemed to be the decision. Painting just wasn’t an interest.

Here’s the update on the cross stitch.

Below is the close up to the details. Tons of colors. I stitched for about 6 hours today.

Later tonight I’ll be reading more from The Creative Cure by Jacob Nordby. I also started reading from my Bible and following a Bible study.

Until later

Happy Day

Caroline

art · art journal · art studio · art therapy

Sunday at the Studio

I spent the early part of the morning relaxing. The studio is cool right now. So I decided to work on painting to distract my mind from some worry thoughts. Later today I’ll be cross stitching.

I’m enjoying painting these little flower paintings. I might continue flower paintings for another month. Also I am planning to read the Creative Cure book by Jacob Nordby this week and post some updates on it.

I finished these small 8″x8″ paintings.

$50 on etsy

Look for art for sale on Etsy: 4pawsartstudio

Happy Day

Caroline