Cabin Peace

I find that the more “stuff” that is around me, the more bogged down I feel. When I thought I was moving across country back in September, I rid myself of all kinds of things. I’m sure the local charity here thought there was some sort of craziness going on because of all the things I took up there. Really, that made me feel good to give those things for a good cause and let’s face it, I didn’t need them anyway. So, I got rid of tons of things and put a heck of a lot of stuff in storage. To this day, I’m living with minimal things in my apartment. And I love it. I didn’t realize how uncluttered this made my life. It simplified it in ways I’d never expected.

With painting, it’s like it opened my mind and my eyes, decluttered my mind and released some inhibitions within me. I’m enjoying myself more than ever before and I’m letting myself do things I’ve never done before. And, it’s beautiful. I suppose it’s an exploration of “me”…who I am and what makes me tick. When your life has always been about making someone else happy (by your own fault, no one else’s), there has to be some sort of big thing that happens in your life to push you forward. For me, that was actually several things. Some of which I wish to forget and some of which I wish to treasure for a lifetime.

One of the things I’ve always wanted but never let myself believe too much that I might be able to have is a little cabin. A simple but cozy place tucked away somewhere beautiful. Though I can imagine all seasons in this little haven, I especially think of Christmas there. Quiet, peaceful, the glow of the Christmas lights on the roof through the snow, the Christmas tree shining through the open large window, a toasty cuddly fire in the fireplace, decorations everywhere the eye can see (but not in a cluttery sort of way but in a tasteful and traditional sort of way), a large wreath on the door, pretty packages and stockings all around, and smells of the holidays in cinnamon, cedar, mulberry… That, to me, is the most beautiful image in the world…except maybe a happy and loving couple to place inside there within all that warmth…a cocoon enveloping all the love and hope and peace in this world…

So that is the inspiration for this piece. The one you see above. There’s so much peace in it, thus the name “Peace”. Much love and blessings to you as we approach the holiday season.

xoxoxoxoxo

Rhonda

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Letting Go

I love this painting. It’s sort of a personal one for me. All paintings are personal to an artist, don’t get me wrong. This one just has so much of “me” in it. I welcome the significance of this one and appropriately titled “Letting Go”, I love what it stands for in my own life.  I won’t talk about what it stands for in my life in specifics though because I like for the viewer to interpret it the way they want to interpret it.

The thought process behind this, the colors, the movement. I am just really drawn to this one…more than any one I’ve ever done.

xoxoxo

Rhonda

Birthday Celebration

Tomorrow is my birthday…ahhh…I love birthdays…cakes, family, good wishes…I love them. This year we’re not going to talk about age at all though. Nope. I’m done with age after today lol

In celebration of my birthday, I’ll be doing at least one giveaway, depending on the number of people who are involved. Just leave a comment here or on my facebook fan page in the discussion tab at www.facebook.com/thecozyloft and then you are entered to win! All you have to do in your comment here is just let me know something you’d like to see me paint.

Here’s one of my latest ones:

I titled it “Cold Observation”.

Have a wonderful day my friends. 🙂

Comical

You’ll see something new on the horizon from me very soon – a little bit of humor in this next piece and I’m working on it currently. I can hardly wait to unveil it…

The inspiration for this piece came from a friend of mine and I thought it was a cute idea…then I started thinking about what I could do with it. In the wrinkles of my brain, I came up with something that I’m positively giddy over. I probably need to give some sort of tease on it…so let’s just say it has to do with an owl…and mornings! 🙂

Outside My Comfort Zone

In my life, I admit that I am an adventurous person. I like to try new things, step outside my comfort zone if you will. My art is no different.

For a while I’ve had a wonderfully large set of Prismacolor Pencils. I dabbled around with them some, though nothing too serious. The past few days, I’ve really worked with them more and have some exciting new pieces coming up.

The picture above is my first one and they should continue to improve from there. I titled her Hypnotic. I love the way her hair turned out and I was oh-so-pleased with it. Though I’m not as happy with the rest of her, I am still overall satisfied with the end result.  I love her mystery and wonder what thoughts are in her head…her eyes are a little bloodshot and with the iris being red…hmmmm…the stories she could tell!

xoxoxo,

Rhonda