Love Is Your Name

Inspiration can find you when you’re not looking. While innocently opening Facebook, I realized I hadn’t temporary deactivated the FB Purity (an add-on I put on my Facebook profile to hide ads and the “trending” section) to show me the day’s birthdays. When I manually turn the Purity off, it shows trending again. There at the top was something about Steven Tyler. Now, let me explain why that caught my attention. I’m an 80s girl. High school in the 80s, first job in the 80s, started driving in the 80s, first boyfriend in the 80s, and 80s music is in my soul. Had my first drink to “Dude Looks Like a Lady” while an Aerosmith cassette tape (MY cassette tape) was playing on the stereo at a friend’s party. One of my favorite songs was “Angel”. Steven Tyler’s voice will forever spark something within me that makes me feel younger.

Taking it a little further. The 90s. The 90s were my wild years. At least a couple of them were. Aerosmith’s 9 Lives album. I loved (still love) it, too. The lyrics and melodies linger in my soul somehow, if that makes sense.  There’s just no voice like Steven Tyler’s voice.

Now that I’m (ahem) a little older, I’m happy to say I still listen to all kinds of music. I do listen to country music more than I used do, as I like that Southern country rock vibe and though I like many of the old country songs, I do like the more positive, upbeat stuff. Back to Facebook trending…Steven Tyler has a new country song. WHAT? Wait. WHAT? This both intrigued me yet gave me a sinking feeling at the same time. Could this be true? What would this sound like? I could not click on this fast enough. Here’s the video for it if you’d like to see/hear it for yourself: Love is Your Name

Typically, I have to listen to a song a few times before I know if I like it or not. This one, the trailing end and Tyler’s vocals…it was a sure thing. I loved it.

So, I said all that to say that my most recent creation is an ode to Steven Tyler. I did it in black and white as a nod to the logo for Aerosmith. Their logo is similar but with a circle rather than a heart. With this solo album, I wanted to change it a bit to reflect that fact. Then, of course, I had to mimic the scarves hanging down from the microphone with ribbons and other findings.

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In working on this, I realized how free spirited Tyler is and has been.  And, this was definitely a fun piece to create! You can see it listed here

Talk to you again soon,

Rhonda

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How to Be a Free Spirit

Let’s just simply things. This new painting is intended to do just that:

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And, it is in my new shop here

Freespirit Art

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“She is Wild and Free” 6×6 original art available here

It’s only taken me 44 years to figure out what I am. Though people have told me this, and I *did* hear them, it somehow didn’t resonate until this morning. There’s so many things that bring us down. I get so bogged down hearing news stories and seeing pictures that are obviously there for “shock value”. I’ve unfollowed good friends on Facebook for this very reason. I still love them, but we either just have different views on how our day should go or I have a very different outlook on life. Either way, I’ve learned that it’s okay to do things that give me more value to my day.

I’m a freespirit.

This really meant something different to me before today. Though, I suppose in a typical artist stereotype, I’ve been brooding in dark and mysterious corners of my soul as of late. This is where I seem to go for a while and then I emerge even further along the path that is my life.

During this time, in part, I was reflecting on why I’m the way I am. I’m a Christian but I don’t fit the mold of what people seem to think a Christian is these days.I love people. Period. Many friends from all walks of life (this is more of a broad term than you can possibly imagine) have often commented that I’m the most nonjudgmental person they’ve ever known. I’m always taken aback by this comment because it’s not something I consciously do but something that’s natural. If someone is good and kind to me, then I am the same to them. It’s not my concern what’s going on in someone else’s life because I don’t know what path they are on and what wonderful things they can do in others’ lives because of this.

I have my own issues to deal with and to me, that’s why there’s a Bible. It is my guide to how to live my life. And, there’s so much love, joy and peace in the scriptures to me. I’m thankful and blessed to have the opportunity to know that I’m loved and forgiven. I’ve made poor choices in my past and will make more in the future, as I’m an imperfect human being.

Back to why I created this piece of art and my revelation that I’m a true freespirit. Last night, I was flipping through a magazine (Better Homes and Gardens, in particular the article about a chef with a Bohemian style) and immediately I was drawn to that purse and shoes on that page. As I looked into the style more, knowing I’d always been attracted to it, I came across some commentary on being a freespirit. Before this morning, I’d considered that to be something a Christian was not. But after giving it some deep thought, i realized that being a freespirit is what I am. First and foremost, I’m a Christian with a spirit that’s still wild and free living for God. In my life, I hope to bring good to others, no matter their walk in life. Whether it’s happiness, laughter, a smile, some hope, a sense of strength, or a simple light in what could be darkness otherwise.

xoxoxo,

Rhonda

As for Me and My House…

I’ve been working on setting up my new website the past several weeks. There’s been planning, fretting, brainstorming, watching videos to figure out HOW to set it up and so much more. Simply speaking, it’s a job and a half. Many people can just naturally know how to do these kinds of things but for me, it’s a chore. I have a few listings in there now so things are getting there…slowly but surely. Now, it’s just a matter of time before I get it full of beautiful things that hopefully people will love.

Please note – acozyloft and thecozyloft are both my shop names. I couldn’t get exactly the same name which was disheartening and that was part of the entire lengthy process. I considered changing altogether but I’ve had “The Cozy Loft” since 2008 and I certainly want my active customers to be able to find me and to continue to build trust while making a living.

This weekend, I created a new flag design:

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It’s listed in my shop here.

Hopefully I’ll be back soon with new things to show you. If I can get this website under control 🙂

Rhonda