Complicatedly Simple

I’m not going to go into detail with this painting I just finished so that you can interpret it how you see it. If you find some of your own personal meaning and feelings in it, then I have done what I set out to do. That, my friends, is what art is all about.

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I’ve listed it here for auction. I was hesitant about listing it but realize that’s why we create things from our hearts. If we keep it to ourselves and don’t share it, that is a disservice to our talents and our crafts. Because it is through art and music where I believe healing begins.

xoxo

Rhonda

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Lent Followup

Good Evening All!

Back on February 10th, I made this post and challenge for Lent. I’m not sure if anyone did this along with me but I wanted to be sure and give you an update.

I’m exhausted as I’ve worked outside yesterday and today pruning trees, mowing my yard and such so this will be a quicker post than I meant to make. Still, I felt it was important to get this posted today since today is officially the last day of Lent.

Here are the 40 items that I’ve given up for Lent:

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There are a couple of pairs of new, unworn shoes underneath these as well as two new pillow cases, but the majority are clothing items. I wasn’t sure I’d have enough to total all 40 days originally so I included the pantry as an option but I was able to do this from my closet entirely. While I have very little left, it was cleansing to rid myself of so many things. None of these were items I wore, but I suppose they were placeholders until I found something better. Actually, I’ve realized 90% of my closet is exactly that.

There were items I could wear but didn’t like for one reason or another and I originally planned to keep them, but as it went further in the process, I included many of those as well. I wouldn’t have minded to have had another week doing this as it may have forced me to get rid of a few more pieces I probably should. In all honesty, there is really not much left. Initially, I thought this would be stressful to have so little left but it’s freeing and this was something I didn’t expect at all.

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter tomorrow. I hope your heart feels the depth of the day and that it overflows your life with so much love and gratitude, you can’t help but share it.

xoxo

Rhonda

Owls and Elephants? Oh my!

It’s been a while since I’ve painted some fun ACEO miniatures. They are so enjoyable and a great stress reliever…why don’t I do these more often? I finished these up this week and have them both listed on eBay up for auction as we speak so I wanted to be sure to share them here, too.

The first one I did features an owl. To me, he (or she) is deep in thought, almost mesmerized by the moon in front of him (or her) with the picturesque view. How much closer can one get? For the colors in the sky, I wanted them to be a bit complex and not too simple. Blends of ivory, yellow, purple and blue were used to create a mood. I call it “Deep Thoughts” and it’s listed here.

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For the second one, I’ve been fascinated by elephants lately and wanted to create an elephant couple. Actually while I was looking at stamps, I found one with the elephants having their trunks together in a heart. How precious! While this is all hand painted and tiny with no stamp used at all, I’m really happy with how it turned out. I used black for the ground as if in silhouette and the sky gray and overcast to allow the elephants and their love to shine through. After that, I thought it could use a little something extra so I added some white and black paint splatters…always a fun addition to any piece! It’s listed here.

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I hope your weekend is starting off to be a wonderful one, my friends!

xoxo

Rhonda

Mini Works of Art

I hope you’re enjoying seeing these miniature paintings of mine from the past. Posting them and talking about them inspires me to create more. Maybe I can steal some time away soon to do just that.

Until then, I want to get some more on this blog that I put up for sale in my marathon ebay session Monday.

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“Ocean Love” ACEO in Acrylics,  listed here

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“Surrounded” ACEO in Acrylics, listed here

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“Sunset River”, ACEO Acrylics, listed here

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“Watchful Eye” ACEO in Acrylics, listed here

Updated: The painting below entitled “My Love” sold to a private collector in Rhode Island, thank you Jennifer B.!

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“My Love”, ACEO Acrylics

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“Peace”, ACEO Acrylics, listed here

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“Happy Morning”, ACEO Acrylics, listed here

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“Raven’s Hope”, ACEO Acrylics, listed here

That is a perfect one to end on for this evening. She’s special to me and seems so full of love and happiness. I hope you feel the same when you see her.

xoxo,

Rhonda

 

 

Simplification

There are times I find it  difficult to let go of paintings I’ve created. This year, as a resolution, I wanted my year to be focused on simplification. We all find ourselves, at least at times, in the middle of complicated lives. Holding on to (some) things simply adds undue stress to us, though we may not realize it.

As I’ve been simplifying things, I committed to giving up items from my closets for Lent as well. By cleaning out closets of clothes that I see as okay but not great, I’ve realized how much I am frustrated by those t-shirts with the nice color or design but that have the annoying too short sleeves on them that are terribly uncomfortable and I never wear. They aren’t even good for layering. I’d much rather wear a tank top than something with sleeves that fall nearer my armpit that my elbow. Let’s not even get started on the fact that they are flattering to no one. Do people like those sleeves? I always felt like it was maybe the extra fabric the factories were “saving” added on less costs for them to create the product to sell. At any rate, I’m finally freeing myself of the struggle those shirts have caused me and I resolve to no longer purchase one regardless of what other features pull me in.

(Sleeve Tangent Over Now lol)

I’m not sure how familiar all of you are with ebay but they allow 50 free listings per month of auction items. I should have started in January with doing this to clear out some of my paintings but I missed that month. But, thanks to leap year, I’ll be able to at least use some of those February freebies. My goal is 20 but I’m shooting for 48 (I’d already used two of my freebies on other items so I have 48 left for these paintings.)

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“In the Zone” Felix the Cat Series, ACEO, Acrylics on Canson listed here

I’ll try to split these paintings up so each post isn’t terribly long and hopefully share them through the week. It’s nice to have these paintings somewhere where I can look through them again in the future. Having recently lost all my previous paintings for many years, I understand the importance of not relying on a backup system for super important things. So, I do hope you enjoy looking through these as well.

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“In the Zone” Felix the Cat Series, ACEO, Acrylics on Canson listed here

These paintings range in years of creation from 2008 to 2015. I’m being sure to put the year of their creation in each listing.

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“In the Zone” Felix the Cat Series, ACEO, Acrylics on Canson listed here

Being as though these are a bit older as far as creation year, I decided to start them at a low price to hopefully move them to a home where they can be displayed and loved.

Mindless Wandering

“In the Zone” Felix the Cat Series, ACEO, Acrylics on Canson listed here

You may recall “Mindless Wandering” from a previous blog post last year right after I created it. Here it is if you’d like to see what it symbolized to me before, during and after the creation of it.

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“In the Zone” Felix the Cat Series, ACEO, Acrylics on Canson listed here

That is all for this post but I hope to be sharing more with you over the next few days and hopefully through the year. Looking back through this is already sparking creativity. For me, my soul needs me to paint. I’m ready to take better care of my soul, too.

xoxo,

Rhonda

DIY Budget Friendly Valentine Decor Idea

I can’t believe this year is flying past us so quickly and that we are almost ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day!

If you’re looking for something simple and budget friendly to decorate this Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d share a fast and easy project. All you need are these things and you might even have everything right there in your home already:

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I have a DIY video for you here to show you the step by step instructions.

Here’s how it turned out:

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The wonderful part of this is that it can be used for each holiday and you can still use the bag for gifts. Just replace the bag with a new one and you’re set. So easy and so so sweet!

If you decide to try this, would you take a photo and tag me on Instagram? I’d LOVE to see what creative things you all can do!! Instagram: @thecozyloftshop

Happy Valentine’s Day My Friends!

xoxo,

Rhonda

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