Friday, April 22, 2016

Top 5: Prince and the Revolution

You can always tell when the groove is working or not. 

Some of my most cherished memories are from the 80's. 
Cruising Riverview
High School dances
Happy Joe's Pizza
Working at Jack's and King's Daughters and Sons

This was the age of MTV, Friday Night Videos and USA for Africa. 
Music permeated the halls of our high school, 
our cars, 
our lives.

The songs and artists are still Iconic some 30 years later.
Cyndi Lauper, Culture Club, Duran Duran,  Hall & Oates, Micheal Jackson and Prince.

The summer of 1981 stands out as one of the best of my life. Swimming in my backyard, long walks under the stars, Jamie and John, Rose and Renee...and music. Oh I LOVED music from that summer...
Bette Davis Eyes, Arthur's Theme and Controversy. 
I had NEVER heard anything quite like that song in my life and I wanted more. 

I found the cassette in one of those K-Tel type "cheap" bins at Jacks and snatched it up. The album was down right raunchy at times...but as I would soon find out..that was just Prince and I loved it! 

I found out later that another one of my favorite songs from the late 70's was actually a PRINCE song!! "I Wanna Be Your Lover" topped Billboard's Hot 100 at #11 in 1979. 

Lucky for me and the rest of the world Prince would go on to become a Pop Legend...burning up the charts with Five Number One Hits including "When Doves Cry". 

Here are MY Top Five favorite Prince songs of all time...

Number 5: Controversy...My first "taste" of Prince...I knew it was love!

Number 4: The Beautiful Ones...This song is from the soundtrack Purple Rain. I can still see him sing this one in the movie. I love it! Classic Prince.

Number 3: I Would Die For could I NOT have this one in my Top 5?! The Purple Rain album was the soundtrack of my life back in the 80's!! 

Number 2: 1999...the first time I heard this all I could think of was ....WOW!!! I can't get enough of this guy!! My friends and I belted this song out more times than I can count...all the while not believing it would actually BE 1999 one day!

And my NUMBER ONE Prince song is from that same album..."Free". It never made the charts (that I know of) but it is the BEST Prince song out there. Take a listen....I think you will agree!

I still can't believe one of my childhood favorites is gone.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

It is Good to Love Many Things

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” 
― George Bernard Shaw

I have been creating "my" art since I was 42 years old.
The only things I had created up until that point were my beloved
scrapbook pages and the occasional hook rug and fabric wreaths. 
I never considered myself an "artist".

A page from my journal 3 years ago

A 6x6 canvas created 4 years ago for a sale I participated in.

A page from my journal last year

Another 6x6 canvas I painted 4 years ago. It is still one of my favorites!

Another page from my early days of journaling.

Throughout the past 7 years I have stuck primarily to my journals, canvas's, 
acrylic paint and Words. 
It's what I know.
It's what I love.

“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” 
― Vincent van Gogh

But like Van Gogh says it IS good to love many things.
And I do.
One of my favorite things to do is ooooh and awwww over the gorgeous art 
in the Stampington magazines. 

are my favorites.

I keep promising myself to try new things,
add fresh techniques to my pages.
I find myself getting into a rut
and getting bored with my work.
My art feels stagnant.

I am ready to spread my wings and try new ideas, new projects 
all the while breathing new life into ME.

I have a few plans in mind that I wanted to share with you today...

I LOVE how Bonita uses such fresh, bright colors in her work along with gorgeous 3-D flowers. 
Note to self: Use my chunky little bits!!

Carolyn Dube just uses EVERYTHING to create so many varieties of projects. She doesn't just stick with journals and canvas's. Because of her I have my eye on a bookcase that is getting renovated by ME!! 

Diane Salter's work has inspired me to really break out of my rut! I spent most of the afternoon painting background papers and collaging them onto an old cigar box. 
I will share the finished product next week:)

And finally I have to tell you about Jodene. Oh my!! She adds her faith, little bits she finds on her walks (think twigs, rocks, flowers, etc) and more to her canvas's. She is one of my FAVORITE artists!! So grateful to be taking her "Consider Birds" on-line class in May!!

I think this quote from an older art journal page of mine sums it up best.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Start Living in the Now

"We can start again countless times in our lives...a new job, a new relationship, a new day. Why does a fresh beginning feel so good, yet at the same time, just a bit scary?" -Flow Magazine

Lately, it seems all I do is say to myself...WHEN. 


are settled
on their own.

we have 
money and security.

the house 


To be perfectly honest I am sick and tired of the word When.
I want so desperately to be living in the 

As the big 5-0 gets closer and my life keeps 
looking more and more different...
I find myself standing still.
Not moving...

I am frightened.
Change can be hard.

But it CAN be exciting, too.

A canvas I created several years ago

Today I took time to sit quietly and write in my journal.
It's what I've always done for as long as I can remember.
In Jr. High my thoughts were printed in a tiny golden diary...the one that had a key  to keep all your secrets safe.
Most of that book is filled with daily weather reports and my crush on Donny Beger.

By High School I was writing volumes in my Garfield and Ziggy notebooks. Everything from 
my dreams of covering a political convention to what was bothering parents, my friends, school...and yes, Donnie filled up more pages in these notebooks than I care to comment!

Today I wrote down my goals as I Journey towards 50.

I know I want more HAPPY in my days. 
It's not that I don't have that now...but I want more.
I want to live in the NOW.
No more living in the WHEN.
There is so much lost in the WHEN.
I am DONE for the next 6 months obsessing about my weight. 
My ENTIRE life I have never felt good enough because I was "fat".

Girls, that is ME on the far left in 1999 at my first Marathon. 
During this time I thought I was so overweight. 
I was constantly obsessing about food and exercise and putting myself down.

Looking at this photo now
I can't believe how healthy and in shape I look!!
I never saw that or felt that while I was living that.


I WILL be taking long walks, eating healthy and watching myself...
but I am DONE saying WHEN I get thin. When I can wear a size 10.
I am 49.5 years old.
I wear a size 14.

In the next 6 months I will 
write more
be kinder
enjoy coffee while I read a favorite book.
I will wear what brings me JOY.
I will be kind to 

I will be the best version of myself!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

In Six Months can it BE?!

 “I enjoy the spring more than the autumn now. One does, I think, as one gets older.” 

This was me back in 1982.
I was 16 years old.

I remember the day this photo was taken...
one of my best girl friends, Chella took it in my room.

It was the days of 
sleep-overs with friends,
school dances,
cruising with friends,
getting the be-jeebers scared out of me by the clown from "Poltergeist".

Fast forward to today...

I am just 6 months away from turning the 
Big 5-0.


I have been anticipating this day for awhile now.
Somehow it scares me.

Life seems to be changing so fast...
yet I can't seem to figure out how to keep up.

This sweet, little gal is my favorite vintage image 
at the moment.

She best represents me at that age.
So full of hope
and dreams
and possibilities.

When I was a kid people that we were FIFTY were OLD.
Like Dead in the ground old.

This is what 49 and half looks like on me...

I don't THINK I look old.
But it's a question I have been asking myself often these days.

Should I REALLY where that?
Isn't it too young?
And let's not forget I am not young anymore...

Or am I?

How old is old?

Is the saying really true...?

"You are only as old as you feel."

For the next 6 months I hope you will join me as I have hi-jacked myArt blog and turned it into my Art/Journey to 50 Blog.

We all get older.
And with age comes...
Or is it wisdom?
Is it possible that 50 and up can be even better than 50 and below?


I still have Big Dreams.
I still have goals
and wishes
and aspirations.
I want to LIVE MY BEST LIFE...

Here's to Life at 50...
well, almost.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The ABC's of Inspiration

"Tell the negativity committee that meets inside your head to sit down and shut up."

I know that not only creating Art heals...
But looking at the Art you have created
can Uplift and Encourage you
to keep on going 
through life's struggles.

Keeping an Art Journal has been one of the 
most rewarding artistic endeavors
I have ever undertook.

If you have no idea of 
what an Art Journal is 
or are thinking about starting one
or just want some ideas...

It's time for a Brand New Challenge in our Facebook Group...
I LOVE coming up with ideas for our challenges
and am just so grateful for 
everyone who participates and shares their Art!!
Thank you!!

"The ABC's of Inspiration" Challenge begins
Wednesday March 23rd...
yep, that's tomorrow!

This Challenge is meant to Energize and Refresh your Spirit 
by creating 26 tags, index cards or journal pages with ONE Word
for each letter of the Alphabet.

Here is my "A" example...


I chose the Word ABLE for several reasons...
First and foremost I want to remind myself
that no matter what the circumstance I am quite ABLE to 
persevere and do what I set out to do.
Synonyms for my Word include...

My Word for the letter "B" is

Sometimes I need reminding
that there truly is BEAUTY in all things. 
I chose two of my symbols...
the butterfly 
to further get my message across to myself.

Each week I will post TWO letters of the Alphabet long with my 
projects and thoughts on the Words I chose.

As always I would LOVE to see YOUR sure and share in our FB group!!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Step by Step Journal Process

“The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all.” 
― Walt Disney CompanyMulan

Most times when working in my journal I just start spreading down paint...not really having a direction...just letting my mind wander...waiting to see where it takes me. 

This page started out a bit different.

This is the last week of our Mind.Body.Soul "Take Three Challenge" and Sherry's challenge this week was to use stencils and paint and the Word FRAGILE. 

Stencils and paint are my art journal staples so I was excited!

I began with four stencil and three colors, using a make-up sponge to apply. I did swipe my pages with gesso before starting.

The Word Fragile, however was not a word I felt very inspired by.
I was equating the Word with being weak and scared...topics I don't usually cover in my journals.

Next I added some book pages, pattern paper and neon pink paint around the edges. I also added one more stencil:)

But the more I built my background the more my mind let go. 
I began thinking about my vintage girls...the angels in particular.
I use wings with my "girls" more times than not so I grabbed these and glued them down.

As I cut each image out I thought about my sweet, kind and very talented daughter, Emma.
She had said something to me just a week ago that was beautiful...

"Mom, you know I have two angels that watch over me and one of them 
is Grandma A."

After I laid the girls down I took my black and white gel pens and added a few doodles/outlines.
I then thought about ALL my sweet daughter has been through the past four years and how HARD she has worked to HEAl and then it came to me...

"My fragile heart is given strength by the wings of others."

My thoughts were pouring out of me as I stamped a few images
on the background for depth and shaded each angel-girl.

I have always been inspired by this gorgeous girl...this time around I put wings on her.  She represents Emma.

I first stenciled the wings with gold then used a stabilo pencil and white gel pen to highlight

Here are my finished pages.

Stop by my FB group for MORE fun challenges!! Mind.Body. Soul. 

Monday, March 7, 2016

Start Where You Are

I was overweight most of my childhood, did not participate in 
any kinds of sports, was always picked last for 
gym class and had the self-esteem of Charlie Brown.

I didn't feel like people believed in me so I didn't believe in myself.

In spite of all my insecurities I became quite successful with my high school speech team, was president of FBLA and landed all the leads in my high school play. Heck I even
landed the child lead in a traveling production my Sophomore year. 
Acting gave me confidence like I had never known.

I wasn't happy with 

I constantly obsessed about my weight...
my hair...

I never felt good enough.

When my Dad was dying in June 1996 I made him and ME a promise.
I was going to set a goal and RUN a marathon and dedicate it to HIM.

I had never ran a day in my life.

Not only did I REACH my goal...but I raised $4,000 dollars for the Leukemia Society...the awful disease that took my father from me...and I gained respect for MYSELF. I had a confidence I had 
never known in MYSELF.

It was a beautiful thing.
At the finish line in 1999. I ran the Mayor's Midnight Sun in Anchorage, Alaska.

But somewhere along the line
I have lost my way.
The confidence I once knew has gone.

I find myself self-conscious and fixated on my body flaws.
When I look in the mirror I see an aging, frumpy-looking woman.
I FEEL like an aging, frumpy-looking woman!

But that's changing...
slowly, but surely.
And it feels so good.

This quote is such a wonderful reminder for me...
when I was training for my first marathon (i have ran two)...
I never, ever focused on the finish line. 
I took each day and focused on the run THAT DAY.
It was a powerful thing to see myself grow stronger and stronger each day.

And it can be today.

If you have lost your way...
If you feel bad about yourself...
your body...
where you are in your fitness life I have the book for YOU!

I have followed Tosca for over 10 years. She is AMAZING!!

This book is life-changing in soooo many ways! She shares HER journey and the
way she went about getting back in shape in her 40's is nothing less than motivational and inspirational!

I turn 50 this year.
It is my intention to set a goal, make a plan, get to work, stick to it and

If you would like information on Tosca's book you can go here.

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