Sunday, November 23, 2014

Color on a rainy November day

Why is it that when life is gearing up to be very busy, all I suddenly want to do is paint?!?
Oh well, it's ok with me, especially when the result is such an intense wolf face! Love it!! He looks straight into my soul it seems.
This following week is going to be busy and so much fun. We are getting ready for Thanksgiving, my very favorite american holiday and then for family coming to visit.
And the week after we are all leaving together to cruise the Caribbean for a while. I can't wait!! But it's still more than week before that happens and there's much to do to get the house ready for our house/pet sitter.
And there's still more to paint! I have another one in the works as I'm writing this. I might even get it finished today... The next one is less intense and more playful again.
And here...drumroll please...are my new business cards! I love them!! These are from moo.com and they do such a great job.

I leave you with a wish for a color-filled week for you! If you celebrate Thanksgiving, enjoy this time of family, friends and abundant food. And if you don't celebrate Thanksgiving, still enjoy your family, friends and abundant food.

With much love and gratitude,

Silke

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Moments in time

A new painting, already sold and traveling to it's new home later this week. This one makes my heart very happy!
Ramses saying: "Good morning! Now feed me!!!"
Winslow and his buddy Zachy keeping me company while I paint.
A cozy evening by the fire.
Whole wheat pancakes with wild Maine blueberries for breakfast last weekend.
Mussels and homemade bread for dinner a couple of nights ago.
Evidence of painting.
Two of my favorite things. Knitting and painting.
My art on a tote bag. Isn't it fun?!
My art on my iPhone. Eeeek!!!! Can you tell I'm excited! I got these items through my Society6 shop.
I hope your week is filled with many fun moments!! I'm going to bundle up now and take Winslow and Zachy out for a walk in the cold.

Much love,

Silke

Thursday, November 13, 2014

An Epiphany...of sorts....

Have you ever had an epiphany about something you've really known for a long time? But suddenly you KNOW it? That's what happened to me yesterday. Yesterday's blog post ended up being quite cathartic for me. I think I had to write this down so it could get out.
And many of your comments and e-mails encouraged me to move forward and stop listening to those old tapes. As if it were that simple...
And then it occurred to me: it IS that simple! Not always easy, but just that simple. In order for things to change and for me to live the life I came here to live, I have to move forward. I'm almost 50 years old - why do I keep listening to messages from my past? They are now totally out of context and need to be put to rest.
If I want to live MY life, I need to start giving myself the messages I wish I had received as a child. I need to start loving myself - all of me! Body and mind and spirit! Wow, there's a revelation... also quite simple!
Simple, but HUGE!
Loving myself.
Flaws and all!
Moods and all!
Hormones and all!
Curves and all!
Cellulite and all!
Insecurities and all!
Awesomeness and all!
Kind spirit and all!
Sensitivity and all!
Weirdness and all!
Guilt and all!
Inner Artist and all!
Softness and all!
Loving heart and all!
And all!!
ALL!!!!
I'm willing to do it! I've been on the cusp of living my authentic life for so long, I'm ready! I was born ready, as they say! And even though I got sidetracked for a few years, I'm ready again!
Thank you, friends! For being there. For witnessing. For encouraging. For loving me. For listening. For indulging me as I find my way. But mostly for being there...

With immense love and gratitude,

Silke
P.S. I'll have more happy art to show soon. I'm planning to get my hands "dirty" with paint today.

P.P.S. When I was in school we had to write with a fountain pen. It was the worst when it leaked and I got ink all over my hands. Now it's the best when after painting my hands are all colorful... :)

P.P.P.S. All photos are from my walk with Winslow and his buddy Zachy (we are dog sitting for a friend) this morning. Even though two dogs were pulling on my arms, I managed to snap a few photos for the gorgeous foliage right now!