I'm finally back in Florida after spending the last 3 out of 4 weeks in Alaska, the 2nd trip was to escape Irma's wrath! So thankful everything is fine here in Miami, feeling so blessed that both my apartment and studio came through unscathed and I can get back to my new life here :)
I had a lot of realizations and clarity come to me on this last trip to Alaska, in such a way that I can truly move forward and explore a new life full of adventures, new people and being the strong, empowered woman I am. Nothing is holding me back any longer and I feel I am in a position to now help other women realize their full potential and inspire and motivate us all to reach for the stars!!
Before I left to Alaska I had just finished up this 3'x3' painting "The Power of the Moon". This painting is part of my enlightenment series where I have created a new set of symbols that empower us to find enlightenment in everything around us. I used my "moon/gravity enlightenment" symbol for this painting, see the circular black and white drawing below and find it within the painting 😊😊I created this symbol to inspire us to find enlightenment through forces outside of ourself. We all now how much power the moon has on our planet, how it pulls the tides in and out and creates light for us during darkness. I personally notice changes in myself when there is a full moon, particularly that I have a more difficult time sleeping, without fail every month for several days.
This got me to thinking about how we allow so many outer forces to dictate how we live our lives, and give more control to certain things, and people, than others. We can't avoid things, thoughts and people having an effect on us, but what we CAN control is who and what we surround ourselves with and make sure we have positivity in every aspect of our lives. There are times however, like me with difficulty sleeping during a full moon, that we don't have control over, but we DO have control over how we respond and act to those situations. We can either fight it and create negative energy in our lives, or look for the positives in the situation and find ways to learn and grow from those experiences. I've come to recognize the issue with sleeping and the moon and know that it is only temporary; and if I feel the need to take a nap to make up for my sleeples nights, I do, and I don't let it stop me from carrying on in a normal way, I just take the extra time to rest if needed. I have learned that most negative things in life are temporary and we shouldn't give such things power over us, for they will soon be gone and nothing but a distant memory. There is no need to spend valuable time and energy dwelling on things that won't last, instead focus on the important things in life that create positive energy and happiness, make those things permanent aspects of your life.
I hope this painting, and my moon/gravity enlightenment symbolism, will help you rethink what positive and negative influences and forces you allow into your life. Create positive energy within yourself, which will radiate unto others, and respond to all outside influences with positivity.
In addition to the moon/gravity symbol there are other symbols throughout the painting that I use frequently, such as the floral "true love" symbol. Be positive, stay true to yourself and embrace life and love.
I will be doing a blog post soon with more in depth details on my Enlightenment series, the symbols and their meanings. Created on a 36"x36" Genie Canvas.
So strange to think that 25 years ago, a week before Hurricane Andrew hit South Florida, I had packed all my belongings into one suitcase, had $150 in my pocket and hopped on a plane from Alaska, followed by a greyhound bus from Seattle headed to Orlando. I had no idea where I was going to live, no job in place, I didn't even know a single soul in Florida, but I was young, fearless and carefree, ready for a new adventure!
Here I am 25 years later with Irma bearing down on South Florida, where I just moved to. And I have the same sense of being fearless and carefree. I feel life has come full circle in many ways in my life.
3 months ago I ended my marriage and relationship with the man I was married to for 21 years, and have known since I first moved to Florida, and the father of the light of my life, my daughter Aroon. I left everything behind in Daytona Beach, Fl, and moved to Miami Beach (where my daughter was already living). I went back to Daytona a month ago to get my studio and that was all I have brought with me to start over. I literally had nothing but a small bag when I first headed to Miami. I had no idea where I was going to live down there, how I was going to set up my studio, nothing, but I needed to make this change for my sanity, health and soul.
I have since set up an apartment where I had to buy absolutely everything, I had nothing from my life with my Ex, I didn't want any of it, or the painful memories. I also have a beautiful, inspiring studio 2 blocks from the beach. But, here I am, back in Daytona, once again leaving everything behind, watching as Irma bears down on Florida, this time with the possibility that there will be nothing left of my new life...but you know what, I'M OKAY WITH IT. And it's because all of what is in miami is just things...even my paintings are physical things, and I can always create more 😊😊😊
It's such a powerful feeling to let go of the attachment to things, they just aren't important in the overall scheme of our lives. We need to release our fear of losing THINGS, and focus on our relationships with people, and our faith and purpose. "Things" detract and distract from living a fulfilling life...release the fear, and embrace living through enlightenment of who you are and what meaning your life has, and who is important to you. Free yourself from materialism and toxic relationships, instead focus on people who truly love and care about you, surround your life with positivity to Live Your Best Life.
Please stay safe all my fellow Floridians, praying for all of you and your family and friends. We will get through this, we are survivors, each and every one of us in our own way, dont ever forget that 💖💕💗💞
My heart is with all of you, Stay Strong and Hold Fast.
Every now and then someone will contact me about a painting they saw online and ask if it is still available, and more often than not the painting has already sold. This is true of one of my most popular paintings from 2008, "Aqua Burn", it sold in 2008, but prints are available of it. A recent, new collector, reached out to see if it was possible to similarly recreate it. I was more than happy to do so, since I haven't painted anything from my Circle of Life painting in months! I always enjoy revisiting certain styles and colors, and this is one of my favorite color combinations for any style or painting.
The original "Aqua Burn" was created on an 18"x24" canvas, but the new collector wanted a much larger size and we settled on a 60"x48" Genie Canvas. I always love to paint oversized, it's challenging and the effect of larger paintings is so impressive once hung. Here is a compilation video of the painting in process and finished hanging up in it's new home.
Below are pics of the painting hanging in it's new home in the mountains of Montana ( I lived in Montana for the first 5 years of my life :). The beautiful mountain scene is what the painting sees looking out the window, how magnificent and beautiful is that?!
It's amazing how well such a colorful, contemporary painting can fit in with the wild rustic beauty of the collectors home they describe as "Mountain refined with log accents". It's as though they were made for each other! It is always such a thrill to see my art hanging in it's new home, it's as if a part of me gets to travel around the world through my art.