Monday, September 1, 2014

REVELATIONS

REVALATIONS


I have been having a blast painting “Fields of Flowers”.  
There are about 30 plus paintings in this body of work. 
I am very HAPPY and Blessed to say 
that most of them have sold!    
… but it feels like the time is right for a little change.



I have just started a new series called “Love Stories”.  
With every new body of work come new challenges 
and usually great and exciting rewards. 
I am in the midst of painting the third painting 
from this new series and already two have sold!
Yay!!!!



I usually have about 3-9 paintings going at the same time. 
I do this as to not get bored or stumped while in progress. 
There are some that have been waiting a long time for me to throw some new paint on them, 
while others I can’t seem to keep my hands off of them. 
Bottom line is I LOVE MY JOB!



I recently got accepted into the ArtExpo New York 2015!!!
I honestly was just sending an email off 
to find out some information for 
possibly exhibiting during the 2016 exhibit.
However, when I received a call from them 
later that day saying I had been accepted… 
I jumped at the opportunity! 
Wow! Me… at ArtExpo NY! 
Yaaawhooooo!!!!

http://artexponewyork.com


With so much time to prepare, 
I started painting with a slightly different perspective. 
Usually I paint fast and furiously. 
I love the quick flow of jumping from painting to painting 
watching multiple paintings taking on their stories, 
colors, and compositions. 
Truly there is not much more that is as exciting and fulfilling.





I thought for the NY show, I should slow things down a bit. Stop and smell each rose. 
Take the time to study every inch of how the canvas is flowing.
 Let me say that it has great points and some challenging points.

I am loving the peacefulness of going at a slower pace. 
I am taking the time to enjoy watching the paints flow and blend together. 
I am adding some collage elements to this new series 
as well as using some fabulous paint mediums. 
In other words, I am adding more textures and layers.



What I am not loving is the fact that I producing half as many paintings as I was before. 
Hmmmm…. This is worrisome to me. 
I am trying to keep up with the supply and demand of the galleries and buyers, 
but am worried that I will be unable to please everyone 
AND save some paintings for the exhibit in NY.

What I have concluded…



I need to stick to my philosophy for life. 
If I’m not having Fun, and if I’m not Spreading Love… 
Why Bother! 
In other words… 
I am going to chill and just 
enjoy this time of painting at a slower pace!



It may be just for a season, 
or I may fall in love with a slower pace. 
Either way, if I continue to paint 
with the goal of having Fun, 
and hopefully Spreading a little Love… 

Life will be just grand!

Love and Hugs,

Kim

Monday, January 20, 2014

WARNING: THIS BLOG HAS RELIGIOUS CONTENT







God gave me the gift of a miracle today. 

My best friend died recently…actually months ago now.
 Since her death, I have grown angry with God, 
kind of that Love Hate relationship. 
I know I can’t live without God, 
but living with God without Laurie became too painful. 
That’s where the anger came in.
 You see, Laurie and I… 
our whole relationship revolved around God. 
We were prayer partners. 
We would read the bible together, share devotionals 
and how they were speaking into our lives, 
we would pray together, do ministries together...
we were there for each other through thick and thin. 
I refer to Laurie as my Spiritual Spouse. 
There is a huge whole in my life without her.




Anyway, I have been complaining
 to anyone that would listen lately
 how pissed off I was with God. 
Laurie was gone and I had no sign or intuition
 that she was at peace with Him
 and safe in His arms in heaven.

I kept asking God for signs. 
At first I thought he was sending me wild turkeys as a sign. 
Long story… 
but basically Laurie would have called me a turkey 
for even needing a sign in the first place.

So this morning, I started my morning the usual way. 
I sat in my chair with my pile of books; 
devotional, bible, journal, and bible study. 
I always start with prayer asking God for personal requests 
and then leading into asking for forgiveness and a clean heart, 
and finally asking for God to bless the time I was about to spend with Him.
 I specifically ask for Him to show me 
exactly what He wanted me to learn and focus on for the day.




I started praying. 
Jesus interrupted me and said
 “Wait, I have Laurie here for you.”
“You have Laurie there? She’s there? Laurie are you there?” 
Laurie responded with 
“Of course I am here! Where else would I be Goofy!” 
I started sobbing. 
She went on to tell me that she’s been sending me flowers. 
She said not to call the new series of paintings 
“The Garden Series” 
because they weren’t… 
they were “Fields of Flowers”. 
She said they went on and on. … 
Laurie LOVED flowers! 
One of the last things we did together 
was walk hand in hand in her Garden 
admiring the flowers and enjoying the fresh air
 and sun on our faces. 
... She told me to stop mourning 
and get myself out of the mud. 
She wanted me to start glorifying God. 
She told me that whenever I felt lonely for her
 to just look at the flowers she has sent me.
 Then Jesus told me I needed to spend more time
 listening to Him as opposed to speaking at Him.



I need to clarify something at this point. 
I am a painter. 
I have until 3 weeks ago been painting strictly birds and trees. 
The flowers that I recently started painting just happened. 
There was no thought involved at all! 
I sat and just started seeing flowers on the canvas. 
My brush moved quickly outlining the different shapes… 
and before I knew it, 
I was staring at my canvas completely covered with flowers.


So, you’d think the story stops there, right? 
Well it doesn’t!
I then went to my devotional and as always, 
I would randomly open to any page. 
I felt God would choose what He wanted me to read. 
This is what it said:
“Be still and know that I am God. 
Your life has been tumultuous recently- 
full of change and new responsibilities. 
You have continued to spend time alone with Me. 
You need to set aside time for listening to Me- 
blocking out distractions 
and reconnecting with me in the depths of your soul.”
The devotion goes on, 
and you can read it in Sarah Young’s Jesus Today page 282-283.



About a week ago, a friend of mine, who also happens to be my pastor, 
posted some verses from Psalm 46 on Face book. 
I read the psalm that day. 
A few days ago, Psalm 46 came up in another devotional. 
I read again psalm 46. 
Today, I decided that when I read Psalm 46, 
I needed to read in a different version from the normal NIV version. 
I read it from the Message.

“God is a safe place to hide,
Ready to help when we need Him.
 We stand fearless at the cliff-edge of doom,
 Courageous in sea storm and earthquake,
Before the rush and roar of the oceans,
The tremors that shift the mountains.
Jacob- Wrestling God fights for us,
God of the Angel Armies protects us.”

Laurie’s favorite song… 
The song that we claimed as our Victory song over her cancer was 
“Whom shall I Fear” (God of Angel Armies) by Chris Tomlin.



Now I know this has been a LONG post…. 
But seriously, how could I have left any part out?

Today… God granted my hearts desire. 
Today, God gave me a miracle, 
and Laurie sent me Fields of Flowers!


Friday, January 10, 2014

A Year in Review!








A YEAR IN REVIEW!




This has been the best year for my art!
I have been working hard at challenging myself, 
I’ve taken a few workshops, 
and I’ve made more sales this year than any other year. 
YAY!


"Surrounded"

I even opened up a new studio! 
It's much larger than my home studio, 
and I can have clients and friends meet me there! 
I also plan to have some Open Studios
 once the weather gets a bit nicer!


Westerly, RI Studio




HOWEVER…

This has also been the most difficult year of my life too! 
I have lost three people I loved dearly. 
Two were my best friends, and one was my father.
 I’d like to say I was Wonder Woman and stayed strong, 
helping those around me, keeping everything together...
THAT is the furthest thing from the truth!


My BFFL Laurie

Me and My Grandma, also one of my Best Friends!

My Dad with Alicia ( my oldest daughter) and Leo (White Golden)


I’m going to be brutally honest here. 
I had a nervous breakdown. 
Complete with suicidal tendencies and hospitalization. 
I kept thinking about Van Gogh,
 wondering if I had eaten too much paint! 
Anyway, it was hard for me to keep up with the demands of everyday life, 
never mind keeping up with supply and demand of clients and galleries.

"Take Time to Smell the Flowers"


The good news is that I am surrounded by people I love and who love me! 
Painting was, and is a BLESSING! 
For me, there is no better way to escape from the world 
than to get totally submerged in creating something beautiful 
that will help make other people happy!



One of my highlights of the year was taking a workshop from 
the wonderful and magnificent Flora Blowley!
If you ever get a chance to take one of her workshops… 
I HIGHLY recommend it! 
It was FUN and full of wonderful things to learn!


"Love Fully Bloomed"


I was also given the opportunity to join a new Gallery that had the potential of exposing my art internationally. I learned a lot from this opportunity… but the number one thing I learned was that I have to be true to myself, or else my gift of being able to create would up and walk out the door! I found that I do NOT do well under pressure… I am more content with surrounding myself with things that are familiar, and also to be able to create at my own pace.

FYI – Now that this is out of the way… be watching for more blogs from me! I have three more stories I’m looking forward to sharing with you!

ME! Scuba Diving!!!!


Happiness and Hugs to you all!

Kim

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

LOVE BIRDS, PUPPIES AND CORAL!


There are some days you wake up and your feet hit the ground running… 
Today was one of those days.  
I was woken up to my daughter calling 
and asking if I could watch her puppy for the day…
 Of course I said yes… After all, I would be in the studio for the day painting.
 I figured Ben ( my Border Collie) would keep Leo ( My daughters Golden puppy) 
entertained while I was painting.
I also planned on training Leo  throughout the day in between brush strokes! 
HA!



 There was little painting done,
 However, I DID manage to finish one painting that was nearly done. 
I have had so many people comment on how much they enjoy seeing the transitioning of my paintings, so I am enclosing three images of it’s progression.  ( sorry there's not more than three)
The painting is called “Love Birds”. 
It is mixed media, and it is 24x24.








I plan on exhibiting ( and hopefully selling!) this in the Narragansett Art Festival. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Narragansett-Art-Festival/136429106435544   
 ( Only 14 days left to paint! YIKES!!!!)




Last week I was blessed enough to go on vacation with my honey. 
We both love scuba diving, and I always seem to get ideas for paintings from the coral and plant life underwater. 
This dive, I saw some amazing coral that reminded me so much of Gustuv Klimt’s paintings. … 
Have you ever noticed that when you are studying something, 
that something just shows up EVERYWHERE! 
Well, see for yourself. 
Do you think it looks like it belongs in a Klimt painting?

Isn't it GORGEOUS!


Now, here’s my interpretation of it:


I’m not sure where or how this will show up in my paintings… 
all I know is that this image is locked in my brain! 
Such beauty is all around us! 
All we need to do is stop long enough to appreciate it 
and then give it our own interpretation!

Well, that’s all for now! Until next time… Happy Creating!
Blessings and Hugs,
Kim

Thursday, May 9, 2013

WARNING- This is NOT an ART Blog

Day 10 - WARNING: This is NOT an Art Blog… This is a HEART blog.


There has been something haunting me lately.

I want to warn you right up front that this blog has to do with Religion, Gay Rights, and of course MY OPINION.

I do not wish to debate with anyone about the subject, so please leave your negativity at the door. I only wish to express my opinion.

Some things you may not know about me:

I was born and raised Jewish.

I am now a Christian. …Although I hesitate to use the term due to the radical implications that go along with it… I am a Born Again Christian. This does not mean I wish to shove my beliefs down anyone’s throat, this means that I choose to live my life biblically. I wish to reflect the LOVE that God has shown me to others. I do, however still swear, drink, and I am usually the first to make dirty jokes at inappropriate times. ( I learned this from my Grandma!)

I have been married more than half my life to a man I am MADLY and PASSIONATELY in LOVE with!

I am 50 years old and LOVE being 50!

I have two daughters whom I LOVE and am SO PROUD of both of them! … One of my daughters is going to become a Vet and is working hard at finishing her 3rd year at URI. One of my daughters is a hairstylist who has to work a second job to make ends meet while she builds her clientele .

One of my daughters is Gay and is currently living with her girlfriend. THIS is what today’s blog is about. Being a Christian mother of a gay child in a state (Rhode Island) that currently legalized Gay Marriage.

So… If I’ve triggered any of your negative buttons… PLEASE READ NO FURTHER! I do NOT wish to upset anyone… I merely would like my opinion heard.


When my daughter first came out to me in the parking lot of the art supply store, I was in total shock. I turned white and a million questions were rolling through my head! I was upset that she had “chosen” this life style for herself. Life just got a whole lot more complicated for my family, especially my child… The child that I loved and adored, the child who wanted nothing more than to be a great Mom since she herself was just a small child. A child who had not only chosen to be a Christian, but begged me to find Jesus myself.

How could this be? I never once asked God WHY this was happening to my daughter. No… My first question was this… “Have you talked to Jesus about this? “  MY greatest fear was not that my child was gay. My greatest fear is that she had chosen to leave her relationship with Jesus. Her answer, “YES! And He still LOVES me!”.

Three years and a handful of girlfriends later, I’m still not comfortable with her being gay. I like her girlfriend now… but there have been some I did NOT like at all! Although I am still waiting for Prince Charming to come and sweep her off her feet, I am content to leave this in the hands God and my daughter. It is HER life! I will support my daughter no matter what, even if I don’t understand her choices, I realize they are her choices to make.

What do I want for my daughter? Happiness, safety, health, and most importantly for her to maintain her relationship with God! I can’t be there to always protect, provide, guide, … but I believe that God CAN and God IS! HE LOVES her no matter what… and you know what… I DO TOO!

So when I hear people making statements about Rhode Island being a Godless State… it is offensive. It HURTS! Do they think my child chose to be gay? Someone compared her being gay to choosing to watch pornography. I believe that watching pornography IS a CHOICE… Being gay is NOT a choice.

If you are still with me, I challenge you to watch the following video on YouTube.
 I warn you, it is very UPSETTING to say the least! The combination of  having friends making judgments about my daughter, and watching this movie provoked my need to express my opinions.

So what do I BELIEVE?

I BELIEVE we are ALL called to LOVE one another.
I BELIEVE that GOD LOVES ALL HIS CHILDREN.
I BELIEVE that we need to leave Judgement to GOD, because who is without flaws and sins of their own?
I BELIEVE that every word in the BIBLE is TRUE.
I BELIEVE in LOVE!

So please do not judge me for being a Born Again Christian. Please do not judge my daughter for being GAY. PLEASE DO LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOU WOULD LOVE YOURSELF.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Day 9 - Commissions and Thinking Green

This week was a great week! 
Filled with friends and just enough time in the studio to feel somewhat productive!

The first project to start this week was a commissioned painting. I only had two days to work on the piece, but I am about half way done, and there is no deadline. 
Here is the progression so far:





As you can see, I love my layers and LOVE to drip on off my edges! 
This is a family portrait ( Kim Ellery style!). 
Mom, Dad, My friend Melissa (note the hot pink... Melissa has blonde and hot pink hair!),
 two brothers, and then the baby sister who is into acting and singing...so I HAD to make her sing! 
This was two short days in the studio.



Today I woke up and realized "YIKES!... I am painting live tomorrow AND need to pick out a few paintings to exhibit! .... My commissioned piece was going to have to wait a few more days. 

 I wanted to bring along two paintings in progress to paint on at Opening at Hairspray Gallery.
 I already have one that is driving me crazy... So I added a few more layers to it today and put a thin coat of acrylic medium on it.



Next, I started the very first layer on a sparkling clean white canvas! 30x30x2.5! 
YAY! One of my favorite things to do!!! 
I think it kind of looks like a peacock so far! ... 
Check out the mess I work with! 
I am NOT a clean artist... but I DO know where to find everything!




Lastly, I wanted to prepare some watercolor paper to collage with. So I got out my used paper towels and used fabric sheets...Added a bit of water to some acrylic medium and applied the listed items above to a full sheet of water color paper.


So if anyone is free tomorrow from 7-9... I'll be painting live at 
Hairspray Salon/ Gallery
259 Wickenden St 
Providence, RI
(401) 273-9210

Until next week! Happy Spring and Happy Creating!!!
Hugs,
Kim