I am beginning to get uncovered from the paint and wrapping paper and glittery bows...and I am reminded once again of these words as we approach the dawning of the New Year...I post them here for you also to reflect and rejoice in the wisdom...
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Marianne Williamson from her book, "A Return to Love," p. 1655
I have been tagged by Laura for 7 random facts about myself!! HUMMMMM...here goes!!
2. I was married to my first husband for exactly 3 years and 2 children!! (so I guess that is what the marriage was all about...children!)
3. I have won several blue ribbons for my needle stitching! I do not do it as much as I use to but I still love it when I do.
4. I was MISS SOUTH DISTRICT in a beauty contest for our city when I was 16! I still have my tiara! And can still do the queenly wave from the back of a corvette if I need to!!
5. I call my good husband MR. MIKE (which makes everyone laugh! and we have been married 22 years!)
6. I DO NOT let a day go by without doing something creative...
7. I do not think I own a piece of clothing that does not have paint, glue or glitter on it!
So, now it is my turn to tag, here are the rules and here is who I choose!!
The rules: -Link to the person who tagged you and post the rules on your blog.-Share 7 random and/or weird things about yourself-Tag 3 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.-Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
Lee at Defining me
Lisa at Groggy Froggy
Megan at dot in time
Lani Kent was offering up this beautiful package of artwork cards and magnets...so in the holiday spirit I threw my name in the hat!! AND WHAT TO MY WONDERING EYES SHOULD APPEAR, but a post from my friend Chantal congratulating me on my good fortune! My little fingers ran to Lani 's blog to see my good cheer and I ended up prancing and dancing like 8 tiny reindeer!! So, OK, I know it is pretty bad, but I am so excited to receive this package, I do not usually win things, and this year, I have been in several swaps that landed in the zone of no return! So how exciting is this?!?!? When you visit Lani's blog make sure you also visit her website and check out the amazing block assemblage she does!! She is a wonderful inspiration for all of us!! Thank you Lani......I look forward to unwrapping this delightfully delicious package!!
HO-HO-HO...... MERRY CHRISTMAS!
I am a busy little elf in the studio this month...meeting deadlines and making my gifts! You would think that I would take a tip from Santa and start a little earlier..... NAH...what fun would that be?! I work best at the 11th hour!! Hope to be back soon.....Till then...
MAY YOUR DAYS BE MERRY AND BRIGHT!
THE TRICK IS TO FIND THE MAN IN THE COFFEE BEANS:
This is bizarre - after you find the guy - it’s so obvious.
Once you find him - it’s embarrassing, and you think, Why didn’t I see him immediately?
Doctors have concluded that if you find the man in the coffee beans in 3 seconds, the right half of your brain is better developed than most people.
If you find the man between 3 seconds and 1 minute, the right half of the brain is developed normally.
If you find the man between 1 minute and 3 minutes, then the right half of your brain is functioning slowly and you need to eat more protein
If you have not found the man after 3 minutes, the advice is to look for more of this type of exercise to make that part of the brain stronger!!!
And, yes, the man is really there!!!
A very happy Thanksgiving blessing to all....Last year for Thanksgiving I gave each member of my family a piece of construction paper and some crayons...we all made our hand print turkey!! Do you remember making them as a kid??? Give it a try with your family this year, it is sure to bring back memories and laughter...Count your blessings on all of your hands...This is mine from last year...Looking forward to more creative gratitude this year...Blessings to all...
So, I have been thinking! (my dh usually says: OH no ...she is thinking again...we're in trouble!) LOL...I receive a good deal of E mail about my site Luminosity
How the affirmations that I do, Monday through Friday, touch their lives and makes them think about different things....So here is where the "thinking" comes in!! (LOL) I have decided that come JANUARY 1, 2008 I will be finishing up the Luminosity site and beginning a NEW SITE...where I will help you do your own affirmation pages by providing some writing prompts....I will still share my affirmations but would love for others to JOIN WITH ME in this adventure...I will be posting this again and hope that I will HEAR FROM YOU and let me know if you would love to join in the fun of exploring FROM THE INSIDE OUT....which will be the new site once I get it perfected!! Now, this would be a place where you can take the prompt (or use your own insight) and then once you complete your affirmation you will be able to place a link to your site in the comment section to share what it is that you are focusing on or learned about yourself..... WHAT DO YOU THINK??? (If you want to do artwork...do so...If you want to just write...that is cool too...because Affirmations are YOURS to learn from and there is NO RIGHT WAY OR WRONG WAY to do them!)
WOULD YOU LIKE TO PLAY NEXT YEAR AND LEARN A LITTLE MORE ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR HONEST SPIRIT?
LET ME KNOW I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!
What is it about fall that makes us want to nest??? Makes us want to clean and organize our space?
Like many of you I have a studio in my home...well, some days it is a studio and some days it is just a path to the place where I work!! Today, it is a path...I am finishing up a project and working daily on my affirmation pages...I have a list of deadlines on my wall (I am a last minute deadline girl as you all know!! It just seems to make my creative juices flow!)But before I can really get into the next project I have to pick up and clean my studio space!! Now, this is no easy task!! Because I am learning that part of the clutter is what makes me the most creative! I like to be surrounded, almost nestled into the surroundings in some sort of way, as if I am a part of it and not just the person that comes in here to work or play....I am sure that I do not own a pair of pants, or shirt that does not have some kind of paint, glue or glitter on it! I get a new pair of pj's and a bathrobe every year and PROMISE myself that I will NOT wear them in the studio and then BAM...I do and christen it with some kind of medium! As I type this I can barely see any wood on the top of this desk...It is covered with papers and affirmations, trinkets of all shapes and sizes and books that bring me peace and creative inspiration.
So, what is it about fall that makes us want to clean and prepare for the winter ahead? Is it something that is just a part of nature like the squirrels and bears do before the cold of winter hits? Do we do this instinctively the way nature does...I am watching out the window as leaves are falling gently from the trees in my yard, feathering the ground lightly to allow the grass a blanket which to slumber under....As I gaze and ponder what it is that needs to be done in here to gently ease myself into this cold weather, I wonder, how many others are doing the same!
So today, may you feather your abode and prepare yourself to be creative and strong...may you know that this process is going on in other studios at the very same time and feel a comfort of connection....
I have returned home from my trip to visit the most gracious couple I have had the pleasure to know...Debs and Tim not only opened their beautiful home to me, but also their hearts. On the beautiful island of Key West, Florida they opened the door to their home, where wonderment and treasures adorned every square inch of it. Such a feast for the eyes for an artist...I would touch things and see the gatherings of a life time in their home....And had the privilege to hear the stories that connected these collections to their hearts...and now etched into my mind and heart also...I could sit on their front porch and hear the swaying of the palms at sunset, see the opening of the bird of paradise flowers in the neighbors yard, butterflies, lizards, iguanas, and birds...for one who needed serenity this was certainly paradise! The sunsets, the food, the laughter, the stories, the freedom and the abundance of friendship and love was all so comforting to my heart... While I was taken on sight seeing adventures, went to fantasy fest , and ate the most wonderful meals...it is the fullness of my heart that I bring back with me...the unconditional amount of open hospitality, the closeness of the life stories that we shared and the feeling of family that my memory will hold with the most loving of thoughts. I am aware that one does not have to be born into this family in order to belong....My heart is full and I miss them already. So from my heart to yours I know dear Debs and Tim that thank you for what you have given me is such a small set of words but my heart is in every letter....
Today, I wish for all of you to know and experience that which a friend can bring to your table. And that you too will feel the love deep within your heart and carry that with you forever.
Today I am making the final preparations for a 10 day holiday!!! I will be off line till November 2
May your joys be as bright as the morning,
And your sorrows merely be shadows that fade,
In the sunlight of Love.
May you have enough happiness to keep you sweet.
Enough trials to keep you human.
Enough hope to keep you happy.
Enough failure to keep you humble.
Enough success to keep you eager.
Enough friends to give you comfort.
Enough faith and courage in yourself to banish sadness.
Enough wealth to meet your needs.
And one thing more: enough determination
To make each day a more wonderful day than the day before.
(My friend, Chantal sent this to me, and I do so love it!)
Blessings to all...
I received my "ARTIST COMP" copy in the mail today!!!!!!!! WATCH FOR IT ON NEWS STANDS IN NOVEMBER! It is a 2 page spread!! YUP!!!!!!!! 2 whole glorious pages! One page is a complete photo spread of the t-shirts (beautifully photographed) and one page is an artist statement about ME and the how to make these t-shirts!! I am so honored...so excited...to be a part of this magazine...I love all the Stampington publications....I truly am blessed!
The Power of Pink Art Bra: Patricia J. Mosca and Nancy L. Jones
as seen in Art Bra Calendar 2007 THE POWER OF PINK
She always loved pink! During her wild child days of delighting in every moment, delectable pink adorned her from head to toe. It made her feel pretty. Deeper than pretty, really because pink is the color of miracles. Ah, Pink! Bubblegum and roses, flamingos and flaming sunsets.
As she grew older, pink became less of a focal point in her wardrobe. She decided that "black" was her color of choice in her twenties. Her thirties were "blue" and pink slipped further into the shadows. But, pink was patient. It wasn't until after the visit to her doctor.
After the screams and tears. After she began her treatments. After the shock wore off. As she started to piece back the fabric of her life. Her strength and her courage allowed her to live again. And what did she discover? PINK!
Pink is the energy that moves us out of negative states, giving us physical and spiritual clarity. Pink is the balance of yin and yang. Pink is tremendously powerful. The wild child wears the ribbon proudly, the symbol of a bodacious warrior. It diminishes the fear and anguish of dis-ease. It lovingly supports the integrity of the individual. Pink is the color of healing. Pink is the color of her soul. She glitters in pink, she glides, she feels pretty!
Never underestimate the power of pink! It HEALS OUR WORLD! When you have a choice wear and think PINK!
Written by: Patricia J. Mosca and Royce Addington
This month make sure you self exam or go get an exam...team up with a buddy! Also, see if your local breast cancer coalition can use your help in any way...As women we must work together for a cure.... OH YES, AND WEAR PINK!
My donation to our local breast cancer charity auction!
It has been my extreme pleasure to work on this banner that will go in a memory garden for a young women (17 years old) who lost her life in a car accident, along with 3 of her friends. Katie loved pink and Zinnia's... So this banner is to honor her life. I wrote this affirmation to go along with it and it is written on the back of the banner...
It is here we will gather...
We will sit and watch
the flowers grow....
We will make wishes on
As you sleep in the stars...
It is here we will gather...
To remember you...
To remember to laugh...
To remember to dream.
It is here we will gather...
To feel your love, and the
colors of your shining soul
As you kiss us softly with
Today may your remember to give the people you love an extra kiss...
Where did the time go???? It has been over a week since I last posted on this site....OH MY!! Well, let me begin by saying that I have had a sinus infection and not feeling well...hummm...my cat chewed my cable...hummm....I was abducted by aliens....hummm... well, truth is that I have been sick , but I am also elbow deep once again in deadlines!! I am working on so many things at once again that my studio is a disaster area!! LOL..Although I am finding out that more and more artist are exposing their studios to look very similar to mine!! See, if it isn't messy than I am not working!! LOL..I have gotten into the habit of putting the tops back on the paint , which is a very good thing and hopefully will save me some money( I won't have to replace so many!!) I have been posting some of my current work over at one of my other blogs...visit me there and see what I have been partially up to ...and leave me a comment....it is always nice to hear from everyone!!
Fall is beginning here in upstate NY and I love the smell in the air...love the cooler nights and the beautiful colors...dread the snow...but I know it will follow!! Hope this post finds every one well and happy and up to their elbows in creativity....
Wishing you a slice of warm apple pie!!
Thank you to everyone who joined in the celebration....It was a lot of fun! Thank you all for the wonderful Birthday Wishes....Please join me in the joy of the BEAUTIFUL SUNFLOWERS that my good friend, Debs sent to me for my birthday! Thank you all again....
And Lisa....watch for snail mail to your new nest!!
PS: Please check back on September 6 for the announcement of the WINNER!! And GOOD LUCK!
So I have been elbow deep in the paint...trying to finish up the bench for the breast cancer coalition auction that is due at the end of the week. Now, I was feeling a bit down and out...having a small poor pattie pity party...(Do you know the feeling?)I did not get something that I had hoped for...heck I even had it on my dream board...but alas...
When you get those "rejections" it is very difficult NOT to take it personally...when I know in my heart that I shouldn't...So I have had to take time to digest it...work with it..figure out what I want and how I want to go about it from here...when I received some kind and wonderful words from a friend...AND BANG ...BAM...BOOM...POW! It hit me right in the heart today...so I thought I would share what she said....cause boy did the words ever hit home....and made me so aware of the the blessings of friends and their support....THANK YOU CHERYL!!
"Sorry about the disappointment w/the teaching gig... hey...they're doing you a favor...know why?... 'cause they're causing you to create/seek a venue, that is more "you"... that's what it all boils down to Pattie! You didn't get it 'cause it's wasn't' IDEAL for you... so now you get to find/create what IS ideal for you... the entire..who, what, where, when how...on your terms!.. you get to play in the field of possibilities more than you have!...Sounds so good.. there's ideas that have just been waiting for an opp. to pop!...I can't wait to see what they will be! Now... go do it!! Folks are waiting for what you have to give! Fly dragonfly girl....fly!!-- and reacquaint w/dragonfly energy...i believe it's about adapting and changing flight "on a dime"... 'cause they're so adaptable ???"
I have my dragon fly gratitude beads in front of me...and I am counting ALL OF MY BLESSINGS...And I am waiting for the OPP to POP!! Take a moment today and send a friend a note of encouragement..a note of praise...a note of friendship....IT WILL MAKE THEIR DAY....and YOURS!!
So many requests have come my way for ART FOR SALE! Well, the store front is now OPEN for business. I am very honored to be able to offer to you a few of the things that I have been making. I also do custom work, so do not be afraid to E-mail me with special requests. I will be sharing more as time goes on.
But for now I have some things hanging in the store here.
Thanks for all the support from everyone who has helped to guide me as I fly on the wings of my dreams.
The pages of the magazine do not scan well on my machine, so I have downloaded pictures I took of them before I sent them off to Art Doll Quarterly...BUT RIGHT NOW
I am floating! I am excited and happy! I finally have an issue of Art Doll Quarterly and there I am in print....Page 95 and page 124! And no little thumb nail picture...HECK they are FULL page pictures........MY heart is racing...my happiness is difficult to contain....I will proudly display MY BIG GIRL AWARD!!!!!! FLYING is a beautiful thing!Let me say that this issue is full of wonderful doll artists, and I am honored to be placed among them. I have personally seen some of the work of Christopher Malone and his masterpieces are magnificent. I own several books by the talented Sandra Evertson, so her paper witch hat is a joy to behold. There are witches and pumpkins and fairies to feast your eyes on! This magazine is top quality and would still be even if I wasn't in it..but seeing as I am, what better way to toot the horn for this Stampington & Company publication. Thanks to everyone who has supported me in all I have been working so hard to do...for standing by me, putting up with me, and listening to me as I dream and cry, and then dream some more. And for all the love each and everyone of you show me every day I thank you with all my heart.
This year I have been making it a point to expose myself more...both to my true self and to others. I have been fairly shy all my life so this is a completely new adventure for me. I have given way to walking up to the edge and jumping! And guess what?!?! I didn't fall...I FLEW! I have come a long way in a year! And I truly am happier than I ever have been with this new found exposure...So, I decided that I would REWARD myself. I have made these BIG GIRL AWARDS for friends, but I have finally made one for myself! So here it is ... the Oscar of all the girl awards! THE BIG GIRL AWARD for putting them on and pulling them up! ENJOY!
The new Art Doll Quarterly is hitting the news stands and I have 2 Gourd Dolls in it!
ME! PUBLISHED...When I receive my copy I will post the pages and the pictures. I am so excited...and I will be published in another magazine in the fall! So I thought I would share my excitement with all today!
Here I am this morning trying with all of my heart to make sense out of a reckless act. My son, who is 32, was leaving a local pub to cross the street to his house, when 3 guys decided that they were going to jump him. Now they did not steal his wallet, they did not say anything to him..they just started beating him up...as luck would have it several people came out of the bar and scared them off...someone called 911..someone followed the guys to the house they went to (so the police do know who they are, but it is up to my son to press charges)...My son, was left unconscious and bleeding in the street! He has bruised ribs...a fractured nose...a lip split so wide open that it took some 28 stitches both inside and out to put back together...He has a black eye and scraps where they pulled him along the sidewalk and hit and kicked him....Even as I write this tears come to my eyes....I am thankful that this is all that happened to him...I am thankful that he has a winning personality and insists that they are battle wounds and girls like scars!...I am thankful for those who called 911 and for those who stayed at the hospital with him. What I do not understand is WHY!? Why would anyone do this to anyone else? What would make anyone think that this is a FUN thing to do on a Friday night? What type of person does something like this? Now, my son, for whatever reason does not think that he will press charges...(it would take to much time out of his life...what really would be the good in this...all those "nice" things) And yet, my gentle heart cries...and I think that there must be some kind of consequence that one must pay...that you should have to be responsible for your actions weather they are good or bad...I am trying to make sense of such a senseless act. And I am just not sure where to put this today...Thanks for listening...it is helping...
What a wonderful honor that Chantal has passed on to me! I am totally blown away by the support of this blogging family! So, now I will pass it on to: Royce...Cheryl F ...Cheryl B...Bae...and Lise!
Thank you all for the inspiration!
The challenge here was to use the color green! Now, as you know for me to use just one color pallet is a bit of a stretch!! So this piece was started and then abandoned by me for several weeks! The deadline was looming in front of me, and I thought that I would just give it up...cash it in...leave it be! When a friend of mine, Royce Addington, wrote a poem that I read...and BING...BANG...BOOM! the GREEN piece came to life in a glimpse! I ended up having a lot of fun with this piece and doing somethings that I do not usually do when altering...Lots of layered paint..the lily pad is actually a coaster! The vine was made from string and the leaves are hand painted paper! So here I leave you to view:
Thank you Royce for your inspiration!
These are a series of 4 by 4's on canvas that I am doing!! I have about 20 of these in my sketch book to get done!! Sometimes, I get on a roll and just have to get them out fast and furious!! Not sure what I am going to do with them yet,(well actually one is a shower gift and one is a RAK!) but I am having fun!! The elements are acrylic, tin, paper, and the written word! Will post more as I complete them!
Yesterday I was out...running the mundane household errands...you know the grocery shopping..the bank...the post office! When I arrived home there was a box waiting for me from Cheryl! Oh...it was like Christmas!! This box was filled with wonderment and delight! There were DVD's for my grandson..and some for me! There was a candle with the wonderful scent of RELAXATION! There was a beautiful little change purse that was just the right colors...and some wonderful little 4 by 4 canvas to paint on...all wrapped and bowed ...and a mandala card that was handmade with LOVE....BUT if I thought it couldn't get any better....MY HEART SKIPPED A BEAT when I opened and held these gratitude beads in my hands...I felt the power,the energy, the love, the creativity, the joy the......words cannot describe how these beads feel in my hands...smooth and textured...I wish I could do a post here that would tell you how I feel about the beads, but I can only say they made me cry...tears of pure JOY! I held them again this morning and they did the same thing....GRATITUDE! It manifests itself from deep within and pours out of me with tears of LOVE...tears of JOY...tears of FRIENDSHIP..tears of CREATIVITY! I tried very hard last night to describe to Cheryl how they make me feel...and quite simply THEY MAKE ME FEEL GRATEFUL AND LOVED!!!!!!
Thank You from the bottom of my heart Cheryl....I will carry them and be mindful every day to be grateful! They will be used and love! Thank you for being my friend, for being a creative Muse...for making such a beautiful and thoughtful gift! May we all remember today to be grateful for the smallest and the largest of treasures.
I have been writing my affirmations for over a year now...sharing them on my blog and also in The Artella Daily Muse on Tuesday and Thursday. Since the beginning of it all I have received positive e mails and comments. But one person always shows her smiling face...and that is Lori. Lori and I have become fast friends via this machine!! And someday we will meet and do art together and laugh and giggle and share stories! (just like we do on this machine!!) We decided to do an exchange of art..each making a box for the other person...I made a BIG DREAM box for Lori and Lori made me this beautiful mandala box.(we both share a passion for mandalas)...The box is filled with little envelopes that are all handmade with affirmations inside of each one!! WOW!!!!! is all I can say!! This is like a treat within a treat within a treat!! Not only do I get the box, and the affirmations but also a matching handmade card! So for this I say THANK YOU LORI...THANK YOU for being inspired and for inspiring!! This was a wonderful exchange and I will enjoy this box forever...and today I picked a little envelope out and it said: SMILE...and that is just what I am doing right now!! If you are going to a blog and you write to the author of that blog...don't be afraid to ask if they would like to do an exchange with you...they might just say YES! And just like Lori and I ... you just might find another member of your tribe!!