Art and Positive Thinking

Welcome to my Renee Loves Art blog!

My focus is exploring, creating and reflecting upon the positives of life and connecting them to my art whether it be photography, pen and ink drawings, watercolour paintings, mixed media, digital media or any other possible media I dive into!

I hope you join me on my art adventure!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Positively Miraculous

Today an absolutely miraculous event took place. It was all because of a multitude of desperate cries for help. All things seemed to align, after several months of basic agony and despair. All of the forces that surrounded the situation seemed to converge today... Team support, friends, family, a higher being, self-preservation, patience... Here's to new beginnings, there are still challenges ahead, but now we will be better able to deal with what becomes our way! Thanks to all who have given us encouragement and support. I was near breaking point and my cries were heard. I indeed "believe in angels", to quote ABBA's song again:

I have a dream, a song to sing,
Notice the angel in the middle of the photograph? 
Now do you believe in angels?
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To help me cope with anything.
If you see the wonder of a fairy tale.
You can take the future even if you fail.

I believe in angels,
Something good in everything I see.
I believe in angels,
When I know the time is right for me,
I'll cross the stream,
I have a dream.

I have a dream, a fantasy,
To help me through reality.
And my destination,
Makes it worth the while.
Pushing through the darkness,
Still another mile...

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Positively Beautiful

My, what a beautiful two days I've had. I rearranged my art table and placed it in front of our large patio doors, facing north. Now we can actually eat at the kitchen table and I can leave my art out. No more facing a wooden wall. I can look out and see my favorite bird feeder and can watch my cats on the deck, birds flying over our house and into the field across the irrigation canal. I painted a picture, using Chinese brush strokes, of a rabbit. We subscribed to Netflix and I watched my favorite movie, Miss Potter. I love her determination and imagination. I also sorted my photographs and made a folder of photographs that I want to paint. I have started to paint a photograph of rocks on the beach on Vancouver Island. I was so amazed by how all of the rocks seemed to belong together like a puzzle, so diverse in color and texture, yet fitting perfectly together and rounded and shiny from the force of the high and low tides. I believe the photo was taken in Courtney/Comox, the first time I was near the ocean, beachcombing and discovering perfectly purple starfish. I think I am getting the idea of working faster and layering colours. It is still challenging for me to only use red, yellow and blue. It is fun trying to figure out what colours are really showing in the rocks! I am about half way done. I feel freer now that I have completed some decluttering exercises, reorganizing and purging (I finally built up the courage to throw out my ruined water soaked Canon camera and two lenses. They were my first expensive and exciting gifts from Jeff and my family, but it was time to let them go, they weren't functioning and the manufacturers would not even try to fix them, so now I have made room for other art supplies that can actually help me in my art adventures!)

I found this positively beautiful photograph while I was sorting through, deciding what to paint.  I love the way the vibrant colours and the clowns smile and eyebrows capture my eyes.  Even though I am not much of a fan of clowns, I love the spirit that is exuding from this clown.  I could actually run up to him and give him a big hug, and normally when I see a clown, I would prefer to run across the street!  Notice how the bird is mirroring his same enthusiasm.  One day, when I am feeling brave, I would like to paint this photo, but for now I will stick to rocks and nature, I am not quite ready to paint a human!

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Positively Friendly

Postitively friendly is the title of today's blog.  My spirit today was broken but I did find something good in it. I found the love and support from three very lovely young friends and one tiny, innocent newborn. I even was lucky enough to get a group hug to help sop up my puddle of tears. I will try to heal my wounded spirit through music, and art this weekend.

Jacques Cartier

Here is another little friend whose music will purr and place a bandaide over my wounded spirit.
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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Positive Thinking Inspiration

I showed my students the video and several colleagues...and even my husband. Each time I watch it, I can't believe the insight the little girl and the wise man have. It has been way easier to stop and appreciate the day when my 14 year old son, Bryan, is driving me around. Today I noticed one lovely tree in full bloom amongst a group of spruce trees in the Hillside Cemetery that I drive by each day. The contrast of the white blossoms and the deep green of the surrounding trees was breathtaking. Another gift of the day is the teacher I teach with, her positive attitude helped me to refocus my thinking to be more positive and encouraging! Right now, my snoring husband is kindly taking a break which has allowed me to stop and enjoy the sound of the rain as it scrubs the winter dust from the roof and siding, pushing winter away and cleansing our house making more room for Spring and her warm glowing sunshine. My principal this week should get a medal for all the work he has done to help a hurting girl and her family. I hope one day she will realize all of the great things the adults at our school are doing for her to keep her on a path of success and positive opportunities. Hopefully, the positive power will flow into her and she accepts our help! I love this time of year when young leaves peek out their heads to catch a glimpse of Spring and all of the possibilities of the season. My goal for the weekend is to start posting my art and photography. May the strength of positivity make tomorrow a day full of gratitude and wonder.

Meadow larks always inspire me each spring to get out and photograph them!

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Positive Thinking

My goal for my blog is to return to positive thinking, "to see something good in everything I see" to quote ABBA's song" I Have A Dream". I will share my art and positive thinking adventures. My first sharing will be in the form of a video that I discovered on this blog It is a video by Louie Schwartzberg. What a great find to begin my journey. Maybe it will inspire you to set a positive adventure goal for you too....Gratitude!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

My Art Adventure Begins

I have been exploring many different media and thought I would start sharing some of my adventures in the art world of Reneelovesart.  This will  be a journey in positive thinking and connecting it to my art!


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