“Your Secrets”

The playroom holds all “Your Secrets” by Elizabeth Traub

The play room holds all, “Your Secrets”. Every room of your house holds all your secrets and in some cases a lot of dust, too. I was painting this piece and thinking of people who have a lot of secrets. The chains of their secrets holding them captive and paralyzed. Destroying their joy, peace and happiness. The lengths a person will go to protect those secrets and the relationships damaged.

Designing the subtleties of “Your Secrets” by Elizabeth Traub

There’s something about pink and gray hues that bring me into a very different thought process. These colors are a little more muted than my normal bright vibrant colors.

A relaxing soak with all “Your Secrets” by Elizabeth Traub

As I was painting, adding and layoring these colors I was thinking about the events in my life that required a courtroom. I was not represented well. Truth be told I had no representation. In that courtroom I listened to the lies that were told to protect secrets. All the secrets and the truths lie within the rooms of the houses that these events occurred. Each room holds all, Your Secrets”. There’s no way to resurrect those secrets. Somewhere, throughout each room are, Your Secrets”. All of our secrets, your secrets, my secrets we all have them.

Come gather and share”Your Secrets” by Elizabeth Traub

It’s okay to have secrets. When you hold secrets that damage your soul there comes a time when your body, mind and soul say enough. Holding on will eventually catch up with you. Make you crazy, damage your relationships. They will eat at you from the inside out like a cancer.

Let “Your Secrets” be known. by Elizabeth Traub

Yet some secrets, many of my own, are beautiful and peaceful treasures in my soul. It’s like God whispers wat to be joy filled, contentment, how to love and be kind. I want to treasure those whispers, those secrets that come in my daily living. Painting “Your Secrets” is painting my secrets.

I will sit and listen to “Your Secrets” by Elizabeth Traub

I will sit and listen. I have sat and listened for many years to people unraveling the secrets that held them captive. God wants to set you free. Truly I will sit and listen. (You can text me 503-686-1109)

Whimsical thoughts tell, “Your Secrets” by Elizabeth Traub

All of my painting are for sales in beautiful Gallery Wrapped Canvas Prints. Message me for size and pricing. Not all piece are listed on my selling page. Here are my most popular sizes.

“Your Secrets” 11″x14″ $109.00
“Your Secrets” 16″x20″ $329.00
“You Secrets” 30″x40″ $529.00

Have a wonderful day. Do not allow, “Your Secrets” to hold you captive. Set them free.

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Reminder of “New Beginnings”

“New Beginnings” Series

I painted this series last Spring. It was a season of, “New Beginnings”. I even blogged about it. I find that the changes in the seasons often spark, “New Beginnings” for many people.

Do you feel it? Do you notice your moods shift? Do you get anxious? Do you start new things?

“New Beginnings” starting here.

For the past couple of weeks I have felt off. I reminded myself that I tend to have these shifts with the season changes. Summer to Fall is the greatest shift for me.

I have to work hard every day to wake up, move and remind myself of my purpose in this world.

We all have a purpose and the rest of the year I am confident and certain of who I am. It’s just this Summer to Fall transition seems to affect me in ways that have me working extra hard to be me.

“New Beginnings”

Spending some time in Palm Desert, sunshine and sitting at my desk balance me back into the summer weather. A new season all over again.

Coffee & Painting

Sitting, reflecting, thinking, and sipping my coffee I like to reflect on things I will be starting, doing, and working on. “New Beginnings” happen with the start of each day  Taking a different path on your walk, to work or school. Trying a new coffee shop, seeing new faces. Around each corner of life there is something new waiting for you  to discover.

I worked on the following pieces the past two weeks. Mixing up my favorite colors. Bright, cheery and fun. Be ready…photo dump up next….

My style and colors of painting will be changing a bit as I start implementing home interior colors for 2022. That will be one of my old styles becoming my new style. Yet another, “New Beginnings” moment for me and my artful process.

Take time to reflect on the new things you will learn, discover and experience. Life is beautiful with you it.

Have a wonderful day!

Just chilling at the pool.
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In Case You Are Wondering…..

In case you are wondering YOU ARE LOVED

You Are Loved

In case you are wondering…. YOU MATTER!!!

You Matter

In case you are wondering….Some Bunny Loves You

Some Bunny Loves You

In case you are wondering. I painted all these. You can have one for $14.50. Send me a message or comment and we can connect. Just let me know which one you want.

In case you are wondering. I really love painting.
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“Esculate” My Emotions

I am sitting here staring at this piece. I have not seen it since May (2021). Is was left on the eisel to dry in a place I visit in California. There I have a space to paint. I painted this piece and days later I was back in Portland, Oregon.

“Escalate” by Elizabeth Traub
One of my personal favorites.

Someone told me they did not like it. As it was still drying in plain view. This person looked at it and just said it, “I don’t like it. I was crushed at the time. Hearing this crushed me for about an hour. As an artist there are so many emotional attachments to what I paint and create. Not liking this piece feels like not liking me.

“Escalate” by Elizabeth Traub

I wrote on the back of this piece, “Esculate” because my feelings of failure as an artist were truly esculating. This person said it flippantly. It was not ill-intended. Yet I could feel such deep feelings of failure…for about an hour.

“Escalate” by Elizabeth Traub

When I finished this piece it turned out to be one of my personal favorites. Which made it more painful that it was not liked. The esculated feelings of failure as an artist were fleeting and passed through the core of my existence. And within an hour I was able to shake it off, consider the source and learn all over again that not everyone will like my art.

“Escalate” by Elizabeth Traub

The knowledge of not liking my art will always sting for a bit. My emotions will esculate into feelings of failure and self doubt. I have to be my biggest cheerleader. Remind myself of my talent, my gifts and the many people who love my art.

“Escalate” by Elizabeth Traub

Recently a dear friend told me that my style of painting was not her style. Her words did not sting or send me in a tizzy. Her words were kind and honest. Funny how a stranger’s words can sting but a place of friendship and love do not.

“Escalate” by Elizabeth Traub

Thank you for taking the time to read. “Esculate” is Art You Love by Elizabeth Traub.

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“Escalate” 11″x14″ $109.00 by Elizabeth Traub
“Escalate” 16″x20″ $349.00. by Elizabeth Traub
“Escalate” 30″x40″ $798.00. by Elizabeth Traub

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Suzie Q How I Love You

"Suzie Q" by Elizabeth Traub
“Suzie Q” by Elizabeth Traub

“Suzie Q How I Love You” is more about how to repurpose a painting with a really good story around it. The friendship and love I have for one of my favorite humans, my younger sister Suzie. Inspires this post. In most of our childhood pictures it is the two of us. Although there were four girls and a boy in our family we found the deepest friendship with each other.

Suzie about to push me down the slide.

My sister Suzie loves collecting wine. She has a number of wine clubs she belongs to. She has racks of lovely wine bottles that she generously shares with each guest. She even brings some of her favorite bottles when she comes to visit. In this case she came to visit and not only did she bring the wine, she brought also brought items to contribute to my garage sale. One of those items was a painting she painted from a painting club. It was heavy, dark, and flat. She agreed that it was not appealing. Thus the garage sale item it became. At the end of the sale, there it was just a blank canvas to me. Painting in dark mismatched hues. Yet somehow I thought I could make something of it.

Let’s go back to the 1960’s. Look how cute Suzie is with her pig tails.

When I decided to resurrect this piece I never thought to take a before picture. What I did know is that I wanted to somehow fade out the wine glass shape to be a very subtle accent. Look closely at the picture. Do you see the wine glasses. Almost in a way saying, “Cheers” to sisterhood.

"Suzie Q" by Elizabeth Traub
Cheers to sisterhood and friendship with “Suzie Q” by Elizabeth Traub.

As I was painting this I thought of Suzie and the past eight years of her life. She became a widow in summer of 2013. From diagnosis to death her husband died in less than ten months of ALS. A very sudden and tragic disease. Her life of skiing on Tuesdays, nails on Wednesdays, kayaking on the weekends and her weekly Nordstrom shopping trips and serving the special needs kids in a high school all while raising their only son changed in one year.

“Suzie Q” by Elizabeth Traub

She became a hard working girl. Struggling to make ends meet. Then in less than 5 years becoming the top sales person with a national brand company. Now eight years later enjoying her life, her beautiful home, and the friendships she has, mine included.

“Suzie Q” by Elizabeth Traub

Life takes us on journey of unexpected loss. Her journey was not easy. She took up wine collecting, and other various things in her life that make it so fun to be her sister.

50+ years later with sister Suzie.

Cheers to the sisterhood of inspired art pieces. Cheers to learning and growing in the friendships we have. Cheers to selling Art You Love.

“Suzie Q” by Elizabeth Traub

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Have a wonderful day. ~ Elizabeth

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My Blue Heart

“My Blue Heart” by Elizabeth Traub

When I am mixing colors and trying to find new hues and gradations of the rainbow I will often come up with unique and unusual pieces. I will take those pieces and put them aside and note the color combination for future reference. Not all paint colors come straight out of a bottle. I mix, match, take notes and find new hues to play with.

“My Blue Heart” by Elizabeth Traub

A few weeks ago I was playing with blues and some pink accents. Trying to create a really soft hue. I made a lot of mistakes and wasted a lot of paint. I factor that into the expense of being an artist. Playing with paints and colors. It’s my playground.

“My Blue Heart” by Elizabeth Traub

When I created this particular piece, “My Blue Heart”, I loved the blues. I loved the cells. I loved how the paints came together. While it was still wet I put a heart on it. Then I was mad that I did it because I basically ruined this piece and tossed it aside.

“My Blue Heart” by Elizabeth Traub

I found my blue heart yesterday in a pile of canvases that are pretty much damaged goods. When I looked at it I thought this is my heart today. “My Blue Heart”. I love it. It’s interesting how one day something could look like it should be burned in the burn pile and the next day you’re in love with it.

“My Blue Heart” by Elizabeth Traub

My heart is sometimes is blue. We relate blue to sad but really you look up at the sky the sky is blue. The sky is certainly not sad. “My Blue Heart” is really just about that peaceful horizon of when the sky is blue, the ocean reflecting the blue sky. Sobering comforts of blue. “My Blue Heart”.

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Create In Me A Clean Heart

Psalm 51:10-12

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

My Colorful Heart

One of my favorites passages from the Bible. I memorized this in Sunday school. Songs written and sung. A daily reminder scribed on my heart. If you are not a Bible reader read this passage again. Imagine if we all just woke up each morning to these verses. What a better world we would be in.

Blue Heart Love

Even without the knowledge of God or the Bible this passage helps to remind us of a new and renewed start each day.

The freedom and ability to wake up and start the day with a renewed sense of joy.

As an aspiring artist I often look to the Psalms for inspiration. I find my heart is renewed, inspired and joy continues. Pouring into each canvas and with each brush stroke.

I am grateful to have a book I love to pour into my heart and soul.

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Harvest Dances Into Autumn

“Harvest Dance” by Elizabeth Traub

Do you ever feel like, as an artist, that things just either come together or they don’t? You think through your thoughts on what what you want to paint and then you think it today is the day to create. And either you have it or you don’t.

“Harvest Dance” by Elizabeth Traub

I wanted to bring together the colors of Fall. All the brilliant colors and harvest blends. Autumn leaves, color changes and vibrant hues of oranges, yellows, browns and black.

“Harvest Dance” by Elizabeth Traub

I was inspired while out on a walk and saw the colors of the leaves changing. I went into my little studio and gathered, mixed and started to work. When I started mixing colors my creative juices were at an all time high. Next thing you know I produced a half a dozen paintings. Which will be noted as my, “Fall Collection”.

“Harvest Dance” by Elizabeth Traub

I absolutely love them all. The entire, “Fall Collection” turned out better than I could have dreamed. If paintings were a fashion runway I would have ten looks. I will be sharing them all over the next few weeks. I’m going to start with this one. I’m calling this one, “Harvest Dance” because I used all my colors in this one piece. I used a technique that I have recently mastered after months of waisted paints and trying.

“Harvest Dance” by Elizabeth Traub

I was fascinated by creating all these colors without turning muddy. I tried to keeps all the colors sharp and do believe I successfully executed exactly as I had thought it through.

If I had an extra room in my house I would design around this piece. My goodness I love this piece.

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“Charleston”

"Charleston" by Elizabeth Traub
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I am not sure why but for some reason, “Charleston” made me cry. Not ugly face crying but just tears that came down my face. I have been working for months at making, “Art You Love” my next season of work. There is this technique of creating “Cells” in painting and pouring. I am not a big fan of pouring paint because I tend to make a mess and waste paint. On this day I took the colors I wanted to work with. Browns, Black, Gold and White as well as a whole assortment of colors. I scrapped all the tutorials I had been trying to emulate in my technique. I stopped reading blogs on how to do this or that. I just decided that all the tutorials were just not working for me. I am not sure what kind of brain I have but my reality is that nothing seemed to communicate, in the way that I learn, how to do this. Maybe this is why I failed miserable in painting class art school. Which baffled me because I got A’s in all my other classes that were unrelated to painting. Maybe this is why the teacher told me I was terrible at painting. His style of teaching did not compute in my brain.

"Charleston" by Elizabeth Traub
“Charleston” by Elizabeth Traub

I mixed up my ingredients of paints, and other mediums to create a flow and mixture of paint that felt right. I mean really felt right. I layered some of the colors and then went and ran errands so the paint could dry. I love acrylics. They dry so fast. I then added in the final colors and went off to run more errands with my son. When I returned hours later this is what was left. And, no kidding, I teared up. I felt like I wanted to call my mommy and say, “I did it”. Because I felt like a little kid who just learned how to ride a bike.

"Charleston" by Elizabeth Traub
“Charleston” by Elizabeth Traub

I have wasted so much time and energy trying to learn this technique that I had given up. Then I thought to myself, “Elizabeth, you never give up. You just find a different way of getting there or doing it.” When I started my first business I was met with so many, “No’s.” I would lay in bed and cry because I wanted so much to open a designer boutique specializing in kids room design. I had no education in business. What do you do with an art degree? Certainly not open up a store. My dad said if I went back to school and got a business degree he would support me financially. With two toddlers that was not an option for me. Plus I never really liked the classroom environment. So I found my way. Did it. Learned a lot and made over a million dollars my first year.

"Charleston" by Elizabeth Traub
“Charleston” by Elizabeth Traub

What people did not see in that season of my life is the behind the scenes YEAR of hard work building the foundation for success. Long hours in the library studying how to run a business. How to execute. Putting my children to bed and heading the library for months. Then I found my way. I saw this picture in one design magazine of a beautiful black brief case, tape measure, pencils, color deck and and yellow notepad. I went and bought that look because it look sharp and successful. Even though I had not been hired yet I was ready for my first client.

"Charleston" by Elizabeth Traub
“Charleston” by Elizabeth Traub You can order a 20×16 which is perfect above your work space.

I share this because I feel like I found my way in a process of painting that I love. Six months of really trying to hit a homerun in creating this kind of art. And it’s not just this piece. You can read my previous blog here with another stunning piece: https://elizabethtraub.com/2021/09/02/red-white-blue/

I actually crated about a dozen color ways in this style of painting. I was so excited by the mixtures and mediums I had to stay on task and see if it was a fluke or if it really worked. And it did work. Here is a bit of the collection I will be presenting in future blogs, and on the Art For Sale page. “Charleston” is up on the sale page now if you want to buy.

"Charleston" by Elizabeth Traub
“Charleston” by Elizabeth Traub Above the bathtub this 40×30 creates a calm essence of peace

Here is the collection of other artful pieces. Thanks so much for reading. Have a wonderful day.

See something you love that is not yet listed on our Art For Sale page. Shoot me an email and we can get your piece order in your custom size. elizabethtraubconsulting@gmail.com.

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Red White & Blue

“Red White & Blue” by Elizabeth Traub

Every time I paint with red, white and blue I think of the honor it is to live in America and the love I have for my country. Even when there is uncertainty, division, chaos, and so many unknowns I am an American.

Remember when we stood up at the beginning of class. Right hand over our hearts and pledged our alligance to the flag? There our American flag hung. Up by the chalkboard. Together with our classmates at the start of each school day. Do they still do that in school?

No matter what happens in our country I love America. These colors represent the land I love. “Red, White & Blue” I love you.

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“My Brain”

“My Brain” by Elizabeth Traub

Ever since I could remember I have always loved the combination of colors. Maybe it started when I got my first pink huffy bike. Maybe it started when I learned the Bible story of Noah and the ark and the rainbow that came after the big rainy floods. Maybe it started when I wore the rainbow dress on Easter when I was 8 years old. . I eventually ended up having a rainbow room. All of my homes have always had wonderful pops of color. Maybe that’s why I loved having my own interior design shop full of wonderful colors for kids rooms.

“My Brain” by Elizabeth Traub

I dream in color. I think in color. When I completed this piece the only thing I could think of was this represents, My Brain. All that squishy matter between my ears filled with color.

“My Brain” by Elizabeth Traub

It only seemed appropriate to name this piece, ” My Brain”.

“My Brain” by Elizabeth Traub

A few years ago my oldest son was standing in my living room and said, “Mom this room is so you with all the colors ” My Tiffany blue sofas, my orange buffet, my powdery gray blue armoire and my yellow chest all gathering in the hub of every day living.

“My Brain” by Elizabeth Traub

One week my daughter came for a visit from her home in Nashville, Tennessee. I know my house was a bit crowded and I asked if she could do some rearranging. She carefully removed all my colorful hardwood pieces of furniture. I moved them into what is now my art studio. Look at these colorful pieces.

My brain is at its happiest when there is bright white and lots of color. Now you have a glimpse into my brain.

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“Open Opportunities”

“Open Opportunities” by Elizabeth Traub

“Open Opportunities” is Art You Love by Elizabeth Traub. ( That’s me.) I was home one day contemplating being engaged, being married and recognizing how a ring represents that circle of something lasting and eternal. The reality is we look around at every other marriage having failed. As I was thinking about this I started working on this piece.

"Open Opportunities" by Elizabeth Traub
“Open Opportunities” by Elizabeth Traub

I was using pen and ink to create the perfect circles with a template. That continuation of something that is or something to come. I decided to leave each circle open. Each thing in our lives that seems permanent has room for more. “Open Opportunities”. We tend to live by rules put on by influences in our lives that take us into something more permanent than being open for more or less.

"Open Opportunities" by Elizabeth Traub
“Open Opportunities” by Elizabeth Traub

As a parent it’s easy to look at the gifts and talents our kids have and spend their lives directing them in ways that will build on what we, the parents, think would be the best path. It’s good to be their cheer leaders. What if the circle was closed, permanent, this is it? A continuation from one year to the next doing what was expected of us. I love that my kids chose their passions and stepped into them on their own. Somethings have changed as they are open to opportunities.

"Open Opportunities" by Elizabeth Traub
“Open Opportunities” by Elizabeth Traub

I love the symbolism of marriage with a circle. A ring, a band. That is one complete circle I am a cheerleader of. “Open Opportunities” is about hope for what comes and what goes. Somethings are not forever and that is okay. The circles are open and opportunities can flow in or flow out.

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“Katrina”

"Katrina" by Elizabeth Traub
“Katrina” by Elizabeth Traub

I have a very hard time being patient with the art I create. As a designer most of my creating happens in my head. You go to a client’s home. You walk out each room, your think through favorite colors, looks, designs and there are always three big decisions that frame in an entire room. The artwork, the area rugs and the furniture. Bringing it all together creates this massive feeling of contentment.

"Katrina" by Elizabeth Traub
“Katrina” by Elizabeth Traub

“Katrina” is a process which will ultimately be a designed piece for a client’s business. The first thing clients will see when they walk in the door. A huge, Art You Love piece by yours, truly. Why is “Katrina” a process. When creating a commissioned piece for a company I first take the colors of the branding for a company and process how to mix and match those colors. That process is no easy task. It requires mixing, matching, and creating a color pallet that the client approves. “Katrina” is the process of creating that color pallet. This was my first pass through. The pallet for my client is not yet complete. Once the pallet is created I will basically be painting a color wheel and allow the colors to dry. Drying is part of the process. Paints always dry a bit darker.

"Katrina" by Elizabeth Traub
“Katrina” by Elizabeth Traub

“Katrina” allows me to paint out the process. In this case, Katrina, my daughters friend happened to be at my house. We were going on Whale Watching Tour in the Seattle, WA area. She was joining me. We had an hour of time before we had to pick up my son. She got to look in on the process of paint mixing and application.

“Katrina” by Elizabeth Traub

Each week I try to work with new colors. I love these colors and am looking forward to sitting in my art studio, blank canvas and getting to refine the colors, lighten a bit and create more Art You Love.

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The Polka Collection

I attended a webinar that talked about what artists should be doing to build their business. One thing the speaker spent much time on was creating a, “collection”. This sparked my interest. I have many collections. As a matter of fact I will take a color story and paint that story in many different ways. I have, in house, over 20 different collections or color story’s. Which basically means mixing paints in a serious of color and spending a week in those colors creating a number of paintings. Let’s talk about the, “Polka Collection”.

Thank you for reading. If you did not know I have been an interior designer for many, many years. Featured in countless national magazines. My art is part of the designer experience. I love sharing my personal journey and, “The Polka Collection”.

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My Personal Journey Today

I have been trying to wrap my brain around being semi retired. It’s strange and weird as well as my personal journey today. I still work on a referral basis for brand and marketing and business development. I am turning a hobby of painting, over the past 30 years, into a real business. Yet I am still trying to understand the balance of working, not working and building a new business model for myself. I cannot NOT do nothing. Thus painting is my new normal.

Today, more than ever, I have a problem with offering my services for free. The reality is if you are young and starting out I think of ALL the people who gave me a hand up with providing advice that was given without an invoice. I want to help in the same manner. Meaning that todays’ consultants come with a price tag. I know this well. I have been a consultant. This has been my fee basis for over twenty years. I charge a minimum of eight hours. Even if you only use two of those eight hours you come away with valuable information. You will literally be heading out the door with a million dollars worth of help.

When I started my first business, which very few know about, my dad gave me some good advice. “Cuz Wer Girlz” named by my three year old who will soon be 32 years old, came up with this name. Making hairbows. Going door to door selling hairbows. Learning I could get my products wholesale and making a few thousand dollars a month, My dad offered a simple accounting idea. You know, a spread sheet on paper. (Think late 1980″s) Listing expenses, profits and getting a realistic understanding of cash flow. Free unsolicited advise. When I opened my first store I knew nothing about shipping and logistics. I knew of a company in Seattle. They were doing what I was doing. I called the owner of the company. She set up a phone meeting. We talked for two hours. She gave me all the information I needed to know in having my products shipped to me, how to add in cost of shipping and how to negotiate with shippers a wholesale shipping price. Free unsolicited advice. Today we put a price tag on any valuable information we may have. Fast forward almost 30 years and I think, “Wow, she, today, would charge a pretty penny for THAT kind of consulting.

I am here today to open new doors of opportunity. With my art, my paintings, with my brand and marketing & consulting. It’s a new season. “My Personal Journey, Today” looks very different today. I want to paint paintings that people want to display in their homes. in their offices, vacation homes and building. This is the most challenging job I have ever had. Why? I am treating myself like a consulting client. I am am worst client ever. I am more critical of myself than any client I have ever had. I am building a foundation with my art business to forecast out t 2-4 years. Just today I spent 5 hours studying and building another foundational which will be more clear later of this website.

I understand why there are HUGE fees for web development. I have spent an average of 5 hours day working to transition my once, brand and marketing website, to an art selling website. I have to keep doing something. In semi retirement I have learned what I love doing. Doing something. Looking at my internal bucket list of what I want to do after 55 I am doing exactly just that.

I wanted to paint. I wanted to paint without having to put it all away because my busy children would be emerging from naps, or school or life. Yet today. No one needs me. No one is calling me to pick them up from an event. No one needs food, now. No one is asking me a thousand questions about life. I understand the blessing and joy of each day to paint, to put colors to my life though painting. To put thoughts on paper, on canvas, on anything that holds paint.

After months of working, what seems to my hardest task, I have come to realize the joy & blessing it is to be painting my dreams and passions. This is in fact, “My Personal Journey Today.” Thank you for supporting me through your social media comments, and your purchases.

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