Wednesday, December 5, 2012

so creative


Check out this awesome graphic my son made for my new business, A Joyful Soul!  So cool and creative ~ and he just started using Photoshop a few weeks ago!  So much faster at getting the hang of it than I!  :)  Isn't it great??  I think just a few little "tweaks" - changing a couple fonts - and it'll be ready for screenprinting on some shirts & totebags don't you think??  Watch for the final version!  I'll be posting it soon!  I'm off to paint!   Have a super day!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

the power of a quote


I'm a big quote person!  Words have the ability to take me to another place, lift my spirits, make me think, and to contemplate my place in the world.

Maybe it's because I've been an avid reader all my life, but a great quote can have the same effect on me as an entire novel!  I've read thousands of books in my life so far ~ give me a good James Patterson or Michael Connelly murder mystery, a "how to" live a happy life spiritual book, or the back of a cereal box!  You name it, I'll read it!  So adding quotes to artwork in the last few years has just taken art to another level for me.  Now you don't have to make a picture speak a thousand words all by themselves, you can add a quote that takes that artwork into the "novel" realm!  Every time you look at the print on your wall, the inspirational calendar on your desk, or the artwork keychain you got from a friend ~ you are given reminders to "Believe in Yourself", know that "Everything Happens for a Reason", to "Do What You Love", and "Be Grateful for your Simple Blessings".

The power of a quote to inspire, uplift and motivate is one of the most wonderful ways to show your love, spread joy & hope, and to express the feelings you may not be able to convey in person.  Small words on a bracelet have the power to remind the wearer of the joys of life and how to keep their balance in a crazy, busy world.

I have a notebook where I've been writing down quotes and inspirations of my own, for years.  With that book in hand, I'm creating a whole new line of "Artwork Inspirations" prints and "Mini Inspirations" wood blocks, mini prints, cards, clothing, and jewelry for my new venture - A JOYFUL SOUL!  I want to help spread positive and joyful messages around the world, in whatever way I can.  Everywhere and Anywhere you look, I want positive inspiration to flow!   That's my mission, for this second half of my life!  Won't you help me? 

Spread JOY wherever you can ~ And live a HAPPY life!!

Watch for announcements on the new Etsy site, website & products coming soon!  :)