Friday, April 30, 2010

Friday Fun!

acrylic paint

gold leaf

neo color II crayons

I am on vacation as of 7am tomorrow morning....I think I did enough work in the past week for three weeks! Whew....I'm exhausted!
I'm loving the new visitors to my blog! So encouraging to hear from people that are interested in my art...I love visiting all of your websites and blogs. Such inspirational words and art from all of you!
Have an artful weekend and be good to yourself!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Assateague Bay

Every year we go camping on Assateague Island. We camp on the bayside...never on the beach. Our favorite campsite backs right up to the bay and sometimes the horses walk through a path from the water right through our campsite. What I love about the bay is the gentle sound of the water. There are no big waves, just a gentle lapping of the waves. On the other side of the road is the ocean with it's wild, crashing waves. We don't camp on that side because of the constant wind and blowing sand.
I would like for my life to be like the bay side of the island. It's too much like the ocean side...I can't seem to stay on one side of the road or the other!
Be good to yourself!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


It was a beautiful day today! I spent most of it working in the hospital but managed to squeeze in a long walk with the little dogs to the park after work. So long....that we had to carry Jackson, our oldest (three years old) Bischon halfway home! It's amazing that just a few days ago, things looked so dark and bleak for me. I've started reading the book "Life is a Verb" and made a conscious decision to "participate" in life and have begun to feel SO much better! Just taking a walk outside has made such a diference in my life.
My son is graduating from Clemson in two weeks - what a blessing to him and all of us! He is so excited that today is last day of class! Only yesterday, it seems that we moved him into the dorm his freshman year....Two weeks after that my niece will graduate from Salisbury University...again, it seems that it was just yesterday that she was moving in with us as a fourteen year old!
I hope that you are counting your blessings today! And taking good care of yourself.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

New Location for my Art

"Two Blessings"

molding paste,

old pastel,crayon

acrylic paint on 16x20 canvas.
All of my paintings are being listed now with "UnitedFolkArtists" on Ebay. You can simply search my name "Karen Cannon" and find my paintings up for auction...."Two Blessings" was just listed starting at .01!
It's been a week of highs a lows....I started out my week believing that I couldn't take on any more burdens that I had already been given. I put out a call to the Universe or God or whoever is in charge and asked to please slow down on the load because I was about to crack.
Since then, it seems that my life is starting to turn around. There's been some changes in my art representation but I have to think that this is a good move. I was contacted by a gallery who is interested in buying my art direct. The terrible flu that I caught on Wednesday seems to be easing up this morning....maybe life is beginning to get better! I don't usually lament about these things on my blog but I felt the need to put it out there that life is not always so great....and when it's not....the creative process saves some of my case, it does.
So, I'm taking good care of myself...I hope you are too.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Angel Art

"Lovely Wings"
I worked on several pieces this weekend...this angel is my favorite. I started with a 24x30 stretched canvas and added a generous layer of molding paste. I stamped an image into the molding paste to add interest. I painted the entire canvas with a coat of black gesso. Then I painted my angel with a large brush and a palette of ochre, titanium buff, taupe, purple and copper. I love the abstract, rough design. I would love to keep her!
Hope you had a great weekend!
Take care of yourself,

Friday, April 9, 2010

Friday's Art

The temperature has dropped 30 degrees in the past two days! 90 Degrees on it's barely 58 degrees outside! I hate to think what our summer is going to be like!

This week feels like it has been 14 days long! I plan to take advantage of my two days off! Painting on Saturday and a get together for lunch and a movie with my girls on Sunday! Maybe throw in a little shopping for a dress for my son's upcoming college graduation.
I've been told by my rep to lay off the "girls" for a while and paint birds again to increase my income. I may miss my girls!
Have a great weekend!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Welcome Spring

It's a beautiful spring day...almost 76 degrees! I felt a little better today than yesterday but still moody and a little tearful. Too many things have gone wrong lately that make me wonder how much exactly can one person handle! If my grandmother were here, she would say, "You can handle as much as you are given!"

For now, I will just keep painting, praying and putting my wishes out into the universe. Eventually, my world will stop spinning out of control and peace will come to me.

Be good to yourself.


Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!

It is a beautiful day outside.

The sun is shining.

The birds are chirping.

The daffodils are blooming

A perfect Easter day.

I'm reminded of past Easter mornings when my children were small. The memory of the girls wearing new Easter dresses, shiny new shoes and fresh haircuts . My son searching for Easter eggs over and over again. It's nice to remember but it makes me sad that I can never recapture those moments. I keep seeing my oldest daughter in a light pink smocked dress with a beautiful white cardigan and her beautiful auburn hair - she must have been about six. That memory has haunted me all day. Holidays are so hard after losing a child....every holiday is filled with memories of my daughter, young and old. I should have made plans today....when I am alone with my thoughts...let's just say I'm not at my best!
Hope you are having a Happy Easter filled with joy and chocolate and peeps.
Be good to yourself!