- Gina Louthian-Stanley
- Virginia, United States
- I guess you could say I was born an artist! My intrinsic artistic abilities appeared around the age of 1½ years old when I began scribbling colorful imagery on my bedroom walls, later carving designs and cryptic messages on my parent’s fine furniture. Over the years, I have continued my artistic endeavors working as a monotype printmaker, painter, mixed media artist, and jewelry maker.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Today, still iced in here, I decided to clean out the stack of papers I have added to all year. You know, the papers bits you scribble 'important' notes on, or little tid-bits you want to save for whatever reason. Over half of these notes that I scribbled to myself meant nothing at this point.
Maybe some of the notes were things I was supposed to do, people I should have called, email addresses with no name (who's was that?), and names of really great songs I hear on the XM radio (I jot those down to delve into on i-Tunes). I found scribbled fragmented word groups like 'sparking eye', 'you missed it', 'focus on the clouds', or 'gigantic dot'. Perhaps these are poems in the making, or titles for paintings, who knows. What an interesting pile I have assembled here.
Then at the very bottom of the pile, I found it! A 4" x 6" watercolor...FIREFLIES! I remembered sitting on my front porch in late July watching the millions of fireflies dancing through the woods and darting over the creek. I was going to add this to my journal, but it never made it. Perhaps it was at the bottom of this paper assemblage to take me back to those warm moments of summer, sitting on the porch and watching fireflies.
Monday, December 28, 2009
I just visited Art Biz. com. Alyson Stanfield wrote an amazing article on Art Marketing, What Will Your Year Look Like? I really think it is a great boost for all of us, not just for the Artist.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
I woke to a day of rain, cold rain beating on the cabin roof. I stayed in bed a little longer, thinking of Christmas Days past, tracing back the memories. Memories fond and not so fond, no matter. I woke slowly and started this Christmas day feeling blessed. Blessed to have good health, a house, a job I love, someone who loves me for who I really am, friends with beautiful souls, the silly cats, and other wildlife around me, and some remaining family. I feel blessed to have the memories which have shaped me in to the person I am. I am blessed to be able to give something of myself back to the world, with hopes that somewhere I can make a difference. With all of these gifts, I want for nothing else.
I hope you and yours find the same delights in the gifts around you every day, and that your hearts are warm.
Here is a quote that I would like to share.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Emerging Spirit watercolor (C) gls
I have been snowed in since Friday and I really love it. I am not under the pressure of getting up, moving at someone else's expected pace, and I have time to create. I have made several pieces of jewelry and have been painting the watercolor Christmas cards I like to send out. In the midst of all this, I was looking out at the snow thinking about what a beautiful spring we will have. Underneath all the snow, this new watercolor creates a vision of what is happening down below.
Emerging Spirit can not in-vision the colorful and aromatic world around her, yet she is still wrapped in its beauty. I am sure that all this moisture gently soaking into the earth will bring us an astounding spring!
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Just a few altered photos to enjoy!
this morning and all day
continued, its white
calling us back to why, how,
whence such beauty and what
the meaning; such
an aracular fever! flowing
past windows, an energy it seemed
would never ebb, never settle
less than lovely! and only now,
deep into night,
it has finally ended.
and the heavens still hold
a million candles; nowhere
the familiar things:
stars, the moon
the darkness we expect
and nightly turn from. Trees
glitter like castles
of ribbons, the broad fields
smolder with light, a passing
heaped with shining hills;
and though the questions
that have assailed us all day
remain– not a single
answer has been found–
walking out now
into the silence and the light
under the trees,
and through the fields,
feels like one.
Mary Oliver 1983
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Ah, a winter storm approaching.
The news folks say we could expect an estimated 20"!
Golly Gee Wow!
Hopefully the power will stay on and I can stay warm and toasty as I paint in the studio, watching the snow fall.
Stay warm and safe everyone!
Enjoy the beautiful moments surrounding you!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Looks like Old Man Winter will be here in a few days. We have already seen snow and had freezing rain. Christmas will be here too...faster than we know it.
A special thanks to everyone who viewed and purchased art from the sale!
Now, it is time to get into painting again.