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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Painting Makes Me Happy!

... You already knew that... and I knew too, down in my heart! What's incredible is that we often tend to ignore the inner voice that keeps telling us what we're meant to do...
These brand- new paintings are part of a new-born collection where I played with pale colors over a collage of vintage and antique papers... totally in LOVE with the result!

I painted this piece to help me in my journey toward a helthier life... I've been struggling with my weight for my entire life, and only now I've realized it's just my mind and attitude towards my body I have to change... and I committed to.

Have a wonderful week ahead, my friends! Oh, for those interested in my art, prints of these and other mixed media paintings are available here. As a token of appreciation for your continued support in what I do, I am offering to all of my blog readers, a 15% off anything you might like in my shops. Just enter the code HALLOWEEN1 when checking out. Valid through November, 6th.
Off to make something crafty and messy now- hope to show you soon!:)
Monica x.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Autumn Rainy Days.

Just popping in to say hello...
Thank you so much for your well wishes and compliments about my art. They are greatly appreciated. I'm feeling a little better, even if this pouring rain doesn't help my mood at all :(
These gloomy autumnal days make me only desire a crackling fire, a cozy blanket and a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils.
Monica x

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Winged Greetings!

Hi there dear friends...
I'm a bit under the weather and also very busy at the moment, and I have no time for a more structured post. So, just to say hello after some days of silence, here are a few new paintings for you to enjoy.
They are part of a collection where I used a single palette of colors and similar papers (including family papers with the names of my ancestors)... By the way, have you recognized that with tiny red flowers? Didn't you think I'd throw it away, huh?? ;)

Thanks also for all the wonderful support about my art through your emails. I've been an artist all my life, but only now have realized the healing power of art... how much I need it in my life... Hope it brings you joy, inspiration and healing too. It looks like this move (with all its problems, delays and 'downs') was exactly what I needed to become more intentional and grow in my art, as well as in grace.
On a completely different subject, I'm sorry that so many of you are unable to leave comments on my blog. Thanks for pointing it out, but I also have problems leaving comments on certain blogs... it must be (once again!) a technical difficulty of Blogger.

This week, I'm sharing my art with:
Thanks for hosting your beautiful parties, ladies!
Monica x

Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Journey Toward Your Dreams Begins Today.

Print available in my shop here.

I'm happy to tell you I've finally started to share my art. I've been pampering it for years, I've been very protective towards my 'baby' and now I feel ready to share it with the world :)
Several new artworks have been created, finished, scanned and registered, and are ready to be released. I will show them from time to time, adding new prints to my brand- new art shop or just use them to accompany my words here on my online journal. I'm giving myself permission to do all the steps at my own pace... to deeply savor the moment... It has been in my heart and mind for so long, that I am a bit emotional right now.
I'm also giving my blog permission to evolve. I don't want to split subjects into different blogs, as I am one, even if with many and disparate interests. My art will be here as well too. One place only where to find me and see what I'm up to.

I believe there's no better painting than the one above to accompany this post. After all, the journey toward my dreams begins today.
Monica x

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

"From the Pros"- An Interview in Apprentice.

Hello friends and readers, ... I'm so doing the happy dance and pinching myself in disbelief! :)) For this, I owe a HUGE thank you to Editor Jana Holstein, that a few months ago asked me to be interviewed for the 'From the Pros' section of Somerset Apprentice. Jana and I had already worked together and I can tell you she's a sweet, kind and sunny lady... could I say anything but 'Sure!'?? I'm among a bunch of well-known and talented artists, so you bet I'm flattered and honored!

At the time when I had to write my interview, I was in the middle of an inner struggle and a period of moodiness after my operation, so I didn't give my best, I'm afraid. Reading it after some months, though, I'm happy with it, even if I feel the 'favorite medium' part is not complete. Apart from being a 'vintage' lover, I also have a passion for recycled and 'green' elements to use in my creations (string, kraft paper, jute, burlap, corrugated cardboard, etc.), tartans and wool of any kind.
It was very difficult to answer the questions because as you know, I'm a very versatile artist and it was hard to choose what to share... I'm a watercolor artist, a mixed- media artist, a photographer and I craft in- between. Moreover, I'm known on the Stampington publications mainly for my crafts and photographs, as I've not gone public with my art yet. In the end, I decided to let all the messy thoughts I had in that moment in my head, and just enjoy this opportunity. Here you can see the result of my efforts in print. I must say I'd choose different pictures to describe my work now... but surely in THAT moment I did my very best and I am proud I did accept the challenge and say 'yes' instead of an easier 'sorry I can't'.

Hope you'll celebrate with me, today!
Monica x.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

It's Giveaway Time!!

Update October, 14th:
I'm happy to announce that we have THREE WINNERS today!!!!!!!! Hooray!!!!!!!!
It's always difficult to do the draw because I'd want you ALL to win something! So I thought I'd surprise you with a third winner :)

The first one, that will receive two 8 x 12" prints is... June!
The second one that will receive two 5 x 7" prints is... Ella!
The third one that will receive two 5 x 7" prints as well is... Nicky of The Vintage Magpie!
Ladies, you are free to go to my shop and choose again as I've added several new images for sale today. Then please let me have your address so I can ship the prizes to you next week.

Many thanks to the other participants. You made me happy wanting to win something from me!:))
Today I thought I'd surprise you with a giveaway! Yay!
To celebrate the reopening of my photography shop, I will offer gorgeous prints to decorate your home with or to give as gifts to someone you love for the upcoming Holidays.

There will be TWO winners:
- the first one will receive two 8 x 12" (21 x 30 cm.) prints of their choice from my shop, worth $60.
- The second winner will receive two 5 x 7" (13 x 18 cm.) prints of their choice from my shop, worth $30.

What you have to do is:
-visit my etsy shop and just leave a comment on this post, telling me the titles of the images you'd like to win.
-If you put my giveaway button on your sidebar you will have two additional opportunities to win (in that case, please leave other two comments here, as I will use a random generator to draw the name from a virtual hat).

Everyone is very welcome to participate.
I will announce the winners on October 14th.

Good luck!
Monica x

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Autumn Painterly Palette.

1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a painter; artistic.
2. Having qualities unique to the art of painting.

To me, there is no greater joy than picking flowers and herbs from meadows, woods or a garden...

This glorious bouquet was picked along the way while strolling with my DH... it conjures up happy and warm feelings for me!
The vintage plaid suitcase was a happy find of last week, I paid $3 only for it!

Prints available in my etsy shop.

"Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile!"
William Cullen Bryant.

Monica x

Saturday, October 1, 2011

You're Meant to Fly!

Remember that?

Hope the weekend will bring you lots of joyous moments and ephiphanies. I've been having several, lately, and my heart is full.
Monica x.