2 Angels are better than one!

I received a pretty little journal (maybe 6″ x 8″) in the mail last month from someone in our round robin Journal pass group named Beth. The theme of her journal was “things with wings”. Many people had done dragons and such, yet for some reason I focused my artistic energy towards painting these two sweet Angels.

Journal entry by Heather Gailey 2013
Journal entry by Heather Gailey 2013

When I think of Angels I think of all my precious friends and family who have helped me through hard times over the years and in doing so have become part of my success story. For now I am only going to speak about one such Angel. Her name is Nola. Nola and I have been friends now for 34 years. We met back in high school when we were in grade 10. We went through a lot together, and even though we live far apart we still call each other friend.

Why is Nola and Angel, you ask?

When I was going through my separation and my husband first left me I did not know which way to turn. One day, soon after the break up, I decided it was necessary to make to meet with a counselor at the local Social Services office to discuss my situation. I needed to feel more confident in my ability to live, eat, and support my children, and so I went there to speak to someone about my situation and ask for some short-term financial help. I remember it was winter time and very cold outside on the day I went to apply for help. Inside the office I stood behind a woman in the long line of people waiting to speak to a clerk. It shocked me to see that even though it was snowing outside she stood in front of me with broken shoes, no socks, and a torn coat. It seemed as if life had not been kind to her. I was very emotional with all that was going on and when I arrived back home I called Nola and told her what I saw and shared that it was a scary thought that I might end up in that same way. She said to me in such a strong and reassuring voice…”Heather…I will never let that happen to you”. She stood true to her claim and never did. She would take me grocery shopping and helped me afford paint to jazz up my dingy apartment. She was there for me in every way. She never let me fall. Her wings lifted me and helped me through one of the hardest times in my life. This is why she is an Angel. I love you Nola!

Who are the people in your life who are Angels is disguise? How did they help you in a time of need? Have you told them how much you love and appreciate how they have helped you? Maybe today is the day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art Inspiration – three artists who inspire me to get off my ass, go buy a canvas, and paint!

There are many artists who inspire me…too many to list here, but as the daily prompt is Art Inspiration, I thought I would share three that are on the top of my list today. Tomorrow it will be a whole new handful of bits and bites.

Check out these videos of the artists in action and I dare you to paint something today! I’m going to.

Artist number 1 – Donna Downey

Artist number 2 – Karrie on Canvas

Artist number 3 – Michael Shapcott

Inspiration Friday

Howdy Rowdy Artsies! 

I am so inspired by Zentagles® and Zendoodles.  Here is an explanation reprinted from the Enthusiastic Artist

What’s a Tangle?

“Anything is possible, one stroke at a time.”

 Zentangle® is a delightful method for creating beautiful pictures using repeated patterns. Many find it addicting! It’s easy to learn, easy to do, is enjoyed by a wide range of ages and skill levels, and is used in many fields of interest.  Its small format and simple materials are unintimidating. You can take it anywhere (well, not underwater).
  • Think you can’t draw? A zentangle has no pre-determined up or down and is not intended to be a picture of anything.
  • Don’t have time? A zentangle can be completed in 15-30 minutes, giving you a sense of accomplishment.
  • Think you’re not creative? Zentangle is based on easily learned, repeated patterns.
Sakura (who makes the Micron pens used in Zentangle) has posted an article I wrote on the company website. They wrote: “Margaret Bremner, a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) living in Saskatoon, beautifully and succinctly describes Zentangle in “The Art of Zentangle” published by WHOLifE magazine.” You can download the one-page article here. The link is in the second paragraph.

The Zentangle art form and method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas.
Learn more at http://www.zentangle.com.

Here are three examples of Zentangle tiles. Cruise this blog to see more tiles as well as Zentangle-inspired artwork (ZIA).

Here are some other cool Blogs

And Pintrest really rocks it out

My fave book at the moment for getting your “tangle on” It is only 12 bucks!!

#5370 Zenspirations

Happy Doodling this weekend. Have fun!

 

Inspiration Friday

I can’t believe that it is Friday already! The days of the week are just floating by and before you know it we will be enjoying an official Thanksgiving Turkey and pumpkin pie (in Canada).

I have been on the look out this week for an artsy inspiration to share with you and I have managed to find a couple. The great thing is as artists, we can look to anything for our inspiration. Anything that life has to offer. Some people get inspiration from music. Some get inspired after eating a fabulous meal, some get inspiration from their natural surroundings, and some people find inspiration through spending time with others.

This Friday I will try to post one thing for each possible inspiration

Artist Inspiration

And this one

Musical Inspiration

Food Inspiration

Emmy Cooks

Have an inspirational weekend!

Inspiration Friday – In case of brain fart…break glass!

Hello all! I can’t believe it’s Friday again, and therefore time for another inspirational blog entry for your viewing pleasure.

Oopsie!

I am feeling kind of sheepish because I forgot to post my Monday Tip for you and thus the brain fart reference. That is why I am posting this entry very early in the morning so that the day won’t get away with me today and I won’t suddenly wonder why it is Sunday. Can you relate?

Here is a wonderful video that I found on You Tube the other day. Skies on Fire – Speed Painting The Green Children is the title. I love the way the Artist dribbles the paint down over the picture and how she splashes the paint around the heads. I could watch her paint for hours (not meaning to sound creepy). You can also catch up with the artist agnes-cecile on her on Facebook.

I hope you will forgive me for Monday past. I will aim to post last Monday’s tip this coming Monday. See you then!

It worked! Take a little time for you…I did

Tonight I was self-full (I don’t like the word selfish) and took a little time for myself. A little time where I wasn’t Mommy, chauffeur, homework maven, chef, time manager, personal shopper, and a little time where I could just be me and do whatever the heck I wanted too.

I wanted to make art and I did! I am so happy. Here is the journal page featuring the chair I posted a few days back. I created this page using acrylic paint, washi tape, Pitt and Gelly Roll pens, a photo of the chair, and a funky envelope flap. Hope you enjoy it. It took me less than 2 hours and I had lots and lots of fun. Enjoy!

Heather Gailey – The Chair – 2012

Inspiration Friday

Artist and Blogger love

Today I am going to share with you a few Artist sites/videos that inspire me to create. It has been a long week and I just want to create…so just a few typed words on here with no pics for me and downstairs I go to make art. You’ll just have to click on the links to see what I am creeping these days.

Land of Lost LuggageJulie Pritchard

An instructional guide to going over the edgeIngrid Dijkers

Moleskine Notebook – NosesAntonio Jorge Gonçalves

Check them out and let me know what you think.
Have a great weekend everyone!