Concentrate

SelfLove365: Day 241
My brain is a jumble, like it usually is after vacation, and there is so much to do and catch up on. When I am able to concentrate, I get through things much quicker. Allowing for breaks makes it all more doable, too.
I’m finding my daily meditations to be the best practice for this.

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Painting Auction!

Art Battle 20-minute Training Painting #3

Art Battle 20-minute Training Painting #3 – BEFORE

This was one of the 20-minute training paintings I did in preparation for Art Battle Alberta in Red Deer. It was originally really dark (see above), and I didn’t like it (pretty sure nobody else did, either!). I decided to work it some more and I am happy I did (see below).

"Out of the Darkness", 16" x 20" - AFTER

“Out of the Darkness”, 16″ x 20″ – AFTER

I am currently raising money for my friend Nicole by donating all of my sale proceeds until Thursday to her. To read more about this, go here. To have a little fun, I decided to do an auction, too!

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“Out of the Darkness” measures 16″ x 20″.

This painting is now up for auction!

Starting bid: $100

Shipping not included. ($30 Canada, $40 US)

Please enter your bid in the comment section of this post. Bidding ends at 10 pm M.S.T., Thursday, August 7, 2014.

Thank you!

Much love,
Bel
xo

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Helping a friend.

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WHAT:

This is for my dear friend Nicole Hartley Bradford… I met her through 5Rhythms dance classes. Ever since meeting Nicole, she has been promoting me and my art, helping me in ways that are so valuable to me. I know she does the same for other people.

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HOW:

For the next six days, I will be donating the proceeds of my sales (paintings, cards, magnets, pins, prints, etc) to Nicole. Please help support her by getting my art into your home! You are welcome to come visit my studio to purchase, and I will also be listing more items to my Etsy shop shortly. I might even do a painting auction.. fun!

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WHY:

Nicole has a vision for how she wants to live in this world, and she needs financial help to do it. In her words:

“Friends, I feel hopelessness and bad luck are winning today. My catch 22 of having blocks inside me that keep me from prospering and needing that prosperity to get what I need and clear the blocks is feeling like a hopeless loop.

I’m due to have my girls during the month of August but that means spending money I have yet to make.

I see that’s the story of my life. I said yes to the children I was given, and my energy, attention, nurturing was directed to them rather than to building a career. As a single mom for 8 years, I learned to cope in poverty and I put my own share into remembering my self to heal my blocks.

Evidently, I haven’t got caught up.

20 years later here I am in poverty.

Poverty doesn’t define me, as I trust many if you will attest. I have claimed in good part, the gifts I have been given to pass on: a clear vision, storytelling, grace, creativity, bravery, connectivity, healing, passion…

But poverty makes it very hard to keep the faith, and to keep my core in peace.”

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Please visit my Etsy shop for more listings!

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