Thursday, May 31, 2012

Like a Moth to a Flame

I was at my darkest,  you saw my light.
The closer you came,  my lumens grew bright.
I was flailing, spinning in a cyclone.
Your fingers plucked me out and brought me home.

I was walking in-place against a wall
Your kindness was a welcome pivot-call.
Without trespassing you probed and explored
An angel sent from heaven, thank you Lord.

I set up roadblocks, landmines, and decoys
You marched through and didn't fall for my ploys.
You refused to leave, like a moth to a flame
I' m still not sure what you saw, glad you came.

You tore me down mentally, then rebuilt.
Then relit my flame without any guilt­.

Like a Moth to a Flame
16 x 12 inches
40.6 x 30.4 cm

close up

What attracts you like a moth to a flame?

Friday, May 11, 2012

I Do...

Marry me at the Castle of Versaille,
Where our love will hold hands and say I Do.
Then, it will ripple higher than the sky
And through the centuries our love will stay new.

All night dancing at the Biltmore Estate,
Adorning me with  your love and desire.
It is truly a gift how we relate,
And your pure presence, I will never tire.

When I break, you will hold me til I heal,
I will support you and not be jealous.
When you're weak I will pray, get down and kneel
And with your heart, I will not be careless.

I have been searching my whole life for you,
It's you. Will you marry me?  Yes...I do. 

I Do
20 x 20 x 1.5 inches
50.8 X 50.8 X 3.81 cm

close-up of one Swarovski crystal
shows some texture as well

Friday, March 2, 2012


I am so into you.
You absolutely amaze me!
You light up every room you enter.
I get sick at the thought of you leaving.
You are brilliant!
I'm in awe.
I am your shadow, or are you mine?
We are so connected that at times I can't tell.
Wow, how did you know that about me?
I can't get enough of  you.
Tell me more about me.
I become nauseous at the thought of releasing  your hand.
Don't leave.
Stand closer.

I have become blind.
All I see is myself.
You are so harmful.
It is time to release my addiction,
And pulverize the path that leads me to you.
To stop this pattern... wherever I go, you go, I go...
It is time to let go...

Goodbye ego.

Acrylic on canvas
5 x 7 inches
12.7 x 17.7 cm


I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject.

Is the ego good or bad? 
Do you cultivate, nurture, and protect yours? 
Or do you try to stifle and ignore it?

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


When I say I love you...

It does not mean a box of chocolates, or long stem roses.
It does not mean an heirloom ring, or sexy poses.

It is not three words, carelessly strung together,
without weight, like a feather.

Or exhaled air formed into syllables, meaningless.
Sounds good to the ears, but the heart, feeling less.

When I say I love you...

It means I am concerned about your soul,
Not just certain traits, but your whole.
That I know you will make mistakes, 
I don't expect perfection.
That I will bring mercy and grace to our covenant, 
along with protection.

It means I anticipate your needs 
and move with admiration and emotion.
To remedy your lack-of, desire-to, or emptiness, 
with limitless devotion.

To say I love you with just my words, is simply...insufficient.

8 x 10 inches
20.32 x 25.4 cm

 What does "I Love You" mean to you?

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Good Morning Sunshine

Good Morning Sunshine.

Good Morning Sunshine
8 x 10 inches
20.3 x 25.4 cm
acrylic on canvas

What is it
that you hope to hear 
The Almighty say to you 
when you pass through the pearly gates?

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Love is...

Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, 
it does not boast, 
it is not proud. 
It is not rude, 
it is not self-seeking, 
it is not easily angered, 
it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. 

1Corinthians 13:4-8 NIV

Love is...
5 x 7 inches
12.7 x 17.7 cm

How do you define love?

I'd love to hear your thoughts on love. Also, if you enjoyed this post I would be honored if you shared this with others. 

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Top 5 Things I've Learned From Networkers ~ The Bad Ones

The Network

Network [net-wurk] n. - system of connections
For the purpose of this post a networker is an anyone who attempts to connect. 

Each one of these points can easily be a single blogging subject but here is a summary what I have learned over the last nine months:

1. The 'networker' is everywhere - ALL the time.  
It's one thing to have a presence but there is such thing as overkill too. You want to be accessible without being a turn off.

2. Everything is automated. 
Hello? Is anyone there?  There is a time and place for automation.  Used correctly it can be a valuable and time-saving tool.

3. Do As I Say....Not As I Do. 
Not all practice what they preach.

4. Me, Me, Me Syndrome. 
It's ALL about them.  How about sharing a new concept, or idea. Have a guest blogger that doesn't write about you. Share other people's content. Collaborate.

5. They are happy or positive all the time. 
I am all about inspiration and motivation. But share with us a struggle or challenge. It just is another way to show your human side and as a result it cultivates trust.

Close-up to show detail.
12 x 16 inches
30 x 40 cm
Over 50 Swarovski crystals individually placed by hand.

Win this painting! 

My first give-a-way!
Give-a-way ended January 20, 2012
Winner was Terri Pattio
There will be at least two more this year, please check back often, thank you!
I'll ship worldwide :)

Comment on this post for an entry. To learn about other ways to enter Click here .

What have you learned from 'bad' networkers?

Monday, January 16, 2012

65 Degrees

Every winter, my husband's crazy wife likes to play a game called..."Let's see how long we can survive the winter with no heater."... and every year he buys a new sweat suit and is incredibly thankful he has children with the crazy lady. Knowing, if it weren't for the kids, this game could get pretty bone-chilling.

     Husband: You know, it's pretty chilly in here...

     Wife:  Where's your beanie?

     Kid1:  Mommy I'm cold!

     Mom:  Put some socks on.

     Kid2:  I'm freeeeeezing!

     Mom:  Do you want some more hot chocolate?

His wife tries to convince the family, you will sleep better when it's this "cool" me.  As she quickly searches for evidence to back up her theory. Ahhh, proof.

Well, this year the family beat last year's numbers. After a record breaking 24hrs of a very cool 64 degrees in the house, she buckled and turned the heater on. She unconvincingly argued for a thermostat setting of 65, after all, she wasn't cold until 64. She was quickly vetoed and thankful the family didn't kick her out of  the warm (?) house. 

The heater has been set a negotiated 67. Is it warm in here?

65 Degrees
11 x 14 inches
27.9 x 35.5 cm

What is your sleep number?

at for more helpful tips on how to sleep better. And find out why a foam pillow isn't the best option for sleep. 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Gustav Klimt

Detail of The Kiss

This July 14, 2012 marks the 150th birthday of Gustav Klimt  (July 14, 1862– February 6, 1918).  Austria, his birth place, already started celebrating on New Year's Day with a ballet tribute for his famous painting, The Kiss. The Belvedere is hosting an exhibition, through 2013 and there will be more of Klimt's works displayed than ever before in Vienna. 

Most are familiar with his most famous painting, The Kiss. Today I would like to introduce you to some of his other magical images that you may not know as well.  All images used with permission from Wilhelm Klimt, great-nephew of Gustav Klimt. Some images in this link have paintings that contain nudity. All images in this post are Safe for Work (SFW).

Detail from 'Medicine' created 1900-1907

Golden Apple Tree
Original 1903
Most are not familiar with his landscapes.

Woman With Fan
Original 1917-1918
One of two paintings found on the easel in Klimt's studio at the time of his death.

Adele Bloch-Bauer
For a short time this portrait painting was the highest paid at auction.
In 2006, sold for 135 million.

The Golden Knight
Also known as 'Life is a Struggle'
Original 1903

I would like to thank the Klimts for their generosity in allowing me to use their images. For more information please have a look at The Klimt Collection at

What is your favorite Klimt work of art?

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

......flying in the dark

   wings are numb
     there is nowhere to land

The sun is black, I am flying in the dark.

      my compass is shattered
    my will, gone
 deep breath

close-up detail on the painting

The black sun is a stunning piece of drusy quartz.



Tuesday, January 3, 2012

2011 Year in Review

I would like to thank everyone that has stopped by my blog, taken the time to comment, and shared my content. I truly appreciate your visits and participation. Here is a list of my top five blogs for 2011. 

Most viewed:  Moved or Captured ~ Yes

Most Liked: Regret...we didn't connect the dots

Most Commented:  LoveSick 

Most Shared:  Heavenly ~ take me there

The blog I am Most Proud of:  Underbelly or Naked: It's just different parts of the same animalwas my very first blog.

Well, there you have it, the list. Were you surprised by any that made the list? Is there another category you would like me to add for next year?

Thank you for a wonderful 2011! Looking forward to 2012 :)

Monday, January 2, 2012

Untie...and Let Go..

There is knot, 
one reason, 
to keep yourself 
and in a mess.

12 x 24 x 1.5 inches
30.5 x  61 x 3.8 cm

What is the hardest knot to untie?