My Artsy Life

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Fall my favorite season!

Many things to say and so very little precious time! A short one to say I'm here thinking of gratitude as the holidays start once again! Happy thanksgiving !

Thursday, September 13, 2012

For my Soul Sisters and the Soul Garden Group by lovely teacher Suzi BLU

To my dear soul sisters....and the lovely "Soul Garden class" by my dear kindred spirit teacher Suzi Blu!
My planner - from the Soul Garden Class by Suzi Blu

I want to share my planner with all of you, and tell you a little bit about it!

Also, i want to share my story on how inspiring and special knowing Suzi has been for me and my life as a starting artist...I think a lot of my online friends, know this already, but maybe some dont, about 4 years ago, i was like 5 months pregnant when I got lay off from my job, it was not a bad thing at all, I have already decided that I was not going back to work, that I wanted to pursue other things for my life, staying with my newborn was just one of those very special things....but what does a woman in her 40's do with her time, and when she is pregnant....i turn to journaling, and that is how I found videos of Suzi Blu on you tube....i was enchanted, and I  quickly turn into a follower of this precious woman so full of life who embraces who she is and lets you know it, I  just have a lot to be thankful!

For instance once I gifted Suzi a doll when I met her in person at Inspired 2011 and later she email me to tell me that doll was going to be in her book, i have form beautiful friendships right in my backyard here in Atlanta, and have been so inspire by her witty and enchanting ways...I love her classes, and love to see the evolution of my own art thru her teachings...love her full of inspirations videos, and the moments that I just giggle with her ways just as if she was right there with me! 

I have to say what I like about her the most  is that she is real, she shares with you not only the good, and puffy stuff of her life as a successful artist but also her struggles that characteristic in a person and specially in an artist is what makes her in my eyes so inspirational, and i like to support her by sharing with all of you! You can find out about Suzi classes in her academy at Suzi Blu's Les Petite Academy

So...
Here are the photos of the planner we been working in her Soul Garden Class, the classroom is full of woman that are just like you and me, is a group looking to be in charge of their lives in a very artistic way, i really enjoy reading the comments, watching the videos, chatting and getting inspire by this wonderful and inspiring girls! Sometimes all you need to achieve your dreams...is to have the believe that you can do it....and the supports of wonderful people telling you YES YOU CAN! And with that I have to thank my soul friend Bindy who text me here and there just when i need to hear it again....thank you Bindy!!! That is what I found in this group....come join us!

This is the first page as you open my planner

this is the beginning of the planner, starting in August

this is the page i place my goals....

in this envelope i have my gratitude list

this is the page i have my rewards pocket

this page is for my husband and I relationship

in here i have my to do list....and some inspiring papaya art from and old calendar

a page for my daughter and I

this is the seed pocket for my daughter and i relationship goal

some of my seeds pockets...

this is the end of September calendar

in this pocket i have place some things that are inspiring at the moment

this is a pocket that has all my stickers and embelishments i am using at the moment in this planner

the very back page of my planner i keep quotes and things like that

This is the back of the book i have pens in there that I can use in my planner

So that is all i have to share for now....Besos!

Brenda

Friday, July 20, 2012

Honoring the teacher with me as the student

my dear soul friends,

i have been gone for a while from the blog atmosphere, and my online presence....i have been on actual vacations, and on a soul retreat one both in my art life, and in the day to day things....

i have much to share, and the first thing coming you way are these beautiful paintings all inspired by Suzi Blu's Fairies class... I take online workshops and often - actually hardly ever do i paint the same thing they do...this time i was so taken by her teachings and feeling them so deeply that i just when with it and follow thru all the process i was amanzingly surprise at how the learning process took yet another dimension...i watch the videos took notes and watch again and took more notes! I was just so happy to see it come together under this wonderful and sazzy teacher....for more about Suzi you can find her here suziblu.ning.com



This precious beautiful girl has me dancing along the path of life, this is a painting that just makes me want to dance, this photo is not he last version of her...i just couldnt wait to start yet another one....
Sprite Fairy - this fairy is huge, two pieces of wood painted together to make her dress
- just one of Suzi's amazing ideas




Pixie Fairy

This sweet girl speaks to me about the power of balance, not everything in life is black, not white, not even that middle gray but the power strikes in keeping a balance and yourself in check in the middle of all that it is...

My God Mother

This painting talk to me about my grandmother it was spooky almost to speak to her thru this painting even her eyes turn out to be gray in a moment that it seem like a mistake of a brush stroke until I remember the sweet eyes of my grandmother gray eyes deep as her own soul
i have so much to say and so many things to tell you all to catch up with me and my adventures....another post, another day...

for now i leave you with these paintings and with the magic thought of "honoring your teachers"...!

cheers, much love brenda

www.lafiorevida.com

Monday, July 2, 2012

Mobile Me is gone and so is my website!

Before I went to bed last night I notice that my website was gone, been redirected to MobileMe is Closed! I knew this was going to happened sooner than later but no I wasn't ready. Now I have to come up with a new website out of my pocket and in a hurry!

Well I wanted to do it and now I have no choice, but to start a photoshoot, find a new server, change domains, and all that good stuff that comes with lots of work...! And yeah I am not ready not do I have time or feel like it...! Having one of those days that I just want to run and hide, but can't!

Say a little prayer for me pretty please so I can actually get things done! Find the inspiration again, and some how continue on this journey!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

I love this poem so much








It doesn't interest me what you do for a living

I want to know what you ache for

and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.



It doesn't interest me how old you are

I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool
for love
for your dreams
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon...
I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow
if you have been opened by life's betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your
fingers and toes
without cautioning us to
be careful
be realistic
to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn't interest me if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.

If you can bear the accusation of betrayal

and not betray your own soul.

If you can be faithless

and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty

even when it is not pretty

every day.

And if you can source your own life

from its presence.


I want to know if you can live with failureyours and mineand still stand on the edge of the lakeand shout to the silver of the full moon,"Yes."It doesn't interest meto know where you live or how much money you have.I want to know if you can get upafter a night of grief and despair weary and bruised to the boneand do what needs to be doneto feed the children.It doesn't interest me who you knowor how you came to be here.I want to know if you will standin the center of the firewith meand not shrink back.It doesn't interest me where or what or with whomyou have studied.I want to know what sustains youfrom the insidewhen all else falls away.
I want to know if you can be alone

with yourself

and if you truly like the company you keep

in the empty moments.


Oriah Mountain Dreamer 

Canadian Teacher and Author

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

My New Paintings!

There is probably nothing on earth more satisfying that doing something you love with all your heart, and to top that you are passionate about it! And that describes my time spent creating beautiful art.

a daughters love

Dream

Frienships

Imagine your dreams

La Sirene


Her Passion
In this beautiful tuesday i want to share my passion, one of them at least. enjoy the eye candy!

Monday, April 30, 2012

List of Winners of the "Doll Retreat Workshop"

Hello my dear Kindred Spirits!

As promise here is a list of the winners of a spot in my "Doll Retreat Workshop"

Mother / Daughter

  • Kelly Lynn and Mom
  • Karen Ellis and Daughter
  • Lena and Daughter
  • Juli and Mom
  • Kimpm1 and Daughter
  • Iris Perez and Daughter
For the single spot on the "Doll Retreat Workshop"
  • Beansieleigh
  • Carla Scheffer
  • Rachel Payne
  • Katt aka LaLa
  • Jade Scarlett

And three extras for leaving and sharing such soulful comments!
  • I Love Crafts
  • Alex
  • Gill
Now all you have to do is;
  1. Sign up at my ning network; go to www.lafiorevida.ning.com, become a member if you are not one already!
  2.  Send me an email to, lafiorevida@gmail.com, subject, "WDRW" (winner doll retreat workshop) with the email you are using to sign up in the network and I will send you an invite!
  3. Once you get the invite, click on the link provided, request to join the group, and I will approve on my end and thats all....hope you get to create beautiful dolls that give you happiness and pleasure when you look at them...!  


Art Hugs!!!
Brenda
www.lafiorevida.com


Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Doll Retreat - Giveaway "10 spots"

Hello my dear kindred spirits!!


The moment is here, a new challenge I impose upon myself to create.....creativity moves me to the core, does that happen to you to? The Doll Retreat Class is ready to go!!! Starting April 15, 2012 and open indefinelty you can sign up at any time...! Held on my ning network; Lafiorevida.ning.com (you must be a member to participate)

I want to share my upheavals and my moments of doubt as I have started this new journey,  its not easy I tell you that, to balance the moments I get to create, with been a mom, a wife, a friend and an artist!


Yeah I know I am not alone is this journey. Working on this class was very challenging, and almost scary, all those thoughts am I good enough? who do you think you are? and bla bla blah in my head meeting my heart! Not to mention the serious doubts can I be successful!? What is success anyway? To me is that willingness in our hearts to go for it, learn in the process....right? Well that is what it is for me!

Why am I doing this? I can only tell you, I seriously believe that anybody out there that is willing to embark in a creative journey wholeheartely will soon find an incredible peace in their hearts..that will fill their lives with joy. So wheter I am succesfull or not, I want to share it, because I know for a fact, that art heals, that this is my story. Creativity and I found each other and healing the scatter pieces of me came soon after. So this is not the time to give up I say! I have a dream, and I will live it to the very last moment, and that moment will stay far away as long as I continue to believe in the healing powers of a creative life. My life and also yours if you let it!






Giveaways!!!



Mother -  Daugher Group  - 5 spots
I want to celebrate by given away 5 spots, to a mother - daughter group, let me explain, I want to give the gift of crafting together, experiencing been together while learning, sharing, imagining, creating something pretty to remind you of special time "Mothers Day" All you have to do is leave me a comment of why you believe creating together will help you, heal you, whatever you think it may be....!
 5 Other spots !!!
The other 5 spots Im given away are for those that talk about "moi" in their blogs, a link to  this page, or a link to my promo video will be fine, and then share it on your Facebook page! Just share your links with me in the comment section and that is all.

On April 25, April 30 (mark your calendars) I will draw 10 winners from the people that left their comments on this post - I will post the winners here in this blog! If you want to become a follower that will be awesome!!!!







Celebrate your life!!

Brenda


Saturday, April 7, 2012

Introducing my new doll "Chastity"

The new addition to my family of dolls, her name is "Chastity" and she is the second doll on a new collection I have in mind "The Qualities of Childhood" 


Made from polymer clay, she is a a cute one, I have film the making of this doll for my new workshop coming in April 15. Click here for more information



Here are some of the photos.








Dont forget to check my new workshop



Happy Easter! 
website: www.lafiorevida.com 
blog: www.lafiorevida.blogspot.com 
workshops: www.lafiorevida.ning.com

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Introducing my new doll "Camelia"


her name is "Camelia" and she stands for 

"innocence" : freedom from guilt or sin through being unacquainted with evil



  • Made out of polymer clay and fimo, stand in a wooden block and has a polymer plaque that reads "innocence"
  • her clothing is all made from vintage colorwash fabric and sewn by hand, dress is not removable
  • face hand painted with golden fluids, sealed with satin varnish
  • her hair made from wool roving
  • her bonet is removable
  • she measures 9 1/2 inches alone, 11 1/2 inches with stand
a whimsical little thing will remind you of those childhood years and the innocence of those playful days.







She is ready for adoption give her  a happy home!

For info contact me:  lafiorevida@gmail.com

Happy Tuesday!

www.lafiorevida.com
www.lafiorevida.blogspot.com
www.lafiorevida.ning.com




Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Doll Retreat Workshop - Opens April 15, join now for a discount price




Hello Kindred Spirits!!!

Here I am again, heart on my sleeve putting my dreams out there to share with all of you...!

This time the class I am offering is a bit whimsical...lots of dolls coming to live right in front of your eyes...

I will share lots of fun ways - my ways of creating the most cutesy whimsical creatures..!

Full support from moi....

More to come!

Here is a sneak peak of what I have put together, but I promise you there is a lot more in store for all of you, so come join me...if you do join before April 15 the class fee is only $55, after the price increases to $65




Hope to see you in class!

Art Hugs,

Brenda



Thursday, March 22, 2012

New Dolls - Eye Candy

here is a couple of photos of my new dolls....i have been working on preparing myself for the new workshop i will be offerings...!

playing with dolls pretty magical for me...

so here is a couple of photos, that really dont do them justice..!!!

Soy una Artista "im an artist"

she her own portafolio, and sketch book total cuteness...her hat is removable with her own fake ponny tail...adorable!
wish you could see the details....!




this precious little lamb was going to be a bunny and all of the sudden i couldnt get lambs of my mind....the process of creation is a precious one...

can you see her little tail...this girlie lamb is adorable...!

happy thursday....!

brenda


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Things I heart Tuesdays with a twist

i have such a joyful week, this are some of the things i have done that really call on my heart...lovely times

spring is in the air and so is the pollen....! but medicine over the counter and i was ready to play outside with my son, this week i work on my watercolor fetish...skecth, watch my son play outisde!!! ah so many cute things to do with time!

lovely girl inspire by a magazine article on Art Doll Magazine....so yummylicious, watercolor blessings

this little one will love to be outside playing all day long.....

so i set up my own play station outside to play myself - thank God for wireless internet

sketch love....ah!

love love love 

my new vintage luggage on the works

so this is it for this week lovely moments....

brenda
www.lafiorevida.com