Love is the answer

         I don’t know if anyone will read this, but I just thought I would write something. I haven’t for a long time. So, my chosen topic is: Love is the answer to all things. I have been told this many times but what does that mean, really? Here are some of my thoughts on the subject. Love has many ways of expressing itself, if we allow ourselves to let it do so. Love is often the motivating factor for making positive change in one’s life. In fact it is the motivating factor. It is the reason people strive for making this world a better place.

         Love begins with self. It comes from within and we express ourselves with love or without love depending upon any given circumstance. Many people are feeling stretched to the limit; these are stressful times. People do not always react in a loving fashion to their circumstances or others around them. They forget their true origins and their connection with their own divine nature. In this world it is easy to forget but now we are awakening to ourselves and our divinity. And still it is difficult to rise above it all and remain our loving selves. We remind ourselves everyday that love will find a way, even when we are not feeling very loving toward ourselves or our fellow human beings. We forgive ourselves and hopefully laugh at our own shortcomings and slowly pull ourselves up out of the quagmire of the world around us. Seeking the safe haven of our own heart and soul and the desires of our soul’s expression. I say this to all those who seek the answers elsewhere. The answers are always within you, no exceptions. You can ask any number of people what you should do, but only you can really answer your life’s questions. What makes a difference in your decision is what you base that decision upon. Sometimes playing it safe isn’t the safest or wisest thing to do. Love will take you places unimagined if you will only let it. Remember, you have wings. Jumping off the cliff might be the right way to go. Sometimes it is the only way. Even as I write this, I feel a little smile come across my face because I know I must choose something extraordinary to do with my life because that is what is within me to do. I have been teetering on the edge with indecision for too long and must choose carefully to make a successful leap into the happier life I seek. I must.

         We let our circumstances dictate to us instead of allowing our own inner truth to guide us on the path to a better way of living. Some are finding things easier and smoother than others. Those that are experiencing difficulty and are aware of their own foibles will wrestle every side of the argument to the ground before doing exactly what was in their heart to do, no matter how crazy it may seem, because it is the right thing to do. Now, there is a lot of love needed in this world. Being more loving to ourselves extends outward. There are so many people in severe circumstances in this world. Humanity is challenged as never before to end war, famine and greed and find solutions to our planet’s distress. This world is sitting on a precipice and we must all band together to renew and protect this precious ecosphere.

         Love must find a way. It is time to remove the rose-tinted glasses and see what is happening and how we must change to enable a sustainable world. It is happening in so many ways but there are still so many destructive forces rampaging the planet that must be counteracted in order for us to survive. I hope that humanity rises above the chaos of it’s own folly and opens once more to what it could be. We must continue to turn the tide toward renewal.

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Art education and appreciation

http://artbookguy.com/contemporary-art-is-a-woolly-mammoth_1185.html

I thought this article was also noteworthy. He has some valid points about people’s attitude toward art today. My feelings arethat taking time to look at and understand art is like stopping and smelling the roses. People need to take time to digest art, question it, feel it, etc. Are people geared to stop and consider art in this fast food, digitally geared world?

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Cat portrait

And so it is now a week since my Cassie passed away. She was almost 20 years young. Not bad. She was spunky and full of life up until the last couple of weeks. Her purr could be heard on the next block. She was one of those sweet, white and fluffy types. Her self-appointed positions included secretary extraordinare, wardrobe consultant and reliable alarm clock. She always performed these tasks well and with gusto.

So here is the picture I used to do her pet portrait:

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Cassie photograph

 

And here is the portrait I did from it:

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Cassie Pet Portrait

 

I still have her brother Thor. I hope he sticks around for a bit. Took this recently:

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He’s a real sweetheart.

I am the fortunate one.

For more info about pet portraits that I do please visit my Pet Portraits page.

Love and Light,

Ellen

Laughter is the best medicine

OK. Here I am. Didn’t finish the painting of my previous post. So I have to laugh at the absurdity of my life of late. The desire is there, the ideas scroll through my mind ad infinitum. The best ones usually come to me when I am busy with other things, like in the middle of a work shift. When I decide to sit and sketch, they vanish. Great. Full of energy at the wrong times too. Are we having fun yet? I just love the earth changes thing, it’s so much fun.

For you viewing pleasure, here is a painting I did awhile ago.

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I am spiritual, very spiritual. I walk this world with full awareness of spirit and the energy of all life surrounding me. I have been fully aware for 28 years. I have had visions and a certain level of awareness since the age of 4, although I did not become more conscious until I was 25. I have always considered myself to be an upbeat, positive person but these have been challenging times. I think we chose this challenge, every bit of it. I say ‘we’ because I know others who are experiencing the same conditions of reality in the world as we think we know it.

That being said, are we having fun yet?  I am reminding myself and anyone who might read this and relate to it, laughter is the best medicine. Laugh, because it is all so absurd. Smile at your own fumblings and remember it is all of your making. As ridiculous as it may sound, greet each day as a fresh opportunity to take a step toward whatever goal or dream for which you want to shoot. Inch forward, crawl if you have to, but do not give up what is in your heart and soul to do. Remember who you are and the joy of living even in your lowest moments. If you and I can do that then, well, perhaps there is hope for this world.

Love and Light,

Ellen

Landscape progress

Finally starting to look like a painting! I started this Plein Air and have wrestled with it ever since. Some paintings or drawings come more easily than others.

 

Landscape painting

Loxahatchee landscape

 
I just looked to see when I started this painting, omg, where did the time go. I went in February to a paint out with the Palm Beach Plein Air group. Maybe I will finish it this month!
 

Into the Light

Out of the chaos, I cling to hope and a brighter future. Presently I project to invest my time and energy in producing new artwork and living my life from a clear center of defined purpose. This last year has been a bleeping rollercoaster.  I used to like rollercoasters, but not the emotional/financial kind that I have been on since my mother died.

I am an artist. I enjoy doing portraits, pets or people. I like working with old photos.  I plan on doing more nostalgic art. I enjoy working in different media.  I am available for commissioned artwork. Please contact me at eeschwege@gmail.com if you have a sincere interest in having a custom artwork done for you.

 

Charcoal portrait drawing

Charcoal drawing from old photo

Pastel Pet Portrait by Ellen Eschwege

Pet portrait