Sunshine in my Soul today!!

I know, you’ve heard the saying before.

Sunshine in my Soul today!

I want to share my sunshine and it’s because at the ripe age of soon-to-be 72, I made a decision to retire! It’s with mixed feelings and emotions but I know it is what I need to do. My life has been filled with friends and family that want the best for me. I think God is pleased with my decision. I talk to him daily for guidance and inspiration and through my prayers I know God is listening. I guess many of you don’t understand that life but it’s one that’s given me peace and happiness.

I look forward to spending quite moments in my hammock reflecting on the pass and planning the future. My husband and I need this time to travel and enjoy the later years of our marriage. I want to enjoy the days of sleeping late, eating when I’m hungry, and napping on rainy days when I can’t be outside.

I look forward to spending time with my family and laughing about silly things. My friends will fill my days of fun and adventure too. They have always been my inspiration.

Life is full of sunshine and it’s in my soul today!

Doris

Whimsical Art Queen Studio Coloring Book

 

My Whimsical Art Queen Studio Coloring Book is coming along great. I’ve been thinking about what I like to color and now to focus on what will inspire other. I’m thinking special events, holidays, and word catchy ideas.

I’ve finished most of the drawings and now to start some embellishments to give the drawings a unique flair. I want my Whimsical Art Queen Coloring Book to inspire the use of bold colors.

 

 

I feel creativity is the key to seeing beyond the page and add the artist touch to my drawings. I am more of a Pop Art artist and that gives me an edge to almost child-like coloring pages. I have researched some of the coloring books and the dark areas of most pages don’t appeal to me. My idea is to give my book art for framing or place on their walls to bring joy. I’m dreaming this would be the ultimate reward.

My Whimsical Art Queen Studio Coloring Book is a work in progress but it’s full-filling my need as an artist. I love color and drawing from that I can visualize the pages. Come back soon and even give me advice, I welcome it.

Artist in training,

Doris

Whimsical Art Queen Studio Coloring Pages 2

Feeling blessed and happy with a vacation coming next week! It will be relaxing and fun with our family together and enjoying the white sand beaches of Destin, Florida. My plan is to sit on the beach and dream of getting my Whimsical Art Queen Studio Coloring Book plan of action complete.

flocks of flamingo
flocks of flamingos encourage relaxation for me….

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Days in San Miguel, 2016

Updates from my previous posts, I’m Waiting with Excitement!, brings joy and happiness with words from myself and my gal friends that shared the Days in San Miguel,2016. Let the fun begin!

 

 

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Inspiration Project Completed

InspirationI am so amazed and happy my Inspiration Art project, 5 canvas painted with acrylic paints is completed!

Another goal, another dream of being a better artist. You have to keep believing you can accomplish any goal you set out to do!

 After much research, this was the art I felt spoke to my heart. I love the violin and it had a real meaning to me. I once worked at an elementary school and took violin lessons along with the students. I wasn’t very good even with private lessons. I wish I could be as good as Winslow Davis as he played at Bridgestreet Town Center, Huntsville, Alabama.

Here is my inspiration from the art I found on Light In the Box.

Whimsical Wall Art

Whimsical Wall Art

I would love to hear from all of you. Believing in yourself is the ultimate of loving yourself before you can love others. God has blessed me and I like to share my blessings with you!

Please leave comments and let me know how my Inspiration Art compares to the original inspiration.

Wonderful having you on my blog!😍

Doris

Make time for Art!

 Make time for ART it’s Important!

Make time for Art

       Make time for Art!

Many times, we all need a break from life itself. We wind up stressed and tired from the hassles of life. We go through the motions of living and repeat the same routine each day of the week. Well, that kind of life gets you nowhere! Maybe it’s time to think about your schedule and start to Make time for ART!


HINTS TO HELP YOU RECLAIM YOUR LIFE

Make a list of chores you Must do weekly. (cleaning, grocery shopping, attend church) Complete those chores in record time and don’t spend all day with work. There’s loads of fun and you have to keep moving!

Make a list of chores you can give to a family member. (laundry, walk the dog, empty the dishwasher) It’s only fair that members of a household share in the upkeep.

Make a list of things you want to accomplish but never have the time to do!

Making time for yourself is the best thing you can do for you and your family. Your soul will thank you. I know each day is hectic. We all have very little time for the finer things in life. I’m here to tell you the days, weeks, and years go by fast and one day you look around and you have lost your passion for life.

It usually happens when your last child is off to college and you wind up with an empty nest. Believe me, I’ve been there. If you are nearing a zero birthday, (this is a time to reflect on your life) then it’s time to take charge of your time!

  • Learn a new hobby. (Check out Pintrest for endless ideas)
  • Join a book club. (Check out information at your local library)
  • Take up needlepoint. (I love needlepoint and I take it with me on trips to have something to do when traveling in the car.)
  • Join a health club, yoga, power walking, stretch class ( I recommend because muscles start to weaken at the age of 60)
  • Start a journal. (This is a hobby you can pick up and lay down with ease.)
  • Take an art class to see if you have a hidden talent.( I recommend)

If you want to venture into art I have a quick easy project that will get you started.

I bought several 4″x 6″ flat sketch boards at Hobby Lobby and used my Prismacolor and Copic pens to start drawing pictures from my head. It takes some quiet time to bring you to this point in life. I have may Queen Studio to give me the peace I need.

You can look in magazines for art that speaks you. I again reinforce you trying Pintrest for ideas. It can be your life-line to all kinds of interesting ideas.

I like to add quotes and sayings for added interest. Search out google for famous quotes and poets that speak to you. Just like my Make time for art, it’s important.

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Art Sketch Boards

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Art Sketch Boards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


You will feel at peace and happy when you take charge of your time. Start to include your family to help you with chores. Find a positive niche that speaks to you. Include a friend that likes the same things you do. You will begin to feel stress leaving your body and your mind will feel alive!

Make time for art, it’s important!

It  will take you to your happy place.

Happy day,

Queen Rose

 Queen Rose

 

Looking for Art in all the Right Places

San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende

Who would have thought it? I fell in love with Mexico after traveling there 3 times and another trip planned for 2016. I am thrilled that my path has led me to a place filled with joy and interesting people. I love the Mexican culture. Smiling faces, strolling Maracihi bands, and parades. I don’t know the language very well but like a crazy lady, (that’s me) I just add a “O” at the end of my words. That’s me, crazy lady that’s right, trying to have fun in this life and making sure I get all the laughter and adventures I can.

Check out this for more about San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.


Fun in San Miguel del Alende,Mexico

Fun in San Miguel del Allende,Mexico

My past trips to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico brought joy to my life! My husband, friends and I spent 6 weeks in the town roaming around and finding quaint little shops and eateries. Wow, the food is more than fabulous. Fresh fruits, ice cream, tacos, and even carrot cake in Mexico. The corners of town are filled with little stations of families selling their staples. I love the corner ice cream shop selling raspberry, it’s my friends favorite. Fresh fruits and pears so large you have to save part of it for later. Gosh, it’s all grown there and mostly free from pesticides.


Dia de Muertos

Day of the Dead by Queen Rose

Looking for art in San Miguel is what drives me back to that beautiful place. San Miguel artist are on every street. Small out-of-the-way spaces that seem to draw you in. Colorful pieces of Mexican history are there for the viewing. Day of the Dead figurines, burros, straw hats, talavera plates, cups, and many other items.  I found a love for the Day of the Dead art (I painted a canvas as a memory) and painted a few canvas paintings for myself and for sale.

Check out my blog post, The Queen’s Art Inspiration for more details on art in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.


“Looking for art in all the right places”

Queen looking for Mexican trinkets

Queen looking for Mexican Art & trinkets

I especially like the silver and various stones sold in the silver shops. Our last trip I bought several opals and found a jeweler that let me design my ring and bracelet. He could make them and have them ready within 2 days. It is amazing!

Smashingeggs

We participated in a Mexican ritual Cascarones Day involves decorating eggs and when the signal is given the object is to run around “smashing” the eggs on your friends head! (the eggs are filled with glitter, etc) I know, it was really crazy. You can buy the eggs from the local children and families and when night falls someone signals the time and everyone starts cracking the cascarones (in their hand) over someone’s head. The Mexican tradition is good luck to have a cascarone crack over your head is an honor. My girlfriend that traveled with us had a blast. She just ran around everywhere smashing eggs on anyone in sight. We had a really fun time. Some of our clothes didn’t survive that night. It was all worth a few minutes of laughter.


My favorite time spent in Mexico is relaxing in the 85 degree year round weather. We bask in the sunshine and drank margaritas whenever possible. The only problem with Mexican tequila is it is VERY strong! Beware of that if you decide to travel there. Ice would not weaken the taste and the drinks were 90% tequila and 10% triple sec and lime. Too many of them and you will be dancing in the Jardin.(that’s what we did) The Jardin is a gathering place for tourists and Mexican families during the day and night. The Mariachi bands play and it invites you to sit and linger for a while.


My next trip is January 2016 for 2 weeks. Yeh Haw! Traveling with my husband and 2 friends will be over the top fun. We will be celebrating a milestone birthday (2 of us) and looking for art in the streets of San Miguel de Allende Looking for art in all the right places!

Hasta la vista, Doris aka Queen Rose

Queen Rose

Queen Rose

Crafting for the Soul!

I came across a study, actually my boss sent it to me, about the effects of crafting and how it can be beneficial to you. I feel it carries a lot of weight when you think about the hours spent on a hobby or business and you get self-absorbed in blocking the world out. I know crafting helps me personally when I feel down, depressed, or otherwise not myself. I hope you will find this article inspiring.

“It’s okay to do your craft, anytime, any day.”the Queen said so!

Some highlights are:

  • Crafting can help those who suffer from anxiety, depression or chronic pain, experts say it is a good way to increase activities.
  • It may also ease stress, increase happiness by releasing neurotransmitter called dopamine.
  • Leisure activities such as reading and crafting may protect brain from aging, study finds this to be true.

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Pallet Projects

I am all about the new-found crafts and decor for my home and wanted to get some help using old pallets found at various department stores. I thought I would be able to cut them apart and make just about anything I wanted to. Oh yeah, that was before I tried but soon realized the project was harder than I had time for. I am head strong thinking I can do anything. I had to give in on this diy project. I enlisted the help of my nephew and he built me a love seat, chair, and coffee table for our deck. I got some cushions and made it a little more comfortable. I have enjoyed the pallet furniture for some time. I need to buy some Thompson’s Water Sealer to protect the wood and will do that in the next couple of weeks.

Pallet furniture

Pallet Furniture

Painted Pallets

Painted Pallets

After a few weeks and lots of sunshine, I decided to use Behr Deck over paint to give my pallet outdoor settee and chair a coat of turquoise paint. I really like how it turned out and went out and bought a light color, yellow, to give the pallet furniture a chic look.


WALLS OUT OF PALLETS

My next project with the pallet crates I did was to use them on the walls of The Queen Studio. I used my son’s air compressor and his nail gun to shoot them up on the walls. Some of the boards had to be cut with a saw to make them fit but mostly all the boards worked like a puzzle. I took my time and wanted it to be special. I spent about 2 weeks working the layout and even standing on a garden table to complete the walls. My husband hung a pallet shelf that I really like. It holds all kinds of garden items. I added a peg board painted turquoise to match my decor. I laid tile squares of black and white in a checkered design like Mackenzie-Child. I love giving the studio a touch of whimsy look. I hung wind chimes, shelves, and art work to complete the look. I loved how it turned out and it was a fairly simple project. The results are amazing and I would do it again.

pallet walls

Pallet Walls in The Queen Studio

Pallet Walls

Pallet walls in The Queen Studio


BAR OUT OF PALLETS

My third project was using an old door I had left over from the studio project to make a bar. My friend, Kathy, 2nd Chance Furniture on Facebook, found a similar one we both liked. We decided to use old pallets for the sides with a drawer and rollers. Kathy is a genius and I love working with her. She designed the bar to have a working area that could be lifted off for a tray. She cut out a hole for a stainless bowl for ice, fruits, etc. I purchased a small refrigerator for the open area. My husband and I will enjoy having cool drinks when we are gardening or just kicking back on the deck.  I love the bright colors that match my studio so I had painted it have red and turquoise. Love, love, love my pallet projects. I think the touch of whimsy brightens my world.

pallet bar

Making the bar from pallets.

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Pallet Bar for
The Queen Studio


Queens Thoughts

I even made some shelves out of the pallets. I used my skill saw and cut the pallet apart and it gives you two shelves for storage. It’s amazing the things you can make in a short time. Pallet projects is the way to go. Check out Painted Furniture for ideas working with pallets, it’s awesome.  Pallets are wonderful project supplies. I learned to use a skill saw, nail gun, compressor. I think we all can learn valuable lessons when we forge ahead and try new things. Life is about learning and using what we learn to share with others.

“If it’s to be, it’s up to me.” – Robert Schular


Enjoy life!  Doris aka Queen Rose

The Queen’s Art Inspiration

Toller Cranston

Toller Cranston, RIP

I am a self-taught artist and learned some techniques from Toller Cranston, a famous Olympic skater and artist, while visiting San Miguel. Overlapping colors and layers of paint shows a more dramatic look.  His home, full of art, was just magnificent. I will never forget the way he invited us into his home and shared his love of art. Several of my Red Hat friends purchased paintings that day. I feel indebted to the Art gallery personnel for arranging the tour. We had a most enjoyable time and celebrated with margaritas.

Art Tour

Friends on Art Tour

I love the bold colors of Mexico and love using that platform to interpret Pop Art in my paintings. I discovered the interest while on vacation in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. There the culture of the people is simple and fun. I love whimsical figures and putting it onto canvas is satisfying to me as an artist.

Dia de Muertos

Day of the Dead by Queen Rose

I will be traveling back to San Miguel next year and hope to add to my list of intriguing ideas. Sometimes you have to look and find art in secret places.

Travel with me to find your niche and tell me how you get creative. I want to hear and learn from you. Do you have a comment on Day of the Dead that you would like to share? I love the annual events that have at Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment with alters set up for love ones. I participate in the event each year and my best bud and I enjoy the outing with full dress. We will be looking for statues and other items on our trip in February 2016. Life is good!

Queen Rose