Jewel Diamond Taylor - The "Do Not Give Up Encouragement Whisperer", keynote speaker, author, life coach, founder of Women on the Grow, faith builder, resiliency educator and leadership workshop presenter

  

Life can be a journey or a “trip” — Are you going to be a whiner or a winner in life?  An African proverb teaches that “it rains on everyone’s roof.”

    Faith and fear are both expecting something to happen. Faith expects something good to happen. Fear expects something bad to happen.  Fear is exhausting.  Faith is liberating.  If you can change how you think, you can change how you feel.  When you change how you feel — you change how you act.

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When “shift” happens in your life you can either choose to feel bitter, helpless, resentful, angry and afraid.   Or you can choose to yield to the circumstances out of your control and gain wisdom, compassion, spiritual insights and future coping skills.  It’s not always the shift situation that causes unhappiness.  It’s your thoughts about it.  When the bad feelings come, you don’t have to chase…

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Online Gallery Opening

I am excited to announce we have launched our online gallery.  I am very happy with the process and want to thank “Artist Resources” for sending the information a few months ago.   Instead of waiting  to have another exhibit I decided to go this route while working on my daily painting projects.   I recently went to purchase art supplies and was asked by the cashier if I would like to hang some of my art in the store.  So I am going to submit some of the new works to the store.

I have been experimenting with using the palate knife for texture in my paintings something that I have not done before.  The process if different for me, the drying time is longer due to the thickness of the paints but I was happy with the results in the long run.  I am also using smaller canvas which cuts makes it easier to paint everyday.

I am adding the link to the online gallery,  stop by and visit   http://gallery.exhibbit.com/exhibition.

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Artist Marketing Resources

Artists–we have two resources to share with you today.
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It costs nothing for you to open a store on  The Bazarr site marketplace sell your creative objects there on commission.  The more you sell the less commission the site will take.  The Bazarr is just one resource on our PDF list of 700+ Places to Sell Your Art  !

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Winter in Spring

Although we are in Spring our winter wonderland came late this year.  Our first snow came in February for Valentines and just recently we had more snow.  It just looks so picture pretty when it snows.

Since the weather has been so cold I have been in the studio more painting.  This is causing me to stay on my goal of painting everyday that I mention at the beginning of the year.  I am doing well at keeping that flow going.  I am still working with oils and loving it.  Just recently I joined a local art association which will enable me to not only show my work more but also enable me to take classes, marketing my art and  meet other local artist.

As you know marketing your art is a full-time job because you have to keep your name out there and your art in the public eye.  I heard an artist say, “it’s not that your art is bad, it’s just that you’re not showing it enough”.  With that statement I have been marketing a lot more.  Most artist try to get into galleries but truth be told “unconventional” locations work well also.  How many new businesses do you know who could use some art on their walls.  You could asked if you could put a few pieces of art up on that empty wall space they have.

There are always new restaurants having grand openings where you could have a “grand opening” art exhibit to help their business and yours.  So as an artist who is emerging into something better I have had my work cut out for me.

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Leaped into March

Still Life Props

We have leaped from February to March in a wonderful painting adventure. Today we setup our still life props using the inside of a box as the backdrop and a light for shadow reflections. I have set my painting goal to paint everyday,tried this before so hoping it works this time.   That being said, I should be painting something everyday on this first painting. I am currently using canvas 16 X 20 paper and “Winsor Newton” water mixable oil colour paints.  I plan to work in smaller works which will allow me to finish paintings sooner and work on one large painting over time while working with the smaller ones. Usually the larger paintings take more time and I seem to paint less because of that.  The smaller ones will allow me to have current works posted quicker.

I started off today with two coats of “Gesso” on my canvas paper allowing the paper to dry between coats.  I drew each item placed in the box using a watercolor pencil. I use the watercolor  pencils because they blend well when the paints are applied.  The light helps with the areas which are shadows off the back drop of the box.  This is the prop I am using, the bell pepper is real, I liked the yellow color of it.  You can see how the shadows show up really good with the light against the box.

As I progress with this first painting I will post the results.  Thanks for following my blog new and old followers.  We like your comments, so feel free to leave them.

Another Fallen Star

Woman, Gods Creation

As the news reports continue to come in regarding the death of Whitney Houston, my heart like so many others is heavy and sadden.  My emotions are high as I like many try to understand what happen.

The past few months we have had several history writers in the musical aspect of the arts leave our presence all of a sudden.  The mind cannot understand this and it ponders and ask questions of itself coming up with no answers.  Gone too soon are the words we hear over and over, gone too soon and yet we are left with their music and we can remember everything we were doing when each song plays.

We remember every now ex-boyfriend,  we remember where we were when the song first hit the charts. As if they were part of our family.  We become so intrigued with their presence it’s like they are part of our family, and yet we never really knew them.  Oh yes, we have seen their struggles and we became the cheer leaders for each of them hoping they would make it, hoping they would feel our encouragement, hoping they knew just how much we loved them and wish them well.

Our fallen heroes of human form who have set the bar so high even they cannot obtain it. We weep for them as if they are a family member for months. We vast in their music and wonder what is it about fame that tears each one of them down to such an unhappy life, didn’t they realize they had written some of history for the industry. Didn’t they know they were the tail blazers of this time in history. Didn’t they know they were the examples of who, what and how to make it in the industry.

The trail blazers of time, the ones whose shoulders we stand on, the ones who turn the pages of history and make a difference. Didn’t they know………..?

The painting is a watercolor on paper entitled Woman, Gods Creation it is 11 1/2 X 9.

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