Saturday, April 8, 2017

.~ Hide n' Seek.~

Hide n' Seek by Traci Suzanne Marvel



My artistic spirit craves peace and quiet. 
There is a space in the middle between peace and quiet that I do my best work. 
 I call that space tranquility. 
The second I set foot on the Sundance Resort's property, tranquility greets me.
 This painting Hide n' Seek expresses how I feel when I visit there in the fall.
 It is a magical place where I go to both hide and seek.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

.~ Love is Here to Stay.~

 Painting by Traci Suzanne Marvel

It's very clear, our love is here to stay
Not for a year but ever and a day
The radio and the telephone and the movies that we know
May just be passing fancies and in time may go
But oh, my dear, our love is here to stay
Together we're going a long, long way
In time the Rockies may crumble, Gibraltar may tumble
They're only made of clay
But our love is here to stay

  Music written by George Gershwin with lyrics by Ira Gershwin


Friday, February 24, 2017

Fruits of the Spirit - Self Control


Today my mini goal was to create something new that represented Self Control.
Self control is defined as the ability to manage your actions, feelings and emotions.
Harder said then done at times.
Flip side of Self Control? 
defiant
disorderly
headstrong
ungoverened
unruly 
wayward
LOVE this statement by Zero Dean on Self-Discipline.
Like a muscle, the more you exercise self-control on a consistent basis, the stronger you get.
As your self-control increases, the more you gain the ability to direct your life in a manner that is congruent with the true you.
The more congruent your actions are with your thoughts and feelings, the better you feel about yourself and the decisions you make.
Every time you feel good about a decision you make, it raises your self-esteem and your self-confidence. You also reinforce in your mind what you are capable of and it makes it less difficult to make similar decisions in life.

Heading out to exercise my self-control muscle.
How about you?

 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

.~ Goodness Gracious .~

Oh my...I lost my way on this task.  But here I am to pick up where I left off.
Today my mini goal was to create something new that represented goodness.
Some synonyms for goodness are:
friendliness
generosity
good will
grace
graciousness
honesty
integrity
kindness
righteousness

Some antonyms for goodness are:
corruption
cruelty
dishonesty
evil
dishonor
immorality
meanness
hindrance
wickedness

I use to work in an elementry school.
At the end of every day I would tell the children as they left
remember to use your super powers for good and not evil!

It always made them laugh.
But I hope they truly took those words to heart.

“Do your little bit of good where you are; 
it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”  Desmond Tutu

I am off to do a bit of good today.
Perhaps you will too.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

. ~ Peace .~

Fruits of the Spirit ~ Peace
Today my mini goals was to create something new that represented Peace.
Some antonyms for Peace are the following:
diagreement
hate
discord
disharmony
worry

I think I am going to give Peace a chance.

Tomorrow's mini goal create something that represents Kindness.

Be at peace
Keep the peace
Make peace
Peace out.




Tuesday, January 24, 2017

.~Patience vs Unrest ~


Fruits of the Spirit ~ Patience
Today's mini goal #1 was to create something new that represents Patience.
Mini Goal #2 was to identify things that are causing unrest.
  
" Patience is the quality that brings about inner peace, and together with perseverance, brings about success in whatever endeavor we choose to undertake. Impatience causes irritation, imprudence, wrong decisions, poor relationships, and contributes greatly to personal unhappiness. Patience in its deeper sense is rooted in faith -- faith in our fellow human beings and faith that divine justice will prevail in the long run." Self-Transformation Series: Issue No. 29

I have identified many things in my life that are are causing unrest.  I choose to keep them to myself.  I am looking forward to exercising my patience muscle in 2017.

If you are interested read The Value of Patience.
It was helpful to me.
Perhaps it will be helpful to you. 


Tomorrow's mini goal is to create something new that represents Peace.




 

Monday, January 23, 2017

.~ Joy vs Clutter . ~


 
Fruits of the Spirit ~ Joy



Today's Mini Goal #1 was to create something new that represents JOY. 
Mini Goal #2 was to discard something that is causing clutter in my life. 

Full Scripture: "His anger lasts a moment; his favor lasts for life! 
Weeping may go on all night, but in the morning there is joy." Psalm 30:5

Last night I tossed and turned.  So many things going on causing me to overthink everything.
Today I need to know that God's got this.  I just need to cast my cares to Him and stay rooted in LOVE .

As far as discarding clutter not only will I discard the cart in my brain that is filled with anxiety driven thoughts, but I have some coats that have been hanging in the closet that have not been worn or even looked at for over 8 years.  Hopefully they will bring comfort and JOY to someone else.

Look just what came in!
A Memo from Heaven!



Praying for a Joy Filled day for you too! ox

Tomorrow's mini goal #1 is to create something new that represents Patience.
Mini Goal #2 is to identify things that are causing unrest.

About Me

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Oh give me just one day to free my mind,to create to listen, to walk, to quiet my soul,to cool down,to carry on~ My photographs and other artworks are inspired by the wonder, simplicity and quietude of every day life. In every photograph,sketch, painting or textile piece, I hope to capture the spirit, the mood, the song of my subjects. I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. My creative spirit awakened when I moved to Northwest Montana where there was plenty of room to roam with my camera and places to be alone with nature and its inhabitants. All my photographs are professionally printed by acclaimed Bozeman, MT artist/ photographer Rob Outlaw on archival quality fine art paper. My frames are custom built by artist Richard Moore of Wind and Snow Art Gallery in Polson, MT.