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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A 4th of July Celebration - $49!

Yes, the 4th of July is just around the corner.... summer is well underway!   
And it is time to CELEBRATE!!  

Just for a few days - now until July 7th - I'm offering these 6 small gems at a very celebratory price! 
$49.00 which includes domestic shipping!  (IL residents please add 8% sales tax)
 Each of these small colorful gems is ready to frame. 
Sold - Sunflowers in Cobalt
Sold - Chicago Flower Market

I'm cleaning out my studio to make way for new work that will be coming soon, so now is a great opportunity to hang original work in your home!    

Just email me which one you'd like to have me send (1st email receives the painting), and I'll confirm it with you and let you know how to finish the details with Paypal so I can put it into Priority Mail to your home. 

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

A Cheerful Good Morning!

Still drying!   This small gem - bright and colorful - seems to spread it's cheer. 
It is 7x5" oil on gesso board. 

A bright start to summer painting!  

Saturday, June 10, 2017

A White Iris

White Iris,  7x5" watercolor on 300# paper
©2017  Helen Read 


This week I received a commission to do this lovely little watercolor painting.  The video shows it's progress from first ideas, through the final rendition.  
It's always fun to see how the painting unfolds and becomes itself, often dictating to me along the way what it needs and how I need to make alterations.    It still needs to be matted and framed, but this here you see it's final form.  

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Another Sunflower Tattoo!

Sunflower ©2017 Helen Read 

I'm always a little amazed at the way in which we are connected through the internet!   Just this week, I've sold my 3rd sunflower tattoo to people who have found me online.  Several of those have been to people in the UK, and this one will be worn state side.  Each of them is similar, but is also unique - something that will not be worn by anyone else!  It is an honor to have someone wear my art, and in some cases I get to help them honor someone who was important to them.    And sunflowers seem to be the image that is most requested!   

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Thoughts on Creativity from my Garden

I'm writing, dear Creative Friends, from my garden this morning, where important ideas sometimes show themselves more clearly.    I include myself as I write (maybe I'm mostly writing to myself!)  although I think there may be some of you who find yourself where I do, sometimes.... or often!  

 We, as creative souls, need encouragement and words of inspiration to keep picking up the pencil or the brush, to sit down again at the keyboard, or pick up an instrument, or to just form thoughts into words.   
Because creative expression
can be

That haunting voice sometimes asks, "Why am I doing this?  Is it worth my time? Who is interested?" ... 
I am acquainted with that voice, too. 
So, here are some thoughts I am embracing today...
Thoughts to motivate and propel, rather than to paralyze and stymie.  This is a little love note to me and to you about our creative pathway.  

"We have been entrusted with something uniquely ours"

It is important to step out and share that special thing for good.   For me, and maybe for you too, I see this as a unique, one-of-a-kind endowment.  No one else (through all of time) has ever had my experiences, perceptions, or my particular voice.  To suppress that, to minimize it, or to deny it is a loss ~ to myself and to others. 

My faith plays into this in a big way.  I am a Christ-follower, and I want to use whatever interests and skills He has created in me to the highest value.  So, even when I wonder  "is this worth anything at all?"  
I need to embrace these realizations:

  • I will be an active participant, not an idle bystander. 
  • I will trust that the creative spirit, which is part of my deepest self and a reflection of our Creator, matters! 
  • I will step out of my comfort zone, out of complacency or my own imprisonment of self-doubt.  
  • I will remember that even when I can't see exactly where I am going (which is most of the time, if I'm perfectly honest), that I am not finding my way alone
  • I will recognize that fear paralyzes and it destroys.  It harbors all that limits me.
    So, let me encourage YOU, my creative friend...   Don't give in!  Don't give up!  Don't believe for a second that your art  ~ in whatever form it takes ~ is not worth the effort, because it is!    It's what your soul hungers for , what others near you need.... what the world needs! 


"You are the only person in this world who can express in your voice, what you see, or hear, or imagine."

Someone needs to hear it!  This world needs the beauty you bring to it.   Pick up your brush, plant that flowering plant, take hold of that musical instrument, move to the music you hear!  The world is a better place for it!  

"So, let's not get tired in doing what is good.  At just the right time we will reap
a harvest of blessing if we don't give up."  
                             (Galatians 6:9  NLT) 


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