@SkyBlue_ArtStudio – Art and Illustration lovers, please join me on Instagram! 

Dear Friends 💛

I hope you are having a great year! I have been  offline for the past year, just trying to spend more of me free time drawing and painting. I miss writing here, but The online world overwhelms me a bit, and sometimes I need to log off and turn inward… not great for promoting art, but healthy nonetheless.

One online place I can’t seem to break free from is Instagram. The photos, art, beautiful videos, so little drama (at least where I go)… since I rarely have the opportunity to travel and see art, Instagram images help fill that void.

I have hesitantly shared my art over the past few years, here on WordPress and on Instagram, trying not to concern myself too much with harsh judgement.   I am now feeling ready to send more of my art and handmade creations, out into the world.

I hope you will join me on Instagram to enjoy a little whimsy and maybe even bring home some original art! I promise Mermaids, Fairies, whimsical beings, and lots of Daisies!

Find me on Instagram – @skyblue_artstudio if interested in artworks for purchase directly through Instagram and PayPal.

You may also follow my more personal account which also includes artsy moments, works in process, etc. – @skybluewithdaisies

Thank you for your support and best wishes!

XO SkyBlue ~ Erica 🌼

Mermaid with Daisies – progress

Hi! Didn’t get far this weekend, and it doesn’t show much in black and white… But I’m trying to do a little every chance I can.  Posting holds me accountable.   I will likely reveal the colors and final result by this weekend, hang around and follow if you’d like to see her🙂

Hope you enjoy and have a great week! 

Xo skyblue

#lovewins

Today was a good day. .  It was Friday.. not to mention, Casual Friday.  I had a maple frosted donut.  And a slice of pizza.  Don’t judge me.  I didn’t F up too badly at work for once.  The sun was holding hands with a perfect breeze. I did some yoga.  I listened to music. I did art.   Family.  Cats.  What more could I hope for?

And then there was that.  #lovewins

Seriously, I couldn’t be more grateful for a day like today. 

Fairies, Rainbows and Love are on top, as it should be.  

Today, this day, is my Muse.

Today was a good day.  

…and now i have stayed up so late drawing, today is yesterday and tomorrow is today…

today #lovewins

today #lovewins                                                                         skybluewithdaisies June 26 2015

xoxoxooo skyblue

Peace, Hope, Sunshine – Weekly Photo Challenge | Yellow

May today bring you love, hope, peace, music, sunshine.

xo skyblue

This mosaic of yellow moments from previous posts, was inspired by this week’s photo challenge.

p.s. the turtle photo is not mine.  i have no idea who took it, but it’s one of my favorite photos of all time.

Creative Juices… Evaporated.

Paralyzed.  Completely paralyzed by, I’m not sure what… fear? lack of talent? winter blues?   Whatever it is, I can’t get the paint from the brush to the canvas.  I can’t type a single word without being consumed by doubt and negative voices in my head. Even now, as I type my first blog post in months, all I hear are the bullies in my head telling me, give it up.  Nobody cares. 

I know I’m not the only person to experience this,  yet I find myself feeling very alone on this island. Mostly because I know the obstacles I face are all within me, of my own making.  There is no inspirational book, website or video that can help me.  There’s no friend I can call for encouragement.  There’s no psychedelic drug I can smoke, although that would be groovy.  I know at some point I just have to put on my big girl pants and do the work.

But for now Little Orange Studio sits cold and empty, an occasional paint stroke here or there.

I’ll see you around sometime… hopefully soon… covered in glitter and paint.

xo skyblue

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Zen Art to Carry with you… Support a great cause!

This Friday, my Zen Girl painting will be going to her new home with the one of the winners at our fundraiser.

I hope you will consider a purchase of her image during the month of October 2014, so you generous dollars can go to a great cause.  Find out more here!

zen girl toteThank you!!  ~skyblue

Zen Girl Print Copy 1

Folk Art – Zen Girl under Rainbow Sky

Painting allows me to visit places and moments I have experienced in the past, and/or hope I can visit someday in the future.  Either way, it allows me to visit right now, in the present moment.  I’m visiting while I sketch it out, while I lay the paint down, every time I look at it afterwards.   I create my paintings in hopes that maybe someone else will look at it, and feel that way too.

While the subjects of my paintings are mostly women and girls – I refer to them all as “girls”… in my whimsical world, we are always youthful inside.  Here is a girl (woman) I just finished for an auction fundraiser.  She is a girl who is feeling off balance… she is a little bit frazzled but devoted to her family, work and/or passions – so she tries to do it all, and do it well.  She sees so much beauty in the world around her, but the chaos out there scares her. She needs to escape from all of that periodically, and find her center.

Her three buns are a representation of the little stacks of rocks you sometimes see balanced in advertisements for massage therapy and yoga.   I have casually practiced rock balancing for years now, in a therapeutic, meditative capacity. I could go on for hours with this metaphor, but in simple terms I see the process as an intimate conversation with nature, and a dance with gravity… which can help us redefine what is possible. Her stack of buns is her power to stand strong despite any chaos in her life.

Here she is, under a rainbow sky.

Zen Girl Print Copy 1 Maybe you’d like her in your home or yoga studio? Prints, pillows and other items will be available and 100% proceeds during October 2014 will be donated to breast health initiatives in Bristol, CT.  Check back or visit the Skyblue Facebook page for information as it becomes available.

xo skyblue