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.

Ode to Orange… and a Father’s Day Wish

Ode to Orange

Some would argue the best color in town is red, or blue, or green.

Others might say its yellow, pink, or purple… or in between.

But as a self-proclaimed color whisperer, i dare place one color above them all.

Orange, you have won my heart.  When I’m with you, I have a ball!

You are the color of my favorite soda, my favorite scarf, my favorite room.

You’re always warm and cozy, and in the fall you glaze the moon.

You are the color of Hostess cupcakes with that delicate white filling.

When red is too tired, and blue is too blue, you are always willing.

You are the color of so many of the delicious foods we chew.

Carrots, peppers, pumpkins, and Cheetos… just to name a few.

You are gentle when you need to be, always energetic and brave.

You are the color of the sun that brings us each new day.

You feed us, protect us, sooth our soul…   depending on your hue.

Flowers, butterflies, basketballs, and that fruit they named after you.

You’re a fashion diva, a style icon… all the bloggers say so.

You are right at home with any other color of the rainbow.

The love child of red and yellow.  They made magic…  and you were born.

And who could forget, that you are roughly one third of candy corn.

There are some that think you’re crazy, too bold and much too loud.

But there isn’t another color out there that makes me feel more proud.

So now you know my secret, I love you, Orange hue.

Orange you super glad I wrote this little ode to you.

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Mini Ode to My Dad

There’s this guy they call Captain Orange… and everybody knows

that he and Orange go way, way back.  He and Orange are bros.

Captain Orange is my hero, my rock, my heart, my home.

He is the reason that I have been blessed with life.  So no matter where I roam.

He is always there to save the day, even if we are miles apart.

I hear his voice, he holds my hand, he encourages my art.

He’ll say say he didn’t do enough…  he’s a humble, hard-working guy.

But truth be told, he’s the one who taught me how to survive.

I see my dad in every orange sunset, flower or mushroom.

Past the sky… Happy Father’s Day, Dad.  As long as I have Orange, I have you.

xo skyblue

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY, TO ALL THE DAD’S!

Belly Dancers in the Wild

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I absolutely love this photo from ronscubadiver.wordpress.com and just wanted to add it to my blog feed. The colors are beyond vibrant… there must be a word for that, but I don’t know what it is. It makes me remember the feeling of dancing with my belly dance troupe and how good it felt for fabric and coins to move around all of us in wild unison, hair swishing on my back.

In this photo you can see the energy shooting from the earth, through the dancers bodies and right out their fingertips. Just look at their gorgeous delicate fingers. I can almost hear their zills and coins… i must dance today.

xo skyblue

Thank you Ron Scuba Diver for sharing this lovely photo! Check out more lovely creatures and adventures on his WordPress blog.

Scribble Your Cares Away

… sometimes I do these little random scribbles, on paper or in the Paint program… whether it’s meditation or procrastination… I get something out of it.  I think I enjoy the simplicity of scribbling, and in Paint it’s easy to pour in an endless rainbow of colors.

Many I never look at again… the meditation/procrastination is simply in the scribbling.  It’s freedom in one of it’s most authentic forms.  Seriously… where could you possibly be more free?  But when it’s over, what appears is sometimes quite interesting.  Here’s one I like to stare at sometimes.

you are loved… you should try it.  In Paint, or on paper.  Who cares.

It’s what freedom feels like.

xo skyblue

Still time to win a groovy art calendar on Facebook!

Don’t forget to stop over at the Sky Blue With Daisies Facebook page, and like the Dec 9th Post for your entry!  Deadline is Thurs Dec 12th at noon.

You may be tired of hearing about Yoga Gypsy, but it’s hard to explain how much of my heart dwells in her.  It’s like that with my art sometimes.  Besides, I’m hoping you can bring her home for free!

Anyway, you can like that Facebook post here! 🙂

And you can learn a little more about Yoga Gypsy here!

More artsy stuff soon I hope.  Yoga Gypsy is getting tired of standing there like that. 🙂

xo skyblue

YG December

win skyblue’s art!

So I have been struggling with this Facebook thing.  The whole, get a fan page, and get as many people as you can to “like” your witty posts.  I mean, what is that?  It could be rejection on a silver platter.  Ain’t nobody got time for that. 

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But I went ahead and I started a page despite my fears. It’s all very new and uncomfortable for me. I enjoy making art. I make it to hopefully share it. Facebook is a pretty reasonable place to find people to share it with.  It will be lovely if people buy it someday, but the beauty of the internet, whether you are on Facebook, WordPress, Instagram…  is the opportunity to share  it with the world… right then and there with a little button.  Someone might see something I make and smile, and that alone is awesome.  I think about all the art I’ve had a chance to see, that I would not otherwise in my daily life.  If it were not for the internet, the only art I would see is the occasional crayon ravaged Sponge Bob ripped from a coloring book in my neighbors cubicle. No, I’m exaggerating.  There’s actually one coworker’s 6 year old I’m hoping to commission pretty soon.   There is nothing better than kids art!  i just really enjoy variety and you don’t get that in the middle of Connecticut.  Facebook has been one of the many places online that has offered this variety and opportunity to get a glimpse of the most amazing art, writing, and photography.

Simply stated, I love art… I love other people’s art, and I love to share my own art.  I love what art does for people, dwelling spaces and communities.  I’ve been sharing my art, writing and I-phone photos here on this WordPress blog for a few years now, and this is really my home online.  People are nice here.  I love to find other writers and artists on Freshly Pressed and the tag cloud. Checking my Facebook has typically been pretty random for me, as opposed to being a daily ritual.  But I hope the page will be an extension of sbwd somehow.

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I am offering to give away a calendar to my Facebook visitors this week.  It features the super sweet Yoga Gypsy in a rainbow of colors.

Would you like to win a free Yoga Gypsy calendar? It’s easy..

1. Visit my Facebook page.

2. Like the December 9th Yoga Gypsy Post.

3. Check back on Thursday December 12 for the winner announcement.

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I hope you win!

… more art coming soon.  I’ve been busy!  🙂

xo skyblue

Peace, Love and Facebook

I know you have all been sitting by your computers dying to know where I’ve been and what I have been up to.  I’ve been here, and there, not sure if I’m coming or going.  I probably have a dozen half finished posts and I can’t seem to finish a single one.  It’s always a photo I’m missing, or a paragraph that makes no sense.  Sometimes I just lose my nerve and I am afraid to post..  Afraid?  That’s silly.  Maybe my post is stupid, and nobody cares… but no one has ever really been mean to me on WordPress, or anywhere online for that matter. In fact most everyone has been super nice!   And I’m pretty sure I’m not going to cause much controversy or ruffle anyone’s feathers with my silly little blog about dragonfly’s, kitty cats, daisies, flea markets, cupcakes, holding hands, ice cream, willow trees, sunrises, dancing, cups of tea, love birds, rainbows, best friends.   Actually… i haven’t written about at least half of those items yet, so I better get to work.

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Speaking of getting to work… November came and went and I still haven’t posted the giveaway for the Sky Blue 2014 Yoga Gypsy calendar.  I’ve spent way too much time trying to make sense of the Facebook rules, trying to figure out if i need to use a third party app, worrying that only one person will enter… what i need to be doing is making some art.  Writing, and making art.  But unfortunately these are all necessary evils, part of sharing your art with the world.  I’m just going to do the best I can and get done what needs to be done, and hope I don’t get kicked off Facebook.

Tomorrow, Monday December 9, I will be posting a Facebook giveaway for the Yoga Gypsy calendar.  Does Yoga Gypsy have healing powers? I’m pretty sure she does. The longer you look at her, the more at peace you feel.  How did the calendar come about?  One day, I thought it would be fun to play with the original pencil drawing in my photo edit software, and I couldn’t stop looking at her in every shade of blue, and orange, and pink, and on an on… each color making me feel a bit different.   I thought others might enjoy her zen-like presence in many colors as well, and a calendar can offer that.  Besides… once the year is over, you are left with 12 adorable prints, with which you can make an Andy Warhol-ish collage, give to friends, or keep to enjoy her peaceful glow in a rainbow of colors every year.  Read more about Yoga Gypsy’s story from this earlier post.

I hope you will visit (and Like if I’m lucky!) the Sky Blue With Daisies Facebook page, and tomorrow, I hope you will be on the lookout for the giveaway post.

The winner will be announced later this week!

xo skyblue

2014 Yoga gypsy Calendar Image

Even if you are a delicate flower you can be a bad ass about it.

Always Beautiful RightHalf - CroppedMake your creative dreams happen… let’s do this together!

You might as well start with this lovely 2014 calendar.  Fans of my Facebook page will have a chance to win one later this month, or you might decide to buy one for someone you love.

2014 Yoga gypsy Calendar Image

xo skyblue

Yoga Gypsy – Art and Inner Peace Part II – Link Included!

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Sorry to my lovely friends and followers… I had trouble adding a link to my last post – I am not very good at posting from my I-Phone.

Anyway, here is the link back to the original post: Yoga Gypsy

And here is the link the the store if you’d like to go straight there!  Yoga Gypsies for sale!

Thanks Again!

xo skyblue

Yoga Gypsy – Art and Inner Peace

When I drew Yoga Gypsy, I was coming off of a year of some serious health challenges… I knew I needed to be creating art again, but i just couldn’t find the energy to do much at all.  I pressed on the best I could, doing daily(ish) yoga and gentle exercise in my studio… I was not ready to let my body fall apart. It was absolutely amazing how much better I was feeling, just using the most delicate movements from yoga and belly dance.

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Soon I became stronger, and sketches started to emerge from my journals as I started to find energy in the art.  I used that energy to get more energy and I remember feeling some of that energy in my yoga.  It was at that time that i realized that both of these parts of my life were not separate… they existed within each other… because of each other. I knew movement and art would heal me.

Yoga Gypsy was one of the first drawings I knew I wanted to share… in hopes she could help someone else find strength and inner peace.  And she is now available at my RedBubble store, in several colors and designs!  Kind of a big deal!!  🙂

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Greeting Cards, Prints, Framed Art, Canvases… Enjoy! and Thank you!

http://www.redbubble.com/people/skyblue32

xo skyblue

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