#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

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

When the Gypsy first got all Zen. (and other gypsies!)

If you would like to know who won the Yoga Gypsy calendar, please have a look over at the Skyblue Facebook Page!  (you can go straight to the announcement post here.  You’ll enjoy my goofy video.)

…That whole contest thing was a little stressful.  Any time I do something new or outside of my comfort zone, I pretty much freak out.  Hives, burning ulcer, sleepless nights… it’s not easy being me.  But how terrifying, to put my art out for everyone to see, offering it for free! … and knowing only like 2 people would care.  But those are the type of thing I must do.  Hopefully you will be a witness from my humble beginnings to my wild success!  LOL

And art is one of the many things I do to combat the paralyzing anxiety i can get.  Anxiety, depression, blah, blah blah.  There… now you all know.  I’m a hot mess.  Besides the yoga, dance and all that jazz…the art has been some of my best medicine.  It’s helped me on my darkest days, and it definitely beats any prescriptions they put me on.

I’ve always been drawn to gypsies… specifically what I imagined they would wear, or what I would wear if I could be a gypsy of some sort. Coins, hip-scarves, long flowing skirts… and then I got to drawing these awkward figures, with their quirky belly dancer outfits and dangly jewelry, and well… the only thing I could think of that they were gypsies.  Anyway, I just found some photos of the original Yoga Gypsy drawing… before she got glued and painted into the painting seen on the December page of the calendar.

YG December

Also you’ll find some of the other gypsies from my sketchbooks.  I hope to get some of my other drawings out there and available for your collection.  🙂

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What would we find in your sketchbooks?

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. 

skyblue fb page

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.

YG June

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!

YogaGypsyOrangeSunshinePencilGlow

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.

YogaGypsyPalePinkPencilGlow

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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