Commissions – the magical way to get exactly what you need

Have you ever asked an artist to create something perfect for you? It can sound intimidating, and truthfully some artists won’t do it.  But me, I love them.   I love seeing the ideas my clients come up with.  They are inspired by something they’ve seen, another piece of mine that they need a bit different, a name added.  You get the idea.

I want to share a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing.   Some things to consider when you’re looking:

what colors do you love?

what color is the room you’d like the artwork?

is there a style you’re drawn to? Rustic, romantic, bold and abstract? Don’t be afraid to ask for something in that style.

General size of the art you’re wanting.  A bold, room statement piece or a subtle smaller piece to accent an area.

 

One piece I just finished this week went like this:  I had the client tell me she loved the guitar piece I had a few years ago.  She wanted something like that to go in her living room.  Except she wanted her and her husbands initials monogrammed on it and their wedding date.  Plus she wanted lots of colors in the background.   So I emailed her a few ideas with a few different styles of writing and we came up with her design.  For commissions I require 50% deposit for me to get started, then the other 50% is due after I send you pictures and you approve the design.   You can find this sign here and have it personalized with your monogram and wedding date here.

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Forgive the horrible photo on this one but it turned out to be one my favorites.  There were specks of coppers and golds in the fall leaf.  There is a beautiful story behind this painting (that I’ll leave sacred with the client) but this large 30″ x 24″ artwork has turned a special moment into a daily reminder of love.

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This is an example of a step during the commission.  For this one, the client asked to have teal, reds, yellows, oranges and a touch of green featuring the Colorado mountains.  Then their last name.   So one the painting was finished, I send something like this to them to get both approval on the background, see if there are any changes needing to be made and also select the text style that they like best.  This sign is on a great solid wood plan and will be going over a door.

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This glass was part of a set of glasses commissioned and sent out to New York City in time for a one of a kind Christmas gift.  Inspired by the movie, “Birds”.

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I hope this helps take a bit of the intimidation out of having custom artwork created.  I’ve often had people come to me and say, what can you do for $500, I want a scene with “fill in the blank”.  around this size….    what can you do.    This is common.  It takes the fear out of not knowing if an artist is going to come back with a quote of $200 or $2000 and puts a bit of the control back in your hands as the client.

So take a look around, get inspired.  Look at your home, your office, is there something that could go in those spaces that speaks to you directly and inspires you?  Let’s chat and find out if we can create the perfect piece for you.

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Lessons after death

A few nights ago at 11pm I had a sudden urge that I had to listen to the CD recording from the only reading I’ve had from a medium since my mom passed.  It’s been over a year since I have heard the chilling and comforting messages my mom brought from the other side.  Before I start into that, let’s rewind a bit shall we?

After my mom passed away in early 2009, my heart ached.  It still does.  It was unexpected when it happened so along with the shock there was a lot of grieving.  As my and my sisters continued to have more babies, get married and all of us make more life changes there was also so many times a tangible feeling of deep loss at those events, not being able to see my mom there with us.  We’ve each felt her around at different times, we’ve all gotten signs, had dreams.  But there is nothing like the direct hug, conversation or looking into her beautiful loving eyes.

I’ve always been skeptical of people who say they can communicate with spirit.  I still am actually.  But I’ve know too many times where I know it to be true that I don’t doubt it’s possible.  I know in fact that my mother has came to me in dreams, I’ve been given answers to deep questions I’ve prayed about.  I pray, ask for help my angels, talk to my spirit guide and talk to my mom often as if she’s hear with me.

Back to the CD, in listening to this call the medium (Dwanna Paul) talked about things very clearly that had just happened that day.  She talked about what my husband had just said to me right before the call, passed along my mom’s motherly guidance based on what my sister and I had talked about the night before.  When I asked about messages for my brothers or dad the next 3 things she talked about in a row were for 1 brother, then something exactly regarding my younger brother, then my dad.   It was unbelievable.  I loved too that during the call there were a couple things I didn’t understand.  One for instance was she said my mom was showing her a strand of pearls. That didn’t mean much to me during the call. So she told me to just keep it in mind and I’ll know what it’s supposed to mean.   The next morning I was sitting having coffee and I looked down and my mug and gasped…   the mug was from my honeymoon cruise.  The cruise I was ready to board when I found out my mom had passed away; the Norwegian Pearl. Along the side of the ship was a strand of pearls.   The same ship that we re-took our cancelled honeymoon on 10 months later.   The same ship that randomly at 3am I went out to our balcony of sobbled, deep cathartic cries of missing my mom and talking with her about my life. My missing her, but being really happy otherwise. Talking to her about all the random things I would have when she was alive.   Then I remembered that right before the call the night before with Dwanna, I asked my mom to bring up that conversation as a sign.  Wow.  She sure did.

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Months later I noticed a song on the radio all the time.  When I’d walk into the garage that song was on, I got goosebumps from it.  I’d heard it in the car, on the radio. Each time I’d have a physical reaction of knowing to it.   One night I was reading a book by Allison DuBois (the medium that the show Medium is based on) and she talked about her dad that had passed on and how he’d communicate with her through song.  That next morning I went to a networking meeting and on my way home I turned on the radio and that same song was on.  This time, for the first time I listened to the words.  I was stunned.  Here are some of the lyrics,

“Yes, I understand that every life must end, aw-huh,..
As we sit alone, I know someday we must go, aw-huh,..
Oh I’m a lucky man, to count on both hands
the ones I love,”       Read more: Pearl Jam – Just Breathe Lyrics | MetroLyrics

The last line of the song is, “meet you on the other side”.

I just sat and cried.   Then I got home and googled it.  I studied the words and listened to it a million times.  It was so healing.  Then I really payed attention to who it was by… Pearl Jam…   yep another pearl reference..    mom, you are amazing!!!!  Looking back the song was released the year she passed away, yet I never was aware of it until all the above happened in 2011.  Really cool.

I’m not looking for anyone to agree with me.  I don’t care.  We all have our comfort levels, what we know deep down.  What we’re scared to know because of fear.  Fear of the unknown and also fear that religion has pushed on us (Highly recommend the book “Messages from Spirit” by Colette Baron-Reid where she really gets into when the Church transitioned from working with spirit mediums to instilling fear about them because they conflicted with the church’s agenda… fascinating read).   For me I have found peace as a Christian but I also believe in an afterlife, the beauty that can come from communicating, trusting, learning and also working with Angels, and more.  I also have found peace in parts of messages from other religions and spiritual teachings as well. But that’s another story…

I recently read a comment from a friend that she had shared on another’s page.  She was talking about the frustration she was having because her mom is in a dark place, not able to see her light, her gifts.  She’s depressed, hoarding and near death.  It’s SO heartbreaking when we want to help someone and they won’t accept our help.  I’ve dealt enough with people with addictions and depression also to know this to be true.  Its the deepest kind of frustrating, and especially when the person passes on it leaves us with a pile of what ifs.  What if I could have spoke up more, earlier.  What if I was too rough.   What if I wouldn’t have judged but instead would have just loved?  What if I wouldn’t have just loved them but instead would have helped them get help….   it is a loop of unrest, and questions that can’t always be answered.

I’ve settled on a deep comfort of believing that no one passes before their time. We all have a time that we’ve planned out before we even got here in this body.  It’s all divinely perfect.  From a human level we often don’t get it, but from a spiritual and soulful level, it’s perfect.   There is a peacefulness that can come from this.  It’s allowed me to go from anger to gratitude and surrender.

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When we’ve lost someone we love, our biggest shift can come when we stop focusing so much on their passing and instead start to focus on the gratitude for their time in our lives.  Our experiences shared, lessons taught and learned.  The love we gave and received.   When we can pull ourselves from the anger of not having longer and instead sit in gratitude for having what we did.

Today I sit in gratitude for those who are in my life.  I savor the memories of those who have passed.  I work to live my life in a way that others will someday look back at their times with me and feel love.

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Living Alive Aware and Awake – interview with Mary Welch – Creating an Inspired life radio

 

This week over on True2YouRadio.com  join me for a soulful discussion with author, facilitator and coach Mary Welch as she shares how she is creating an inspired life and how she helps others to be Alive, Aware and Awake.

 

You can go here to the main page to see what is playing now and when the show will air.

 

Or REALLY COOL you can also now go to my archives page and listen to all the past shows, see them all with titles, a description and pick which ones resonate with what you wish to hear.

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We did it!

I want to sit in this moment and just feel the thankfulness and gratitude for each and every one of you!   I have officially SOLD OUT of bracelets for the Harmony Tour that I’m going on!  There are 330+ women who are around the country and the world who are wearing bracelets to support my participation in this tour and I FEEL the support and love.

Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!

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If you have a bracelet, I’d love if you’d wear it during October.   We really are all connected and I imagine a tangible energy from feeling that support and connection while I’m overseas.

Thank you again SO much!!

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Art in the Making – Tulip Blossoms

Years ago after going through the experience of an ectopic pregnancy I got a glimpse into the pain many women (and men) go through when mourning and healing through a miscarriage.

I’ve connected with many women since then who have experienced this, this video today is for each of you and your little angels waiting for us in heaven.

Sending love and hugs. See the messages hidden within this painting as I paint it.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vSsPV5qyzU&feature=youtu.be

Fall updates and new announcements!

It’s been a year full of all sorts of changes so I wanted to take a few minutes and share a few new stores I’m in, where you can find my work and what new work I’m offering.  Plus I have a SUPER big announcement that I haven’t told anyone about yet. You’ll find that all the way at the bottom.  yep, I’m (not so subtly) sneaky like that.

At the end of July I ended my year at the studio, it was a really great time. I made a tough decision to listen to the inner voice telling me that even though it was great and parts I loved, it wasn’t a perfect fit.  I found myself producing and selling a lot of work, racing between home and the studio and yet somehow not any further ahead. I am learning to really appreciate that as much as I fight it, it’s when I quiet down and make myself sit in that silence for a bit that my best and deepest (most daring) ideas come to me.  2 days after moving out of the studio my family went on a 2 week road trip through Utah and out to Oregon and up to Washington and back through Montana. We did about 1/2 camping and 1/2 hotels. It was really great. Not only is the nature and site seeing incredible I am always amazed at how much it feeds my soul to take time away and be an observer. I let myself relax more, reserve judgement and just take it all in. I don’t think I’ve been on a vacation yet that didn’t change me and help me know myself better. Now with both the kids at school and preschool each day and after the changes I feel like I’m finding my groove again and hitting my stride.

NEW artwork, stores and more:

My music artwork is hanging on display until the end of the month at the Egg & I East restaurant in St. Paul (off Univ. and 280).

In a few weeks you’ll be able to start finding my Soulful Yoga artwork at the Living Waters Cafe. 12201 Minnetonka Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55305

 

I have a few studios out east now carrying my Soulful Yoga series, you can also now find my prints, cards and some pallet artwork in Anoka, MN at the New Moon Metaphysical Store. They are great, and offer classes and more.

I have been expanding my small print selection.  These are small prints mounted into a 5″x7″ mat. They are ready to fit into a standard size frame that can be found at any store. People have been loving them to give as gifts and they are perfect to hang up around the office or a cubicle.  I have a few new selections on my Etsy page.

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Here is my newest pallet art designs. These are so versatile, I hope you’ll love them: (you can click the image to see them on Etsy)

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Sports Art Special:

There are a few more days left to get in on the action and order an original Volleyball or Football painting! These are great and people have loved that you can add a name or # if you choose also.  Only $47 for an 8″x10″.  Great for a middle school or high school athlete. I’ve also had some that have been adding to their collection each quarter that I offer a new sport and are building a sports themed family room. Love that.  In November I’ll be offering a basketball and hockey special!

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Upcoming show dates:

This Saturday, the 28th – Ladies you are welcome to join me at the September Braveheart meeting.  It’s from 10am – 1pm. Msg me for details.

Sunday October 13, Temple of Aaron Sisterhood Arts and Crafts show.  I will have a booth here, it runs from 9am – 4pm.  at 616 S. Mississippi River Blvd

Saturday November 2nd & Sunday, Nov. 3rd. 4 Angels arts and crafts show.  – 27th and Stinson in NE Minneapolis    this runs from 10am-4pm both days. I did this show last year and it was awesome. Cool area, great vendors, outdoor. You can see all the info and vendors that will be in this show here.

Thursday, November 21st.  Stella’s on 97 Winter Craft show.   I did this show for the first time earlier this month and it was great. Tons of vendors and food and drinks. Plus it’s always fun to be back in Forest Lake.  If you’re in FL know that this is the show too that I’ll be bringing some of my remaining wine glasses with me to. I have a couple dozen left so I’ll have those there.    7050 Scandia Trail N  Forest Lake, MN 55025     4pm – 9pm.

 

Harmony Project:

Lastly, I am excited to announce that I’ve hit the $2500 mark on my fundraising for my Israel trip!!  I thank each of you who have so generously donated and purchased bracelets from me the last 8 months.    I’m both trying to celebrate the moment and feel the gratitude and also know that I still have $7000 still to raise.  I have to admit that it is not in my comfort zone to feel so publicly vulnerable and at such risk to not reach my goal all while everyone is watching.  I am trusting that things will continue to come together and I know that I am meant to be over in Jerusalem next May.  I see such a need for what we’ll be doing over there. In fact I love it that I’m beginning to be abt le to use some of these same skills and perspective I’m learning for over there and apply them right here in my own town and in fact even my own family.  This entire journey is so beautifully teaching me and making me a better person.  I would love to ask you to take a look at all the bracelets I have on my website. I have gotten another 80+ in since I’ve shared before.  The earth tone brown seems to be the most popular this fall, there are just a few of those left.  You can view them by either color or style on the website. I will also have bracelets with me at each of the shows listed above.  You can see them here.

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I also have an online fundraising drive going for the next 27 days. I am at $33 raised out of a goal of $500 on here.  If you can even donate $11 I’d be SO grateful.  There are some new incentives and gifts for donations this time also.  Please check it out. http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/noelle-rollins-harmony-israel-palestinian-trip-round-2

The NEW super exciting news:

 

  • Have you blurred part of your identity while giving everything to others?

  • Are you needing support in setting some new healthy boundaries?

  • Are you longing for a path to help guide you in reconnecting with your inner wisdom, purpose and authentic self?

  • Are you ready to move forward and start creating an inspired life?

  • Are you so busy doing everything for everybody that you don’t even remember what YOU find fun and enjoyable?

  • Do you long for new connections with other soulful women?

 

If any of those describe where you find yourself right now then you won’t want to miss what is coming in January 2014:

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Starting in October I will begin sharing more information and details.

 

Until then, I hope you’re enjoying fall as much as I am! Sending hugs to each of you, Noelle

 

 

 

Being Brave and facing fear head on – and some BIG NEWS!!

Spoiler alert: BIG news being shared in this post. I’d love for you to read the whole thing but if you just can’t wait and want to read the news first scroll to the bottom!

I am doing the bravest thing yet in my life and I need your help to make it happen.

Life is full of daily lists, to do’s, obligations. Within every second of my free time, moments between conscious thoughts are filled with my dreams. There are also my regrets. I live a good life. I have my 2 kids and a dog, my dream man as my husband and a family I am so proud to have grown up in.

Yet, I know that as an old woman someday I want to be able to tell my children, “Don’t spend every day in your safe, perfect little world. Help others, get out of your comfort zone, be bigger than you think you can be.”  I want to be able to look them in the eye and say with full certainty that I lived a life full of love and also full of a knowing and a connected-ness to others.

I watch clips of marches in the 60’s, Holocaust stories and I like to tell myself that I would have marched, I would have spoke up. I would have made myself vulnerable for the good of all people.

I know that I was put here on this earth to use my artwork to speak messages of hope, light and love. I know I am here to be a light. I know that I am here not as a midwestern, blond haired, blue eyed girl that gets to stay in a safe bubble.  I am here to connect people. I am here to help people see the other side, to love themselves, to love each other. I believe we are all connected and when one of us hurts, it hurts all of us. I know this.

So when I found out a group of Braveheart women were going to Jerusalem to work with women and start to plant the seeds of peace and hope to the places that need to hear it in this world I cried with happiness for them. Yes “them”.  At first I admit, I said that sounds amazing… for someone.  But not me; I have young kids, I could never raise that amount of money, who do I think I am to get to do something so big?

Then a month passed and I started dreaming about it, I started thinking about the what ifs. What if I didn’t let my fear of the unknown stop me? What if I stepped up and fully owned the power to make a difference that I have? What if I faced fear straight on and beat it? Wow. What if…  So that’s what I’m doing. I laid out all the “what if’s”  and worked out how we would handle them and with my family’s support I signed up. I grew up a little bit that day.

 

Click here to read more, visit my fundraising site and see all the new free gifts I’m giving away as thank you’s for donations!!

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As most of you know I’m also selling beautiful bracelets to support my journey to the Israeli-Palestinian region.  I just got 80+ new ones in yesterday and have them all loaded in my store now. You will LOVE them.  These have a dragonfly on each side of the flower.  These are roses blooming.  There are new multicolored ones, and dainty ones. You will love. You can see them all (sorted by colors or styles) here.   These make a great gift and all the new styles only have 2 of each bracelet in each color so some will go fast.  These make a beautiful gift for the women in your life.  For around $100 you can get 3 bracelets, 1 for yourself and 2 for sisters, girlfriends, daughters, etc.  Each come in a purple organza bag with a card explaining a bit about the project.  Each time you wear the bracelet you know that you are connected to a large group of women from around the world working together, knowing that peace begins with us.   I’ve had a few women that have bought bracelets and loved them so much and what they stand for that they wanted to show their friends and families.  I have enough bracelets for 11 friends who will each take 11 bracelets to your circle of friends.  I will give you paperwork that explains the project and as a thank you when you sell the 10 bracelets I will gift one to you for free.  Plus, there is no money due up front. If this interests you please let me know.  I will make sure to say thank you publicly on my website also!

 

BIG NEWS!!!!! –

Braveheart has changed up the way the trip is going to happen.  There is a beautiful woman named Tamara who is from Canada, she has felt so moved by this project that she has been living alternating between the Israeli side and the Palestinian side over in that region. She has been coordinating the continued gatherings over there. What she’s finding is that she doesn’t believe she’ll have any problems getting the 333+ women from each side but she is finding that the process of really and truly gaining trust, friendship and women with a shared goal may take a  little longer than May of 2014.  A certain percentage of women (just like here in the US) may attend the event just out of curiousity, free food, etc).  There is a big difference in those who casually attend and the women that feel deeply called to carry out an ongoing sisterhood from an authentic place.  That coupled with 300 women from the US, many who have never had to raise money, some are getting a slow start.  So what Braveheart has done is reduce the 2014 trip in 1/2 of what it was planned to be.  They have then moved the large event to May of 2015.  This will give women that are a bit slower at raising money until 2015 to do so.  Let me just be clear, I AM NOT going to be one of those women.  Here is the good news. As an incentive to those of us who have been fundraising and reaching our goals and are super motivated to go over there and make a difference, when I raise my money by early spring of 2014 Braveheart has decided to honor us by including BOTH the 2014 and the 2015 trip for the original amount that I am raising.  That is AMAZING!!  So essentually now every donation is having double the impact and getting me a trip there both times. This includes airfare, food and hotel and event both times!!  I am going to be very honest, my goal is to raise the majority of my funding by the end of this year.  I want this for a few reasons, I want to show people that it can be done, I want to be able to move into a more peaceful stage of planning instead of still fundraising next year and I like the challenge. It scares me a bit so that must mean something good.   So now you can go back to the top and read a bit more that I haven’t shared before about why I want to be a part of this journey.

Say No or Say Yes. Just make a decision.

There is an incredible power that comes from being able to quickly analyze a situation and make a decision.  People worry about making the wrong decision, I get that.  There are times where a deeper level of breaking down options and benefits, etc is needed.  But let me say clearly: not making a decision is STILL making a decision!  Think about that, by putting off making a decision there are often consequences to that choice also. I’ve watched many people around me become nearly paralyzed with fear of making a wrong decision so they don’t make them.

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So yes, by being in denial that your kid is on drugs and not being sure what to do… that is doing nothing essentially until you DO SOMETHING. In a bad relationship and yet it’s just easier to stay because you don’t want to deal with deciding to end it or not? That is making the decision to stay every day until you make a different choice.  There are times where you know you need to do something but it’s not the right time.  Make a conscious to wait to make the choice. Awareness is everything.

I was sitting having coffee this week with my sweetheart summer intern Holly. She was interviewing me for a follow up to her internship for school.  Then she was sharing about what she has learned.  One point she brought up was that she had learned about managing risk, how business owners will have to make choices, analyze options, etc. She talked about how valuable it was watching me make the decision to close my studio in order to expand my business in other areas. How she watched me take into account the risks, the benefits and bottom line financial effects.  It was such a cool treat for me to hear her tell me that. I’ve never taken college business courses so I wouldn’t have used those words but yes, I had to admit that’s exactly what I did.  She asked me about how I was able to make such a fast choice. Here is what I said:

“I have watched people not be able to make decisions around me for years, it makes me crazy. I have a belief that people need to build that decision making muscle and remember even if they make the wrong choice then they can make another choice after that. There is also something about being very in tune with my intuition and my gut feelings about the situation. Many times there are clues along the way that we ignore but if we start being aware of them and making mental notes of them then it makes it much easier when it’s time to make a decision.  Like with me and studio, I’m not against having a studio but for me right now I didn’t need to have that studio. Someday maybe I’ll decide I want one again. We’ll see”

This sometimes can also go hand in hand with knowing you need to set a boundary but you are afraid to.

See this post for my thoughts on that. http://noellerollinsart.com/i-give-you-permission-to-say-no-2/

What decisions are you putting off making? Have you been guilty of this?  I’ve read and heard about many different tools for making decisions. One of my favorites is the 10-10-10 rule.  Analyze how your decision will affect you in 10 minutes.  Then how it will affect you in 10 days.  Lastly, what are the benefits, downsides of your decision 10 years from now?  Often what happens for me is that I’ll realize I’m make a big deal about nothing. So many of the decisions we make will have no affect on our lives even 10 days from now. Then you can also really train your brain to look at the big picture as well.   You can also consider who will be affected by your decision.

When I was a project manager our goal with projects was to finish a project while staying within our budget of money, time and resources.  What is the effect of your choice in each of these areas?

Good luck and happy decision making!

Stars for Dad and other new artwork

*tip – make sure to show the pictures, it’ll be much more fun that way.

 

Hello,

I hope you had a relaxing Memorial Day Weekend. We spent ours camping up north and it was so peaceful. I just love sitting around a fire and taking time to hang out, read some magazines (Mingle and Where Women Create – they are amazing!!) and hang out with family and friends. Summer is amping up pretty quick, got the garden planted and all the flowers in. This weekend it’s mulch and we’re thinking 2 apple trees. The older I get the more I appreciate the simple acts of planting and connecting with nature.

I just sent out the last of the fastpitch artwork from May’s artwork special. I thank each of you who participated and ordered an original. The next sports special will be in August and that will feature a Volleyball and I’m debating between dance and cheer for the 2nd one. (If you have an opinion let me know). Then in Sept or Oct it’ll be Basketball and Hockey. You can purchase any of the sports artwork here.

Two weeks ago Aspen started daycare full time, I think it’s been harder on me than on him. Such a strange transition. He’s handling it like a champ though. Since January I’ve been balancing work with being home with him most days so I have to admit that as much as I miss hanging out everyday with my little man I’m excited to dive in full time again at the studio. I’m planning on being at the studio Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s all day and until lunch on Tuesday’s and Thursdays. Stop on in any time and say hi if you’re in the area.

Aspen tried pudding for his first time a couple weeks ago, I had to share these photos. Love him.

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June Special

I’m so excited about this artwork that I’m starting the special a day early. Is there anything better then being out in nature and looking up into the night sky? There are billions of stars twinkling back. I just can’t get enough. It touches something in me so deeply. I created this artwork to help share that experience. My original had sold months ago but I received an order for one for a Father’s Day gift and I decided it’s a perfect opportunity to create a group of them and allow more people to share in stars through the trees love. If you know someone that would love this artwork special please forward them this newsletter. Most of my business is from word of mouth so I appreciate each of you that pass on my info when it fits what someone is looking for.

Great for a living room, bedroom or porch.

 

or how about at the cabin or in the bedroom?

 

 

Special Pricing (Now through June 14):

8″x10″ original = $75

16″x20″ original = $150

24″x30″ original = $300

36″x36″ original = $420

36″x48 original = $500

48″x48″ original = $550

***If you order by June 8th then I will make sure your artwork is finished in time for Father’s Day, just leave me a note when ordering that it’s a gift.

 

Early Bird Special: Just to sweeten the deal I will include a FREE 8″x10″ print (matted into 11″x14″ black mat) of “Stars through the Trees” with any purchase of the 16″x20″ size or larger if you purchase today May 30 or Friday, May 31st! Great to give as a gift or keep for yourself. You don’t need to do anything special when ordering, I will add the print to the orders that qualify. Also, as always if you are in the Twin Cities and would prefer to pickup the artwork from my studio then simply use the code LOCAL PICKUP when checking out to avoid shipping charges.

 

Other News:

Friday June 14th, Crossroads Art Class

Gather up the girls for a painting class! People have loved taking this class.

Rising up through women everywhere is a nudging need to connect with themselves on a deeper, more soulful level. People are busy, racing through each day’s to-do list and left feeling depleted, exhausted and guilty. I created this class as a place to connect with that deeper, wiser, calmer part of ourselves. To gain perspective, confidence and take time for ourselves.

So often we are between the calm and the chaos in our lives. This bold, fun artwork is full of reminders to hold our heads high as we work through changes and different times of life. You will learn techniques to create the background and can create it to match your décor or mood. $38 – 11”x14” canvas or $45 – 16”x20”

This class if perfect for anyone from a beginner to an expert, we will take our thoughts out of our mind. Focusing less on the details, exact techniques and comparing our work to others. We will go into our hearts and create from a creative, explorative and non-judgemental space.

 

Have a great weekend everyone!! As always, if you have any questions about getting some custom artwork made, a mural or wanting something you don’t see on my website just send me an email. **Noelle

 

P.S. If you would like to support my May 2014 Harmony Project trip to the Israeli-Palestinian region you can still buy bracelets and learn more about it here. I am grateful for all the donations I received the last few months (a special thank you to Marilyn, Nola, Liv, Doreen and Angie who have each donated $50 or more). I will start another donation campain at the end of summer, in the meantime the best way to help is to order a bracelet, a “She” print or book an art class for you and your friends or family. I look forward to connecting with my Israeli and Palestinian sisters and holding a space for peace and love to grow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

finding “real life” in an online world

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I didn’t have a cell phone until I was 19. Didn’t have an email address or my own computer until college.  I spent half my life with none of the on-line world we have today. So I feel like I should be able to navigate my way through balancing both my regular person to person life and an online life.  Most of the time I think I do great. I pride myself that if you met me in person you’d find the exact same person that I present online.  Yet a couple months ago noticed I have this subtle empty feel.  This feeling as if there is so much going on, I see my feed of my hundreds of artist friends out conquering the world and their beautiful work.  In a weak moment it would leave me wondering if there is any room left for me? I intellectually knew better, of course there is.  I would get just enough of a feeling of knowing what is going on with people around me that I forget to then actually follow up in real life with people outside of the my immediate family.  Phone calls with friends were rare, extended relatives same thing.  I missed just sitting and chatting with people face to face.

So the last month I have started taking control.  I cleaned up my facebook. If I haven’t seen someone in the last year or so in real life then most likely I hid them from my news feed.  Most of my artist friends, love their work but had to hide them for a bit. I started paying attention to people that when I would see their feeds I would notice a reaction in my body, either a little annoyance or defensiveness or anger. I made a conscious choice that I don’t want those people part of my daily life  so I hid ’em.  In real life same thing; I have too many fabulous, loving and uplifting people to spend my time around people that repeatedly drain my energy.  The results are almost immediate and so freakin’ freeing!  My next steps, less online time all together.  I’m making it my summer goal to unplug much more. More coffee dates and park dates with friends. Feed my soul with actual human interaction.  Keep my head down and just keep my eyes on my own work for awhile.  I get my best creative ideas not from looking through the world for inspiration but from quieting down and listening. (The exact opposite of what my ego wants to do).  I love the power that comes from very intentional, scheduled online time, just reading the blogs and updates of the people I choose.  When I’m sitting at my daughters fastpitch games I will be mind, body and soul at her game.  When I’m at the studio I’ll be 100% there.  And best of all that leaves me being 100% here when I’m home with my kids and hubby.

I’d love to hear from any of you that have faced this challenge also.  How have you handled it?   Much love, Noelle