Friday, June 28, 2013

I heArt Fridays...

I heArt Hearts...I found this heart on my eye pencil sharpener.

I love that my friends and family are now looking for hearts too. Nina's Birth Mom sent me this one. They had just mowed the lawn and low and behold...
a Heart.

Keep looking for hearts and love in the world.

Send your photos to me at mb at drawntocolor dot com and I will post them on Fridays.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Throwback Thursday - One Path and Take These Rings

In honor of yesterday's Supreme Court decision, I decided to throwback to  two of my pieces with Marriage and Love as the subject matter.

A few years ago I was asked to create two large collages for the Orange County Marriage Room in Santa Ana, CA. 
It is difficult to tell from the size of the images, but many of the background papers refer to Orange County and California. A fruit crate label, maps, travel brochures etc. I believe two individuals who are on their own paths must join and embark on one path in marriage.
The rings exchanged during vows are truly a visual symbol of the love shared before the big day, on the special day and for the duration of the marriage.  Prints on gallery wrapped canvas hang in the courthouse and the originals hang in my home.

I decided to try and take a selfie on my birthday... selfies really are an art in and of themselves. I ended up standing in front of this piece and had some fun pretending one of the rings was a halo!
Prints of this piece are available in 8" x 10" or 12" x 16", please email me if you are interested...

If you would like to purchase one the originals to mark this special ruling with your loved one please do not hesitate to contact me.

Friday, June 21, 2013

I heArt Fridays... a hole in my heart

I found this heart last Saturday while I was out buying our favorite pastry from Pain du Monde in Corona del Mar for my birthday.

A hole in my heart....

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Throwback Thursday - Always in my Heart

I originally created this piece, Always in My Heart for the Non-Profit KidsKonnected which helps children who have a parent fighting cancer or who have lost a parent to cancer. This organization was a great help to my kids while I was going through my treatment. If Mom or Dad pass they will always remain in our heart and as angels watching over us.
I selected this piece to highlight for Throwback Thursday this week because today would have been my former brother-in-law Mike's 51st birthday. Even though this piece had to do with losing a parent, I think it is fitting for any loss. A piece of Mike will always be in my heart. He had a great sense of humor and he could make people laugh. I think his biggest fan was his oldest brother, my ex. He would have Lou laughing so hard he would almost be sick.
One time when Lou and I were dating and all of the brothers were sitting in the living room, Mike's back was toward me as I walked into the room. Lou and Mike really did not look that similar, but I was not paying attention and I went up behind Mike and put my arms around him and was kissing his neck from behind. The room got really quiet and I could not figure out why... until I looked up and I saw Lou sitting across from me. The flash when through my head "if Lou is sitting over there... who am I kissing?" Mike never said anything he just sat there and let me kiss him. We all got a big laugh out of that story. As I write this now I am still smiling and laughing.

Happy Birthday Mike... I miss you my fellow Gemini.

prints are available here...

greeting cards are available here...

products with this  image are available here...

Friday, June 14, 2013

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Throwback Thursday - Dark & Light

This piece, Dark & Light was originally created in a response to a call for submissions in 2008 for the theme Black & White for the January/February 2009 issue of Somerset Studio Magazine. 

I have always been intrigued with the juxtaposition of dark: "black" and light; "white" as well as the need for both in art and our lives. In life, we sometimes have to go through some dark periods to really appreciate the light in our lives. In art, the dark will make our light values "pop" and really give our work cohesion. There are many metaphors for black and white and their co-existence, as well as many sayings relating to traveling through the dark before you can see the light. I wanted to combine these ideas while creating a play of positive/negative with the word "dark" being lighter on a dark background and the "light" being achieved in reverse also. In life and in art without the dark there can be no light...

This piece was not selected for publication for the 2009 issue, but was later published in the March 2010 issue of Somerset Apprentice Magazine.

Prints are available here... and greeting cards here... 

The original and giclees on canvas are also available... please email if you are interested.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

"Dam Wife" of 30 years minus 2

Today marks what would have been the 30th wedding anniversary for Lou and I. I have shared a great deal about my life, our marriage and our children on this blog. I have been told that many of my stories and my experiences in life have helped others, whether it is about breast cancer, raising children, adoption, divorce, art, seeing the world a little differently. We had a very co-dependent marriage and I am not really sure how our divorce would be classified. When you have children between you, you still have to continue to have contact with the other person. Time has eased some issues as long as we do not discuss a few things.
Recently Lou started sending me photos of license plates that he found, a new interest for him he has told me. The first was:

We have very close friends whose boys are named Nathan and Nick so he wanted me to forward this to them.

Then there was this one:
He told me this must be one of my creative friends driving around.

Next up is:

I thought this one is interesting as we both were originally from outside of Buffalo, NY and grew up with the Bills and it is always nice to see Buffalo Bills fans in Cali.

On our Son’s birthday he sent me this one indicating that he meant no offense… he just thought it was funny:

I laughed and my response was that perhaps they did not have enough room to write best “damn wife” or “damn” good “wife”… I did not get a response to that comment.

I have been on the lookout for a response license plate that I thought was appropriate and I finally found one, but let me explain before the reveal.

I have an order for child and spousal support. I have had one since September 2011, yet I have not received any voluntary payments. Child Support Services has been trying the best they can to locate resources. For those not familiar with the system, they run his social security number every night but for some reason no money or accounts show up under his social. Recently both CSS and Lou told me that I should start to receive some money. It will be about 30% of what is stipulated per month, but I still have not received it. It would be so nice to start receiving some funds. It has been a difficult two years and hard to explain to our children. Nina was 18 so legally support was not mandated for her. We have learned some hard lessons. I add up the numbers and sometimes they just don’t add up, but by the grace of God I found a job in August 2011, I have been able to pay for our rent and food on our table and the necessities. Nina has had to grow up very quickly and pay for her own college, car insurance, phone and singing lessons as I re-build my career or until I start receiving support.

The hardest part has been to not receive or locate funds yet see their Dad and the man that I spent over over 2/3 of my life with, driving a new 2013 Audi A5, moving into a million dollar rental with his fiancée, Gretchen Solorio in December 2012, hiring a maid and I am sure other staff as the home is quite large, 3400 square feet and planning a lavish wedding for September 14, 2013.

People usually ask me three questions when it comes to the support arrears:

 1.  Is this how he was raised?
  •      I really don’t think so, but I was not raised in the same home.

     2.   Do you think you will ever receive the support arrears?
  •         I obviously cannot count on it and I continue to work hard, budget well and pray. But I do imagine what it would be like to receive the $90,000 of arrears. It would be like winning the lottery… in fact I refer to it as the Lou-ttery.

3.  Do you think Gretchen is aware that he is not paying child and spousal         support and of how much he owes everyone?
  •         He tells me she is aware of everything, but I do not know as I have not been allowed to meet her. I try to give her the benefit of the doubt… I know there was so much that I was not told and that I was not aware of. Heck, I find out more almost every day.

He told me today:

“More money? Wish “us” well then. It’s the only option there is.” So I wish Gretchen and Lou well, I just wish he would support his first family first and read the license plate:

Friday, June 7, 2013

Nina - Twenty Years - Two Decades

Twenty Years.  

Two decades. 

Where did the time go? 
She was born in Pennsylvania, lived in New York for 10 years and now California for 10 years. She has seen so much heartache for a girl her age, but I am so proud of the young woman that she has become. She has had to learn many lessons the hard way, but she has also been very blessed.
She is a great big sister(to now 4 younger siblings), a good friend, a hard worker, an artist, a crafter, a collector of vintage purses, a connoisser of candy, a lover of sweets, a Family Guy and Seth MacFarlane fan, an amazing singer and a great daughter (to both of her Mom’s).
She is a chosen child and we are blessed to have her in our lives.

Happy Birthday Sweets!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Throwback Thursday - The Best Teachers

This week I am re-visiting one of the first pieces that I created after starting to follow Kelly Rae Roberts... way back in 2007. I enjoyed her layering process and paint application with a brayer, but I just could not gain interest or focus on creating on faces... my heart theme was born. I created this piece for a fundraising auction at my son's school 6 years ago. Prints are available here... and greeting cards are available here...
I also have this image on some products through Cafepress here...


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