Thursday, January 22, 2015

Making Videos

One of my new adventures is MAKING VIDEOS!!! They are homegrown goodness filmed by ME, in my upstairs studio.

It has been fun to let this dream of having my own show become a reality.

The goal it to encourage creativity and people being who they are.

Sooooo!!!!! Check out my video that O break down how to alter a men's tshirt.

http://youtu.be/3sS2_0-BWCo

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Life- It Takes A Village

My Maryland sister and I had a looonnng talk on the phone tonight. It was wonderful. We talked about all kinds of things. Husbands, careers, her kids, community, all kinds of good stuff.

Recently, I have reached out to her to help talk through part of my great Art Adventure. I like how she sees things and knew she had pearls of wisdom for me.

So, tonight we talked about that as well. And she had great ideas!

As I sit on my couch and relax into the evening, I think about all the community that has come around me to cheer me on in this large undertaking of launching an art career.

Earlier today, Life Coach Louis had an impromtu session with me in the kitchen. 
Man! 
That husband of mine directs me back at my heart AND my heart desires with lightening speed! 
What a HUGE gift. It is SO easy to get trapped in your fears and forget why you are doing what you are doing. 
I thank God for my man and his coaching abilities! They are GOOD!

And today my Mother-In-Law cheered me on with beautiful enthusiasm. Beautiful, pure hearted, spirit uplifting enthusiasm.

And one of my razzle-dazzle, playful yet deep thinking art buddies related right to where I was at.

And my parents keep finding ways to help and support me. They believe in me and what God has called me to do.

And....
And....

I could go on and on about the love that has surrounded me in this season. And the people who have lifted me up in the emotional moments of it.

So, I ask myself.....
Why? 
Why do I get to have this amazing experience?

But really. 

Why do I see support all around me?

I have walked through other hard seasons and not felt support like this......

And then it hit me.

I am reaching out. Reaching out more than I have ever done in my life.

I am letting my Village help me build this career.
I am letting them come with me on this Art Adventure.

Wow!

Had I learned about this earlier in life, things would have looked different.

Why don't we invite people into our adventures? 
Why don't we lovingly ask for help? 

And listen.

I think that is the most beautiful gift you can give another person.

Everyone wants to be heard. 

Listening to someone tell you what they think, is like reading a book. Your village contains many books that are available to you, spoken over a cup of coffee or a late night telephone call.

And if you have taken time to weed out and create boundaries in your Village, you can trust it.

If you have read my words and a longing jumps out of your heart and is doing a dance in front of your face, listen to that desire. 
You too can walk the path that you are meant to walk. 
You too can build a village. 
You too can seek living an authentic life that you feel fully present living.
You too!
YOU TOO!

I finish this post with a desire to get this message in front of the people who need it. 

Will you help me?

If you feel the desire to pass on this message, you can share it, copy the link, or do other fancy stuff that people do to share information.

More than anything, I want all of us playing the part that we are designed to play in society. Doing the things that are in our spiritual DNA to do.

Thank you for reading! And I hope you stop by my blog again soon.

-Melissa

*Painting is a collaborative effort between Inara Sautter and me.


Monday, January 12, 2015

Art- Why buy original art?

Hello there!

While I upload gabs and gobs of art to my website, I was thinking about something.........

Why should people buy art?

Is it to match home decor and be pretty?

Well....that is a good reason.....a valid, good reason.

But I would like to propose a couple more reasons to purchase art.

Buy art because it makes you FEEL something.
Buy art because it speaks to the core of who you are.
Buy art because you need to experience what the piece has to offer on a daily basis.
Buy art because we buy a lot of things and art is often an after thought.
Buy art because it supports an artist.
Buy art because you believe in the artist's role in society.
Buy art because you deserve authenticity hanging on your walls.
Buy art because it brings beauty into your world.

And here is a reason that might stretch your mind:

Buy art because it can cause healing in your life through gazing upon it and receiving all that it has to offer.

Is this true? Can someone be healed through viewing art?
YES.yes.yes.

The role of an artist in our society is to SAY the things that can only be said through art. 

And art can heal. Oh yes, it can.

I could dig up scientific data to support this statement.....but I need to get back to my task of uploading my art.

Do I want you to buy MY art?
Oh yes, please. That would be wonderful!

But....more than anything, I want you to be open to the art that you encounter and FEEL the messages that are there for you to experience. Let them touch your heart and hear what you are to hear.

Go ahead and pop over to:

artistmelissamariecollins.com

And sneak a peek of what I am sharing with the world.

Here is a teaser:

Friday, January 9, 2015

Life- A New Year- 2015

I love a new year.
Something about starting a new chapter really gets my heart a-pumping. Sets my mind a blazing with ideas and possibilities.

How about New Years Resolutions? Do you do them? I sometimes do. 

Some years resolutions, are exactly what I need to have movement forward. And some years I go for a single word.

I pray and request a word. It arrives into my life in different ways and is confirmed.

This year I felt was a "WORD" year.


Prosperity.

Within this word holds meaning for my mind, body, and spirit. Financial prosperity, health prosperity, spiritual prosperity.

In the words of world renown speaker and author, Lisa Nichols, I say:
"Yes, YES!" 
(If you haven't heard of her, do yourself a favor and check her out! She has it going on.)

Claiming and holding onto the message of Prosperity while going full time into my freelance creative life is a bold move. Sharing this private message with you, is even bolder.

But here is the thing, I am begining to understand a bit about my role of existence in this time, on this place called earth......and it is not for me to be quiet. In fact, it is quite the opposite. I am called to be vulnerable and SHARE my journey. 

So, if this word Prosperity speaks to your heart, go ahead and CLAIM IT! I hold out this word and share it WITH you. There is enough for all of us.

Yes, there is.

Go ahead and shake awake those dreams that have been sitting idle inside of you. Try them out, test them. See how they fit. You won't know unless you look into it.

Let your story be unlocked and start walking into your FAITH required path.

I wish you were sitting across from me while reading this. You would see my eyes smiling at you and would see, I really believe in your God given destiny.

The more important question is:
Do you believe in it?

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Life- Sadie's Christmas Spirit

We have a dog named Sadie. She is a rescue dog, a mix between a pit, boxer, and who knows what else.

She is precious and I cannot imagine life without her love.

As you go forward with your holiday, I recommend that you take a little Sadie advice with you:

Be loving, 
Be patient, 
Be excited, 
And let people love you back.

Oh! And have a high tolerance for things you don't understand. Just smile and wag your tail.

And here is the last Sadie tip:

If things get too emotional around you, leave the room and come back when the atmosphere feels better.

There you have it- advice from Sadie!

Have a lovely Holiday and may your heart be open to your friends and family.

Go love on somebody!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Life- Silly-side Out

Today, I couldn't help it, my silly-side needed to be OUT and expressed.

I love my ADORABLE new mug that my friends got me for St.Nicholas Day. It will make me smile every time I use it.

But it got me thinking.......I really can't wink well.

Trying with my right eye ^. Ummnnnn.....no. 

Ok. The left eye is easier^.


If I drop my jaw a little to the left, I can wink the best. 

There we have it, my winking style.

Pretty ridiculous!

Let's imagine the scene together. I want to wink at someone and I have to make THAT ^ face to do it! Ummmmn....not sly. Straight up RIDICULOUS!

And while we are on the subject, when is a wink even appropriate? 

answers.yahoo.com says:
"A wink is a special way of saying hello. Sometimes it's flirtatious, sometimes it's joking."


Oh! My wink sure is a "special" way of saying hello!!! 

Hahahahaha!

Have a lovely night. 

And make sure to enjoy the way you are made. 
Even, your silly-side! 

I'll wink atcha later.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Life- Living In The Change

What is my life like now?

Well......in order to appreciate what my life is like now, perhaps we should talk about what my life was.

I used to try to balance a full time job, designing fabric (and some projects), painting (trying to build an art career), being a wife, friend, and a part of a family. Oh! And trying to have a nice, clean home.

Oh! Oh! Oh! Let's not forget! And me regaining my health from a major auto-immune blow up in my life.

Everywhere I looked I saw room for improvement. Toooooooo much room for improvement.

I like success. I thrive in an environment that lends itself to me being successful. My life was not suited for success.

And I wasn't deeply happy.

I was happy on the surface, with some love to give the world around me, but when night time fell, and quiet was all around me, feelings of failure and not being enough echoed in my head.

I wasn't really happy.
And I strongly dislike feelings of failure.

When I sifted through the emotions I was feeling and pulled apart the fear, what I found is that the structure of my life did not suit me.

There was too much.
Waaaaayyyyyy, tooooo muuccchhh.

So. I did something about it.

This last week and a half has been full of moments that I wouldn't trade for any amount of money.

I can breathe.
I can actually paint from a deep place within.
I am cleaning my house.
I'm available to my man.
I make him amazing food.
We chase fog pictures together.
My mind, body, and spirit are available to see beauty.
I feel God all around me.
There is space in me to pray for the world and what is brought to my attention.

And I'm selling my art.
Yes.....it is happening.

And the more I educate myself about the art world and how I fit in it, the more empowered I feel to add my voice.

The question I ask:
Why did it take me so long to do this?
All along I knew something was out of order in my life.

The answer:
Fear

I was afraid that my art calling was not enough. This gift of bringing messages into the world through images was not enough.

You know what.

It is.

Will I still dabble in a few little extra things? 
Yep. 
We have been making a few plans in the Collins household that will bring additional support and stability to our lives.

But I will not give up the simplicity of living that I have begun to taste.

It tastes too good to not create a lifestyle of it.

Here are some pictures I took of fog chasing with Louis. There is no contest. The pictures he took are better. But mine contain my perspective and I like my perspective.





I wish I could bottle up the peace I felt this day like an elixir. It was truly amazing. I felt whole.

Please.
Look at your life and honor yourself.
Honor how you are made.
Build a structure of living that supports your nature.

This world needs us to be whole. 
Fully living. 
On the mission of bringing our gifts to the table of life.

Take care, my friends.
And be brave.

•Melissa