Friday, January 20, 2012

The emotional scale... The goal is to always stay purple :)

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Dream Induction

I really like to dream. The inspiration for this entry was a powerful dream I had last night.It was one of those dreams that even though I woke up several times I went back to sleep and continued the dream. I remember the entire thing, and although it started out as a nightmare, toward the end everything started to look like it was going to be OK. It was very scary for a minute or two though.
Most nights I do not have nightmares. My dreams are usually very pleasant and the places I go are places I would want to visit and the people I am with are people that I would choose to be with. So, I can't complain at all really. My dreaming world brings me as much joy and satisfaction as my waking world. I am a very happy camper.
However, there are ways of bringing on dreams that are vivid, and even (if you believe in it) tell the future. If I hadn't had dreams myself that were eerily similar to the events that later took place, I would likely be a skeptic.

I have tried the following to induce dreams:
1. http://www.realityshifter.com/2007/how-to-induce-a-lucid-dream-while-awake/
I tried this and was AMAZED by the result. The dream was so real that I could read, do math and think as clearly as if I was awake. I felt so conscious that I decided to move a newspaper from the table to the couch to see if it was there in the morning, because I honestly could not tell if I was dreaming or not. Obviously it was still on the kitchen table when I awoke.

2. http://www.world-of-lucid-dreaming.com/calea-zacatechichi.html
This little herb was fascinating. I took it in a capsule, and it really made my dreams much more colorful and vivid. The most interesting thing that I noted was that when I would wake up I would lay still, kind of unable to move (this was not frightening in any way) then I would suddenly realize that I was awake, lying in bed and that I had had a dream and then I would remember the dream fully. This has been the pattern for my with Calea every time.

3. http://www.dreamviews.com/f44/datura-dream-53074/
I am admitting to the use of this very pretty flower only because I believe it is worthy of warning. I used a low dose, for the purpose of dreaming and yes it did produce incredible dreams that were vivid, colorful, extremely lucid and highly emotional. However it was probably the single most TERRIFYING experience of my life. I feel that the word terrifying does not do this justice. I have read before that it could be "unpleasant" at times. If your idea of "unpleasant" is pure panicked delirium, constant thoughts of death looming around every corner and everything that exists around you has it's own evil intent, than yes, I would say it was unpleasant. For about seven hours I was convinced that I would die a very painful and "evil" death at any moment. Not only was I convinced I was going to die, I couldn't shake the feeling that somehow everyone I loved would die that night too. I find the herb to be absolutely fascinating now, that it could have such a strong effect on the psyche, but fascinating in the way I find rabies and serial killers fascinating. I very strongly reccommend that you stay away from this one.

4. A tea that I used to make that worked very well for me for years was a blend of hops, passion flower, mugwort and Valerian. The dreams I had were usually very pleasant (bet that was the hypnotic passion flower) and vivid. This tea is said to produce prophetic dreams and although I won't get into specifics, it did work that way for me several times. Another great thing about this tea is that there is a very nice, gentle euphoric calming effect. It could be a tea that you drink after work to relax as well as a dream tea. Add some skullcap, California Poppy and kava (go easy on kava, can cause liver damage with over use) for a very calming and super hypnotic effect. I wouldn't drive after drinking this however, it tends to make you feel spacey.

5. Writing a note to ask for a dream and putting it under your pillow. I find amazing results with this usually. There is something that speaks to your higher, wiser self when you do this. Simply write a question on a piece of paper and put it under your pillow. The answer you get when you awake may surprise you.

6. http://www.dreamviews.com/wiki/WILD-The-Five-Phases-Of-WILD
This is THE technique to try if you want crazy vivid and lucid dreams. It has worked for me every time I used it. The results were phenomenal and taught me so much. I have talked to Mystics, my future self and Oprah :) The point is, it works very well and I enjoyed every experience. You can truly control your environment in these dreams. One warning though: only use these techniques when you have the next day to sleep in. You will be exhausted otherwise.

I would like to try these techniques:

1. http://www.realityshifter.com/2007/how-to-program-your-dreams-in-advance/
Sounds very interesting and definitely something I would like to try, even if simply to go on a mini mind vacation.

2. http://www.world-of-lucid-dreaming.com/dreamers-blend.html
I have been wanting to try this blend for so long. It seems to me that it would be gently and pleasant.


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

I Don't Know Much


Last night I made a decision that I felt was pretty bold. I really thought that I KNEW that it was the best decision for me. However, after doing what I needed to do, I didn't feel like I expected at all. I thought that I would feel joy and anticipation, but instead I just didn't care that much. I was apathetic and indifferent.
This was a decision I had been planning on for about a month now and I had been waiting until just the right time. I have been filled with anticipation. You would think that I feel disappointed or upset when after finally making the decision and taking action I felt only a dull sense of "whatever", but I do not. I am very thankful for this experience. It has truly taught me to live according to my intuition (my gut was telling me not to bother - and it was correct as always) and to know that I do not know much at all.
I am more open, less judgemental and just a little more wise.
So ... what do I think that I need to DO. I need to focus on JOY, focus on following my bliss and uplifting others around me that I love. I think it is important to know what you want but to remain as open as you can. In other words surrender. If you are too attached to the outcome, you could be missing something even better. Have faith, have FAITH that not only things will be ok - but that you can have a great life. You can have whatever it is that you desire and know that what you desire also desires you.
In the amazing video below, Oprah describes her process of surrender. I like that she says "God has a bigger dream for you than you could ever have for yourself" all that you need to do is let go.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Getting Ready for the 2012 Art Show Season

Art shows are a lot of hard work. After every show I am exhausted, and I get the feeling that I could be doing much better. This year I am planning on really researching the best shows, and putting forward my absolute best effort to capture attention and make a good profit.


My plan is to join a few local organizations and clubs, this is a great way to find quality art shows and to connect and share with other artists. You can learn so much by speaking with other artists and crafters. It is a good circle of friends to have. Shows can be found on line also of course. My plan is to have a show every other weekend. Every weekend would be too much for me and I should spend some weekend time with my little ones. 
I think it is a very good idea to post your show schedule on your blog, your facebook and to let all of your friends and family know. A great idea is to have a mailing list and to send an email out at the beginning of each month to let people know where you will be and when. You could include a link to the show's website and directions. To get people to sign up for your newsletter, you could leave a book out at shows and ask people to write their name and email address. If you want, you could give incentive. I may give a small print or a glass magnet to each person who signs up. On line I have blog contests and that seems to work well. I am always telling people about my mailing list, otherwise they forget about me. I can remind them that I exist and let them know about promotions, shows and new art.
Make sure that you have enough business cards and packaging to wrap your goodies in for your customers. Make sure everything is cohesive. You don't want to have a pink and green business card and blue packaging. Think of coca cola, everything is black and red. Pick a logo and colors and stick with them.

Something that I sometimes conveniently forget, is the condition of your vehicle. Is your car road ready? If you are traveling far, will your car make it? Is everything going to fit? I have a teeney jetta, and it's a squeeze, but somehow everything fits.
Your tent and tables should be clean and attractive. People will only stop at your tent if it captures their attention, and even then will only stay for about a minute. You MUST get their attention and you MUST have unique and high quality products. Sorry if this offends anyone, but everyone that I have met that buys handmade does so because they want something unique. People will not return to you if your product falls apart right after they buy it. When you create, the question should be, would I buy this? Bright colors really capture attention, below is a great example.


Talking to people is very important, a simple "Hi" will not do. As a matter of fact, I would avoid saying "Hi". I feel that it scares people off. Instead if you notice that someone is looking at one of your paintings, start a conversation about that, or even about the show. Make it a point to be friendly and talk to everyone that looks at your stuff. It is important to smile and be positive. If you are shy - pretend to be someone who is very outgoing.


Make a list of things to bring. On this list should be the obvious, such as your art or crafts, displays and props, but also lunch, water to drink, change for customers, aspirin and chairs.


If you go to many art shows, make sure that you keep creating and try to change things up a bit. This keeps things fresh and appealing.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

January's Newsletter

Thank you for reading January's Newsletter!!!
December's paintings
"Aradia" ACEO

"Pink Spring" 12X12 Oil
My personal favorite:
This painting above is my favorite because I really stepped outside of my comfort zone and did something that wasn't really my "style", and I was very pleased with the results. Click the link to see what the words say.
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Newest Paintings and You Tube Video

Newest paintings!!
Don't forget to enter my blog contest - win any painting in my shop! Enter HERE.

"Waiting for Spring" 12X12" oil on masonite
"Spark" 8X10" oil on masonite



I want to start posting a video every Monday. These are some of the paintings I have completed in the past year or so. The video isn't the best, I am aware. Hopefully I will get better at making videos with practice.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Blog Contest for January

Blog Contest For January:
Win ANY painting in my shop right now!!! Visit my shop
As you do the following, please comment on this blog post which of the “entries” you have
done. It is very important that you comment on the blog post above, it is much easier for me to keep track that way.
All you have to do is the following. Each of the below counts for 1
entry. Of course the more entries you have, the greater your chances of
winning.
1. Follow this blog.
2. Heart my shop
3. Follow on Twitter
4. Become a fan on Facebook
5. Sign up for my Newsletter, just e mail me at RhiannonSTR@yahoo.com with "Newsletter" in the subject line (news letter is only sent out once a monthon the first by email, and you can ask me to stop sending it at any time)
6. Email me a suggestion on how you would RhiannonSTR@yahoo.com improve my shop, or an idea for a new painting or a marketing suggestion
Winner is chosen at random and announced on the first day of the month.
Thank you and good luck!!!!