~ Let your happiness take flight ~
“Creativity takes courage.” -Henri Matisse
Yes! I finished and have a very happy client! Here is his testimonial:
“Thank you so much. I love the artwork! My sisters are jealous and want to ship you to Ohio to do their houses. Thanks again, it’s just what I imagined!” – S.M.
And the final panels:
Happiness like this is what makes my job so very worthwhile. 😀
Today I hope we all take an extra moment and let the people we care about know how truly important they are to us; how they brighten our days and enrich our lives; how they make this journey called life so very worthwhile.
I’m wishing you all a wonderful day of love, admiration and respect as each of you are important to me. 🙂
Many see nothing ahead but a menacing storm.
What do you see?
I see a gentle road through dappled hills of green; a chance to fuse myself with the swirling clouds above; to catch the sweet scent of grass and trees.
I welcome the strong, cooling winds, the torrential rain about to fall, the lightning that will enliven me. Such serendipity to be here at just the right moment.
I don’t see danger ahead. I see life.
Copyright © 2009 Ana Livingston. All rights reserved.
I just had to share—well, at least via a photo—a most delightful discovery I’ve made as of late: Eppa White Sangria. Now, I’m not a drinker by any stretch, but this stuff is just plain good and 100% organic, to boot.
In Eppa’s own words: “Introduced with a fruity and inviting nose that leads into a light-bodied and refreshing taste, Eppa SuperFruit Sangria is full of amazing flavor.” Too true.
I’ve tasted both the red and newly-released white and though both are very good, my personal palate leans towards the latter. If you have the opportunity to try a glass or two, do write and let me know what you think.
Bottoms up! 🙂
Tis the season, my friends. I am wishing you the very best in the coming year.
Just walked through my dining room and this was waiting for me. Happy Holidays.
A friend of mine is traveling Europe and the Far East for a month or so. I’m housesitting and loving it. I’ve temporarily traded in my Gulf view for that of a calm lake. No complaints here.
Sunset on the lake. Peaceful times.
He’ll feel no sorrow
As I turn and leave,
Except for losing
A small reminder
Of someone else.
“A Small Reminder”. Poem by Ana Livingston. Copyright © 2009. All Rights Reserved
After years of faithfulness in a definite love/hate relationship with the now third successor of my Blackberry Sometimes-Smartphone, I took the very determined step and bought what has become the new un-Apple of my eye: The Samsung Galaxy Note II.
Samsung Galaxy Note II: 5.5″ HD screen (1,280 x 720). Nothing but love.
Suffice it to say, I will no longer have to endure inconsistent cell coverage (I live right on the Gulf) and the consequential frustration. But much more importantly I’ll be able to keep in much better contact with all my friends worldwide.
Speaking of which, I need to head over and see what trouble Stephen‘s getting into today… 😉
Adiós for now.
I took a few moments this morning to idle away in my sun-filled backyard. Amazing what you can discover with just a turn of your head.
Bougainvillea thriving in my backyard.
Sometimes I miss being a child. The innocence. The grandeur of the world.
Standing in the Rain. Ana Livingston, Writer, Poet.
But maybe I can just change my mind.
I am so ridiculously proud of my daughter, Mariah June.
Mariah June: Actress, Vocalist, Photographer and Screenwriter, and on her way to mastering the Culinary Arts. Photograph courtesy of Mariah June
She’s a true Renaissance woman and has added the culinary arts to her long list of artistic skills:
Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo.
Mariah June’s Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo. Photograph courtesy of Mariah June.
“Love is not only something you feel. It’s something you do.”
What a wondrous statement…
Quote by J.D. Salinger
This is the first drawing in my charcoal on paper series entitled “Shells”.
The first drawing in my “Shell” series (charcoal on paper). – Artist, Ana Livingston
I hope you find this as lovely as I did.
Fine Artist & Muralist
As the first order of business, I completed the second car on the mural bridge today. Beyond that, I poshed up the bridge and a few other sections.
More touch-up and refinement today at Honka Automotive’s Clearwater Mural. Tampa Bay Artist, Ana Livingston
Then I decided to take various brushes filled with various colors, over to various areas of the surface to blot out any smudges or paint spillage. This task will have to be repeated to a lesser degree as one of the final steps, but thought I’d get a little headstart.
The heat was overwhelming today. Let’s see what I can accomplish tomorrow.
Talk to you then!
As promised, I am posting the Before and After shots of the first car I’ve placed on the bridge (yesterday):
Car repair at Honka Automotive Service. Artist: Ana Livingston at her Clearwater Mural, 1266 Court Street
I’ve been asked by more than one person already why I decided to even PUT cars on the bridge. Well, I instantly referred them to the building the mural is on (Honka Automotive), and what it is they do so well, 5 days a week: repair automobiles.
So, here are the shots. I had fun creating it!
More tomorrow, from the mural.
Today was “poshing up” and altering more small sections of the mural in preparation for some big changes to happen next week.
26th Day of the Clearwater Mural by Artist, Ana Livingston.
The weather held out today, which is a surprise for Florida in the summer. I’ll be back at the wall in the morning; stop by if you’re in the area! (west-facing wall of Honka Automotive: 1266 Court Street, Clearwater, FL).
Today was great! I returned to the wall from my paint run and started with brushing in some brown, followed by orange; basically getting more of the base coat in. I think the abstract objects are just now starting to present themselves as something more.
I had several new faces appear at the wall, and engaged in pleasant conversations with people I’d never met up to that moment. They all had been following the mural from the beginning. That was so wonderful to hear!
I also had a very good time chatting with Mark Ferguson. I relayed some of my stories of murals past, which included bringing in apprentices and the results of doing so. All I can say is now it’s funny. 😀
Honka Automotive (where the wall is located) was hopping with customers today, and “the guys” (mechanics) were oftentimes running from vehicle to vehicle, just to keep up.
I’ll be taking the weekend off, but will be there again bright and early Monday morning. And for those of you who keep inquiring, I would say by mid-week it will be glaringly apparent “what the wall is“. 😀
Have a wonderful two days off. I’ll see you Monday!