“Creativity takes courage.”

“Creativity takes courage.”  -Henri Matisse

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~Ana

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Day Eight, Grapefruit Mural, Clearwater, Florida: COMPLETION!

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:

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Happiness like this is what makes my job so very worthwhile. 😀

~Ana
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To My Friends and Loved Ones on Valentine’s Day – from Ana Livingston

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.

valentine's-day-ana-livingston-fine-artist-and-muralist-poet-writer-designer I’m wishing you all a wonderful day of love, admiration and respect as each of you are important to me. 🙂

Love,

Ana

“I See Life” by Ana Livingston

Many see nothing ahead but a menacing storm.

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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.

~Ana

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My White Sangria Sunday at the Lake

I just had to sharewell, at least via a photoa 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.

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The new Eppa SuperFruit White Sangria. My one-word review: yum.
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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! 🙂

~Ana

Happy Holidays from Ana Livingston

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.

Just walked through my dining room and this was waiting for me. Happy Holidays.

~Ana

Sunset from my Patio

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.

Sunset on the lake. Peaceful times.

~Ana

“A Small Reminder” – Poem by Ana Livingston

He’ll feel no sorrow
As I turn and leave,
Except for losing
A small reminder
Of someone else.

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“A Small Reminder”. Poem by Ana Livingston. Copyright © 2009. All Rights Reserved

~Ana

An Affair to Remember: My Blackberry Smartphone

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.

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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.

~Ana

Backyard Bougainvillea: A Flower Within a Flower

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.

Bougainvillea thriving in my backyard.

~Ana

Mischa Maisky plays Bach Cello Suite No.1 in G

This is exquisite.


~Ana

Standing in the Rain – by Ana Livingston

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.

~Ana

Mariah June’s Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

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 Alfredo

Mariah June’s Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo. Photograph courtesy of Mariah June.

Bon Appétit!

~Ana

Sunset in Dunedin. Florida

Sunset in Dunedin. Photograph by Ana Livingston

Sunset in Dunedin. Photograph by Ana Livingston

This Really Cuts to the Heart of the Matter…

“Love is not only something you feel. It’s something you do.”
~David Wilkerson

~Ana

She wasn’t doing a thing, that I could see…

What a wondrous statement…

Quote by J.D. Salinger

~Ana

Shell Series, Charcoal on Paper by Ana Livingston – Part I

This is the first drawing in my charcoal on paper series entitled “Shells”.

~Ana

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The first drawing in my “Shell” series (charcoal on paper). – Artist, Ana Livingston

My Hand-Picked Bouquet from Dunedin Edgewater Park

I hope you find this as lovely as I did.

~Ana
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Clearwater Mural, Day Thirty Five: Here, There, and Everywhere

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!

~Ana

Clearwater Mural, Day Thirty One: Honka Automotive Repair

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.

~Ana

Clearwater Mural, Day Twenty Six: More Refinement

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).

~Ana

Clearwater Mural, Day Twelve: A Painter in the Sun

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!

~Ana

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