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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Practicing Presence and A GIVEAWAY!!!


Yesterday my son did not take a nap.  This is unusual as he loves to fall out around 4p sleep for 2 hours and then go strong until 12a.  Yes my son goes to bed at 12a.  Not because I or his father want him to, but because his internal clock is set at a college student schedule, (has been since he was a newborn) and no matter what we try to do (we've tried EVERYTHING!) he automatically resets to a bedtime of 12a and wake time 10:30a, with a 4p nap.  I've gotten used to it, but every once in a while, he skips his nap and will then fall asleep fast and hard by 9pm.  This is what happened last night.  With my son already asleep and my husband on his way in that direction (early riser for teaching elementary school), I found myself with an unusual amount of energy and time to myself.  I should have spent the evening finishing up all the Journals that I was working on all weekend with my sister.  I should have done this, but my heart ached to paint something, and with no idea or plan in mind I grabbed an 8X10 stretched canvas and started to play with color. 


I have been really inspired recently by Christine Mason Miller's paintings, and found myself gravitating to that style.  So I just emptied my head and heart of all the stresses and thoughts from the day, put on soft jazz, and played in the present moment.  Here is what I came up with... 

 Presence...Mixed Media Painting done by Me...8X10 on canvas

I miss painting whenever I wanted.  I kinda cant wait to finish with the craft shows so I can stop producing inventory and just PLAY and be still and present with my art.  Do you struggle with staying in your present moments like me?  What centers your mind and quiets your heart? Painting, Writing, Running, Reading, Praying, Meditating, Yoga,...?  Share your quiet place that pulls you back in from the fringes of daily life and restores your soul.

Every comment will be an entry for a giveaway of an 8X10 Print of your choice from my Etsy Shop.  Extra Entries can be made by sharing the link to my blog on your facebook, twitter, or other social network accounts.  Just leave a comment for every time you promoted it. :) I will pick a winner on Wednesday 9/22, so make sure to comment as many times as you'd like before then.
Giveaway Entry Rules (one more time)
1. One entry for commenting on this post
2. Extra entries for each time you promote this blog 
(you must leave a comment with the link for each one you did)


25 comments:

  1. Cool! Yes, I've been meaning to get to my art ALL DAY, but other stuff - work, kids, cleaning - get in the way. And then by the time I get to my studio, I'm exhausted. Must re-think this! Thanks for the giveaway. I'm doing one on my blog this week, too - feel free to stop over! :)

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  2. I know EXACTLY how you feel... before our last baby was born 2 years ago I painted at night, from 9pm onwards, often til 2 or 3am, and rather than feeling tired I would be so invigorated-it was glorious. Now my work tends towards mixed media pieces I can make it "bits"!!

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  3. Oh, and Btw, I received my jounal a few days ago. I havn't started using it, just salivating while looking at it for the moment!!!

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  4. this is great! i was going to leave a comment anyways but this is fun ;)
    harmony i always look forward to your new blog posts! they always inspire me and make me feel like i have a friend out there with a kindred spirit! i'm so glad i know about you!
    with heart,
    ritamaria

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  5. great post! ooooh...me want a painting!!! i would so love that :)

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  6. Love that your post really make me think:O) Walking and meditating bring me back:O)

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  7. Your son is soo adorable! My little nephew too slepp around that time. :) I really love your space here and it's very inspiring. Your work is truely beautiful...oh and how i adore your lovely shop. :) Have a lovely merry happy day and love to you!

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  8. mmm...definitely just sitting back and listening to some instrumental music :)

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  9. Hi Harmony! Great post. I usually get lost while I'm painting. Which is exactly what I should be doing right now, but...reading art blogs have become a favorite past time lately. =) Anyways, I would love to win a work of art from you! I'm off to get some more entries! Have a great night!
    ~samos

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  10. Just tweeted "check out http://bit.ly/9TfInn with harmony!" =)
    ~samos

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  11. I haven't drawn for absolutely ages, but I'm challenging myself for the next 30 days to draw something every day. I think I'm finally scratching my creative itch!

    Love the painting! xxx

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  12. Definitely knitting. It's so realaxing.

    Annnnddd, I love your art and am crossing my fingers!

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  13. What a fantastic painting!! I love the colors.
    Dr. Bronner's Lavender soap and a long shower- always brings me back to a calm center.

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  14. Found your site tonight from your youtube videos!!! I'm completely inspired and will be back often!

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  15. I wrote a little promo post here: http://whereartart.blogspot.com/2010/09/art-is-food-for-soul.html
    but I was going to get around to that someday anyway :) I love promoting my fellow art blogger.

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  16. Pretty! I go outside and walk and pray and that usually inspires me.

    -Mandy
    www.mandysuzannereid.blogspot.com
    shebreathesdeeply@gmail.com

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  17. The one thing that is guaranteed to center my mind and quiet my heart is prayer. And very close to that is spending time in my studio and crafting things with my hands whether it is woodburning, mosaics, cutting fabric, or anything where I feel that I am using the creative gift that God has given me. And when I couple it with conversation with Him... well that's about as close to heaven as I can get : )
    Oh,... and this print would look perfect next to my "Be Unexpected" print ; )
    Thanks for being so inspiring.

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  18. Just tweeted about the giveaway : )

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  19. Hi Harmony, Thanks for a chance to win one of your prints. I love the artwork you are doing~
    Theresa

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  20. me,me,me,me....haha! one of harmony's masterpieces! oh yes, please :)

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  21. Just promoted you on Facebook - still hoping to win : )

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  22. I hope I win!!! I really want another work on my walls!!!!!!!

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  23. Posted on FB here:
    Samantha Palacio REALLY wants to win this giveaway by Feed Your Soul Art! http://feedyoursoulart.blogspot.com/2010/09/practicing-presence-and-giveaway.html?showComment=1285294358214_AIe9_BF1bZQjUxusF2OtyIu93jATz7oEM9Qtl9jzgyoaCZ4MdG2-9SRME63Dctrd2dUpKmKROmXNmG5Qn1oXPXbZsTlfvrOItd_KoBfOsIyANdVOI-_QmowiYPs1CaAw39xeSCIwy-SJv6IlMuFIIf2c0I7mL4eQXvsmyhTK583oEjnjFgaloH9dO1aw6IrcKzSEmHLtN06pZL4Uw3qMsA-lwWJvba4eg_odMMEZESUCTMsSaUYByuZ6TCSgdE0kajfCzcuApOLC9t6-LsfSfIX6sCRpDTfv5JfpH9n7q5WRzI-X4bn8jiIUWGhC59or_RxilGx9FZtqW6swnofptSexbG_or0wy7cSSmqjElKg2xTdjBbb_jqoit5a9YQgs6amZ22T5EZSGn9WZfdEVGV7EoBS0q8nMyWVV2DQYNipZ5NaKRzl75ZhmVAJhv-Wu1cHxlP1n4z3fsaOKkx40LAdlmbohjHPvw9qYdNYWLwz4plNYH4lpTRBA5rnegSCA0jDRvlTM-NSF#c341713448992592208
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    Cool! Yes, I've been meaning to get to my art ALL DAY, but other stuff - work, k...ids, cleaning - get in the way. And then by the time I get to my studio, I'm exhausted. Must re-think this! Thanks for the giveaway. I'm doing one on my blog this week, too - feel free to stop over! :)
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  24. I tweeted:
    Journey2Green really wants to win this giveaway by Feed Your Soul Art!http://feedyoursoulart.blogspot.com/2010/09/practicing-presence-and-giveaway

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