Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Everything About New York

Everything About New York
by smarts

Which of these is a free NYC transportation? 
1. water taxi
2. Staten Island ferry
3. Times Square shuttle
4. Roosevelt Island cable car

2. Staten Island Ferry

The Staten Island Ferry carries 60,000 people per weekday between St. George on Staten Island and Whitehall Street in lower Manhattan, and it won't cost you a dime, since the .50 cent fare was eliminated in 1997. It costs $2.00 to ride the Times Square shuttle, just like it does the subway, and two bucks will also get you the great view from the Roosevelt Island tramway (board at 59th Street and Second Avenue.) One way on a water taxi can lighten your wallet by 3-7 bucks. 

Isn't it nice to know that there are still free things in the world when it seems like everything has a price.
So Whats on Staten Island that they will be happy to take you there for free? 
this is the Staten Island Ferry
Be Inspired

Monday, August 24, 2015

Day 4 core beliefs

Soul Song, acrylic, 36" x 34 by Jean Hart , sold 

Soul Coaching by Denise Linn 
 For Day 3 we cleaned the garage.....I'm no longing storing broken stuff, things that are not used  or that are not mine.
Day 4
Where are you now in your life? 
Affirmation for the day
"I love and accept who I am and who I am is enough."

Level 3
Observing YOUR core beliefs 

"A core belief is a notion that you have held so long and repeated so often that it has become entrenched into your subconscious mind."
I have been studying core beliefs with a Life Coach I'm working with and to start, 
I have to say this is going to take much longer than a day!!
From awhile back I have always said that everything is in the words you speak.
You must learn to change the words you say to yourself and the words you use out loud.
If you insist on being negative well expect the negative to happen.
Start with something like this,
I am exactly where I need to be.
All of my needs, wants and desires are being met.
I always have choices.
Think you your own as negative thoughts come into your mind, turn then around.
For me, I have taken this a little farther. 
I have found this to be a good place to start.
work with it, sit with it, and just observe it.
Be Inspired,

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Blue Ribbon Cookie

Peanut Butter Cookies

My Chinese cookie said I was stuck in a Chinese bakery!! 

I'm thinking that there are worst places to be then in a bakery.
My Blood Sugar number for today was 106. Not too bad. But the fair is coming up  and baking is something I love to do. 
I've started to bake around the house finding the blue ribbon cookie. 
I found this recipe on diabeticlivingonline. I think this will satisfy both my need to bake and
 not get my to far off track.

Peanut Butter Cookies Diabetic Recipe
 There is no flour in this cookie. A good thing. 
servings: 36 cookies
Carb Grams per serving: 7
Calories 66
Total Fat 4g
Saturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 6mg
Sodium 35mg
Total Sugar 6g
Protein 2g

Diabetic Exchanges
Other Carbohydrates .5
Fat .5

1 cup sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1 egg

This is Jax's story

This is Jax's Story

Jax has left the Tower

Jax exploring the snow
I'm letting go. I saw Tangled the 3D movie, Awesome, but it got me to thinking that its time to let the kittens go.  Jax has left the "Tower". I have had this little kitten since it was born in the Spring. I thought that maybe he should be an inside cat, but truly he needs to go out and explore the world. It is the right thing to do and I pray that I don't loose him. He is part of the world so I have let him go free to have adventures.
Here is how I came to have kitten:
I wanted a cat for my studio and my husband said "no, we have two cats." So I brought each one into the studio and asked them if they would like to stay here and be my "studio cat." Each one looked around and promptly left for the outside world. So than I said I want a "kitten" and will get one in spring when kittens are born. Again, Kerry said "no!" Well not more than two days later a small beautiful gray and white cat shows up in my garage, and she's pregnant!!! I brought her into my studio, two days later she had five kittens so not only do I have a studio cat but studio Kittens. Isn't the Universe wonderful????
The mommy cat we named Gabby, and we kept two of her kitten. Jax and Sassy. Slowly they are learning about the outside world.

Sassy and Jax dreaming of adventures
 Be inspired,

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Judge my art

Cello Player, acrylic, 9" x 14 by Jean Hart 

Bowl of Fruit, acrylic, 9" x 14, by Jean Hart 

I am considering putting this peice of artwork into the County Fair.
How would you judge it following this guideline:
overall impression .....................20 points
Technique/workmanshi     20
originality ................        20
composition   ...............  10
stimulating/interesting   ..   10
suitability for frame, these are not yet framed. 10 

Artist's Muse

Jean Hart Artwork
Today's art project from the 
The Artist's Muse
by Betsy Dillard Stroud 

You can use all three cards to make a painting or just do one. Mix and's up to you.

Circle of Growth~ Do a painting using only Cadmium Orange and a tube black.

Windows of Opportunity~ Pick subject from the Doors of Awareness deck. (Which I have here).
Paint some sky, mountains and land, and paint your chosen subject somewhere in the painting. Make it as important or unimportant  as you choose. 

Doors of awareness~ Paint an edifice: a barn, a shack or a house with a lot of character or any facet of the building that intrigues you. 

Happy creating.
Be Inspired,

Emerge II

Emerge II, acrylic 
Large 3'x 3' 
by Jean Hart 
This is a new painting for a donation coming up.
Bubbles & Brunch to end MS
Sat Aug. 29, 2015
Balboa Bay Resort, New Port Beach, CA

I Remember is now on SALE

Jean Hart Artwork 

I Remember

I Remember, acrylic 11" x 14" , Jean Hart 

I remember was showcased in my exhibit at the Northeastern Nevada Museum, Elko, Nv 
"Kaleidoscope of Colors.

 For sale

Buy from the artist directly,

1$150.oo plus shiping

or I invite you to my online store and check out my other posters.

Thank YOU,

Monday, August 10, 2015

Inspired Heart Practice

Jean Hart Artwork
Inspired Heart 
Photo by Jean Hart 
new wine glasses 

Today's Inspired Heart practice is about wine glasses, wine and getting it right .

Glasses in my home come and go.
I've been married for over 35 years, with two children and countless animals.
Having a matching glass would be a treat.
I have decided that it's time to go back to the basics of setting up a home.
After all I am an  adult now with children gone from my home.
I should have matching glassware.
I consulted Emily Post on this matter and below  is her list for glassware every home should have. 
6 tumblers 
6 juice glasses
8 or 12 old-fashioned or one the rocks glasses
8 or 12 wineglasses 
8 or 12 iced tea or highball glasses 

and you should also keep on the ready for guests,
liqueur glasses
champagne glasses 

Now keeping in mind I truly do not have the space for the variety she has listed.
I'm going to start with wine glasses.
In my cabinets are a random amount of wine glasses. Some are souvenirs of places I've visited
and others have holiday designs on them.
I just bought a small box of 4 red and white wine glasses.
Simple, clean, study wine glasses, with short stems. No designs, 
This goes along with all the de-cluttering and clearing out I'm doing. 
Interesting enough just this morning I find an article about California Wines.
Unfortunately for me one of my favorite wines is on this list . 

Lawsuit Claims California Wines Contain Dangerous Arsenic Levels

Wineries deny allegations, insist their products are safe and plaintiffs' research is flawed

Be Inspired,

How do you make new friends?

Jean Hart 
Key To My Heart, acrylic, Jean Hart 

Healing Cards.
by Caroline Myss and Peter Occhiogrosso

Today's card:
A Cheerful expression brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.

Here's a task:
Be the bearer of only good news today. In living out this task, note whether you find it difficult to maintain. And if so, discover why within yourself. 

The healing value of a kind glance and positive reinforcement was know to the ancient Hebrews over 3,000 years ago. This passage from the Book of Proverbs, (15:30), attributed to King Solomon , is just one example of the practical wisdom buried in the Hebrew Bible, and other ancient scriptures, which bears only a tangential connection to religious dogma. It shouldn't"t seem at all odd that people living in a culture with far fewer distractions and monumentally less information to master could bring their minds and hearts to focus on what really matter, and generate wisdom that is supported by recent medical and scientific research. 

Blessing your life with family and friends is what makes a well balanced life. But, what happens when you suddenly find yourself alone? Maybe because you've moved to a new city. Maybe you find that once the kids have left home you no longer have so much to do and the line of commitment to organizations have left you with free time.
My question is simply this.
How do you make new friends? 

Love Inspires

Love Inspires

Love Inspires
11" x 14"

Living a life of friendliness and love will help to inspire you to live a life of compassion, hope and joy. 
Life is so much more meaningful when we share it with someone else. Often we sit and wait for what will come ahead only to finally get it!! Your future lies deep within yourself. It's way down deep where you keep your dreams. The true life is what happens when you decide its time to act upon those dreams and know, really understand that everything is up to you to make the future happen. And just like Abraham Lincoln said, "The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time." So just take it one step at a time. 
Be Inspired

Sunday, August 9, 2015

It's just a rumor I heard

It's just a rumor I heard

Yesterday, today and tomorrow
Life is curved, acrylic, 4' x 4'
Jean Hart Artwork
Yesterday is only a dream, tucked away in the recess's of your mind. Tomorrow only a vision, a hope and dream. The question for today is "What will you do today, while you live and breathe and are alive to make your tomorrows happier, wiser and stronger?

Will you sit and wait for the world, your world to change? Or will you have the courage to take a small step to change yourself for your world or the larger world?

The answer of course is yours alone. But, it reminds me of a quote I remember, "If you always do the same things you have always done, then  you will always get the same answer you have always gotten". It's something like that, and I'm sorry I don't remember who said that or if I'm quoting it correctly, but still it is something that has always stayed with me. 
Today, really is the best life you's the present life....the one that you are reaping the benefits of yesterdays decisions and planning for  the future. All things rely I what you do NOW, TODAY. 
Heart's Desires, acrylic 4' x 4' Jean Hart Artwork
Heart's desires, they come from within, from without. Idea's are acted upon and plans are made. 
Opportunities!!! Do they really only come knocking on your door once?
I think that's just a rumor.....for the people who don't meet their dreams half way...
Be Inspired,

Friday, August 7, 2015

Summer transformation

Wisdom for healing cards.
by Caroline Myss

Today's card
Chose to Empower Yourself 

Today's Lesson:
This is a day to practice the power of choice. Choose the quality of mood you want, this is, whether you'll adopt a positive or negative attitude. the choice is up to you !

Yes, choice is always up to you. I sometimes think we need help to understand our choices. 
When I took my physical I was asked if I would like to see a Health and Wellness coach.
I said yes, mistakenly thinking she was a nutritionist who was going to help me with my weight.
No, she said. I will help you with your choices to have a satisfying life. 
Well, it's been interesting and I will continue to go .

Your Goal:
to realize that you do have the ability to enhance your life each day!

 Here are a few things that I have decided to do to enhance my life.
1. I will always have flowers around me.
2. I will always wear perfume, and I do have a signature scent now.
3. I will always wear lipstick, even if I'm alone at home.
4. I will always look to make my home more comfortable, clean and organized.
5. I will always travel with our 5k walks.
6. I will always cook with real foods, no more processed foods.
Kitchen is closed from 1-5pm each day. 
7. I will always make time to read 
8. I will get off the computer and walk each day
9. I will donate to important causes I support
10. I will keep looking for creative ways to live. 
I'm sure there's more but I was given 3 things to work on this month and I had to pick something.
Be Inspired,

It is said to heal a broken heart, eat a pear.

Jean Hart Artwork 

"Art... is a means of union among men, joining them together in the same feelings, and indispensable for the life and progress toward well-being of individuals and humanity." 

Leo Tolstoy
I spend much of my day looking at art, visiting online museums, and working on my own artwork.
I have often thought that art should bring a response from the viewer. Yes, sometimes I fall to painting a still life only because it brings me the pleasure of painting and doing something productive. After all a pear is only a pear and you can't really respond too emotionally to that.
Or can you? It is said to heal a broken heart, eat a pear.
Be Inspired,

Thursday, August 6, 2015

The Big Wave

"I shall listen to the language of your soul as the shore listens to the story of the waves...."
~ Khalil Gibran
The Big Wave
16" x 24" 
Sold though artist. 

artwork by
Jean Hart

French Kiss life, ooh la la

It's time to 
French Kiss Life again.
I belong to the Frenchkisslifeclub.
Each week we are given a practice.
It's just a starting point and I often find that I have read something or seen something in my day that will inspire my heart to continue this practice on my own.
Today is just that day.
I have been clearing out my closets and getting my clothes organized.
Like many people who shop for clothes I have lots of hangers that are plastic, slippery, and odd.
Just yesterday, I went out and bought myself what I call luxury hangers.
They are soft, sturdy, and all match.
I even got my signature color, purple.
Next, luxurious thing I did was to invest in lingerie .
For years I have been wearing old Tshirst and flannel jammies .....
Don't get me wrong, I've been doing it for years.
But, I felt it's time to step it up a bit.
I love romance novels and movies.
Have you ever read about the beautiful lingerie the heroine wears.
It go something like this.
" She gracefully entered the room wearing her silky gorgeous gown with stretch lace bodice  and spaghetti straps that crisscross over her slightly tanned back........(fill in the rest yourself)..
But you get the point.
So I'm off to be the star of my own book and buy a few silky romantic lingerie peignoir sets and hang them on my new soft hangers. 
ooh  la la 
this is how I'm french kissing my life 
Be Inspired,

Beautiful Souls

Soul Song, 36" x 36" , acrylic, Jean Hart

Beautiful Souls have come to visit my art blog.
I'm very grateful!!
Thank YOU for allowing me to share my art, my stories and my life with you.


Inspired Heart

Jean Hart Artwork 

You Know 
talk to your heart

These are my new posters for my
My Inspired Heart

Be Inspired,

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Blue Moon Stepping Stones

Blue Moon Stepping Stones

This is a painting I did in 2013. 
I was looking for the Blue Moon Series I had done.
Funny, it is still so true. 
I'm still working as hard as I can to find strength in some areas of my life.
While, many things are better since I have found support where I needed help. 
A life that grows will always change.
Stepping Stones, color pencel, Jean Hart
I'm working on a series of small 5" x 7" drawing for the "Blue Moon" series.
It's for a mail Art program I'm registered in.
Blue Moon Stepping Stones,
Reminds me of the strength it takes to go it alone. One step at a time. Solo. No one else can take these steps for you. When you are ready, and sometimes even before you think you can. You must try. Whatever it is. Only you can make the decisions for you to move forward. Because as you can see standing still will soon have you in deep water. 
Solo, somethings you must do alone.
Be Inspired,

Monday, August 3, 2015

Interview With an Artist

What kind of music inspires you?

    Making of an Artist
Jean Hart
Good Morning,
you caught me early. Usually I'm checking my e-mails with my first cup of coffee.
The beauty of work from home, you can start when your ready.
I'm listening to my new CD from Joseph Carrillo. He is a composer from Elko, who now lives in Hollywood producing music. He composed original music for our 4 Women Art Exhibit. 
"The Elements".
Grab a cup of coffee and listen to his music while we talk.

I am often asked if I listen to music while I paint?
Yes, I do.
 I love all kinds of music and if it's a song I really connect with,
 I will try to paint a picture that match's the song.
I have music on my TV so sometimes I put on New Age music.
If I'm writing, stories, poems, blogs, I will have music without words playing.
What kind of music inspires you?
Loud, jazz.
 If I need inspiration then let it ripe, loudly and with lots of  drums. I like to hear a solid beat.
I just uploaded an app for playing piano. So, lately I have been listening to my own music.
Do you play the piano?
When I was younger I played the cello. I will often have cello music on when I'm alone.
No, I don't know how to play the piano, but with this new app it makes me sound like I do.
I also have a set of electric drums I like to pound on.
Time fly's when your being creative, playing music is just like painting.
Do I have a certain musician I like?
Oh gosh, there are so many great musicians I like.
For along time I was hooked on Toby Keith.
Then there is Melody Gardot.
Now that I have Pandora, I listen to Pink and India Arie.
Be Inspired,

French Kiss Life with Stationary...

French Kiss Life

This weeks practice is about hand written letters.
Well if you have been following me for any length of time. You know I'm all about writing letters.
I produce all kinds of paper merchandise with my artwork at my on line store, 
It was my goal to have a stationary store.
The art of writing a handwritten letter has gone by the way of e mails and texts.
Yes, I do them too. But every now and then a real letter is called for.
When should a real letter be sent? 
All invitations of celebration and parties,
weddings, new babies, graduations, new addresses, thank you's .
Those are just a few .....
Correspondence is what it's called.
I'm reading a lovely book by Debbie Macomber
"Love Letters" 
Love Letters are usually handwritten and found hidden away deep in the lingerie drawer.
If your lucky there might still be a scent of perfume and a smug of lipstick from the sealed kiss. 
What a grand gift it would be to find a hand written letter that has been preserved for us over the years.
Most people when looking at the blank page of the note card. Wonder how will I fill this up, where should I begin? ....Well, start at the reason why you are writing. keep going until you are finished, then stop.
This is a nice beginning.....
"Time and Time again I've wanted to write to you, but every time I sat down to start I was interrupted by......But, now I have blocked out time just to talk to you....." 

The Ending of a letter is just as important as the Beginning...
Is this a formal letter, and family and friend letter or are you telling someone how you feel by the last word next to your name.....
Sincerely, Affectionately, With love, With Much Love....Your Lover!!! 

Maybe it's time to think about Personalized Stationary.
What will I be adding to my desk.
Personalized stationary,
Calling Card,
Business Card,
even Personalized Thank You Cards.
Be Inspired,