Seeing the Light in the Dark Moments

Seeing the Light in the Dark Moments

Here is your Monday Motivation

We have all experienced dark moments in our life. Some more than others. It’s during these dark times that it’s important to focus on seeing the light int the dark moments. Through my years of experience, I’m a firm believer our thoughts and actions attract energy. 

Seeing the Light in the Dark Moments
Corita Kent Quote

Many who know me and those who don’t would probably be shocked at some of the dark times I have been through. Although at the time, it felt like I was the only one having tough times, I know I’m not alone.

Life just throws us a curve ball sometimes. Some days are wonderful and cheery, those days we are on top of the world. Others, can be deep, dark and hurtful. As I’ve grown older and wiser, I understand the importance to focus on those good moments and stay focused on the positive. When there are what I call “Bad Days”, I have to remind myself that this too shall pass and it’s just a bump in the road. 

As my husband always reminds me, it’s the ebb and flow. You have to have the dark to know the light. This knowledge was part of the inspiration of creating my Yin Yang products. 

Yin Yang Framed Print
Yin Yang Framed Print

Sure I could have given up, had nothing, sulk in a corner, blame everything on the bad experiences, and be miserable, but that is not me. I like being happy and I’m not a quitter. 

As a matter of fact, a friend just helped me realize what I’m trying to convey with my art. I’ve always said, I want it to bring peace and happiness to people. She nailed it when she stated that my art brings healing to others. Let’s face it, with growing pressures everywhere, from work, school, traffic, family life and more, life gets hectic. You know there are more and more studies that nature is healing. When you look at my art I want to take you away from that.  I want you to look at my art and instantly transport to the ocean, beach, (such as my Sailing into Paradise painting) or feel the love and relaxation shared with animals. Take a look, feel it. Times you can’t do that, just breathe in and picture it. Either turn on some great music, or turn off all the noise. 

So next time you have that day, just remember, we all have them and it will pass. Go easy on yourself and stay focused on the positive. Sometimes things don’t happen over night. It may take a few days, weeks, months or years, but like one of my favorite inspirational songs from my younger years says, fight the good fight. As a matter of fact, you can listen to it here if you need some encouragement. 

Fight The Good Fight-Triumph

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Giraffe Calf Julius

Giraffe Calf Julius is Struggling to Survive as He is Being Painted (update-just passed)

First off, I can’t tell you how shocked and deeply saddened to hear the news of the baby Giraffe Calf Julius that was recently born at the Maryland Zoo. I just found out about it minutes ago today, July 15, 2017. As I type this, I have a pit in my stomach, chills and a tear in the corner of my eye. So I’m asking for prayers for this sweet little calf. Here is the latest news http://www.marylandzoo.org/2017/07/maryland-zoo-provides-support-newborn-giraffe/.

How Giraffe Calf Julius Relates to My Painting

Rest assured, I am not the type to create paintings of  recently passed celebrities or tragic cases such as Ceasar the lion.   For me, it never felt right to use that as a public relations focus.  It just so happened that recently I found the most beautiful baby Giraffe Calf with it’s Mommy photo from the talented Christina Hoy.

Julius and Kesi Giraffes
Newborn Giraffe Julius and Mom Kesi by Christina Hoy

 

Since painting The Rising Soul Giraffe,  I’ve been looking for a Mother and baby Giraffe to paint. After searching and searching, I happened to find Christina’s beautiful image. Upon contacting her, she kindly gave me permission to paint from her photo.

Giraffe Painting
The Rising Soul Giraffe Painting

Painting Julius and Mom Kelsi-The Mix up

When the news was released yesterday of giraffe Calf Julius’ declining health then later passing,  I was positive it was the giraffe I was painting. After all, sweet Julius was at the Maryland Zoo, the same place the photographer Christina Hoy took the photo.

I’ve been working on the giraffe calf painting the past week or two and it is almost near completion. Oddly enough, the calf’s face detail is one of the final portions I was working with. For some reason, maybe because it is smaller, I was struggling with it. Could it be I had a connection to the little giraffes struggles? Well, here come the goose bumps again.

 

Giraffe Calf Julius Artist
Tina A Stoffel works on painting giraffe mother Juma and her Calf Willow from born close to the time of the passed Julius calf.

Update: Christina Hoy, who lives near the Maryland Zoo, contacted me tonight and told me it is not the same Giraffe. Although I felt relief in the fact that I would not be sad finishing the painting, I am still sad for baby Julius. I had no idea so many Giraffes were being born, After doing some research, there has been a big poaching problem threatening the giraffe species, so I believe this may be a conservation effort.

Watch The Willow Calf and Mom Juma Painting Process

My plan is to finish these sweeties this week. I’ve actually recorded much of the painting process, but haven’t stitched the videos together yet to post to my YouTube account.  Meanwhile, below is a fun little glimpse  from Google Photo Assistant. The unrelated photo was randomly picked when Google put together a video of closely related events. This photo is my late grandfather from WWII that the new Markay Gallery was so kind to display.

Name Suggestions Please

My plan is to finish this painting by the end of the weekend. I’m looking for a name, so please comment with any suggestions.  This painting of Julius the Giraffe calf and it’s Mother Kesi is a medium size,  measuring 16 x 20  inches by 3/4 inch deep with painted sides.

Donations for Julius

Due to his struggles, I’m planning to donate some of the proceeds of this painting to the Maryland Zoo. I’m open to suggestions, so feel free to comment.  Please help spread the news and say a prayer, or send positive thoughts and healing energies for little Julius.

Update, baby Julius just died . I’m feeling very sad. 

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Lion Painting

Bravery

Bravery and What it Means to be Brave

Bravery comes in many forms, such as standing up for what you believe in. It may be as simple as speaking up for yourself or someone else,  or it may be risking your own safety or life to save an animal or person in distress.

From the time we are small we learn how to be brave, brave enough to hold back the tears from skinning your knee, getting a shot (I’m still not brave in that area), or being teased.

Relating Bravery to my Lion Painting

This whole topic came up as a simple comment on my recent WIP (work in progress) painting from one of my Facebook followers. It rang a bell and stuck.

Work in Progress
Brave Lion Work In Progress

 

After deciding Brave Lion was the perfect name for this painting, I was on a quest to find out how bravery relates to lions. It’s obvious they are fierce hunters, but lions have historically been admired for bravery. They are even symbolic for:

  • Strength
  • Courage
  • Fearlessness

You can read more about their symbolic meaning here: http://animal-symbols.com/lion-symbol.html

The Meaning of Bravery

Next I asked y family what bravery means to them. Here are the results.

What Bravery Means to My Family:

  • Standing up for yourself
  • Standing up for others
  • Leaving your fears behind and persevering
  • Facing your fears
  • Courage
  • No fear of the unknown
  • Taking a challenge
  • Strength

Examples of Bravery

My family’s response impressed me. I have to agree. I would also add that it is equally important to be brave enough to help other humans or animals in distress.

For example, I was at a store last week and the lady at the checkout next to me was counting change forever. I wanted to help, but wasn’t sure if I’d offend her. Near the end of my purchase, I decided to take the risk. Not having much cash on me, I slipped her a $5. At first, she said, “Oh it’s okay”, but I insisted. She turned to the person with her and notified him. Next thing you know, a small man with a different voice was thanking me. It then dawned on me that he had some kind of handicap. The bottom line is, I’m glad I reached out to help. They were obviously in despair and scraping to get by.

I finished my lion a few days later.

Lion Painting
Brave Lion Oil Painting by Tina A Stoffel

 

Information about Lions

If you admire these beautiful animals as much as I do, I encourage you to follow Kevin Richardson on Facebook or Instagram. He has an amazing connection with them and is a huge advocate for these brave beauties. His website is: http://www.lionwhisperer.co.za/conservation.php

In closing, I’d love to hear  your comments about what bravery means to you, and feel free to leave a story about any brave situations you have experienced.

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Art Fair Packing List

Memorial Day weekend was my most recent art show at the Marietta Artisan Market. This time last year, I was planning, researching and networking with many artists. As a matter of fact, I’ve created a Pinterest board all about tips just for art shows and fairs. You can see it here:  https://www.pinterest.com/TinaAStoffel/art-show-display-and-tips/

 

Tina A Stoffel Paintings
Tina A Stoffel Art Display

Plan Ahead

Planning ahead has always proven beneficial for me. In this case, I’m so glad I did because it sure saved me from a lot of mistakes and headaches.

Research

During my research, I had several recommendations and even found some lists which I modified for my outdoor art show. For your convenience I’ve put it together in a handy PDF file. You may download it here if you wish. OUTDOOR-ART-FAIR-PACKING-LIST-Sheet1.pdf (11 downloads)

 

  OUTDOOR ART SHOW/FAIR PACKING LIST        
  SET UP     copyright Tina A Stoffel  
  Tent     TinasFineArts.com  
  Set up instructions        
  Display walls Mesh panels/gridwall   WORK SUPPLIES  
  Tent weights important   Easel  
  Rain wall protection     Paint  
  Bungee Cord or Rope     Brushes  
  Print rack     Painting knife  
  Table     Solvent  
  Table Cover     Bag  
  Carpet Optional adds nice touch   Towels  
  Hammer/ mallet     Canvas  
   Rain Panels        
  TOOLS/SUPPLIES        
  Pliers        
  Tape        
  Scissors        
  Art hangers Drapery hooks work well      
  Hand Truck/cart        
  Tag Hangers Safety pins work great on mesh      
  Packing Tape        
  Box Cutter        
  Paper Towels        
  Touch up paint Oil sticks/Acrylic Pens      
           
  MARKETING        
  Banner        
  Business Cards        
  Business Card Holder        
  Brochures        
  Portfolio        
  Camera        
  Price Tags  Try plain business cards      
  Guest Book        
           
  BUSINESS SUPPLIES        
  Commission Agreement        
  Sales Receipts/receipt book        
  Inventory list        
  Credit Card Swipe        
  Cell phone        
  Bags for purchases        
  Calculator        
  Pens        
  Glass cleaner for frames    

 

Benefits of Showing Your Work

If you are new to the art business, or haven’t shown your art, I highly recommend it. If you are observant, you will find several benefits from your show.

  1. Meeting Prospective Customers
  2. Familiarizing People With Your Work
  3. Learning to Talk About Your Art
  4. Feedback on Pieces People like (verbal and nonverbal)
  5. Playing with Doggies

Ok, I threw that last one in, but I do love animals and enjoy all my fury visitors such as these sweet dogs.

Art Perks

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Free Artistic May Calendar

Enjoy This Free Artistic May Calendar On Me

Here is your  free artistic May calendar download featuring an image of my Boca Birds oil painting inspired by the gorgeous serene scenery at Boca Grand Florida. Click on the image below to see the full oil painting. This image was cropped to fit this calendar.

Free Artistic May Calendar 2017
Boca Birds May Calendar 2017

 

  • Next Show Date: Saturday, May 27, 2017. It is marked on the calendar for your convenience. Get your download here:  Free May-Calendar.jpg (17 downloads)
  • New Paintings: Currently I am working on some new paintings in my art studio for the upcoming May show. Keep your eye out because I plan to have something a little special ready for Mother’s Day.

Happening Elsewhere

If you follow me on Facebook or other social media, you may have noticed I love music, especially old school music. When I’m not painting, you can pretty much bet I’m involved doing something with my kids.  One of  their many activities  is music. They actually play in a rock band class at Ponier Music; a local music store.  As a matter of fact, the owner commissioned a special painting from me for his drum studio. As you can see below, I had a blast painting this piece.

Drum Percussion Painting
And the Beat Grows On

By the way, my kid’s band had their best performance ever this past weekend.  Between the two of them, I have a drummer that is 12, and a 14 yr old guitarist. If you would like to see how they play, you may go to my Youtube channel here: Tina A Stoffel .

ART TIPS

For your convenience, those of you who are artists looking for tips,  I’ve saved and organized many helpful tutorials. You can see them on my Youtube art channel here: Tina A Stoffel Arts, or check out many of the tutorials and tips I’ve collected on Pinterest: Tina A Stoffel Arts

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Marietta Local Artists Tina A Stoffel and Laurie Henry

MARIETTA ARTISTS MARKET SHOW


My Marietta Artists Market Show Experience

Showing my paintings again after a long winter break  from the  Marietta Artists Market show was a fun and exciting experience, especially since my talented colleague Laurie Henry  accepted my offer to share my booth space.  Above all,  Laurie and I somehow seem to inspire each other. Consequently, we worked very well together and had quite a fun day.  On a special note, event organizers behind the scenes did  an exceptional job running this show.

Highlights From My April Marietta Artists Market Show Experience

  • Fun and  Laughs
  • Meeting new people
  • Dogs, Doggies and puppies. (Did  I mention the puppies?)
  • The Marietta Square Service
  • Sharing my art with the public

Many patrons including collectors, local business owners, students, aspiring artists and children visited us.  Watching viewers admire and complement our original paintings is rewarding.  On a special note, I want to thank each and every one of you for your support.  As a result, I thoroughly enjoyed the interesting conversations and laughs we shared with people. Notable visitors I recall were from Wisconsin, Smyrna, and an interesting native of Kenya. Additionally, some locals gave us a few great laughs.

Although the sunlight didn’t do much justice for my Pantaleon Lion Painting, as seen in the back, here is a full booth view.

Local Artists Tina A Stoffel and Laurie Henry at the Marietta Artists Market Show
Marietta Local Artists Tina A Stoffel and Laurie Henry full booth view

By nature, I am an animal lover. One of my favorite experiences from the Artists Market are all the doggies stopping by my art booth. Seeing the Golden Retriever puppy and Great Dane meeting each other is etched in my mind. To clarify, the Great Dane was amazingly gentle with the sweet puppy. I admit I was a bit frustrated with myself for forgetting water and treats for the fur babies. As you can imagine, I get preoccupied gathering all the needed supplies while packing for the show then I forgot to bring surprises for the doggies.  Rest assured, I’m adding that to my list now.

Our Gallery Visitor

Being around this creative environment inspires me. More notably, I love hearing live feedback and seeing reactions regarding my paintings which helps me grow as an artist.

As a matter of fact, I want to give a special thanks to Amber Markay Byrd from the new Markay Gallery  who took time out of her busy day to visit and peek at our work.  In addition, she was also kind enough to speak to us after the show. Markay Gallery, located on Winters  Street at the Marietta Square, is situated near the Cobb Museum of Art. Amber has a great vision and unique concept. Even more exciting is the fact that Markay Gallery offers to host special events. I highly recommend you stop in her unique store where almost everything, including guest book pen,  is handmade.  Thanks Amber for supporting local arts.

Lunch

Also, a big shout out and thank you to The Marietta Local for delivering lunch to us because I ended up so busy preparing I would have went hungry all day.

My Next Showing

Due to prom, this weekend was extra busy for many local residents. By the way, I loved seeing all the prom photos on Facebook.  On that note, if you missed this weekend’s show, I will be back at the Marietta Artists Market Show again one more time before the summer heat hits us. You can find me there again on May 27, 2017.  Although it’s not a firm plan yet, I may do a couple of Art Walks after May. Keep watching for news.

If you liked last month’s free calendar download, please let me know in the comments. I’ll likely put together another one for May’s Marietta Artists Market show where I plan to have at least another new painting or two.

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Tina A Stoffel Upcoming Marietta Art Shows

Tina A Stoffel Upcoming Marietta Art Shows Do what you love
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Fast Approaching Show

What: Tina A Stoffel Upcoming Marietta Art Shows at the Marietta Artists Market Free Admission

When: Mark your calendar for next Saturday, April 22 and come see my newest paintings.

Where: Mill Street at the Marietta Square

Times: 9am to 2pm.

Also, I’ve invited a fellow artist Laurie Henry to come show with me. She is very talented and also has some wonderful work. According to Accuweather, the forecast is a beautiful 83 degrees.

See the link for maps and free parking information. http://artistsmarketmarietta.com/

or download the parking map here:  marietta-square-parking.jpg (7 downloads)

 

Preparing for the upcoming show!

Tina A Stoffel Upcoming Marietta Ar Shows Preparing paintings for art shows
Preparing Paintings for the Marietta Artists Market

 

Here is a peek at just a little peek of what happens in my studio prior to the show.

As you can see, I’m finishing two paintings. If all goes as planned, I’ll have them ready just in time for next week’s show.

 

 

 

Tina A Stoffel Upcoming Marietta Art Shows

For Calendar year 2017

 

Tina A Stoffel Upcoming Marietta Art Show Dates
Tina A Stoffel 2017 Art Show Dates

Currently, I’m planning 3 more shows in the Marietta Artists Market, and may add an Art Walk or two, so keep an eye on my blog and lookout for updates in my newsletter.

 

Wildlife

I’ll be introducing some wildlife paintings again soon. If you’ve been watching for a while, you know I have a true passion for nature, especially the beach and animals. There is something in my soul that wants to paint as many as I can. I may introduce a dolphin painting first. It’s perfectly fitting for my love of both the ocean and animals.

Below is a recent photo I was lucky to capture during a recent trip to Clearwater, Florida. I have one good one of the Mom and baby, but might wait until Mother’s Day to post it. It is possible I will paint the Mom and dolphin calf which was an estimated 2 weeks old. Thanks to Encounters With Dolphins for the excellent excursion.

Mommy Dolphin
Mommy Dolphin

Lastly, my own newsletters are ending up in my spam folder. If you are also a newsletter subscriber, please check your spam folder and add my address to your contacts so you will get my e-mails. I’m looking to change things up to avoid this, but have to do some leg work first. Meanwhile, I’ll duplicate important updates on this blog.

Meanwhile, please keep an eye on my newsletter and blog for any  updates or changes on Tina A Stoffel Upcoming Marietta Art Shows. 

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Free Downloadable April 2017 Calendar

Free Downloadable April 2017 Calendar of News and Events

Can you believe it’s nearly April? Mark your calendars or better yet, here is a free downloadable April 2017 calendar below with my show dates included along with an image of my Sunset Sandpipers Painting. See my website for more information on this painting. I don’t know about you, but I love spring for the fresh blooms, warm air and sunshine. It’s a perfect time for an art show and my next show is with another local artist named Laurie Henry who also has some beautiful work.   There will also be a Farmers Market from 9-12 . I hope you can make it out to see us. We would be delighted.

On April 22nd, from 9am – 2pm,  we will be at the Marietta Artisan Market at the historic Marietta Square in Marietta, Georgia. Click on the highlighted link for directions and information.

Note: This calendar is free for personal use.  Here is the calendar. Just click on the link below to download. This piece is under copyright, so you are free to use, but not distribute for profit or any other format. Enjoy!
Sunset Sandpipers Painting Calendar
Free April 2017 Sunset Sandpipers Art Calendar
April-2017-Calendar-Sunset-Pipers-Tina-A-Stoffel-1.jpg (60 downloads) Click on this link to download.

This upcoming show is one of 4 planned art shows. My plan is to add more calendars for my May, October and November shows.

If you’ve been following this blog or my Facebook page, you will see I’ve been working on some smaller paintings that will have a smaller price tag as well. If you have a request for a specific size or subject, feel free to contact me anytime. Just click the contact tab at the top of this website.

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Small Painting Process With Pictures

Two paintings and a breakdown of the small painting process.

Recently new client who saw a commission I did of this  oil painting of woman on the beach with her dog contacted me.

Dog on the Beach Painting
Sue And Buddy

This client wanted to surprise her husband with a painting of her as a young woman in a yellow dress when they first met.

Due to special memories, she wanted a scene recreated of herself at the fence watching him pitching softball, but on a small canvas due to small space. It quickly became apparent that we could not paint both full figures on the small size of 8 1/2 x 11. It was just too small to capture the detail.

Since her husband still brings up conversations of her in the yellow dress (I think he fell in love with her then) we decided to just put her image on a larger 11 x 14 canvas. It was still tricky capturing the detail of these small faces on this size, but she was very understanding.

Although this is not my usual style. I fell in love with their love story and knew I just had to do this painting for these special clients. Here  is the initial sketch of the original concept. It was on a large-scale paper to capture details enough to get a good representation of them. However, due to size constraints, we changed the concept.

Softball Pitcher Spectator Sketch
Preliminary sketch of a softball pitcher and spectator

Here is a glimpse at this small painting process. You can see the tiny details that were challenging. I’m just thankful for magnifying glasses.

 

Here is a short video clip of the whole oil painting coming together.

Alas, I think he was happy. I want to thank my special customer for asking me to create this special painting gift for the two of them.

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