Intentions -with Shelby


Time. It’s a commodity I am forever chasing.  Days melt into weeks.
Rapidly weeks turn into months that segue into years.  How did I allow
myself to become “so busy”? Are you the same?

Most of my daily activities are enjoyable. But sometimes I stop and
wonder. Am I busy just to be busy?  Is my life just spiraling around
me…or am I fully involved in the process of living? Am I still
following my dreams, or is it just a happy accident when I do achieve

I needed time to think. And thinking is generated not only from my
mind, but from my heart and hands.

I love designing with all of the Artistcellar stencils in my
collection, but recently I find my Muse steering me to create using
the Sacred Heart series. The traditional Sacred Heart design speaks to
me. The Creative Words Pocket Stencils add the perfect accent. The
words in the series are exceptional.  I took the stencils to my work
table and started my collage. I wanted something I could use as a
bookmark in my daily journal. I needed something to remind me to be an
active part of this life that swirls around me.

My substrate is heavy drawing paper. I don’t use my watercolours as
often as I should, so I decided now is the time. I splashed a wash of
colours I found pleasing. When dried, I added stencil shapes and a
ribbon of metallic acrylics. If you look closely you will also see a
coffee wash…as I prefer to call my sometimes messy drinking. With the
nib from the bottle of my liquid acrylics in hand I added the
calligraphy…my intention…the start of truly living my dreams.

I may not always be able to achieve the mindfulness I strive for, but
through my work I can move ahead to the place that brings me peace.
And it is from a peaceful heart that I can travel in the direction of
my intentions, to trust my way forward, to make my dreams a reality.

In the whirl of the day’s events, do you ever stop and ask yourself…am
I making time for my dreams? Is now the time that you do?


Trust & Sacred Heart Artistcellar Stencils

Hand cut stencils

Art Paper

Drawing  paper

Metallic Acrylic Paint

Liquid Metallic Acrylic Paint

Winsor & Newton Watercolour Paint

Coffee Wash - Also known as "Being Messy"

Lisa Cousineau
Lisa Cousineau


2 Responses

Shelby Pizzarro
Shelby Pizzarro

April 14, 2016

Hi Jane. You are so right. Your chair made to think of a stone in Avebury, England. People would sit in the stone, clear their minds and then move into the stone circle to worship. Thanks for bringing the memory back to me :-)

Jane E. Schneider
Jane E. Schneider

April 13, 2016

I can’t agree with the last post more. I have a “Magic Chair” that I sit in daily and clear my mind completely and let the meditation and inspiration flow right in. The time varies but it always works. The secret – be comfortable, clear your mind of all trivial thoughts and allow the magic to happen.

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