Sunday, July 19, 2009

Where I Begin What I Hope Is a Nice Collection of Steven Emery Originals

About a year ago, I began reading Steve Emery's blog of art, music and life and became an instant fan of his paintings. Now, for those of you still not aware of Steve and his equally brilliant wife Moomin Light, all I can say is that you are missing some very cool, very interesting blogs. When I read either of them, I am instantly whisked away to somewhere magical.

So when earlier this spring, Steve did a giveaway of some of his original paintings in the form of CD covers, I was incredibly honored to be chosen to receive first dibs on a painting. And this is what I chose.




I love the colors and haunting quality of this painting. In person, it is even more striking, so if any of you are so inclined, come on over and see it. You think I'm kidding? Think again.

Thank you, Steve, for giving me this gift of beauty. I will treasure it always.

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On a side note, I'm launching a new career, going in to business for myself as a.........well, you'll have to wait a couple more days for that detail, but as I've been going through the training materials to prepare myself, I've noticed that one recommendation to help you build your success is to have a Dream Board where you post photos representing what you want from your hard work. I puzzled over this at first because what I really want - freedom to have time to write - seemed intangible, something hard to visualize (there's that word again). I know what I want, but most of what I want isn't in the physical or material realm, it's more abstract.

But.

Tonight, as I was preparing this post, I realized that there is one very tangible thing I know I want. Ever since I first laid eyes on a particular painting Steve showed us on his blog (in progress, I might add), I knew I wanted it. And so there is one thing I can point to and say "That will be my reward." When I have made my first profit, I will pay myself, do the business investment that's needed and then take the proceeds and build them until I can purchase Glee 1 (if it hasn't already been sold, in which case I will find another Steve Emery painting that I must have and okay, I admit it, I have some ideas already).

So maybe I can't visualize freedom from my 9 to 5 because it's just too painful to picture myself dancing around singing "Take This Job and Shove It," but I can certainly visualize exactly how I would feel by giving myself the gift of Glee.

19 comments:

  1. Good luck on your journey to self employment chica. I did it once and it worked out wonderfully for a few years..until we hit a bump in the road called recession. ;)

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  2. Oh..and the paining is simply wonderful..the colors and the haunted quality as you say really stand out! ;)

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  3. I do like the painting. Kinda looks a bit like Edward Schizzorhands.

    Can't wait to hear about the new employment. I would love to come up with something with my writing to make money from. I'll be watching for the post.

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  4. I am confident that you will successfully own Glee in the near future.

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  5. Funny how are lives are running kind of parallel on this front. The freedom thingy, not the are thingy, although the painting is indeed beautiful in a haunting, many-layered way. I was inspired by a friend whom I have discovered has started a non-profit. Maybe the only obstacles are the ones we create for ourselves. . .

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  6. Of course, only the best of wishes coming from me. You will be a great entrepeneur! the painting is awesome, I love the colors also.

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  7. Oh, I can't wait to hear what you're going to be doing.

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  8. I have a "Vision Board" (Dream Board) myself--but I just wrote statements--I think pictures might help more. (The gods apparently need pics to help them get us what we want. *grin*)

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  9. I can't wait to see what you're going to be doing.

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  10. Hi there...came to you via Braja. Love the cowbell quote in your header!

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  11. Good luck Lisa with your new endeavors. I liked that painting a lot too because the face has some emotional pull that I can certainly identify with.

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  12. I share your adoration of steve's work and am waiting for our harvest for the very same thing ...fingers crossed!

    now, you have me intrigued about what it is you are about to embark on...my mind wanders all over the place and then back to square one as I have NO idea at all...especially if you are making a dream board and then I think hmmm.....could it be, no, not that ... and patience is not my strong suit, in fact, I don't even own any... :P
    xoxo

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  13. Seems we're all fans of Steve's paintings.

    I'm delighted for you and see why you chose that lovely, haunting painting. If I could chose, I'd get one of his self portraits.

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  14. Good luck, Lisa. Saying fuck you to the 9-to-5, working for the man life? Excellent.

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  15. Oh great, entire posts about the capital gains tax.

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