Wednesday, April 28, 2010


What's in a name?  makes you wonder.  The first painting of this group has been a challenge and is on my nerves!  I added more paint, but it still doesn't look/feel right, and maybe it won't until someone else connects with it.  I had that happen with a Big Wood I painted a while back titled "keeping me in the dark".  I painted that on the balcony of my former apartment at Aspen Lakes on Knapp, which overlooked the large pond.  I painted in the dark!  The next day when I looked at it, I thought "eek!"  It looked like Freddy Kruger had ran his claws across it!  It looked a bit dark and creepy to me.  I thought for sure I was going to add more paint and cheer it up some.  Then friends came over and loved it "as is", so I left it at their suggestion.  Later, one of my customers from Clipperz (where I used to work and display my art), saw it on my website and wanted to see it in person.  She loved it!  But it gets better...I learned from her that her wedding reception was held at Aspen Lake Apartments, and that later she found out that the man she married was gay--so he was keeping her in the dark!  See...things happen for a reason.  And that painting, though I didn't know it as I was creating it, was made for her.  I love it when these types of connections transpire.

So...Challenge.  Hmmm...Are we there yet?

< Keeping Me in the Dark

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Challenge, Growth, Recovery, Reincarnation

Now that I have my studio room cleaned up, I pulled out 4 paintings I began last fall during my radiation treatments.  I worked on them yesterday and today.  I believe I'm finished with the second one "Growth".  The one titled "Challenge" has been a challenge, because it's a wacked out color palette I'm using.  But, it represents stress, so it's meant to be and appear a bit stressed.  I'm not sure how I'll complete it or the other two.  I'll look at them again tomorrow and apply more paint.  :)

I'm going to be displaying/selling my paintings at Eastern Floral @ 818 Butterworth St SW, Grand Rapids, MI.  50% of all sales will be donated to charity!  My good friend Amy McKay set up this arrangement for me, because she works there.  They renovated an old warehouse and it's a very cool atmosphere with lots of wall space perfect for my large abstract paintings!  

I don't know if I'll keep the white, black & red theme for my first party here or not, since a few of the pieces I was going to include here for that will now be going to Eastern Floral.  I'll keep you posted!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

French Room

Spring has sprung and I love it!  I love the sights, the blossoming trees, the smells, the pinks, the white, the green.  Ahhhh mother nature has rewarded us after a gloomy winter!

I planted some pansies in the containers out on my French Room (patio).  I'm eager to move the pots that have been inside all winter back outside.  I planted some seeds--hope the moonflowers grow this year!  They are my absolute favorite!  Their beautiful, large, white flowers open in the evening and have the most delicate, sweet aroma that soothes my senses!  I hope to display some art out there this summer too when the parties begin.

I have mood lighting along the old barn wood patio fence.  On a comfortably warm night it's a nice place to sit back, smoke a cigar, and allow life's worries to dissipate. 

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Colette's Boudoir

I'm so exhausted right now I can't think straight.  I'm doing most of this renovating myself, and I just need someone to lay my head on!  whaa!

1777, "room where a lady may retire to be alone," from Fr. boudoir (18c.), lit. "pouting room," from bouder "to pout, sulk," 

Okay, with that out of the way....

For my bedroom...I  was content with how open and non-cluttered it was.  I didn't want to add any elements that would take away my feng shui.  However, I did want to bring my computer into my bedroom.  I gave away the big, heavy TV that was on my dresser (I don't have cable anyway). I gave away the huge desk and big chair that was in my studio room.  I moved my bed.  I picked up a small desk and how-cute-it-coordinates-hot-pink-chair from Staples.  I brought my iMac into my boudoir, where I can get online before I cozy up with my kitties and go to bed, or watch something on my Netflix instant queue!  Luvs it!  Even when I'm working on my photography on my Mac I can gaze out the window periodically...I love this tree house room with a bird's eye view!  It's my fav spot in my crib!

Oh, and the black out blinds I bought at IKEA...they do keep that morning sun from piercing in too early, but darn it...Mickey Lou STILL wakes me up before the sun even comes up!  These blinds will make a nice backdrop for portraits too.  :)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Kitchen/dining area

One of the first things I did when I made the decision to turn my living room into a gallery, was to move my large bookshelves into the kitchen/dining area.  I moved the kitchen table into the living room... non-traditional, I know, but I'm not all that traditional myself.  I purchased some hip, inexpensive, white chairs at Target.  Also, a couple black box ottomans that can be used as a foot rest, or with a tray on top  to set drinks.  They open, and I have blankets stored in them.  This is Michigan, and I'm cold if it's under 70!  JD & Emily came over to hang blinds.  We ate pizza and lost motivation that night.  They each got one up, and I finished the other three on another day.  The copper hood looks like it's going to suck JD up into its vortex!  I kind of want to get rid of it as Anita suggested, so that this small space appears more open.  I looked online today at prices for copper hoods--they sell for $1,700 - $3,000+ new.  I'm not sure where or how I'd go about selling it.  I know copper can be sold as scrap too to a recycling facility.  Otherwise, I need to paint the top edge, and get a grid for the bottom opening (to prevent friends from getting sucked up into its vortex!). Oh, and those ugly countertops need help!

I wanted to take JDs pic while he was sitting in one of the white chairs, cuz the lighting looked so cool, but he got shy.  pooey.  Tonight, Lil P posed.  :)

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Paint & more paint

Lemme tell u dear peeps...painting walls white is sho not fun.  Sho nuff not the same sensation I get when I paint my colorful abstracts!  But, if I want the art to POP, then the walls and surroundings need to be feng shui'd and simplified.  Each time I think I'm done, I look around and "Oh...sigh..." I see another area that needs some fresh paint, like the back side of a door.  blah

Later, JD is coming over to help me hang the blinds I bought at IKEA.  I'm gonna pick up some Happy's Pizza!  The guy who stands on the corner and sings & dances as he holds the Happy's Pizza specials sign always makes me smile.  I have mad respect for peeps who are willing to do that kind of work.  In this guy's case, he truly is accomplishing more than attracting people to the business and earning a paycheck...he helps my psyche....for real!

JD had a dream that we hung the blinds and I suggested painting a thin black line around the outer edge of the windows where the blinds extent to.  So, when the blinds are down you don't see the line, but when up, there is a black border.  INTERESTING!  I am coming up with ideas even in someone else's dreams!  haha!  Crazy how dreams and our 6th sense operate.   I was thinking recently about painting some thin white lines on something black--like pin stripes--like a Zoot suit like I always wanted!  Intriguing how we can telepathically connect with someone else too--isn't it? idea...not sure if I'll do it.  I don't want to overdo my space.  I greatly appreciate minimalism, but it's difficult for me to be minimalistic.  I dunno.  We'll see.  And you'll see...when I get some pix up of the progress!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


Made the trip to IKEA in Canton, MI on Monday with my good friend JD.  Nice sunny day for a drive, good company...even good food this time at IKEA!

I  bought blackout roller blinds, black shelves, and storage boxes to get my studio room organized.  Also, some hardware--knobs & handles for cheap cabinets.  You can make changes to your place cheaply by simply painting or changing the hardware on cabinets.  IKEA is great for those on a budget, and those working with small spaces.  I am trying to make the most of what I have here.

I need a little help getting some of the projects done.  Today, I'll just try to get my studio room cleaned up. 

Monday, April 5, 2010


Sometimes it pays to be more or less jobless!  With my extra time, I finally got to update my website!
Tell me what you think!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Ubuntu Institute

I saw Prince Cedza Dlamini speak at Fountain Street Church and care deeply about the programs he has developed to create meaningful changes for people.  Established in 2005, by United Nations’ advocate, Prince Cedza Dlamini, the Ubuntu Institute is an international non-profit development organisation. "Our aim is to contribute to the achievement of the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals, a range of ambitious development targets including halving extreme poverty and halting the spread of HIV/AIDS." Read more about the programs through the above link.  You can learn more about Prince Cedza Dlamini by clicking this link.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Art with a Heart! Charities I care about

I have been workin like feen on my website.  It hasn't been radically updated for over 3 years.  I'm close to having it complete.  Now, people will be able to purchase directly through the website using Pay Pal.  Also, the program I'm using makes it easier to add Meta Tags/Keywords to help my website pop up in more searches.  As intended at The Avant-Garde @ 2434 where I will showcase my art and host fundraising benefits, I am giving 50% of the sale price online to charities as well.  I've started a list of charities for people to select from, or they can select a charity of their choice and supply me with the necessary information.

Here's a few I care about:

World Wildlife Fund
protect our environment, plants and animals

take a stand against animal cruelty

Humane Society
prevent animal cruelty and neglect

Mel Trotter Ministries
help the hungry, hurting and homeless in West Michigan

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. *I'm a survivor!

Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Make a difference in the fight against breast cancer! *I'm a survivor!

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International
Cure type 1 diabetes and its complications

Save the Children
Create positive change for children in the USA and around the world including Darfur & Haiti

stop violence again women and girls in the USA and around the world

Matthew Shepard Foundation
Replace hate with understanding, compassion and acceptance

Thursday, April 1, 2010

In the Bedroom

I have a lot of cool art books to look at over here, and this one I created!  Oh there will be a lot of great photos being taken here this summer!!!!!  A new book might be in the works!


          In the Bedroom by Colette | BOOK INFO