Who is more civilized humans or nature? My pick is always nature.
“The higher the expectations, the lower the serenity. I try to keep my boundaries high, my expectations low, and my heart open.” -Anon
Thinking about the troubles I see about web sites for government services and seeing how dangerous they are I considered my web sites. Was I offering my customers the best I could deliver and were they secure? I looked at both sites Laurie Rohner Studio and Painted Furniture Studio asking myself were they what I wanted and expected? Weebly.com is the host site of my web sites and recently upgraded their services for people wishing to sell products. I was involved in working with a beta store to give feedback. I love what they have put together. I have worked with many different selling platforms from Etsy to FASO and found them to be expensive. I do not understand why if you are promoting your work it is a good thing to promote these huge communities with different shops and artist, because that is what you are doing. More to my point I can keep my expectations low and my heart open to what it is I am doing, sharing my love for nature and what I see in the natural world and how spirit moves me to create. If I do not market my things it is because I chose that day not to and I am taking care of my business guiding it along the path I see ahead of me.
Today there is too much resentment and blaming. Blame anyone but yourself is the norm and taking control of your life, not an option. Why are we giving away our freedoms with such ease? The freedom to choose your own happiness comes from within and there is nothing outside of the true spiritual self that will change that spiritual law. Not only will you stay a prisoner in your life but joy and serenity starts to disappear. You are given windows to gaze through and you alone can decide the direction, the course you will take. When you realize you are in control of those decisions and take responsibility for the thoughts and actions you take, you will not find blame and you are free of all outside blame.
For several days I have reworked my sites. I wanted to make them easier to handle and for my customers to navigate easily. I think by the end of the week I will have it looking exactly the way I want it to look with a connection to nature and to the spirit of nature which is very important to my work. For weebly.com I cannot say enough good things about this service and if you sell things online physical or digital you need to look into what they offer.
Use whatever excuse you can to vibrate in harmony with those things you’ve been saying you want. And when you do, those things that are a vibrational equivalent flow into your experience in abundance. Not because you deserve it, not because you’ve earned it, but because it’s the natural consequence of the Law of Attraction. That which is like unto itself is drawn.
Moments, seconds of time in our lives, randomly mean nothing yet if we stop to look and understand what they might mean can change a direction in a life forever. How many times have you heard to go with the flow? or use the force? finding life comes up short. Maybe it is as simple, though difficult to keep up daily, surrounding yourself with exactly what it is that makes you sing from your heart? You know the feeling of excitement, apprehension, energy abounds suddenly even though you thought you were exhausted. There is nothing to stop you, you know exactly what it is you want, need, desire in your life. As the days wear on that energy dissipates and the excitement is gone but is it or have you slipped out of harmony? That is why I think to keep up the energy flow you must have triggers that bring you back to the flow of the life you really do want to follow. For me it is to sell my home in North Carolina and move back to Vermont. My heart sings every time I even think about moving back so I know it is something I need to do in this life now.
I am painting little watercolors of Vermont picturesque scenic landscapes not only to share and sell but to keep me focused on where I am heading. This is a new watercolor I just added yesterday and I hope you like it. I have it in my studio Visit Here and in my etsy shop, Between The Weeds.
Nature Art Vermont Watercolor Landscape Painting Autumn Falls on Vermont Town is a Picturesque Scene. One of a Kind Original Artwork by Laurie Rohner.
Vermont Picturesque Scene Landscape Watercolor Nature Art Painting
Vermont watercolor of a picturesque landscape of a town scene as autumn falls. My watercolor is titled Autumn Falls on Vermont Town. A nature art original painting by Laurie Rohner. Autumn comes early to Vermont and the mountains and hills are cast in yellow and orange. The distance is always hazy but the air is alive with autumn colors and crisp with the smell of turning leaves.
Titled: Autumn Falls on Vermont Town
Medium: Watercolor on paper.
Palette: earth brown, orange, green, golden yellow, leaf green, sky blue, payne gray, sage green.
Paper Size: 7.25 x 5 inch
Image Size: 7.25 x 5 inch
Signature: Laurie Rohner on front. Signed dated and title on verso.
Buy art, original watercolor nature art, inspired by botanical gardens and nature, makes great wall art. Original art for sale online here at Laurie Rohner Studio. You will love my hand-painted watercolor nature art. Great for gift giving home decorating and fine art collectors.
My nature art work is original one-of-a-kind paintings that are suitable for framing. The watercolor art you will receive has its own unique and individual qualities only an original watercolor can give.
All of my watercolors are made with the finest archival quality materials – Arches Watercolor Paper and Windsor and Newton Artists Quality Watercolors – and professionally packaged to arrive safely.
People will say, “Well, I have to work on my goals,” or, “I have to work on my visualization.” And we want you to think more about holding the vision because it is pleasurable to hold the vision, not because you’re trying to make the vision work in order to get to some place that you’re not now standing. “How much should I work?” We would say, work in the sense of joyously moving forward. —Abraham Hicks
Recently I finished two paintings for a client. I finished the paintings according to what I thought she had specified, took some photos and sent them to her for her approval. I heard back from her and my heart sank. She was not happy. Her vision was different then what I had painted. I read over what she was unhappy about and discovered her points were what I had also struggled with when working on the paintings. I knew I had to hear her words with love and not be offended or hurt because she now was upset. I sat and studied the paintings and discovered she was absolutely right and in every thing she found wrong was exactly where I had forced the painting to work. I learned many years before never completely finish a painting until the client says they like it. Now I was thankful I didn’t because I could rework the areas.
I had a new outlook and knew the solution was easy to fix. Why? I saw joy in the paintings and I felt joy in the work. If not for the words from my client I would not have done my best work for these paintings. When I would think about them I would not feel complete but the opposite, I would feel I did not give joy and love to the work and I would have felt I failed myself. For me ii was paintings but for you it could be a whole world of infinite possibilities you do giving you a sense of joy. In this moment is it reading these words? An hour from now is it giving a child a bath, a dog a walk, saying hello to an old friend, raking some leaves, sitting alone with your self and loving the person inside? We all have goals and that is nice believe me I have too many goals. The key is no matter what the goal dream or visualization is do it from the hear, from a sense of joyous energy and you will feel it all come together.
This is the second painting for my client Garden 2. In this painting it is a continuing landscape from the first with larkspur sweet pea, Queen Ann lace, herbs, coneflower and iris and don’t forget bees on a blue sky.
A last note is my client sent me a wow so much better than the images and she was absolutely thrilled. This is joy realized.
“If you are falling….dive.”
“Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.”
It took me decades to come to understand theses words. It is one thing chaos and turmoil are great for and that is understanding you are the answer. You can listen to all the tapes and go to all the seminars and boy are there an excessive amount of people offering you all the answers when none will do. Some are great and help people open up to a new awareness now being discovered by so many people around the world.
It saddens me to see a woman shot to death for a misguided viewpoint. Why misguided because she is no longer here to care for the child she left in the backseat. What was it that drove this precious soul to do this act? Have you noticed a heightened amount of chaos and at the same time do you feel tired weary and frustrated. I do not think it is just your life happening that is causing this rift. I think it is the massive energy being produced by people perpetuating fear. To combat it in our own lives we struggle to find normalcy and peace but ignore the reason for the symptoms. These people only want to create chaos which fuels an overstuffed egos. They are not leaders or Presidents but fear mongers and offer nothing but destruction.
Maybe we need to affirm to ourselves we are the answer. We are the extension the Universe needs to shed light and love and peace over the world. Go to work and say thank you to someone for a job well done, or hug your child and tell them they are awesome beautiful special beings, or take your dog for a walk in whatever the weather and feel the air and energy around you. I will paint a painting today and tomorrow another and I will look into the eyes of my wonderful Tucker and see the beautiful soul gazing back at me. I will light candles for the light to shine into my life and I will send the light out into the lives and world around me. I will never give up on my dream and I will never allow another thing or person to tell me what I can or cannot do. You are the answer, you are the light and you need to shine bright so the universe will see you.
Custom painted box representing the love between two people.
It is a joy to paint a keepsake box with the flowers of a brides bouquet. Notice I added the brooch and a boutonniere to the box and inside is the date and names of the wonderful married couple. I think it is a nice special way to say you are loved.
Start telling a better-feeling story about the things that are important to you. Do not write your story like a factual documentary, weighing all the pros and cons of your experience, but instead tell the uplifting, fanciful, magical story of the wonder of your own life and watch what happens. It will feel like magic as your life begins to transform right before yours eyes, but it is not by magic. It is by the power of the Laws of the Universe and your deliberate alignment with those Laws.
Excerpted from Money and the Law of Attraction — 3/31/09
Today our society is telling stories with too much information about themselves and about others. In all these different versions how many are truthful and how many tell an awesome story. Inside each of us is an amazing magical story. Why do we not tell those stories? Probably because we are fearful of what might happen. Will we still be liked (not loved) I mean liked for the authentic story we tell. Will people accept me or understand? What is not understood is it is not the factual story the Universe is interested in, it is the story of feelings and emotions and how do you see ourself in this enormous wonderful existence on this tiny little ball called Earth. The story is about your connection with you and the deliberate alignment with the Universe. An alignment made up of equal parts of emotion (feelings) body (physical) and soul (energy). We are existing in physical bodies filled with emotions and at the core or the engine propelling us forward is a spiritual soul. There is a saying I love and it says Believe in yourself and magic will happen.
Watercolor Pink Foxglove Botanical Flower Original Nature Art Garden Painting
Original large watercolor of pink foxglove is a detailed garden painting and an original botanical flower nature art hand painted by Laurie Rohner. Botanical art at its best.
Foxglove – digitalis – are an interesting flower to paint because they have many different blooms. I chose to show each one uniquely painted with detail depth. Imagine this flower surrounded by dozens of these botanical garden flower stems, it is nature giving us a smile.
Title: Pink Digitalis
Medium: Watercolor on Paper
Palette: deep green, pink, pink, poppy red, soft yellow, white, cream, green,brown.
Paper Type: 140lb rag hand molded watercolor paper
Paper Size: 30 x 11 inches
Image size: 30 x 11 inches
Signature: Laurie Rohner on front, title signed date on verso.
I paint using a process called glazing. It is layering pigments down on top of each other building depth of pigment and emotion through color. The process is labor and time intensive. This painting took approximately 56hrs to complete. There are about 10 layers of pigment on this painting.
All rights are not transferable with the purchase of this painting and remain with the artist.
Have you seen this new book? I am always looking for answers and love the idea of a mad scientist. Combine the two and you have my interest. So I followed the link at the bottom of the page (click image and read down to the bottom link is there). Experiment only takes 48 hrs and all you do is observe and see what results you get. I have oodles of belief in this theory and now I get an experiment to concrete this premise into my being of reality. I am all in. What about yourself?
Though I have scads of faith and believing in thoughts create your reality there is a part of me that said just another woo woo book. Right? I found out wrong and much to my delight. My experiment started Friday morning at 10:13 am and ended Sunday at 10:13 am. During the course of time I worked ate and watched some Abraham Hicks teachings which I had watched so long ago. I had a push to look so since the experiment was to be observant I followed the impulse. For whatever the reason, which now I understand why I will get into a bit later, for the first time I was getting what Abraham was teaching, in other words I was now ready to accept what I was creating. A few hours later I was working online and on the window a bird flew up and hung on the screen and looked in at me. I looked up but went back to what I was working on. The next day now 24 hrs has past in the experiment and I was feeling like I had been led down another proverbial rabbit hole when the bird came and flew grabbing the screen again looking in at me except this time with a bit more emphasis and noise. Still I just thought it was looking for food but why there? By Saturday evening I figured I was not going to see any results, then I watched another Abraham teaching and as the video played out Abraham talked about after Jerry‘s death Esther was at her sister home and a bird hovered like a hummingbird but it was a big bird. It was a message a sign something that was not a coincidence but Esther understood. Then I realized that my bird on the screen on my window was not a coincidence it was a sign and I missed it not once but twice and the Universe was not going to not be heard, again with no reason I am shown a bird acting not normal with Abraham story of the bird. Once I realized I got my message the feeling inside me exploded. It worked. It worked for me. Pretty wonderful feeling and I hope you attempt this experiment too.
Not only did the Universe respond not once three times I also understand that when the time to see and understand is right and I am aligned to what I am creating it happens. This experiment showed not only it works but it showed me how important it is to allow it to work. It is in the small wonders magic is created.
Life is pretty great. My computer went wonky again which at times it decides to stop. I know you techies out there think it is a systems thing or maybe it is the gentle nudging of an intelligent creative universe? I have had it checked out by pros and they always say nothing is really wrong. This time I tried something different and took a new approach.
First I cleared the energy in the area of the computer. After I finished I sat down and did a clearing and opened my self to what messages my upstairs friends may have tried to tell me. Stop spending so much time on a computer and do what makes me happy. So I did. Guess what happened. I sold 7 paintings and 3 boxes. I changed my energy and my vibration becoming focused and aware of how I am feeling and I work from that dynamic.
Things are popping up all around me. A video online that showed me a new approach to life, a hummingbird flew right up to me chirped at me and stayed there for several minutes (I could in my head understand the little guy) with Tuck sitting next to me, a solitaire deer one evening grazed not 3 feet away from me and then there was a blog post that connected all the dots. When you are in-sync with the universe everything is one. I altered my energy and allowed my feelings to elevate me to a higher vibration and everything came together. I created my reality in my life.
I tried to make things work and like everyone else who has gotten this far only to not be able to get to the next level kept failing. Then I listened to a man around my age say in a Abraham Hicks teaching he works hard and never seems to get any further, all his friends are dying and he thinks ‘lucky them they escaped’ is this all I get to do now is hope I will die soon? What he was saying I have thought many times myself. This statement made me listen and pay attention. At the end every light bulb had not only lit up but exploded and the answers I had sought became very clear. Every one receives answers and when you are ready to understand you will.
When I was a young women not much seemed to bother me and things flowed in and out of my life with such ease. Somewhere in my late thirties to early forties a wall went up and life got real muddy. The younger me had hope and faith believing the universe was a giving place. Then I switched off the light. When you do things get stuck. Things get messy. I stumbled around in the dark room for many years and now the light is switched on. If you keep searching and keep your self open to any and all ideas your answers will appear just as mine did, different answers but they will be answers to your very questions.
Now each morning is not just a start to the beginning of another long meaningless day with an ending I cannot wait to end but instead an adventure. I start my mornings opening myself to new ideas and possibilities with meditation. Throughout the day I am very aware of the thoughts and feelings I am having and when something does not line up to my goal I switch my thought to this is happening for a reason, listening to me and putting a positive spin, looking for the good. At night I end my gorgeous lovely day with a positive video usually a teaching from Abraham Hicks. I feel wonderful and happy. Life is fun again.
Stop looking outside of you and feel life. Life is supposed to be fun and I finally jubilantly joyfully happily energetically get it.
Two little funnies for your Tuesday to ponder and think is this what your life is or is not?
I mean really if you knew what sort of stories and images that whirl around in my head you would think I am nuts. I think being a creative we tend to find this normal but not every one sees the world in vivid color and melodramatic fantasies. Or do you?
I am always forgetting all the things I do and definitely believe face down what it is stopping you and go do it. When I am finished with the doing then I will stop and look up at the stars and relax knowing I lived life my way. That is an epic feeling.
Once upon a time I lived in a wonderful place called Vermont, maybe you have been there? I remember the beautiful cool woods I would escape to on a warm summer day. You could smell the ferns in the air as a gentle breeze would kiss your face. This is where fairies live and earth magic is alive. Great painting to compliment your fairy houses.
Painted on a specially treated watercolor cradled panel.
My watercolor is painted much like an oil painting, but now this artwork is for sale without the need of glass, what a fabulous concept. Painting is on a special treated panel with a 2″ band of wood around the panel. The panel is protected with a fixative and ready to hang without the need of glass or glazing.
Palette: earth brown, deep green, golden yellow, leaf green, sky blue, bark brown, payne gray, sage green.
Watercolor on panel.
12″H x 12″W
Available in my shop at Between The Weeds.