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gratitude and my next little art opening

 TITLE: Sing Your Song. Prints available in my etsy shop.

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about gratitude. For every compliment or act of kindness I receive, I’m trying my best to take a moment and acknowledge it. Since I started this little blog (first post on January 27!), I’ve had my heart touched ten-fold by your lovely comments, encouragement and support. I just can’t say enough how much it means to me! 

And while I’m trying to give back as best I can, I am also constantly drawn back to that idea of acknowledgment. So, to help me remember all of your lovely words, I started a KINDNESS folder in my email inbox. I will always have your kindness in one place, to help me remember why I am here and why I do anything at all, on any day. THANK YOU!
 TITLE: Moon Belly. Prints available in my etsy shop.
Sometimes it’s hard to remember that it only takes that ONE thing to fall into place. That one returned phone call or email. That one house, apartment or job. It can get exhausting searching and trying, especially when nothing seems to be working. But the other day I was reminded, it only takes that ONE.

I’ve been searching for the perfect place for my next local art exhibit. The last one went so brilliantly, that it was a lot to live up to. So of course that made me seek perfection and limit myself, thinking about it so much and wondering why nothing was falling into place. No one seemed to be returning my emails or calls. 

But then, over the weekend Brain and I treated ourselves to massages and our masseuse said I should try our local Whole Foods. She even gave me a contact! And the next day I called, found they had an opening in their new cafe, and booked my next ART SHOW for December and January!
 TITLE: Courage. Prints available in my etsy shop.
And to celebrate and say thank you to all of you, I am having my FIRST giveaway! It will be August 9-27 over on Audrey’s Give Aways Blog. Stay tuned for more details. It’s all in the works, and I promise it will be a good one!
In the meantime, my friend Louise Gale is hosting a fabulous Creative Color Challenge during the month of August! We’ll be exploring a different color to create with each week. It’s open to all, in any medium and you don’t even need to join in every week! Check out her blog to sign-up! I’m super excited to be participating (it will be my FIRST official blog challenge!) and I can’t wait to see what everyone creates! It will be a beautiful gallery of color when we’re all finished!

23 Comments

  1. What a heartfelt and generous and touchong post. I'm all emotional…You are such a beautiful person. I am so happy we've “met”. Today, YOU are my ONE. I haven't been looking forward to treatment Wednesdays, so this is what I will take with me there this afternoon. I love your gratitude folder idea… I also have the idea that your gratitude is permanently in your heart. {LOVE your new painting!} I am grateful for you.♥

  2. I have this quote from a Wallace Stevens poem taped to the wall above my desk:

    “After the final NO there comes a YES and on that YES the future world depends.”

  3. Going straight into my KINDNESS folder! THANK YOU so much, ladies!

  4. Juliette, what a great idea to have a kindness folder! I love this 🙂 And I love the title of your adorable painting: we do have beautiful music in our lives, don't we??

    I just signed up for Louise's fun challenge too!

  5. Oh! And congrats on your new art show. Woo Hoo!

  6. Hey sweetness, a gratitude folder is such a great idea and how fab you have an exhibit lined up for Dec/Jan, so exciting. Oooh now im thinking of getting a massage too. 🙂 Enjoy the rest of the week. x

  7. Love “sing your song”….and congrats on your art show! AWESOME!

  8. congratulations on the upcoming art show. i'll have to stop by whole foods when i'm in town.

  9. Hi Juliette! Love the title “Sing Your Song”! And just such lovely art! And thank you for the suggestion for the Kindness Folder… geez so obvious… I save all of my lovely emails too but making a special kindness folder for them seems like the perfect thing to do.

  10. Congratulations Juliette, such awesome news. I think a lot of where we get in life is the sum total of all the kindness we give and the kindness we receive
    Love the painting!

  11. i love that idea, beth. thank you 🙂

  12. What wonderful news. I didn't know Whole Foods did art shows–that is a fantastic venue to show your work. I love the kindness folder idea. I think I'm going to have to borrow that idea and do something similar with my kids in a tangible way for them. Feeling grateful here right now too!

  13. Hi Juliette, your work is really gorgeous and touches me, your colours are so lovely and I love your owl pieces, so very inspirational, I'll be following your blog!!

  14. Now you have inspired me! I just love your idea of putting all the wondeful comments together into a kindess folder. I may have to do the same. I think the folder will be so incredibly wonderful and blessed that it may just glow with light 🙂
    Best of luck with the art show-I know you will do great!
    xo

  15. What a wonderful idea, Carrie, to try a kindness folder with your kids. I love showing my art in public spaces like Whole Foods, the library, or coffee shops. It's so surprising how many unconventional venues are in need or artwork and I am delighted that people can view it in their everyday 🙂

  16. Ooo Congratulations, It's nice when things fall into place.

  17. juliette…you are such a sweetheart.
    i LOVE your kindness folder…i am going to borrow your idea and start one as well. there are so many wonderful people out there,,,encouraging and inspiring.
    i am so happy that it worked out for you at WHOLE FOODS. how wonderful.
    happy day.
    xo
    c

  18. ohhh i have a kindness folder too, great minds hey??? congrats on the upcoming show juliette…. cant get enought of this owl!!! xx

  19. Thank you for visiting my blog..I feel so special. Let me first say I love love love your paintings there so beautiful and magical..Second after reading your blog its easy to see that you have a lovely heart. If its ok with you I would like to put you on my side bar were I have all the blogs I like to visit…So consider me a new blog reader that will leave regular comments….love G

  20. I just LOVE your idea to keep all your “kindness” in a folder. I might have to borrow that. =) And congratulations on landing a new spot for your next show!
    xx
    samos

  21. This is too adorable! 🙂 And it really takes just that one.

  22. What a lovely idea! I'm loving your picture 'Sing Your Song'. What beautiful textures and patterns, not to mention colour. I'm feeling quite inspired! Thanks Juliette

  23. A kindness folder is a great idea! Another cool one is to cut & paste the messages into a PowerPoint and watch the slideshow of positivity when you're down.

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