Monday, January 11, 2016

Random Acts of Kindness

February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness day. My friends and I thought why not make it a life style and begin now. Sort of a "Kindness Revolution". Imagine if there were an outbreak of kindness in the world. Most of us are already kind and do wonderful things for family and friends..... So lets go the extra mile and do the unexpected: Send someone a handwritten note of appreciation. Introduce yourself to someone new. Smile at a stranger. Be good to yourself. Let someone go ahead of you in line. Pay the toll for the car behind you. Call or write someone you have not seen for awhile who would like to hear from you. Prepare a meal for a single mom. Bring your neighbor's trash cans in. Pick up newspapers while your neighbors are out of town. Drop a potted plant off at the fire station. Start small and it will bring you so much joy and delight others. Happy New Year!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Still Putting Paint to Canvas

I have been away from my blog for months but have remained knee deep in paint. Many nights I wake and scribble my thoughts on paper only to look at it the next morning and wonder what I had in mind. Often, I leave it alone and revisit it later then the idea becomes so clear and I find I must develop it further. A self proclaimed closet writer my poetry has taken on a new and more meaningful direction. A few published items and a couple of honorable mentions in several poetry contest really renewed my desire to write more. I have always had a lot to say and stories to tell.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Gratitude

Last year ended on a very busy and creative note. My Gallery show was such a success, old and new friends attended and enjoyed my new images. My favorite painting entitled "Image" sold to an old friend I had not seen in over 20 years. Our local new paper ran a story about my art and how it healed a broken heart. I now paint with joy and discovery. The response to that story generated a lot of mail from others who had similar stories. I am always astounded by the commonalities in the world. Just recently I volunteered to read to a third grade class and it was like living a dream. I always wanted to teach but along the way plan B happened and I am at last living another dream. "With the heady scent of lilac in every nook and cranny how could one not live a bodacious life."

Sunday, April 14, 2013

I have a new website take a look----www.dorothyatkinsartist.com

It's those little moments that make me pause and smile. Well, my new website showing off some of my paintings is just one of them. While this is new, I won't forget where I began in this creative journey of mine. If you are so inclined you can see where I started..... www.fromwhereisit.net. Not fancy but it gave me the courage to put myself out there and I have not looked back. My original black and white cards with my family photos are still sold in specialty stores and museum stores and I am so proud.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Excerpts From My Journal (Train Rides into San Francisco)

A few day ago I came account my notes made while commuting into San Francisco to work. Not sure if I had read these thoughts someplace but they became important to me and I reread them often. I have found them so apropos for this moment and for this day. Begin to act boldly, the moment one definitely commits oneself, heaven moves on their behalf! Sometimes we fall asleep get lost or forget that we are such splendid forgivable adorable souls. Choose safe gentle souls who are willing to not criticize, but support you in this state of your artist journey. Share with them-- let them be thrilled with you. Listen and hear what they are saying to you. Do not dismiss their compliments or encouragement. I'm living my life in full color...out to the edges in celebration of my radiant eccentric self. Process of aliveness and discovery. "I wonder if I listen hard enough, could I hear the flowers laughing?" (unknown)

Friday, January 4, 2013

During the pauses in my work, I bake.

During the month of December I baked 500 plus cookies to deliver to friends. Each year I say it is my last but I'm drawn into it by my creative spirit. Not to mention how excited I feel when my family and friends enjoy them so much. I also discovered that it is much like my painting.("I paint because I have to"). I don't make just the average cookie but some are subtle, some bold, others wild with flavor, most have origins from different cultures. Wow! am I talking about baking or my Art Work? I suppose both. Several of my images were purchased by an art collector and will be hung in the Monterey Peninsula Hospital. The thought that others will see my images in a quiet peaceful setting of the hospital gives me great peace and the inspiration to continue putting paint to canvas.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Paper Doll

Gallery Saratoga , 14425A Big Basin Way, Saratoga, Ca. presents  my exhibit of "COLOR" - June 4th through July 1, 2012.  Stop by.  More information to be posted about the reception which will be a fun day with wine food and music.  Here is my email if you want to reach me fromwhereisit@sbcglobal.net.