Just S.M.I.L.E.

LOL… made me smile!

Abstract Art by Sharon Cummings


It’s so simple.  Just smile.  Even if you have to look at cute videos on YouTub of babies laughing or puppies sleeping, it’s a great way to improve your health and it makes you feel good about yourself.  Below are some of the rewards of lifting those cheeks:

1.  It Lower Heart Rate – Smiling slows the heart and relaxes the body. People who smile and laugh often are less likely to develop heart disease. Smiling reduces blood pressure temporarily too.

2.  It Reduce Stress – Stress relief may be as simple as smiling a little more throughout the day. Smiling releases endorphins that counteract and diminish the stress hormones.

3.  It Increase Productivity – Smiling has been shown to increase productivity while performing tasks. There’s truth to the “whistle while we work” mentality. This also explains why silly internet memes and pictures of cute animals can actually get people motivated…

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Clematis and Ladybird Floral Art


Fables and Flora

The experimentation continues. Moved from one to multiple gradients and some selective blurring. Then just for fun I added a contrasting colour – in the form of a ladybird. Photoshop certainly is enjoyable now that I have gotten over my pre-conceived notions.

Photo 1: Clematis and Ladybird final image

Clematis blue V ladybird

Photo 2: Clematis after shading and blurring

Clematis blue V

Photo 3: Original Clematis photo

Blue Clematis low res

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Thunderstorm on the Plains

Striking Photography by Bo

Thunderstorm on the Boulder County Plains Panorama

Thunderstorm on the Boulder County Plains Panorama – Lightning thunderstorm with cloud to ground lightning striking out on the plains of North Boulder County, Colorado.  4 images stacked equal to 80 sec exposure. ISO 200 -20 sec – f5.6 – 33mm. Panorama crop.

Custom prints available of  Thunderstorm on the Plains Panorama 

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Define Beauty…Frida Fascination…

Fantastic #Art

Abstract Art by Sharon Cummings


I’ve always had a fascination with Frida Kahlo. She was not a classic beauty by any means, but there is a depth and intensity to her portraits that draw me in and ask many questions. Is there beauty within or am I just seeing the pleasure side of pain. Frida suffered lifelong health problems. Many of her health problems were the result of a traffic accident she survived as a teenager. Recovering from her injuries isolated her from other people and this isolation influenced her art, many of which are self-portraits of one sort or another. Kahlo suggested, “I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.” She also stated, “I was born a bitch. I was born a painter.” Maybe I am attracted to bitches or painters or painters who are bitches. 😉 Or maybe I see a bit of myself…

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Mariposa – A Spirit Returns

Heart of Art Blog

This Artwork Symbolizes A Sugar Skull in Mexico being visited by a loved one in the spirit of a Monarch Butterfly on the “Day of the Dead” or El Dia De Los Muertos.

By the first of November the Monarch Butterfly’s arrive in Mexico just in time for the Corn Harvest and the “DAY OF THE DEAD”. According to tradition: The Monarch Butterfly’s are the souls of ancestors coming back to visit their loved ones.

This 4 piece artwork has texture and was started with an application of plaster on canvas, then painted with acrylic paint, gilded with gold powder and embellished with 3D paints to give it a detailed finish.

Each canvas measures 8 x 10″ and the total height is 16″ x 20″ Wide. If you wish to place a BID for this work of art, please click here – The auction has NO RESERVE and the starting…

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