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All in the View

Published April 7, 2017 by lynn k scott

Daniel Angeles:  an artist, my (writing) muse, my friend.

This particular piece will highlight some of his work as it pertains to my life.  Dan has an uncanny talent for painting what people are feeling.  His vision, brought to life with strokes of a paint brush and water colors that in turn, revive memories, elicit emotions and can put feelings into perspective.  I know my world wouldn’t be as bright or beautiful without Dan in it.

So the journey with paintings begins…

all better bearThe “It Will Get Better Bear”.  While I knew Dan prior to his drawing this piece for my sister, Kathi, after her breast cancer diagnosis, I never fathomed it would become her memorial tattoo or the face of the Kathi Cares Program.  This simple teddy bear, meant more than words could adequately express to Kathi, my mom and to me.  Again, THANK YOU, Dan!

I can’t speak to Dan’s motivation as to how his thoughts transcend the mental plane and make their way to canvas, but he creates such works that one can’t help but take a “Trip Down Memory Lane.  Trip Down Memory LaneLooking at his work, you see your past, the memories become vivid. Painful or joyful, the feelings return as the mind wanders to a place in time that is just for you.

Sometimes you have to do what you have to do to get by.  I know as I have grown older, moved across the country, remarried, buried my father,  sister and mother, I am constantly evolving.  Sprouting New BeginningsIt seems I am always “Sprouting New Beginnings”.   When I feel my life is turning upside down, when I am having a bad day, perhaps even slumped down on the hall closet floor, having a good cry, it’s not long before I feel the bloom of life opening the a new chapter on my life.

My mom installed a love a reading in her children. Artwork depicting books in different facets speaks volumes to me.  There are times that I am literally Turning the Page“Turning The Page” in my personal book of life.  I have seen the personal growth in myself over the last several years.  Life sometimes has a way of making you experience what you never contemplated.  I can’t say I have had the best reactions to what I have endured.  Weather the StormI can say I have grown and I do my best to see the positives in situations now.  It’s all about how you “Weather the  Storm”.  This one made me smile in particular.  I swear, it’s lucky I’m a verbal alcoholic, because if I drank every time I said I would, my liver would not be happy with me.  But a few times, yes, a glass of wine has helped me through some rough times.  Ok, it took the edge off til I was ready to deal with whatever it was.

I know that there is still much more to experience.  I know my trials are not over.  There will be more to deal with.

Counting the DaysI am “Counting the Days” until I am able to finally meet the man who has brought me endless smiles and plenty of (happy) tears.  Who made my sister feel special and loved with the drawing of bear.  “The Burning Question” will be what will I ask Dan to paint for my 50th birthday.  I will be treating myself to my own very own Dan Angeles painting. Actually, I have already decided on a topic.  It will be up to Dan if he is able to display my request in watercolor:  “The Impact of Friendship“.

“Underneath It All”, I cannot imagine my life without Dan.  I’ve said it before, but my life wouldn’t be complete without his amazing artwork, his support and his thoughtful words.  My heart will forever harbor a special place for such a caring soul.

Underneath it all

I’ve gotten more ink…

Published January 14, 2016 by lynn k scott

A little less than a year ago, I shared a memory about when I was confronted about my not-so-girly tattoos.  If you’d like to read about it and see some of my tattoos, you can do so here.

Since that time, I’ve continued to get more ink.  My latest piece, or I should say pieces, are a tribute to my mother.  I started with a simple tattoo, in script, that said,

Give Me Strength

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I had no idea how I was going to continue without my mother.

In addition to losing my sister only a year before my mom suddenly passing, I was now the guardian to my five and six year old nieces.  My husband was not on board with that necessity.  Add my daughter into the mix who never had to “share” mommy and chaos was the norm.  My life was a mess.  So yes, I prayed for strength daily.

Turns out I was only a guardian for about a year.  However, that experience will always stay with me.  I will always second-guess decisions I had to make.  Life hasn’t been the same since, but that’s a story for another day.

Not too long ago, I had the tattoo finished.  I added an cracking hourglass, with red sand and blue roses.  Blue was my mom’s favorite color.  The banner read, “Gone Too Soon”.

MOM

 

I’m waiting for some money to get another tattoo.  That will represent my status as an Army mom.  It will be a single rose that will be red, white and blue.  It will have a ribbon down the stem, saying, “Army Mom”.  Finally, there will be a pair of dog tags at the bottom of the stem and my son’s name will be on one of the tags.  It will go on my left forearm.  Under my sister’s memorial tattoo.  My son and my sister had a special bond, so it’s only fitting their tattoos share the same arm.

A couple tattoos I didn’t share in the last post are on my legs.  My left leg bears my volunteer work when I was with Soldiers’ Angels.  I wrote to many deployed military personnel and Gold Star families.  I even had the opportunity to coordinate a Marine homecoming.  It was the highlight of my volunteer work.

service work

This the circle of the branches represent the halo and the wings represent the wings of an angel.  This was my version of a “Soldier’s Angel”.

I have two tattoos on my chest.  These represent my children.  My first four are on a rose that has four hearts and their initials are in one heart for each one of them.  It was my very first tattoo and really needs to be redone.

On the other side is a tattoo my youngest picked out as “her” tattoo.  I had to talk her out of quite a few tattoo selections.  I explained I’m getting a tattoo just for her, but since it will be on my body for life, I agree to it first.  We ended up with a multicolored butterfly.

Maija

So there’s a bit more a glimpse into who I am.  I love my tattoos and the meaning behind each one.  I enjoy discussing tattoos with people.  They are just so interesting and normally there’s a story attached to each one.

If you have a tattoo you’d like to share, I’d love to see them!

A Stroke In Time

Published November 22, 2015 by lynn k scott

I considered myself honored to be friends with professional artist, Dan Angeles, who allows the opportunity to see some of his work before they are publicly unveiled at an art exhibit.  One reason I cherish this privilege is because this was something my sister, Kathi, used to do.  After she passed, Dan allowed me the opportunity of these special previews.

I can hardly begin to express my admiration when I view these pieces.  I have yet to find any of his work not to my liking.  In every new exhibit, there are pieces that move me to tears.  I see my past and my family in his art.  I see promise, comfort, friendship and inspiration as well.  I see a gift that will one day be the topic of discussion wherever art is being taught.

In Dan’s own words, he said about his latest work:

I compiled the new body of work into a video for you to view, if you would like. I paired my paintings with the beautiful song “Titanium” performed by Madilyn Bailey, which for me speaks to the way I constantly battle my own insecurities and doubts about my work or ideas. It also explains how I face these fears head on and overcome them. The actual work itself is all about accepting change in all of it’s many forms while growing and moving forward in life, with them. I hope that you enjoy the work and the experience of viewing it with song.

I encourage all of you to view this video.  I was very moved when I first saw it.  I will be turning 44 in just a few weeks.  I have vowed on my 50th birthday to own one of Dan’s paintings.

Dan and I often joke how we are constantly making each other cry; good tears, mind you.  We have never officially met, didn’t grow up in the same geographical area, but we have shared similarities, have uncanny ties to certain pieces of his work and we shared a love for my sister that will bind us for all times.

My goal is have to have Dan showcased in San Francisco.  Besides sharing his work, in person, on the West Coast, I would actually be able to attend his exhibit, and meet my talented friend in person.

Please feel free to share this video.  I’d love to hear your feedback after watching it.  If you would like to check out more of Dan’s work, please visit artbydangles.

 

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