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Planning my 50th

Published March 8, 2017 by lynn k scott

Something I have been doing lately, is setting goals for myself. I am vocalizing my dreams in order to turn them into reality. I am sharing them here, on Facebook and with friends. I am holding myself accountable to make my goals happen.

Today, another dream, has turned into a goal.  While I am only heading toward the ripe-old-age of 46, I am planning something extremely special for my 50th birthday.  You see, I have this incredibly talented, yet humble, friend; someone I’ve yet to personally meet.

I’ve written about Dan before:  “He is my rainbow…”.  I hadn’t thought about it, but I would actually have to consider him my writing muse.  It’s often said to tell people you care about them now, because tomorrow isn’t promised to anyone.  Seeing how my family was ripped away from me, how Dan was there, I couldn’t imagine not knowing him.  Other people have come and gone from my life.  Each has taught me something; whether it was good or bad.  Where Dan is concerned, it’s as if his paintbrush has touched my soul and brightened it like the water colors do for his paintings.

The link we originally shared was my sister, Kathi.  Our friendship has blossomed like one of his paintings.  It started out small, details were added, life was breathed into it and now, here we are, years later, special friends with such an emotional tie. I know my life wouldn’t be complete without his positive influence.

“Sprouting New Beginnings” by Dan Angeles

Now that I have a few years, I can work on figuring out how to surprise Dan.  There are some logistics to plan, after all I’m in CA and he’s in TX and I will need some inside help. I don’t foresee that as an issue though.  It will be my first trip to TX (outside of the airport, that is).  I want to visit the Craighead Green Gallery, where is exhibits are shown.

In fact, if you are in the Dallas area, Dan will be opening a new exhibit, “Removing the Veil”, on April 1, 2017, and you’ll be able to see his amazing work first hand.  If you happen to meet him, please tell him, “Kathi’s sister sent me”.

Here is a video previewing the upcoming show.  One day, I will attend one of Dan’s opening.  I have always wanted to attend an art opening, but refuse to do so, until I can see his work on opening night.

I wish my friend much success and know I will be offering a long overdue hug for all his success, support and friendship, when we finally meet.

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AAY: Hop to it – here comes the bunnies

Published March 6, 2017 by lynn k scott

It’s that time of year again.  The time we start looking for Peter Cottontail to start hopping down that bunny trail.

I’m happy to announce some very special bunnies are now available in the All About YOU store.  They are adorable, right?

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CANDY BAGS WITH PLUSH BUNNY
Plush girl and boy bunny candy bag with clear acetate window tummy and 4″ zipper in the back.

15″H X 7″W X 4″D; 4″Opening

PLEASE CHOOSE FROM DROP DOWN BOX BOY OR GIRL

Not only are these two hopping up to make Easter extra special, they arrive the same week there’s a promo code!  Now, that’s what I call perfect timing.  This promotion is from March 3-10, 2017.

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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.

 

Be careful when saying, “Girly Tattoos”

Published March 3, 2015 by lynn k scott

Just the title alone, Girly Tattoos, would typically bring images of flowers, butterflies, whimsical fairies, etc. to mind. In my case however, it was a conversation I had with a stranger that reaffirmed my love for the body art I proudly display.

The snarling wolf head is the center tattoo on my shoulder line.

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There are additional tattoos to the left and right of the it; each about the same size. My shoulder line cannot be viewed unless I wear a tank top, which displays the three, good-size pieces.

One night, while at a local bar with some friends, a mid-20s male got up from his group of buddies and made his way over to me, as I got up from my stool. For some reason, he felt some obligation to inform me that my tattoos were not “girly tattoos”. If you don’t have any tattoos, it’s hard to explain the offensiveness of his statement. I didn’t take it as a full-on attack, which it could have been, but I didn’t want to be nice, smile and just ignore the comment either. I chose a sarcastic response. Since his buddies were listening and watching on, seeing how this would play out, I wanted to make sure they could hear.

Now, in my experience, the male ego has a macho tendency at times, esp. when they are among friends. He was brave enough, if you will, to actually let me know his thoughts on my body art. I noticed he had a small tribal ban tattoo encircling his bicep. That would do. I looked up at him (I’m only 5’2″ and he was much taller), smiled, tilted my head and said, “ooooh…I’m sorry. Are you upset because my tattoos are bigger than yours?”

That was sufficient. It earned the appropriate “OOOOOOOOOHs” from this buddies, as they brought closed fists to their mouths and laughed. Guys and size. Not sure what it is, but I knew a comparison would work in my favor. The guy who approached me really didn’t have much to say. I ended our interaction with, “I wasn’t aware I was supposed to get certain tattoos based on my gender. I suggest you don’t approach anyone else regarding their tattoo choices. It could end badly for you.” With that I walked away and he returned to his table; tale tucked between his legs in defeat.

Had this guy been respectful when he approached me and not been trying to show off, he would have learned more about my not-so-girly tattoos. While my shoulder pieces hold special meaning for me, I didn’t get them for a fashion statement or to be a rebel. Most people are generally more than happy to talk about their ink and its meaning.

Tattoos hold special meaning for a lot of people. I grew up with my dad getting tattoos at local fairs and carnivals. Yes, that was quite awhile ago. My mother HATED tattoos. She would take us kids on the rides and when we were done, my dad had a new tattoo. I never, ever, dreamed I have one, let alone 10 (and counting) tattoos on my body.

While I don’t take pain well, tattoos have taken on an entirely new meaning for me. When my younger sister passed away from breast cancer, I knew I would be getting a memorial tattoo. In fact, I knew I would be getting it before she passed, as I was coming to grips with the terminal aspect of her disease. What shocked me, was my mother offered to pay for it. The picture I had chosen had come to represent my sister and my mother was completely on board. WOW! Times had changed.

The "All Will Get Better Bear" memorial tattoo for my sister.

The “All Will Get Better Bear” memorial tattoo for my sister.

The other tattoos I have represent significant times in my life.  Sadly, and proudly, I have three memorial tattoos.  My dad’s on my right calf, my mother’s on my right forearm and my sister’s above my left bicep.  Additionally, I added a breast cancer ribbon to the inside of my left wrist.  While some people don’t understand tattoos, I used my memorial tattoos in my stages of grieving.  It helped me through.  I was closer to my mother and sister, which is why their tattoos are on my arm.  I can look at either arm, at any time, and see “them.  The other tattoos represent significant times and/or meanings in my life.

for sis  I know people who get tattoos just to have them. I know people who get them as the tattoos are attached to their culture and heritage or for religious reasons. I respect their decisions in how they adorn their bodies. I even respect those who choose not to display art via use their body as a canvas. All I ask in return is for the same respect.

My shoulder line

My shoulder line – which caused the original “girly” comment

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