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Gerushia's New World





Updated: 2017-11-20T07:01:35.601-08:00

 



Finding Peace in My Studio and Calm in My Garden ~

2016-05-31T18:43:18.730-07:00

In the long couple of years during my husband's two lay-offs, I found myself getting lost in my studio and my garden.  I nurtured my flowers and kept my studio alive with new art.  These places centered me and gave me calm and peace.  But, after the lay-offs, I found it very difficult to find peace anywhere.....and, I still feel lost and hopeless and terrified of another lay-off.  So much so that I find myself so overwhelmed that I end up doing nothing most of the time.  I manage to keep my garden watered ~ I try to keep in touch with the little good guys that live in the boysenberries... and the new growth that will eventually bloom ~ But, in all honesty, I am still struggling.  My family is still struggling and my garden is still struggling.  With these types of financial disasters, it's hard to believe that anyone can ever get back on their feet.  Life becomes gray and dull, even with all the colors of the rainbow showing off in my garden.I never disregard the goodness in my Everydays.  But my mind is so cluttered with money worries that I can't seem to find the heart or the time to connect to anything for fear that it will be taken away.Last week, my worries escalated to the point of absolute brain chaos!!  I had to find some peace and calm in order to keep breathing.  My studio.  My art.  I did it!  I walked into my studio and prepared 2 canvases.  Might not sound like much, but for me, it was a breakthrough.  I had not created a mixed media piece in almost a year.  I've sketched and painted a bit, but collaging/mixed media is really what I love to do.  Sinking my teeth into 2 new pieces in less than a week was like being rescued from a dark, musty dungeon.I felt safer.  Not free from loss, but safer somehow.  Like, even if we do lose our house, I will still have a home in my art.So, here is the first mixed media piece created in 2016 ~  "The Guardian of Lucine."  SOLDThe name Lucine means moon or illumination.  In this piece, Lucine is having an awful time making sense out of her life...out of life in general.  Her pal, Archie, is protecting and comforting her.  Archie has always been Lucine's guardian, through good times and bad times.  If you're interested in purchasing the original, you can do so by clicking HERE.  :-)The second mixed media piece of 2016 is a "revisit" entitled:"The Uninvited."There are a few character studies from my book that I created several years ago that I like, but I'm not fully satisfied with.  Occasionally, I like to revisit, or re-do a character study.  For me, it's similar to re-writing a chapter.  "The Uninvited" is also one of my tiny tales.  When you purchase the art, it comes along with a short story printed on lovely calligraphy paper.Here's the little story:"Today is Miss. Laramie Rabbit's big tea party.  All her friends will be there, ready to have a day of fun and food ~ yummy little rosy cupcakes, delicious boysenberry turnovers, and sweet, minty tea.  But...someone a bit dark and eerie has made an appearance.  Someone or something Uninvited.  What will the day bring for Miss. Laramie Rabbit and her friends?"If you're interested in purchasing this original, you can click right HERE.So, as the future still holds some really scary maybes and what-ifs, I have to find peace.  We never know what the future holds, anyway, right?  I think for me, one day at a time is the only way I can breathe through my life.  The recent past is horrifying and the future holds the possibility of losing our home.  So, living in the moment ....one day at a time...is where you'll find me, and you can now find me in my studio too!  :-)Until Next Time:KimGerushia's New World[...]



A Little Bit of Catching Up To Do.....

2016-05-10T14:21:33.889-07:00

It's hard to believe that it's been exactly 8 months today since the last time I blogged.  At that time, my husband was working through his second lay-off in 15 months.  It was only a couple of weeks after that last time I blogged that he was hired. Things are still difficult in some ways, but oodles better than they were during the lay-off days.  I suppose it will take a long time to "get back on our feet."During the last 8 months, I have been up and down.  Thinking, figuring, trying to make some sense out of life.As always, I have found peace and balance through my garden and nature....California poppy and a busy bee ~Hollyhocks reaching for the cerulean sky ~ A sunny yellow blossom.  My beloved Mexican tulip poppies ~  I have found that the gifts of nature can be healing....blustery clouds ~ rainbows ~ and Johnny Appleseed skies ~ Garden strolls with my puppy.....lizard patrol ~ He runs himself ragged chasing my garden lizards.Time for a nap ~ Sometimes, just getting away from home for a little while is the best thing... I went with my daughter to get her first tattoo a few months ago.  I wouldn't trust anyone more than this guy for my daughter's first!  He's the only artist I've ever trusted for myself, so it was only natural that he would be my daughter's first.On our way home from our tattoo journey, we left the beaten path and found the wild wild west ~Even a visit to a local bookstore can be a welcomed journey...My inspiration ~ I am sad to say, I have not been prolific in my studio.I haven't created a single collage/mixed media piece in 2016.I have, however, revisited sculpting ~My son and I worked together on some sculpting projects.  The skeleton you see is his work in progress.  I am working on sculpting a Humpty! During the holiday season, I dabbled with some fun, salted watercolors.I am not a person that loves the winter, but I do love a snowman ~ The originals have all sold, but you can get these 3 in print versions right HERE.I have also continued to work on a series of Humpty Dumpty salted watercolors.  These paintings have helped to get me through some rough patches.Again, the originals have sold, but both can be purchased in print versions.  Simply click on the titles to view the print."Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall."This piece is about burdens.  Never-ending burdens all year 'round.  Humpty pulls his burdens along with him everywhere he goes, all year.  Winter = the snowman.  Spring = the rabbit.  Summer = the lawn gnome and Fall = the pumpkin.  The thing is, Humpty doesn't have to bring these burdens with him, but he doesn't know how to let them go.  "I Didn't Ask For This."This piece is about empty promises.  Humpty promised snowman that this would be a safe trip home.  A smooth ride.  But Humpty can't always be trusted.  He gave the pig a little kick in the ribs to make him buck, knowing that it would scare snowman.Empty promises are one of the things that I have learned to loathe since the time my husband was job searching.  Companies would make so many empty promises, and not follow through.  Sometimes, not even calling back.  It was beyond frustrating.There is no way I can sum up the last 8 months in a single blog post.  So, I hope you can enjoy the photos and know that things are better now.  We are hopeful that life will continue to get better and the last 2-1/2 years will one day be nothing more than a blurry memory of a time gone by.  Thank you so much for visiting me again.  I won't make any empty promises about blogging more often.  I love my little blog.  I love taking photos of my garden and sharing my art.  I hope to be back soon....but I won't promise.Until Next Time:KimGerushia's New World[...]



Hopefulness, Art, Fear, Thankfulness, Life, Darkness....

2015-09-10T19:55:13.619-07:00

I hardly know where to start.Life has surely pitched my family a curve ball.You see, my husband was laid off in December of 2013.He was unemployed from December through the end of July 2014.He took a less than perfect job, because, let's be serious, that's better than unemployment.He worked there for just over 7 months when that company restructured.In early March 2015, he was laid off again.Currently, he is still unemployed.During this time, I have helped to keep food on the table with my Art Shop ~and my Garden/Photography Shop.So.....I don't know what the future holds.But, no one really knows, do they?I try to stay focused.And grateful.Grateful for those dreamy days that are far and few between....Tea time with a friend ~ Quiet days in my studio....working through the worry ~ Staying focused ~ Thankful for friends that share their bounty ~Working working working on new art ~"The Melody Maker's Home""The Good Mourning Mice""Sister Ophelia's Unfortunate Picnic""Clara and Lucy's Curious Visitors""Another Hopeful Sunday""The Changeling Moon"Savoring sweet moments ~ ....and working hard to make ends meet.I just recently, (finally) introduced blank inside note cards into both my shops ~(Still trying to perfect taking artistic photos of my note cards). You can find note cards with my art in my Art Shop ~"Dancing Fiona" Note Cards"Valerian and Tartarian" Note CardsYou can find lovely gardeny note cards in my Photography Shop"Butterfly on Orange Cosmos""Evening Calla Lily"This is a rough patch...to say the least.I have learned a lot...Especially this ~ I have also learned  that, even in the most difficult, dark times....There can be fun things.Good things.I am so happy to say that The Press Enterprise (an Inland Empire newspaper in the Southern California area) interviewed me for their "Artist Spotlight" this week ~  ARTIST SPOTLIGHTThey even included a slide show of my work  ~ SLIDE SHOWMy daughter was so patient last week....Snapping a gajillion photos to get one single artist photo of me for the spotlight  ~ I see the tiredness in my eyes and the hardness in my smile.And fear.But....I see gratefulness too.And a bit of hope. And thankfulness.Until Next Time:KimGerushia's New World[...]



"Guardian of the Melody Maker" Character Study.....

2015-09-10T19:47:26.815-07:00

One of the great joys in my life is creating character studies for the fairy tale I'm writing called "Gerushia's New World. I love my work and I love the research that goes into writing a book and creating art.This brand new piece is called ~"Guardian of the Melody Maker"(Available through my Etsy shop)You see, in Gerushia's World there is a lot of music and...a lot of music inspired characters. This gal is a Melody Maker. She is part of a large group of musical personalities that live within Gerushia's World.  Melody Makers often roam freely and share their music, hoping to bring calm and wonder to their world.In this piece, you see her practicing under the yellowy skies of an oncoming storm. I used a scan of my Grandma Watson to create the Melody Maker ~ In Gerushia's World, under the yellowy skies and bruised storm clouds....you will find kindness, hope, good and evil, comfort and fear.But most of all, you will find peace.....eventually.Until Next Time:KimGerushia's New World[...]



It's True....I'm Still Alive ~

2015-07-14T13:59:46.140-07:00

I am so happy to be visiting my blog today.It's been a little while, hasn't it?April 17th, to be exact.During these warm and unsure days of summer, my garden calls me.Snapping photos of the buzzing life all around ~ Busy birdbath ~ Taking advantage of a cooler than usual afternoon ~ Purple stars ~Hollyhocks in the morning sun ~Collecting seeds ~ Snipping bouquets for the studio ~ ...taking time to stop and smell the roses.  Working on new character studies for my book....This gal is a melody maker (work in progress)Life has been topsy-turvy .I've found a bit of calm while working on my book....and creating new art ~ "Beryl's Beginning""Guardians of the Questionable Motive (Revisited)""Just Horsin' Around"...and, a new character study for my book ~"Serafine's Daughter"These pieces have all sold, but you can surely get them in print versions in my Art Shop.Life is a mystery.Sometimes scary.Sometimes exciting.We've had a rough couple of years here in Wlassak Wland, but we are pushing forward and living one day at a time.Until Next Time:KimGerushia's New WorldP.S.  It's very hot here today![...]



Would You Like to Read About My Art In "The New York Optimist"?

2015-04-17T14:33:05.650-07:00

I am so excited to be a featured artist in"The New York Optimist."Would you like to read the article?kimberly wlassak ~ Gerushia's New WorldIt was a pleasure to work with The Optimist.Very patient and detailed ....(John, if you read this, thank you thank you thank you for your patience and good humor).I am over the moon happy with all the photos of my art....Including some of my favorites ~ "A Secret Invitation for Maragild" "The Guardian of the Wrabbit Wranglers""The Window Watchers"and..."The Visitation of Eugenie's Muse"It's always exciting to see my art published in an article....But ~For the first time ever, the fairy tale I'm writing called "Gerushia's New World" was discussed.That was scary.You see, I've been working on this very long tale for a very long time.It's a darkish, middle grade fairy tale.A tale of good against evil.Will it ever get published?Who knows.Will I ever even finish it?Who knows.What I do know is that I love to write and I love creating art.Writing this book has allowed me to mingle the two.Many of my art pieces are character studies for my book.And, the art stands alone as well.So, if you have a spare moment or two, I'd love for you to pop over and read the article.Until Next Time:KimGerushia's New WorldP.S.  I love fairy tales!  xoxo[...]



Searching For Calm In Difficult Times ~

2015-04-13T15:58:32.483-07:00

Well, yes. Yes it has been just over 3 months since my last blog post.I didn't mean for it to happen, but time slips away.You see, my husband was laid off again.Second time in 15 months.So, I have been searching for calm.My family.My art.My garden.My writing.These are my quiet safe places.Watching the purples come to life ~ The pinks unfurl ~ Painting ~(Sold but will soon be offered in a print version)and painting ~(Sold)and painting ~ (Sold)and painting ~ (Sold) and more painting ~ Clearing my mind of worry.Staying focused.Sky watching....Heart shaped clouds ~ Firelight sunsets ~and tree bones ~ Only one new collage ~ This piece was created for the upcoming book "Welsh In The Old West" published by A Raven Above Press"Old Bill and Wind Blossom"The original framed art has sold but you can get this piece in a Print Version:And....these 3 pieces will soon be off to The Dream Factory in Frankfurt, Germany ~"The Haunting of La Llorona""The Beckoning of Leopold and Octavia"and...."The Burning of Eulalia"As the days swiftly fly by,waiting, waiting, waiting for that new job, I am keeping busy.Continuing work on my fairy tale.Composing character studies.Tending to my garden.Uncertainty floats all around.One. Day. At. A. Time.That's all I can do...One day at a time.KimGerushia's New WorldP.S.  I love Humpty.[...]



Time For An Art Giveaway!

2015-01-11T13:52:39.473-08:00

January is a great time to host an art giveaway.Don't you think so?I cleaned my studio and have put aside 3 art prints to offer for the giveaway.It's super duper easy....All you need to do is visit my  ~ Facebook Art Pageand leave a brief comment on the pinned post at the top.You don't have to do anything else, just leave a little comment.Here are the 3 prints included in the giveaway ~ "The Keeper of Odessa's Hymn""Rabbit's Curious Day"and...."Portrait of Mayor Ricarda"I would love for you to stop by my Facebook Art Page and enter to win.A winner will be picked at random on Tuesday, January 13 at 10:00 pm Pacific time.Hope to see you there!Until Next Time:KimGerushia's New World[...]



A New Year, New Art and Good-Bye to the Holidays ~

2015-01-06T17:58:45.021-08:00

Wow, December is a busy busy month, isn't it?The holidays are nice, but I admit it...I am always happy to go from this ~ to this ~ Although I love the golden Christmas colors we get here in Southern California...and the peek-a-boo winter roses ~ I am looking forward to the confetti colors of my spring garden ~ Pinks and corals and oranges and purples ~ Did you have a lovely Christmas season and a wonderful New Year's Eve?I wish upon all the stars that this year will be better than last.I wish it for you and me both!I started the new year by tidying up my studio ~ (This photo was taken before I finished)And, I've finished and listed my very first art piece of 2015 ~ Meet Valerian and Tartarian, two lovely gals on their way to town. V and T don't get out much, but when they do....they can really set the town on fire! Everyone talks about their playful antics and sneaky ways. Of course, they mean no harm, they just get caught up in the moment. Before long, they are ready for home and a long cat nap.In order to name these gals, I did research on plants other than catnip that cats are attracted to. Valerian and Tartarian Honeysuckle were 2 plants on the list. Sooooo....Valerian and Tartarian seemed like perfect names for these two kitty twin sisters"Valerian and Tartarian Find Their Way to Town"I've also listed 2 of my original character studies as a set ~"Jubal's Huckleberry Heart"This is a unique opportunity to own a set of 2 original character studies (not prints) created specifically for a children's picture book I am working on.The book is titled: "Jubal's Huckleberry Heart." These are the original character studies I created for the book.Included in the set is "Jubal's Gift to Lucy" and "Jubal's Huckleberry Heart." I am offering them together, as they truly do belong together. I do not want to separate them. All of these original pieces of art can be found in my Etsy Shop.Here's to a bright, stress free new year filled with art and fairy tales and some good old fashioned happiness!Until Next Time:KimGerushia's New World[...]



Changing Seasons and a Holiday Shop Sale ~

2014-12-10T12:54:00.133-08:00

Did you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving?I adore Thanksgiving.Then....I am ready to take a long nap and wake up to find myself transported to January 2nd, refreshed and preparing for springtime.I am not a winter-loving girl.I am always shocked into winter reality whenOvernight....the season changes....from this ~ to this ~Literally overnight.But, I do admit, once all the decorating chores are done, I have learned to enjoy the season a little more than I did a few years ago.Truly, I am not a scrooge.I just NEED sunshine and longer days and a springtime garden.I do find ways to keep busy when I can't work outside.Of course, I love to spend the evenings in my studio...planning and creating ~ Working on a nursery rhyme illustration for an art challenge."Hey Diddle Diddle"I sometimes find my way into the kitchen.Making and baking.Honeycrisp and Granny Smith apple pie ~ The holidays allow me the chance to use my beloved china and depression glass collection.Peeking into the china cabinet, remembering and planning holiday table settings. A vintage Noritake tea set passed down to me by my mom ~Vintage green goblets and pink depression glass ~ Fun and crafty projects help to keep my mind off of the short, winter days.Dyeing bottle brush trees in vibrant Christmas colors ~ Honestly, it is probably good that the short and slow days of winter are engulfing me.If it were gardening season, I would be so frustrated because I am down and out with a bad knee....hobbling and bobbling.  I would not be able to do heavy duty gardening work.My knee is swollen and crazy sore ~ Like a big goose egg right in the middle of my kneecap.I slammed it hard on our metal doggy gate on Halloween night.Ouch!Maybe I need this quiet time indoors to help in the healing process.So, as I ponder the new year and re-introduce myself to the inside of my home...the lights are twinkling ~ I have plans in the studio and even a cookie baking day.I have plenty to keep me busy.Including a holiday sale in my Art Shop.If you fancy giving art for holiday gifts, now is a great time to purchase.I am offering 40% off my entire Etsy shop with coupon code SilverBells40.Simply use the code at checkout to automatically receive your discount.I hope you are all enjoying the season and not falling into the chaos that sometimes attaches itself to the holidays.Until Next Time:KimGerushia's New World[...]



Autumn Roses, Misty November Days And An Interview.

2014-11-12T12:59:43.192-08:00

I admit it, I am not looking forward to winter.I don't like the shorter days.I don't like the early darkness setting in.I am not a lover of the holiday season in general....But ~I do love the Autumn.November roses show off their white glow ~ Perfect buttercream petals ~ Reaching up towards the sun on misty November days ~ Competing against the warm yellow leaves ~ Greeting visitors just at our entryway ~ An invitation to view bright Autumn chrysanthemums ~and flaming orange pumpkins ~These radiant yet hazy days call for a studio clean-up ~ and cozying up in my little reading nook ~ Fluffy pillows and warm light ~ Little reminders of Halloween embellish my studio hutch ~ I am happy to stay home.Inside and outside.And...truth be known, I rarely leave my house, other than to shop at the grocery.But, isn't it wonderful to be connected electronically?It opens up a whole world of goodness and opportunity, doesn't it?I was asked to do an interview for The Palette Pages.No need to leave my house!So fun to answer questions about my art.Would you like to read it?My Interview.It is isn't very long, but it gives just a peek into my history as an artist.I would love for you to read it.  Maybe even leave a comment!  :-)It was such fun to answer the questions.Ohhhh....and, I am having a little shop sale through November 16th.You can receive 30% off storewide by using coupon code AUTUMNLOVE.You see, we have a huge leak in our foundation.We are still trying to get caught up after our 8 month lay-off.Now, I'm afraid we are going to have a very large plumbing bill.The leak is under the master bathtub on one end of the house.The water has made it's way all the way outside the dining room wall on the opposite end of the house.It is a very bad situation.So, every little bit helps.Here is the link to my Etsy shop:Gerushia's World on EtsyMaybe do a little early holiday shopping?Is it misty and warm in your neck of the woods?Is it cold and snowy?I am holding on to these lovely warm Autumn days.I am already seeing Christmas commercials on television.I want my Thanksgiving first.I already have my table set in anticipation!Until Next Time:KimGerushia's New WorldP.S.  This guy came by for lunch today:[...]



November Rolls In With A Kaleidoscope of Color ~

2014-11-12T09:05:31.878-08:00

Hello November! You are always welcome.Warm days. A kaleidoscope of color ~  Butterfly visits ~ A jumble of summer's leftovers ~Pinks, yellows and purples ~ and cool whites....reaching upwardsoaking up the autumn sun ~ Unexpected gifts from the birds....Seeds dropped from a feeder become golden sunflowers ~ Faces raised to the sky ~ November is the time to bring color indoors ~ Measuring and planning ~  A facelift for the dining room chairs ~A garden of color for my studio chair too ~Sleepy puppy gathering up the glow of November's warmth.Drunk from the sun, tongue sticking out ~  Days so warm that you confuse them with summer.Nights cool enough to offer dew in the early morning hours ~ Time spent imagining....Daydreaming of future gardens.Future paintings.The future in general.Grabbing tight to the short autumn days.Breathing in the gleam and glow of November.Until Next Time:KimGerushia's New World[...]



A Fanciful Twist's 2014 Halloween Blog Party !

2014-10-25T19:32:14.121-07:00

It's that time of year again....time for A Fanciful Twist's yearly Halloween Blog Party.Anyone in the mood for a spooky poem? Oh, I hope so.I adore fun and spooky Halloween poems.The House Upon the Halloween HillThe house upon the Halloween hill is waiting for the day ~For little clowns.... and kids in masks,coming out to play.Trick or treat can take you to the scariest of places ~ Little ghosties on the graves...(look closely) and dark and evil faces.With weeping girls... and ghostly brides ~ and twins from beyond the veil.A weak and tiny vampire boy with skin that shines so pale.The grown-ups play in masks of their own....Dressed up like Pierrots ~ and fortune tellers study books to ready for their shows.When the autumn air is upon you, enjoy it while it's here,Halloween is but a season to fill you up with fear.A huge thank you to Vanessa Valencia for hosting these amazing parties each year.  xoxoHope you enjoyed the vintage photos.  They are all from my personal collection.Until Next Time:KimGerushia's New World[...]



Simple October Days And A New Watercolor ~

2014-10-22T13:11:57.960-07:00

I adore the easy and simple days of October.I've been slowly working on a salted watercolor the last week or so."Apple Jack""Apple Jack....he LOVES apples.Even if it means stealing them from the neighbor's tree....he'll do whatever it takes to feed his desire for apples!"Apple Jack is in my Etsy Shop right now.He's not fancy or masterful....just a simple, salted watercolor illustration.I've even been working on some little ACEOs, which I haven't done in years.I love working in small format, and ACEOs are only 2-1/2" x 3-1/2"....tiny goodness.  I just started one last night."Hester's Last Balloons"Easy days.Tiny art.Reading books ~ Autumn garden blossoms ~ A tangle of pink and orange, greeting the cooler days ~ Puppy's favorite sunning spot.Snoozing in the warmth ~ Lazy strolls.Treasures hidden in the nooks and crannies.It isn't unusual to find little bones and feathers this time of year.With garden clean-up in full swing, you never know what might be hidden beneath the leaves on the hill.Traces of hummingbirdand lost feathers ~ Keepsakes from previous garden years ~ Sad and harsh yet beautiful.Nature is a beastly gal sometimes, isn't she?The days are getting shorter.The nights are cooler.Simple days of art.Warm days in the garden with the puppy.Holding on to each and every moment.Until Next Time:KimGerushia's New World[...]



A Late Halloween And a Facebook Give-Away ~

2014-10-10T12:57:24.597-07:00

Well, I can't believe it....It's October 10th and our Halloween decorations are all still safely tucked away in the garage.This is the latest we've ever decorated for Halloween.It's just been too hot and not at all autumn-like.But, they are going up this weekend, hot weather or not.I am craving the glow of Halloween ~ Spooky foggy nights ~ and ghoulish visitors ~ Last year, I was so lucky to find a conjoined pumpkin at my local grocery ~ Wonder if there's any chance I'll ever find another one.Probably not.Gathering the Halloween decorations ~ Adorning both inside ~ ...and outside ~ We will make the best of the warm weather and dream of the cool and orange flavored days ahead.Also, during this decorating weekend, I am having a give-away on my Facebook Art Page.If you'd like to participate, all you have to do is stop by my Art Page and leave a short comment.No need to share it on your page or do any such thing.Simply leave a comment.I am giving away a tiny tale print version of "Let's Gather the Stars."Along with the art print, I am including the short story that goes along with it.  These two lovely ladies, Alice and Junie, are characters from the middle grade fairy tale I am writing, so I am including a short excerpt from the book, nicely printed on high quality calligraphy paper.Here's the little story:"Alice and Junie are gathering stars on this clear and warm April night. Junie is curious and ready to collect so many stars in her wooden bucket. She hesitates, but Alice assures her that all is well and the collecting night is upon them. Junie knows that tomorrow morning when she wakes, she will have a bucket full of wishes. What will she wish for?"Stop by my Facebook page and say hi and enter the contest!I will be choosing a random winner Sunday evening, October 12th.I'd love to see you there.Until Next Time:KimGerushia's New World[...]



The Changing Season and the Color Orange ~

2014-10-04T14:43:56.150-07:00

Hello There ~Can you see the change in the air?The change from summer to autumn?Orange is everywhere ~In the garden ~A morning coffee cup ~ Fresh squeezed orange juice ~ Pumpkins have already been welcomed into my backyard ~(P.S. I grew all the tiny, solid orange pumpkins)Pumpkins here and there.On the dining room hutch, paired with delicious autumn apples ~ Jack O' Lantern sketch.Soon to be orange ~  (work in progress)There is a glare to autumn.An exciting time of change....but sad, too.I always feel a little empty during the change from summer to fall.The oranges of the season help to lighten the mood.Soon, it will be time for pumpkin carving ~ and a love/hate relationship with candy corn ~ Early October in Southern California.I can see the autumn in the air...but I can't feel it yet.Today, it will be well over 100 degrees.Time to stay indoors and dream of the cooler days ahead.Since it is still early October, I created a"Halloweenish" shop section in my Etsy shop. There are 17 items to choose from.It is filled with some of my spookier art.Use coupon code Halloweenish to receive 30% off any item in my Halloween shop category.This sale will only run for a couple of days. I want to be sure and have time to mail out any Halloween art well before Halloween.Is it autumn in your neck of the woods yet?Until Next Time:KimGerushia's New World[...]



Sadness and Healing. Good and Bad. Light and Dark.

2014-10-03T11:52:44.002-07:00

I can't believe it's been over 3 months since my last visit.Life has been a roller coaster.Has it ever been that way for you?Up and down.Up and down.A whirlwind right in my very own home.Life has been crazy ~Awful, good, sad, creative and insane all rolled into one big unforgettable year.My husband got a job....thank goodness.He was hired at the end of July.Then, my car caught on fire.But, the worst, saddest, most heartbreaking thing happened ~So horrible I can barely type it here.We lost our beloved Kelly to a disease she had been fighting all of her short life.We thought she was better.She had not been sick for almost a year.It came on so quickly and she failed so fast.We weren't able to save her.Of all the other craziness going on in our lives,losing Kelly shattered our hearts the most.Her brother, Kenan, had never spent a single day away from her.He's getting better now~Finding his own way, bit by bit.Playing with his toys ~ They did everything together.Nap time ~Birdwatching ~ Studio visits ~and playtime ~Kenan sticks to me like glue.He's my shadow ~ We are smothering him with love and attention.Probably too much because he likes to set his own pace.But, he's going to be okay.He can hang with me all day in my studio ~ Losing Kelly hurt so much for so many different reasons.Too many reasons to name right now.But, somehow I had to stop crying.I just couldn't stop crying.So, I forced myself back to my art.It is true ~ Art Heals.Art and family and time and hope.We are healing little by little.But I know we will never stop missing her.In the meantime:I am finding bits of goodness.Firelight sunsets ~ An unexpected visitor ~ Who now has his own chair ~Freshly baked apple pies ~ And the lovely chaos of the Halloween season ~ So, life is a whirlwind.Sadness and healing.Good and bad.Light and dark.My friend Vanessa told me ~ "This whirlwind of a life is like hanging on to your ruby slippers through a tornado."Right now, I am hanging on tight.And I'm happy to be back.Healing and hoping.Until Next Time:KimGerushia's New World[...]



Just Minding My Own Business ~ When All Of A Sudden.....

2014-07-01T20:42:53.852-07:00

Boom, just like that.Didn't see it coming.Times have been difficult for my family since October of 2007.No need for detail other than it's been a financial struggle since helping with my mom's medical and death expenses.Last year, we were finally feeling like there might be a little light at the end of the tunnel....until my husband was unexpectedly laid off right before Christmas.So, I found a pace after the lay-off.I learned to cope and juggle bills and force myself to see good things every day.Spending time in my studio helped keep my mind off of troubles ~ Frisky puppies made me giggle ~ and my garden helped me stay focused ~ It wasn't easy.It was high level budgeting and going without any extras.BUT...we were, by the skin of our teeth, surviving.Then....Boom, just like that.Didn't see it coming.We lost our unemployment money.All due to a power play in Washington.Politicians....Blech!In some ways, this news was scarier than the actual lay-off.So....here we are.In limbo.Again.Right now, the only money we have coming in is the money I make from my art.I've just recently finished a piece that is a sort of nod to a character named "Madrigal" from the book "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" by Laini Taylor.If you've read the book, you'll understand my character design.This is my idea of what Madrigal might look like if she were in Gerushia's World ~ "A Secret Invitation For Maragild"  SOLD(Maragild is an anagram of Madrigal)I think this piece stands on it's own as well.It is still within Gerushia's World.No need to read the book in order to like the piece.Right?Because of our current emergency, I am having a 40% off sale in my Zibbet Shop.  The above piece is normally $80.00 and it is included in the sale. If you prefer shopping at Etsy, you can receive the same 40% off storewide by using coupon code STAYSTRONG.Sometimes, it makes me sad to offer my art at discounted prices.It makes me feel like it's in a dime store junk aisle.But, as you can see, I am desperate.If you've ever contemplated buying an original or print from my shop, now would be the best time ever.It is food on the table until we get through this nightmarish journey.So....here I am.Still blogging, if not as often as I'd like to.Still trying to find good things in my every day life.I don't know where this journey's path is leading us.Honestly, I'm terrified.And confused.Confused about why things like this happen to people that try so hard to live a good and quiet and simple life.I know there are no easy answers.I have no answers at all.Right now, we are in a dark struggle and I am trying with all my heart to find some goodness....and make a few dollars selling the thing that I love to do the most...Until Next Time:KimGerushia's New WorldP.S.  If you have any questions about the sale or my art, please don't hesitate to contact me.  xoxo[...]



A Quick Hello, Working Outside My Comfort Zone and a Weekend Sale ~

2014-05-16T17:28:50.599-07:00

Hello There:I wasn't planning on blogging this evening,but....it's so hot outside and I'm indoors anyway,may as well pop in and say a little "Hello."I worked a bit in the garden this morning:But, it was so hot, I decided to have my coffee at the breakfast nookand view the garden through the window ~ Since the last time I visited, I finished a new piece."Always There to Hold You Up."I have always been fascinated with twins and have wanted to do a piece dedicated to that fascination for a long time.The piece has already sold, but I wanted to share it with you anyway.I am in the middle of projects, and found myself with empty time on my hands.I don't like empty time because it allows me to think too much....Which is fine under better circumstances, but with my husband STILL unemployed, too much thinking is not good for me.So.....with no current project on the table, I decided to do something that I never, ever do.  DrawFlowers!!I love flowers.I grow flowers.I nurture flowers.But....I don't draw them.It is a thousand miles out of my comfort zone....drawing flowers.I decided to just doodle.Cartoonish flowers ~ Nothing fancy or realistic.Eventually, this will be a watercolor.Well, unless I get frustrated and tear it up...which I've been known to do on many occasions in my arty life.I think it's good to work outside of our comfort zones sometimes.While I'm taking a break from my current illustration projects ~I've decided to have a little sale in my Zibbet Shop.May 16 through May 18, all originals in my Zibbet shop are 30% off. No need for a coupon code as all prices are marked. I'd love to move some of my original inventory, as I have several new pieces that will be introduced over the next few months.So, this weekend will still be unseasonably warm.The best time to stay in the studio,paint outside of my comfort zone,and have a little weekend sale.Until Next Time:KimGerushia's New World[...]



Fewer Words Are Sometimes Better ~

2014-05-08T17:19:51.897-07:00

I don't have many words today.Sometimes, few words can say everything.With my husband still unemployed, I find myself quietly in the studio ~And often in the garden.ThinkingWonderingGrasping for hope.Grateful for this colorful backyard show.Pinks ~Warm mornings ~ Buzzing ~ Light and shadow ~ Snarling pups ~ Nosing around ~ Enjoying the garden from a puppies point of view ~ Rosemary scented ~ A little bit of lacy white...and sunny hot orange ~Froot Loops colors ~Vibrant pinks on a hazy May morning ~ Prowling....for lizards ~The outside is welcome inside....Bouquets ~Vibrant dining room confetti ~ Thankful for the peace that my little garden offers me.I find comfort there,and a different comfort here...In my studio ~ I have been very busy creating and selling.The bit of extra money helps out tremendously right now.This new original is in my Shop."The Guardian of the Wrabbit Wranglers"These two gentlemen were out for a jaunt in the countryside....hoping to wrangle some rabbits. Ooops....looks like Mr. Watson received a nasty nibble on his finger. I've also put these two pieces into my  "Tiny Tale Art" shop section...Each tiny tale print comes with a little story that I wrote.The corresponding story is printed on calligraphy paper."Let's Gather the Stars""Marvalee's Basket of Hopes"Thank you for stopping by.I hope to be back very soon...with more words and, hopefully, news that my husband has found a job.Until Next Time:KimGerushia's New World[...]



When Quartz Becomes Stars and Serendipity Visits ~

2014-04-12T16:16:28.149-07:00

Serendipity ~I've always loved that word and the idea of it.I stumbled across a serendipitous occurrence just this morning.So, I finished a new art piece last night and listed it in my Zibbet Shop.It's the first piece I've ever created that is in the night-time."Let's Gather The Stars"The illustration is based on 2 characters from my book named Alice and Junie."Alice and Junie are gathering stars on this clear and warm April night. Junie is curious and ready to collect so many stars in her wooden bucket. She hesitates, but Alice assures her that all is well and the collecting night is upon them. Junie knows that tomorrow morning when she wakes, she will have a bucket full of wishes. What will she wish for?" I am sort of in love with the idea of star collecting. Gathering stars to distribute wishes to friends and loved ones.Anyway...I created this piece with my little cottage in Northwest Arkansas in mind.It was an amazing  wonderland filled with colorful turtles, chipmunks, wild honeysuckle and quartz.We had these spectacular thunderstorms in the springtime and the rain would pound the ground so hard that the quartz would come to the top of the dirt ~My boys were little at the time ~ (Sorry about the matching outfits, guys)and we would go outside the morning after a storm,buckets in hand,and collect the quartz for wish making.My new piece was based on our quartz gathering.Only....Alice and Junie gather stars for wish making.You're probably wondering where the serendipity is in all of this, right?Well, this morning I received a note from an art friend/jewelry maker.We only recently became friends through facebook.After we met, I found out she grew up in the area near my little cottage.She creates lovely pieces of jewelry and was very inspired by the quartz and fossils and rocks in that Northwest Arkansas region.So, I received a note from my friend saying she wanted to buy this new piece.She had no idea that the piece was inspired by the region that we both grew to love so much.She had no idea that the star gathering in this new piece had anything to do with our quartz gathering.Yet, for some reason, she was drawn to the new art.She bought it immediately.I am over the moon happy to know that she is the one who will love this art.That she knows how the hills of Fayetteville smell after a thunderstorm.That we share the knowledge of the quartz and fossils and secret treasures that can be found in nature in that particular region.This made me happy today.Until Next Time:KimGerushia's New World[...]



Always Remember It's Only Temporary ~

2014-04-11T14:10:23.503-07:00

I am so scattered these days.Most times, I can't even remember what day it is.Having my husband home everyday has caused me to lose track of my days.Is it Monday?Or Thursday?Or, maybe it's Saturday.While he works feverishly searching for jobs 10 to 12 hours a day ~I find myself with almost nothing to do at all.Other than worry.I try to remember that this current unemployment situation is only temporary.It is, isn't it?Only temporary?Sometimes it feels like a never-ending whirlwind of panic and fear.But.....it's only temporary.Just another piece of our story.Another valley to crawl through.There are bad days and better days.I find myself focusing on the outside world.The freedom of birds ~No money worries.No bills.Flying wherever your tiny brain takes you.Most likely to a food source ~ Friends all around ~ Gathering and buzzing from flower to flower.No worries of loss or homelessness ~ Building a nest for your family.This pair of Mourning Doves work together.Focused on the perfect stick or twig to add to their home.No mortgage company breathing down their feathery necks ~ Sometimes, all I can see is black.Then, on another day, I am reminded of purple ~Jewel tones that have the power to lighten your heart.If only for a flash of a moment ~ My studio eases my mind.Sometimes ~Creating illustrations allows me to escape.For awhile.I finished a piece last night.And....I like it.This is the second story illustration based on Mayor Ricarda. She is very powerful and protects Gerushia's World with a passion. But, even Mayor Ricarda needs some down-time. So, she joined a Monday morning book club. Just by the creek is a lovely spot to read and talk to other like-minded book lovers."Mayor Ricarda's Monday Morning Book Club"This piece is listed in my Zibbet Shop.Finishing a new piece always gives me hope.The possibility of a bit of money coming in.Maybe even making someone else happy by offering my art.There are also a lot of other rabbity pieces in my Shop.So, I've created a coupon code for all things rabbity in my Zibbet shop, just in time for Easter delivery. Simply use coupon code RabbityLove at checkout to receive 25% off any piece of art that includes a rabbit. The coupon code is good only through Sunday, April 13th. This includes prints and originals.I can hear my husband in the distance right now...Sighing.Almost constantly, it seems.He doesn't realize it.Sighs of exhaustion.Disappointment.Frustration.Anger.Waiting for positive news.Waiting.Every single day.So....we wait.He networks and job searches.I wander and pace and envy the birds.But, we still manage to get up and start over every morning.That must mean something, right?Until Next Time:KimGerushia's New World[...]



Lovely Lazy Days And A Half Crazy Sale ~

2014-03-28T14:46:07.923-07:00

Do you love lazy days?I adore them.Especially in early Springtime.Entering into our 4th month of unemployment, I am very focused on money~And that makes me very sad.But I am enjoying the longer, lazy days.I don't like money very much.It seems more inclined to do things TO a person instead of FOR a person.But, the reality is....we need it.While my heart is focused on blossoms and puppies and hummingbirds and art, my head is focused on survival.So....I am having a crazy sale.50% off storewide in both of my shops.Of course, we desperately need the money.My head tells me this and my heart believes it.My Zibbet Shop does not require a coupon code.The prices area marked for you.Isn't that cool?  I love that!If you prefer my Etsy Shop you can use coupon Code HALFCRAZY to receive 50% off.This includes all my newest originals:3 framed pieces:And of course....all my prints too. Zibbet Shop.Etsy Shop.This is also a great time to purchase for Easter.I have a large inventory of rabbity art!So, while this sale is going on, I am going to look forward...Appreciate the small stuff.Hungry hummingbirds are visiting lately ~ This little one is patiently waiting for his turn at the feeder.Quietly perched on a branch above ~The puppies walk with me...Investigating the boysenberries ~ Smelling the wildflowers ~ Playing peek-a-boo ~Posing for selfies ~ Admiring the early blue blossoms in my backyard wildflower garden ~ Crazy mockingbird landed on this pretty lupine and broke the stem.So it is now residing safely in a vase ~ Lazy days find me rummaging through boxes of old treasures and toys.Poppin' and Poppie were my favorites!Wonderfully quiet days in the studio.Messy desk and Springtime shadows ~  While we wait for good news and send out countless resumes every day,we savor our Everydays.Time passes in a flash, doesn't it seem so?As terrifying as it is to be living with an unstable future, each day still needs to be appreciated.  We wake up every morning with a heaviness in our bodies.Fearful of unemployment and the lack of jobs to be had in our region.Wondering and hoping that maybe today will finally be the day that someone says "you're hired."But, we're still alive.Someday, this will be a part of our past.Another layer in our life.It is scary, but it won't devour us.Flowers still bloom.Puppies still play.Our family is still together.Job or no job...We Are Still Alive.Until Next Time:KimGerushia's New World[...]



Little Hints of Springtime ~ Just What I Need.

2014-03-17T13:28:05.625-07:00

I know.I know it's been a very long time since my last visit.With life so full of worry and the fear over my husband's loss of employment, I just haven't had the heart to visit.The future is always a mystery, really.Isn't it?Add to that an unexpected lay-off and it can be overwhelming.But you know what?  I can't control any of that.I can't force a company to hire my husband.I can't live my life in constant worry.What I can control is my own peace.My own contentment.Finding and noticing little hints of springtime.Plum blossoms are making an early appearance this year ~ Just down the path, the nectarine blossoms are early as well ~ These are the jewels that keep me hopeful.Purples ~Whites ~Wildflower Greens ~Tiny new flowers ~Anticipation.Waiting for this baby bud to become a lovely blue lupine ~There is healing to be had in a garden ~Literal healing.This aloe has been in my garden for many years.My daughter transplanted it as a single pup ~We have used it to heal cuts,soothe burnsand cool stings.Last year was the first time it gifted us with a bloom.One single stalk.This year, it is full of future blooms.I never had much hope that it would flower.Yet, all these years later,after years of healing our wounds, it is now gifting us with beauty as well.Unexpected and quiet.The paths throughout my little garden offer beautyscentbuzzing bees andfuture pies.Boysenberries ~ We harvest most of the berries, but I am happy to share with the birds.I share the berries and nectarines with many feathered friends,but, I offer them their own food too ~ Every year around March 15th, we are visited by a male Oriole ~ (This photo is a few years old)I always make sure to hang a feeder before I hear or see him ~It is filled with nectar and birdberry jelly and orange slices.An Oriole feast ~ Once he's established his place, he will bring his wife.Then, they'll build a nest and in a couple of months, they will bring 2 young Orioles to the feeder.They leave at the end of August.I can hear the male up on my hill right now.This garden is for the family,pups included.They have green grass to enjoy ~ And a concrete patio where they like to wrestle ~and snarl ~ and romp ~These puppies have no idea what money is.They don't worry about unemployment...or where their next meal is coming from.They just simply live.We can all take a lesson from the puppies.Because, really, no amount of worrying is going to change things.We just have to keep living each day in the best way we can.In our garden.With our family.In my studio ~ I find a peace here too.Different than the peace I find in my garden,but equally as heartfelt and important.Throughout this unexpected lay-off, I have been working and listing items in both my Etsy Shop and my Zibbet Shop.This is my newest piece:"Portrait of Mayor Ricarda"Some of you may know (or not) that I am writing a fairy tale called "Gerushia's New World." Many of my art pieces are character illustrations for my book. Gerushia's World is a large and dreamy place with a magical cast of family and folk.This is "Ricarda." She is the Mayor of Gerushia's World. She is kind and understanding. But, if anyone tries to harm her world, she is fierce and will fight with her whole heart to save her land and her folk.The original is listed right here in My Etsy Shop.Also, since last time we met, I have listed the original piece I created for[...]



A Rambling Post About Staying Hopeful Through Difficult Times ~

2014-02-13T18:29:59.331-08:00

It has been way too long since I've visited my blog.I didn't mean to wait so long, but life has a way of throwing curve balls.We are at the end of the 9th week with no income.When my husband was laid off, we knew finding a new job would be a nerve-wracking, and possibly lengthy, process.We were right.This is a scary time, not knowing what the future holds.Although, we really never know what the future holds, do we?So, while we are trying to get though this as gracefully as possible...it is beginning to take it's toll, mentally and financially.I force myself to see beyond the daily fear of the possible losses that can come from this unexpected lay-off.The sunset's fiery glow through my studio window ~ Hours and hours of art projects to keep my mind clear. Children's book illustrations are always an escape ~ DrawingSaltingPainting.You can purchase this original in my Etsy Shop.Entitled:  "Love is Blind."Sometimes just savoring the view from my desk.ColorsGiftsOdditiesMusicMore drawing.Trees.  What is it about drawing trees?I've loved drawing trees since I was a little girl ~ Add another tree ~ Slowly but surely working on the Tylwyth Teg (Welsh Faeries) illustrations ~And...sometimes, I even need to take a break from art.Just passing the time.Clearing my mind.A good book ~ Organizing my collection of Children's books ~I recently found my old "Liddle Kiddles" book.It was one of my very favorite books.During that period in my life, I dreamed that my name was Vicki.Unfortunately, I wrote Vicki right on the front of my treasured Liddle Kiddle book ~I finally filled up each empty pane in the vintage window in my studio ~ Sometimes I just watch the puppies sleep in the warm winter sun ~....and sometimes, I watch the wildflower seedlings ~Growing every single day ~These are difficult days.Filled with fear and what-ifs.But I am finding hope.Hanging on to it.Keeping it alive.Nurturing it with art andbooksandpuppiesandthe hope of new growth.With no payroll check and only unemployment, we are, of course, scrambling to make ends meet.I am having a storewide 20% off sale in my Etsy Shop.Simply use coupon code HELPINGHAND when checking out.I am really relying on my art as a means to help pay the mortgage and other bills.So, if you see something you like, now would be a great time to purchase!I am also offering the same discount in my Zibbet Shop.  No need for a coupon code at Zibbet.  The prices are already marked down for you.  Isn't that cool?  I love that....no coupon code.And....one more thing.I chose to post about this at the very end of this ridiculously long blog post.I wanted it to be at the end, assuming that most people would stop reading by the time they got to this part.Simply and purely out of absolute embarrassment.But, I just wanted to let you know that a friend started a GoFundMeaccount for my family.It is a very reputable crowdfunding company.It's helped thousands of people get through financial tragedies.GoFundMe also helps business start-ups as well.Anyway, our job loss predicament fits the GoFundMe guidelines for donations.We are hoping to raise $5,000.00, which would be enough to pay 3 mortgage payments and some groceries. That was the suggested amount.We are at just about 25% of our goal, so not yet enough to make a mortgage payment.Anyway, if you would like to do[...]