Sunday, July 19, 2009

The Artist's Way!


Wow, so I am reading this book called The Artist's Way - A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron, A Course in Discovering and Recovering our Creative Self - Wow!!! I know, some of you are like - "you are just now reading this?" Answer - Yes, it found me a couple of weeks ago, and I never knew about this book. I think this is the best book on this kind of subject I have ever read! I would call it the bible of art thinking. The thing I love about this book, is that it addresses all people. Not just "artists". It is not about the simple idea of art, but actually living a more creative life and being in touch with yourself. It talks about our responsibility to give of ourselves and how we can create for ourselves and others. And the best part is all the creative ideas ans ways to unlock those blocks. It is such a good read - you can't put it down. She talks like she is sitting right next to you, and I understand her. This is rare for me! ha! So, if you have writers block, art block, or simply want to have more creative eyes and ears - READ THIS BOOK! You will love it!

So today, I plan to miss rehearsals because of a sore throat, and rest, and paint! I don't want to get the other actors in Three Sisters get sick, so I can stay home and catch up on a couple of painted wine glass orders. I will post pictures as soon as they are done.

I had a really fun dream last night - I dreamed the kids and I got picked for a photo shoot, but the lady that picked me wanted me to have RED curly hair!!! LOL! So, yes - in my dream, I had the make-up artist give me a perm, and dye my hair a strawberry blond. LOL! It was so funny! Then, the lady that picked us for the shoot, went on to tell me not to worry about the wrinkles around my eyes, or the dark circles because she saw it as aged beauty! She wanted more of it in her pictures. Weird huh?

Oh well - I will update soon. Have a great week ahead!
Beth - Kiwi Arts

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Better Pictures of the Montreat Martini Glasses and Bracelet!













Alright - I thought I would post some better pictures of my latest glasses and bangle bracelet I painted. The customer ordered it for a friend of hers that she went to "Montreat" with. My customer Rhonda from Peters Path wanted her friend to have a memory of their time together. Well, I was thinking..."Rhonda can not give her friend a memory gift and Rhonda not have anything", so I surprised her with a painted bracelet that Rhonda can wear. I hope she likes it, she said she loved it! Now the two friends can both remember "Montreat". I am not sure what I enjoy more, painting, art, or making people happy. Either way, there is not enough money in the world that is worth this feeling. Success!

Now, I am off to start a new order, and I am continuing to work on the set of "Three Sisters", with Ocean Troupe. Love the cast! Good times! :-) I posted some pictures in my last post.

Enjoy your last days of summer, it is coming to end faster than I can even imagine.
Beth- Kiwi Arts

Some of the cast-movie Three Sisters

I love working with guys! This is going to be the best movie! Hugs ya'll! Go Ocean Troupe!

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Just Finished! 'Montreat' Martini Glass

Painted for a customer - "Montreat" martini glasses and I painted a surprise Montreat wood bangle bracelet for her as well. She is giving the glasses a thank you gift to a friend for their trip to Montreat - but I wanted her to have something to remember their trip too! So, I painted the bracelet for her. I hope she likes them.
I am off to delivern then rehearsals. I will post better pictures soon. These are from my blackberry. Chow!
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Funny! - from rehearsals

I was at rehearsals yesterday for the movie "Three Sisters". This is Jim, the producer talking to us. He is with Ocean Troupe. And yes -- see the cast member behind him sneaking a doze off zZzzzz! He actually started snoring! It was so funny. We all pretended not to notice. ;)
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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

My mom before the eye lift!

Hey - today is the day my mom will be able to see better! This is the "before" picture. It is a simple procedure, they just cut away the extra baggy skin around the eye and LIFT! The best part is medical insurance pays for all of! It is considered medically necessary when you can't see through eye lids! LOL! After the procedure we go right to rehearsals. Can you say wonder woman! Also my wonderful Spanish daughter, Ana - arrived from Madrid last night. She was my exchange student we had several years ago and she has been a part of our family ever since! We love you Ana! I will post the after picture of mom next week so we can see the difference. Hugs- Beth

Sunday, July 5, 2009

I did it! I updated my blog! Yippee!








Let me start off by saying I am sorry to all of my blogger friends. I know I have been horrible about my blog. I had to make some choices and put updating my blog in priority order. This is has no reflection on reading your awesome blogs, but it put updating mine at the bottom of the list.

Now, I have to recognize my blessings. I have been very fortunate and have been selling lots of my art to the local community. I have been commissioned for several projects and requested to fill orders on a weekly basis if not daily. Wow!!! Yes, this is a good busy. :-) Also, I have continued my work in the acting world. Aside from working my usual full time job during the day, I have been casted in several theater and film opportunities since my last blog post. I have had the opportunity to work with Page 2 Stage Productions, Ocean Troupe and others. It has been so much fun, and a wild ride! I love it! :-) Last but not least - I love my Paranormal Ghost Hunting team, Ghosts of Georgia . We have had some wonderful opportunities to investigate some very interesting places. In turn this has helped me continue to learn about my sensitive gifts. Very cool! The best result out of this, is using my sensitive gifts in my art. I can't tell you how good it feels when I hand over a painted item to a customer, and they say; "Wow, this is just what I wanted - how did you get inside my head?" Cool huh? :-)

I want to take the time to thank my wonderful Etsy friends. I am blessed to be on both the GA Etsy Team and Original Artists on Etsy. They have been my rock, and so supportive. If you sell on Etsy, please consider joining a team. You won't regret the time spent with these friends. It is a great support network and a wonderful tool to help you learn. You can never stop learning, and this is a great outlet.

If you have not had the chance to become a fan on my Facebook Fan Page - please stop by. http://tinyurl.com/kiwiarts I try to keep pictures updated as much as possible. I also Twitter, you can follow :-) Thanks for continuing to support me and encouraging me to update my blog. I will do this more often, I promise.

Now - I need your good vibes, energy, prayers - whatever you want to call it. Lots of orders to fill this week, a movie to start filming and another one to study, Two different dinner theaters to prepare for, a program to create for a New Dawn Theater Company, and I go back to work (I work in the school system). Did I mention my 5 kids and husband that are so supportive? I am so blessed!

Have a wonderful week everyone - hug your family and be good to yourself. Here are some pictures of one of my latest sales.

Hugs, Beth

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Kiwi Arts updated blog - hmmmmmm?


Hmmmm? Where to begin? I have not updated my blog in a while. I have gotten behind on some of my orders while I focused on a Dinner Theater I was in, and recital week at the dance studio. Now that these things are complete, I can focus on the new week ahead. There are several orders for people I need to get finished this week as well as some projects I committed to at the Art House here in ATL. http://www.arthousecoop.com/ It is going to be so neat to see all of our work in the Atlanta Airport all summer. I was casted in a new Dinner Theater for June 12 and 13th by Page to Stage Productions as well. I can't wait to learn more about my new character and get started. Our last audience was so much fun, and I am really enjoyed messing with them. Who knows what things we will pull on them this time. LOL!

Every now in then in life you are sent small messages, and you have to listen to your small voice very carefully so you won't miss anything. And then there are other times, that messages are literally shouted at you. That is when you better listen or you are certain to make a mistake. So, this was one of those weekends. It is all good though. Once again, I have learned some things about myself, and I know where to concentrate and what direction I need continue to move in. Life never seems to surprise me. The old saying that doors open and some close really has some meaning to it. You have to be opened minded enough to move through those doors and always be prepared for it to happen really fast. I guess that is why this place called life is also considered school for us. I hope to always learn, and never shy away from these opportunities. I have been through so many things in my life so far, but I am not sorry for any of it. All of these events in my life have shaped me into who I am. It is hard not to be thankful for that. The tears can be hard to see through at first, but if you can get through it and start listening, it won't hurt so much.

I can't wait to get started on some of these unfinished orders and put my mind where it needs to be. I swept up my studio tonight, washed some wine glasses to paint, got out some new canvas, and prepared my work space for the week ahead. Hopefully I can get most of this done before the weekend. I am going on a semi professional paranormal investigation with my Ghosts of Georgia Paranormal team on Saturday. I can't wait to meet the guest that are coming on the investigation with us. My understanding is that they can offer some wonderful learning opportunities. www.ghostsofgeorgia.com
I hope everyone has a great week, and I will post new pictures of my finished work later this week. G. Singletary, D. Willis, Jyl, Chrissy K, and C. Peters - I will have your orders done by Saturday.

Beth

Monday, April 6, 2009

1st Day of Spring Break - Where do I get my motivation?









OK, It is not like I do not have anything to do......Maybe it is the cold air outside. They are calling for snow flurries! What is this all about? Maybe it is that the house is too quiet.... Do I feel like I can't do anything unless I have all 12,000 of my children running around asking for things while I am trying to create? Some of them are out of town........Or maybe it is just that I am off work this week and I don't know where to start???? hmmmm. We are off dance for the entire Spring Break, and there is no soccer either. No games... I should be going crazy with excitement! But I am not. Maybe I need all that structure to be productive. That is sick isn't it? Well, the only thing I have going on this week is that I MUST catch up on some local and Etsy orders, and I need to paint like crazy. I have a Dinner Theater that I am performing in on Friday, and a dress rehearsal on Wednesday. That is a very light schedule for me. Talk about no pressure! Well, If anyone else gets into this kind of funk, let me know. What do you do to motivate yourself? Do you have the self discipline I seem to lack? Where should I start? Feedback is welcome!
I accidentally erased some of my latest glassware painting, so I will re post the pictures. This is sad - re posting old pictures!!! OK, this is a sign, I MUST paint. Memorizing my lines for Friday would not hurt either. ha!

Hugs to all - Thanks for reading,
Beth
Don't forget to visit our Original Artists on Etsy Team (OAOE Team - to search team tags on Etsy). You can view our blog on http://originalartistsonetsy.blogspot.com or our team store on Etsy http://OriginalArtists.etsy.com to see some wonderful art work from all of our team members!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Some things I love - Life can be so much fun!








Ok, I have to say, it does not take much to make me happy. I found a couple of things that make me smile, and I have to mention them. The first thing is this absolutely gorgeous painting by Carrie Goller on my OAOE Team. All I can say is WOW!!! When I win the lottery, this painting is MINE! :-) Just look at the detail, the colors, the richness, the reflection in the paint....oh, I could go on and on.... Take a look - and yes, it is Kiwis............what can I say? :-) Got to love those Kiwis! Here is a link to her Etsy store, if you would like to see more of her wonderful work. http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5706223

While posting about Carrie, I have to tell you - you must go to our OAOE Team blog and look at all of these wonderful artist. They are simply amazing! They impress me so much, and I am inspired by looking at all of their wonderful works of art. Please take the time to take a look and leave some comments. The team blog is
http://originalartistsonetsy.blogspot.com Have a look at our Original Artists on Etsy Store while you are at it. You won't be disappointed. Here is the store link: http://OriginalArtists.etsy.com

The second thing I have to mention is my own work of art. Yes, I have to brag, but not because I did it, but because it was so much fun to do. I painted this little glass for one of my favorite shops Funky Monkey. I just love her shop, and her shop banner. Lucky me, she asked me to paint her special Funky Monkey glass. This is how it turned out, and I was very impressed. Thank you so much Funky Monkey for giving me such a fun sale! Here is the link to Funky Monkey's shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5041123

Last of all, I have to mention my dear friend Claudia from Cloud Nine Creations again. She has turned out another favorite for me. I just love her rings and her blog! Here is a picture of her latest ring, and the links to both her store and her blog. Have fun looking at all of her rings. Now, I have to tell you, I own at least 6 of her rings now!!! Wow! I am addicted to her work! Way to go Claudia!
Her blog: http://cloudninecreationsjewelry.blogspot.com And Claudia's store: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5196278

Thanks for taking the time to look at a few of my favorite things. I have had such a good weekend with friends and family. I hope we all have a good week ahead of us as us Gwinnett County people prepare for Spring Break! wahoo! I plan to get lots of things painted, memorize my lines for the play coming up, prepare for my daughter's recital, and REST before the CRCT when we return to school.

Take care, and hugs to all my friends!
Beth

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Creations by Toni - You are my hero!!



http://creationsbytoni.blogspot.com/

A great big hug and a thank you to Toni from Creations By Toni. She has written this wonderful spotlight about little ole me!!! Thank you so much Toni! Please read it you get a chance. It is really a great write up. Toni is very talented, and I love her shop! Her newest broach is on her blog - and I want it!!!:-)

Here is the link to her shop on Etsy, and the blog link is above.
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5233078

Sunday, March 22, 2009

"Joy" The Millionaire's wife!





I must tell you about the most wonderful artist on Etsy! She is fast, hard working, has a full time job in Admin just like me, and still has time to create some of the best jewelry ever! I have bought er..........um..........let's just say SEVERAL of her rings already. I call them my "play" rings! I wear them to work with my nice dress up, office attire to add a little piece of flair. It is my piece of "me". Those that know me, know I have to show a little. hee hee!

Anyway, I recently got the part as "Joy" in a Murder Mystery Dinner Theater. My character is described below......

Joy – Joe’s second wife who is half his age; very superficial; spends Joe’s money on clothes and jewelry; not visibly in love with Joe; has frequent migraines.

This is the invitation to Joe's B-day party (The Dinner Theater)

Joy (Beth Peters) Millionaire, cordially invites you to attend the surprise birthday party of the century for the dear husband, Joe. but when the surprise party runs afoul and a key family member dies, everyone becomes a suspect in the thrilling "who-dun-it" mystery! Buffet-style dinner will be served.

I contacted my very reliable artist friend Claudia from Cloud Nine Creations, because I knew if anyone could help make my character come alive, it was her!

Here is the description I gave her of my character Joy..... I was a little more open about her - LOL!!

My character is "Joy", Joe the Millionaire's wife. I overdo "RICH". I am half his age, and a gold digger! My dress is fuchsia pink with a pink leopard print neck scarf and a gold clip. My shoes, OMG, my shoes - they are soooooooo cute! Fuchsia Pink Spectator Pumps from Target with a little Gold button at the toe. You should go look at them on-line, they are so cute! I got some little gold rhinestone clips for my hair, and some VERY "Joy" pinks and golds for makeup. It will be very over done. Lots of sparkles. I am "new money" if you know what I mean. It is going to be so much fun!!! Anyway - the play is April 10th. So, I need it pretty fast. This is audience participation dinner theater, so I am in the audience talking to guest, sitting with them, dropping hints on the murder etc...... So, I will be up close and personal with everyone. There is no real stage. So, people will see my hands and stuff when I eat. So, it has to be good! Ha! No pressure! :-) Can you do it?
The shoes:
http://www.target.com/Merona-Collection-Clarissa-Spectator-Pumps/dp/B001HC47FY/qid=1237502807/ref=br_1_1/180-6033037-8945029?ie=UTF8&node=13621961&frombrowse=1&pricerange=&index=tgt-mf-mv&field-browse=13621961&rank=pmrank&rh=&page=6

So in a flash, this is what Claudia sent me!

"Just letting you know that I finished your pink and gold button ring! I wasn't able to find any gold colored rhinestones, but had some gold buttons. I'm sending you some pictures of what I came up with. Let me know if you'd like to change anything on them, colors or design. I thought it turned out as you described.. flashy, spoiled rotten, sparkly, pink (and the "hot" pink button is the lust part). LOL"

Is this hot or what?? It is perfect! I could have kissed her all over! Cheek to Cheek - "Joy" style of course! ha!

So, if you are into funky, fun, or even sweet and preppy jewelery - You MUST check out Claudia's store on Etsy. She has very affordable prices so everyone can afford to have a little fun! Oh, and when she ships her cute little package, she puts it in this cute little ring box that makes it even more happy! It is like Christmas when you get your package in the mail! Just what a girl wants! :-)

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5196278
www.cloudninecreations.etsy.com

Have fun - and Hugs and Kisses to my "daaaaarling Claudia"! (saying this as I whisk my scarf around my neck in "Joy" fashion!)

Beth - Artist
Kiwi Arts

Ps. If you live in the area, here is some more information on the Dinner Theater - IMPORTANT! Get tickets fast! One night only, and they are selling out. Gwinnett County residents $25 a ticket, non-Gwinnett $45 a ticket.

Need something to do over Spring Break?

Gwinnttcoutny parks & recreation
Mystery Dinner Theater
Friday, April 10th
7:00-9:30 pm
Age 12 - up
$25/person
GPCC14103
George Pierce Park
Community Recreation Center
55 Buford Highway, Suwanee
Register now!! Tickets are selling out FAST - One night only!
Call 770-831-4173 or visit www.gwinnettparks.com
Code: GPCC14103

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Kiwi Arts posted on Snellville Shops - Cool!!!

Hey, I made the Snellville Blog Post for Snellville Shops. That is so neat! Thanks Darla Dixon for showing me the post on Twitter.
http://tinyurl.com/d6m6jo

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Kiwi Arts Glass and Accessories Now Sold at Image Spa! Wahoo!




Kiwi Arts is pleased to announce her new Hand Painted, Eco Friendly, Natural Wood, Fashion Bangle Bracelets to her Etsy shop. Whew.....that is a mouthful! I have been planning for this new addition for a month or so. I am so excited! Reading several articles on Etsy regarding Eco Friendly products, and meeting so many wonderful artists on Etsy has lead me to this new product now available in my store. The best news is that Image Spa in Snellville Georgia has agreed to carry my Art and Accessories. They have come up with the wonderful idea of having me paint wine glasses with their beautiful Iris Image Spa Logo. They will give these wine glasses to their couples (couple's massage), and their loyal customers. I am proud to be the artist painting these wonderful glasses for them. In addition to painted glass, they will be carrying my Eco Friendly Natural Wood Bracelets. I have sanded, painted, and sealed my original designs on these wonderful bangles. They are so cute! I have to admit it! :-) My girls are so mad at me - they keep begging to wear them to school. I keep having to tell them, "No, I promised Image Spa first!". Ha Ha... sometimes it just feels good to hold out on your kids! :-) I know, I am a wicked mother!

One of the other things I love about these bracelets are the cute little tags I have tied to the bracelets. They are made by ClaudiasCreations on Etsy. They are made out of homemade recycled paper, colored a sweet little pale green, and embedded with wildflower seeds. What a great idea!! After you purchase your bracelet, and the frost is sure to be over, you can go plant your Eco friendly wildflower tag under a small layer of soil. And yup, you guessed it - up will come wildflowers!! I can't think of anything more clever and more natural to put on my wood bangles. I am thrilled! Thank you Claudia. Please stop by ClaudiasCreation Etsy store to see more homemade paper products. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=21808930

To celebrate Image Spa and Kiwi Arts' new relationship, Image Spa would like to give you a 10% off coupon on any Spa Services. I recently had an unbelievable facial from Image Spa, and let me tell you - They are the bomb! When you walk in this family owned spa, you know you have walked into high class. The smell is delightful and soft. The lighting is perfect, and the sound of water dripping down the rock wall automatically puts you in a state of relaxation before you have even started your Spa treatment. Image Spa offers a variety of services. For more information go to their website at http://www.imagespa.net/

If you would like to take advantage of this coupon - Please print it off by blog - and let them know Kiwi Arts sent you! :-) Enjoy! It is on me! LOL! :-)
http://www.imagespa.net/specials_imagespa.html


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