Posts Tagged ‘ideas’

The game of life is a game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later with astounding accuracy.

-Florence Scovel Shinn

My pet aquatic turtle Isabelle, AKA Izzy, outgrew her basking dock. Turtles like to sit and bask under a heat lamp and soak up the rays, it’s good for their health. She got so big that her store-bought dock would sink halfway into the water every time she lay on it. So she could never get completely dry because of this; her head would get some rays but than her feet and legs would still be soaked.

The skin on her legs was getting irritated so I had to come up with a plan. I ran across this video on You Tube (see the video below) on how to make an above the tank basking dock. The basking dock rests on top of her tank and when she wants to get into the water, she just climbs down the ramp. This was a fun project that me and my wife worked on together. We used egg crate and zip ties and used the video for reference. Izzy loves it!


“What’choo lookin’ at!?”



“This is all mine.”



Queen Isabella



“A girl’s gotta get her sun.”


Recently, I was asked by one of my artist friends “How do you keep from getting “artist’s block?” What inspires you to keep painting?”  He asked this because he had hit a wall in his art career. He felt he had no ideas left and similar to “writer’s block,” he had what he called “artist’s block.”

Having gone through this myself some time ago, I answered with what worked for me. I told him:

“Just paint. Stop thinking about coming up with the “hit” painting that will bring you fame or fortune. Get those things out of your head and do your art with none of these ulterior motives. Because the truth is, there are some artists who never make money. When you do a painting it may or may NOT sell. You have to be okay with that and just do it anyway out of pleasure. Do it because you want to express yourself.

If you’re out of ideas, just paint what’s around you in your immediate environment. Look at Van Gogh. When he did ‘Starry Night’ he just painted a scene that was right outside his window. He wasn’t thinking, “I’m going to make a painting that will go down in history for hundreds of years.” No. He looked outside his window and painted what he saw.

Also, if you’re hung up on what kind of artist you’re supposed to be, be it a: Realist, Expressionist, Impressionist, Surrealist, etc…just throw that out the window and explore a different style. No one says you have to live by any labels. Experiment.”

This is my advice to any artist having artist’s block: Stop thinking about it too hard. Just have fun. Experiment. Express yourself. Just Paint!

-Roz Barron Abellera