Love of Giving Reduces Holiday Stress

Are you having fun with your holiday gifting adventure?SS having fun It’s true that giving as an “expectation” sucks. So, how do you get in the mood? You know, the one where you feel all warm and generous? In addition to a great glass of wine,  here are some ideas for feeling the love when you’re stressed about holiday gifts.

Imagine the person you are expected to present a gift to. If they don’t immediately engender waves of love, just feel love. You don’t need an object of love to feel loving.  Next, think about them from head to toe in terms of what might be a great gift within your budget. For example, see their head and face in your mind. What works there? Hair clips, bows, hat, earrings, makeup, or nose hair clippers (just kidding).  If you’re flush with cash then by all means imagine their adorable backside seated comfortably in the new Lamborghini. Work your way down their body until you get to those awesome polka-dot socks. Somewhere between head and toes you should feel a little flutter of excitement about one or more of the gifts you’re considering.

Credit: Institute of Urban Ecology, Los Angeles

Credit: Institute of Urban Ecology, Los Angeles

Or think of the person in their favorite environment: Skateboarding, playing guitar, attending the theater, watching movies, listening to music, running, painting or rebuilding antique cars. What might you offer that acknowledges or supports them? Perhaps an art class, a visor, a photo album or cool edited movie of them skating, playing, or working on the car.

Then there’s the “doing good” gift where you help someone clean out their closet and take things to Goodwill for them – like my daughter’s mother-in-law does for me. She’s the world’s best organizer and purger of duplicates, ha!  Some of my neighbors are too old to drive. I’m thinking of giving gift certificates for a “free ride” to a place of their choice.

For us artist types, it’s quite tempting to create a handmade item. I’ve often given my kids paintings or poems I created just for them. Nordstrom Gift Card They’ve always accepted graciously, but they might prefer a gift card this year.

That said, a personalized gift can bring incredible joy. Here’s what happened when I created a painting for one of my collectors to give as a surprise: The Power of Gifts (click on the link).

What are you giving to yourself this year? I’ve had my eye on a hand blown art glass sculpture that “I have no room for.” If I managed to acquire this piece, would I find a place for it? Of course. There’s always room for more art if you put some pieces away, out of the light for a while. It’s good for them to rest in the peaceful dark. Here’s a post on how to manage your space for new masterpieces: There’s Always Space for More Art 

Inspired by Georgia

“Inspired by Georgia” – by Susie Stockholm – watercolor

Some ideas for you: Abstracts – Floral Textures – City-themes – Range of Motion  My personal wish is for you to have interesting and beautiful art in your homes and workspaces. If you fall in love with my paintings, I will do everything I can to help you acquire them. Click here to reach me: Contact

I wish you much joy as you gather with loved ones this season.   Take deep breaths, find “loving” and enjoy yourself. Susie

 

 

 

 

 

Dined with My Paintings at Bistango? Exhibit Ends Nov 2nd

 

City Runways #2

City Runways #2

Hi everyone, if you haven’t gotten over to see my paintings
and all the other fine art at Bistango’s in Irvine, do treat yourself and all your senses. Food is fabulous and the art is really amazing. There are some particularly stunning sculptures at the entrance!

What: Art and Dining
When: Now Through Nov 2
Where: Bistango Gallery Restaurant
19100 Von Karman Ave, Irvine
Time: Lunch 11:30 – 2:30 Mon – Fri
Dinner 5:30 pm – Mon -Sat

Let me know what you think…be sure to take a work of art home to savor and love!

"City Rhythms" - Collage by Susie Stockholm, winner of Beaufort Art Assn Memorial Award

“City Rhythms” – Collage by Susie Stockholm, winner of Beaufort Art Assn Memorial Award

My new TV Show is Live!

Somedays I cannot keep up with myself! Besides finally finding studio space in The Studio Gallery near the airport, looking for a new abode, being a finalist in the Artist Outreach Project with the fabulous Picerne Foundation and doing a couple of art shows, life is busy.

Now, this was fun. I have a new talk show called “Conversations with Susie” – Looks like we’re going to do more of these. Our local channel 6 is looking for 7-minute spots from our tv/video club for their programming. So, after 16 minutes on camera, and tons of encouragement from Scott Marvel, Video Club President and Producer and Mike Ayotte, Director, the club’s studio came alive and produced this 7-minute spot. You’ll see I have a lot to learn, but  I am really proud of it.

Watch me interview a local artist who has unusual subjects. I love her work. On our next show I interview an artist who paints amazing life-like portraits on her iPad using only her finger as a paintbrush. Gotta see to believe!
http://www.talkwithsusie.wordpress.com

 

Range of Motion – new series

Bending to Her Own Will "Range of Motion" series Acrylic on Canvas 30" x 40" by Susie Stockholm

Bending to Her Own Will
“Range of Motion” series
Acrylic on Canvas 30″ x 40″
by Susie Stockholm

The inspiration for beginning this RANGE of  MOTION inquiry is an upcoming art show “Navigating the Journey to Self-Identity” – Compass – at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art. The request is to explore issues of self: gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, other-ness.

What to submit for consideration? Being adopted, glass ceilings, single-motherhood, aging and loss of one’s “old” self as we create a “new” self – the paradox for all of us.

As I move through my 69th year, I realize that aging, as a subject, can be boring and depressing. But exploring aging with increased physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and love abilities, is not. Often it’s humorous and allows senior artists like me to be irreverent.

My “Range of Motion” series begins with improving my personal mobility through Yoga. Physical range is shown in the acrylic painting on canvas “Bending to Her Own Will” in black, white and red. The color palette is simple, yet offers flowing lines and interesting shapes.

Using the iPad is a source of constant upgrading of my own mental range.

Dementia - Help Me Find My B Vitamins!

Dementia – Help Me Find My B Vitamins!
Digital Painting by Susie Stockholm
Prints Available

With the Sketch Club app I created the digital paintings “Fractured Memories 1940-2013” and “Dementia – Help Me Find My B-Vitamins!” using the same color palette of black, white and red.

These reflect the loss suffered as one ages with dementia or Alzheimer’s. They also reflect my personal commitment to create new brain synapses through learning the intricacies of the various art apps. it’s still early in the process. But I am increasing my B-Vitamins to reduce brain shrinkage as a result of new research out this month.

Fractured Memories 1940 - 2013

Fractured Memories 1940 – 2013
Digital Painting by Susie Stockholm
Prints Available

 

 

I’m also looking forward to exploring the emotional and spiritual ranges in this series. And am particularly excited about love, not as an emotion, but as an energetic – how love “passes all understanding.” It’s probable that this “Range of Motion” series will never be finished; but it will indeed be full! If you’re interested in following me on this journey, please click here to get updates, as I’ll be adding to this gallery.

Range of Motion Gallery