Friday Affirmations — Find the Joy in your Stories

Find the joy in your stories….with so much bad news always at the forefront, we are being constantly bombarded with negative information.  It is destructive to our mental health, our physical health and  puts negative vibes out into the universe…I choose to find the joy in my stories, to see the wonder of this world we live in and to try and shield myself from the destructive information being disseminated 24 hours a day…Am I being naive?  I don’t think so, I rather believe it truly is a choice….

This painting caused me fits and it’s big 28×30 or so….it went through an UBER ugly phase there was no cheer, no collage, no paintbrush end hair… and I put it aside for two weeks and refused to look at it….then I saw the light blue paint bottle bringing in the light on my work desk and all the joy in what this painting could become opened up to me.  I did find joy in this story, and I think he did too.

He found the joy in his storiesHis funky asymmetrical face, silly paintbrush hair and tiny smile make me smile every time I see him, isn’t that what it’s all about living this life?  

What’s your joy, share it do?

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54 Responses to “Friday Affirmations — Find the Joy in your Stories”

  1. NatashaMay May 31, 2013 at 5:35 am #

    Fabulous painting! That’s why I don’t watch the news. If something major happens I find out on FB and even then I try to ignore it. 🙂

  2. Karen May 31, 2013 at 6:08 am #

    I went for a walk at dusk last night. It had been a long day with an after hours meeting, and it was hot and sticky and I wanted to sink into the air conditioned bed room and be done with it, but I had missed my morning walk and needed the exercise. So out I went, and I left my iPod in the house so I could be filled with the joyful sounds of the birds going to bed and the frogs and crickets waking up. It was a much better thing to be bombarded with, and by the time I got home, all the noise was gone from my head. I agree, joy is a choice and something to be actively sought. Your paintbrush hair is bringing me joy this morning!

  3. Kat May 31, 2013 at 6:10 am #

    So you Corrine! I love your happy joyful style, I always smile when I come visiting here! xx

  4. lyle baxter May 31, 2013 at 6:37 am #

    as ever, you are right! I wish we could all spend time in my garden watching baby birds learning to fly! we’d feel better about the world! come on down!

  5. lorraine May 31, 2013 at 7:01 am #

    love it..happy ppf

  6. sandra sherman May 31, 2013 at 7:15 am #

    Wow!! I LOVE this painting!! I love his hair, his little quirky smile, his big heart. I am so glad you found joy in this story and were able to share him with us:)

  7. sharon May 31, 2013 at 7:18 am #

    YES! I much prefer your method, shall have to try it more often! Your outlook on life is fabulous and it reflects in your work…happiness! Love!

  8. Judy Shea May 31, 2013 at 7:36 am #

    He is awesome.. is this your SUPERHERO? Maybe so. I love your thinking.

  9. Giggles May 31, 2013 at 7:42 am #

    Exactly my sentiments!! Your painting is so awesome….I love it very much!! Glad you choose to surround yourself with joy instead of negativity!!

    Hugs Giggles

  10. Christine May 31, 2013 at 8:07 am #

    This is a precious painting, I like it!

  11. Mary C. Nasser May 31, 2013 at 8:18 am #

    I just love all the layers and thick, rich texture in this!
    And of course, the paintbrushes for hair!
    I, too, find joy in making art. 🙂
    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  12. Janet Ghio May 31, 2013 at 8:41 am #

    This is fantastic!! as is the post–you are right-so much negativity we are being bombarded with 24/7 and I am guilty of getting caught up in all of it being the news junkie that I am–sometimes I just have to tell myself to turn off the cable news and take a break–

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  14. Marjie Kemper May 31, 2013 at 9:34 am #

    Love his smile and those bright eyes… so smart to walk away sometimes and wait. He seems like he’s coming forth right off the canvas to me. Wishing you a wonderful weekend full of joy, my friend.

  15. Lisa Graham May 31, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    Oh my oh my oh MY! You really did it this time. Good things come to those who wait. This is your best in my opinion. I love it!!

    I am with you on the negative thing. I don’t watch the news. I don’t like not being “in the know”, but whenever I try to stay briefed, I feel depressed.

  16. audrey May 31, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    I love the texture, the color, the fun of this painting, Corrine. It is wonderful. Your search for JOY is wonderful, too. There is much joy to be found even in little things if we choose to look for it. I look forward to your posts ~ your paintings and your lust for life jumps off the pages that you post and makes me want to join you in your joy! Thank you for always being so positive and reminding us that there are times when we can shove the “ugly, sad, bad, destructive” information aside.
    I send wishes for a Happy Happy Weekend!!

  17. Faye May 31, 2013 at 10:18 am #

    That is absolutely what it’s all about… having fun, making beautiful colors play against each other. This is a riot of wonderful color, Corrine. I love the background as much as the focal image.

  18. miriam May 31, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    inspiriational! mistakes often make the greatest pieces, I know I get down with all the bad news and it effects my creativeness. love it! take care

  19. jan May 31, 2013 at 10:54 am #

    Too much negativity in the world, I do my best to ignore it and counteract it with positivity. coming to your blog is a positive thing and I always leave with a good feeling. Today’s painting shows what can come of patience and positive thinking. Love it!

  20. Suzy May 31, 2013 at 10:56 am #

    Corrine, your painting radiates happiness, joy and passion! Love the paintbrush hair, so joyful! I’m with you, the negativity that pours out from the media is non-stop and is not good for our souls. I choose to flick off the negative and choose to be joyful! Choosing to live life with an attitude of gratitude and thankfulness rather than dwell on the darkness. HPPF!

  21. mary helen fernandez stewart May 31, 2013 at 11:00 am #

    Precious smile!!!!!! Peace, mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

  22. Bleubeard and Elizabeth May 31, 2013 at 12:04 pm #

    I may watch the news on occasion, but I try to always keep a happy face. Seriously, I’ve read that your facial features set after about 40, so that’s why a smile is an important and inexpensive remedy for a frowning face.

    Love the big smile AND those paint brushes for hair. If people don’t smile when they see this guy, there’s something wrong with them (GRIN).

  23. Valerie-Jael May 31, 2013 at 12:32 pm #

    Gorgeous! Valerie

  24. aimee May 31, 2013 at 12:35 pm #

    I’m always in awe of those who take to big canvases. What a beautiful, bold statement, both visually and verbally!

  25. Annette G May 31, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

    wonderful happy Picasso style collage. Happy PPF, Annette x

  26. Anne May 31, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

    Wonderful piece, love the color and the texture and of course the hair! <3

  27. Angela May 31, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    I think it’s terrific!
    Have a great weekend!

  28. Dorthe May 31, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

    Dear Corrine, I think you are right–well not in every aspect in this world, it is possibly to choose joy, but I would say almost alwayes, even it can be sooo difficult sometimes!

    Your amazing painting with the blue background makes your man glow! a gorgeous art piece !!

  29. Nina Lise@Mrs Moen May 31, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    I adore him and quite envy your capability to catch so many interesting spirits in your work!
    I am rather good at finding joy even in my worst moments, so that is quite a gift. I agree, watching the news too much does anything but lift ones spirit.
    Most joy? Grandboys. Meetings with quilting friends. Reading my favorite cartoon magazine in bed. Creating quilts, lots of quilts. Being alive.

  30. gloria May 31, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

    The news always upsets me, so I try not to listen or look. Spending time in the garden just oopens up door of joy for me as does painting. Love what you did with that piece. Love the background. Great job. Thanks.

  31. Rita Barton May 31, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

    What a nice post…and I love your funky guy. Every painting I do goes through an uber ugly stage where I think I should just paint over it and start fresh…I think ALL artists experience that. It’s easy for me to let negativity bother me. I try to find joy in everything…but mostly the blue sky and the beach. And every night as I go to bed I try to think of all the things that brought me joy that day and all the things I was grateful for. I think going to sleep with a positive attitude is really important. I think I wake up happier. Oh, I’ve rambled…


  32. Linda K May 31, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    Well this fabulous collage has brought a smile to my face! I love “find joy in your story”. I try not to watch much news and stay away from shows or movies that aren’t uplifting. So, call me naïve, or not too:) Happy PPF

  33. Joy Corcoran May 31, 2013 at 6:18 pm #

    I think you captured quite a bit of joy in this painting. Isn’t that the wonderful thing about art — that you can capture joy and share it at the same time? Great work!

  34. Bev May 31, 2013 at 7:17 pm #

    Love your collage – and yes, he does make one smile! Such texture and colour in your piece.
    Love the idea as well of always looking for the joy.

  35. VonnyK May 31, 2013 at 7:54 pm #

    Love this funky happy guy.

  36. Leovi May 31, 2013 at 7:59 pm #

    Very nice, yes, it is important to find joy and pass!

  37. Janet May 31, 2013 at 8:03 pm #

    I truly believe we get what we focus on and if that’s negativity then that’s what we get back. I choose to focus on positive things…and your collage/painting fits right in with that. It made me smile right away so it’s a winner in my book.

  38. Debbie May 31, 2013 at 8:37 pm #

    Your art made me smile today too! I love the cool background

  39. minnemie May 31, 2013 at 9:37 pm #

    Excellent painting !! I avoid daily media news. When it is really, really important, and I need to know, I will hear it.

  40. Kris May 31, 2013 at 9:52 pm #

    Tis fun and joyful! I believe our purpose in life is joy. find it or let it find you, feel it, live it.

  41. Gloria J Zucaro May 31, 2013 at 11:11 pm #

    what a great post leading the way to peace anf joy. I love the blues and the warm colors and his hair is a stitch. How did you get those to stick on?! Thank you for your comment on my blog post.

  42. Tracey Fletcher King June 1, 2013 at 2:14 am #

    I love the expression on his face… looks like he is going hmmmm what’s she up to now… very cool textures… and the paint brush hair is inspired…xx

  43. Nic McLean June 1, 2013 at 6:48 am #

    I totally agree with you. I don’t watch the news anymore and because where we live is so remote from the rest of the UK, I manage quite well not to find out what’s going on – although then of course I see it on Facebook or some other social media site. But you’re right – there is far too much negativity in the world and doom and gloom. Your piece is the opposite of that – it’s wonderful, whimsical, and vibrant – I love it!

  44. crafty dawn June 1, 2013 at 7:16 am #

    Totally agree about all the negativity, these things are say but it isn’t good to be in a bad thought pattern all the time it really effects us and before we know it we’re unwell. Love your work and it’a always lovely to see you Dxx

  45. Ginny June 1, 2013 at 1:13 pm #

    totally love his smile. I would love to know what he is thinking.

    I too try to stay away from the negative news. I got caught up in politics for awhile but I realized I was not doing myself or anyone else any good.

  46. Arnoldo L. Romero June 1, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

    There is certainly a joy and peace in creating that can’t be found any other way. It is a blessing, as is your beautiful abstract portrait. Blessings!

  47. ann @ studiohyde June 1, 2013 at 3:58 pm #

    Happy…your painting is Happy and that is just the vibes we need 🙂

  48. Lesley June 1, 2013 at 8:39 pm #

    I love the textural quality of this piece. So glad you picked it back up to finish it. Sometimes a painting has to sit and simmer.

  49. Deepa Gopal Sunil June 2, 2013 at 8:41 am #

    This really does give an instant 🙂 ! Love the textured background.

  50. susan June 2, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    No I don’t think you are naive. Even I feel too much negativity can affect us badly I too opt to read the good things. Great work especially love the color and texture of the background.

  51. Elisa Choi June 3, 2013 at 1:05 am #

    beautiful and positive work corrine! Love your attitude!

  52. Carolyn Dube June 3, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

    I love how you used the paintbrushes! You so found the joy in this painting- love the asymmetrical face!

  53. Terrie -Creative Explorer June 3, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

    Funky fun, again! Although his little round funky face is great, I love the way you framed him with the layered collage at the edges – great idea. And of course those brushes for hair is truly an inspired idea. Fab!

  54. Kay Wallace June 6, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

    He’s not perfect (after all, he’s asymmetrical), but real men never are. I do love that you gave him a brain! Ha! My word for 2013 is JOY, so I find your choosing JOY is most definitely a positive step! It truly is a choice, Corrine, and one we must make each day…or, sometimes, more than once a day! I choose to find joy, to see joy, to share joy!

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