Month: January 2014

One Word 365

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Live Life in Crescendo

After posting my New Year’s Passionate Resolution
I read about One Word for 2014. Oh, I thought, this’ll be easy.

Immediately, I had three words to choose from: write, explore, and passion.

But, Cynthia stresses choosing a word one already does or will do this year is hardly a way to grow or to challenge one’s focus.

I will write. I will explore. I will be passionate in endeavours.

So, instead of pushing myself to Act Now ( which surely must be someone else’s word), I paused to re-evaluate the specifics for a year word on OneWord365‘s website.  

Alece Ronzino writes: “Your word can be anything you want. All that matters is that it has personal meaning for you. It can be something tangible or intangible. It can be a thought, a feeling, an action, a character trait. Your word will stand as a reminder, a…

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Alt Summit Bound PAINTING-A-DAY by Emily Jeffords

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Painting a Day, Emily Jeffords

Two weeks ago I was ignoring the fact that, in just a little while, all of the movers & shakers, creatives, and makers from the blogging & creative community were coming together for the biggest, greatest conference of the year.  Tickets to this conference are hard to come by and I was not fortunate enough to get one.  Which I was okay with, because, remember, I was ignoring the entire event.

But then, things changed.  … More the story coming soon… And I am going to the Alt Summit in Salk Lake City!!!

This is huge guys.  I had the honor of attending Alt NYC (and it blew my socks off), but this event (which is a couple days longer, bigger, and covers even more spot on industry topics) is going to completely and totally amaze & inspire.


Being invited to attend Alt was a WELCOME and honoring surprise…

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Exposure Control

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Mostly Bright Ideas

CelebritiesThere are these people called paparazzi. It’s a word that always makes me think of Italian police cars, or small deep-fried desserts. But, no, they’re actually human beings. They can also be thought of as punching bags with zoom lenses.

The paparazzi would prefer to be called photo-journalists, I imagine, but that makes it sound as though they’re covering major elections and summit meetings and tornado damage, and that isn’t what they’re doing at all. Actually, these people chase celebrities – mostly movie stars and famous athletes – for the sole purpose of getting a picture of them doing something irresistibly fascinating, like driving their kids to school or buying a loaf of bread. When they get some really good shots, they can sell them to magazines for thousands of dollars. If they happen to snag a popular actress, either holding her young baby or carousing on a…

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Winter & Winds: Original Oil Landscape Painting by Emily Jeffords

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Winter & Winds: Original Oil Painting by Emily Jeffords, painting-a-day

It has begun!  My short painting-a-day project: 4 paintings in 4 days, begins today!

My pallet is full of wintery blues and grays, and my brushed messy with creams and dusty teals…   I love the muted tones and the lush textures in this landscape.   “Winter & Winds” is an expressive and poetic depiction of the peace that covers the world during the stillness of winter.  The earth is cold and quiet, yet full of minimalistic beauty and simplicity.

This painting is 16×20 inches, oil on canvas and will be available in my shop in ONE HOUR, at noon (EST), today!

Please note, that since these photos were taken Winter & Winds has been signed in the lower right hand corner in red my signature script.

This painting, and the three to follow this week, are created to raise funds for my very unexpected & totally exciting trip to…

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The Older I Get the Faster Time Passes

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Her 30's

By: Wendy Castellanos-Wolf

www.her30s.comIs it me, or is time speeding up? As a kid the days felt endless. In my twenties, the days were full but time never surprised me the way it does now as a woman in her thirties. I can hardly look at a calendar without cringing and experiencing an internal clamor that demands to know “Where the F did the time go?!” Popular Science Magazine explains that the rotation of the Earth around the Sun is slowing down and that 140 million years from now humans could be living out 25 hour days. So again, if science has already proven that the days are ever so slightly getting longer, why do I instead feel like the days are getting shorter? I’ve tried to explain this phenomenon to myself and what I have come up with, is that I have more to do.

I’m not talking about…

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Come Rain or Shine: Original Oil Landscape by Emily Jeffords (Painting-a-day)

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"Come Rain or Shine" Original Oil Landscape by Emily Jeffords (Painting-a-day)

"Come Rain or Shine" Original Oil Landscape by Emily Jeffords (Painting-a-day)

"Come Rain or Shine" Original Oil Landscape by Emily Jeffords (Painting-a-day)Alt Summit Bound: Painting a Day.  Emily Jeffords

I have the unfounded notion that days have moods – just like people.  Some feel happy and light, while others are sleepy and slow.  Winter days don’t really want to face the world – just snuggle and enjoy – while summer days have

boundless energy and the cheeriest disposition.  (Like I said, completely unfounded, and ridiculous, and yet, you know exactly what I mean…)

This painting can’t seem to make up it’s mind and is in flux between gauzy summertime bliss and the occasional moody storm.  And don’t get me wrong!  I love simply beautiful days.  They are just great.  …but the days where you don’t quite know what to wear or how to pack, or whether or not you’ll need a coat or umbrella…  those day’s are interesting.  They’re evolving and moving.  They’re lively and expressive and adventurously moody.

“Come Rain or Shine” depicts just such a day.

"Come Rain or Shine" Original Oil Landscape by Emily Jeffords (Painting-a-day)


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– with Charleen at Flora’s Kitchen

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“Rain in Spain” Painting-a-Day, oil on canvas, by Emily Jeffords

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"Rain In Spain" Original Oil Landscape by Emily Jeffords (Painting-a-day)Alt Summit Bound: Painting a Day.  Emily Jeffords Admittedly, I have never been to Spain, and have never seen the “rain falling mainly in the plain”.  However, I have the happy staccato of Eliza Doolittle dancing in my head and I think the motion of the song – upward, peppy, thriving, moody, helped to evolve this painting into a scene of motion and loose vibrance.

I’m going to let you in on a little secret: sometimes I put too much paint on the canvas – I allow the scene to become cluttered and stiff (these canvases are currently gathering dust in a corner of my studio).  But when I stop at JUST the right time – not too soon, not too late – the expression and refinement are balanced and beautiful.  And THAT, delights me to no end.

“Rain in Spain” is 16×20 inches, oil on canvas and will be available in my shop in ONE HOUR, at…

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