tuesday happy

betty beads and a hello.

sitting here chatting with pals, sipping some tazo calm
that b made for me and thinking of all the goodness
my life holds. so here we go................

1. my new etsy shop. kellybarton.etsy. please stop by
and check it out. i will be keeping the happygirl shop
through the end of the year too! we would love to see
you there. best part. there will be plenty of holiday sales,
new baubles, orginals and cards. perfect holiday gifts!
also....a giveaway, very soon!

2. my new little art studio, here in town at the athens
of indiana art and studios
. i am so happy to be part of
some amazing local artists. if you are a local, please
stop by and support our local arts. art saves!

3. the support i receive, the cheers i hear and the love
i feel . thank you

4. watching miss clancy finish the 500 free tonight
and see her beat her old time.

5. the to do list, although full. seeing all that i have
ticked off since october. if feels so good to be
moving again

so there it short list of goodness.



on waking

the wayfarer . canon beach . love
. . . . . . . . . .
I give thanks for arriving
Safely in a new dawn,
For the gift of eyes
To see the world,
The gift of mind
To feel at home
In my life,
The waves of possibility
Breaking on the shore of dawn,
The harvest of the past
That awaits my hunger,
And all the furtherings
This new day will bring.

{john o'donohue, on waking.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

reflecting on the past year, even on those bumpy days
that sadness and anger swirled around me. i see the
hope and blessings that greet me each day.

.three healthy . funny . gorgeous little beings who are mine

.a partner in crime who is secure enough to be married to me

.a warm home with the studio on top

.my tribe who sends me energy . friendship . love from afar

.a community of friends that we love and gather with here

.parents that pretty much hung the moon, siblings to match.
nieces and nephews that make me laugh and who tell me....
aunt kelly did you make that, who wear my baubles and nephews
who curl their noses when they see me, like i am the old auntie
with too much lipstick, ready to smooch their cheeks.

.my nutty girl mind that pushes me forward with my
brushes and bag of color

.and you. yep you whoever is reading this, visiting this blog
and supporting me. my art . my vision . my life

this i know to be true, even on the hairiest of days, life
is filled with some good stuff.

today i will sit with bryce and my girl cheri' and soak it all up.

my your day be filled with warm laughter, the nourishment
you crave and love. and if you sit alone today. know you aren't
alone. i am here sending a little lite and a few giggles your way.

peace be with each of you.



live it.

fat blooming everywhere!

:live and let live:
so easy to do, if you

don't live with fear of others
lifestyle and beliefs.


..getting it together..

preparing for the show.

yesterday bryce and i packed up the car full of my
pieces of art and headed downtown to our new
art gallery and studios. i am honored to be the
november featured artist. when nina first asked
me i of course said i would do it. then reality set
in and the demons got the best of me. i had numerous
paintings sitting on the studio floor to be finished,
a week long art retreat in october and a holiday show
the day before i was to hang my art. yup...once
again, kelly chose to bite off the biggest piece of
sweetness only to get a slap of reality. time and
creative minds don't always add up. but last week
i came home from squam by the sea, and for the
first time of three years of retreats....i felt renewed.
i mean don't get me wrong i always feel renewed after
each retreat. the problems lies in coming home and
crashing. by the grace of the universe - this time - i
was able to find my mojo.

so yesterday as marlene and nina hung my artwork. marlene
the ever so sassy designer, walked around with her hand on
her chin...something was missing. we had removed the primary
color blocked rug, major clash. she just wasn't quite feeling it.
i sat back and let her do her work. never once worried. because
i trusted her creativity. all the while...poor bryce, already out
of his athletic element, was figgiting. he made lists on his
cell phone for me, he answered text and he stood there wide
eyed watching marlene think.

ah-ha! my unfinished dress form. she said, "don't finish it just yet.
lets use it - to show your process. i wanted to cry...happy tears.
because so often people ask me what my process is and i have a
hard time explaining. but the dress form - i can be used as a creative
visual in the little room that holds my artwork.

so again...i left feeling renewed. i had new energy, new ideas
and the best part of the day. nina and marlene asked me to paint
my "featured artist" board. of course. i knew what i would do with it.

today i am in the studio....finishing my board before i have to work
at the course. my heart and mind are full of what my path is filled with.
this time, not worrying about leaving the bread crumbs pointing towards
home. in this moment, i have a clear view, no longer lost.

support your local arts . support arts . because art saves!
athens of indiana arts studios & gallery
crawfordsville, in

a project for the arts made possible by Crawfordsville Main Street.