Mother Nature and her teachings-

DSC_2887Yesterday, I decide that I needed to take a walk- I had just woken up and that urge came to me, so I got my gear on and headed upwards towards the Mesa-As my usual daily talk with the Universe and God, I had no destination what so ever. I just needed to get away and breath some fresh air and if along the way I found treasures, even better. I did take my camera just in case I saw something amazing to photograph, but honestly when you do these types of hikes, it’s just you and maybe a journal and that is all. I start to talk about my frustrations, my visions, why my art is not selling fast enough, why this, why that, the struggles, etc.  I was hoping for some vision quest along the way since I’m on 10 acres and it’s all on Sacred land from the Ancestors that once roamed this earth. But I believe that you get that sort of vision when you are either ready to accept it or you still need to learn other things along the way that will open your mind, heart and soul- As I’m walking up, my first stop was the treasures of finding dried up Cactus! Bingo, I said- Well, remember I have a small bag, my camera inside( not small) and my Journal to write notes. I’m like how in the heck do I do this now? If I don’t take this opportunity I won’t find this area again, cause I’m just walking with no direction-So, took my camera out and decided to pull out 12 pieces of dried up cactus!- yeahhhhh, fun right!- Well, the bag is not even big enough to hold them so, that was quite the Journey!- So camera on my hand, my walking stick, 12 pieces of cactus and me hiking! You would think that at some point I would leave these darn things somewhere, but noooooo- I would probably get hurt before leaving my treasures behind!

-Along the way I start noticing little signs of things. Yet, not putting my mind all together cause I’m also noticing the beautiful art Mother nature does as well. These twisted branches from her Cedar trees that look like sculptures in the woods- I’m in silent taking all this beauty in and thinking. I’m snapping my life away at these amazing twisted branches but I’m also seeing other things that connect with my thinking and my questions- I start noticing the way nature finds it’s way through the wood-  I’m on a cliff and I see a tree hanging to dear life from the edge but not only that it’s also blooming! It’s alive and hardly touching any soil. Moving along, I see another answer, a cactus between to rocks that were apart like 5 inches away, and in between their was some soil  on the rock and that cactus was living and growing! Need to say that it’s growing in the middle of the 2 rock with maybe 10 feet below!- So, through all my hiking I was seeing these Miracles and Hopes of life itself all around me. The wind started to blow very hard making the most amazing sounds to my ear and I knew that I had to stop- Mother nature was telling me, stop and ponder upon all you have seen and connect it with your thoughts and answers you are seeking from your questions- This is what I got back:

” In life we each have our ups and downs, we are all looking for answers to the why’s and the what’s. In my case, I was asking about my art life and my life in general. The frustrations about it and how I was feeling very discouraged from it, but as I saw all these signs around me, nature told me that as long as you have a spark of HOPE in you, you can’t let go! That was exactly what I was seeing around me-Nature never lets go and it holds on to dear life blooming with amazing flowers as her reward. Sometimes it takes her awhile to adjust but no matter what, she always does it! With strong winds, with harsh weather, with boulders of rock on her, she makes it through!-She and everything around her becomes one into power- It’s just not her alone, but it’s everything around her that makes her survive- Just like us, we are all in this together and we each help each other get by in many different ways, but it’s never alone even though you may think so-“- So next time think about Nature and her survival skills, you will be so amazed how we can apply it to our life, and next time you think, it can’t be done, think twice- It is possible and it can be done as long as you have that spark of HOPE inside you-…

I leave you with my Journey in a Blk/Wht vision…

 

 

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Evolving as an Artist-

I know it’s been quite awhile, but it seems that I write when a deep part of me tells me to- I have been through some transitions in my life as an artist- It took me awhile to say that word” I’m an Artist”. I no longer think upon it when people as me what do you do?- Before I was like, hmmm, I’m an artist?- Lol- Now is I’m an ARTIST!- It feels real good to say it, feel it and mean it- As any artist, we all know that our art is not for everyone nor is intended to make sense of it either- What you or I may not like, someone would love. My art has evolved in tremendous ways. I can see the evolution of it and I honestly love that in my work. If you know me and my art, I tend to be connected with a Spiritual and Nature realm. Yet I also can be a bit whimsical and surreal at times- I’ve created these amazing pieces based on Shrines and Milagros- That type of work is geared towards a Hispanic religious feel. But what I find fascinating is that many of my clients and customers are not even religious, nor spiritual and some are even Jewish but for some reason they find themselves lost in that world of mine- They become addicted to my style and my work- They often tell me, wow, Laz- This piece of yours is calling me and I have no idea why, cause I’m not into this type of art, but it’s very powerful and strong…I love that! That fact that my work can move your soul into my world, tells me I’m on the right track- Not only that but that is the purpose of ART! It moves you, it heals you, it finds you and it hits you right in the core of your heart!- I started out doing small wall Milagros and now I’m doing Shrines and just amazing pieces that make you feel something inside- Through this new Journey of my life, I have meet some wonderful connections, new friends and a new Inspiration to my art-.. I feel that my  art is slowly taking a turn around and more and more people are just fascinated by it- That makes me want to keep creating and getting deeper in my passions- I pour in my work all Heart and Soul . I couldn’t have it any other way, I can’t expect any less than the best of me- So enter this realm of my work of wonders, spirituality, curiosity and peace that seems to tap into peoples Soul…Laz

 

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Happy Thanksgiving-

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving!- I will be leaving today and will not have access to a laptop, disconnecting my life until Friday! Hope this Thanksgiving is spent with your family or friends and may it be a blessed one- Hugs to all. Laz

 

 

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Lost in The Woods- My Journey…

I’m trying to understand so many things about my Journey- That’s just how I feel, lost in the woods and trying to find my way back. I’m one to say that sometimes” We need to lose ourselves to find ourselves”- My creative mind is in a cage of Chaos. Many people find one medium to their art life but for me, that seems unreal!. I just can’t, my mind won’t let me, my hands won’t let me, my eye’s won’t let and my Soul won’t let me. I have tried and I just can’t do it. I wonder sometimes if being a creative soul is more of a damnation than a gift. My mind won’t stop seeing everything in a creative way. One moment I’m doing Collage and then suddenly I’m doing gift tags, and then I jump into doing my hand made cards, and then I see a blank canvas and I’m doing Abstract, Mixed Media and then I’m thinking I can do Encaustic, and so on. It’s a constant battle my Creative mind, my Soul and how much I can handle it all. When I decide to make the jump with no safety net moving to Santa Fe, I had a vision. I wanted to live in the mountains, I wanted to open up my own cool, funky little shop and I wanted to teach. I took out all my savings and without thinking it to many times, I decided to jump! I left a great paying job doing displays, windows, and managing a team to make this vision possible. Don’t get me wrong I have no regrets what so ever on what I did!- I’m a risk taker and with that said, I have been able to learn so much about myself. Now I’m here, trying to make connections, letting the Universe know my plans, my vision, my passion and wanting to give back to others with my talents. It has been some what tough. Not many people care to help or lead you to the right information. I’ve been doing the Sunday Artist market every Sunday and even though it’s a good venue to do, I feel that from Monday to Saturday I’m missing out in selling my art and I can’t find anything that I can afford to even take my next jump cause people think that If you live in Santa Fe,you can pay 1,500 dollars for a 300 sq ft space! People seem to be selfish and not even try to work with others who are trying to make their DREAMS happen. Then they think that because you live in the mountains with a killer view that LIFE is just perfect and that you wake up everyday with your coffee and sit outside contemplating life with no worries- Well, the wake up call is that living in the mountains and being nurtured by Nature doesn’t solve your problems- It helps you to some point to heal your Soul, but it doesn’t solve the problems. So much to grasp at this moment in my life when I’m about to let go of my late 40’s and start the 5O!- Sometimes I feel I left some part of myself in some road I may have stopped a long the way to rest and forgot to wait for it cause I got in the car and hauled ass!- I question at times, I’m I running to fast? I’m even thinking to ahead of my thoughts? I’m not trying to sound that I’m complaining about my life cause I’m very blessed and very lucky to have this opportunity and have a creative mind to make beautiful things to make others smile and feel good. I know how lucky I’m and every night before I go to sleep I let God know how great-full  I’m  for all he has given me and even when I have the time to open my porch doors and sit outside with the stars that look like the most beautiful art work over me and let the Universe know that I’m also great full for all this!- Even when times are hard, I seem to make it through- I live with very little now days and a very simple life. So, yes I’m grateful and “NO” I’m not complaining.- I’m just wondering if I’m doing things right? I guess being lost in the woods is another different Journey that connects in finding that other path which will connect to one. Maybe I’m feeling that it’s my time to shine and I don’t see that light or it’s very dim. Maybe being lost in the woods will bring me back to that person I once left behind, I guess time will tell. I hope that this leap of Faith I took is the right road that will lead me back and connect me with my missing links….

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The Coming of Fall-

I took a trip today towards ” Barrilas Peak” to watch the Aspens dressed in their Fall attire. What a beautiful trip through the mountains and small towns. As I was driving I did notice that quite few of the Aspens were bare down to their limbs, yet still they hold a sculpture body!- One thing I have noticed is how the Aspen trunks at time have some sort of design like if the Aspens were artist painting on each other-I always notice an eye just looking right at ya, and who I’m I to say is not? I like to keep my mind wild and IMAGINATIVE!- I’m so blessed to be surrounded by such beauty. Everyday I wake up with a huge smile on my face and every night I go to sleep telling God” Thank you for all this”- Can’t imagine not having it any other way. I’m connected to nature and nature is connected to me- I was able to find some beautiful Aspens still dressed in their Fall fashion, even thought we are not into full blown Fall, they lose their leaves so fast that you need to capture it ASAP-..Fall is my favorite season over all- I love the crisp air going through my open windows, I love to see the pallet of colors that it creates, after all Mother Nature is a true artist!-.. Enjoy my journey… Laz

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