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A message to George! Thank you for being you.

Happy Birthday, Dad!
Happy Birthday, Dad!

Today is my Dad’s Birthday. His name is George and he was the smartest guy I ever knew. Here pictured with my Mom and their two Standard Poodles is one of my favorite shots of him. I was very lucky to have them as parents and blessed to have chosen so well because I believe blood or lineage has not one thing to do with parents but instead it is a soul connection.

I believe that a soul enters this life for the lessons and what that soul can teach and learn from others. The Divine Source which we all make up and are very much a part of choose the life with the people needed for us to accomplish this life’s tasks. Religion, territories, possessions, lineage, ancestral bloodlines mean nothing. What you create with this life and how you treat the world around you is the most important act we do in this life.

Woodworking cabinet Dad made.
Woodworking cabinet Dad made.

This belief stems from my Dad, George whom passed 15 years ago, that he is always connected with me. He taught me how to be a strong women. He showed me how to build furniture and to work on cars. He believed there was no such thing as women’s work or men’s work it was all work. He never thought anyone was less than the next person because he experienced much hardship with much joy. He served as a Naval Air Instructor during WWII. He showed me the world of opera and classical music.

My Dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and vascular infarction (mini strokes) but was treated for Alzheimer. These days I wonder what type of treatment he would have received and would his life ended differently? He slipped away retreating into the nothing-ness of his mind. This strong intelligent man not even able to feed himself gone and only his physical being left behind. He passed in the early morning hours one January day. Glad he was finally free. I think of my Dad sitting on that rock and can still smell his aftershave. His eyes beaming with the love he had for my Mom, his beloved Lowy which only he called her by that name. Her real name was Lois. How I miss them.

So today George, Happy Birthday. I celebrate all the memories we shared, good and bad, happy and sad, loving and hateful knowing that your life and mine were chosen to be for a short time connected by the Divine Source to explore and create shared moments. Thank you for being you and allowing me to experience your soulful being.

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Today. Today I embrace my intuition.

This year started with a feeling that this was going to be a grand year, full of new exciting profitable projects and selling my studio home. It is November and I still am waiting for someone to buy this home. I am still waiting to sink my teeth into that new exciting project. I am still living in a place called limbo town. With each hour day and month I have grown more anxious and fearful that my timeline won’t be met. I wake every morning with hope seeking for an answer only to flop into the bed at night totally exhausted and stressed. My body aches from the stress and my mind is on its own continuous loop never disengaging making getting a good nights sleep not so possible. Yet today I got up thinking today is different. Today is different because it is today.

Original Artwork by Laurie Rohner
Nature Art with Quote Garden Wildflower Botanical Watercolor

Today I stop waiting. Today I start doing. Today I start allowing. Today I stop controlling. Today is new and exciting. Today is the project I have searched for starts to give birth. Today when I fall into bed I will be tired not from stress and dreams unrealized but from working and creating in complete synergy of my life. No restrictions. Today I am co-creating my story.

Iris nature art garden watercolor painting a botanical garden original artwork by Laurie Rohner
Iris Watercolor Painting White Botanical Garden Flower

No more thinking it through or is this being realistic? Being realistic and thinking it through got me to this point and well that did not work out to well for me. Today I embrace my intuition, my soul whispers, the little signs you only see when you stop pretending they are not there. Today my belief in the divine plan exists is my guide. Today it all begins, an epic journey, is today your today?

Original oil painting by Laurie Rohner
Oil on canvas titled Autumn begins in Underhill, VT
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Weeds are flowers I have to paint.

“Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.” ~A.A. Milne

 

These my have grown in the field in front of my house in Vermont but in my mind they were glorious wildflowers.

Available at Laurie Rohner Studio
Available at Laurie Rohner Studio

Bright summer botanical garden or wildflowers beam out at you off the paper. Cheery happy and spirit lifting for a summer farmhouse cottage.

My watercolor technique is glazing a process where I layer pigments on top of each other creating depth and realism in my paintings. This painting has up to 10 layers. I love the opaqueness and luminosity I achieve so that the flowers make you want to reach out and touch them.

Title: Black-eyed Susans in a Field.
Image and paper size 8 x 10 inches.
Palette: yellow, browns, olive, white, cream, soft sage, leaf green
Paper is 140lb watercolor hand molded paper.
Signature: Laurie Rohner on front, title,singed,date on verso.
Unframed

 

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Take the next step.

When you realize that things are not nearly as bad as they might have been, you have taken the first step toward working your way through any problem.

What you cannot do is stop and never take the next step on your journey towards the abundance or success you want in your life. Staying focused on the energy of your own life is imperative to moving forward. Life will test you more and more as you start to move away from the lower energies of negative thinking but is always giving you tools to elevate your self and life.

Botanical Nature Art
Pink Peony Oil on Canvas Original Nature Art

Botanical oil on canvas painting of a garden flower titled Single Pink Peony is original nature art painted by hand of Laurie Rohner.

Title: Single Pink Peony
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Palette: petal pink, soft cream, red, raspberry, deep green oxide, hunter green, umber, soft green.
Canvas Size: 10 x 10 inches
Signature: Laurie Rohner on front, title, signed, date, information on card enclosed on verso.
Unframed.
Ready to hang!

The painting measures 10 x 10 inches on wrapped canvas (3/4″ deep) with staples hidden under wood on the back. These paintings have beautiful color and a great finish from high quality oil paints. The staple-free sides of the canvas are painted. The painting continues around to the sides – framing is not required.

Today I found a great post from Lisa Jacobs about running a handmade business but I think her wonderful advise pertains to anything you want to achieve in life. Great read and advise so check it out here.

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Bring forward what is within you.

“If you bring forward what is within you, what you bring forward will save you. If you do not bring forward what is within you, what you do not bring forward will destroy you.”  Jesus Christ

Nature Art Botanical Watercolor Pink Amaryllis

Watercolor Nature Art by Laurie Rohner
Watercolor Nature Art by Laurie Rohner

Large botanical watercolor painting of a large Pink Amaryllis garden flower is an original nature art hand painted by Laurie Rohner. This painting is elegant and a dramatic work of art.

The bloom is from a bulb I received for a gift one year which I then incorporated the bloom of the flower into a dramatic background of lush jungle greens. I wanted to make this botanical flower gem stand out almost trumpeting its existence at the viewer. A fabulous wonderful work of art for serious botanical nature art collectors.

Title: Dramatic in Pink
Medium: Watercolor on Paper
Palette: deep green, pink, coral pink, poppy red, soft yellow, white, cream, minty green.
Paper Type: 140lb rag hand molded watercolor paper
Paper Size: 30 x 22 inches
Image size: 30 x 22 inches
Signature: Laurie Rohner on front, title signed date on verso.
Unframed.

I paint using a process called glazing. It is layering pigments down on top of each other building depth of pigment and emotion through color. The process is labor and time intensive. This painting took about 56hrs to complete. There are about 10 layers of pigment on this painting.

All rights are not transferable with the purchase of this painting and stay with the artist.

 

 

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Embrace the responsibility of success is my focus today, is it for you?

Faith provides the courage to embrace the responsibility of success, and the strength to overcome the discouragement of failure.  -Alan Malizia, a Contagious Optimism coauthor

Nature Art by Laurie Rohner
Nature Art by Laurie Rohner

Let me introduce myself, I am Laurie Rohner. I like to think of myself as a creator builder and designer of beautiful functional art. My work encompasses many different medium including watercolor oil and acrylic painting on paper canvas and wood. When I create my art I feel a synergy between myself and nature and that energy or spirit is infused into my work. I often think I am not the one creating but the vessel in which the creation comes forth. 

Visit my studios for original nature art and painted furniture with nature inspired designs. Painted Furniture Studio or Laurie Rohner Studio

 

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Awareness is the magic key.

“You are very powerful, provided you know how powerful you are.” ~Yogi Bhajan

Awareness is the magic key. Once you are aware of this, you can change it. Once you can see that you are self-sabotaging yourself, you can choose to deepen your spiritual practices. This will energize you and increase your faith, helping you take action, which always leads to a more fulfilling reality.

Discovering the flaws and obstacles you have put up in front of you allows you to move and change direction. My own course was to follow a spiritual path. I read everything I could yet the obstacles and barriers remained. Not only remained but got bigger and harder to move around and finally caused me to stop on my life journey. I am the type of person who keeps going and to stop or give up is very hard because I feel when this happens in my life I have somehow failed or am flawed, self doubting, not deserving of where I am heading.

What I want or desire I was taught was not allowed. Hard work and a lot of it was necessary to succeed and if you did not succeed than there was something wrong with you. I fought daily with my inner demons only to find more demons to conquer. I was taught a fit all religion made to believe like the group and that religion was the ‘one’ that mattered and was right. Until last week everything changed in how I observed my life.

I spent several years meditating and looking for answers why things turned out the way they had and finding not one answer in all the moments of being quiet. I had turned away from religion and found I could live life nicely without the restraints of religions. In doing so I also had shut the door to God and this was never the intention. Then three things happened and I found myself completely aware that I needed the connection to God and through that connection all religions stem because God is all those religions just with different faces or in simpler terms different outfits. God is the bird that soars above, the tree shedding its leaves, the flower bringing forth another remarkable flower and the different people God has come here to show us a better path.  God is inside you and all you need do is to answer that connection with a hello, how can I serve. Serving yourself the best you can is serving God and then in turn you are serving the world and the universe and on it will go.

You can create a better life. Start by being aware of how you treat yourself. You can pray, meditate, practice affirmations, and ask your inner guidance for help.

Watercolor Painting Woodland Winter Tree Landscape Original Artwork by Laurie Rohner
Watercolor Painting Woodland Winter Tree Landscape Original Artwork by Laurie Rohner

Original watercolor artwork, titled Winter Tree is an original watercolor illustration of woodland landscape of a tree in winter nature art by Laurie Rohner.

Painted on 150lb rag paper. The paper is used for pastels and inks but I loved the taupe tone so instead I used my watercolors and gouache. It is slightly askew but will lie flat once framed. This is a very versatile painting for contemporary or farmhouse homes and everything in between of course.

Paper size: 15″ x 11″
Palette Colors: sepia, indigo, paynes gray

Visit my Studios at Laurie Rohner Studio or Painted Furniture Studio

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Why not start improving your life now?

Make up your mind that nothing is more important than how I feel now, because now is everything. Now is the whole enchilada. Now is the power of me. Now, now, now, now, now… You might as well start somewhere, and it might as well be now. Why not start improving your life now, now, now?  – Abraham Hicks

Starting the day food shopping is a great way to feel defeated and aggravated.  The prices are ridiculously high and I can never seem to find what I want from week to week because the store has moved it or decided to not stock the product anymore. Today was no different from any other time and when I finished putting everything away I read this quote. Sometimes you are not read to see and feel and understand the answer the universe is giving us. Within one single delightful moment I understood with heart beaming light out into my world. The answer is me, the answer is you, the answer is the question. How do I feel now and I choose to feel fabulous.

Wanted to share this thought and hope you find the switch to turn on the good feelings so the bad feelings start to dwindle and melt away. I also want to share with you another little work of nature art I have available at Laurie Rohner Studio‘s Between The Weeds Store. I have art for all in varying price ranges and sizes.

Nature Art Botanical Garden Flower Watercolor Original Painting Pink Amaryllis.

Nature Art Botanical Garden Flower Watercolor Original Painting Pink Amaryllis.

Large botanical watercolor painting of a large Pink Amaryllis garden flower is an original nature art hand painted by Laurie Rohner. This painting is elegant and a dramatic work of art.

The bloom is from a bulb I received for a gift one year which I then incorporated the bloom of the flower into a dramatic background of lush jungle greens. I wanted to make this botanical flower gem stand out almost trumpeting its existence at the viewer. A fabulous wonderful work of art for serious botanical nature art collectors.

Title: Dramatic in Pink
Medium: Watercolor on Paper
Palette: deep green, pink, coral pink, poppy red, soft yellow, white, cream, minty green.
Paper Type: 140lb rag hand molded watercolor paper
Paper Size: 30 x 22 inches
Image size: 30 x 22 inches
Signature: Laurie Rohner on front, title signed date on verso.
Unframed.

Click Here to Buy.

I paint using a process called glazing. It is layering pigments down on top of each other building depth of pigment and emotion through color. The process is labor and time intensive. This painting took about 56hrs to complete. There are about 10 layers of pigment on this painting.

All rights are not transferable with the purchase of this painting and remain with the artist.

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Find that feeling, that alignment to Spirit and there is your joy.

The Basis of Your Life is Freedom; the Purpose of Your Life is Joy. – Abraham Hicks

Watercolor Original Painting
Vermont Fields Picturesque Scene Landscape Watercolor Nature Art Painting

We spend endless moments and time pondering purpose and questioning the path we are on asking the one question Am I right? The answers we seek come in waves from a vast supply of people with what they see as answers. We read and apply what these people have written thinking they must have the answer because it is in this book, or they are on TV, or someone says it is so. We think they must know what the answer is to the mess I am in only to find it does not work. We fall back into our comfy chair and throw our arms up in disbelief saying how could I fall for this lie again? I must be doing something wrong? Worst I am broken because it did not work.

We are these wonderful gorgeous beings that have come to this time and place to experience life together and separately at the same time. Individually we have the freedom to choose the thoughts and feelings we have and those thoughts and feelings form a collective energy positive or negative around the globe. We have the freedom to choose the energy and feelings that bring an individual  joy or torments and challenges.

I seemed to instinctively know I needed to step back from the thoughts and energy I was feeling. I needed to connect to the higher frequencies around me and that took being alone and meditating. I feel more in tune to my natural self. Understanding, compassion, and respect have replaced the flow of deceptive misunderstood energies from outside my being that were battering me making me exert more of my energy to combat the negative feelings. Once I found myself in the protective healing arms of Spirit the answers I had sought were found. The answers were to my questions and I found they do not fit all. The only truth and answer anyone can find is the one within the feelings and thoughts of what makes you so extraordinary. Find that feeling, that alignment to Spirit and there is your joy.

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What I learned living in a haunted house.

Information is everywhere and what is real can be very hard to figure. In Connecticut several years ago I sold a home and during the worst times to sell. Not many know this but I lived in a haunted house. Dark shadows were frequent occurrences and my dogs would bark and growl at the stairs at least once a week. When my very special dog suddenly became fatally ill and passed I knew I had to get out of there. Most of my life I have dealt with things that for me are common everyday happenings but this house had something more about it. I went to the Catholic church and bought a St Joseph statue, followed the instructions and sold the house. I had forgotten about the St. Joseph statue until I read about it in the recent post I blogged here. Today I can say I have completed the blessing or spell and inserted what I desired to happen. Will the magic happen again? I believe it will and I say give it a try.

Elkin House for sale – Is it haunted?

The past eight years has been wrought with wrong turns and dead ends, or has it? Does your life play out exactly as it is planned but free choice is in the how you get to the inevitable end still the same? When you experience what I went through in Connecticut you know absolutely there is much more going on then we can see. If there is more, from that perspective, is there not more to magic and thoughts. Do you have the power to manifest into your life what you desire the most quickly?

I desired to be free of that house and was willing to do everything I could to sell and move. I had two and a half weeks to buy a home. I had already been looking but nothing had grabbed my attention. I thought I wanted to be out of the snow and cold so I looked in North Carolina. I love the mountains. Somehow I ended up here in Elkin, NC. Now looking back over the circumstances I wonder how much was my choice and how much was fate?

During the months and years living in North Carolina I have learned much about myself and what I desire. My life viewpoints have drastically changed and I know more about who I am. I need to embrace all aspects of me. Living here does not enhance those aspects. No matter what your age you are always going through growth spurts. This has been a huge one for me.  In this phase of my life I found many others with qualities I admire and with viewpoints I would like to explore more closely. The taboos and superstitions of religions have fallen away and instead I have a deeper understanding of all beings connected.

Back to my haunted house let me say I do not think it was evil. Most haunted situations there are valid logical answer for what is happening. I do believe there are dark energies and they can play havoc on us since we are also energy in physical forms ( for now ). From the experience I have learned about how necessary it is to be vigilant in keeping your life free of dark energies and focusing your thoughts on loving nurturing life affirming feelings. That is where all magic stems from, it is yours when you desire it. The St Joseph statue is a reminder of the energy you have within and that may be the magic of the spell.

Have a happy All Hallow’s Eve, everyone.