thoughts are things

Live your story


The greatest love story can be found within the pages of a novel, movie or one’s heart. Most including myself forget that the greatest hopeless love begins with self. I wrote this poem and it was my hope to have it ready for Valentine’s Day. It was BUT not like I wanted. I kept reinventing the wheel expecting an awesome layout and ended up more in love with the first design. This design feels right and once I change a few words it will be awesome. I can turn this awesome poem into a picture book!! Why then, do I keep reinventing perfection? Doubt I guess, but doubt in terms of what others will think.


I realize that in a real love story there is no doubt and certainly no perfection.  Okay there may be doubt but take away all of the outside junk and there isn’t any doubt.  It’s all the outside junk that fools us. It’s True!  I love this poem and this poem loves me. I can’t seem to stop writing it and thinking of ways to express how it makes me feel.

I wrote this poem for myself but I smile in hopes of all the eyes who’ll read it.

In the words of a wise man Feck Perfection! I just want to write this on a wall someplace for all to read it. I’m dreaming of an old building that needs new character.

The old design–the one my heart seeks the most.  I love the color and texture. Oh the words highlighted…what a great example of how love just happens. 

Make a note to test various markers and I’m gonna try this one more time…however many it takes.

Oh right– back to painting trees for the wise tree book.





Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible. 


thoughts are things

Love Poem Update

A quick update for my love poem. I finally think I’ve got it. Have this idea for a beautiful rainbow.  So I had to paint it. I mixed up these colors. Then I wrote my poem with a brown twistable crayon. The layout didn’t work out so well BUT I kept telling myself just paint and practice  and see what happens.  What fabulous advice! Besides I’m so loving the wax crayon with watercolor. My picture taking is well yeah not so good.. The color looks black instead of an awesome brown but who cares. I made some awesome art that I know the world is waiting for. Gosh I hope so. YES!


I just fell in love with applying color. I LOVE painting and knowing that an idea is coming to life. The words live your love story look good. Just drew them but they make great balloons.The whole pink and orange color scheme, well I’m LOVING it.



This whole wonderful  experience had me thinking about my recent plans to just paint and let everything else go. I want to share my work with the world. Famous Justin Bieber words never say never keep ringing in my head. OKAY it’s not just him. It’s the podcast I just listened to. It’s the words the priest said in church. It’s the children who grace my life. It’s the special girl who reminds me that you should NEVER ever give up especially in dark times.

Art is a huge pick me up when I feel doubt creeping back in and want to fall. A warm feeling wraps around my heart , SAYING I GOT YOU. YOU GOT THIS. JUST hold on and together we’ll see it through. You can’t give in.

So yippee, I can’t wait to keep working on my book and painting all of these ideas. I have my daily progress on instagram at myrasletters. I  have this awesome blog but I want to make some changes. Oh brother they are coming soon! So here’s the big news. I won’t be posting anything for the next 40 days. I need time to think and work on me. You bet I will be working on all of my projects and I will be back Easter Sunday! Say!  Maybe this is the perfect time to launch my love poem on etsy.  Who knows where else.  I love each and everyone of you and appreciate you!  I’m jumping up and down. Come on jump with me! Till then feel free to like this post if you’re feeling this poem!



-nothing is impossible. Close you eyes and visualize







mixed media painting

Just Play

Sometimes this is the hardest thing to do. I’m working on the love poem and my deadline is February 14th.   That’s two weeks away and I have no idea what to do! I’ve been sick and can’t seem to get better. Frankly I’m sick of cough drops, coughing and Kleenex. and I know I shouldn’t complain. It’s been hard to just play.  Maybe it’s because I haven’t really taken the time to play. I’ve been feeling pressure to paint just the right piece. The color has to be right. The letters have to be right. Everything has to be right so that the readers can understand what I’m trying to say.  Here’s the twister. The most important part of my art is to  to put myself right there on the watercolor paper and canvas.  I want readers to take in every detail and say,” Yeah I get what she’s trying to say and I can relate! I want my art to be right there always on my mind,  just like the songs I keep singing.  So yeah I want to just play. That’s what I’m going to do! I’m  delaying the launch of my shop till March 20th which is the first day of spring!

Ahhhhh a breath of fresh air!

What did I work on this week?. I love the color teal. This is a great color that conveys many of the emotions in my poem.  I know I want a background  maybe I can use that cool wash you create with a plastic ziploc bag.  You paint the bag. Then press the wet painted side on the paper and press and let dry. I love this idea for the back background!  Tested it! Love the sporadic placement of the paint.


I had this crazy idea to write with acrylic paint. YES write the entire poem in white acrylic paint. The trouble is that acrylic paint is thick and hard to write with. I’ve been practicing! Maybe there is a better way?  I did some research and found out there’s this cool masking fluid pen and YES I am having an idea. Maybe I should try some new acrylic paint because the one I have is old and dry? Who knows I’ll keep playing!

I’ve also just started playing and I love hearts and Valentine’s Day! Love blending two colors. Say….may I can use this blending for my poem? Yes I am feeling better already. I don’t ever want to feel like I’m forcing myself to do art. If I’m not motivated then it’s not the kind of art I want to create-EVER.


there are no impossibilities



mixed media painting

The Love Poem

I’ve been working on this love poem. It’s a cool love poem and not the kind of cheesy love story that you see on screen. It’s the kind of love story that just is. You just love and that’s it. It’s the kind of love that loves… among doubt and distance. No matter how CRAZY OR LAZY you get, you somehow keep on. The kind of love where you’re covered in paint, idea after idea, notebook filled will letter after letter, and people say you’re crazy and you say no I’m not I just…LOVE ART…and yeah too late to change course. It’s an obsession that only those who relate can relate. Yes it’s a hopeless romantic love too! I did sell this poem and what do you know someone, a person, not my mom, bought it! That was awhile ago, years ago, but I’m working on  this poem again and will sell it in my etsy shop!


Testing different brushes. Tried using certain color to emphasize the word like yellow for gold


Love the bubble letters and the heart letters too. Maybe it’s a little too cute?

The lettering on the bottom looks much better. Guess I need to practice more. I can’t wait to test  the twistable crayons. Crayons may be a good idea to emphasize the idea of like when you learn how to ride you bike for the first time. playing and …you’re not worried about falling  because all you want to do is learn how to ride you bike. Right? Love is like this. You just love and do. Oh were is that quote I want to paint it.


I love this poem. I love this poem even more when I think of all the people who will read it and feel the way I do!

there are no impossibilities