Heidi Giraud

ORIGINAL ART BY HEIDI GIRAUD

My daughter, Heidi, tapped into her hidden art talents just a few years ago. I’ve been continually amazed at the variety of styles and subject matter she’s produced; each of her artworks are imaginative and colorful. She keeps producing and I’m sharing a few. I love them all and want more of them on my walls…I must admit, I’m prejudiced! I’ve got five paintings so far and joked that I now have the Heidi Giraud Art Gallery Annex. The watercolor below was her most recent creation. It’s a new challenge for her — working with acrylic is much easier. I love this one – it has such a delicate touch and the colors are magnificent.

Pensive Woman, a watercolor

PENSIVE WOMAN, a watercolor

Wanting to spread the word about her talents, I asked her to write something about herself and she did: “The past few years I’ve felt that I needed/wanted to do something creative. I don’t recall having a desire to paint when I was a child, but believe it must have been there in my soul. When I was kicked out of high school, I was sent to continuation high school. I decided to take an art class and the first painting I did was a watercolor, all freehand, no tracing. I fell in love with it, but wasn’t settled enough in my life to do more than one more watercolor.”

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    “My artistic yearnings inspired me to use a lot of color when I decorated various apartments of mine over the years. Then I took another art class for a few months, and that planted the seed that grew into a satisfying habit of painting. I have always been attracted to the shapes you can create, not to mention the colors you can use in abstract. My favorite colors are bright blues, reds, oranges and greens. There are no rules in abstract painting, you can create whatever you want, probably why I enjoy it so much. Abstract painting opens your mind to all sorts of interpretations. I feel it’s a perfect expression of life. Just when you think you know what is is, you look deeper into the painting with your mind and soul and see something totally different. (Note from Victoria: Heidi and I went to the Getty Museum a few years ago to see Jackson Pollock’s “Mural”–painted in 1943 and said to be an iconic abstract painting of the 20th century. It was huge and full of images that both of us imagined: from horses and ducks to faces. I’m delighted we saw it with our own eyes; a photo of this painting does it no justice.)

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Heidi says,” My inspirations can come from anything. I can walk down a street in downtown Los Angeles, or see the sun’s rays flicker upon the Pacific Ocean and get my ideas from that. My emotions also play a part in my creations.”

MY INSPIRATIONS

As March comes roaring in, I remember the old saying that the month of March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. For the past two days it’s been true so far in Los Angeles–we are having rain and wind, both gentle and ferocious. The sun peeks out and then it clouds over, and the temperature hasn’t been over 60 degrees. Of course we are very spoiled here!

Spring is a good time to gather your thoughts and rejuvenate yourself for the year. That brings to mind the inspiring sayings I have collected for my Pinterest account. And the sayings go with many of my daughter, Heidi Giraud’s lovely and colorful paintings. The first one, which is on the wall next to my computer, I see as a woman emerging from confusion to self-knowledge and inspiration, as I have been several times in my life.

Emergence

Emergence

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind. Dwell in possibility. Be patient, things will change for the better. The worst thing usually turns out to be the best thing. God has sent you nothing but angels. You are not alone.

The Eye Searching for Truth

The Eye Searching for Truth

What you think about, you bring about. Don’t take things personally…what other people say about you is their reality, not yours. Sometimes you have to let things go so there’s room for better things to come into your life. One of my favorite sayings comes from Vietnam and was used in a book by Leo Buscaglia: Learn to let go as easily as you grasp, or you’ll have your hands full and your mind empty. Every hello is the beginning of a goodbye, yet every goodbye can be the beginning of another hello. The moment you’re ready to quit is usually the moment right before a miracle happens, so don’t give up.

Bloom like a Sunflower

Bloom like a Sunflower

Live your life and forget your age.  And C.S. Lewis said: You don’t have a Soul…You are a Soul. You have a body. Stars can’t shine without darkness. When it is all finished, you will discover it was never random.  Amen

 

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