Psychology of Color: Purple

Daily Post: Purple was yesterday, so I am Re-Blogging for those who missed the Original Post



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Purple is one of my favorite colors.  There is a store I discovered while travelling in South Carolina called Purpleologist and everything in the entire store was purple, it was stunning and amazing, I felt like I was “home’


Did you know that your favorite color has certain psychological tendencies associated with it?

The color purple has been associated with Royalty and Nobility for centuries

People who favor the color purple, tend to have great intuition and are a great judge of character.

They tend to be a “people magnet”, they are very approachable and have good charisma.

They often have an innovative spirit and are the visionaries of the world.

They are extremely creative and organize themselves and others well.

They are unique and imaginative and seldom fit in to ‘the norm’ or ‘inside the box’.  They are open-minded and accepting of others and new ideas.

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Aesthetic – Daily Prompt

What is aesthetically beautiful to one person, may not be so to another.  My husband & I have very different aesthetics, he likes old, traditional, familiar things, I prefer abstract, modern, alternative things, something that’s “different” and new and makes you see things in a new way


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I have been selling my art online for many years and I remember showing my husband some of my more abstract works over the years and remember him saying “I don’t get it”…it didn’t make sense to him…he couldn’t visualize what I was seeing.  His “literal” vantage point didn’t allow him to think or see outside the box

I think for the most part “life” is the same way.  We only see things from our limited perspective and viewpoint.  What is beautiful and endearing to one, is chaotic and a mess to someone else

I always loved Abstract artists like Kandinsky growing up, his work fascinated me from a very young age…I loved trying to see things from his viewpoint, what was going on in his mind when he created certain pieces

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I always felt I never fit ‘in the box’ whether it comes to life in general or to my artwork.

I prefer to think there is no box…One of my favorite sayings is


WPC: It Is Easy Being Green!


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Weekly Photo Challenge:  It IS Easy Being Green!

For more Green, I did a Blog Post on the Psychology of GREEN here

Art Abstracted from Music

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I write Lyrics, have hired musicians online to put music to my lyrics, and together we have created some pretty cool Demo’s

Because I am also an Artist and love graphic design, Abstract Art & Digital Art, I often play music on my computer while creating my artwork

These remarkable images, I created while I was listening to my own songs online, and I didn’t just listen to the music, I created digital art from my music by using the soundwaves of my music as digital art images, pretty cool, right?

So I am particularly proud of these as they are not only my own original digital artworks, but because they were created from my own music as well


DAILY PROMPT_ Abstract © 2017 KDArtStudio


Abstract is from a Latin word meaning “pulled away, detached”

The basic idea is of something detached from physical, or concrete, reality

Abstract art uses shape, form, color and line to create a composition  independent from reality

In writing, an abstract is an abbreviated version of the final report, usually 250 words that contain

  • Introduction
  • Problem
  • Procedure
  • Result
  • Conclusion

If you abstract something from a situation, you Take away a part of it, leaving a different version of it behind

When we did high school art one of our major works was to create an abstract piece of art in any form or style, by taking an image of something real in your world, and changing it to form an abstract

I drew a picture of two teddy bears, sitting on a bed, I cut the picture up into several random shapes with scissors, rearranged them, forming a completely abstract picture that was unrecognizable. I then painted what i saw on a huge canvas, I made the frame for the canvas, stretched calico fabric over the frame, made the canvas myself, it was the size of a large rectangle dining table, sketched the design and painted it in bright neon colors, I wish I still had it, I loved it, it was the best thing I had done and looked amazing.  I was so proud of it. I loved Art class, it was my favorite subject, I loved my Art teacher, she was my favorite teacher in high school.

Kandinsky, ironically, an Abstract Artist, was my favorite Artist that we studied, and we did them all, all the masters and classics, (I hated art history, but loved the practical, hands on side of art)

I was devastated when my art teacher gave me a failing grade on my Abstract Art Project.  She wrote and i quote: “This is not real art”


Are you kidding me?

Art is supposed to be ‘an expression of your imagination’, it was an abstract idea from something in reality, it was exactly what abstract art was.  She was an Art teacher, how did she not ‘get it’?  I could see it so clearly…

I was too upset to ever ask her about the grade, it shattered my world for weeks…some 40 years later, it still makes me annoyed that she couldn’t see what I saw in it

Maybe my abstraction wasn’t abstract enough, I don’t know, all I know is “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, because I still love that major work (in my head ) as much as I did back then when I created it from nothing.  I also thought I was clever because we didn’t have much money at all (in fact, we were quite poor, though I never really knew it) and it was the most economical thing I could think of at the time, I didn’t have many resources to work with. I was also thrilled at my craftsmanship making a frame that was straight and a gallery wrapped canvas from scratch that I had made with my own two hands from scrap wood I found lying around, no brownie points for that either

I remember thinking at the ripe old age of 18, ‘if she can’t see it for what it is, the problem lies with her & her lack of imagination, not with me’..  (wow, a little arrogant / narcissistic there)

So the morale of this story is to always believe in yourself and your own abilities, no matter how abstract the idea or finished product is, stand behind your work

Just because someone else doesn’t see or share your vision, doesn’t mean it’s not good

You only have to look at Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs, JK Rowling, Walt Disney, all their ideas were rejected numerous times before someone finally ‘got it’

Cracking the code



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I am an avid cook and a total foodie.  There’s nothing I like more than creating a new sauce or recipe from scratch and coming up with a totally different flavor I haven’t tasted before. Unfortunately no one in my household is that interested or shares in my excitement or passion for the culinary arts when I discover something new and different, they are more ‘meat (cheese) & potato’ kind of guys

I love experiencing the same when I visit new restaurants, especially fine dining.  I am so excited to try new things and see if i can discover the chef’s secret… There is always a ‘hint’ of something they have used that you just can’t put your finger on it, it’s so subtle but you know it’s there, it’s intoxicating, the umami of flavor.  It is that very nuance that brings you back time and time again until you crack the code, either that, or you rush home and desperately search google for their secret recipe online, 9 times out of 10 you can find it online, or you try to recreate it in your kitchen at home

The culinary world just blows my mind at the moment, there are so many different stlyes of cooking, so many flavor profiles, so many new trends, you just master one and a new one is out that you just ‘have’ to try

Adding citrus brings many dishes “alive”, transforming them from …’mm, it’s okaaay’, to WOW!

If you haven’t done so already, you should, mix lemon juice through your mashed potatoes, or through your alfredo pasta, you will thank me later if you haven’t tried it already, it’s awesome with arugula salads instead of salad dressing and on sauce-less pita bread pizzas with chicken

Sun-dried tomatoes is another big bang for your buck flavor you can add to sauces like alfredo or aioli to ‘kick it up a notch’, all the better if your sundried tomatoes are homemade and roasted in a slow oven over a day, they are amazing

Anchovy is another culinary secret, it’s what makes Caesar dressing almost drinkable, you can add it to pasta sauces, home made tomato soup etc.  Goat cheese & Sea Salt is another surprising flavor, it’s the slight tang that brings food to life in goat cheese when you add it

It’s these subtle hints of flavor that keep me excited as a cook and keeps me wanting to try new things




When we Ruminate,  we obsess over a thought, a problem, a tragic event or life trauma and regurgitate it over and over again often with a fixation of the problem or event, rather than being able to focus on a positive outcome or solution

We fall into an emotional pit that is often hard to climb out of

When we fixate on the one thing, we are unable to see past it which can often lead to depression, post traumatic stress and other debilitating illnesses

It is not good to constantly dwell on problems, those who ruminate often see the glass as always being half empty, while all those cheery people around us who don’t seem to understand our plight, always see the glass as being half full

Both in essence maybe missing the point, the glass is refillable

When you adopt a negative ‘why me’ attitude it can be hard to ever break free from the emotional chains that bind you and most often we are the very ones locking ourselves off from the world around us

One thing I have learned over many years of heartache and misfortune, is that you have to help yourself…no one can fix your problems for you and stewing over them over and over again is a waste of time and energy, it wears you down physically and mentally

Many become prisoners of their own mindset, but what they don’t realize is they hold the key to their emotional freedom

When you see the big picture, that in 50 or a hundred years, none of what you are going through now is really going to matter very much to anyone, you realize whatever you are experiencing is a temporary drop in the ocean

Why waste precious time being suck in the past?  You can’t change the past, you can only change how you react to it

You can choose to let it beat you or choose to do something positive and constructive toward moving on from it

I am not saying don’t feel sad, angry, mad…in their own time and place they are normal healthy reactions.  It is healthy to grieve for someone we love or be heartbroken if we experience life events or trauma, but it is not healthy to refuse to budge from that state or place in our lives

I am a big believer in most things happening for a reason, even though we can’t see it at the time

There is usually a lesson we need to learn from the experience we are going through, maybe that lesson is to realize your own strength and resilience, maybe it’s to empower you to help others, maybe it’s to teach you perseverance or patience or self-love or forgiveness

I have also learned and truly believe we have the answer inside of us to whatever problem or dilemma we are facing, sometimes we are not looking deep enough or in the right direction to find the soul-searching answers we so desperately seek externally

Talking with friends / family is a start,or a health professional if you need to, there is no shame in saying you need help with something

When I get so overwhelmed now and stressed out so much I feel like I can’t breathe, sometimes I delegate and give it to God to deal with.  I know people have varying religions and some don’t believe in God at all, I just know that I can’t carry the burden any longer and usually if I surrender it, my load lifted just became a whole lot lighter and easier to deal with.  Sometimes I have had situations where I just say “I can’t”… deal with it….obsess over it….and it’s ok to acknowledge that too

When I have passed things ‘upstairs’, surprisingly enough, things seem to fall into place

I just know I personally cannot carry the load one day, one hour, one moment longer



Attack of the Birds


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Usually when we think of ‘swarm’ we don’t gravitate toward Birds, that would be a flock

A Swarm of Bees, a swarm of ants, wasps maybe…a swarm of ideas and innovation

The first thing that came to my mind was the crazy birds at the beach on the Gulf Shores

What started off as a nice winter day at the beach, ended with people being swooped down on and attacked by what can only be described as a swarm of birds

We were getting ready to leave the beach, it was dusk, right around sunset, the next thing we knew, a swarm of birds, no not a flock, that would be too kind, they were vicious birds, descended upon a group of beach-goers not far from where we were sitting. They kept ‘attacking’ these people, circling above them and swooping down on top of them



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It was one of the oddest things I had seen, like something out of a Hitchcock movie “Attack of the Killer Birds” but funnily enough not the strangest, that would come a few years later, and again with the birds…



Every year birds migrate to the south in the winter and then return home once the weather gets warmer.  It’s not uncommon to see thousands of birds flying overhead when driving through Alabama in winter, now that’s a swarm !

What am I missing?



365 Days Writing Challenge:


There are 26 letters in the English alphabet and we need every single one of them. Want proof? Choose a letter and write a blog post that doesn’t  contain it. (Feeling really brave? Make it a vowel!)

Challenge accepted!

Ok, so if I have somehow managed to convince anyone to read this post, they will be able to decipher which vowel has been omitted and not incorporated in my speech pattern by process of elimination

In order to write a post omitting a specific vowel, it is imperative, we rely on having a vast grasp of English, a good imagination and a charming sense of wit

It isn’t easy to write an entire post eliminating a vowel, however, I am certain there are readers who are smart and will be able to tell which vowel hasn’t been written in this post

I am convinced that someone has already come to the correct answer

Whoever made this challenge, it wasn’t easy, however, it can be done

It made me giggle a little as the vowel chosen by me is one that we often display in the words in the English speaking environment in which I was raised, yet it isn’t the case here in the States

The missing letter is the reason a lot of common words are misspelled in English speaking regions of the world

It is tempting to write words containing this vowel, and it does challenge people to write more creatively

It is interesting to have to think of alternative words which do not have this vowel, I am a walking dictionary companion,…. never mind…

I am entertained to know how many people have cracked the code

It definitely made an interesting writing exercise

I did it, I got to the end and didn’t need to write the vowel anywhere

I’ll pat myself on the back as I exit this post, oh wait, I think I already did!

It may be interesting to see if one was able to write a whole book eliminating a vowel

I hope that anyone reading this will “Like” this post if they deciphered which vowel was missing

The Road Taken


It doesn’t really matter WHERE you find yourself going in this life, as long as you go Somewhere, DO something, take action

The Road Taken

There is no sadder thing in Life,
than being stuck in the same place 
for the remainder of it

              -KDuff c.2017
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