Bold Colorful Life Gallery
Melissa L. Thornton            Artist....Designer            Add color to all of YOUR life!!   




The mission of Bold Colorful Life is threefold: 

to use creativity to make a difference in my life. Bold Colorful Life gives me a practical outlet for my creative expressions. 
to use creativity to make a difference in your life. Bold Colorful Life gives you a choice of art works that are unique in the art, photography and jewelry worlds, and 
to offer works of art that are accessible and reasonably priced for everyone.

My creative outlet:

Here's the truth: I have a great deal of fun designing these pieces of jewelry and 'building' them; wandering through Nature, on my hikes and kayak paddles, to take these pictures; and painting like a wild woman in my studio. But I don't want to be one of those artists who have hundreds of works of art hidden away in a barn. I want them to be out in the world, adding joy to someone's life--and giving me the space to create more!
This website 'store' gives me an outlet and a source of valuable feedback. (Please be sure to fill out our survey if you have a moment and a few opinions.)

Your creative choice:

And I want to share the joy--I want you to have fun buying and wearing these jewelry pieces. Look great. Feel great. Get noticed. Turn a few heads. Have just the right piece for that special occasion, or a gift for someone you cherish.
And I want you to feel a tingle up your spine, of appreciation for your own vision, every time you walk into the home that you've lovingly and creatively planned and decorated with nature-oriented photographs and paintings.

I also hope that you are inspired enough by the ideas behind the site to go out and use your own creative energies--whether they are to develop and nurture a wonderful flower or vegetable garden; to architecturally design a new building; to create a tort for a legal client; to help a child to understand his homework; to draw, paint, write a song, dance authentically.....

  Affordable art direct from the artist to you:

We can agree that art usually costs too much, yes? And that few artists actually reap the financial benefits of their artistic endeavors. The usual process is that the artist or artisan sells their artwork to a distributor; sometimes the local distributor may sell it to an international distributor; the distributor sells the item to retail stores locally or globally; and the customer buys the item from the retailer. Or the artist offers it via their own retail store, where sales need to cover the 'overhead'.

That's a lot of steps--all of which cost money. This is a direct-to-you process. And you reap the difference in price. 
We both benefit. You pay far less, and I get more of the actual price, (to invest in other artwork making supplies)! 

And a possible fourth future benefit: to support other artists to share their work with you. I hope to be able to offer works by other artists soon--to support creativity in general, and to give you an even broader choice of artworks. 

Please check back with us regularly. Just press the What's New? button for updates.

Now, some thoughts from other people about creativity:

Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.

-Henry Van Dyke

Being an artist is being creative. If you don't think it takes the soul of an artist to come up with a creative solution to the needs of society, you don't understand the question. Bridges, buildings, roads, the fabric of our world needs artists. Some work with paint, or stone or steel, others work with math, sound and genes.


“The use of all one’s talents in the pursuit of excellence in a life affording scope” is how the Greeks define happiness.

Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with books on algebra etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the creative bug is just a wee voice telling you, "I’d like my crayons back, please."   --hugh macleod


The Healing Power of Art
from Christina Grant, Ph.D.

Why you need to express your inner artist, your creativity.

You were born onto this earth filled with potential for creativity. Design, invent, paint, draw, color, write, sculpt, sand, weave, bake, tend a garden, plow a field. A number of you embrace this potential for creativity, recognize its power, and name yourself an artist. Some of you were forced into this role, surrendered to it, through your longing to bring forth that which sings, or aches, within you. For you, it is a necessary compulsion.

For those who remain in the “I'm not an artist” category, listen closely. A human being's life force flows in the direction of creativity. It is your true nature whether you embrace it or not. Like the brook rolling gently into the river, then onward to the sea, your creativity flows in the direction of expansion. It matters not what you were told or even how you perceive your own creations. 

It matters that you create.

Express the Creativity Within You
As part of your humanity, it is also in your nature to want to feel good, to want to keep your body free from disease, dysfunction, and illness. The two desires, participating in creation and maintaining wellness, walk hand in hand. In physics, the first law of thermodynamics states that energy is neither created nor destroyed but is changed from one form to another. Expressing the creative force within you into outward manifestation means the energy within you is given an outlet.

What Happens if You Suppress Your Creativity?
When your creativity is held inside, not given expression, repressed, it is similar to the brook having its waters blocked by a dam. The water has no place to go, is forced to create a new way of being, without the forward movement. The smallest brook is a force that when blocked changes into something new: a puddle, a pond, a lake. 
So it is within the body when creativity has no place to go. It creates a new way of being. It becomes something new. Your creativity is an energy, a force desirous of escape. When blocked it festers in the body and changes from one form to another: depression, anxiety, anger, rage, cysts, tumors, and growths in the body.

Creativity is Your Birthright
You were born onto this planet a creative being. Your creativity must flow from you toward expansion just as the brook eventually folds into the sea. You must bring forth that which is within you so it can unfold. It begins with your creativity longing to reveal its passions on paper, canvas, metal, earth, wood, or with color, scraps, plants, or food. The materials matter not, for creating can take form even through mental visualization, a powerful act of creation. All of these are like the brook rolling toward the expansive sea.

Heal Your Spirit With Your Creativity
Imagine your creative force moving outward manifesting into a song, a painting, a sandcastle. A force that flows freely. You are a creative being. Bring forth the artist so desirous of expression. You will heal your body, your mind, and your spirit as you act upon your potential.

More about the Author:
Christina Grant, Ph.D, is a holistic healer located on the Monterey Peninsula. 

"We must not bury our talents, but invest them, spend them, pour them out. Then we will have even more."

Zig Ziglar

"Start living now. Stop saving the good china for that special occasion. Stop withholding your love until that special person materializes.  Every day you are alive is a special occasion.  Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God."
                Mary Manin Morrissey

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