Paint and Color Your World (re-post)

Paint and Color Your World

(even if you aren’t an artist.)


I wrote this article just a few days ago as a guest post on my friend Maria Greene’s Blog.  To read the original post, CLICK HERE!


This is how writer and mindset coach,Tobi Camilli’s, guest post starts. I’m so glad to have her write about color here! I think you will find the post fun and inspiring.


For me, when I think about color, I’m always reminded of my mother and her paintings. Growing up, she was always working on one painting or another. I seriously cannot remember a time when my mother wasn’t painting or teaching others how to paint. Watching her paint always amazed me and still does to this day. Back then, I could spend hours watching her take blank canvases and turn them into amazing works of great art in her little studio.


She’d dip her paintbrush into the water and then swirl it onto her palette among the paints. The paints were the magic yet her palette always held a jumbled mess of blobs of blues and greens, reds, yellows, pinks, purples, some bright, some muted. I always wondered how she picked the colors and knew when they were ready for her canvas, and I was convinced she had some magic power. Her paintbrush was her magic wand.

Shelley Camilli Painting
One of my mother’s paintings from 2005.


I’m still amazed by painters.







How do they know what colors to use?

Why do they pick the colors they do?

When do they know they have mixed the correct color?

How do they decipher the mess on their palette and find the exact right and proper magic color for their painting?


As I’ve gotten older and been studying the Law of Attraction, I realize now that painters and the act of painting actually is the Law of Attraction in action. When a painter starts a painting and they start mixing the colors for it, they have an idea in their head. All paintings begin within the artist’s mind.


They visualize their subject. For my mom, it’s flowers.  She starts to picture the perfect colors for that subject. The perfect blue or orange or red or pink or…?


Once they have the concept they mix the paint, slowly or furiously, and then the magic begins. I believe there is real magic in the action of placing it on the canvas. They express their particular energy through the paint colors.


So what does that mean for the rest of us? What can we learn from artists like my mom?

How can we be like the magic painters and artists and take what’s in our heads and bring it forth into our lives? What do we want? When we close our eyes, what do we see when we give ourselves permission to dream? What colors do we see or use and how do we mix our paints to color our world even if we aren’t artists?


We start with our own picture. Our picture is our dream.

Shelley Camilli 2015 Copyright
Another one of my mother’s paintings from 2015


What do we want our life to be like?

Where do we live?

Who are we with?

What do we want?

How detailed can we be with our vision? Is our dream blurry?


Take some time and think about that for a minute. Seriously. Close your eyes and let your imagination and spirit guide you.


Second, what do we color our dream with? How do we mix and find the perfect colors of paint?


Since we don’t have paint, we use our thoughts, actions and emotions to color our world.


What we do everyday.

How we behave.

How we live.

What we think.

What we feel.


These are our paints that we use to color our world.


Are we living in a way that supports and nurtures our dream, our picture, our vision? What do we think about everyday? Are those thoughts supportive and nurturing of our vision? These are our paint and the colors we choose and attract into our lives.


I believe we are all artists and creators of our lives. Our lives are our canvas, every one of them unique and beautiful.


We can choose to paint a beautiful life full of fun, happiness, and joy..or the opposite. The colors and paint we use to create our lives are our thoughts, behavior, emotions and commitment to ourselves.


We attract the paint for our unique vision and dream with our thoughts, desires and wants.


So spend some time today with your eyes closed and dream of the perfect picture you want your life to be like. Paint that picture with your actions and thoughts.


We are all artists.


2 thoughts on “Paint and Color Your World (re-post)

  1. Geri says:

    Hi. I came across two of your mother’s paintings. As I look at the signature they are the same. They are landscape of mountains and sky. They ar larger paintings I wanted to find out more about them and came across this page. Please contact me if you can help me out..

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