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Let Your Light Shine Bright

I have a new favorite exercise, dance, make me smile song.
Its Lights Shine Bright by Toby Mac.

with that said, I wanted to share a lil’ something fun today.
Saying thank you – take 1 with Connie Elektra!
Saying thank you – take 2 with Connie Natural
and 3 – Toby Mac’s official video on YouTube of,
you guessed it, Lights shine Bright!

Ms. Connie Elektra!
Ms. Connie Natural! mwahahahaha!
Let your Light Shine! you are beautiful!

paint much love, always,
Connie Karleta Sales
a.k.a. This Crooked Little Flower

*special thanks to my friend V for videoing and using her living room!

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Looking forward into 2020; Looking back on a life living

I almost titled this “two years in” as a follow up and continuing from “One Year On“. What the title of this post will be at time of hitting publish, I don’t know. Hope you like it just the same.

I am proud that despite needing some time off, overall, I have blogged for you more regularly. I am happy to share, and even more happy you enjoy; and that these posts provide a moment of joy, support, beauty; whatever you need of it, I am glad we are hear together.

I live with a rare disease. I am proud the disease is stabilizing, and my family and I have settled into a pretty darn good place of adapting. This means life for everyone improves.

I am proud to have new friends from Microsoft. I had a blast with a crew coming out twice to my studio. and if you have seen what shown at their launch, here it is and know that there is another video to come in which my husband is writing the music for.

Beyond my wildest dreams never would I have thought I, Connie, lover of all things dirt, earth, and graphite, would evolve into a full-time digital artist. Loving the freedom, discovery; pushing the boundaries of digital art; and I am just getting started.

I am proud of my relationship with dk Gallery. A beautiful group of artists, and Donna and her team truly seek the best for their represented artists.

I am proud of my growing relationship with my tribe at PoetsArtists. Didi Menendez is a dynamic force, and also truly represents and seeks the best for this talented bunch of artists and poets. I look forward to 2020 and beyond.

I am proud to breathe, to smile, and my walkabout down Rebels Creek Road saying hello to my neighbors. How fun it is to feel the wind and the sun; to hear the creek and the birds, to watch the deer before me, and the random creatures and plant life all around me.

I am proud to ask for help; add to the arsenal of adaptive equipment and techniques to help life in its living. I am proud to take time for myself, and meet my needs, so life keeps living.

I am proud to be in awe of the sunrise, and equally in awe of the tears of grief, frustration, and fear. I am proud of the good days as equally of the bad days. Because I get to have days. How cool is that. They are my days that I get to love my family and my friends; new and old. Nothing could be more beautiful.

I am proud I live with this disease. Not overcoming, running away, defy odds or funny colored glasses.

Well, maybe I do live with rosy glasses, but I believe they are rosy because I just live. I don’t make them rosy. I don’t place false hope or place more worth in how I live. I believe they are rosy because its truth, and nothing else. I practice life. and in that, smiles abound through the all of it.

I am proud to finally be able to describe myself as tenacious, happy, motivated, and joyous without qualifiers like vanity and narcissism. I am equally proud to describe myself as anxious, fearful, doubtful, and confused without qualifiers like less-than and broken.

I am not broken. I am Connie Karleta Sales, passionate about art and life and opportunity to share.

And that, my friends, is the focus of 2020. Are you ready? Hold on tight, its bound to be a fun-wild-ride!

paint much love, always,
a.k.a. This Crooked Little Flower

*Feature Image: Quiet of a Winter Lent II,
digital drawing, paper on wood panel, 4″ x 4″ x 7/8″,
available through dk Gallery

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Heal Me Open

Rise through darkness;
Sun glittering amid her trees.
Awake. Alive.
Revisiting the feeling of being.


been looking for a means to draw using my eye tracker; just couldn’t figure it out until yesterday. I realized I could set the “mouse” settings. I set one to “hold down” and lines became possible.

Now, I am practicing making lines. It is not as easy as one might think. Concentration and realizing how much your eyes move and you don’t realize it.

Keep exploring! and paint much love always,
Connie Karleta Sales
a.k.a. This Crooked Little Flower

lines of possibility

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March 2019

Dear Friends, Can you believe its Spring?
No leaves on trees yet, but the natural Spring flowers of the Appalachia are colorfully breathing, and it is glorious. How are you feeling? I am feeling strong, happy, and healthy. Yay! With that, here is what Crooked Little Flower has been up too:

Interview in Hashtag Art Magazine: honored and excited

Recently Published: Enjoy!

A New Challenge in SnapShots:

Save the Dates!

  • Zine Issue #1 – published May 9, pre-order opens April 15th
  • Poetry Books – published May 31st, preorders open May 9th
    • A Sense of Place – poetry and landscapes of my travels
    • Pace e Bene – compilation of previous favories
    • Night in the House of Poetry – poetry in meditation form; based on the previous series of the same name.
    • Mary – re-creation of previous series, “Mary,” my God says. “Yes,” says my Mary
  • Studio Tour May 31-June 2 – 10-5 each day,
  • Friday, May 31st, 5-8pm – Reception at TRAC Spruce Pine, NC

Have you Noticed?

Here on the website I have added categories and tags in hopes it helps you choose your adventures and rabbit holes here at Crooked Little Flower. I would love to here from you if it is helpful.

Available for Purchase:

Studio is happening!

In the music of Tom Petty, I am Learning to Fly

#Storyboarding, CKS

Interested in exploring visual prayer and intuitive observation drawing? Visit Here for details

  • Private/Semi-private (1-2 people) sessions to come and enjoy the studio with guided explorations in intuitive observation and visual forms of prayer/meditation
  • $75/session or 4 sessions /$200, average session is 2-3 hours
  • Contact us to schedule

paint much love, always,
Connie Karleta Sales
a.k.a. This Crooked Little Flower