More Optimism Art Available through Northland Exposure Artists’ Gallery Parkville,MO

I have been busy lately putting together a catalog for my Optimism Art.

You can now order a piece of Optimism Art with the quote of your choice.

You can also order mugs and shirts with optimism art on it.

All of this is available through the Northland Exposure Artists’ Gallery at 110 Main Street in Parkville, MO.

I am so excited about this new venture.

People have been so interested in the Optimism Art that I wanted new methods of providing optimism.

The art has been purchased many times as gifts for a variety of occasions.

If you are looking for a unique holiday gift, birthday gift or just a gift to say I care, optimism art could fit the bill.

It is so much fun to make.

I hope you enjoy seeing it as much I enjoy making it.

We all need a little optimism in our lives.


One of my Optimism Mugs.

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to never stop questioning.”

~ Albert Einstein

It is definitely half full!


A new piece of Optimism Art.

“A Woman is like a tea bag- you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.”

~ Eleanore Roosevelt

That is s-o-o-o true!

IMG_0831Another new piece of Optimism Art

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”

~ Helen Keller



Optimism Art 8-12-09

I have sold several pieces of my Optimism Art in Northland Exposure in Parkville, MO.

If you have a special quote you would like in a piece of artwork, let me know and I can do a custom piece of Optimism Art just for you. It also makes great gifts.

I will soon have Optimism greeting cards available at Northland Exposure or by order.

Here are my latest pieces which will be at Northland Exposure soon!


"There is hope in dreams, imagination, and in the courage of those who wish to make those dreams a reality." ~ Jonas Salk

"If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true is really trye, there would be little hope of advance." ~ Orville Wright

"If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true is really true, there would be little hope of advance." ~ Orville Wright

"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope an dconfidence." ~ Helen Keller

"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence." ~ Helen Keller

Take time to play!

Gloria Heifner

Latest Optimism Art

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." 
                                     ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

This is one of my favorite quotes.

I finally incorporated into a piece of my Optimism Art.

I hope you like it.No one can make you feel inferior . . .

Have a great week!

Gloria Heifner

Showing My Artwork & My latest Optimism Art

The Northland Exposure Gallery artists are showing our artwork at the 

Irene B. French Community Center Art Gallery 

5701 Merriam Drive
Merriam KS 66203
Phone: 913-322-5550


Opening night reception is 

Thursday, July 2, 2009

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 


I have a couple of my abstract pieces in the show and there
are a lot of other really nice art pieces to see. 




Sky is Falling



I have been working on some new pieces for the Northland 
Artists’ Gallery in Parkville for our new show and 
July's rotation. 
So far I have one small mixed media piece for our
Americana show, one large optimism piece, 
and one abstract landscape which will all be in 
the gallery starting July 2nd.






FYI here is the gallery street address and web address:

Northland Exposure Artists’ Gallery

110 Main Street
Parkville, MO 64152
Phone: 816-746-6300


I have also completed a couple of new small optimism 
pieces that I like a lot. I hope you like them too. 




Have a great week and take time to play! 
Gloria Heifner

More Optimism Art in Progress

It’s another Monday.
I hope all of the Mother’s reading this had a wonderful Mother’s Day. Mine was nice. I got to see my son and he gave me a Bonnie Raitt CD. Not only is she one of my favorites but he actually had the surreal pleasure of getting to meet her last week when he did stage setup for her show. That means I am one step from Bonnie Raitte! How cool is that?

I did not write any posts over the weekend but I did start on my next piece of Optimism Art. My viewers are such a talkative bunch that I did not get any comments voting on the quotes I asked to be selected from but I did receive a few comments via email.

The quote I will be using is quote #2. I set it up using my word processing program (mine is Pages on my Mac computer) and using the following steps.

  1. Insert a text box
  2. Type in the quote.
  3. Format the text.
    • *I made the first letter of the quote bigger so it would stand out and I left the    name of the person being quoted in a small italic san serif typeface.
  4. Flip the text box horizontally (this will make the text wrong reading).
  5. Print the document on vellum with black ink.

When the printed vellum is flipped over to the back side the quote will be right reading as in the photo below.


I painted an 8”x10” canvas board with black and purple acrylic giving it a bit of a mottled look. When it dried I drew my basic shapes on using white conte crayon and started adding in some color using an medium red, yellow, and purple acrylic. Below is an image showing where the painting is so far.

Let me know what you think. I’m anxious to receive some comments on my blog.


By the way another thing I did accomplish this weekend is getting my own website up and running. Just click on Gloria Heifner’s Gallery in the right hand column under blogroll and it will open my website for you.
I still need to work on it some more. I do not have pages set up for my mixed media, charcoal, pencil work or links yet, so if you click on those you will get an error page, but everything else should be working.
The thing about this web site that is really exciting for me is I built it all myself using html, which I learned from a class I took earlier this year. I hope you like it.

Published in: on May 11, 2009 at 12:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

New Optimism Art?

It is interesting, once you start talking about and acting on optimism you start to see it all around you. Personally I consider myself a realistic or cautious optimist. Optimism does not come naturally to me but if my lifetime so far has taught me one thing it is that no one knows what wonderful things today can bring. Doors close sometimes by choice and sometimes not by choice but there is always something new and exciting waiting if you are open to possibilities.

Four months ago I was working at a job that I loved with a wonderful group of people and in a very few minutes that door was closed due to a cost cutting layoff by the company. It was not my choice but now I am working real hard at being open to other possibilities in my life. I can (and I have) sit and feel sorry for myself; I can build up resentment and hurt for what was done to me (no real point to that, it just makes me miserable); or I can move on, be grateful for what I do have, and work to be the best me I can be.

I watched the Micheal J. Fox special last night,”Adventures of an Incurable Optimist.” and  if he can be optimistic dealing with what he deals with day in and day out, who am I not to be optimistic!

I do not have any new “Optimism Art” today but I am planning to work on a new piece. I just need some help in deciding what the next piece will be.

Help me!

Pick the quote below or supply a new optimism quote you would like to see in my next piece of optimism art.


“Optimist: A man who gets treed by a lion but enjoys the scenery.” ~ Walter Winchell


“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


“No pessimest ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.”

Please leave me a comment and let me know which one I should use and you could also let me know what colors you would like to see in the artwork.

I can’t wait for the feedback!

Thank you so much for your help ahead of time.

Optimism Art: 3rd Installment

This is the 3rd installment of my Optimism Art. I really hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy creating it.

I find creating it helps me be more optimistic and I’m hoping the quotes I have chosen and the artistic presentation of these quotes helps you be more optimistic about your place in the world and the world around you also.

The three pieces of optimism art presented here are actually the first three pieces I did.




Here is another quote to ponder:

“Many of life’s failures are men who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

~ Thomas Edison

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More Optimism Art

It’s a beautiful day here today. It would be such a shame to ruin such a beautiful day (or any day for that matter) with fear and pessimism.

To help everyone with their hope and optimism for today and the future here are more pieces of my new optimism art.

Let me know what you think.



"Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress." ~ Nicholas Murray Butler

"Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress." ~ Nicholas Murray Butler

"While there's life, there's hope." ~ Cicero

"While there's life, there's hope." ~ Cicero

Here’s another quote to ponder.

“The answers you get depend upon the questions you ask.”

~ Thomas Kuhn

Published in: on May 5, 2009 at 3:15 pm  Leave a Comment  
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