Hey all! This week totally got away from me and I am just stopping in to say that I am a finalist in the Uncommon Goods Contest that I entered! I was chosen among 12 finalists. The six pieces with the most votes will move on to the next round! I would so appreciate your vote!!! And there is only one day left to vote. Thanks so much!!! Go here to vote!
Yep. It’s true. I am not sure what really took me so long to open a Pinterest account. I suppose I was hoping to avoid the time suck. But the benefits finally outweighed the negatives. I hope to keep it as documentation for inspiration. I can’t be on there too long without wanting to go paint from overload of inspiration! So If you are on Pinterest, follow me here.
Here are some of my newest pieces. Feel free to pin them!!! Sorry I don’t have the capability to do a little Pin it button just yet.
I am not going to apologize. I really don’t need to. Because I choose vulnerable. Because I choose broken.
Sometimes it’s a battle. It’s really not the easy or pretty choice. It doesn’t fit in your nice little neat box with the ends tied up perfectly.
Some things just can’t be fixed. I am okay with that. I will be okay with that even tomorrow. Because it’s a choice. To choose broken.
It’s really funny to me, how many people are uncomfortable with broken. It baffles their little minds. And they spin in circles to try to fix you. Maybe if you try A, B or C… it will fix your broken.
They can’t understand it. Because they don’t want to be broken themselves. If they could just smooth away all the troubles in this world, they would.
I am tired of trying to fix. I am choosing not to anymore. I know it’s a shocker to those who cannot even comprehend this idea.
I choose hope instead. I choose waiting. I choose trust. I choose trust without limitations. I choose beauty. I choose life in my broken. I choose breathing.
Do you know why and how I can even possibly choose these things? Because God used the most broken thing in my life to bring beauty, life, restoration and healing.
It’s as simple as that. I will make it through the bumps. I will make it through the hard. Because I can trust that beauty is in the broken. And I choose to wait for Him to put the pieces back together, instead of trying to do it all on my own.
Just so you know… I am okay with my broken. I am okay that I don’t have all the answers. And I am filled with joy that I don’t have to find all of them. I am free.
My word for this year is grounded. Grounded is when you are planted firm. Not swayed by the hard things or the easy. But grounded in love.
When you stop trying to fix everything, you can finally see the beauty that was there all along. I am ok with broken. Even yours.
Yep. The final week of Make Art That Sells was a very long time ago. Pretty sure it’s been months. But I still wanted to share it with you all. It was probably my most favorite of all the projects! The theme was folk art and we were to design party paper, a very fun market. So we were supposed to design a plate, napkin, cup… that kind of thing. I felt really good about how my design turned out. And it was super fun because Lilla again chose to talk about my design and why it was ready to send and what she would tell me if she were my agent. It felt so awesome because I had worked my butt off to become a better artist between classes. And it was just really nice to know that all of that hard work paid off. Hope you enjoy!
Hey all!!! It has been a while. Man the summer is just flying by. I am having a fabulous summer and I hope you are too! I haven’t been around much I know. My little biscuit got really really sick with a stomach bug last week and it was awful! I feel like I am still catching up and still exhausted. I have so much new work to share with all of you. Some of the pieces I made for Bootcamp, and others are for contests. I think if it weren’t for doing all of these contests, I wouldn’t be creating as much. It really helps me stay on track and gives my summer the structure that I need.
This first piece was for Bootcamp. It’s an editorial piece that goes with an article on meditation. So that is why it says the benefits of meditation. I think I would like to rework it for a wall art piece. Any thoughts on words I should add?
This next piece is my submission to a mixed media wall art contest for Uncommon Goods. I really love it to pieces. It’s my new favorite. I love all of the textures, photography, digital and watercolors mixed together. It was a lot of fun creating!!!
This last one is a piece for the floral Tigerprint Competition. I really struggled making this one. I was trying to really incorporate painted elements with digital. I really love the way it turned out, even though it was a battle to get it to do what I wanted it to do. This pattern feels like me. I was able to take the messy/ painted side of my art and combine it with a more structured digital side.
So there you go. I have some more work to share, but we will stop there today. I am off to go paint some. Have a fabulous day!!!
Hey all! I am having a fabulous summer. I love having nothing big to do every day. I just need that for a while, ya know? Today I actually felt like being productive though and even cleaned my studio and sat down and made a list of things I need to do/ create. I still don’t know how I will fit it all in or ever get everything done. But I will continue to just chip away at it, while enjoying my summer of course.
I am just stopping in to let you know that I got chosen to be in the July issue of Uppercase Magazine. I have a discount code to share with you as we get closer to the issue coming out. I am super happy about making it into Uppercase. Feels so awesome!!! I have been published quite a few times but all of those were in mixed media magazines. And Uppercase is more of a design magazine.
So I have been on a little bit of a forced rest lately. Ever have one of those? It’s kind of like God’s way of getting me to slow way down, bring in my margins, and just spend time listening. Usually there is so much good stuff that comes out of those rests. But if you try to go before you get a green light you just crash. It’s like you might as well hurry up and rest already, because until you do… nothing. You would think by now I would not be surprised by these seasons. Nope. But these seasons of rest are so very good. Sacred. Holy.
I still have this dang sinus infection. And while normally I would be rushing around trying to get better, I just feel this peace to sit and rest. Like all of the striving has just left. And I am happy. Really the happiest I have been in a very long time. Even with my head pounding so much I can hardly focus on anything creative.
This summer marks the tenth anniversary of my car accident. And I feel like it’s going to be a very special year for me. That it’s time to really truly celebrate life. I feel like the layers of fear that have kept me from truly living all this time have just somehow melted away. I can feel my heart trusting again. And it’s so very good.
Do you know something amazing? When I paint I rarely ever feel physical pain. There is something about picking up a paintbrush that sends feel good endorphins to your brain. I am serious. You should try it. I have been painting a bit these last few days and it is the only thing that has been lessening my pain. This is a piece that is in process right now.
If I am not around much this summer, it’s because I will be here. Celebrating my life with beloveds.
holding onto sacred rest… and celebrating.