It is unearned love- the love that goes before, that greets us on the way. It’s the help you receive when you have no bright ideas left, when you are empty and desperate and have discovered that your best thinking and most charming charm have failed you. Grace is the light or electricity or juice or breeze that takes you from that isolated place and puts you with others who are as startled and embarrassed and eventually grateful as you to be there.
Man is born broken. He lives by mending. The grace of God is glue.
I do not at all understand the mystery of grace- only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us.
Grace is found in our deep dark fumbling need. It ignores the self sufficient and passes quickly over the one who has it all together. Grace breaks bread with the broken. And Grace is multiplied until there is just enough. Grace is when you show up with all of your not enoughness anyways to utter the most simple and holy of prayers. Help me.
2016 Words of Life Calendars are now available in my Etsy store right now. You can find them here. And for the next 24 hours, I will be giving away a free 8 x 10 words of life print for EVERY purchase you make!!!! (This deal expires December 10th at 2:00 MST.) That is a $20 value for free. And they would make a perfect gift for Christmas!
Here are some better pictures of the calendar. This is my favorite calendar so far!!!!
Hey all!!! I just wanted to let you know that I will offering free shipping in my Etsy Store from now until December 6 on all orders $25 and bigger. This does NOT include international shipping (sorry). Just enter FreeShipping in the coupon section before checking out.
Also, don’t forget I do custom prints!!! They would make a perfect holiday gift.
I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving!!!!
I have really been drawn to digital collages the last few days. Maybe it’s because of the most recent issue of Digital Somerset Studio I have been pouring over? By the way I have an artist spotlight in the issue.
So you should check it out. But it just got me thinking about playing around in PS with photographs and paintings. And I just felt the need to experiment. Sometimes you just have to go where the muse carries you and trust that it will lead you where you are supposed to go. I really should be doing Christmas designs, and I will get back to that soon enough. Not to mention all the commission pieces I need to be working on… Sometimes it drives me crazy how quickly I can get distracted. But Somerset Digital Studio had some really interesting articles where artists are layering photographs on top of each other. It seriously got my little creative ideas flowing… Like seriously.
So it started with this bird digital collage. Which is just a whole bunch of pictures layered on top of each other, as well as my art, in differing layers of opacity. I really love the background in this one. It was so much fun!!!
So then I wanted to try a portrait and since I don’t have very many pictures of other people and I didn’t want to get into royalty problems, I just decided to take a selfie and turn that into my portrait. So here is the selfie before.
So this really was almost a cathartic experience for me. I am learning how to extend more kindness towards myself in all areas. I am doing a ton of trauma of therapy right now, and really digging into the lies that I have believed about myself because of the trauma that I have walked through. I have so much to celebrate as I slowly emerge out of this crazy season filled with anxiety and panic attacks. I am so proud of how far I have come!!! It really is amazing. I still have a ways to go, but this self portrait is almost a love letter to myself. It’s a picture of how I want to be and who I really am. I love it!!!
I spend my days surrounding myself with color. In fact, I think I might just be obsessed with color. Color has always been a mood lifter for me. And for some reason I always feel like it’s somehow telling a story. Story that surpasses words. So I thought I would just let some of my color story pictures speak for themselves. Enjoy! And please follow me on IG for more color story.
After this last season of my life, I have really been thinking about how I want to bless others with my business. I want my art to bring life to others. I want it to encourage and inspire and lift other people up. I want it to be a special gift. So I started thinking about making custom one word prints and originals for people to give away as gifts. I want these prints and originals to be meaningful to the recipient. You might not think about ordering one for yourself… But you might be looking to bless a special someone in your life. And I also wanted to keep it realistic as far as expenses go. I may end up raising the prices if I get super swamped, but for now I like keeping it in the affordable gift range of $25-$30. Which considering that these are custom made, is a generous offer.
So here is how it will work. Go to my Etsy store and select either a Custom Words of Life Original (5 x 7) or a Custom Words of Life Digital Print (8 x 10). Other sizes are of course available upon request, but prices will adjusted accordingly. Then select the word and color scheme. There are examples to give you an idea. I will then custom make your print or original, give you a peek and a chance to make very minor changes. If you request more than a few minor changes, I will adjust the price accordingly. Then I will gift wrap your print or original and send it off to the recipient with a little love not from you!!! Please expect about a week’s creating time.
AND to the exciting part. Because I love you all so very much, I thought I would offer a free download print. I want you all to know just how much you are Loved. I only ask that if you download the print from my website, that you would be willing to share this post with your friends. So go here, for your free download of this print Loved.
When I was a little girl, my father used to take me to work with him on occasion. He was an electrical engineer. I would absolutely love to sit at one of those big drafting desks and draw all over his old blueprints with highlighters. It made me feel important, like I had a very special job to do. Pure joy.
This last year has been one of really evaluating my life and trying to find the things that really bring me joy. They are mostly simple things. Creating beauty. Painting. Making my space pretty. Selling my art. Snuggling my girls. Spending time with my loves. Cooking. Enjoying my life.
But it’s one thing to know the things that bring you joy. It’s another thing to let yourself experience joy. Because of the trauma that I have walked through, I still have difficulty with allowing myself to enjoy my life. You know, waiting for the other shoe to drop thing? It’s so much easier to just sabotage joy so that you don’t have to deal with the disappointment. I know so many of you can relate to that feeling.
So I have been going there. To the place where I actually let myself experience joy. Changing a lot of those thought patterns is very hard. But gosh darn it, I deserve joy. I am amazing.
I have sort of retreated in a way. I am looking less and less at what other people are doing. You know how easy it is to get into that comparison thought process, especially when your community is a group of very talented artists. I am so grateful for such a large tribe of like minded artists. But sometimes you have to shut yourself off from all of that input on social media. I am going at my own pace. And even though it feels slow at times, I am going to follow what feels authentic to me. I am going to follow that which brings me joy.
One of my biggest joys is painting abstract paintings. They feel completely impractical as opposed to some of my other art. But I think that is exactly why I enjoy them so much. It’s about the process and expressing a part of my heart that can only be expressed with a mess of paint and texture and color.
It’s also one of my secret dreams to sell huge abstracts for thousands of dollars. Why not? So on a whim I decided to create some abstracts for Saatchi Art Online Gallery. I honestly don’t know if it will go anywhere, but it’s a step in the right direction. I feel a little shy sharing my account because the practical critic in me says, I will never sell anything. But I will never know if I don’t try…
So maybe, if you are on Pinterest you would help me out by pinning my paintings from my new Saatchi account? I would be so grateful. Check out my paintings here.