Most of the time when I paint I'm criticizing and judging myself, but I'm okay with it. I think it's sometimes good and part of my process (I'm okay with it as long as it doesn't stop me). It helps me analyze and understand what I'm trying to accomplish.
So this morning I painted in my sketchbook to get myself revved up and it wasn't going very well. I was getting frustrated because I felt that I was conforming to a traditional landscape. Then I questioned, 'what's wrong with painting in a traditional way?' Nothing. But, I'm not necessarily a traditional person. I like to bring a bit of emotion or rather elements that shape my daily landscape. And that may include receipts from running errands, a view from the window while I am washing the dishes, or scraps of my son's math work.
I like being a wife and mom, and I like being a bit unconventional.
What do you like most about your work?
Good morning and happy Friday!
A friend of mine just shared with me a short poignant article by none other than the Terminator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger. It hit me HARD. I’m not crying , you’re crying. Is it dusty in here? I digress.....
I wonder if you can take a minute today to read it. It's honest and hard and true and it speaks to everything I am doing and trying to share in my wellness journey and in this coaching business. It's perfect actually. Please share!
Here are some takeaways:
. "67% of gym members never actually visit their gym, according to USA Today; and 80% of us will fail our New Year's resolutions by February"
. "A healthier, fitter America starts with you. There is no gimmick. There is no shortcut. There is no magic pill. Everyone's fitness journey will be unique, but a healthy lifestyle takes commitment, patience and motivation"
. "A healthier future is every tiny step we take, or every little rep, that ultimately leads us to our goal. We all think we can do it alone, but no one does anything alone. As I always say, no one is self-made. We all need support -- even Terminators."
. "So here's my challenge to you: Don't wait for New Year's Resolutions. Don't wait for your own heart surgery or emergency. Start right now. And ask a friend to join you."
I'm registering now for my group beginning in January. I can give you the tools you need for proper nutrition, fitness, mindfulness, goal setting, and the most important piece of the puzzle - group support and accountability. It's not a magic pill, it takes work. You have to do the work. But this works. I see it every single day with my family and in my group, major transformations. Come do this with me. .
You can find the article on cnn.com “how I found my way back to fitness” and I’ll post in the comments below 💪💪✌️
Guys, we went to the Holiday Party at the @esartcenter tonight, and look at the gorgeous enamel pins they handed out to members. I think I’ll put mine on my paint apron.
The Art Center is such a valuable part of my community. I loved getting to see and visit with old friends and make a few new ones.
Some days this is my studio. Other days it’s the dining room table or my living room chair. I’m learning to work with the time and space I have as an artist mom. I would be interested in hearing how you balance motherhood/work life/family life while pursuing your passion.
I started these drawings as ways to meditate on scripture and find comfort in my Creator several years ago.
Many of you know we almost lost #dinogirl when she was 10 months old and stopped breathing. We were so lucky that I was holding her at the time, Isaac was able to revive her, and we were blessed with fabulous first responders and specialists.
Well, these meditations grew. My friends and family encouraged me to show my art, and this is how it all started. These meditations have grown over the years. We’ve added two additional collections of cards.
You can see them in more detail in the coming days or on our #etsy store.
The thing is we all play God sometimes. When you are designed in the image of the One who creates the universe, you are unavoidably creative! Be playful and funny and enjoy life. How could you not?
Let me Flow
acrylic paint pour
12 by 12 inch canvas
All my creative LOVES right here! - Illustrating, photography, calligraphy, poetry, music & a little floral design ;) - I seriously sometimes find it difficult to narrow into one area as I feel like another part of myself is taken away when I do. This was my Christmas letter for the year and had SO much fun putting it all together. I'm suffering now because of the long nights... but was such a great project to combine my creative loves into one. Maybe I'll do more of this in the future... who knows ;)
After all the harm caused by human carelessness what is really amazing is how resilient Nature is still. There is still so so much Beauty to be found among the muck. Just look for it. *polluted waters*
acrylic paint pour
12 by 12 inch canvas
It’s been a minute since I was last on here! 🙈
I honestly haven’t even touched pen or paper in quite a while but I’m excited to try and get back into it! 👩🏻🎨
In the new year I’m planning to focus more on bullet journaling related products since I love my bullet journal and think it is such a fun versatile way to plan and create. ✨
Bee sketch no. 4 (You didn’t miss anything. I didn’t post 2 or 3.) And bee facts no. 2, 3, and 4:
Unlike honeybees, bumblebees live in the ground in colonies they build in abandoned animal holes. They are named for the bumbley sound they make when gathering pollen. Inside flowers, they dance so fast that ultrasonic vibrations transfer the pollen to the hairs on their bodies —this is called sonication.
This unique piece is made with Copper Spirals and Dentalium. Dentalium is a deep sea mollusc shell historically used by Inuit, First Nations, and Native Americans as an international trade item. This usage is found along the western coast of Canada and along the Pacific Ocean coast of the northwest United States extending southward to Southern California.
This piece is available on my website (link in bio), and will arrive in time for Christmas if ordered before December 18th!
~ The Willow Leaf ~
6" x 16" Inkjet on Canvas Scroll
With threaded driftwood
Another scroll! I'm loving this new direction. As much fun as it was to print on the recycled cardboard, there was a concern for the acidic nature of the material causing the images to rapidly fade and distort over time. ~~~
So, I am now experimenting with upcycled fabrics and treatment techniques to add to their archival lifespan. The feel of the canvas brought back a flood of memories from my college days of painting for countless hours in the school studio.
This particular piece of canvas is scrap waste from a print shop. I have some various types of fabrics I found at a second-hand shop... We will see what becomes of them!