Monday, June 27, 2011

A little time off & some creative coffee....

I really love coffee... 
and now I know  
it loves me back!

I guess you can see something creative even in your coffee... 
just have to be on the lookout... 

I love all of the heart shapes that fellow creatives post~ 
heart stones, heart leaves, heart hands... 
so needless to say,
I was smiling from ear to ear when I saw 
this little heart staring back at me.

It was really calling me to get back on track.
I didn't intend to skip out on posting... 
but sometimes it's like church, classes, making dinner, volunteer work... 
you know one of those things that are part of your daily life, 
that when you miss a couple of days on your daily path,
it becomes hard to get back on track
or easy to just continue on 
the new one you are blazing.
A couple of weeks ago, I had my parents here for a visit. 
It was a lovely time spent doing family things... cooking and eating together,
(like yummy french toast I made above)
running errands, a little travel to local areas, 
enjoying the sunshine and just being family. 
(My parents try to come out once a year, and I try to get back to see them as well, 
once a year or more, "IF" I am so fortunate).
I cherish that time together.
But when they leave, there is that in-between space of time, 
That breath of fresh air to gain your time back, 
yet that sad space of time to miss their presence.

I've been playing catch-up ever since, 
and have been trying desperately to get to a paint brush.
So, finally this week I got to warm up my hand 
and get started again.
"Art is the giving by each man of his evidence to the world. 
Those who wish to give, love to give, discover the pleasure of giving. 
Those who give are tremendously strong."
— Robert Henri

A little time spent with the watercolor paints 
and a few 
new ideas started fluttering around, 

(hint: involving some larger birdhouses & mixed media decoupage)~
... commitments to more shows starting mid-July came to be...
... the honor of an interview (TBA) at Robin Norgren's 
is on the radar...

(you've got to check out her wonderful workbook ~ I just ordered mine~ can't wait!)
 and more gift shops to be explored.

Good to take a little unintentional break, 
but good to be back trying to work through 
the art process... and live an 
artfull life.

p.s. I missed linking up at studiojru ~
but it's always fun to see what everyone was up to last week.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

How does your garden grow...?

I cultivate my garden, 
and my garden 
cultivates me.  

~Robert Brault

(a little watercolor sketch of veggies~ beets or radishes... hmmm?)

It's funny, but I tend to think of working in my garden,
and the whole, bird building it's nest from pieces of straw and twig,
as the metaphor for my personal art process.
Kind of like a "life verse" of sorts... 
my "life metaphor". 
I've always gravitate towards the organic nature of art...
whether it be my subject matter, 
the materials I am working with,
or the kind of classes I like to take.
(And these days, I am sure lusting after a Flora Bowley workshop big time!)

The concept of planting seeds,
the cultivating process,
the growth... 
the end result...
it all fits together most artistically to me.

Maybe that's why I find...
 that I keep posting several areas of the art that I am developing in...
 decoupage... watercolor... oil and mixed media. 
(Rather than focusing on one solid part of this garden- like the tomatoes- 
they seem to be a lot easier to grow).

Maybe that's why some of my art pieces are just little exercises, 
and other's are more finished.

Maybe I am being shaped through this process 
(by the weeds, as well as the water and the soil).
The weeds, being those pesky things 
that get in the way of "creating"...

The more I turn the soil,
 I am starting to see how this process 
"is cultivating me".

What's growing in your "art" garden this week? 

finishing off~ with a grateful
s h o u t   o u t...
to a fellow creative, with a most beautiful line of 
delicate, sweet, elegant and tender jewelry pieces.
I had the pleasure of creating an updated logo for 
I was honored to be able to collaborate together 
to update her identity, 
that reflects the elegance and simplicity of her most lovely designs.
I am proud to say I own the pieces above.
Major love people.... major love!

and... a  g r a t e f u l shout out 
to another wonderfully creative artist...
that I am so fortunate to know from 
the Kelly Rae flying lessons ecourse last year~
a lovely ceramic and mixed media artist with a whimsical style.
I am so happy to have received one of her prints 
from her anniversary blog giveaway.
(I have a little secret... to own a piece of art from each of my "fellow flying artistic friends"... 
I have started my collection, and have been adding to it, as I can afford 
or as I was blessed to win~ it just makes me smile!)

Hanging out with Jennifer and other creatives at STUDIOJRU
Click the link to take a peek at what everyone has been up to this week.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Where I am at today, is where I am supposed to be.

Nothing feeds the center of being 
so much 
as creative work.

~Anne Morrow Lindbergh

I've been thinking a lot lately about this process... this artistic journey we are on. 

So I'm jotting down some artistic ramblings today...
(heart thoughts...)

where I am at today, is where I am supposed to be~ 
even though there are so many parts of myself that feel 
like they are being pulled in different directions.

where I am at today is where I am supposed to be~ 
even though, I feel like I am not doing enough to make more happen.

where I am at today is where I am supposed to be~ 
because I know that I am one who believes in "trust"~ 
trust in the process~ 
trust in the ONE who gives me all that I have.

where I am at today is where I am supposed to be~ 
because I know that there is growth happening
because I've always believed that dreams 
are made to be sought after
because the soil in the garden has been tended to 
and is rich and dark and fertile.

I am where I am supposed to be...
So a few new pieces and some exciting news...
I made these new designs for a little gift shop 
that has taken me on consignment. 
This is my first consignment venture and 
I am doing a major "happy dance."
It's a beautiful church store in Westlake, California 
with a lovely proprietor.
I created a line of pieces that are Spring like, 
softer in color and can be personalized for Weddings.

St. Maximilian Kolbe Church of Westlake
My pieces are at home in this beautiful place...
and I am where I am supposed to be.

Hanging out with Jennifer and other creatives at STUDIOJRU
Click the link to take a peek at what everyone has been up to this week.
BTW... next post I've got some shout outs to some lovely creatives, 
their work, and some beautiful gifts... pop back anytime!

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