Monday, August 29, 2011

Creating Yourself... and a Grateful Giveaway

"Life isn't about finding yourself.

Life is about creating yourself."

— George Bernard Shaw

Oh, do I love your inspiration Georgie!
I think I am in a perpetual George Bernard Shaw state of mind.
Exploring~ creating~ exploring~ creating. 

So I've had this burning desire to use the backgrounds I painted. 
Funny, but I wasn't sure how I wanted to approach them. 
I got to thinking perhaps my watercolors 
would look interesting collaged on top.
(With other interesting things of course...)

I tried laying one of my pears on top...
Wasn't sure if the colors worked, or if  would even look good- 
but after looking at it a while, 
I'm feeling it may have potential. 
I don't know about you, 
but I have this habit of having to look at the steps I am taking,
 for a while, and then continuing on. 
It's a broken up process for sure, but I've never been able to crank out pieces.
I am not really sure if that's a good thing or not. 
There's a rhythm to my process, that is like a dance... 
take some steps~ stop~ observe~ feel~ think... 
take some steps~ stop~ observe~ feel~ think...
hmmm... maybe a visual cha cha cha!
How about you? 

What kind of process do you go through when you create?
We all have one~ 
much like the individuality of our strokes on the canvas,
the medium that we choose to work with,
and the things that "move us to create".
ahhh... but the best part of today's post is 
my  g r a t e f u l  giveaway... 
I've been wanting to do a giveaway 
of one of my more recent birdie houses.
I have been overwhelmed with the encouragement, 
the cheering on of my journey,
and the ever so kind comments that everyone has been leaving.

So it is with much  g r a t i t u d e,  that I am going to offer 
the item below, as a sweet giveaway
for all of that kind support, friends.

To participate, become a follower of my blog 
(and thanks in advance if you already are).
Leave a comment, and tell me what your inspirational words would be...
because, if your name is drawn,
I will personalize this birdie house with those very words.

One lucky winner will be posted Friday September 2nd. 
thank-you friends!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Singing in the woods...

Use what talents you possess:

the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there 

except those that sang best.

I always like to start my posts out with a quote that speaks to me..
Words that pertain to what part of the path I'm on...
Words that pertain to the joyful part of the process
or even the angst.
Well... lately I've been feeling really, um... well, in a nutshell... all over the place!
I call it artistic A.D.D.
I feel like I'm jumping from one thing to the next.
Going down several creative path's at once...
trying to find my market, while trying to really find my creative voice...
That creative voice has a lot to say-
(sometimes I think it's more like a creative 
f l a s h m o b
rather than a voice!)
A lot of activity, alot to take in, a lot of energy, 
 a lot of dancing, a lot of people watching, 
waiting for the big finish!
do you ever feel like this?

Not quite sure when the big finish will be, 
or even what it will end up ever looking like... 
but one thing I know for sure,
is that I have
that something good is down the road...
and that I must be still and listen...
and that the woods will continue to have many beautiful sounds,
because of that diverse and wonderful group of artists 
who are patiently using their talents.

my latest project... birdie houses! 
Having fun decoupaging these lovely home decor items 
in both botanical and shabby chic style. 
I began creating them for a dear friends wedding, as table decor. 
Since their debut on etsy (, 
I've been getting orders for them to be personalized 
with couple's names, and wedding dates. 
Lot's of possibilities for them.
  my favorite felt bird seems to like them too...

and below... the beginning of a couple of mixed media paintings. 
I'm trying something new here friends... 
 more about that next post!
I've missed linking up with Jennifer and the creatives at Studio JRU for a bit. 
(ahhh... the days of summer!)
But today, I'm back in the the link below 
to see what everyone has been up to.

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