This is exciting! Can I just tell you… THIS is exciting? Since about the first week of August my world has been nothing but exciting. NOT EVEN KIDDING!
I’ve been dropping little hints on social media for a couple months. We haven’t really officially announced yet.. and NO!!! I am NOT having a baby! We’re just not going there…mmm-kay! I’ll be working on sharing this info very soon.
What I can tell you is … drum roll please!! WE’VE MOVED! If you’ve been keeping up with us at all that makes three moves in nine years of marriage. What can I say? We love adventure!
OKAY! Now that that’s semi-outta the way. Let’s get on to fun stuff!
The art guild in this new town is filled with fun, creative, exciting, and seriously talented artists! Meetings are packed with laughter, info and ya know, art biz stuff. The last meeting I attended had a member of the guild sharing her sculpture techniques. Honestly. This was the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. She is totally out of the stuffy ol’ art box! Here let me show you!
Here she is!! Meet Elizabeth. Elizabeth Parks.
Elizabeth is one of those amazing people that if you give her a piece of leather, three boards, a couple hair pins and an hour she will have constructed an exact replica of the Sistine Chapel! No joke! Along with furnishing it and having a splendid meal on the table, that she has grown in her own garden no less! *ok. I might be embellishing just a tad*
The point is, the woman has got MAD skills and not just in art. Elizabeth has worked in the nursing field and she actually coaxes a prolific garden from the earth! She tells me she uses her personal experiences to draw from when creating. She has the amazing ability to see clearly the smallest details and convey them in her work. Bird feathers, buffalo fur, even the “feel” of a subject are captured in her work.
Elizabeth’s sculptures and paintings are created predominantly in the still of winter. While the garden sleeps Elizabeth gets busy creating “life” through art. She is a problem solver by nature and refuses to be derailed from her endeavors. If a specific art medium or tool is not available to her, she improvises. Creativity is not just about what she can make with her hands but also the raw, unusual materials she decides to use.
Numerous awards and accolades have come to Elizabeth over the years. No surprise there! Her work can be found in area businesses and homes across the state. After meeting Elizabeth, though, I can tell you she has a beautiful heart and quiet demeanor. Her art is simply the visual representation of her lovely spirit. Members of the guild are quick to share “While Elizabeth’s art and creativity are quite stunning… It’s her ‘charm and humility’ that is the foundation of her art.”
I am so thrilled Elizabeth agreed to chat with me. Honestly? I implored… ok, I asked kinda nicely… if she would stay and let me ask her questions about her work. She is the best. She hung around after the guild meeting to tell me all this cool stuff! I’m pretty sure she was ready to be home after sharing all the details of creating sculpture with the guild members.
Elizabeth! Thanks so much for letting me share your awesomeness on this space on the web!
Good evening and Happy Monday! Yep. I’m totally late with this today. But! Here it is! A Birds Eye View!
I wanted to give you a peek at what the Thursday coloring pages will be like. These are the pages that carry a different theme. Sometimes a bit modern with geometric designs or something on a different scale. You can grab Thursday coloring pages by signing up here! These won’t be available other than in the sign up group.
This is as far as I’ve gotten coloring my Birds Eye View page. I’m using watercolor pencils and water based markers. It creates an overall controlled watercolor effect. The markers I’m using are my faves from Stampin Up. Nope, this isn’t an affiliate and I don’t get a dime for tellin ya this. They are hands down my favorite markers though!
Hope you enjoy this weeks sneak of the Exclusive Coloring Pages! I’ll be sending out the new Exclusive Coloring Pages a week from this Thursday… so April 27! Just click the picture to download it! Or… HERE!! Which ever you prefer!!
I hope your Good Friday is BLOOMIN’! I am searchin’ out as many flowers and blooms as I can find. Doesn’t it feel amazing when winter is finally over? Right now we’re in that space between everything being spring green and everything still being brown. There are green shoots coming out and the nurseries are shipping in their flowers but gardens are just not bloomin’ yet! Anticipation is killing me!
I was thinking this week about today’s flat lay and was coming up with a big fat goose egg! Earlier this week we had those spring winds that sweep in outta no where and turn everything upside down. I happened to have the back door open when one of those blew through… literally. Papers went flying, paint tubes learned how to sail, art work started bouncing off the walls, *more so than normal*. It was wild. I have a monogram metal “M” on top of the kitchen cabinets and this lil typhoon style wind kicked it right off and onto the counter. It just happened to land on a vase of flowers on the counter and decided to do the tango with a bunch of carnations.
AND ta-da!!! Inspiration! Out of a messy, crazy, water spilled, flower disaster… a flat lay was born.
I kinda really love that “M”. For one it’s spots… ADORE spots… And of course it is the monogram of my last name. In case you haven’t noticed, my name is on the organic side. LOL! And hubs and I have the same initials. How cool is that?
The Bloomin’ Mess
What really struck me though, is outta this bloomin’ mess something was created. Pretty much like Spring. The Divine created “Spring” and basically told it… you’re gonna have to use intense force to get the winter season tucked back into bed! We don’t really think about it much. It’s like the entire earth gives birth at once… well… on this side of the hemisphere right now. And if you’ve ever given birth-YEAH! You know the intense force that is!
Creativity can happen the same way. An idea or inspiration sneaks up on you. You ponder it a bit. Maybe try to talk yourself out of it. Then BAM! You’re in the middle of rippin out a wall! Hubs walks in in bewilderment, shakes his head and grabs a crow bar to help… ~Oh, wait, maybe that’s just me. But you get the idea!
When creativity strikes just go with it. Seriously. It’s a gift of force from the Divine. It’s one of the most powerful experiences you will EVER have. Even if it makes a huge mess, a crazy disaster can bring the most beautiful creations!
Okay! Your turn! Show me your flat lay using #flatlayfridayskm and be sure to tag me @sandykayemoss on IG! I totally hope you connect with me over on Instagram!
Happy Tuesday!! I have coloring page for you! Feather Your Nest with Thanks! Take some time to slow down and ease color into your life!
Wow! I seriously need to work on my coloring skills!!
Happy coloring!! And share this lil pic where ever ya want!
Living creatively is so much more than finding fun things to recreate on Pinterest!