“So this is Christmas”… as the song goes… and yes. It is Christmas! All grand and glorious and color-ful. The bittersweet mingled with joyous. How can one holiday encompass so many emotions! If you’re like me, you experience them all…
I have wished for you this Christmas… for my friends, my family, to those I partner with in business… online and off…
I have wished for you…
- JOY in the middle of difficulty
- COURAGE while walking through sadness
- PEACE within deep sorrow
- LOVE in spite of indifference
- IMAGINATION without end
Merry Christmas and many abundant blessings for you and yours on this day we celebrate as our dear Savior’s Birth
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!!
Happy Easter! How’s the egg hunt going? Lunch finished yet? Awesome! Now you can settle in for a couple minutes and enjoy these fun Instagram finds! I’m sure these Instagram-mers will boost your creativity and sweeten your day!!
I have this thing for tablescapes. Table settings. Place settings. In fact, my first job EVER was working in a bridal boutique called “Bits and Pieces”. Honestly? My secret desire is to own a a brick and mortar filled with dishes and pretties and flowers! The next best thing is devouring an Instagram gallery filled with the most gorgeous every. little. thing. Yummi Candles is just that place! I wait … not so patiently… to see what amazing setting Yummi Candles is going to share next!
Some artists bring a smile to your face the minute you see their work. Stacy Spangler Art is one of those. Her view of the world and life is nothing short of refreshing. I adore her mixed media style. Stacy’s work is like no one else. She has this gift she openly shares with the world and graces us with a new perspective on simple subjects. I know you’ll be blessed by her IG.
There is no secret I love color. All color and every combination. BUT sometimes… I need a boost. I little spark to start me in another direction or get the creativity flowing. Louise_loveprintstudio is the saving place for my color deprived sanity. One look at her IG and it’s like you’ve miraculously been transported to COLOR WONDERLAND! This gallery, along with her blog is filled to the brim with color, pattern, cute shoes… HEY! You can never go wrong with cute shoes! If your missing a dose of color, pattern and catching up on the latest trends you have to head over to Louise’s IG!
Do you have those moments of bleh? Ya know… life tends to turn grey. Storm clouds roll in and threaten to throw you off track? Not a fan! Just not a fan! This IG can help you bring the sun back out! Artbyakacia brightens the gloomiest of days by reminding us to change our thinking. I love the quotes on her IG and the amazing encouragement she shares. She delivers the inspiration!
Bunny hop over and check out these Instagram galleries! You will adore following and being inspired by this weeks Easter Instagram Sunday Round-up!
I know. I know it’s hard to think after living life this far there might be something more. I know that thought dances around the edges of the brain. That one little thought can be so stinkin loud at times you wonder how no one else can hear it.
A couple days ago a video “short” rambled across my Facebook news feed. * how did we ever find cool things before Facebook?* Of course, because it’s animated, I had to watch it. The first few frames are way cute. And then. Quietly. The reality of this “short” crept up on my conscious mind. (you know that’s how the best videos work, right?)
I want to share this. Here. Today. I watched this story unfold and felt the tears sneak in.
When creativity, joy… disappear. YOU step in. YOU create. Leave the colorless mundane void and step into a world filled with glorious color. The world truly needs YOUR color.
Art. Is a verb.