Friday, March 28, 2008

Art Blessing Giveaway!!!


OH its that time again!! I try to have an art blessing giveaway every month and wanted to be sure I didn't miss this month before we head off to make some fun memories with the family for spring break! I love to find little bits of artistic encouragement to bless others with and send them out into the world! I decided to offer several items this time! Pictured in this post are a few treasures that I will pick names for on the evening of Sunday April 6! I have always told my husband I wish I secretly had millions and could just send inspirational art into the world on a daily basis! I am not a millionaire but I do feel blessed to be able to share my heart through my art journey and I hope these humble little pieces will be a blessing to several of you! So just leave your name and contact information in the comments and I will put your name in the art blessing drawing for one of the pieces pictured in this post! So check back on April 6th and I will draw four for each of the treasures pictured! I am grateful for each visit you make and for the encouragement that your comments and support have given me as I find my way in this creative quest of mine to bring healing into the hearts that God graciously brings my way!




Sunday, March 23, 2008

New Work to Share....

"Breathe" Altered Vintage Shadowbox

I have several new pieces to share that have listed on ebay over the weekend! I am recovering from a huge family Easter dinner!! Me and mashed potatoes (sung to the tune of Micheal Buble's "Me and Mrs Jones")...well its just pure lust!!! Hope you all had a day blessed with family and friends or solitude that was bathed in relaxation and peace.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Easter Reflection.....

I always struggled to understand the cruxifiction quite honestly. One day long ago I was driving in my car asking God about it...asking Him to help me grasp what the sacrifice was really understand why. Immediately this song came on the car radio. It has always made me weep ever since. I know these images are so heartwrenching to watch but there is such power in the the truth of how immense the sacrifice was...that He died for me...and He died for you...may you each be blessed this Easter season....

Monday, March 17, 2008

Artist's Mess Challenge....

I was inspired by my friend Debrina of Spark Your Imagaination to risk baring your "artist all" and give a peek into the reality of what your studio "really looks like" on any given creative day! She was given the challenge by Julie Molina on her blog. So it feels like some daring fun to reveal the mess...if not a tad vulnerable to give you a peek into my creating space!! Lets just say this would not be a good day to have company coming for dinner as I took over our dining room and claimed it as a studio when we moved in this house almost three years ago. After years of being in corners of the house, taking over kitchen tables or out with the dog in the cold garage, I feel blessed to have this humble room as my artistic sanctuary! So needless to say my idealistic dream of having wonderfully prepared meals ready for the family served at a beautifully set dining table every night haven't happened too often. I always just give my hubby puppy dog eyes and say, "But honey...under all that mess on the table is a new piece of art just waiting to be discovered...if I clean it all up I might never find it!". Only because of the beautiful shelves he built for me does the rest of the studio stay relatively decent...but that only excuse is...I am an artist!

I love peering into the places where other artists create. Its cool to visualize them in their studios or creative corners tinkering with all their treasures. So often on the internet we can all feel a bit faceless and untouchable. Seeing what surrounds an artist as they create gives us a small window into who they are. So this is a little bit of me...where I go to work every day...where I lose myself and play...the quiet where I dream and nurture my healing heart....

Art Block Addiction....

Once I get started on these blocks I seem to get so crazy about creating them! Here are the newest sets that were listed on Ebay! They are hours of "playtime" fun for the little kid in us all! And heres a favorite song of mine to inspire your day!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

A Day in the Studio.......

In many ways its been a rough week inside. Many things to wrestle with and wonder I give them to God and hope you'll find some comfort in this song I love which shares a place we can bring the softest of our whispers to......I am grateful to have the time today to let my struggles find expression and release in artwork. Just sharing the results of my time in the studio today. Sometimes there is just not enough hours it the day (or night) for all the creative ideas that swarm around in my head! Can an artist sister get an "Amen!". These pieces listed on Ebay tonight!

Sunday, March 9, 2008

New Original Altered Art Blocks.....

Its been a busy week and I am trying to catch up it seems on all fronts. I spent some time this weekend sharing my work at a collage therapy workshop. It is always such a blessing to see how working with images allows those who are hurting to express their pain in ways they had never experienced before. I always marvel at what a creative God we have and the unique ways He moves to bring hurting souls freedom and healing. My sweet friend Florence invited me to come stay at the retreat home ("Journey's Rest") the night before the workshop to prepare and enjoy some quiet time all by myself. It was such a relaxing and refreshing time! She has so many yummy candles everywhere, soothing music and snuggly blankets to cuddle up with and heartwarming books in every nook and cranny. I lost count how many chocolates I had with my many cups of tea!

I had a chance to create a little today and am excited to offer my original altered art blocks again. These five, large altered blocks have been listed on Ebay. These are really fun to collect and display as sets! I love giving them as gifts of encouragement! Thanks for stopping by and may this week bring you new insights and the courage to move out in the direction your heart is calling!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

So Simple......

Really...when everything is down to all that really matters...when its all stripped to the core....its really so simple...isn't it?

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Soul Tapestry.....

The time will come
When, with elation,
You will greet yourself arriving
At your own door, in your own mirror,
And each will smile at the other's welcome,

And say, sit here, Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
To itself, to the stranger who has loved you

All your life, whom you ignored
For another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

The photographs, the desperate notes,
Peel your image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

"Love After Love" by Derek Walcott
Original Mixed Media Canvas on Ebay!