Tuesday, October 1, 2013

First Art Show

I spent the summer deciding whether or not to put my art on display.  Too many fears kept swimming in my head, like is my art good enough, what if no one likes it, and who do I think I am.   I'm sure we all have these fears no matter what the situation.  I was asked many times, "how did the show go and was it a success"?  I replied, "Yes, it was good".  It was my first time in a art/craft show with my own work and I had low expectations, "I did".  My success was showing up and conquering those pesky fears.

Here are a few pictures of my booth display.  I love gardens and so I tailored to display in a garden-like scene.  Turned out really nice and many thanks to my husband (handyman) to help me construct everything.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Keeping an open Heart

I have been spending these last few weeks on mini excursions with my family.  Summer break has ended and the kids are in school.  Looking at the pictures of our great moments together, I see such Love in my little family.

I think God, the universe, or the title you may give to our creator, was with us every moment. I feel these must be the signs ( I have read & watched spiritual teachers and artists talk about) that we are supposed to recognize that everything is going to be alright and to cherish each moment.  I suppose I never paid attention before and now I am.  Thank You for the LOVE.

Not so girlie

Had a little fun creating art.

In my garden

Note to Self

Monday, July 22, 2013

Trusting in Faith

A new picture completed. This painting is to remind myself to keep practicing my faith, in the brightest and happiest days to days when it seems a little tough.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Let It Go

My fears, insecurities and self doubt. I want to let them go because I know I need to to take the day as it comes.   Today, this beautiful gal came out through my colored pencils. She looks at peace as if the wind is blowing the worries away.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Developing my style

I just discovered an amazing artist Jane Davenport and ordered her download of  The Whimsical Face.  It's already been an awesome experience to learn from her.  I felt I needed a little more warmth and softness to the girls I have been trying to bring to life on canvas.
Here is a sketch or two....

Friday, June 28, 2013


This one....  sharing my thoughts through my art.  

New art pictures completed

Yesterday, my new photo scanner arrived.  My first official equipment to use to upload my art prints.  I was using the standard all-in-one, but I think my new scanner is going to allow me to share better pictures.
Woo Hoo!!

So, adding a few pictures I've waited to scan in...

Love who you are. You were made with love.  Wonderfully and Perfectly.

No matter how big or small, every moment matters.

Growing and changing.

Peace be with you.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Have a Beautiful Day !!!!

If you get a moment to listen.  It just lifts you up.

This song I heard this morning on Good Morning America by India Arie and Robin Roberts.

I admire Robin Roberts with her battle through cancer.  I watched her come back and words she spoke sticks with me.  "Left foot, Right foot Breathe", through challenges you face.  Take one moment at a time.

Mermaid girl

Mystical creature from the sea.   

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Lazy Summer Afternoon

The family spent this Sunday afternoon taking a nap and all was quiet.  So, I enjoyed the time in my creative space.

The season of splashing in a pool, playing in the sprinklers and walking by the lake.  It's all about finding a way to cool ourselves off from the heat of the summer.

One afternoon I was watching my friend's daughter swimming in the pool.   She was swimming with fins on her feet and was so graceful under the water.  My friend said she has had a love of mermaids, lately.  I admire those that are comfortable in the water.  I don't fear the water, but it's not a favorite place for me.  I don't swim very well.

The mermaid is such a graceful and mysterious creature.   I was inspired to create a mermaid on canvas.
I still need to finish her up, but she's coming along nicely.  Come back to see her finished up.

Monday, June 10, 2013

My Creating Space

My space to create.

Everywhere I go in my house, there are toys.  My work space is no different.  My family and I have lived in our house for almost 2 years.  I don't have a finished working space, but it's my own.  I work in the basement.  Not too bad because it is a lookout. Still getting organized and I am able to work in the organized mess.  Someday, we hope to finish off our basement and then I will have a great place.

I just recently got a new table.  I was using a folding table that wobbled quite a bit.  I liked it because I could work sitting in barstool or standing.  I, like most creative minds, surf pinterest and I found a great table that I had to go get it. .

My husband was going to make me a table with this concept: sawhorse leg base and use a door for a tabletop, it was on the to do list.  This works much better because I didn't have to wait anymore.  He stained the tabletop a very dark brown and then poly'd it.  I told him not to worry, it was going to get paint on it.

So, I was saying, about toys.  I do share the basement with my children and their toys.  They run around while I create, so it can get quite noisy.  They enjoy being creative at times with me.

My family and I just got back from a vacation in Branson, Mo.  On the last day there, the girls did a little shopping in the downtown area.  There were antique shops that I browsed through.  The last one had a cutest tractor seat chair.  I have been looking for a tractor seat for a while now, to make into a chair.  This was a perfect find.  It is comfortable and just the right size.  My son said he wanted it, I told him this is mom's fun chair.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Practice to Love yourself.  We are our worst critic but we, you, me & I need to be patient and trust what spoken from the Heart.  Mistakes happen, it is moment to learn.  It is easy to care for others no matter the situation.  So, we need to do the same for ourselves.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Badge of Courage

At times we have a moment of uncertainty.  Actually, I am learning to overcome my fears by practicing courage.  For as long as I can remember I lived in Fear.  It kept me from living beyond my comfort   I just preferred not to be noticed and not to take chances.  I have always been a quiet person without too much to say, assuming it wasn't important anyway.  You see, my son Oliver is battling insecurities and he is only 8 years old.  I ask myself, did I do this to him?  I just assumed, better life situation the more Happy and not Afraid person you would be.  I try to encourage him all the time.  I tell him how proud of him I am and that I love him no matter what.

So, I created these medals that were inspired by one I received during my time serving in the Air Force.

Its the only one I saved and I gave it to my son.   Its the the one on the bottom right corner.
Its one I earned for Good Conduct.  A service member earns one when completed 3 years of honorable service without having to be disciplined.

These medals I have created are for showing courage in any form.  I made one of "Noble" for my son, Oliver.  I told him to wear it to remind himself to have confidence in himself.  I choose the one of "Brave" to remind myself, to practice what I preach.  Taking a leap of faith.

You are probably thinking, "How did you choose to join the military?"  I grew up in the military environment. It's what I knew and was comfortable with.  Basic training was tough for me, I was not athletic or physically conditioned.  I made it through with no problems.

These medals are hand stamped metal with pin type fasteners.

A few more, up close:

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Finding the right WORDS

Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle ~ Plato

I am inspired by words, but they are someone else's words.  I struggle to write what I am trying to express. I have always assumed I didn't have anything important to say.  As a child, I didn't have anyone to listen.  My mother was a working woman and not a motherly one.  I just learned to keep quiet.  I didn't know anything about journals/diaries, suppose lost in the shuffle of life.  So, I still have a hard time with my own words.
I am grateful for this new found love of art, to express my favorite words.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Gathering Information

I have been reading a a lot.  A little soul searching and to find out How and Where to Begin?  I am reading Flying Lessons, by Kelly Rae Roberts.  There is so much for me to learn and I am a little overwhelmed and frightened.  I started this blog and set up a website and don't know exactly what I am doing, yet. Need more practice.  This book is a great guide for me.  I am so glad I got it.

Monday, February 18, 2013

first step forward

Messages are being sent to me in so many forms, saying the same thing.  Jump, Leap, or Fly and have Faith.  I don’t know if these messages have been there all along and I am now paying attention.    I am scared and I always have been.  I have missed out on so much in life because I took the easy or safe way. I found this new passion for mixed media.  I am fascinated with paint, paper, stamps and most of all a girl.  Where will she take me?