Monday, June 30, 2014

Mark Making and Collage with Encaustic workshop

 This weekend I had the opportunity to attend a workshop "Mark Making and Collage with Encaustic" by Crystal Neubauer.  We were honored to be the 2nd workshop at her new The Healing House Art Studio.  What an exciting opportunity she has.  (I'm kinda green with envy!!!)  Our class only had a total of 7 people which added to the pleasure of the class.  Crystal was able to give us as much attention as needed.  Which I was glad about since I was venturing into unknown territory.
I resonated with Crystal's style of teaching right away.  I have very little experience with collage and no experience with encaustic yet she made it easy to understand.  For those who know me will not be surprised when I say I was just as anxious to get home so I could create some of the things I learned.  Which is exactly what I did today in my studio.  I ordered encaustic supplies and created this collage.  I had so much fun!  I'll show more when my encaustic supplies arrive.
When you get a chance check out Crystal's blog to learn more about her.  

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Thank You

My friend, Carol, and I had our Art in the Yard sale.   
It was my first time to sell my art to the open market and I will definitely be doing it again.  Our intention was to enjoy the day and allow the Universe to take care of the rest.  I am proud to say we did just that!
Our "little yard store" was in my front yard nestled between two apples tress that covered us with shade the entire day.  There was a steady gentle breeze, incense burning in the background, and a candle flickered all which created an inviting atmosphere.  It must have felt as pleasing to others because we had a steady stream of fabulous and friendly people stopping by the entire day.  Multiple friends stopped by to shop and offer their support and encouragement.  It is heart warming to know that others are helping to propel you forward.  It is my firm belief that you can not be successful alone.  One of my deepest desires has been to find a "creative community" and now it is happening.    My heart is smiling!

My friend Linda Kinnaman purchased an original piece of art titled Just Begin.  I was honored this piece spoke to her and I, thru my art, could be an encouragement to her along her path.  I created this piece at a time in my journey that I felt I wasn't making any progress.  Then it dawned on me that all I had to do was to shift my focus off of the end result onto just taking the steps forward.  All the while remembering,  "It doesn't matter how long takes or how you get there JUST BEGIN to follow the path of your dreams."

During the course of the day I often heard the comments "I am not creative" or "I could never paint or draw".  It didn't take me long to realize that I was being nudged by the Universe to speak up and to encourage others by letting them know  we all are creative.   Often times all we may need is for someone to gently guide and encourage us.  I know because I have been there.  It was a perfect time to introduce my Create Art with Abandon  classes.   It's all about letting your creative spirit out to play.
The icing on the cake was when my daughter, Tara, and the grandkids stopped by to check things out. It was pure joy to see those little kids come running into my arms all the while calling out "Grandma!!"

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Art in the Yard

My friend, Carol, and I are having a Art in the Yard sale on Saturday, April 21.  If you are in the area it would be great to see you!  I've had several people make comments  that they wished they loved closer so they could come.  This sparked an idea!  I have now adjusted the prices on my website to reflect the prices I will be offering at the art sale.  No pressure intended! :-)  

Here is a piece I will be selling at the yard sale that is not listed on my website.  It is dimensional and the poppies, the stems, and the buds are made from hot glue.  Can you believe it?   I then painted it with  Golden acrylic paints.  Including that stand it measures approx. 11"w X 27"h.  If you are interested send me a message.  I believe it will go rather quickly, if not, it's mine.  
Let me tell you about the Good News Angels. 

These little angels have held a special place in my heart since 1993.  (just ask anyone who has known me for that long)  They came to me in a dream, it was placed upon my heart to deliver the message regarding the power of a smile, these little angels became the means to do that.  The next day I created my first rough draft of the angels.  The message she carries is simple, yet profound, "If each of us would find a way, to bring a smile to someone's day, we could make a difference in the world."  

Each Good News Angel is handmade, not produced in a factory.  Which means that each angel is unique-no two are exactly alike.  She is made with lots of love and attention!   When I started making and selling her 1993 I used a portion of the proceeds to anonymously purchase food for someone in need.  I'm going back to my original idea.  I want her to continue to do good things.  It isn't about making money, it's about helping people.  
 photo fivedollar_zps16771bee.pngFrom the sale of each angel $5.00 will be held in a reserve.  When $100.00 has been reached WE WILL anonymously buy groceries for someone in need.  This is truly another way to bring a smile to someone's face.
I will humble myself and ask you to please take go to the store on my website and order a Good News Angel.  Help me make the world, one person at a time, a better place.

Monday, June 2, 2014

the beach ladies

Enjoying the sun's warmth, listening to the soothing sounds of the ocean, and feeling the steady breeze were just the perfect combination for inspiration.  (not to mention the margaritas!)
  These drawing are fondly titled "the beach ladies".  





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