Wednesday, August 25, 2010

100 days. 100 paintings.

"Paint what you are, paint what you believe, paint what you feel." -Ben Shahn

decorative pots, glass, wood, fabric and craftiness in general
stamping, card making, yada yada
handpainted furniture from armoires to chairs
children's and professional wall murals
4 years of watercolor classes/workshops
jewelry making
soap making, spa stuff, yada yada
taught ceramics and art
So why is it that I can't figure out what I really like and want to do? 

There's always these small voices in the "art section" of my head. Small whispers of creativity. Of fear. Of joy. Of questions. Of passion. It really takes up an enormous part of me and sometimes makes me down right c-r-a-z-y. I desire so much to let that section of my brain go... and go somewhere else in my creative life. I want to answer some of my soul questions I suppose. Not to make money in my art, have guidelines, rules, deadlines...but to explore it and figure out what really matters in my tiny art-world. I have tried many art business avenues in the past 10 years or so. Some roads have been successful and some big fat, disappointing failures. My desire is to have a clear vision of what art means to me. Kinda like communicate some of my hopes, dreams, wishes and hurts. I need to relax about my paintbrushes, dig a tad deeper and put my heart out there in the world through the bristles. Hopefully it will be healing. Joyful. And ultimately give some sweet answers to the creative voices.

Was that too much heart stuff from me for you to read? hm.

So, here's the deal. I have been thinking and talking about doing 100 paintings in 100 days lately. What? Yes. Some small, some big, some detailed, some not. While Josh will be traveling quite a bit lately, I plan on digging out stuff I have started painting through the years and never finished. Fill the quiet nights with old wood, canvas, paper, etc. that has been laying around and calling out to me. 

And I am gonna blog about it. Ya know, kinda like that adorable movie "Julie & Julia" with Meryl Streep. (If you haven't seen it- do. It's great.)
So stay tuned- you are keeping me accountable. Don't be scared to leave comments, okay?

Greetings August! Goodbye August?

August came. August went. I can't believe it is the 26th tomorrow already! Am I the only one? It was steamy 100-plus degree weather the entire month filled with swimming, cavities filled (ow!), paintings, new school clothes/supplies, fun with best friends from Ecuador visiting, and Grandma and Grandpa visiting (of whom adore two special girls in their life, spoiling them to pieces!).

So- school started Monday. We have a 5th grader and 3rd grader in the house, everybody. Seriously? It's just too much. I boo hoo'ed when Hannah first started Kindergarten and was gonna cry with her keeping her distance from Mommy and Daddy walking to school and quick half-hugs goodbye on Monday.
Growin' up. Boo hoo.

sniff. sniff.

Laughter. Hugs. Smiles. We love you Bryans family!

Movies, shopping, swims, gifts, ice cream, games...more ice cream and love. love. love!

Did several of my infamous name signs for kiddos.

Did several birdies for gifts! (These were chubby, puffed up cuties)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Goodbye July.

"I hope you will go out and let stories happen to you, and that you will work them, water them with your blood and tears and your laughter till they bloom-
 till you yourself burst into bloom." 
Clarissa P. Estes

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