Saturday, September 25, 2010

dibblin' and dabblin'

  I'm just trying to keep it fresh and be creative in something.  It really comes down to the main reason why I am doing these 100 paintings. Just a desire to fully know where my favorite art-niche is.  

Today I told Josh that I wanted to read him the little children's book I wrote awhile back. I want to illustrate it. He says (with sweet, loving support I assume) "oh, you are just dibblin' and dabblin' in everything aren't you?" Yeeeessss. That's my problem. 

I mean- I am painting custom name signs. Another wedding frame. Whimsy. Dogs. Gifts. Decoupage. Designing my calendar again for Christmas sales. Subbing for an art teacher at the girls school these next weeks. 
A bit jumbled. Get it together, girl!

I have been fervently searching ebay for some really nice (and a tad expensive) professional acrylic paints. I found some and busted with glee when they arrived yesterday. It's was like "Merry Christmas to me", although it was bought with birthday money from May....seriously.
 Did this "love birds" silhouette for our Anniversary. Kind of abstract, but turned out cool.
 A sweet friend and I did some decoupaging together one night. I took old love notes from forever ago and placed them randomly on this square, flat canvas. Then went over with paint/smudged it, went over with ink/smudged it and added other goodies. A bit of a mess but too fun.

"Don't go where the path may lead- go where there is no path 
and leave a trail." -Emerson

Thursday, September 23, 2010

...and they lived happily ever after

If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I would never have to live without you. -Winnie the Pooh

He sat behind me in study hall one day. We later bumped into eachother on a golf course. He called me several times wanting to go out, and I finally decided to on September 23rd, 1988. I was 15 and he had just gotten his drivers license. An old $1 movie theatre, Burger King and a chilly night riding around in his big, navy blue '76 convertible- the rest is history. Seven years of falling head over heels in love, two me's became us on September 23rd. 15 years ago.

This man of my life (that I am still growing up with!) has introduced me to a love, laughter and happiness like no other. To adventure. To trust. To holding on in the most tender and toughest times. To Jesus. To two baby girls. To a committed and comfortable world made just for us.

Josh is in my smile every day. My heart. My dreams. My yesterday and my tomorrow. He's the one person who fully knows who I am, who I was, and who I wanna be. He knows my highs, my lows and from the good to the icky... loves me unconditionally through it all.

If that's not a love from Above- then I don't know what is.

Happy 9/23, Joshy. Forever loving you to pieces. xox

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Doggies. 100 paintings in 100 days.

Designers. Designing. Just design in general gives fuel to many creative things I get myself into. I'm ignited and my heart pitter patters whether I'm doing this or that in the design realm. Thus, I am in l-o-v-e and a tad addicted to any design show on HGTV. It's all I really like to sit through on television anymore. I was forwarding a recent recorded show of the "Antonio Treatment" (he looks rough, but sweet and way talented!) and he was re-doing a Boys-n-Girls Club art room. He talked about how kids are the best artists. They are not afraid and carry no boundaries or restrictions. They just go for it without judgement. This is why everything a child creates is fabulous, right?

This so resonated with me. And stuck. How when you start "growing up" you start believing you're not good enough? You get intimidated by others and icky thoughts eat you up. I do that ALL the time with my artwork. Fear eventually sets in and then I don't do ANYTHING.

So, where I am going with this is (rambling on) is that I have had this stack of dog pictures to paint. I kept looking at them all week. Fear set in. I can't do these! Then I remembered Antonio  "just go for it, take those walls down"....(this can apply to so many areas of life.)

So I did. And my heart went pitter patter.

Here are two of my "frightening" stack of pooches.

Our cutie Polly above (when she is groomed!)
And remembering Sasha below.
Up next: Oliver, Carter, Dexter.



Monday, September 13, 2010


Today I am sicky. Feverish and aches. Okay 1.2.3... you can say "aaaaaww". Maybe I am just sleep deprived. hee. hee.
I wanted/needed to finish a wedding gift to get it shipped out asap. I love to do these frames. I take the wedding invitation and paint the wedding flowers somewhere around it on a customized mat. I frame it and ta da...a cherished gift for a lifetime. The flowers in my cousins wedding are fushia gerberas, lime spider mums, blue orchids and purple lisanthis. Everybody that invites us to a wedding knows what they are getting for a gift. I have been doing these for years and like to do them for others too.

Until later, friends.

Friday, September 10, 2010

week 2 of a 100 in 100.

I can't forego sleep. Everybody knows that about me. I need enough it like I need food. If not: BEWARE.

So, I decided instead of walking around like a frazzled basket-case with an overused paintbrush ('cuz I'm such a night owl)....that I would use my custom work as a part of my 100 paintings in 100 days. I had most custom/personalized work this week.

It seems I had a pattern going on during the week.
The pattern= pink. green. yellow. simple shapes. cutesy.

The butterfly (which was big & was a pleasure for me to do because I am a butterfly girl) on here was a lil' mural in a little girls room and it coordinated with colors/theme in the room.

Here they are. The cutie patootie pooches that I want to do have to wait until next week.

"You have a unique message to deliver, a unique song to sing, a unique act of love to bestow. This message, this song, and this art of love have been entrusted exclusively to the one and only you."
John Powell

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

our little haven (in the south)

"One of the hardest things to realize is that our someday is right now."
(I love words, sayings, quotes, scriptures & write them down all the time--bear with me as I share them!)

This little haven of ours hasn't sold yet. Going on month 5, everybody. It's okay though. We aren't planning on giving it away and are patiently (not all the time) waiting for that one very special couple/family to cherish it as we have. You are out there! Get a move on it! Just give me a bit of notice before you come- for I have stopped keeping this place spic-n-span 24/7.
Not that I have given up, but c'mon...

No really, it's a gift every day to live in the moment. Live fully right now. Not tomorrow or yesterday. Today. And today is good. There have been many times in my life where I have lived in the past or the future. To be content and grateful for right now is priceless considering the huge transition we are entering and all that is unknown. I know that peace only comes from the Lord. There is comfort in knowing that there ARE plans for us (fabulous one's to boot) and that we are just in a holding pattern at the moment. We/I are simply walking in faith and knowing that there is always hope sitting softly on my shoulder every single day. It's like a song that is constantly singing in my heart.

Here are some pictures of what it is right now for us. Labor Day weekend on our haven in the south....

  Tremendously awesome sunsets in our backyard almost every night. Of course we don't own that prairie behind us...but certainly enjoy the free views.

The fantabulous man in my life who traveled all week last week and then came home to set up camp in our backyard with some special girls in his life. (Great campsite available all seasons; especially on a chilly night with convenient fridge and clean shower steps away. Can't beat it.)

Our neighbors next door have this crazy good tree house/play area in their backyard- complete with a fireman pole and small zip line. Aaaand they like to share it with us. Yeeesss!

The nights are getting a tad cooler finally. We have been frequently sittin' out like "porch monkey's" (as Daddy says) in our front driveway eating dinner, biking, playing....even our Polly-poo has her seat. She sits on it like an old lady and doesn't want to get down. Too cute.

Porch monkey Hannah, in her sweet tooth heaven. An ice cream truck came through our hood... and of course we excitedly jumped up and HAD to get huge bomb pop's and stuff. (Remember how fun it was to hear the tune of an icecream truck?!)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

FiRsT WeeK!

"Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what is next or how... an artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark." ~Agnes De Miller

I put out to blog-world (a couple hundred readers a week) this big, juicy goal of mine. It's been about a week and I officially started this Monday to start my 100 paintings in 100 days. While still in motion with my custom orders I am feeling excited, determined and challenged with this new goal. My head has so much in it. I seem to always find inspiration all around me. Yup, e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e. Sometimes I feel like I am going to EXPLODE with it all. So, I decided I needed to unify my creative whims a tad. I will blog when I feel like I want, certainly not every day though (getting real and know that's not realistically gonna happen). I also decided that there will be a "theme" or "catagory" for the week. An hour or so a day to wet my brushes is do-able for me as well. I'm thinking that perhaps my fluttered art thoughts would be better channeled this way.

This is what I am thinkin' so far for September. (I'm starting with acrylics.)
Week 1: bold color, abstract shape and design (so out of my box!)
Week 2: dogs (of course includes Polly)
Week 3: birds, bees, butterflies...
Week 4: flowers (loooove doing them)
Week 5: mixed media (this means paint, ink, paper, etc. all together)

So, there you have it.

I was checking out at Michael's craft store (a blissful place for me to wander) and the cashier gal and I were chit chatting. I told her what I was doing and she mentioned to me about a girl awhile back that started with $365 and is completely re-doing 365 old, dated and unwanted dresses in 365 days. And she has been blogging about it! Too cool. You should totally check her out.

for the girls bathroom...matches the shower curtain shapes/colors

this one was a favorite for the week

 for a dear friend (her meaningful phrase)

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