Sunday, December 30, 2012
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Learn pen work techniques to create intricate doodles,
zentangles or mandalas. Replicate and create unique
repetitive patterns for art pieces suitable for framing.
Monday, December 10, 2012
Stephanie has agreed to be my first ever Guest Blogger. Here are her answers to my questions:
2. What are some resources you find helpful in your artistic journey?
3. How have you learned to express or accept yourself whole heartedly?
4. How can someone sign up for your course?
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Friday, December 7, 2012
Thursday, December 6, 2012
This is an ATC I made for a challenge. We were to create a window and show who we are in the window. I love this vintage image of a woman reading and the dove. For me, the book is a Bible and the dove stands for peace or God's faithfulness. The flower for the fact that I am always growing.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Florida Banded Water Snake in the Aloe Vera Plants, a photo by tropicalart77 on Flickr.
I, apparently, can be so drawn to eyes that I can even take a portrait of a snake. This was quite a moment of bravery on my part. :)
Monday, December 3, 2012
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Friday, November 30, 2012
- Canvas Boards and Label Tape: I found cheapest on ebay.
- Punchinella (Sequin Waste) and lots of fun inexpensive items: SkybluePink
- Ephemera (or better known as papers and things for artwork): I have received a lot of great items through Free Cycle. When requesting items I simply ask for old hymn books, magazines, photographs, sewing boxes, etc. I have had the delight of getting 3 old sewing boxes full of amazing items for free through Free Cycle! For collage work that you intend to sell you do need to make sure that the item is free from copyright restrictions.
- My absolute favorite place to find copyright free images is Wikipedia Commons. Search for your favorite artists and topics and you may be delighted to find quality images that you can use in your work.
- Collections of copyright free images are also available on Flickr. Here is one source.
- Dover Publications is a great source for purchasing copyright free images to use in your work but my favorite thing is their free samples that they offer every Friday.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
this informational page and a lot of experimentation. I highly encourage the use of Golden brand gel medium for transfers.
Page Maps as a resource.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
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Saturday, June 16, 2012
I think that it would be so much easier to say that I knew: how I was going to pay the bills; how I will spend my time; and how I will make something significant of my life. When I answer people's questions about where I am going I tell them the physical location of where we are moving and they want to know more. I don't have the answers they are looking for or the answers my heart longs to answer.
When I was young, I made a life plan. I followed that life plan intentionally and proceeded to do everything I promised myself and others that I would do. I got my bachelors degree in Education. I was a dedicated teacher, won awards, wrote curriculum and led training events. Yet, I knew there was more to my life plan. I started out on a greater adventure and took my family with me. We went to be House Parents at a children's home. We did serious work that molded us and the people we helped. Then, we went to Duke University so that I could get my graduate degree. It was a huge challenge but we met it head on. We then came back and I spent the last 10 years serving as a pastor. I lived my plan.
There was another stage of my life plan. The plan was to get my degree in counseling or pastoral care. I almost got my doctorate before coming back from Duke but the bills had piled up and I was ready to make a stable pay check.
Twenty years later, I have finally decided that my life plan might have been a little misguided. I don't regret what I did, I regret the rigidity with which I lived out this plan. As uncomfortable as I feel about living without a plan, I think this is reality I must face. I believe I have outgrown a plan that I developed as a young person.
I don't think rigidity breeds success, happiness, freedom of expression or any aspects of embracing my whole heart so I long to leave that way of life behind. Yet, straying from my life plan means living with uncertainty. It means not having answers that make others feel more comfortable. It means not knowing how I will pay the bills. Currently, the biggest threat to my personal growth is the need to either learn how to live on very little or find a vocation that will allow me to more fully be myself.
So, as I pack up my household and juggle the entire process of making this transition I am asking myself... how does one pack for the unknown?
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Here are some discussion questions:
- Notice the ladder in the story of his mother's pregnancy and then again in the kidnapping story. What does a ladder come to symbolize for him?
- From an early age his parents explained to him that he was another mouth to feed, that he was a burden to care for. He says that in the book Outside Over There he explains how he sees his relationship with his sister. (Notice also the ladder.) How does his relationship with his sister compare to his current companion and caretaker? He describes her as, "The person who thinks I am worth the trouble of being cared for." Do you find him to be worthy of being cared for? Are you worthy of being cared for?
- How did his father describe his childhood laughter? What do you think happened to the bell?
- Why do you think he stays within the genre of children's literature? He says that when he is in his studio he feels sublime and talks about purity. At the same time he says that he doesn't think that children have to be sheltered from the truth. He believes he has been more truthful than other children's authors. He says, "you can tell them anything you want if it is true, if it is true, you tell them." Do you find any synthesis between the sublime he experiences while creating and the truth he faces in his work? Why do you think he longs for purity?
- He found great vindication when he met the author who had a copy of the newspaper article he had seen at 2 years old. Do you think that Sendak's work vindicates the truth of his reader's experience, especially children, or is he simply honoring his own truth?
- Do you think Sendak is embracing his whole heart? Why or why not?
Sunday, June 3, 2012
"The verbs we live – that is, the actions we take – create the landscape of our lives. The verbs we live, the actions we take, the story we frame over those actions – all those things together create the structure of our land – those valleys and mountains of our atlas of experience. And like any hike up any mountain or through any landscape, the process is messy while you’re in it, and there is just no way you can see a clear path, not until you’re finished. So it is okay to be lost. That is what I’m telling you. It’s okay to be lost and not know – because that’s what learning is, that’s what life is."
She expresses it this way, "What does it take to fully inhabit your life? It takes realizing how important the I that is you is to the equation. This is not about other people, its not about changing the world in big ways, it's not even about doing great things-rather, it is about doing small things that give you life, bring you joy, help you inhabit the stories of your days-and, by extension, help change the world and the lives of others around you. To fully live, you must be present in the biggest way possible.
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Saturday, June 2, 2012
|By Jurii (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons|