Phillipians 3:14

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Paradise for one....?

This is a mixed media piece that I turned into a card to send Chip in Afghanistan in his next box.  I started out with water color--my least comfortable medium so I had to mix it up with some of my other techniques to salvage it!  This is my version of a familiar scene here in beautiful Hawaii.  Even "paradise" is so much better when I am WITH the one I love!  Want to keep the nest in good order and let him know that while I am capable of doing just that...he is still invaluable to me!  There are layers of mediums and meaning that are personal to us in this peice of "art".   I know he will enjoy it and I hope you did to, so thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Bright, fun and messy!

How's this for bright??  The black backdrop makes for a dramatic piece..that I overworked big time, but hey that's what it is for today.  My dh gets annoyed when I trash the things I don't think turn out like I wanted, so with him in mind I embrace my final product messy as it is.  You should see my hands!!  That's what's really so great about this...taking a block of wood and playing in paint....takes me back to going to my grandmother's house and playing in the dirt with found objects from the kitchen. My cousin and I would get so filthy that we had to be hosed off in the yard before being let back in the house!!  Don't think I am going to the hose today, but I must go and scrub these hands before driving my car!  Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you do something today that gets your hands messy and your heart full :0)

Monday, April 23, 2012

Today's project started with the simple skill I am working on.  I took the pencil drawing from my book and did it on watercolor paper.  I used water color crayons, some distress inks, stickles, some stamps and my doodle pen to pull it together once I ran it through my tag die cut.  I think it is a reflection of the sketching I am currently working on and learning from Junelle Jacobson, the mixing of different mediums that I have learned from Christy Tomlinson and the pretty flower itself I take from watching some of Donna Downey's videos.  I think a pan pastel class from her will be in order before the summer is out!  So I used my collective inspiration from these artists to make a tag that is still uniquely me and speaks to my desire to continually grow in His grace!  Thanks for stopping by and comments are always welcome :o)

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Laughing at love of course ;0)

So...I am taking an online Art of Wild Abandonment course that has been really fun and I am learning a lot. I was about 3 weeks behind everyone else getting started because of our move so they were posting their projects from parts of the course I hadn't taken.  Good thing too, because I found this dry wall stipple brush thingy when I went looking for the wood blocks.  I had seen stipple brush on the supply list, but I was thinking along a whole different line...dork!  At any rate, it worked out nicely and I think this is SO fun...I opted to keep my pretty natural looking so I used it to store my clay tools instead of paintbrushes so it hopefully won't get too dirty!  Kind of coordinates with the wreath I made from the Christmas workshop I did.  Online classes are the best, because I would have never had the nerve to try any of this stuff without them! 

That brings me to my next project this morning...another piece of 2x4 "art"  :0).  I wasn't feeling very motivated or talented this morning looking at my messy craft room...but then picked up a pencil and made a quick sketch:
 This is where that sketch took me:

 No matter how I feel at any given moment...His banner over me is LOVE!  Thanks for stopping by and I am telling you that the hardware store is a great place to shop for art/craft supplies ;0)! 

Friday, April 20, 2012

Block art...

Actually a 2X4 that I had cut up...for FREE.  Sometimes I admit I get frustrated by the lack of readily available supplies here and the shipping is redonkulous....a major factor in where I shop online let me tell ya.  At any rate, I stopped in the local hardware store for a couple of items.  My disappointment over no drywall paper tape (with the cool holes in it), was soon rewarded with the pleasant surprise of a very helpful employee who took interest in what I was looking for and proceeded to find a remnant of a 2x4 that was scrap and sweet talked one of the lumber yard guys into cutting it for me put it in a box and gave it to me nada.  Yippee....then when I got home I realized that they should have been like an inch bigger.  Oh well, good things come in small packages right??  I had fun making this and have a whole box of more blocks to play with this summer if I don't get the nerve to go back and ask for bigger ones first ;0). 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

He Loves Me!

OK, so my husband is in Afghanistan living in a 10 man (super dusty) tent with a cot, his gear and a lap top with limited computer access.  So the natural thing for him to do is orchestrate sending me flowers, right?  Seriously, I am so blessed to have this husband who loves me beyond my understanding.  I used to be a little hurt quite honestly when everyone and I mean EVERYONE who knows us tells me how blessed I am to have such a great husband.  It seemed that the implication was I don't deserve him....well I don't quite frankly.  That just makes me more grateful for him!  He knew that I had a pretty rough day recently and was determined to let me know that time, distance and circumstance cannot diminish any part of our relationship.  It is a picture of the gospel...the relentless pursuit of my heart is a gift from God through Christ and my husband.  I am very blessed indeed....and thankful that I don't get what I deserve but so much more!

Spring (?) Tree....

This is my version of a spring blessings tree from my current class.  Junelle has these slender delicate fingers in her videos and her projects reflect that gentle touch....mine always end of kinda loud and bold (like me) even when I am following closely!!  It has its own blessings and drawbacks, but it is what it is and I am learning to embrace it.  At any rate I think the colors turned out vivid and happy which is a good thing for me...reflective of the constant color palette here in Hawaii.  The really cool thing is that I did an image transfer and color wash on the middle of the page and it ended up looking like some BG papers from my stash that I had been looking through recently.  Happy accident!  There is plenty of room left on the page for journaling and giving thanks to God for the many blessings in this time and place of life.  Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Many facets of one heart.....

This was the first page of a journal I started for another workshop by Christy Tomlinson--She had 3 hearts.  It is the most technique packed workshop I have taken and really worthwhile in helping sort through how to use all the different paint/ink/chalk mediums.  It has also really made me reflect on how much of myself is only shared in tiny glimpses here and there.  This blog is my way to share my love of crafting which is not something that I have a commonality with those in my day to day life.  I appreciate this venue and those of you who have participated with me in that.  Even though this course is about what we share with whom and how that may be different, I want ONE thing to remain consistent and that is that I share my love for Christ because of His love for me at Calvary with EVERYONE I meet.  The gift of grace that is available to all who repent and put their faith in Christ alone is the most important part of me that I can share anywhere at any time.  It is the legacy that I most desire to leave no matter how good or bad my crafting may be. The lyrics to this song really capture my heart's convicion:

I don't mind if you've got something nice to say about me
And I enjoy an accolade like the rest
And you could take my picture and hang it in a gallery
Of all the who's-who's and so-and-so's
That used to be the best at such and such,
It wouldn't matter much.

I won't lie, it feels alright to see your name in lights,
We all need an 'Atta boy' or 'Atta girl'
But in the end I'd like to hang my hat on more besides
The temporary trappings of this world.

I want to leave a legacy,
How will they remember me?
Did I choose to love?
Did I point to you enough?
To make a mark on things
I want to leave an offering
A child of mercy and grace
Who blessed your name unapologetically
And leave that kind of legacy.

I don't have to look too far or too long awhile
To make a lengthy list of all that I enjoy
It's an accumulating trinket and a treasure pile
Where moth and rust, thieves and such
Will soon enough destroy.

I want to leave a legacy'
Not well-traveled, not well-read
Not well-to-do, or well-bred.
Just want to hear instead,
Well done, good and faithful one';

I want to leave a legacy

Art...hearts and sheep

Here are a couple of art journal pages that I have been working on after signing up for the class

I have always enjoyed being a student and learning new things.  At this stage in my life I am finding myself in the in between in so many ways.  From that perspective, I am enjoying being a complete novice and learning so many new techniques with paint, paper and all sorts of mediums.  I feel like a child when it comes to art...and like a senior citizen when giving advice to a young college student from church tonight over the phone.  My old soul has met my inner child...hahaha.  At any rate, I do enjoy "pretty things" and hope that there is a blessing in that for others not just myself.  Thanks for stopping by and checking my progress ;0).

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Rooted in Love...

Ephesians 3:11-19 is a powerful prayer for the spiritual strength of the believer.  "rooted and established in love" is where my mind started out when doing this piece.  As I began working on it though I really started thinking about the love of many people in my life big and small. There have been those who have loved me well, loved me long and even when I didn't deserve it.  Those are the people and experiences that it is easy to be thankful for.  I have been thinking more lately about the people who have been hurtful in my life...on a whole new level.  What if what they had to offer was truly the best they had to give?  They gave it and I am grateful for it.  Even the things that have seemed so painful have been a gift from God to help me see that it is only in the light of His perfect love for me that I can love others and accept their imperfect love back.  My greatest joy is that "family" in the most real sense means all those who have also put their faith and trust in Christ alone. When I truly count those along the way and through the years that have encouraged me in the faith, have been used to sharpen me, and have just passed through with an encouragement at the right time....I have a beautiful family that will last eternally.   That truth fills my heart to overflowing and I pray that it will pour out generously on those put in my path for His glory and their good! 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Live in the Moment...

This is a recent mixed media piece that I am sharing today.  It is pretty much like most of my small canvases, full of color, pattern, paint and pretty much anything laying on my desk at the time.  That's why I love this medium so much...helps me use all the fun stuff I have in my craft space AND has helped me let go (sort of) of wanting everything to be perfect!  I cut this clock from a magazine and knew I wanted to use it somehow and this is where it led me. My heart is in this moment in time where I can creatively express myself and it doesn't have to be for a purpose or fit any criteria.  I have the blessing of my #1 fan to just take some time to develop artistically and I am very, very grateful for just that.  I am living in this moment with its challenges, burdens and joys all wrapped up in the sometimes messy and always beautiful life I lead in Christ!