Wednesday, May 09, 2012

29 Faces Day 9 Do Not Fear the Journey

She is a crazy mess
Proud and Thankful for her life, yet RAW. Her vices ripped away, her hurts resurfacing, left broken open, pulsing with every heartbeat. They will not stay quiet. She sees the love and blessings and goodness around her yet she can't escape the aches, the emotions, refusing to be ignored any longer. "I have not given you this knowledge and awareness for you not to DO something with it." he says. "Your old ways will not work any longer, you have let me lead you this far, but no farther?" "Do you not know the plans I have for you? Beauty and Love shining brighter than even what you see before you now, but you must release the darkness to let the Light in. You must grieve, to forgive yourself and others." "Do you not know that they are only emotions? Why do you fear to feel them? They will not break you, I have built you stronger than that. They are only to mold you, to create in you a heart like HIS. You ask me to make you see life and others as I do, this is the way to learn to see. Do not fear the journey, open your heart, break down your walls, trust me, let ME lead you on."

Sunday, May 06, 2012

29 Faces Day 6

Here is a horrible quality, cropped version of today's face, due to both camera's and my cell phone all R.I.P!! This is oil pastel on scrap wood. The message journaled with her face is: May I see others with your eyes, May I hear your calling, May I speak your words and share your love, May I seek to grow more with you, May my journey show your Grace and Peace. Selah.....

Friday, May 04, 2012

29 Faces #3 True heart = True Mind

Striving for making choices from my "True" Heart in order to have a "True" Mind, not one cluttered with outside influences, people pleasing, and self doubt. I find it interesting that when I step back and look at the face that I created while reflecting on this, she seems to have a studious, or concentrated look. That is all too fitting, since this is an action that takes great concentration and practice for me!

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

29 Faces Numero Uno

Here it is, in all it's "raw-ness", my first face for my 29 Faces challenge! Ironically there is no face per se, I was painting for feeling, release of emotion and the emotion I was struggling with was one that I am sure most Mother's have, so I felt it appropriate that the face remain blank to symbolize all mothers. The emotion I wanted to acknowledge is the ache when your children ache, that unending desire to be a Force Field of protection for them. To protect our children from hurt, pain, loss etc. But the colors I chose were soothing and bright to represent my recent realization of how my children grow so beautifully through their struggles and pain and shine even brighter on the other side of them. It also symbolizes the beauty and "enough-ness" of me just floating beside them through their pain. Realizing that fixing things for them is not as meaningful as just walking along with them through the pain, feeling their pain with them and celebrating the beauty they gain on the other side. This painting for me was a journal documentation of learning the important lesson of walking beside my children and not clearing the path for them. Selah!

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

29 Faces- Can I do it?

Being a commit-a-phob I hate to even publish that I am going to try and do something, but this is so intriguing to me and heaven knows I need a kick in the pants! Lets see how I do, even if I do half of the 29 that is good for me! ;) I will probably be publishing all 29 faces on May 31st! That's how I roll!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Doodle on!

I am a firm believer in the power and theraputic value of doodling! Love what this TED talk has to say! Doodle on! Doodle On!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

This is why I keep doing what I do! There is no greater reward than to find a message like this on my white board! JOY! JOY! JOY! Another Artist has found herself!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Blooming into me

Michigan Council for Exceptional Children Honorary Award Recipient

This was the humbling night that I received an award for the Art that I do with at risk youth at the Ottawa Co. Juvenile Detention Center as well as with amputee survivor Alyssia Crook.

It is amazing to be rewarded for God's work being done through me. I am left feeling reassured that listening to my spirit and embracing God's purpose is it's own reward.

Art is a act of spirituality. Creating art brings healing to the broken places.

I only hope for the opportunity to bring it to many others.

Sunday, March 04, 2012

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Recycled fire pit art

Some of my latest creations from rusted out portable firepits!

Pallet Artists Workbench

This is the work bench my fabulous hubby made for my new art studio. (The right side still needs the work surface attached-but you get the idea!). I am not the only creative in the family! Love him!

Honorary Award

Here is a pic of the award I was presented with thursday night, March 1st. What an honor and what inspiration to DO MORE!!!

The best quote of the evening was from a deaf teenage artist named Laura: "Art is an Equalizer!" So true Laura, no greater truth!