Monday, June 28, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
She picked out this piece to feature in the voting challenge, so if you like it please pop over to her blog and vote for me, voting ends on Friday. Thanks for the challenge Linda!
Thanks to you all for the love, right back atcha!
Monday, June 21, 2010
I have enjoyed getting to know Jodi through her blog, where she shares her life as an artist, wife and young mother. Her journey takes me back to the days of raising little toddlers and how those times are such a blessing, though sometimes very challenging. Jodi is a driven, talented artist who is trying to juggle life on life's terms. She has a love of God, family, and art!! My kinda gal.
1. Why did you decide to start a blog? I originally planned on creating a website with some of my artwork to get it out in the world for more people to see. I had it pretty much designed but never uploaded it. That was before I even knew about Etsy. Then some time later a family member started blogging and my husband decided to start a blog to showcase some of his woodworking projects (http://wispwoods.wordpress.com/) and encouraged me to do the same with my artwork. Not having to pay for a site and being able to share more than just artwork was wonderful! My blog keeps evolving and pushing me creatively. I have learned so much from starting a blog and reading others as well. 2. Who is your favorite blogger? Please post their link. Honestly I don't have just one favorite. There are so many wonderful blogs I follow and each one touches me differently. Some have gorgeous photography and energy, some have inspiring words... faith and/or quote related, and others make some fantastic creations. I will start introducing some on my blog soon, so if you are interested in seeing a few I found to be heart warming, inspirational and lovely please stop by (http://www.enduringarts.blogspot.com/)anstick and stick around for a while. I would love to share them with you. This post would turn into a book if I listed them all now. :) 3. As an artist, what has been the best way to promote your work? I am definitely still in the beginning/learning stages. I know you can't sit back and wait for people to find you. You have to keep creating and networking so people know your shop exists. For me one of the best things I have done is to continually add new items to my Etsy shop. When I run out of stuff to add I renew one or two items to bump my work back up to the top of the list. Good photos and descriptions are also necessary. 4. What art supply could you not live without? If you're going for the bare essentials I would have to say my drawing pencils. My art always starts with the pencil. You may not see it in the finished product, but it serves as the groundwork. Can't have a tree without the roots; I can't have an art piece without my pencil. 5. If you weren’t an artist, who would you be? If I wasn't an artist I would go back to a marketing job to use my graphic design degree. If not that, I would focus on flipping more houses or doing something with real estate. Ever since my husband and I went searching for our first home, I fell in love with houses and finding their potential. Turning something dreadful into something lovely is such a high! (and no not from the fumes you breathe from the renovating process!)
Thank you for stopping in to meet Jodi! Please visit her at her ETSY shop or BLOG to see her many talents. DARE TO LOVE!
Friday, June 18, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
I'm always looking for new things to paint on. Repurposed art is so cool to me because it gives new life to old, worn out objects.
Recently I have been working with wood. I am really enjoying this! I love the dimension and texture of the wood and I can be rough with it. Sometimes I just like to hit things with a hammer!
I treat the wood like any other surface. First sand the edges, next gesso it , then add my collage elements and paint, finish with a gel medium for protection, then I add the hanging hardware to the back. EASY!
One tip... if wood is damp at all, allow it to dry out for 48 hrs.
Think of all the possibilities!
Monday, June 14, 2010
I've had the pleasure of getting to know Bev and her heART and I want to share her with you. What I like most about Bev's work is it inspires a connection to Christ. I picked these 5 questions just for Bev. I hope you'll stop over to her shop and blog to check out more of her inspirational artwork.
Dare to love!
What are your top 5 personal or professional goals for yourself at this time? My immediate personal goals are to push through this fear of rejection when it comes to my art and to build an online presence for my Etsy store. I am learning through Kelly Rae's class that we all have these fears. I have this thing in my head that tells me I am different that way...the only one who has those fears! But I am learning otherwise. I really have been in a comfort zone for a very long time...raised our boys, good job, near retirement...and this art thing is scaring the heck out of me! As for professional goals...I am at the end of the road for that, retirement is less than two years out, and my art is not something I plan to make a new career out of...we have too many other plans!!
Who is your favorite blogger? Please post their link? I visit a blog called Soul Aperture, and the woman's name is Christina. She is an amazing photographer, believer, culinary genius. Her gentle spirit just oozes from the monitor! You can find her at: http://soulaperture.blogspot.com/
What inspires you most in your art? I am most inspired by my emotional and spiritual journey, whispers from my Lord and His word, music and nature.
Knowing that you are a follower of Jesus Christ, what is your favorite way to be close to Him? My favorite way would be my early morning ritual, when all is so still and quiet: *cup of coffee *my bible *"Utmost for his highest" devotional by Oswald chambers(I highly recommend it) *journal * curled up on the couch, with a quilt if needed! Second to that would be when we are in nature...camping, hiking, kayaking...at the coast, in the mountains.
If you could live anywhere and do anything, where and what would you do? My husband I have plans, God willing, to travel the United States after we retire. We want to sell our home, store the things of sentimental value and live full time in our travel trailer, traveling throughout this great nation, there is so much to see! When we are tired of it, we will figure it out then.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
My daughter made these for our pups and I wanted to share the recipe we found from this website...
We are total animal lovers and had a great time making these treats. Fun summer activity and the dogs just gooble them up. So does my 9 year old son, but he'll eat anything!
Monday, June 7, 2010
Thanks Janet for those inspiring words and for sharing your blessings with the world.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Awwww, soaking up the culture. I grew up in D.C. so this just feels like home.
Lots of cool art and artist. Check out one of our faves, R rated, but amazing mixed media work (not photographed here) http://www.travislittle.com/
Great music, great conversation, great food, and adult beverages too... yahoo.
What more could a girl ask for?
Fire throwing of course, what else!
Have you been to your downtown (without the kids) lately? Grab your spouse or a friend and find out what adventure is waiting for you there.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Where does the time go? The kids have been out of school for exactly 7 days and I have to admit I'm struggling! The house is a mess, haven't had my daily hour of power (time with Christ), no workouts, no new blog posts or shop/website updates, no time for ME!! Don't get me wrong, I LOVE MY KIDS and spending time with my family is my greatest joy....but I will not be the best me without a few of these daily rituals and they will not be the best them without some structure and routine. On a more positive note, I have been blessed to sneak in some girlfriend time(so it is thanks to them i have not completely lost it), walk and bathe the dogs, talk to my dad on his birthday, camping with the family over the holiday, log onto the new e-course I'm taking with Kelly Rae (so good, check her out http://kellyraeroberts.blogspot.com/) 1 hour catching up on laundry and spent a few late nights in my studio. But I don't think I have sat down with my wonderful husband all week! To do list for tomorrow..... ~Sit down with my wonderful husband and tell him just how wonderful he is ~Get in the WORD ~create a summer schedule ~Workout ~walk dogs ~clean the house ~plant new flowers ~catch up on paper work and emails ~clean the turtle tank
and if i have anything left after that...play with my kids! They are probably sick of me by now though. Ok, I'm done. Thanks for listening and letting me vent.