Tuesday, August 16, 2016

new release!

I am so excited to finally tell you about my latest release!
insert drum roll here.....
Inkspirations Fruit of the Spirit: Coloring Designs to Nourish You with Love, Joy, Faith, Peach and More. / Adult Coloring Book

Can you be humbled and proud all at the same time? It was an honor to get to work on such a fantastic project with HCI Publishing, and especially using God's word as my guide! Coloring books are so big right now and standing out from the rest is the key. More than not, the adult coloring books out there are filled with clipart and extremely generic overall. I do hope this one stands out!

Each page is designed and created around a specific Scripture, using the 'fruits of the spirit' as the premise. The Bible speaks of visible "fruits of the spirit" as characteristics of a Christian...the attitudes, behaviors and traits that someone who believes in Jesus Christ should show. My hope is that while spending time with each page, relaxing and enjoying the process of coloring you reconnect with God and His word.

Well, I learned so much while working on these pages and I look forward to future projects.
(pssst....I might already be working on one, just sayin'. I'll update soon). I am also looking forward to finding these in person in the stores (WalMart, for one, purchased quite a large order). How cool will that be. So cool.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

having fun with watercolor

A lot has been happening around here. School is out for Hannah and Nathaniel, so our daily schedule has changed quite a bit. Trying to keep those 2 busy is a job in itself! I've had some job changes so new doors are opening and I am looking forward to all that lay ahead. In the midst of it all, I've had a chance to play with some new pieces and pick up my watercolors again. I always seem to forget how much I love watercolors.
I've kept most of these pieces small (5x7) so that I could work on different styles and designs without committing to anything too large yet. I am still having such a hard time committing to just one medium or one style. I absolutely love, love, love them all! I couldn't even claim a favorite color if I tried. Do most artists go through this? It is so hard to market what I do with such a wide-ranged style. As a graphic designer I often have to produce a specific style according to the clients requests, so I am used to creating a different 'look' from one job to another. I guess that's where some of this comes from, but really, I have always been this way. Is it a curse or a blessing? I'll just keep creating what is in my heart and God will take care of the rest!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

let's catch up...

Time just goes by much too fast around here. I'm sure you're familiar. Kids, teaching, work, art projects, home projects....well, LIFE! Blog-time has suffered though I have to confess....I have really become quite enamored with Instagram and well, that's where I've been instead. Is that a bad thing? Feeling a little guilty for not being here, too. So let's catch up a little....

Hannah and Nathaniel in Miami visiting the Wynwood Walls
Hannah and Nathaniel are always keeping me on my toes. They are growing so fast and silly as ever. They are both Scouts and school keeps them extra busy, too. We've even worked in a few adventures in the midst of it all. Gotta slip in some fun to balance it all out!!

Big-Eyed Fish, Acrylic,  24" x 24"
On my end, in-between the teaching and work, I have been able to get some projects started and completed.....commission pieces and works for inventory. This little guy I started back in 2011, I think. 2011!! For some reason I never finished his eye and the poor guy just sat there year after year while other projects were started and completed. Crazy!! 2015 was the year to give him an eye...and so I did!! I like him. He's quirky and bright and colorful. Fun!!

String Art Elephant, Gift for Hannah

String art. What fun! I don't think I've done one of these since high school. My photos aren't great but the thread is metallic silver and the wood is stained the most iridescent plum color. Very pretty and best of all, Hannah loved it.

Vintage Bible Page, Pen & Ink, Prismacolor Colored Pencils (approx 5"x7.5"), Incomplete
I've worked on lots of vintage bible and book pages and still need to photograph them all. Once I do, I will post those. This one I had started of Daniel in the Lions Den received so much attention and requests that it made me come to realize I really needed to consider prints for the bible pages. I didn't think it was something I was going to consider, but I am definitely rethinking that original idea. So much to think through when you are trying to develop your business.

So many more projects to show you, but will have to wait for another day.
Until then...Blessings!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

the plans God has for me...

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Vintage Bible Page, Pen & Ink, Prismacolor Colored Pencils (approx 5"x7.5")
- Sold -
 It is amazing how your life can change so quickly. So unexpected. The last several years have been such a long road of twists and turns for me, my family, my career, my art...and then out of the blue, or so it seems, it all changes. Something that changes your entire professional future which in turn changes all the rest! This road has felt bumpy and unpaved just too many times. A road that truly didn't feel like it was leading anywhere...and then you turn a corner and you stand before an amazing field of fantastic! and everywhere I turn is filled with even more fantastic! But God already knew. He knew the plans He had for me. He had already prepared this road for my life long before I even knew the road existed.

One more reminder in my life to TRUST HIM!!!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

let the children come

 Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." Matthew 19:14

Vintage Bible Page, Pen & Ink, Prismacolor Colored Pencils (approx 5"x7.5")
A recent commissioned piece. I really love the way the words peak through the leaves and flowers. I have numerous other pages and will be posting those very soon.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

God's bounty in nature

Such an abundance of beauty we are all surrounded by....our glorious Nature! A gift given to us by God. To love. To appreciate. To take care of.   "The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it" Genesis 2:15

Almost daily, when I am sitting in my studio, I can look out of my window and watch the numerous birds frolicking within the trees and grass, singing songs that I am certain are meant for me only. What a blessing to have these beautiful birds...bluebirds, cardinals, finches, woodpeckers and more...stop by to visit my back yard. Meanwhile, gorgeous butterflies and dragonflies fill the air. How can you not be inspired by it all?

Vintage Bible Page, Pen & Ink, Prismacolor Colored Pencils (approx 5"x7.5")

Thursday, May 1, 2014

violets and forgiveness

“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” - Mark Twain
When I saw the 3 words 'bunch of violets' under the poem, I knew violets were to be the creative design behind this page.

Vintage book page "The Last Days of Pompeii", pen & ink, Prismacolor pencils (approx 4.75"x7.25")

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

your path in life...

“Do you choose the path, or the path choose you?” Hmmmm....something to ponder. Do we really want to change anything from the path of our life?? We always say we would have changed this or that, go this way or that way, choose something different...but in knowing that, everything...everything would be different as we know it now. No thanks. Wouldn't change a thing!

Vintage book page, pen & ink, Prismacolor pencils (approx 4.75"x7.25")

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

some days need serious color!

Some days, your leaves (or your life) needs some serious color! I have had a few of those days for sure, as I am sure many do. Color is so powerful. One color alone, or specific color combination, can create mood or stir emotion, recall a memory, it can even change your heart rate. Truly amazing!

Some days I feel like I need ALL the colors! As many as possible. I love them all. I want them all. xo

Vintage Book Page, Pen & Ink, Prismacolor Colored Pencils (approx 4.75"x7.25")

Monday, April 28, 2014

the Lord is my rock!

The Lord is my Rock....and Thank God that He is!! Everyday my relationship with the Lord grows and in that, I grow as well. As a mother, a friend, an artist, a person. I have learned patience, forgiveness, compassion, faith and so, so much more. I am Blessed.

"The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge..." Psalms18:2

Vintage Bible Page, Pen & Ink, Prismacolor Colored Pencils (approx 5"x7.5")

I have been creating artwork on vintage book pages for a very long time now and have recently been adding to the collection, almost daily. I have always been in love with old or vintage books and papers and years ago when I came upon a few vintage books that were falling apart with missing pages, I knew I was going to bring them back to life using my artwork. Using vintage book pages is nothing new in the art world these days, but you will often find them used with something printed on top of them, versus an original piece of artwork. I didn't want to do that. I wanted to create something that was unique, original, beautiful, accessible, and affordable. On the creating end, I could take a limited amount of supplies with me (like I often do with ACEO's) so I could work on them almost anywhere. Working on the Bible pages have especially been rewarding for me lately, allowing me to spend even more time in the Word. It's a win-win!
Blessings to you!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

for the love of ink

No matter how often I engulf myself in paints, brushes, fabrics, papers, or a universe of color and textures....I always find my way back to pen and ink. Black and white. Simple. Clean. Precise. Detailed. Meditative.

I have always doodled or used patterns in my inky art and although I still combine pen and ink with paints, colored pencils and ephemera, I will always love the beauty and  high-contrast of black and white using pen and ink. These are some of the pen and inks from my Moleskine from recent. Forgive the poor photo quality.
May your days be filled with Blessings! and of course, ART!

Friday, April 4, 2014

barn owl beauty

  'Barn Owl Beauty' Acrylic 20"x20"

Exploring I have been. And I do love where this is taking me. Oh, the colors! It's amazing how a color can change the way you feel. Can set a mood. Love it!

This little guy makes me happy. Something about his face. His surroundings. The colors. I loved the process of building it all. I put the brush down, once again, and used my fingers mostly and all kinds of objects. It's not a new process for me, using lids from bottles or jars, bubble wrap, crumbled papers, tubes, old gift cards...anything I could find that would add dimension, depth, design. It is such a freeing process and I am especially enjoying this continued exploration. I am especially enjoying painting objects and characters of nature lately. I always have, really, but especially now. So peaceful. There is so much beauty to be found in nature. Can't wait to see what I find next.....

Thursday, April 3, 2014

elephant painting

I was just reading through my posts and realized soooo much has occurred since I last posted here. Too much, really, to be able to catch everyone up completely. How about a quick overview...we moved (always so much work!), school started for the kids, participated in a little art show that I almost sold out of everything I brought (it was exhilarating!), sold every single wearable art handbag I talked about over the past several posts (They were a big hit! Getting ready to paint and sew up some more!), I started a fantastic job with Wine and Canvas where I get to teach groups of people to paint while we sip wine, eat, sing and just have the best of time (I love it!), and among other things, I found time to paint and create!!

  'Elephant Majesty' Acrylic 20"x20"

I really loved working on this elephant. Well, I always love working on whatever I am working on at any given moment. It's like falling in love...over and over and over again. The mystery of the blank canvas. The excitement of the blank canvas. The first touch of paint to the surface. The textures. The colors. Explorations. Transformations. The growth. The comfort. The building of layers until something amazing transforms. It becomes you. How can I not want to experience that all the time, right?

This year I am trying to work differently than I have in the past. Working on getting out of my comfort zone. Loosen up. Paint from deep inside. I also want to take my work away from my studio. Go to the park. To the Slough. Change my surroundings. I know these things will take me places I don't even realize yet. For my elephant painting, I put the paint brush down through most of it and my hands became my main instrument. I loosened up and just 'experienced' the painting at a different level than I have been used to. Get that type A personality out of the room and experience the process, the birth of the elephant, the colors, the layers. I didn't want to lose my style, my techniques. But I wanted to experience something new. I have had a lot of positive feedback and inquiries, so I guess I am heading in the right direction. It's exciting.

I have several more to post and I promise..I really, really promise....to post those over the next few days.
See you then....

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

wearable art shoulder bags galore!

Bags, bags and more bags. Here are some more!

'Spotted Floral' OOAK Handpainted & Embellished Artsy Shoulder Bag



'Vintage Floral' OOAK Embellished Artsy Shoulder Bag



'Sea Treasure' OOAK Handpainted & Embellished Artsy Shoulder Bag


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