Thursday, July 2, 2015

Movies and such

Every year I used to make a list of my top all-time favorite movies. I used to do this around the time of the oscars to build up excitement for the award season. As of late, since my journey with focus as turned. But I thought, why not bring it back....movies are a huge part of my life. When I was a kid, movies were my escape....into beautiful worlds where imagination ran free.

I go once a week by myself to a matinee and many times once with my husband on the weekend. Several factors go into making this list and include.... movies i like to watch over and over, artistic creativity, special effects, story, beauty, heart

so here we go, this should be fun:

1. E.T
2. 2001: a space odyssey
3. Cinderella (live action 2014)
4. It's a Wonderful life
5. Terminator 2: Judgement day
6. Vertigo
7. The Natural
8. Edward Scissorhands
9. Return of the Jedi
10. Neverending Story

so I suppose why not go ahead with my 5 favorite male actors:

1. Robert Redford
2. Jimmy Stewart
3. Kevin Costner
4. Arnold Schwarzeneggar
5. Johnny Depp

Favorite directors:
1. Stanley Kubrick
2. Tim Burton
3. Alfred Hitchcock
4. Guillermo del Toro
5. James Cameron
Check out my inspiring movie stills pinterest board

What are some of your favorite movies?

Sunday, June 28, 2015

I see you, Summer

I hear you crickets. your song surrounds me
I see you fireflies. Your light rocks me to sleep.
I see you tiny bat. Your direction erratic, but purposeful.
I feel you dusk breeze. Your quiet calm comforts me. Wraps me up.
I see you Cloak of sunset. Your garments meander from blue to pink.
I see you waxing Moon. Your light beckons me to create.
I see you summer. Alive. Lit. Singing. Flying.
I see you Lord in your subtle majesty.

I see myself. here. small. in this universe of the one big Soul where love is contained.
I am here to breathe you in. I am here in Love.
I am here to wander and feel your presence
outside of myself and within.
I see you summer, encompassed in one moment.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Striving and falling flat

These last couple of days have held such hurt and emotion.
I unintentionally hurt a friend and have been beating myself up with every ugly voice I have in my repertoire of gremlin voices....."how could you do that"...with "if you profess and try to be a good person, why would you do that".
As a human, we will hurt people. No matter our intentions good or bad, we still hurt people.

As much as I strive to be like Christ, the more I fall flat on my face.
I find it the hardest to forgive myself.
And I pray all the ones I've hurt will/have forgiven me.
I have prayed for peace and this broken feeling I have is beginning to teach me how much more I need Christ and His Spirit.

I have always felt this need for control.
To control my be the best person I can be but this striving is fruitless.
I realize this striving is me trying to control.
I realize this striving is tripping me up.
My prayer is to lean more in God's grace.
To learn that my soul is enough for Him.
Not my striving.
To learn that it will be enough for others.
I realize God is teaching me "to let go of control" with love.
It is with love that encompasses this pain.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Saving Peter Arts Festival, The Crow and the White Stag, and other new work

I am so grateful and honored that my work as been chosen for Fellowship Bible Church "Saving Peter" Arts Festival. The event kicks off Friday, June 5th at if you are local please stop by.
We were asked to create something inspired by Peter's denial of Christ John 13:36-38 and John 18.....or when Jesus appears to the 7 disciples on the shore of the Tiberius River in John 21. Here is my statement for these works:

Each one of us is Peter. We are overcome with sin and many times riddled by fear. But with Christ, His abundant love for us swallows up all sin, brokenness, fear and shame.

As I was painting the olive tree, I saw a face come forth and pulled it out a little more. I then put down a layer of beeswax and scrawled into it, the scripture.

Abundant Eternal Love
As Jesus appears to the seven Disciples on the shore of the Tiberias, He gives them 153 fish in their net. To me, this could be symbolized as Jesus’ abundant love and eternity that He offers each one of us if we follow Him. My soul swims with Christ, continuously washed clean by the blood He shed for me!

Abundant Eternal Love

I am so thrilled to announce that I have signed copies of my new children's book, The Crow and the White Stag in my etsy shop!

The Crow and the White Stag is a story about a girl named Emma and the animals that she encounters in the woods near her home. She is led by the moon to explore and ends up discovering more than she was searching for. A story of transformation and growth, Emma's adventures become a spiritual awakening. She becomes convinced that there are no coincidences. Emma learns that the greatest teacher can come in the most humblest of forms....... a Crow named Sage.

I've also got a some new originals available as well.
 Gilded - 11x14 original

Monday, April 27, 2015

Watercolor fun giveaway winner

Congrats to Vicki Sun for winning the giveaway for Susana's Watercolor fun online class! Thank you to all of those of you who helped spread the word.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Travel materials

Last week, on our Disney cruise I posted a couple photos of my make-shift painting table. One of my best friends, Nolwenn Petitbois asked me what all I took on these adventures so I wanted to share with you all here the materials that I took on board the Disney Magic. Keep in mind this little space was only around 2ft x 3ft. I used a cup cover (ones that go over the cocktail glasses that our found in many hotel rooms) filled with tissue to dab the paint after rinsing the brushes.

Normally I only carry my journal and watercolors. I did take those too but I sometimes I get frustrated and just want to glue and paint and layer.....So I took some minimal items to keep me creating.
watercolor paper 9x12
Cardboard pad to protect the surface

7 paints as well as glue and a catalyst wedge
paint colors:
paynes gray
carbon black
turquoise craft paint
neon red craft paint ---> can be found at craft stores for around $1.50
black white matte paint
quin nickel azo gold- golden

a long brush holder that holds all my pencils, oil pastels, sharpeners, etc
(the link is from utrecht. I got this at a local art store for around $5.00)

gallery neon pink pastel
caran d'ache neo color ii
a few colored pencils
6b pencil
stabilo graphite pencil

some ephemera

I ended up creating several paintings as well as a gift for a table mate for her birthday. I love being able to take my paints and create.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Watercolor fun with Susana!!

I'm so excited to offer a giveaway here on my blog for Susana Tavares new online workshop called Watercolor Fun. I am so thrilled to be a guest artist in this amazing class. Here is what I have to offer for this project:

REGISTER and check out more about the class and for a teaser video

Susana is giving away 1 spot here on my blog. Drawing will be made this Monday. 
Here is how to sign up:

  • post this link on social media...pinterest, Facebook, twitter, instagram, blog, etc
  • come back here and let me know how you shared
  • please leave your email address on your comment so that we can get in touch with you if you win
  • if you've already worries....Susana will refund your registration fee.

I hope you'll join us over in Watercolor fun!!