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Sometimes you must scrape through the Beauty to find soul. you must dig down and make mistakes so that you can move forward into your truest self and come out on the the other end Redeemed. there you will struggle  but oh, there you will Grow!

Enchanted: mixed media characters with Susana and Mindy

Join Mindy Lacefield and Susana Tavares for an exploration into all kinds of Mixed Media Characters! We will have fun creating and being inspired by fables, movies, books, cartoons, and rides. Get ready because Susana and I have given you a heaping plate full of inspiration and heartwarming love into each of our characters. We each bring out own style to the characters and cherish the nostalgia of why we are drawn into this magical, enchanted space! Details about the class and format: Class begins January 1st, 2016Early Registration begins December 1st - $89Regular registration begins December 8th - $99Mindy's projects will post on FridaysSusana's projects will post on Mondayslifetime access to the classroom (so that you can work at your own pace)there will be a Facebook group
Register here

Mindy will create: Cinderella (based on the new live-action movie)Alice in wonderlandPrincess Tiana (the frog princess)Haunted Mansion girlJellyfish girl (girl inspired from the Pixar p…

Sparkles Within

This light
her divine being is ever-present
taking a bite out of the night sky
eating up the light of the stars

This all-consuming something.
it must get out.
the more present
the more still
flourishing there in the nothingness

Revealing itself as color
light is color
vibrating energy
the slowness of blue
the patience of purple

Her art is the only way out
it is the only access to divine
to stillness
He called her there.
He showed her once more for the very first time.
His Light = the light living inside her

She sparkles from within
and then she opens
full from the light that is aching to get out.

Travel supplies

I just returned from my husband's 40th bday trip.....aboard the Disney Dream. I love taking along art supplies, because let's face it, I get a little irritable and neurotic if I don't make time to create.
Here is a visual of the things I packed:

watercolor journal  "i can fly" buccaneer bay blue lindy's stamp gang americana fiery red golden quin nickel azo gold Dina Wakley brushes caran d'ache neocolor ii crayons water brush prismacolor colored pencils oil pastel ranger tags stabilo graphite pencil washi tape set of peerless watercolors
To be honest, I really just used my peerless, stabilo graphite, caran d'ache neocolors and a water brush. very easy to carry around the ship.

Then I combine everything into packable pouches you can find my printed studio pouches and tote bags on Redbubble.

Here are a few pages I created on our 3 days on the ship:

my favorite journaling spot was Pink....the cutest little champagne bar, themed after a scene in Dumbo:

If you ha…

Brave Girls University starts Tuesday September 1st!

Brave Girls University begins September 1st. That's this Tuesday.  If you haven't already, head over and sign up
Brave Girls University also features a cool Brave box that you  can subscribe to as well. I just love the idea of getting a box of inspiring goodies in the mail every month.  BGU is a subscription based online class that is featuring 100 artists. I am so grateful to be among the amazing talent that BGU has brought together. You'll find my Paint Your Story class there as well as an exclusive journaling project you'll only find on BGU.  I hope you join us!
Here is a sneak peek of the journal page:


I am a Birder. I am just beginning but this has been coming for a while. It all started when a Black crowned night heron flew into our dining room window.
(sadly upon his crash he perished but I was glad to see he was nearing the older stage of his life)
found on pinterest

I realize now that he was an older mature night heron after purchasing  this book locally...

So far I have identified 14 birds in my neighborhood. I have heard the call of a pileated woodpecker (and have seen them in the past) but my count began July 25th and I am starting from scratch with my list. When I was in my early 30s, I saw a huge bald eagle fly over my car as I was traveling back home to Batesville. I have only seen 1 small one since then. I hope it isn't another 30 years before I see another! I love how the Bald Eagles are unmistakable. Majestic and bright white feet and head!

I am in desperate need of some binoculars! Most birds are too far away or are moving too quickly for me to identify. Right now m…

Brave Girls University!

If you follow me on Facebook, then you may already know that I am teaching at Brave Girls University beginning this September 1st. BGU is a monthly subscription-based online school that offers many creative projects. There are over 100 teachers....and I just received the list!! Just look at all the talent. I am so honored to be among these A-mazing creatives!!

If you haven't saved your spot yet, you can head over ----> HERE
We'd love to see your there!

Here is an exclusive journaling project that I'll be sharing:
Also, you'll see that my first class, Paint Your Story will be featured there as well.

Danielle Donaldson's new book - Creative Girl

I am so so excited about Danielle's new book, Creative Girl!  What I love most about this book is that Danielle uses watercolor in a unique mixed media way. I really had no idea that watercolors could be layered and worked they way she works them. I'll be honest, watercolors are not in my comfort zone...but after reading this book I felt so inspired and compelled to create! Thank you Danielle for your inspiration.

I wanted to talk you along as I created something inspired from this amazing book:
music by the AMAZING Kate Mann!!
here is the supply list for this project: grumbacher watercolor transparent 24 pan setstabilo marks all black pencilprismacolor colored pencilsfaber castell gelatosrubber stamp by Kristen Petersenmistersharpie white paint pen - fine point

Divine Within

My Surrender makes me complete.
my vulnerability applauded.
my mistakes are cherished.
because once I knew the me that failed and feared.

Then I became one who never tried anything new.
I forgot to just Play and be ok with the chaos.
I failed yet again.
Hope told me to trust
to have faith in my own divineness within

I grabbed hold....tightly at first
Then was able to fully let go.

new Seth Apter stencils!

I had the amazing opportunity to meet Seth Apter back last April in Kansas City at art and soul. After I returned home, he sent me an email asking if I'd like to create a project with his new stencils. Uh, hello ! yes of course I'd LOVE that! I'm so excited to share with you this process that I used for my journal.

here are some close up shots:

Also, I'd love to give you the materials I used for this specific project: deli paperliquitex super heavy gessopalette knifelindy's stamp gang spraysSeth's new stencilsjournalcollage pauge - matte

Congrats to Raw Simplicity giveaway winners!!

I'm here to announce Susana Burns and Kim Hine are the winners of the Raw Simplicity giveaway!! congrats, lovely ladies!! I sent you an email invitation to the classroom. thank you to everyone who shared and help spread the word about my new class!!

Raw Simplicity online course

We are going to keep it simple. If you find yourself obsessively "tidying up" your paintings and drawings, then this class is for you. Restraint never looked so good! Join me for 4 projects/exercises to loosen you up....... Details: Class begins: August 3rd and projects will post Monday, Wed, Fri, and then again on Monday. The supply list will be sent to you on July 27th and you can also find the links below. After August 3rd, 2015....the class will be a self paced class for you to work through on your own. Price: $39 projects include: tag project to help loosen you upprimitive animal exercisefinished piece on watercolor paperfinished work on wood board 
READY? sign up ------>>> HERE

GUEST ARTIST: Nolwenn Petitbois!! I am a young woman born and raised in France during more than 23 years before becoming an expatriate with a husband and two young daughters, in Vancouver (Canada). I was a very creative child but put it aside during teenagehood. I am an avid journaler, I’ve w…

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 Cost…

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.

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:

Denial 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 e…