Processing Stuck

Processing Stuck

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feeling stuck… when several days in a row creativity isn’t waiting to jump out of my soul, when the thought of putting paint to a canvas is more daunting than it is exciting. Have you ever felt that way with something you love?

If I am honest, that has pretty much been me the last few weeks, which is partly why you haven’t heard as much from me. I have been processing through this feeling of stuck. Telling myself to push through and just do something can often bring pressure to be productive that is more stifling to the creative process than anything.

In my processing I have come to the realization that it is less about getting unstuck (because I will get stuck at times and any artist I have talked to goes through it too), and more about how I choose to posture myself in the midst of it.

For a while I have chosen to become frustrated by it which has only led to a vicious cycle of feeling like my creativity isn’t enough or that I am not any good, which leads to the fear that I won’t create something beautiful. Stopping here in the midst of frustration only hinders the beauty that comes with struggling through. And struggling through is worth it.

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What if I choose to see it as an opportunity… an opportunity to re-evaluate where my heart has been. To step back and ask myself why I create and what I believe about creativity, because chances are my frustration comes from losing sight of those things. When I step back and take a breath, get out of myself, its amazing how much more clearly I can see.

I will have days when creativity is not flowing, when I feel stuck, but I want to choose to allow those times to be just as full and fruitful as the times when my creative juices are flowing.  I believe this will happen when I am able to step back, regaining perspective on what creating is all about in the first place: the process.

There is so much value to be found in the process, because in persevering through, beauty comes forth from the brokenness, and it’s all the broken pieces that are really becoming the beautiful ones.

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I am thankful for this little space to write out my thoughts and hope that this can encourage you to see value in the process, whatever the process looks like for you… to find value in what you may see as broken pieces because they are really becoming the beautiful ones.:)

Playing with Patterns

Playing with Patterns

Ever since getting into mixed media I have wanted to create my own original paper to use for paintings. I currently use vintage papers which I love (and will continue using even if I venture into my own paper making), but there is something about taking my own work and using it to create patterns that just excites me. This thought has always kind of sat in my mind without much action, but this past week as I was adding a few of my botanicals to my society6 shop I was reminded again of trying to create some patterns. I think some of the products offered through society6 would look really nice with patterns more-so than a single image, so that got me thinking and trying my hand at creating some patterns both for paper purposes and possibly society6.

I had SO much fun you guys! The process of taking a small piece of something I created and forming it into a pattern is just so fun. I used Adobe Photoshop CS4 to create the patterns and played around with various images. I cropped little sections of paintings I have created, ran with it and here is what I came up with:

(I have also included some of the original images so you can see what I started with)

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Pattern4  Patterns2 This is definitely a new creative outlet that I will be exploring more of. I am excited to have some of these printed on paper to use for mixed media paintings and you may see them in my society6 shop soon too!

Have a wonderful day!

Work in Progress

Work in Progress

Remember this painting I started and shared quite a while back? (you can see my previous post here.)

Well, It has been sitting on the shelf for a while now. I often have to put pieces away for a while if I reach a point where I feel stuck or not quite sure what to do next, or something about the piece is just not flowing for me. This was one of those pieces until recently when I brought it back out and continued to work on the background. 
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This is what came of my time working on this piece. It looks very different, but I like it better and am excited to keep working on it. Sometimes time is the answer for inspiration, at least that is what I have found with certain pieces. I also find that the more I add to a background or change it that its helpful to turn the canvas different ways to determine which way the piece looks best.

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Hope you have a wonderful weekend!:)

Hope

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Hello!

Sharing a print that is now available in my Etsy Shop. This print is the last of the pieces I have created for the LOL gala (you can read more about LOL here). This piece was inspired by a photo that I took while in Tanzania Africa when I was a college student. I had the incredible opportunity to study abroad for a summer and it was truly an experience that has changed me and one that I am so grateful for.

While there, I took thousands of photos and as I sifted through photos I immediately knew I wanted this to be my inspiration for the painting.

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This little girl carrying baby on her back in the front stole my heart and that was my focus for this painting

This piece is titled: “Hope”

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This print is now available as an 8×10 in my Etsy Shop.

Have a wonderful day!:)

She Found Freedom to Dance

She Found Freedom to Dance

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I wanted to share with you my most recent mixed media painting that is now complete. This painting probably underwent the most transformation of any of my paintings, but I am really happy with how it turned out. You can see previous photos of the painting documented through the process here.

I really enjoyed the process of this piece as I was challenged to use a color palette different than what I am naturally drawn to. It was kind of scary to take the risk of covering so much of the piece in dark, but I am really glad I did, and I think it adds so much to the completed piece.

This piece is titled: She Found Freedom to dance 

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This painting will be available for purchase in the near future. I will be sure to keep you updated on when it is available in my Etsy Shop. For now, I hope you enjoyed taking a look at the completed painting and my process throughout!

Have a wonderful day!

A few thoughts & New Prints

A few thoughts & New Prints

Happy April 1st! Looking forward to saying goodbye to winter and hello to spring!:)

we have had a lot going on recently and are looking toward some possible big changes… and I am only beginning to process it all. I hope to share more with you in the upcoming weeks… as with any change, it is exciting and at times can be overwhelming. Yet, I am thankful for change, for new seasons, and new opportunities that stretch me and allow for growth. To grow in trust and gratitude, to allow the process to shape me, that my heart may be more open to others, more loving, and less about me. These are the things I pray I will embrace through seasons of change.

This song, “Oceans” has been played countless times in our home over the last few weeks. Hope it encourages you today!:)

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I also wanted to share with you two prints that are now available in my Etsy Shop. These were among some of my first paintings. You can read about what they were originally created for here.

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“Arketos Charis” (Greek words meaning Sufficient Grace)

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“Choose to See”

To read more about these prints, stop by my Etsy Shop:

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A little bit of lately

A little bit of lately

Just a few photos from recent moments in my everyday…

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 succulent watercolor in progress 

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 I am Malala. Reading this for a book club I am part of. Such an incredible story with many provoking words to ponder. If you are looking for something to read next, I highly recommend this one.

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staying hopeful that spring is right around the corner:) 

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onto my next sewing adventure :)

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 Amazing, right? I will do a full post on this soon, but had to share a peek at our new farmhouse style table (still needs paint on the bottom), built by my husband! It’s just perfect!

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In shop news:

I have re-stocked my “Sunflowers” and “Poppies” prints in my Etsy Shop

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Have a wonderful day!:)

New Mixed Media Original

New Mixed Media Original

Happy Monday!:)

I hope you had a restful weekend!

I am excited to share with you today a new mixed media painting that is now available in my Etsy Shop.

“Beauty in the Everyday”

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I am so inspired by nature, what I see right outside my window, on a walk.

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This painting reflects the beauty that we see all around us, in the simple, everyday moments.

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For more details about this piece, stop over at my Etsy Shop.

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Have a wonderful day!

My First Quilt!

My First Quilt!

Guys, I never thought this day would come (a little dramatic I know, but seriously)… I made my first quilt and can say that I enjoyed the process so much!  My friend Kaylan and I have ventured into a few sewing projects (read about our patchwork pillows here) which have been so much fun, just the inspiration and push I have needed to actually sew something from start to finish. This quilt was so rewarding and really fun to create, especially alongside a friend!

Our plan was to make a jelly roll quilt, so we used this general pattern/video for our guide. However, Kaylan and I both like having some creative freedom, so we decided to cut our own strips of thrifted fabric  and other fabric pieces we had. We basically cut out strips and started sewing them together strip by strip creating larger blocks and then we pieced together the blocks to create the larger quilt! We used muslin for the backing and added a nice thick edge around the quilt to complete the look!

a little of the process:

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sewing strips and blocks together 

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measuring the backing

Here are some photos Kaylan shared with me that were taken at her house throughout the process!

My quilt is the one on the left and Kaylans is on the right in the photo below… I really love how they both turned out!

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We are on to planning our next quilt… flying geese style quilt! can’t wait to get started!

What kinds of sewing projects do you enjoy?

New in the Shop

New in the Shop

New prints are now available in my shop. I am so Inspired by vintage botanical prints and loved looking through so many from the 1800s to create some of my own watercolor botanicals to complete this series. I hope you like botanicals as much as I do!

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check out details of each print here:

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still to come… a new original mixed media painting, prints, and note cards

Have a wonderful day!