A sparrow's journey through this crazy, beautiful life...

Monday, June 25, 2012

Workaholic: The Wrong Badge of Honor



My daughter, Sam, Has written a post over at the Good Women Project. It has nothing to do with art, but everything to do with the he{art}, which is what art is all about anyway.

"Because in the end, God wants me. Not my accomplishments, my independence, my pride. He wants my heart. And taking care of the heart He’s given me is way more important than chasing after the things I think the world wants of me."

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Summer Bible Study


Hey all! My daughter, Sam, and I are going to be doing a summer bible study called Nehemiah, A Heart That Can Break. We would love to invite any of you to join us. Sam and I will be meeting by video conference through Google Hangout weekly and also connecting with the women over at the Eisy Morgan blog as a small group through a discussion forum. The larger study is being organized through Beth Moore's blog. You can join us in either or both portions - through Google Hangout or the discussion forum or both. You would just need to purchase the member book ($12.95 plus shipping from Amazon or Lifeway or a local bookstore) and meet up with us weekly. The kickoff is June 26th, but you don't need your book until the following week, so there's still time. Contact me by email or leave a comment below if you are interested. Here's an excerpt from the book...
"As God is forming me into a more whole and free woman, I've begun to realize that freedom and healing aren't just so I can have exquisite friends, dwell in a peaceful home, attend an amazing church, make a comfortable salary, and eat tick-fed chicken. These are sublime  blessings, but Christ has made us whole for far more than our own earthly comforts and pleasures. Essentially, wholeness is not the end but the beginning, because wholeness allows us to give much more of our hearts, possessions, time, wisdom, money, friendship, and love away -- a part of my Christianity that had been lacking.
... Today I invite you to follow God outside of yourself. To consider the needs that surround you, and to listen closely to what breaks your heart. Because a broken heart is often the very thing God uses to restore the broken." 
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Friday, June 15, 2012

To Have Faith is to Have Wings

Finished this gal up a while ago and finally got a decent pic of her. She's on a 5 x 7 cradled wood panel. Lots of layers of paper and paint,  chipboard and a little metal daisy.


Saturday, June 9, 2012

Just Be

I have been struggling lately to connect with my art after a month long hiatus. For this piece, I just played and focused on enjoying the process with no outcome in mind. Just be-ing.

I've been thinking about friendship lately and I'm so thankful for being so blessed in that department. There were several years of my life where I really didn't have any friends and was quite isolated... well, that's an understatement. I was just flat out lonely until my second child was about 1 or 2... he's 17 now! About the time I really started searching spiritually... started opening my heart to God... started opening my heart, period... that's when it happened. Since then, I have had some incredible women in my life. They've been with me at my worst and they are still coming around. Loving me no matter what. Letting me be who I am. Growing with me. Crying with me. Laughing with me. Waiting on me when I throw my walls back up... when I isolate myself again. I've moved several times, and each place I landed, I found new sisters. Because that's what they truly are... sisters. They will be with me to the very end. My heart longs to be near them... each one at different times. I'm separated from most of them by many miles... but our hearts are never far apart. I love you girls - Missy, Celestina, Melodee, Jerri, Sharon, Bridget, Kathy, Dianna, Louise. And, you know... my daughter is now making the transition from being my little girl to being my friend. She's growing up and our relationship is changing. I'm looking forward to seeing what it becomes. So, I'm sticking her on this list too... Sam. :)


More Stamp Carving


More stamps! I've actually been using them a lot in the layers of the my paintings. Love the two flowers and the large stamp for background texture.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Halo

Well, I'm getting my hands dirty and playing in paint... feels good! This piece I did about a month and a half ago. I was thinking about my husband as I worked on this piece... exit now if you are allergic to mushiness...

I'm finding that music really has a strong effect on what I'm working on. I am beginning to find it very important to fit the music to my mood and thoughts. If it doesn't match up... well, I kind of end up with a very disjointed piece. This one was Halo... I just really appreciate my man and really relate to that song. I added the lyrics to the background although I don't think they are legible. :)

So, on I go... trying to get back to play... stop trying so hard... kick the perfectionist out.... just be present today... here and now... just be...




Wednesday, June 6, 2012