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

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Soul Food 2015 Registration Open!


It's finally time to gather in the kitchen for Soul Food 2015! Registration is open! You do need to be a member of Community Thrive in order to register for the class, but joining Community Thrive is free. You can find out more details about the class on our blog and register for the class over at Community Thrive. We  hope to see you in the kitchen!!!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Soul Food 2015: Getting to Know Instructor Tracey Fletcher King!

Soul Food 2015: Getting to Know Instructor Tracey Fletcher King! Go to her blog to find out more about her and enter her GIVEAWAY! Learn more details about Soul Food 2015 online mixed media class HERE.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Soul Food 2015: Getting to Know Instructor Jenny Grant!

Soul Food 2015: Getting to Know Instructor Jenny Grant! Go to her blog to find out more about her and enter her GIVEAWAY! Learn more details about Soul Food 2015 online mixed media class HERE.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Soul Food 2015: Getting to Know Instructor Shari Sherman!

Soul Food 2015: Getting to Know Instructor Shari Sherman! Go to her blog to find out more about her and enter her GIVEAWAY! Learn more details about Soul Food 2015 online mixed media class HERE.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Soul Food 2015: Getting to Know Instructor Sarah Trumpp!

Soul Food 2015: Getting to Know Instructor Sarah Trumpp! Go to her blog to find out more about her and enter her GIVEAWAY! Learn more details about Soul Food 2015 online mixed media class HERE.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Online Shop Update and Markdowns! There's still time before Christmas!


The countdown to Christmas is on! I've just restocked my online store and marked down necklaces and ornaments. I've added some new paintings and other fun stuff too! I ship pretty quickly, so there is still time before Christmas. I'm so thankful to all of you for supporting me in my art. Hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Soul Food 2015: Getting to Know Instructor Roberta Laliberte!

Soul Food 2015: Getting to Know Instructor Roberta Laliberte! Go to her blog to find out more about her and enter her GIVEAWAY! Learn more details about Soul Food 2015 online mixed media class HERE.




Thursday, December 4, 2014

Soul Food 2015: Getting to Know Instructor Pascale Hutt (Glycerine)!

Soul Food 2015: Getting to Know Instructor Pascale Hutt (Glycerine)! Go to her blog to find out more about her and enter her GIVEAWAY! You can enter HERE! Learn more details about Soul Food 2015 online mixed media class HERE.




Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Kind, Fierce, Brave

“May my heart be kind, my mind fierce, and my spirit brave.”
― Kate Forsyth



This quote resonates with my heart so deeply lately. This is exactly who I want to be and who I am working to become. A woman is fully capable of being strong, brave, and fierce while leaving kindness, compassion, mercy and femininity intact. That is who I long to be. Sometimes the fierceness comes too easy - at the expense of kindness. Sometimes the bravery is too much to muster. But, I will wake up each day and try again. Every day. I will forgive myself when I fail. Then I will get back on the horse and try again.

Soul Food 2015: Getting to Know Instructor Michelle Sylvia!

Soul Food 2015: Getting to Know Instructor Michelle Sylvia! Go to her blog to find out more about her and enter her GIVEAWAY! You can enter HERE or HERE! Learn more details about Soul Food 2015 online mixed media class HERE.




Thursday, November 27, 2014

Brave Little Birdy


Just this year, I have discovered the wonders of clay. I have mostly played with polymer clay but have also started using air dry clay as well. This little birdy is my first sculpture with it. I am so in love with clay.

This little gal is available in my Etsy shop with FREE shipping.















Monday, November 24, 2014

Soul Food 2015: Getting to Know Instructor Lorraine Bell!

Soul Food 2015: Getting to Know Instructor Lorraine Bell! Go to her blog to find out more about her and enter her GIVEAWAY! Learn more details about Soul Food 2015 online mixed media class HERE.




Thursday, November 20, 2014

Soul Food 2015: Getting to Know Instructor Lisa Patencio

Soul Food 2015: Getting to Know Instructor Lisa Patencio! Go to her blog to find out more about her and enter her GIVEAWAY!  Learn more details about Soul Food 2015 online mixed media class HERE.




Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Soul Food 2015: Getting to Know Instructor Kylie Fowler!

Soul Food 2015: Getting to Know Instructor Kylie Fowler! Go to her blog to find out more about her and enter her GIVEAWAY!  Learn more details about Soul Food 2015 online mixed media class HERE.






Sunday, November 16, 2014

Strength

"I'm thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn't have stumbled across my strength"
Alex Elle

16 x 20
Available at The Vault

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Soul Food 2015: Getting to Know Instructor Karen Lewis!

Soul Food 2015: Getting to Know Instructor Karen Lewis of Sen Chloe! Go to her blog to find out more about her and enter her GIVEAWAY Learn more details about Soul Food 2015 online mixed media class HERE.




Friday, November 7, 2014

Beautiful Brokenness

and she always had a way with her brokenness. she would take her pieces and make them beautiful. ~r.m. drake



This piece was a rework of a painting that was about a year or so old. You can see the progress pics below. I've really enjoyed being able to compare the old and new and seeing how my work has changed.








Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Soul Food 2015 Winner!!


The winner for Soul Food 2015 is Mandy Coulson!

The winner from my newsletter subscribers is Ronda C.!

The winners have been contacted. Thank  you so much for entering and congratulations to the winners!!! If you want to check out more about the class, visit our Soul Food 2015 blog!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

With Brave Wings She Flies

Don't forget to enter my giveaway for our online class Soul Food 2015! You can enter EACH DAY by sharing on Facebook and/or Twitter. Follow this link!

16 x 20 inch
cradled wood panel
$100


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Soul Food 2015 and a GIVEAWAY!!!!

UPDATE: We are entering the final 12 hours of my #SoulFoodClass Giveaway! As an additional motivator, I'll be gifting ONE of my newsletter subscribers one of these clay necklaces! So, come enter for the class and the pendant giveaway again BELOW and and if you don't want to enter for the class, but want to sign up for my newsletter ONLY, do that here: http://bit.ly/HSantosNews! If you already belong to my newsletter, you are already entered for the pendant. 




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Woo hoo! It's my turn to give away a spot in Soul Food 2015 online art class!!! I'm so excited and have offered you lots of chances to enter. Check down below the entry form for our promo video. If you want to check out more about the class, visit our Soul Food 2015 blog!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Here's a little video to tell you a little more about our upcoming online class, Soul Food 2015!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Brave Enough to Dream


8 x 8 on cradled wood panel

This piece was a total do-over and I'm thrilled with how she turned out. I had the original laying around for the past year and decided to just repaint the face, right over the top using my current techniques. What I didn't realize at the time was that I painted these exactly one year apart. I really can't believe the difference in the two.


This piece is going to be up for auction for a fundraiser for Genesis Animal Rescue. They will have lots of fun things to bid on, so if you're local you'll want to drop by. It's on Sunday, October 5th at the VFW in Charleston, IL. You can find out more on their Facebook page. Some of you might know that two of our 3 dogs are from Genesis (the third is from the local shelter). I would be remiss to not share a photo of them. Everyone like photos of dogs, right?

Hershey is our oldest and we got him from Genesis when he was about 4 months old. Charlie, the one-eyed cocker spaniel, is 8 now and we got him from Genesis when he was about 3. And Joey was from our local shelter. We got him at around age 1 and he's 6 now. He keeps us on our toes! :)




Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Brave Enough to Hope

16" x 20"
Cradled Wood Panel
$100
and she always had a way with her brokenness. she would take her pieces and make them beautiful. ~r.m. drake





Saturday, September 20, 2014

Fierce

“May my heart be kind, my mind fierce, and my spirit brave.”
― Kate Forsyth



16" x 20"
Cradled Wood Panel
$100






Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Not Forgotten

16" x 20"
Cradled Wood Panel
$100
SOLD


Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.
Mother Teresa

Sometimes life is just lonely. Even when you have loved ones around you. Even standing in a crowd. I have never been hungry enough to compare the pain that Mother Teresa spoke of here. Nor have I ever been totally unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody. But I have felt that I was at times. I do know the loneliness. I know the pain of being thrown away, cast aside, not being important to certain people that were important to me. I know lots of you know that loneliness, too. Maybe in the past. Maybe now. I'm here to tell you that you are not alone and you are not forgotten. I wish there was something more that I could do to ease this so that no one ever felt alone. I think feeling alone and forgotten have been the worst feelings I have ever felt in my life. I'm not in that spot today. But I remember. You are not alone.

Luke 12:6-7 “Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” (NKJV)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Letting Go

16" x 20"
Cradled Wood Panel
$100



"Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go" 
Hermann Hessee


In my years on this planet, I have found that the letting go has always been the most difficult. I like to hang onto things. It makes me comfortable but also complacent. The problem with hanging on to all that stuff is that it leaves no room for growth. Even the most precious things in life must be held loosley, lest you choke them. I have all these metaphors floating around in my head and running together. Suffice it to say that it's been a season of letting go.

16 x 20" mixed media on cradled wood panel