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

Monday, June 30, 2014

Begin Again

This is the first new painting I've done (that hasn't been for a project) in six months! It was an unplanned hiatus because we moved in March and the rest of my free time has been spent on our online class Soul Food which we are now offering a pared down version as a self study with only the lessons from Mystele, Jeanette and I.

I started this on a piece of already used watercolor paper. I've been loving tissue paper lately, so I stamped my favorite stamps in my favorite colors on white tissue paper and built up layers from there. I loved it so much that I was hesitant to put any paint on top!

The music in my video below is courtesy of an artist that is from my hometown in Mattoon, IL named Jenna Jackley. She actually is an acquaintance of my daughter which is how I first discovered her. She has played lots of shows in our region, has a great channel on YouTube, and has now moved on to Nashville to make a go of it there. I am so drawn by her sweet spirit and authenticity in her writing and music. Here's an excerpt from her most recent blog post, Passion, Romance and Joy:
"I’m also learning that you don’t have to absolutely love all that you create. You just have to create. Find what makes you feel and create around that. If you don’t know what you love, hate, or what makes you sad, this is impossible. There is nothing wrong with starting there: exploring what makes you thrive and what makes you tick. This transitional period is, in my opinion, the most fun and gratifying part of life!"
Please take a moment to check her out. She has two albums right now, Little Bird and Day by Day. Thank you, Jenna, for letting me use your music!


If you missed out on Soul Food 2014, the lessons taught by Head Chefs, Mystele, Heather, and Jeanette, are now available in a Slimline potted version of the main class. “Slimline” it may be but there's plenty in this not-so-mini class to fill your muse's belly! Mystele, Heather, and Jeanette taught a total of 17 lessons during Soul Food 2014 and you can enjoy them all here, as well as the delicious cooking recipes they included with their lessons.

This creative feast is offered on a self-paced basis, with no time limit at the table; and all the videos are downloadable. The buffet price: $60 USD [currently approx £35 GBP], and registration is open and ongoing, with the Slimline classroom opening its doors from today. Hop over to Community Thrive and register HERE. We’ll keep a space for you at the table! 

Please note:
Slimline includes the Soul Food class of 2014 lessons by Mystele, Heather, and Jeanette only. It does not include the additional lessons offered by contributing Sous-Chefs.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Joining The Vault Arts Collective

I am super excited to announce that I am joining The Vault Arts Collective (website, Facebook) and these are a few of the  pieces that I dropped off today. It is an awesome space that is home to a diverse group of mostly regional artists. I wanted to write this nice, long-winded post because there is just so much awesome in those walls, but the words just aren't coming! I can tell you that they have lots of cool events and over 60 artists. The building is in downtown Tuscola, IL and was originally a bank. The space is really perfect and packed to the brim with so many types of art. I am a very sentimental type and there is just something about using an old space like this that just sets me on fire. I LOVE seeing the past reborn into something old and new and wonderful. So, if you are a local, this is one place you want to put on your sight-seeing and shopping list. You will not be let down!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Soul Food Roundup

Now that the live lesson portion of Soul Food class is winding down, I wanted to take a minute to share all of the projects I've created for my lessons. Although registration is no longer open for Soul Food, there will be an opportunity to take my lessons again coming up, so stay on the look out for that. I really had a wonderful experience teaching and getting to know our amazing students.

Letting Go of Perfect

Palette Knife Play

Bird is the Word

Stamp Carving Basics

Artful Adornaments

Artful Adornaments

Artful Adornaments

Artful Adornaments

Artful Adornaments