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

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
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


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

16" x 20"
Cradled Wood Panel

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Not Forgotten

16" x 20"
Cradled Wood Panel

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

"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

Monday, September 1, 2014

Announcing Soul Food 2015!!!

We’re delighted to announce that Soul Food will return to Community Thrive in 2015 with a new format, new Sous-Chef line up, and new content! Please visit our Soul Food Tumblr for more information about the 2015 class: http://soulfoodclass.tumblr.com/details and come and meet the new Soul Food Faculty here: http://soulfoodclass.tumblr.com/faculty

You’ll need to register at Community Thrive in order to purchase and participate in Soul Food 2015. If you’re not already a member of this friendly online art community, come and register here: http://communitythrive.com - there’s a lot on offer to keep you playing and creating while you wait for registration for Soul Food 2015 to open on January 1st!

Mystele, Heather, and Jeanette
Soul Food Head Chefs, Community Thrive