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Trusting the Process

As an Artist, THE most important thing that one must learn is to Trust the process. Matter-of-factly, in most everything that we do as humans, trusting the process opens us up to unlimited possibilities. It is important to be gentle, patient with ourselves. To speak kindly to ourselves and love ourselves fully. The exact same is true for making artwork. My inner critic starts to chime in some times. There are times when I am frustrated because my hands cannot do what my mind is visualizing. Or the paint is too fluid or too thick and it “messes up” my entire piece. If I can be mindful, and push past this to be able to take a deep breath, center and trust the process… I find the therapeutic benefits of art. I find that the brush takes on it’s own spirit and I am simply there to observe and see the wonders of what is happening on the paper. I made a quick time lapse video of me painting some florals, mostly just to play around with the technological capabilities… I have watched it over and over in wonder. See the creation magically come to life on the paper. I watched my own hands going through the artistic watercolor process. And where once lay a white blank page, was now a small creation. There was no specific way to do the florals. No wrong way- this way or that way. It was simply picking the brush up and allowing myself to create.

I believe that life is a process in itself. And if we are paying the right amount of attention at the right time, it brings us opportunities. Some kind of nature thing itself is an opportunity that came to life. I have been given the opportunity to join a group of upcoming creatives called “The Wander Trees”. We are all young artists finding our places in the world. We are passionate about art and nature and love and sharing all of these things with the world. We will be traveling to festivals and giving back to the community. All of the great things that an artist can truly hope to be involved in. I feel so blessed and so grateful to be a part of something so magical. Trusting the process that we can all bring our talents and make a difference. Life does not expect us to go out and move mountains by ourselves always…We just have to be ready to go all in when the opportunity comes to us.

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I am enjoying this beautiful journey. I am challenging myself as an artist and trying new things. We are working on some game art for our second mobile app coming soon; It feels a little bit like walking in really high heels. Using markers and colored pencil instead of watercolor. I am reminded of how comfortable we can often get in our lives. And how exciting trying new things can be. I have also been making some jewelry and playing with beading and wrapping stones. Creativity is unfolding and I am just allowing it… Seeing where it can take me. It’s when I remove myself and my own expectations that I am most successful in my artwork and making: It’s not about me.  My recent obsession is perfecting my hand lettering and making greeting cards. I am absolutely the biggest fan of a greeting card. What could possibly be more thoughtful than taking your thoughts and writing them down for someone you care about? I have been creating several new greeting cards and plan to add them to the shop very soon.

We are on our way to the sea in two days! Spending 12 days there. WE need to spend some time with the sun and let the saltwater wash our spirits for a while. I am excited to see what the new scenery will do for my creative spirit. Look for some nautical creations soon! I hope that each of you spend some time creating and let go and trust the process in your own lives.

Peace & Love,

Sarah

Time Lapse Painting:

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Trail Days 2015

Some Kind of Nature thing is off to Trail Days! There is no greater celebration of nature and peace than the Appalachian trail! Weather you have hiked 5 miles of it or have accomplished the entire 2,200 miles; it changes you. It brings you centered and allows you to simplify  and connect with nature. My artwork is reflective of my time spent in the woods. I don’t waste a lot of time on fine details or filling the whole page with color, simplifying and allowing you, the viewer, to complete the creation with what you see. When I think of the woods, I think of the smell of moss and the sounds of a distant creek or the harmony of birds. I hear the ruffling of leaves and tree branches moving together. All of these simple gifts nature gives to us- and if we are in too much of a hurry, we miss them. My goal as an artist is to reawaken that simplicity and love for nature that lies within us.

Trail days 2015 will begin Friday (May 15). I am very proud to say that my prints & greeting cards will be available at the Wander Trees tent. If you are festing this weekend, stop by and explore! Happy Trails!

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Shop’s Open!

Trust the process
Trust the process

We have been busy, busy, busy creating lovely one of a kind pieces of art to share with you. There’s been a lot of starting and stopping and going back to the drawing board. I believe that the hardest feat for an artist is to truly trust the process. To keep going when you make mistakes or when you do not get it right the first time.

I find when I am trying to make a certain piece or when I am fighting the creative process to meet a deadline or achieve perfection is when I find myself in an artist block. But when I let go of all expectations and allow art to lead and unfold the way it is meant to magic happens. There is a sense of wonder when my own hands take a blank canvas and turn it into art. We were preparing some product for an upcoming event and as we were working though the trial and error and things started to develop right in front of us, I could not help but have a larger than life feeling. It was as if the joy I get from making art was coming to life in front of us. There was a sense of purpose and meaning that filled the room. It was that moment that I knew I had arrived to exactly where I was meant to be. As an artist, I have always philosophized that I wanted to make things even if nobody cared. However, as a human who wishes to see change in the world, I want to share love and light and peace that I have in my own life. What better way to do so than creative arts? About a year ago, the idea for Some kind of Nature thing was born. Each piece is hand crafted and made by the artists including the printing process. Some kind of Nature thing’s purpose is to awaken your wild heart and release your free spirit. My wish for you is to find your passion. Remember you are loved. Accept yourself and remember you are enough. Embrace this one beautiful life that you live and catch those dreams of yours. Wander often and Wonder always, friends.

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Happy Place in a Box

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 “Happy Place in a Box” Repurposed Cigar box & Watercolor project from the weekend.

There are some days at the office when I need to escape into Nature and feed my creative spirit. I created this from an old cigar box to sit on my desk and take me to that quiet space in Nature where my spirit is alive and free.

“Keep close to Nature’s Heart” -John Muir