As an artist, Springtime is the most refreshing time of year for me. I am filled with inspiration from all the bursting colors and the fresh, warm air. I am happy to share with you some new creations. Available in 5×7 prints, three new watercolor pieces inspired by the Smoky Mountains. We are so lucky to call this beautiful place home. I cannot help but feel renewed when I take time to submerse myself in nature. Creativity flows freely as a result. I have also added some new nature inspired originals, these pieces are one of a kind and never reproduced. “Brushy Bear” is an inspiration of a hike I went on with my dad last summer. This hike is remembered as my favorite time in the woods. We were surrounded by all of the wonders that the Smoky Mountains have to offer as we hiked up Brushy Mountain Trail. We ate wild blueberries, watched a storm pass by, marveled the “smoke”, trekked through mud and climbed rocks to the summit. We even passed a bear on the way to the trailhead- this painting captures everything from that perfect day. I hope that spring time has brought new life to your creative endeavors as well. ‘
Love & Light,
I am currently sipping coffee, waiting for the madness of the day to take over. I have a schedule that tells me what I will be doing hour by hour for the rest of the day. At home, our belongings are packed, waiting in boxes to move to our next home. Another stop on our journey. We’ve been fortunate to find a new home nestled in the woods with a lovely new workspace. As I’m daydreaming the possibilities and my creative spirit takes over, I am also reflective… When I look at who I was one year ago. Two years ago. Ten years ago. And who I am today, I am simply not the same. Each new day I am a changed person. My artwork, my craft, has also evolved into new things. What was once a hobby and a pastime has taken a paramount place in my life. Making art for money was once a bucket list entry I was never entirely sure I would be checking off. Funny how things line up perfectly. Change, something typically feared by many people including me, has become something I am fond of. Something I have grown to invite and welcome. My creative process has evolved from planning a project and creating it perfectly as planned to- I don’t have a plan other than to create. My skills are more precise. I am noticing that it is a little more effortless to turn my ideas into creations. I am trying new mediums and allowing myself to be bad at them. There’s a new nomadic spirit in me that is taking my once small ideas of who I am and what is possible and making them infinite.
As nature evolves and fall approaches, we are making some changes to Some kind of nature thing. I am trusting the process of change. Allowing my creative palate to grow into whatever it is meant to become. It’s an exciting time.
I hope if you are reading this and facing your own evolutions you will embrace them. It’s okay to start where you are.
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.
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,
Time Lapse Painting:
Summer time is the best time for day dreaming. I have found myself doing a lot of this; I have also made the decision not to quit my daydream. I want to create for myself a life that I do not need a vacation from. We set out with a small goal and have taken it so far already. The goal was to make make art and share it. And here we are. I am not sure were these dreams will take us in the days ahead but I do know that we are going forward in the direction of our dreams. We are living the life that we have dreamed for ourselves. Creativity flows freely in our home and in exchange adventure flows freely in our lives. Be it playing at the lake or wandering in the trees or simply taking a new creative approach and learning new things. Being an artist has taught me that anything is possible. While I have yet to find that magic lamp that gives me wishes to make those dreams come true, I have learned that I can dream catch if I do the work. I hope that you will find some inspiration for your own lives this summer. That the magic of extra sunlight and being bare-footed will spark some imagination and creativity. Create some things, try something new, make a 5 year plan. It is yours. I am calling all you dreamers… Don’t you wake up! To have a look at what I have been doing, Click here: one love to another
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!