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Great Smoky Mountains On Cosby Festival

We set up this weekend at the Great Smoky Mountains On Cosby Festival with Dirt Werks Clay studio. It is always such a joy to meet new creatives and share our work with the community. Collaborating with Molly of Dirt Werks has been an excellent opportunity as well. I believe in finding like minded spirits and growing from them. I am looking forward to growing Some kind of Nature thing. We will be popping up at “Little Sprouts” Fall Festival in Maryville, TN on November 14th & The Market Square Holiday Market in Knoxville, TN on December 5th. Stop by and see us. In the meantime, Our online shop is always open. Happy Creating!

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LEAF Festival- Asheville, NC 2015


   Some kind of nature thing traveled to the lovely, artsy town of Asheville North Carolina for the LEAF festival  this weekend. I have always heald a special place for this city in my heart; it’s culture and art scene inspired me from an early age. This was my first experience being physically present with the wander Trees. I have determined it to be top of my list of the most incredible experiences of my life. Although My artwork has been traveling to venues all over with the Wander Trees for several months, being present, Connecting and sharing and appreciating art and people was truly priceless. We met old people and young people. People form every walk of life… What inspired me and almost overwhelmed me the most was what brought us all to the same place was the love for art. We were all there to celebrate artistic freedom. Makers of every craft came out to share their passions… It was a surreal experience to see people appreciating my original ideas. My creations. And sharing with them the process that brought each creation to life. As an artist, this was the defining moment of success for me. It even more solidified that what I am doing at this moment in my life is exactly what I am supposed to be doing and my soul is at home. I hope that whatever your art is, whatever makes your soul dance inside you body, you will trust the process and keep it alive. Start where you are.

 

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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

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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!