Sometimes other artists ask me to collaborate with them. As an artist, there is no better way to grow than to blend ideas and techniques with other creatives. I have been buying Opal & Wonder candles for my home for several years now. Each candle is carefully blended with earthy, adventure inspired aromas. I was so excited when Amber McDermid, Owner of Opal & Wonder Candles in Asheville, NC came to me about designing the labels for O&W holiday candles. Being able to talk with her about what her vision was and allowing the creative process to bring those ideas to life was a wonderful experience. The end result, seeing these creations put together on candles, was such a reward. We are happy to include them in our shop for you. We are also always up to collaborating. If you are interested in working together, drop us line at firstname.lastname@example.org Happy Creating, friends!
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!
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
As thanksgiving comes to an end we are thinking of things that make us thankful and good memories of years past. Things that come to mind are family and friends, the people we love the most. I am grateful for ability and the ideas that are born when I let go and allow my creative mind to take over. We traveled today to see family in the snow and while it was lovely, I couldn’t help but miss the sunshine.
“Warm” Original Watercolor print