If you have been following along with this HOPE piece, I started with markers, then moved onto thread..
and jumped on an idea to rework the piece onto canvas with paint.
I don't love it, but I don't hate it either. I have faith and hope that as I experiment with taking a doodle and making it something else, it will all bloom.
Hope is necessary. It is what keeps me going, in art, in life, really, in everything. Little did I know, as I worked on this piece called HOPE Saturday morning, we would receive the devastating news in regards to our church family.
My first instinct, as it was for many, was to reach out to those I know and ask what we could do without stopping to think and know that all we can do is pray. My heart aches for Kay as a mother. My heart breaks for Pastor Rick as
our pastor and my heart is broken for Matthew as he battled so long and so
hard with his illness.
HOPE, that is what we all need. We must share HOPE, practice HOPE and remind others that HOPE is a necessary part of our life. We must,must, must look through to the future with HOPE and never ever give up.
The Miscellany continues, first by taking a doodle and mixing it up with media and now, taking a doodle and mixing it with embroidery floss and fabric.
It started with me picking up markers that I am not used to picking up, coloring without lines and pushing myself outside my own comfort zone...and then taking the finished piece and looking past what it was, to create something else.
This is art from art and I am not quite done with the original doodle. I have another idea...
I am hoping that my new way of making art form art inspires you to look at things just a little different, not just creatively.
For as long as I can remember, I have
either created “Mixed Media” art or “Doodles.”
I have been telling myself for years that I could only do one or
the other until someone mentioned to me, “um…duh…you
can do both!”
Insert - "Miscellany" -a group or collection of different items; a mixture.
I have no idea why I thought I could
only do one thing or the other. I just
did. It was ME setting myself up…I was
the one who was in my own way. UGH. Truth is, we all get in our own way sometimes and
so with cards 13-24 in my 52 Pickup Online Workshop, it is time to merge things, remind ourselves to play
and NOT get in our own way of creating.
The second set of cards for my 52 Pickup Online Workshop are going to be posted to the classroom this week and I am anxious to see what it leads to, for me and for the friends taking the class. The next 12 cards will be created based on specific words like
and 9 other like words.
On a daily basis, I am so happy to see, read and hear where this class has taken people, what they are creating and what it means to them. Just look at this card that Michelle created, I kinda LOVE this bird
Seeing cards like this and the 100's of others makes me feel like I am on the right track and after teaching it in person in San Jose last month, I am excited to keep it going! I will be heading to Florida TWICE in June to teach it at two different places and who knows where else...
Because it is ongoing, work at your own pace in your own space, registration is always open to you.
...with excitement and love for news that the Dahlia House is going to be purchased, for the amazing power of 50,000 Brave Girls and for wholehearted friends that have a desire and a passion to make a difference.
Dreams are becoming a reality and I am proud to be a tiny part of it. It isn't over, but has just begun. Lisa & I have two more days of raising money and want to thank you each one of you that have contributed to the fundraiser efforts for She Matters with your monetary donations and with the purchase of the necklace. There are 64 left to be sold to get to the 10,000 mark and I encourage you to go take a look, maybe order one and wear it with pride that you are part of an amazing movement and with HOPE for the girls.
Personally and creatively, I am not all about the colors of spring but I do know what they represent besides the color of peeps and jellybeans...
therefore, I am giving them equal opportunity EVEN THOUGH THEY PUSH ME AGAINST MY COLORING COMFORT ZONE.Sometimes we all need a reminder of the bigger picture, a little push against the grain and a whole bunch of HOPE...
because how gray things may seem, no matter what..everything will be okay...Just gotta have HOPE.
NO MATTER WHAT.
And while we may know that, they don't. They are the girls, women and children, that are being trafficked.
I am trying to educate myself on the whole issue of human trafficking by reading articles, reading books and talking with friends that have been in the trenches but am having a hard time getting my mind wrapped around the entire thing. I am at the point where maybe I do not need to understand it all, I just need to show up and be there, that I need to TRUST God in the things I don't understand and remember this verse:
"Much is required from those to whom much is given, for their responsibility is greater" Luke 12:48
You and I, we are "those whom much is given" and it is our responsibility to help. Locally and globally and we can not think, "well, who am I ? " or " I am only one person" or " I can't make a difference" because we are the "whom much is given" and we can.
Maybe we can't get ourselves onto a talk-show to talk about it, stand in front of congress and fight for it or raise millions of dollars to go towards it, but we can do something.
"Each one should use whatever gift he's received to serve others." Peter 4:10