Thursday, August 30, 2012

August 24-30... the condensed version.

Ah, well. 
I missed a week out of this month of photos,
I really could go back and date them properly, you know 'cheat' a little. I decided against it. It's August Break, right? 
I took a break from the Break. Ha!
Here's some of what has been going on:
Artist Trading Cards... yikes! :)
I attended an etsy craft party hosted by my talented friend Harmony
the event was held at the Repurpose Project what an amazing space!   
 A couple of my good friends joined me. 
I don't know how it happened, but I TOTALLY failed at capturing this event. No group shot. Hardly any photos. 
This event was the first time I've ever made ATC... I got to feeling a little cramped and ended up painting the brown paper table cloth... then looked around and realized I was the only one making a mess of this magnitude. This was also my first experience creating with others. 'Messy Jessi' a childhood nickname might actually be quite fitting for my artist self. ha.
We had a lovely time! It was great seeing Harmony, we have had a little boy each since the last time we had gotten together, yes, almost 2 years. Crazy how time flies! 

Enormous cups troughs of coffee. 
Every morning. 
With espresso. 
That's how I am surviving the insane hours I allow myself to be pushed to. 12am-4:59am is NOT enough sleep for me. 
This is on the top of my list of things to change.  
The boys painted this morning. 
If you give a kid a paint brush...  

 It will end in a colorful bubble bath. 
Fritzie cannot believe all the shenanigans I allow around here!

As for MY artwork:
 I have a 20x24 canvas almost finished... and then in the works as well... 
This is approx 2'x4' plywood scrap mom gave me.
I knew I needed to paint bigger
Especially after attempting artist trading cards. Having the freedom of a large space allows me to loosen up and breath... make mistakes, paint them out... or not. 
 I believe I will enjoy creating the ATC's but, it will take some getting used to.

 When I sit down in front of a blank space, I feel like I am painting a mirror, whatever it is that I have going on in my life finds it's way onto that space.

It can be quite daunting. 

When I sit down, that blank space only wants me
It does not care how many people have faith in my ability, or how big my artist community is. 
I am alone when I create.
I have discovered I prefer it that way. 
I have found a new groove for my creative aloneness,
I pop in my ear buds and crank Pandora.
Last night after the boys went to bed my husband, brother and brother-in-law put on a man movie in the living room, I tuned it all out and painted till my heart was content. 

Is there anything in particular that helps you find your creative 'groove'? 
Are you a creative loner, like me, or do you thrive creating shoulder to shoulder with other artists?

Much Love!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

August 21

The sun was shining when we left home ...
And it popped out once we got home,
 but we drove through it. That is for sure.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

August 19

This was such a happy Sunday! 
After church we all went to my grandparents house to eat a lovely dinner Mom cooked.

 My parents are celebrating their 29th wedding anniversary today. 
I adore them both! They are such a fabulous love story. 
They were married 6 months after they met. 
My dad was 27, my mom was 17.
They are still such an example of how a Christian couple should care for one another.

 This fun photo was taken about a year ago... the whole gang. 
My younger brother, dad and husband in the back, my Mom, my oldest, me and my baby. 

Oh. I also got a nap on my gran's bed while everyone visited in the living room= peace! 
It has been a beautiful day. 
It's a drippy day outside and perfect for calming nerves.

Hope you have had a happy Sunday!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

August 9

Parked the car on the side of the road and snagged this shot of a church window... with my 3 year old calling instructions out at me. Sweet times.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

August 8

 The morning started out grumpy...
Then I had a rainy afternoon paint date with the boys!
I drug out a stack of started, never to be finished paintings on canvas.... I put on a little Mozart....


 We were all covered in paint and filled with giggles!
The bath water told the tale! 
It was a beautiful end to what started out to be quite the rotten day. 
Prayer and Paint have gotten me through a lot.
 Much Love

Sunday, August 5, 2012

August 5

Melted the Husband's brain tonight when we were playing cards with friends....
My doodles tonight were with the kids markers on my dining room table. I won him over when I showed them it cleaned off with a baby wipe. ;0)
 This was his doodle.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

August Break~ August 1st!


I will be participating by posting a photo (or more) a day for the whole month of August. 
 Read about it here
 Check it out, Join in the fun
be sure to let me know here if you do!! 
Much Love~ Jess