Thursday, February 19, 2015

Keep Calm And....

When the Geek Squad tells you that your laptop needs to be replaced, you keep calm and blog anyway you can.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

On Being Brave.

What do you think it takes to be brave?
Determination, knowledge, strength or maybe being fearless?

Sometimes it takes asking, 
showing up, 
a willingness to learn
 and the ability to ignore the negatives.

It takes listening to a little dream that kept whispering, "Gather. Just open the door and see what happens."

Three amazing women came through my door today.

A young mother and her daughter, a friend and myself.
What would I teach?

I had some loose ideas that began with color and stencils.
So we brought out the sprays and began our journey.

We sailed bravely into new waters of stencils and ink.

We hauled out the mod podge and dropped anchor there for a bit.

We learned that an 11 yr. old can teach much more than we imagined and is naturally brave because she isn't 20 and full of fear and comparing.

We talked about releasing and needing space to do so.
About not thinking of our pages but just putting color down and trying.

We took half an hour and braved our handwriting and made it beautiful.

We had so much fun, we didn't even stop to eat or get coffee.
For Real.
We taped up a color wheel and learned a little bit about complimentary colors and choosing two or three and sticking to it. Which is brave because one wonders if one has chosen the right colors.
We went nuts and used whatever the heck colors we wanted. Which is also brave, because what if you don't like how it turns out?

We didn't care and we didn't mind.
Because today?
We were brave.

Linking to Paint Party Friday

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Playing With Paper Dolls

Happy Friday!
I thought I would ramble about paper dolls today.
I wasn't very fond of dolls growing up. I was the child who was convinced that each of my stuffed animals and dolls knew when they had been slighted, when they had been left alone, and generally thought they were real in a not-real way.
Plus, doll eyes and faces really, really creeped me out.
Barbies, no. Dolls, yes.
Yes, I know. It's great fodder for a therapist.

Paper dolls, however, did not have this hold on me.
I loved the smell of the paper and how uniform everything was. 
I loved the little perforated lines from the punch-out kind, I loved being able to cut out clothes and change up whatever they wore.
The hair, the hats. Oh, man. It was good.
Those little foldy-tabs that held everything to the doll weren't so hot. You had to hold the doll just right and not move it to keep everything on it. 
But it was worth it to be able to cut everything out.

The other day I was playing around in my journal and doing some lettering. I decided to look through some of my vintage children's primers to see what I could pair with the quotes.
I found this little cutie, but her legs weren't drawn out in the book.

What would happen if I kept looking and found another character in the book with legs? 
And a cute polka dot dress?
A few cuts later, I found out!

The perfect Mary Janes and blue socks and the little pinafore as an added bonus.

I scanned and printed out a little bird to add to the fun and then I started thinking about Colorforms.
Remember those????
The rubbery-plastic cut out shapes that you could lay on a background and they would stick? And you could layer and layer and it would all stick? 
I loved those. Taking them out of a brand new box, the smell, oh man. 
I looked them up and they are 60 years old, and still going strong.
Guess who might get some for her birthday this year????

O.K., what was I rambling about? 
I think the Colorforms came up when I glued together the little girl from the primer.
This time the sticky part came in the form of Mod Podge, and then Gel Medium.

 Then I started coloring the outfits.
Am I surprised?

It just keeps getting better-I'm finding so many sweet children to put with these quotes.
I've added a water color wash, a kite, drew in the string.
The possibilities are endless!

I found a Dick and Jane book and cut out Sally. Don't you love this face?
I think in this page she was trying to see if she was as tall as Dick.
I put her in my art journal along with Mr. Crazy Bird and gave her some wings.
I'm looking into how I can make prints for all of these, so stay tuned!

Don't forget-
All Brenna-inspired Valentine love is available on my Etsy

Linking to Paint Party Friday

Friday, January 23, 2015

Valentines Day: More Love

I'll be rambling this week in a short and sweet as in Valentine fashion this week due to a nasty bug I have. Not that you need to know this, but I just need to feel sorry for myself.

Brenna and I have been working on our Valentine's day offering for 2015, and are very proud to show you what we have come up with.

Using a full page of her beautiful heart doodles, I put it directly onto a flat 8x10 canvas.
Then I added a large heart and the words "More Love" from a vintage song book.

Soft white and red acrylics blend into the page, setting off her hearts.
Each canvas will be as unique as the page of her doodles-no two are the same.
Suitable for framing or just propping up to bring color and love into your home.
To order, go to my ETSY page.
The cost is $25.00, which includes shipping 
10% of all our sales will go directly to the National Down Syndrome Society.

The second piece is such a sweet little bit.

Measuring 3 1/2x3 1/2, these little ceramic squares are perfect for a paper weight,
or just a reminder that More Love is better.

Tuck it into a book case, on your vanity or desk.
It's a beautiful reminder for every day.
It will be offered at $10.00 (shipping included) also on my Etsy

Many thanks for your love and support!

linking to 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Word Of The Year

Word Of The Year.
Also known as 
(who knew?)

I caught on to this about three years ago. I can't stand New Year's Resolutions. I LOVE words and a word for a year seemed more personal and less like an unknown someone standing over me with a pointed finger saying, "You're not sticking to your resolution."
So I picked a word.
I wasn't clear what to do with this word, but I liked it's definition:
an act or instance of determining mentally upon some action or result.
 and I liked the way it sounded in Italian- intenzione.

I made it into a sign so it would be a reminder to me of how I desired to live that year.
WITH intention. PAYING attention. Focusing.

It came and went over the year, but the sign always drew me back to my original thoughts and seemed to have a gentle and quiet way of drawing me back to living intentionally. It expanded it's definition in my life over the months and became a back bone of sticking with decisions, believing in my actions and my dreams and how I loved others.

The second year, the word was surrender. It was a tough one, but I needed it. 

I would tentatively pick it up and hold it and look at it and think about it through out the year, wanting very much for the word surrender to mean something beautiful in the outcome of holding my hands open instead of the feeling of being stepped on in the act of surrender.

At the end of 2013, during a beautiful bike ride in San Diego, I came up with my word for 2014:

That's a balls-y word to me.
Could I do it?
Could I develop it over the year?
I decided yes and enveloped the word Confident into my life.
Some one on Instagram gave me the latin break down of the word early on in January and I have had it taped up next to my sign all year:
con: (assertive) with
fident: latin is federe or TRUST

So, not just trust that I can do things, but TRUST that my Heavenly Father has all good intentions for me and promises to guide and direct me. He never changes, and there is no shadow of turning in Him. The best One to have trust with!
It's meaning has morphed over the year, which isn't surprising, as that's what these words tend to do.
I have been more confident in defining my abilities as an artist, in trying new things, applying to new shows. The word confident has been in my face even during the season of a broken shoulder, when art work basically came to a stand still. 

I have used it in sentences in my head when making decisions, rolling the word around to see how it feels, how it makes me feel. 
I love it.

This year, my word is 
 It's the best. I love everything about it and what it conveys.
Bringing people together. 
Bringing beautiful things to be in one place. 
Gathering around a table for a meal, to make art, to have coffee and talk.
It's a word that says, "Come on in!" "Welcome!" "Come as you are!"

I haven't made a sign yet, but it's coming as I prep this week for the upcoming class!

Doug and I can't wait to GATHER at our new Summit House and we can't wait to see what happens when we do. 
So we have begun gathering there before we have even found an architect! 
An art show with old and new friends, Christmas day with friends, a sleep over with a fire in the fireplace, New Year's Eve with friends, young adult's group, it's the best. Throw the doors open wide!!

This New Year, I'm gathering people at the Summit House to find their word for 2015.
I'm partnering with my friend and Life Coach, Sue Robson to bring an evening of friendship, fun, painting, dessert and coffee and we will help your bring your word to life.
We would love you to join us!
Our first night has sold out, so we are offering another class on  Friday, January 23rd. 
Won't you come? Gather a friend or two, gather your daughter, gather your spouse or significant other, gather yourself and meet new friends.

Sign ups are HERE
It's $35 for the night, all supplies included and no artistic experience needed.

Thank you for following me in 2014~ I'm looking forward to GATHERING through the blog in 2015!
Happy New Year, my friends!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Gather and Create

Summit House Welcomes:
An Evening For Creating, Coffee and Laughter

Join life coach Sue Robson and artist Lynn Richards 
as they guide you through a unique experience 
of bringing your 
Word For The Year to life.

Friday evening, January 9
7:00-10:00 pm
464 Summit 
Redlands, California

Cost: $35.00, which includes all supplies, coffee and dessert
no artistic experience required!

Space is limited!
Sign ups are
Leave any questions in the comment section and we will get back to you A.S.A.P.

Makes a great stocking stuffer!!!!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Friday Ramblings: Last Show Of The Year

The last show of the year is this Saturday!!!!
At the new/old house.
I have garland and twinkle lights, treats and fire logs.
New friends, old friends and tons of beautiful product for the young and old.
Vintage, hand crafted, repurposed and made with love.

My fellow artists and I are busy preparing for you!

I'm doing some new prints, but the rest of life? Well......

I photographed the original pages and still need to mat them, but have not done many dishes....

I stamped my deer again, but haven't see much of the outside world....

I like the new brown color on the deer, but, um....my studio still looks like a bomb went off in it.

I've made cookies, but I haven't a clue as to what's for dinner.....

I can't wait to see you at the show.
And don't worry-I'll have the coffee ready!

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