Wednesday, March 07, 2012


John Hafen:

The influence of art is so powerful in shaping our lives for a higher appreciation of the creations of our God that we cannot afford to neglect an acquaintance with it. We should be as eager for it's companionship in our homes as we are eager for chairs to sit upon, or for food to sustain our lives; for it has as important a mission in shaping our character and conducing to our happiness as anything we term necessities. Life is incomplete without Art.  A religious life is not an ideal religious life without it."

Monday, February 13, 2012

Monday, January 30, 2012

Back to work... for the moment

 I've been painting again.  I put the easel in the kitchen and put all of my art supplies and all of preschool art supplies in drawers and cupboards by the kitchen table.  It has been awesome.  We do a lot more crafting now that everything is accessible.

one of our treasure supply drawers
I finally got the nerve to put brushes on this painting again and for three nights I have made major changes to it.  I like it better every time I paint.  It's still only 1/2 way done, but I'm getting the vision of how to finish it finally, and I love the concept.  I'm considering entering it in the Spring Salon.  We will see how it turns out. 


I've had a painting block and I finally decided it had a lot to do with how I felt about myself.  Sacrafice is the name of the game right?  Well, there has to be balance, which I have to learn more about and I have eroded boundaries.  I'm working on accepting and loving myself more so I can get out what is in my heart.  It's worth it because when I paint I feel alive and like I have a special power of expression that fills me up.  I really enjoy it even when it hurts like crap.  When my talent improves it won't hurt so much.  (I hope).

confession: I suffer from sexism.  I don't give women, even myself, enough credit.  It must stop and I'm analyzing it in all aspects of my life.  Allowing myself more feminine power and believing in myself, as a woman is essential.  I see women all around me apologizing for themselves and deferring to their male counterparts.  I watch women take a back seat all the time.  I do it all the time!  It's not right and it's not what God wants, but we sure get a lot of mixed messages about this from our culture.  I think I will paint a lot better when I get a better grasp on this.  

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Toilet paper rolls gone trendy

This started as a preschool craft for Joren but he refused to paint them so I got busy later that evening.  I found that I really enjoyed painting on the brown cardboard. It has a nice tooth and I like the rustic type finish with a gloss medium over it.  I think I'll do more of this medium.  Why am I just like everyone else and totally endeared by owls?

Sunday, January 22, 2012

What was any art but a mould in which to imprison for a moment the shining elusive element which is life itself - life hurrying past us and running away, too strong to stop, too sweet to lose.
                                                                                                                                       -Willa Cather

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Ashley's paintings

I finally finished painting #2 for Ashley. I really got stuck on the details of this one, but with help from Ashley and Kasey, I finally powered through and I think it turned out pretty cute. I told Paul in the middle of this one that I really overestimate my painting skills and this was a prime example. I told Ashley that I thought this one would be pretty easy before I started it.... a year later.... it's finally done.



It does look adorable in the room. Didn't Ashley do an amazing job on this room!!