sweet friends! wow.. what a week last week. Im not even going to say it because if you have been reading my blog.. you know EXACTLY why i didn't get another blog post in last week... lol. But I can say.. I HAVE started using essential oils and wow... they have been AMAZING for the pain! It's not a CURE.. but it's sure a sweet relief! I will talk on a more personal note later about my struggle right now with Fibro. It's something that latley, makes Me VERY emotional.. but I have decided to just embrace it, overcome it and love what I am learning about myself from it.
I have a couple of fun things to share today..
first off.. did you know that SHE ART WORKSHOP NO. 3 STARTS TOMORROW!!!!
YES! it does! wahoo!!! so this is just a "final" reminder the class starts tomorrow and I would SOO SOO LOVE to have you join me! I think this class.. well I am HOPING this class will change the way you create art. Will change the way you look at yourself and others. Help you Embrace all aspects of who you are and paint like you've never painted before! That is my wish! Can't wait for it to start!! If you want to sign up you can click HERE to find out more!
and speaking of She Art..
This weekend, Ben's sister Jenni (whom i love love love to death).. Came and visited us for a few days. She is always so fun to have come because she just has this bright vibrant spirit about her! my KIDS adore her. She is their second mom! Not only is she simply fun, she also has this amazing energy! All day saturday (while I worked).. she helped ben lay sheetrock and tape and texture the new/old house. She is just that way! She can FIX anything, she loves to help with ANYTHING. She is truly super women.
Then yesterday after an amazing soul filling day at church, we headed over to the studio to just hang out. She hadn't picked up a paintbrush to play in years, but I know how creative she is.. so I pretty much made her get messy. lol. and OH MY GOSH was she amazing!! I mean like in minutes she had painted this gorgeous beautiful woman with this magical depth!
I just was standing there in awe! I had planned on just laying around, napping, reading books, etc. and after seeing her painting, I was SOO inspired to get up and paint myself! So i did.As I sat down to paint, I just kept feeling this overwhelming feeling that this fibro was not going to get the best of me.. that I was STRONG.. I was a fighter.. and so I just started to paint what was in my heart.. and this is what came out..
I know I know.. so many of you saying right now.. what?? christy you hardly ever paint faces on your girls.. and I know it's true! But lately.. it's been calling me. I feel like i have a story to tell and when I do, I need it to be known.
That is where the face comes in. I talk alot.. ALOT about this in the She ARt 3 Workshop. There are beautiful reason to for both.. to leave the face blank.. or to paint in the features.. and i actually enjoy BOTH of them. (I finished second painting last night as well and left her face blank.. but it just FIT her)..But this sweet girl.. she needed her story told. NO questions as to what it was she is trying to say.
She is a strong silent fighter this one. Don't underestimate the determination she has..
You will see in She Art 3, that I don't like perfection when it comes to faces. I LOVE texture and I LOVE it when paint just kinda plays and falls where it ends up. Love the yellow flecks in her right eye.. soo not planned but TOTALLY wonderful!
I love how her neck and shoulder are so strong but also "soft" too. It's like they have this story to tell and they are saying.. yes I have been through alot, I have had many burdens placed upon me.. but I am still holding my head up strong!
I think right now, she will go in my bedroom.. on my nightstand.. to remind me every morning of the fight I have left in me. Yep. She is a strong one.. that girl of mine :).
Speaking of STRONG girls..
I LOVE how it's evolved over the last year! seriously that is what I LOVE about this crazy messy beautiful thing we call ART!
I love how it's forever changing, and we are growing constantly and it's SOO important to listen to whats in our heart.. not try and paint what we think we are expected too.. but paint what MOVES us.. not moves anyone else.. ONLY US. because then and only then is it real and true.Sometimes is scary to change listen to that new discovering.. it's so much easier to stick to what we know.. but I can tell you from experience that when I finally am Brave enough to just get up and let go.. holy cow I am amazed at what comes from it.. That's all I will say for now.. I share SOOO much more of this in the She Art Workshop 3.. can't wait to share it! Hope it will help you find your voice as well!
(love this piece by Kelly Barton too..so fitting). Make sure to check out her ETSY store!!
anyhow! I hope you have a happy monday! Let's see what the week brings us shall we? xoxox