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September 23, 2015

” This is what the Lord says: ” Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls”. Jeremiah 6:16

   In January of our Art Journaling class at Miss Mandy’s, we discussed the beginning our journey for the year, where we were headed, what would we pack for the journey, how would we get there? Now we are closing in on the year very soon, and we are transitioning into Fall. Leaves, grass, all of nature begins to pack up, change color, change location and starts to wither. Gearing up for rest, and a time to go within. We too, are at cross road of sorts, packing away our summer things, saying goodbye to the casual, carefree summer and looking forward to the Fall of our year. Time to reflect, put our house in order as well as our hearts and minds. Being grateful for all that we have and know that our Lord provides just like he does for the rest of creation. Slow down, pause in the crazy chaos of our busy lives, and breathe in, breathe out. You are almost there.   Suz

You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence”. Acts 2:28

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goodbye summer… hello fall!

Welcome Fall!

September 8, 2015

Scan008   Well, we are gearing up for my favorite time of the year, Autumn. To celebrate the change I am inviting you to come by and see some of the new cards, prints and paintings that I have been working on. The date is September 26th, Saturday. It is a drop in affair from 11am-4pm so come by and put your name in for a drawing and say hello. This is a thank you to all of you that have bought my art, taken classes and have encouraged me on these past two years. My address is 1303 Ramsey Drive in Tallahassee, 32312. If you have any questions you can email me at connersuz59@yahoo.com . Thank you and God’s blessings, Suzanne

00460006I can almost feel Fall in the air…. almost. My enthusiasm for the upcoming season fills me with a sense of adventure and promise! The subtle changes here in Flordia are the leaves start coloring up, I drag the fire pit out where I can visit with friends when they drop by, with a toddy…. soup suppers, a crispness in the air. I always feel like it is the first Fall of my life. Speaking of adventure, My list of upcoming events may want you to throw on an apron, pull out your paint pots and sketchbook, and lose yourself in the creative process! This is a list of upcoming events, things may be added but you can contact me if you have any questions. I will be posting here as they come up.

September 2015

10th- Brush and Palette ” Intuitive Painting” , an exercise to unleash your creative beast! This is a night class. Contact Tyler there for more details

15th- Miss Mandy’s ( behind Calico Jacks ) here in Tallahassee “ Fall Leaves“. This is a night class where we will paint falling leaves with acrylic paint on canvas. 6.30-8.30 pm.

21st– Miss Mandy’s. ” The Art Of Imperfection Art Journaling“. This is a morning class to help us to be more mindful, creative, and cultivate gratitude in a journal . The theme is Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall. 9 am- 11 am, please call ahead to Miss Mandy’s to reserve a spot.

22nd– Miss Mandy’s- More Art Journaling, a night class for the night owls of you. 6.30pm-8.30pm.  Please call Jeanie at Miss Mandy’s to reserve your spot!

26thA thank you to all my lovely ladies who come to my classes, buy my art and cards… I am grateful for every single one of you. Come by and say hello and see my new cards and put your name in for a drawing… something fun! 11am- 4pm. My house, contact me for directions.

Please contact me at connersuz59@yahoo.com if you have a question.

Why Art Journal?

August 16, 2015

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                                         One of the themes of Art Journaling class I lead was ” Your Happy Place”. It was so interesting to see these ladies cut, glue and paint the places that make their soul sing. In essence, these classes we are more like excavating ourselves, finding out what makes us tick in a way. We have talked about our journeys , casting worries to the wind, love letters from God, on the road again…. I feel like I have been excavating myself along with them. The reason I started my art journal was because I had zoned out of my life for periods of time, stuffing down life and putting myself on auto pilot…. not a good way to live and not much in the way of experiencing life. After family deaths brought up much unprocessed grief and painful peeling back of the layers of my life, I knew I wanted to live life to the fullest, as God had intended. So this year I had decided to be more present in my life and journal this year. All I can say is that it has been a blessing for me, not just for myself but side by side with these amazing women who share their stories, colored pencils and coffee once a month. In my night class we drink wine and cheese and I have giggled and teared up more than a couple of times hearing the stories.

This month our theme is ” Every Quilt Has A Story, What Is Yours?” The quilt of our lives… mismatched squares that piece together to make our life. We also will talk about our gifts, what we bring to the table in this life. Are you an encourager, do you love helping the elderly, teach little ones, plant beautiful gardens, paint….. all God given gifts that if used properly, bring glory to our Creator, and help to our fellow man, and especially to us it unleashes our real selves for the world to see. We become more aligned with our Creator and our souls are set free to fly. What wonderment in that!

We do this once a month at Miss Mandy’s if you are interested in joining, or if you see another class that offers this somewhere else, do your self a favor and join in. It doesn’t matter where, just be ready to do some digging and soul searching, and illustrating your wonderful, invincible, beautiful self!   Much love, Suz

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The Path Home

I don’t know about you, but Mother’s day can be a kinda hyped up day for life at our house. My family tries so hard to honor me and please me, but they don’t know that everyday is mother’s day for me. They had planned a wonderful day for me but there was a trip to the emergency room, the roast was frozen and was in the crock pot forever, a trip to the drug store to pick up drugs for my husband’s scratched cornea….. it had all the makings of a crazy, chaotic day. But it wasn’t. After we got him home and comfortable as possible, there were Bloody Mary’s for all, a caprese salad made by my sweet daughter to tide us over, lots of slow sweet moments for the four of us. I chose Eat,Pray,Love for our watching delight and laughed at the scene where a turkey had not been defrosted for the Thanksgiving meal…. and just like the characters we made the best of it and had a great time. When the roast was done out came cole slaw and potato salad,and for desert Talenti gelato…. which we all ate out of the container with spoons. Gifts of candles were forthcoming….my favorite gifts to receive and more wine. All in all, it was a splendiferous day for me… all the apologies fell on deaf ears because we were safe, sound, bellies full, hearts full. I was surrounded by people that I love and love me and could not feel more honored this day. But the thing is…like I said, I feel like everyday is  Mother’s Day with blessings galore. My cup runneth over.  Suz

Being Mindful

April 29, 2015

I have been so long in posting, it has been a busy season, but I miss writing on my blog! One of the busies on my list is my Art Journaling class I have been leading at one of the cutest shops here, Miss Mandy’s . One day when I was teaching a painting/texture class , I brought in my art journal to demonstrate painting falling leaves and Jeanie, the owner, wanted to have classes to demonstrate. I use an old book, Simple Abundance, and gesso the pages , then paste, paint, write, whatever, to put my thoughts down, my dreams, accomplishment, etc.

The reason I even got started with this was after being told my my therapist that I had zoned out for years and was not really present with what was going on around me, I was devastated. I said I would never put myself on autopilot again! I wanted to be in the moment, ever present and focused in my life. So I decided journaling would be beneficial and of course then I started to illustrate with doodles, images, and ephemera that I had around .

To say that I have been blessed by these classes is an understatement. Evidently I am not the only one who craves mindfulness, alignment with our God, encouragement and all the wonderful benefits of this simple act of creating. Creating in itself, is therapeutic , since we are all given gifts, albeit different gifts, we are connecting to the Divine. Especially when we do this to glorify Him. So just pull out your pencils and doodle pad… write down what is going on today, what you are thankful for, what your hope is for this day, today…. color in with markers or colored pencils and just get lost in it. You won’t be sorry! Blessings, Suzart journalingapril art journal

‘Tis The Season

December 22, 2014

Well, it’s is almost that time. The presents are almost all wrapped, there is a pot of Lady Grey tea brewing everyday in the kitchen, cookies have been baked and given away, the house cleaned….. it’s time to relax a little, review my lists and snug in for a nice quiet Christmas. The older I get, the more I want to slow down and take in the sights, smells and sounds of the season.deer

When I want to experience the colors and lights of the season I tend to go to Pinterest for inspiration. but if I take a hike to a local nursery here in town, I find the visual is equally stunning and inspiring.lonny christmaThe bulbs are blooming, narcissus, amaryllis, hyacinth are all bursting forth with wonderful color and smells. The freshness of the outdoors that is brought inside helps the long cold months ahead and make me, for a short while, content with the greenery.

I finally slowed down with my painting commissions and classes so I can enjoy the season a bit more. I wander over to Au Peche Mignon, a little french patisserie topatesierpick out something delectable to go with my cafe au lait..then pick up a box to go for Christmas festivities. The smells of baking goodies and the aroma of strong, perking coffee are like catnip for me. Very satisfying.

Then the sounds take me away to a different place. The amazing sounds of Pentatonix a cappella rival any cathedral I have ever visited. There is the sound of the winter birds feeding on our seed and the happy chirping that goes with it. I love the crackle of leaves as I walk to the mailbox to check for cards and letters. I look forward to our Christmas Eve service at church, the beautiful old music welcoming the Christ child into the world…. pure bliss.

I pray this season is a wonderful one for you, it is a contemplative time for all of us. To wonder and ponder on the joy that sets before us in the new year. God’s blessings to you all, Suzanne

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Band Of Angels

November 18, 2014

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It has been a busy, busy couple of months getting ready for some shows I enjoy participating in here in Tallahassee. You definitely learn your strengths as well as weaknesses when you are painting non stop for two and three months straight. Let me tell you though, I would not trade it for anything. I am learning to let loose and play like a child with my paintings . Always being a rather tight , wound up person, it is so freeing to just give in to it all. I started painting for grief therapy , thanks to a wonderful Christian counselor who encouraged me to find a space of my own, decorate it like a child’s room and just go “be” myself. So I did, I painted my old bedroom a pale pink, hung mermaids from the ceiling, put about a thousand post it notes everywhere with positive affirmations all over the walls…. and slowly but surely began to accept myself of my imperfections, just as my God does, and forgive myself. This is paramount in becoming who you were meant to be, and letting God work through your gifts. Your gift is unique to you, just like this band of angels. One plays the flute, another prays , another uses her voice…. all glorifying God with their distinct gifts. God receives this love letter like a wonderful fragrance wafting up to please Him. He loves it when we accept who we are after all the planning that He put into creating us. So thank Him for your freckles, your funny nose, your blush and giggle and know that this is very pleasing to Him and He would not have it any other way!  Have a blessed week! Suz

The Path Home

October 27, 2014

path homeWhere is home for you? Is it a place, a memory, or a group of friends and family that sustain you? Every once in awhile I go back to my childhood home and the memories hit me like a freight train. The rustle of the palm trees and pines, the fragrance the honeysuckle that covers a trellis at the back door, the camellias that look like ruby red evening gowns… these are the things that take me back home. To a more innocent age where children ran free without worry of evil,and we had to be coaxed back in at dark to take our baths and settle into bed. There is just a sense of belonging that I would love to bottle up and take back to my present home. So I guess it really is a mixture of things that make up home. It is the smell of biscuits and coffee in the morning,and a cheery greeting from a loved one when I struggle to wake up. It is friends and family dropping by on Sunday to check in and maybe share a slice of pie and coffee. It is always having a pitcher of Luzianne tea in the fridge and bible study in the library every morning . It is a string of wonderful little rituals, activities and moments that define our day. Being mindful of the moment will lead me back down the path home and home is where I love to be! Have a blessed week and enjoy your time at home! Suz

Change Of Seasoning

October 6, 2014

I love the change of seasons…. every single one of them. There is something particularly wonderful about Fall though. Even though my schedule seems to get very busy, my soul wants to slow down and prepare . Prepare for what? I am not sure but it wants everything to slow down to take it all in, to be in the moment, it’s like my soul wants to take a polaroid shot and then wait patiently to see the results. The animals get instinctively busier preparing for the winter, I watch the hummingbirds outside my window getting that last little bit of nectar from the salvia, the squirrels are going nuts gathering them. Maybe for me it is a season of reflection, maybe it is just where I am in my life also, in the autumn of it all. Children grown and married, second career underway, not a perfect life…. but a life in progress. My thought today is to go outside, gather some leaves, pick the last of the hydrangeas that have bloomed and give thanks to my God for his perfect timing in everything. Have a blessed day….and Happy Fall Ya’ll! Many blessings, Suz

P.S. A wonderful blog to check out is Yes and Amen,art journaling Junelle photographs her life on a farm with the sweetest little lambs and sheep and I love taking her art journaling classes.