Just peeking in to say Hi!

November 5, 2015

It has been a busy month, I had intended to write more but birthdays, Halloween, and  art shows got in the way. I have also been reading a lot. One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp has been a real treat to read. Her book resonates with eucharisteo, giving thanks to God for all things and putting a name to it on her list. It is simply beautiful, and inspires me to do the same. It may seem insignificant to someone else, but gratitude for the large and small things in our lives are like incense rising to our Almighty Father. Love it!!!

I have been sketching a lot, it is something I have enjoyed doing, especially when I was a young girl. But lately I have had creative bursts, and instead of painting or writing, I get out a Number 2 pencil and a kneaded eraser and let my mind just go! It is a little like flying, a few shaky tries and then all of a sudden…. I am sailing. Good for the soul. I encourage anyone to do something that makes you feel young again, especially in the creative pool.

I have several more shows going on this Fall and Winter. This month, the 14th and 15th, Saturday and Sunday, I will be at Tallahassee Nurseries for the Artisians In The Garden. I am making new Christmas ornaments, a few new paintings and lots of new cards and prints. I also will have my Art Journaling class at Miss Mandy’s later this month, Tuesday November 17th. One class is at 9 am, the other is at 6.30 pm. Our theme will be A Thankful Heart, counting our blessings even in the ordinary things. On November 12th, I will be teaching a Christmas Ornament class at The Brush and Palette… intuitive painting I might add! I like different looks for Christmas ornaments and we always have fun there at Tyler’s shop!

I hope you have a blessed month, I am looking forward to all the good things that come with the month of November. xoxo  Suz

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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