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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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