The Tree…

IMG_6601I always wondered why I got excited over cardboard!…  I would see a stack in a cart at the store and think….”That’s crazy – who does that…. Who ‘collects’ cardboard”!  But there was always something deep down that wanted to take it home.  Especially the ‘interesting’ kind… ~you know~… the ones that had shapes or the corrugated…!

Well, lately I’ve been thinking about what’s going on in the world and how fast paced we have become.  How all the kids are on their cell phones or some kind of device.  How we have lost a lot of “play” and then I thought of the man….Mr. Fred Rogers.

Oh! How he shaped my life.  When my world was quiet and void as a child – there he was, showing me how things were made…telling me I was important.  It was like air to breathe.  – The puppets, the make believe….it was all important.

That got me thinking….what could I do in my little corner of the art world to show my appreciation of this man and try to remind people to “play”…to enjoy their life…to get back outside in nature.  Then I had an idea….with cardboard!  Something simple….something organic, something magical. The “Tree” idea was born.

This is my ‘ode’ if you will to Mr. Rogers.  Thank you kind sir for what you did for so many.  May my “tree” be something you would have been proud of.  If I know you (and I think I do) – you are. XO

I almost threw this whole thing away while making.  There was a part of me that kept saying “This is silly” – “You should do REAL art”….”This is childish”…..

I kept myself from tossing it with the idea “at least complete it Becky”….”if you destroy it you will never know”…..

Then I realized…..it was the little girl inside ME that needed to do this….

I had been condemning her… telling her she was silly and foolish….

Wow –

See…we really do need reminding!

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I wrote to Mr. Rogers when my children were you and told him how he had helped me in my younger years.  I was delighted as you might imagine to receive a letter back from him in the mail thanking me for telling him.  He also sent a signed copy of his picture. I will treasure it forever. XO

 

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My first Wall Mural…

This past week I painted my first “Wall Mural” for a new Salt Spa here in Hendersonville. There was much more to it than I thought and I sure learned a lot!~ Mostly how much I don’t know! ~ That’s okay though…I love learning. I tried to stay true to the photo choice and colors that my client wanted. The wall space was 7-1/2′ x 12′. My husband was such a help to me lugging in all the supplies I needed and even brought me food (and chocolate!) and encouraged me the whole way! He truly is the hero in this story. It took a total of 3 days (not counting the night before setting up/graphing and sketching it out). All in all I believe the clients are pleased and when the door is opened to show the room, people sense they are in a special place. That really is my reward. 🙂

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Preliminary Painting in process…

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After it is sketched and taped off…the painting process begins…

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Lots of supplies needed…and paint!

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 ~ The finished mural ~

Latest Work…”Paratrooper Father”…

Recently I had the privilege to draw for a friend a picture of her father that had just passed away. He was a Paratrooper in the Korean War. A father…a husband and so much more. Assignments like these touch my soul beyond words. I also see how much it means for family members to have “one more picture” of their loved one. It is a task I take seriously and with much joy too as I know that God is in it.

Here was the process from beginning to end. Colored pencils and charcoal. Enjoy XO13680632_10154003515679317_134029925914628523_n13895393_10154003515709317_6962881160904314678_n13886857_10154003515649317_8616874276098752857_n13907005_10154003515624317_7282668145035317992_n13903415_10154003513054317_5600282264613909444_n

Written in July…

I found this writing  last week after going through the notes on my phone. I wrote it back in July of 2015. Amazingly it describes a situation in our life this past week.God knows all and prepares the way before you.

Hope.JPG I hope you enjoy this and maybe it will resonate with you. xo

(Photo by me….Wall in Asheville)

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Life is ever ending beauty… if we just allow ourselves to see it.

However painful, however devastatingly beautiful or crushing…do you allow yourself to feel it?

We walk the steps of this life in search of what we think is true…Floundering like the fish, yet they know what they are doing…unlike us.

I am coming home again. My heart is coming home… His completely divine presence is too sweet for words  – so I am not able to form with letters….Only to speak from my heart in the form of limitless love and heartache –

To touch…

To look at you in the eyes –

To put my hand on your shoulder as you hurt – 

To sit in silence and completely not know what to say except I love you. 

My First Art Show!

Those who know me well know that I love taking photos. It is my therapy. It makes me see what’s beautiful in my life. To remember all the good that’s out there – despite the news. God is still good. I need that reminder daily, weekly….sometimes hourly. No matter how tired I can get, I still seem to be able to keep taking photos. That lets me know I am on the right track. At least for now anyway. I wanted to share with you my very first art show that took place last night. It is amazing to me that just out of doing something that I love, came this honor and recognition. I am touched and blessed. I am so lucky to have such amazing friends and family that support me with it. 😊

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Little Edith…

I sold this drawing to Jane Asher Antiques last week. I did it back in ’09 for therapy. I am so happy she has a good home! 18×24, charcoal/pencil. If you are an artist, you know that some pieces are hard to let go (and some you have to right away!). Jane was making a “doll” section in her antique store and I happened to think she might like it for that. (I was right) 🙂