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 ~

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.

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(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. 

Nude Sunbathing & Wooden Necklaces…

What if the whole point to growing old – is to learn to slow ourselves down.

To truly appreciate the earth and this life we’ve been given. To take each step of our foot to the ground and feel it.

What if the dreading and complaining is truly just a misunderstanding like everything else in life…things we don’t understand. We curse the older years like somehow they were a punishment. But what if….like everything else we’ve have had to learn in life, that there are two sides to everything…the good and the bad.

God did not create anything to be without a lesson. It is always for our good. Why would growing old be any different.

I know a lot of people who now old…feel they have no purpose. I think it has a lot to do about giving…

But what if… it’s actually God giving to us – in a deeper, more intimate way. One we are just not used to, one we fight.

Maybe we just need to sunbathe nude and drink in his goodness.

Wearing a wooden necklace helps too.

Enjoy your life. No matter the day.

Morning Walks….

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…But ask the animals, & they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind. (Bible)

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Taken this morning on my walk…. A beautiful time.

Appreciate…

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It has been an honor and a joy to completely give up social media for the past couple of months. Someone described to me what I was doing as some sort of fast….I agree.
This will be a rare appearances as I have found so much more in my life right in front if me than what is on the screen. Real people faces, voices, concerns, hugs….and yes the struggles. It’s all there and it’s all real.
There’s that part of me that can’t help sharing what my eye and camera see so here it is. May you find your peace and joy that awaits you today. Xo