Wednesday, December 29, 2010

~purpose....this is my word for the new year~


 noun \ˈpər-pəs\

Definition of PURPOSE

a : something set up as an object or end to be attained :intentionb : resolutiondetermination
: a subject under discussion or an action in course of execution
— on purpose
: by intent : intentionally

my word for the year...purpose~
i was listening to an interview with jesse reno last night and something he said really resonated with me.   his intense yet free spirit and approach to painting and living as an artist really appeals to me.  he knows his purpose and he makes it happen.  he's committed and has learned through trial and error how to get the results he wants.  basically, he just sounds like an incredible guy and i love his passion for life and art.  lucky me, i get to take a class with him in april at art and soul.  after i signed up for his class his name has popped up time and time again!  it's so cool how that works.  i was flipping through the latest somerset studio magazine at barnes and noble and there he was....full spread and an awesome interview ....him and his art.  i was on the art and soul web-site and there he was again....interview on art and soul radio.  his blog is pretty cool too!  of course i had to check that out.  
each of us has a purpose and sometimes we lose sight of what that purpose is.  staying focused, living with intention, cultivating good things, knowing boundaries and seeking balance.....the word purpose encompasses all of this for me.   2010 was a great year.  a lot of ups and a few downs....but overall really great.  i have learned (even more) about letting go and about what is right for me and my family.  boundaries and losses continue to be a part of the journey and i am okay with it~ friendships change and are re-defined, the babies start to fly out of the nest, we begin to live the lessons and really get it....clarity is a beautiful thing but sometimes hard to understand and grasp.  the gift of life is extraordinary and the gift of TRUE friendship just as extraordinary. family is this amazing, unexplainable and necessary blessing.  grieving gets a little different and somewhat easier although i can't imagine ever a day going by that i don't think about my beautiful mother and the battle she fought before dying at age 62 in may of 2008.  the memories are a gift~ priceless.
 i am looking forward to the journey that 2011 brings.  starting with my gift to ME on january 10.  then on to art and soul for more of misty mawn, jesse reno and l.k.ludwig!  what a great combination!!  along the way, i will keep my purpose in mind and in heart~also, as always i will start off the new year by reading the four agreements.
wishing you all a happy new year~ filled with peace, love, PURPOSE and lots of ART~

Comes The Dawn
Author: Veronica A. Shoffstall
After a while you learn the subtle difference
Between holding a hand and chaining a soul,
And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning
And company doesn’t mean security,
And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts
And presents aren’t promises,
And you begin to accept your defeats
With your head up and your eyes open
With the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child,
And you learn to build all your roads on today,
Because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans,
And futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight.
After a while you learn
That even sunshine burns if you get too much.
So you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul,
Instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.
And you learn that you really can endure...
That you really are strong,
And you really do have worth.
And you learn and learn...
With every goodbye you learn.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

new art space~

the day after Christmas......
*my husband's birthday :)
*time to rearrange the art space
*make birthday card
*make chicken chili
*make birthday cake
*make ART

i hope everyone had a merry day yesterday.  wishing you all a safe, healthy and happy
new year~filled with peace and many blessings.

i am super inspired by all the really cool spaces that my "classmates" are posting.
after a few different arrangements, i have finally put it all together in the front room
of my house.  my studio....for metalsmith work is now combined with all of my art supplies.
i've tried just pulling out the supplies and working at the kitchen table. .....(not so bad, but it has to
be cleaned up every time someone is coming for dinner!)  and i tried setting up at my mom's apartment.....
too sad.  she passed away in 2008 and lived here with us during her the apartment attached to our house will remain empty.  it was too sad going up there and i never got anywhere with my art...other than dark and sad i had to change that!  
NOW, today, i have moved everything in one space with my metalsmith studio and i think it will work out great.                                                               

after i got it all put together, i couldn't wait to get out my paints and brushes and work in my art journal.
a few months ago i bought some printmaking supplies so i could make my own stamp.    it's been on the shelf and i finally got it out today so i could make my husband a one-of-a-kind birthday card.  
my first hand-carved stamp!!  
and the birthday card....before i wrote on it~

i am so happy to have all my art in one feels cozy and i'm inspired.  i cannot wait for misty's class to begin~  

Thursday, December 23, 2010


it's impossible to list every awesome moment from 2010...but as i'm thinking about this year coming to a close and reflecting on the many events this year, i thought of a very special camping trip.  we went with our good friends on Easter weekend.  it was just perfect.  the sky, the shells, the campfire and conversation, we even brought along Easter eggs to put out in the dunes the next morning for the kids (although none of them still believe in the Easter bunny!!)  it was a beautiful time, but so ordinary.  something that we do often and maybe take for granted sometimes.  

 it's interesting when a year is about to end....hopefully we are compelled to think about the good, the not so good, and the changes we wish to make in the coming year!   

more of this.................

~camping on masonboro island - Easter weekend~

 i just read a good post here about the time we waste either watching t.v. or spending time on the computer......VERY thought provoking.  i'm not one to watch a lot of t.v.  in fact, i always tell my husband and my girls that if it wasn't for them, i wouldn't even have one.  it's true.  i really don't care. the computer has recently pulled me in though!  i'm not saying i'm always on....but it's so hard with all the awesome blogs out there....voodoo cafe being one!!.  now that i'm signed up for misty's class, i'm meeting all kinds of awesome peeps and of course i HAVE to look at their blogs. AND i get side-tracked really easy. rice has a good point though.....spending time looking around at everyone's art sometimes keeps ME from making art.  there are certain things i have to get done.....the obvious~being a wife, a mom.... making dinner, doing chores, driving here and there, making jewelry orders and getting ready for shows....these are things i have to do.  but art outside of the "have to do" hasn't been happening lately.  maybe this is due to spending too much time looking around at all the awesome blogs out there!  anyway, in 2011 i will enjoy misty's class....and make lots of art~ along with the every day have to do list.  (which i mostly love)...and hopefully spend less time on the computer while still checking in on my favorite blogs.  :)
i have been thinking also about my word for the year.  (hard to choose just one) i'm still pondering.
maybe balance??

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

~art show friday~

"waves in the sky"

i love it when you look UP and see clouds that look like waves.....
so had to pull over and take this!

otherwise, i've been busy making jewelry and getting ready for the art show friday night
at the king neptune at wrightsville beach.  a group of local artists are getting together to raise money for A.L.S. and spread a little holiday cheer!  i'm super excited to be a part of this awesome event.
here's a little peek at what i've been working on........
it is freezing here....colder than we are used to.  it's been an awesome time to hunker down in the studio .
hoping everyone is warm and merry and listening to some good music......
now i have to get back to work .


Monday, December 13, 2010

~rain, rain, don't go away~

God Just Came Near
in need of LOVE
can sit with my verse for an hour
And then walk away
without carrying
golden tools
and feeling that
God just came near~

                                                                                          photo by Lacie Beller (11).....after the rain
rain, rain, stay.....don't go away.
this was the perfect weekend to get things done.  i have been
working away in my studio, getting ready for a show this friday night.
it rained all weekend and there was no pressure at all to go outside and play.
so i've been inside, watching old Christmas movies with my girls by the fire....baking pumpkin,
white chocolate chip cookies, making chili and working on these......
etched and stamped copper bowls 
i love these!  perfect for holding your favorite trinkets and jewels........

these are just a few of the things i've been working on for friday.
(last minute shopping and holiday cheer with local artists at the king neptune.....
live music by mike adams and fundraising for A.L.S.)
been listening to travis and amy and enjoying the lovely serenity of raindrops and wind outside my window.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

~paying attention~

pay attention to what you are drawn to.
this is interesting (to me).....because at any given moment, that can change for me.  today, i am drawn to my newest journal and adding to it....lately, i have been drawn to trees.  ...tree of life....tree pose in yoga class....the trees that i see everyday and everywhere.  losing leaves.  some still colorful.  some look so cold.  some are dying.  the thing is that most of them will be beautiful and vibrant in the spring.  they will come back to life.  i just love this about trees.  but i like the winter too.  the transition they take on in the cold months is beautiful to me.  they look so strong, yet vulnerable at the same time.  kind of like me.....a dreamer with wings.
"when you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy."  RUMI

so today i will pay attention to what i am drawn to and play in my journal at home by the fire and listen to this.   

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

journal entry~nov. 20 something....

i am in love with the ocean and the light of the moon.   the waves are whispering sweet secrets and telling stories only the waves can tell-traveling for miles and miles- there's no telling what they have seen.  one can only imagine as they float over the bed of the sea....crash on the shore after so many hours of traveling.  but they never die.  with them they bring so many gifts.  the tumbled conchs and the moon snails with their perfect swirly centers.  the delicate sand dollar.  how does this miracle happen.  they are so delicate~ yet can endure the power of being washed ashore by the strongest, most powerful waves.  the wave must be gentle in it's own way.  nurturing the fragile beings as they journey to the shore.  even the broken pieces are beautiful.  they tell a story... the doves are gone-they flew away with the ocean breeze.  sand has blown into the crevices where they once lived.  these broken pieces are essential-the stories, the pain, all of it makes it more beautiful.  there are so many gifts that the sea offers....the angel's wings.  how could we both have found one at the same moment in time?  so many things we can't explain.  the sea glass on my birthday-the pile of shells last Christmas.  i know she is here.  planning these surprises.  here for me to find and feel her spirit.  is it so unbelievable?  i will say no.  the ocean. the fireflies. the hummingbird.  the angel wings. the sound resonating from my guitar strings.....lonely in the corner.  then silence.  silence to remember.  all the memories flood in like a tidal wave.  it's overwhelming, strange, surreal.  how can she be gone.....really gone?  i hear her at night in my dreams. so real.  thankful for the memories.  thankful for strength, all the lessons.  hard lessons.  moving on.  healing.  grieving. evolving.  what will we become?  the process, the journey is beautiful in so many ways.  even the hard parts. the lessons are there so it's worthwhile.  the need for family ties is strong-but with it comes acceptance that things aren't what we want them to be always.  this, i am beginning to learn, is okay.  it's an ebb and flow.  just like the sea. 
and now i will listen to this

Monday, December 6, 2010

back in the blog world....

for some strange reason, i decided to come back to the blog world during the busiest (supposedly) season there is!  i'm sure there are a number of things that i could be doing right now besides creating another blog.....but after a couple of years away and lots of growing, grieving (the loss of my mom) and evolving....i decided to come on back!  hopefully some of the folks that found me before, will find me again.
 i am inspired immensely by a recent trip to bald head island for the "art with no boundaries" week.  i went over on the ferry with my friend to visit our friend shannon and some other artists.  after spending the day meeting and watching different artists from around the world create in this beautiful place, i came home transformed.  i couldn't stop painting and writing in my journal....making jewelry and reeling with ideas.  still, a few weeks later, i am overflowing with creativity.  it feels good to be in this space of creating and thirsting for more.  so much so, that i just signed up for this workshop in january and art and soul in april!! taking class with misty mawn~ l.k.ludwig~ and jesse reno.  my friend (and teacher), melissa and i are riding together....can't wait!