Thursday, May 26, 2011

stay open~

~me and misty at art and soul~

YES, i asked her to sign my book.........
i have to admit that i wondered if it was cheezy to ask for an autograph....(i've never been one to ask for autographs).  but she IS one of my all time favorite artists and i just did it! 
 of course misty is so gracious and wrote a little note on the front with no hesitation.  AND she didn't mind my friend (paparazzi)  taking a few photos either.  this was my first art retreat AND my first time ever leaving my girls for more than one night at a time........(they are 12 and 14).   how lucky i am to have had the opportunity to take a class with misty.  i already felt pretty spoiled taking an on-line course with her, which was amazing by the way!  but meeting her in person was fabulous.  i love that she is so generous and sharing with her gift and that she is so genuine and unpretentious.  her workshop left me inspired and open to create from the heart and to trust myself and embrace where i am as an artist.
that's what this is about.....staying open.  i think that sometimes we get caught up in where someone else with their art ....what they're doing and where they're teaching.....etc.  that we lose sight of our own accomplishments.  sometimes it's hard not to compare, or not to question ourselves or to think that we're not good enough as artists, so we shouldn't put it out there.  thanks to misty and her encouragement both in her on-line class "stretching within" and her class at art and soul, i have moved on from the negative thoughts that sometimes clutter my brain.  this is such a good feeling.  from now on i will stay open to saying YES.  to making it happen and knowing that i am on the path i'm supposed to be on.  my journey is uniquely my own and i will embrace each part of it.  i love this community and all of the artists that share their stories, their art, photos....heart and soul.  this is where i want to be and i'm happy to have finally arrived in this place of no fear and staying open to all the possibilities.......

 your heart is your compass......follow it~

Sunday, May 22, 2011

embracing the sweet memories

yesterday. ... 3 years since my mom died.  it doesn't seem like 3 years.  it seems like yesterday.
it was beautiful.  i spent the day at the ocean with my family and friends. 
 the sky was vibrant and lovely.
the waves were so much fun.  we surfed all morning. 
 we played and laughed and had a 
perfect day.  the memories are sweet and i am loving on the memories.  this is what keeps
me going.  sweet memories and my beautiful family.  

"i have a million memories of you, whispering to be seen when i need them the most.  they are all tucked safely inside my heart and they will be there forever.  i lost you dear soul, but you live on in me and in my daughters.  they know you still and know you that you will always love them. this bond that you created will never be broken. meet me by the sea, i will wait for you there, i will feel you when the wind blows and the waves roll gently to the shore. i know that you are always near."

Saturday, May 7, 2011

teaching in manteo, nc!!

teaching in manteo, nc
saturday, june 18
on Sir Walter Raleigh St.

My friend Melissa Manley (master metal-smith, mixed media artist) and i will be teaming up to teach a diverse "play-shop" in downtown Manteo, june 18.  "GOOD FOR YOU" is in the heart of downtown Manteo by the waterfront and is filled with unique gifts, and a great vibe.  Yoga, belly-dancing and massage are offered, as well as art classes and group meetings.  We will be together all day (9-5) with lunch included, to play and create.  Melissa and I will teach various demos through-out the day to keep your creativity sparked!
"book-making journey"....... 
You will learn to create a copper etched plate using your very own hand-carved stamp to embellish your book with.  We will take you step-by-step through the book-making process and show you a plethora of collage, art-journaling and image altering techniques to add to your journal.   After a full day of creating and learning new techniques, you will go home with a one-of-a-kind art-journal and a hand carved stamp, a beautifully unique, hand-made journal all your own, and a few goodies to play with at home.

the cost of this "play-shop"
(includes supplies, lunch and goodies to take home)

pre-registration required
space is limited so call early!!
call Kim @ 910-231-5576
checks payable to Kim Beller