August 27, 2011

Pastels on 5th

Several months ago a good friend of mine told me about an art event in my home town called Pastels on 5th. On September 10th, about 2 weeks away, a lovely collection of local artists will get together and turn my town’s 5th street into a sidewalk gallery! Quite literally, actually. We will be using Arist’s Soft Pastels on the sidewalk cement all the way down the street. 

And it’s all to benefit Alternatives to Violence to raise money for the Loveland safehouse. The safehouse will provide a refuge for women and children, crisis intervention, and counseling.  It will be a secure place to stay for families to escape abuse, heal, and rebuild. 

To raise money, businesses and organizations will purchase a sidewalk square and be partnered with a local artist. So far we’ve raised $10,000 and over 50 sponsors! There will be live music and food will also be provided by local bands and restaurants.

I have the honor of being partnered with Faith Church (my home church) to create art on 5th street! This mission is close to my heart and I can’t wait to participate and help raise money. 

To read more about Alternatives to Violence and the Safehouse, please visit their website.

I’ll be playing with the Artist’s Soft Pastels on my front walk this week, so I should have a sneek peek for you later! 

August 19, 2011

Back to Beads

 I haven't been able to sit and makes new beads for about a month so it felt great to sit and get started on a new set!
So... lots of new beads are on the way...which reminds me...I have about 25 finished paper bead jewelry pieces I need to photograph for Etsy. Oh my, I'm a little behind! haha

August 15, 2011

Color me Inspired: Book Art!

As an avid reader and writer, (and artist, but you already knew that.) I love to see how other people combine their hobbies. Ingenuity is a huge part of my life and I'm most inspired when I find some truly unique ideas!

Like these book paintings for example! I never would have thought to use a book as a canvas and really love the effect! 

Check out more of his work!

And how about these bookmobiles? Looks like the perfect way to recycle a book that's maybe seen too many days. If I had a library to decorate, this would definitely be in it.

The Shophouse

August 11, 2011


I love challenging myself and giving non-dominant drawing another try was the perfect way to spend my afternoon today!  ((Feel free to click pics to zoom in!))

 Getting the lines right was hardest because my left hand still feels awkward with a pencil in it!

A little further along! Starting to get the hang of it?

Not too shabby? I had a lot of fun with it and will probably keep challenging myself to get better with my left hand. Have you tried it yet?

August 4, 2011

Waiting Room Blues

Blue is one of the most powerful colors. It can convey deep emotion and reminds us of the sky and sea. For me, it makes me feel right at home. My kitchen is decorated in bold cobalt and sometimes, while you're away from home in a waiting room, a little taste of home is just what you need.

Pictured above are a few of my favorites from Etsy!
Twilight Art Print by BestArtStudios2
Art Deco Necklace by boylerpf
Super Sparkler Studs by Mashugana
Dance Troop in Blue by clementseye
Marigold Paper Flowers by DragonflyExpression

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