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Naomi had to come up with an act for her local CYT variety show this week. She loves singing, harmonizing, and performing the cup song, but also loves riding her roller blades. This project was a fun little collaboration we did this week. I haven’t been sewing or painting, but this week, it was learning how to do a split screen on a video editing software. It’s always something over here! Hehe. Anyway, check out the video below! 🙂
I recently completed a series titled, “Growing Up Girl.” I began sifting through thousands of photographs I have taken of my oldest daughter, and was inspired to recreate a few of my favorite shots of her…a decade later. As she approaches the “tumultuous” teen years, we are desperately holding onto the innocence and purity that is the magic of early childhood. She teeters between being that sweet, unknowing baby girl and a mature, young lady who deals daily with a chronic, painful genetic condition (Ehlers Danlos Syndrome). Those big, blue eyes tell a story of a girl growing up, getting older, and going on despite life’s trials.
So I introduce to you…
Growing Up Girl, featuring Naomi Ober.
And if you tune in THIS Wednesday, April 15th, Naomi and I will be sharing about this series on FB Live with Nickel Plate Arts. Check their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/NickelPlateArts/
I haven’t painted in a long while. So today, the kids and I took on a pretty huge project to help celebrate this weekend’s big holiday. It’s far from perfect, but it is glorious and beautiful and makes my heart smile big time. We used black masking tape and washable tempera paint (finger paint) on our sliding glass door. It took several coats of paint, with each one needing to dry completely before beginning the next, so this was a LONG project that took the better part of this day to complete. But we are SO happy with how it has turned out! When the sun shines through in the evening, it is absolutely radiant.
We got to enjoy a beautiful morning with temps around 65 degrees earlier this week. It had been raining earlier in the morning and the temps dropped 40 degrees in one day! But we made the most of it and got out and colored all over our sidewalks and driveway.
I am SO thankful for these six little miracles in my home, keeping my focus where it should be – on love. I am trying to be in the Word more than in the news these days. When I am, I am so full of peace, hope, and JOY. When I consume more news from the world than LIFE from the Word of God, my heart grows anxious and worried.
These kids are mostly oblivious to what is going on around the world. They know we are staying in and away from all friends and family. And they know why. They haven’t seen any news or stories out there, and they have been playing games together, enjoying movies together, creating artwork, and chugging along with their studies. They have such light, positive attitudes, which is SUCH a beautiful blessing. I want to be more like them!
And the two year old is in a MAJOR hoarding phase right now. Cracks me up. For her, it’s ANYTHING she can collect. This week, it was sidewalk chalk! LOL
As for me, I have paused making our alphabet letters to spend time making some masks. Some of my girls tested a few for me. 🙂
So I know a lot of people are suddenly home, many of them with their children as well. This isn’t a new phenomenon for me, as we have chosen to homeschool from the beginning. So being home with six kids all day, every day is my normal. What is NOT normal is being told that we must stay in and away from others. My kids are missing their friends and I am too! But I am thankful for FaceTime and Zoom and just having a cell phone and being able to communicate with our loved ones.
One of the other things I am thankful for is the opportunity to just spend quiet, creative time as a family. This is also a normal thing in our home. But there is something about boredom (not being able to play with others), that has brought out more creative curiosity and exploration in both me and my kids. And I look forward to seeing all that we are able to express and create as the days, weeks, and months go on. Maybe we will find time to write and illustrate entire books? Or maybe we will write and act out a new screenplay. Maybe we will write new songs? Or perhaps we will begin a new blog or start a new YouTube channel for kids, by kids? The ideas are endless. 🙂
This week, I have created a beautiful space for us to work on our sewing skills again. My project this week is to create an entire alphabet of fabric for my littles. Below are some pics of what I am working on…and if you’re wondering where the “A” went, a certain little “Abigail” of mine walked off with her favorite letter and we haven’t been able to find it yet. 🙂
Last month, I was shocked to find out that I had won the Special Award at the annual Polk Street Review book launch! I was humbled and honored to receive this special award for my writing and artwork.
WHERE TO FIND MY WORK THIS MONTH
The Noblesville City Hall is hosting the HCAA’s Loving Large exhibit now through the end of April! My piece, Flood Field on Olio, is hanging among some other AMAZING works of art. This is my largest soft pastel piece, and I am just in love with its vibrant hues!
I also have a large piece hanging at the Birdie Gallery for our “Enchanted Spring” exhibit. That exhibit will also be up through the end of April.
Unfortunately, my classes at IGNITE STUDIO in Fishers have already filled up! I will be offering two classes titled “All About Pastels” in which participants will get to explore the different types of pastels. 🙂 Below is a description of the classes, which will be held on March 14th and 28th from 2-4pm, at the Fishers Library IGNITE studio makerspace.
Enjoy an afternoon learning about and playing with the different types of pastels (soft, hard, and oil). Watch a live demonstration from award-winning abstract artist, Leslie Ober, and experiment with different types of pastels as you create a beautiful masterpiece yourself! Ages 13+ Registration is required and your spot will be held for 10 minutes after the start time. After 10 minutes, open spots will be filled with walk-ins. Walk-ins must check in with staff.
in the news
And finally, I am excited to be the Hamilton County Artists’ Association’s Member Spotlight this week!! Feel free to check it out by clicking the link below!
I am going to try to be better about notifying when I have work up and around town. But I am not making any promises! Haha. I have stepped up to become the membership chair for the HCAA and that has been keeping me pretty busy. I’ve been creating here and there as well, and have had my work up at Nickel Plate Arts for this past month. I have some exciting opportunities coming up in the next few months that I will share in another post, for now I leave you with this…
People in my art circles often hear that I have six kids, but they don’t usually see them with me. I want to try to get them out to see more of my exhibits in 2020! A few of these kiddos are even more creative and talented than I was at their ages. Makes me excited to see where they will go!