In the midst of Life’s Storms…

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚

What we are doing at home…

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This morning we read “Caps for Sale,” and then practiced balancing pillows on our heads. It was a LOT harder than it looks! LOL.

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.

My older girls created their very own shadow puppet theater, without me even knowing!

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

Also, I wanted to give a shout out to my awesome husband for snapping this photo for me!

LOTS going on!!

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.

I was also asked to give a short presentation about my creative process.


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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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.

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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!

New Year, New Opportunities…

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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!

I created this in honor of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment this year!

Shop Local is a Success!

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The weather outside was frightful, but the art inside was SO delightful! ๐Ÿ™‚ I wish it had been snowing, but last weekend was a cold, rainy mess! But that didn’t stop many people from stopping by Noble Made and the HCAA pop up gallery on the square!

I had a super fun surprise as I came in to take down my work. There was a couple who had been there for a little while before I got there. And as they saw me beginning to put stuff away, the gentleman says, “Wait! I want to see that one again!” After I hand him my one of my newest pieces (the camera), he smiles and hugs it, saying, “I want it!”

I am thankful to Walt Thacker, a fellow HCAA artist, who captured the sale happening. ๐Ÿ™‚

It was such a bittersweet moment and completely took me off guard. I hadn’t planned to part with that piece so soon, as it was one of my newest favorite pieces. ๐Ÿ™‚ But what a blessing to have someone fall in love with my work!! Guess I will need to begin painting some more vintage cameras in the near future! Haha.

Under $100 Holiday Gift Show

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The HCAA Birdie Gallery is all decked out for the holidays! I have several pieces up on the walls, as well as displayed on shelves throughout the gallery. There are LOTS of beautiful original pieces of artwork, as well as smaller items like bookmarks, greeting cards, and hand painted ornaments. What a great way to have original art from professional artists!! Gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays 1-4pm, and Saturdays 10am-4pm. Feel free to stop by and take a look!

Another Art Demonstration!

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This is super last minute, but if you happen to be free, I will be at the Museum of Miniature Houses in Carmel TODAY from 12-1pm! I was contacted earlier this year and asked to do an art demonstration as part of their celebrations of creativity and craftsmanship series. I still haven’t decided whether I will paint with acrylics or use my soft pastels. Though I am leaning toward the pastels for their ease of use and clean up! ๐Ÿ™‚