Almost seven years ago now, when I had my first child, my life as an artist changed drastically. I quickly learned that I had to make some pretty big shifts with my schedule, my medium (good-bye oils), my style, and my overall art practice. I also learned that the road to what I felt was being a successful artist had to take a longer "scenic route". However, the beauty of living in your calling is you learn that what you think is a detour is actually not that at all. It's the truest journey which enriches your life in so many ways- the straight highway becomes so unappealing, you thank God for the long road.
In this season of motherhood, my artistic calling and creativity has gone to depths and levels I never knew were there. I got out of my box and discovered that things I thought I disliked I actually love, and things that I thought I loved I actually dislike. Although I very much felt at one point I grieved the death of one vision, that death became the fertile soil to grow many new ideas and dreams!
Although this page on my website may seem unexpected, it’s very much an actual reflection of my life and my art. My kids have taught me how to use my imagination, how to be truly creative, how to have fun, how to story tell, how to push myself, how to get the job done. They have taught me I would rather leave a legacy and teach timeless lessons that just make some money selling a painting (though that's fun too!)
In my last post I was still debating about the name of this collection, and finally decided on Furious Love! This is all about the kind of love our world needs right now- a love that is fierce, selfless and instinctive. A love that can show courageous acts of kindness that save lives, heal hearts and bring freedom!
A portion of every sale from this collection will go to a ministry called the 611 Network. They exist to bring awareness and freedom to those who are caught in the horrors of human trafficking. What an amazing way to show, what I call, furious love!
These paintings are bright and bold, with hints of neon woven throughout. The texture underneath gives these paintings character and meaning- a symbol of how beauty can emerge from the ashes of a broken, rough beginning.
I pray this works inspires you with hope for the hurting, and a greater awareness of how you can show this type of love to a broken world.
As our world has seen a lot of violence and anger, I have been thinking a lot about love. I believe, as simplistic as that sounds, love is always the answer. Then, a question popped into my mind. What if you put together the words "violent love" together? What would that look like? Maybe it would look like a person rushing into a burning building to save someone else's life, maybe a stranger helping to deliver a baby on the side of a road, or a bystander pulling someone out of a car accident. I think oftentimes the most beautiful acts of love are not soft, cuddly and pastel, but they are messy, spontaneous and sacrificial.
This got my creative wheels turning, and as always, I believe flowers tell the best stories! I am working on a collection of rose paintings that tell the story of love. These painting are messy, fast, and full of color! There are hints on neon paint in each one and dark bold outlines.
When I launch these paintings, I am going to donate a portion of each sale to a ministry that is showing radical love towards children by helping rescue them out of human trafficking. Human trafficking has got to be one of the biggest injustices of our day. I thank God for people who dedicate their lives to do the messy work of rescuing, healing and bringing justice for these kids.
Just like everyone else in the world, our family has experienced a lot of changes this year. Many of those changes haven't been at all bad to be honest, some of them have actually been good! And then again, some have been hard. I recently decided that I am going to home school my son this year. I never saw myself as a homeschooling mom, mostly because I don't feel like the most organized or scheduled person in the world. I think the structure and schedule of school is so important, and I know I am going to have to work really hard with that dynamic!
Being an artist, I am always full of ideas... sometimes too many. Actually most of the time way too many! This is where my two downfalls come together, too many art ideas, and less time to do art because of my sons home school schedule... and this is where if I choose to, I can see the silver lining in all this!
Getting into a strict schedule due to home school doesn't allow me so much time with my art to try new things or experiment with ideas. If I want to do great things, I will need to FOCUS... and that's exactly what I need to do!
I am not sure how this will all work out, and I'm sure many of you are asking the same questions. But I always believe that in the midst of our challenges we can find the silver lining. We can find the answers we are looking for when our minds are challenged to come out of "life as it's always been". I'm choosing to think great things will come from this new season, for me and for my art!
The stories behind these two paintings inspire us to look for the beauty among the ashes, click below to read more and be inspired!
This beautiful Pink Peony was created on an 8" x 8" wood cradled board with acrylic paints. I have been playing around with the idea of beauty coming out of the rough places, so I used a texture medium on the base of the wood. A pale pink peony emerged from the rough place, giving a sign of hope and perseverance! I finished this piece with a gloss varnish which really enhances the color and texture, bringing this painting to life!
This painting does not come framed, but does have a wire hanger.
As I was creating this painting I was thinking about beauty. I have always believed there is beauty in everyone and everything, it just needs to be drawn out. True beauty is something that happens at a heart level, it's not surface. As I was creating this piece I was dissecting my own subconscious thoughts. It's easy for me to see beauty in others or to find beauty from a difficult circumstance. However, sometimes when it comes to me, I feel beauty= image or perfection. Yuk! That is so not true, but somehow I think our culture can deceive us in believing that. So, as I see beauty in everyone else, I am going to choose to see it in myself. Will you accept the challenge with me?
This "beauty" was created on an 8" x 8" wood cradled board with acrylic paints. It has a texture medium underneath and is varnished with a lovely gloss that makes a true statement of, well, imperfect beauty!
Painting does not come framed but has a wire hanger on back. If interested in a frame please send me a message.