Mixed Emotions in the Studio…

This just about sums it up!

 

I have exactly 28 days to start and finish painting for this year’s Mosaic exhibit!!  Now, before you think I should be dragged off to the padded party room in a pretty straight jacket, let me explain. This year’s Mosaic exhibit is way different than the previous two years. One major plus for me is that instead of 50 paintings, I only have 10 paintings to complete. Whew!! That little switch right there was a deal maker for me. You see this year, unlike the last two years, I’m also juggling two part-time jobs. So 50 paintings being a struggle with no jobs other than my little art career was tough, but it would have been impossible this year. But alas, the blessed change! And here I am.

So, ten paintings are totally doable – if I don’t get sidetracked.

Yesterday I brought out all the things. All. The. Beautiful. Things.
These are all the actors hoping for a role in the upcoming Mosaic show that I’ve entitled “Destined for Flight”. Yes, bird related objects. I decided that I was allowed to paint what I wanted to paint and this was it. So we’re doing all my favorite objects with my current color obsessions.

So I’ll be dragging you along with me into my happy painting place!

I give you, my pretties:


And you may be asking, Rebecca, is there anything else going on? And I’ll be saying YESSS! Yes, there is. Let me tell you about it!

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This Friday evening I’m doing our very first private livestream for my dearest subscribers. I. can. not. wait.

I will be painting this little number here – the sweet antique translucent bottle with the note inside. {I’ll let you decide what the note actually says.}

This in attendance will get tell me what background they want to see her painted in front of.

Would you like to join us? You’ll be able to watch me paint online and I’ll be able to hear you ask questions and we can see each other on the video conferencing program! Have I said I can’t wait, yet? I can’t wait.

• Click here for more information and to subscribe for these Livestream Painting Sessions. The more the merrier!

Stay tuned for some painting action in the next week or so – it’s going to get super busy in here.

 

Facebook Livestream Painting {Friday Night}

Facebook Livestream

To kick-off my first month on Livestream Studio, I’m giving you a little taste of a livestream painting session on Facebook! Join me on my Facebook Page at 7pm to see a painting of a silver object unfold. I’ll talk through my process and answer your questions.
See you there!

Livestream Studio is here!

This has been a long journey. I’ve been thinking about it for two years and talking about it for one year. After so much work and planning, the day has finally come! I’m so excited to share my studio with you and to get to know you personally.

What is Livestream Studio?
It’s a service I’m now providing to art lovers and artists via Patreon.com – there is something for everyone here. Among other exclusive perks, you are invited to subscribe to livestream painting sessions online twice a month where I’ll paint for my group of patrons and answer your questions. I’m also offering one-on-one mentoring to a limited number of artists.

I won’t delay this any longer. Everything you need to know is on my Patreon page. Hop over and watch my video!

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*Bonus Livestream Painting on Facebook {May 3rd}

This Friday evening I’ll be going live on my Facbook page at 7pm as my big kick-off for my Livestream Studio services. You can click this link to my Facebook Page at 7pm on May 3rd to join the fun. Send the link to some friends!

Hope and Meaning {Anchors for the Soul}


“…the hope set before us.
We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul.”

 

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We need something to hang onto, don’t we? What gives us stability when life is unsettling or causes us to be overcome with grief or fear? What do we need in times of sustained pressure or pain? We need hope and meaning.

Viktor Frankl survived Auschwitz concentration camp during WWII. In his memoir, Man’s Search for Meaning, he shares that the key to his survival was to identify and focus on a purpose for living.

“In some way, suffering ceases to be suffering
at the moment it finds meaning.”

-Viktor Frankl

 

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We can take this principle out of a dire situation and apply it to everyday life. It could be that promotion you’re eyeing at work, a daunting project or the long journey of grief. If we can identify the goal or hope that waits for us at the end of this journey, we will be sustained while putting in the long hours, or working through another painful event. 

 

Certain Hope for Things Unseen is a portrait of the space in time that exists between you and your goal. The binoculars and sprinkled references to birds gives evidence that finding and watching birds is the goal. We hang onto trophies of past victories such as nests and feathers to keep us moving forward when success eludes us. We see books that represent the learning and growing that occurs through prolonged effort. 

 

Finally, as the backdrop we find those soothing shades of blue and amber. They transcend over everything that is occurring in the painting, and also in life. We are reminded by these shades of blue that the end of the story is always heaven for those who know and love the LORD. And amber or fire, visual evidence of God’s presence in Ezekiel’s vision, assures us that God’s presence is a steadfast and comforting reality.

If you are waiting or working for something, fix your eyes on the prize and His promises and this will help you through to the end.

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• Order the Puzzle

Certain Hope is now available as a puzzle! Order by October 25th to receive a puzzle by Christmas.
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Four Puzzles! [the results are in]

Last week I revealed that puzzles are now available for Christmas this year and you voted on the second puzzle image on Facebook and Instagram. Well, the results were so close that I decided to create puzzles from the top three paintings. So, now there are four puzzles to choose from!!!

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***It’s super important that you order your puzzles by October 25th. Why? Because the puzzles have the longest turnaround time of all my products: 5-6 weeks when they’re not in the Holiday season. I spoke with a rep yesterday and they are currently in their busy Holiday production time. In order to be sure you receive your puzzles by Christmas and that I have enough funds to place the order, I must sell 40 puzzles by October 25th. Unlike Calendars, I will not be able to make a 2nd order.

So, if you are certain you want a puzzle this year, order today!

Puzzles are Here!

Yepper-Doodle, you read that right. Are you a puzzle person? I have turned into one, so I’m super excited to now begin offering my paintings on puzzles. This year, one puzzle will feature 48 Coastal paintings and YOU can help choose the image for the second puzzle on my Facebook Page. Locate this morning’s Facebook post with five paintings to choose from and click the ❤ “Love” button on your favorite.
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The Coastal puzzle is now available for Christmas delivery. View the puzzles page by clicking here.

Since puzzles have a long turn around time, I’ll be placing an order for puzzles to be created on November 1st, so please place your orders by October 31st to ensure you will receive a puzzle this year.

Stay tuned for Coastal paintings on new Redbubble products and a 2019 Calendar. Get your Christmas shopping done so you can enjoy the season with less stress!

Have a wonderful day! ❤

Beauty in the Broken Places • A Painting Spotlight

Whether uncomfortable or devastating, short-lived or seemingly endless, we’ve all had pain and difficulty. I find though, that long amounts of time spent in the darkest places is where this phenomenon of seeing beauty while being broken is most evident.

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As I prepared the Coastal series, I heard sentiments from those following the process such as, “Oh, I love sea glass!” It’s lovely to look at and touch. But isn’t it interesting how the allure to sea glass itself is only there because it’s been broken and ground down by the elements? Similarly, we love to hold a smooth rock in our hands – a rock that has been sanded by time in a river’s constant friction.

These things are pleasing only because what they have been though was rough, lengthy and altering. 

Over the last few years, time and grit have ground me down to what I hope will one day become a lovely yet strong character. I’ve seen many of my close friends crushed then rebuilt into women with deep wisdom, empathy and a richness of friendship to offer. What a mystery it is to be in the darkest of moments yet be able to see so many good things such as friendships, strengthened faith, character and opportunities to care for others that would never have existed if we’d not been temporarily ruined.

This is the gift that goes along with a crushing. Meaning and purpose become a blanket for the long night.

I’ve recently read about Kintsugi or “golden repair,” a Japanese art form where broken pottery is repaired with gold. There is no attempt to hide the imperfections. In contrast, the gold accentuates the broken places and gives value to the events occurring to the object instead of brokenness causing it to be discarded.

The gold in my broken places is the Lord who is slowly repairing and holding me together. As I see the veins of His golden healing in my friend’s lives, I’m comforted that beauty and victory comes from what should have been finality.

For those who trust in Him, He will mold the grit into a pearl. He will turn mourning into joy. He will shape the gravestone into a monument of His faithfulness. He has the last word on brokenness, and it’s a beautiful final Word: “It is finished.” 

 “My scars are significant and precious. I shouldn’t keep hiding them. I am recognizable by them; they make me unique. They are an integral part of who I am. They show that through Christ, I am a conqueror – that I have suffered and, by the Holy Spirit, have overcome… The dictionary says ‘a scar is mark left by a healed wound.’ A healed wound. My scars signify healing.” – Vaneetha Rendall Risner, The Scars that Have Shaped Me

“He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.” – Psalm 147:3


IMG_4285 (1) This year’s Christmas Products will feature the Coastal series from the 2018 Mosaic group show.

Coastal Products for Christmas Delivery are coming soon. 

Look for Coastal products from Redbubble, a 2019 Coastal Calendar and a brand new product that will all be revealed starting next week.