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!!!
***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!
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
“Coastal” comes to Summer Mosaic 2018
It’s really crazy that it’s that time of year and also that I said yes to the insanity again! I know, I know… but it was a wonderful sort of panicky busy. Almost all the work is over for the opening and if you missed any of it, you can watch it unfold on my Facebook and Instagram pages.
No flowers, this year. I went to the shore for inspiration. I’m sort of drawn toward blue right now. Okay, that makes me sound sane. It’s more like I’m obsessed with blue and I can’t get enough of the color. That – deep indigo not as deep as navy, a little greenish, but not teal – shade of blue. I also like colors that are hard to describe, apparently.
So, in April I started painting my way through 50 shells, messages in bottles and beach arrangements with the backgrounds of color you’d find from the shore to the midnight zone. I must say that I’m not tired of these colors. Not one little bit.
Summer Mosaic opens THIS WEEK, so I thought you may like to see all the paintings and information about the show. It will work just like last year with one addition. This year the show is open for only viewing for three days before the show begins to be dismantled by sales. Monday thru Wednesday anyone can come in and enjoy over 30 artist’s labor to create 50 succinct artworks. It is quite an experience. Each artist’s set of works is unique yet they beautifully work as one unit.
My unit of paintings is entitled “Coastal” and features shells and other items in various color palettes that work for any home color scheme.
You can see everything you need to know about Summer Mosaic here. View the paintings, get info on dates, sales, tickets, and links to view the journey to 50 paintings all at this little handy-dandy link!
Some of you have been waiting for this information for a while. I’m so excited to tell you I have received the final word on how those of you watching from afar can make sure you get the paintings you have your little eye on. Visit my website for all of the details, now. View the current paintingsto pick my flowers.
The Summer Mosaic group show is a four-day event at 171 Cedar Arts Center in Corning, NY featuring 24 artists who have each created 50 small works of art. That’s a lot of artwork! There will be acrylic and oil paintings, ceramic, photography, jewelry and more.
• Private Preview (Day 1)
The event begins July 20th at 5:30 with a private preview on the first evening. There will be live music and a special gift bag for the 1st 100 guests. Only those who have purchased a ticket may attend and purchase paintings, however, if you live too far away to attend, you can also buy a ticket to “attend” from afar. You can then also purchase paintings by following a few extra steps BEFORE July 19th. See my website for all of the details and links for purchasing tickets and securing your paintings with 171. Paintings that are purchased will be taken off the walls almost immediately, so if you want to see the entire show in tact, you’ll want to come this evening!!
• Mosaic Bash (Day 2)
The 2nd evening is more of a party that starts at 7pm and goes later into the night with live music, dancing and gourmet refreshments. Tickets must also be purchased for this evening in order to attend and buy paintings.
• New Moon Sale (Days 3&4)
On the 3rd and 4th day, (July 22nd & 23rd) the show is open to the public for anyone to come view and buy artwork during normal operating hours: Saturday July 22nd • 9am-5pm Sunday July 23rd • 12pm-5pm
Since purchased artwork will be taken home right away, it may look a little ransacked, but that’s the nature of this very interesting, art flying-off-the-walls, fundraiser.
I painted almost all day long. Got up at 4:30. But was unable to finish a painting until 1pm. I had hoped to have two down by then. Started another painting which I ended up wiping out two times before I said “uncle” and decided to wash my brushes and call it a day. If I’m to catch up to schedule I should paint 6 paintings before Monday morning. That ain’t happening. Not sure how to make this happen, but I’m so tired that nothing profitable is going to occur in the studio tonight.
I find myself having no idea how to set up the flowers for the next painting. No desire to paint any of them. I can’t visualize them painted (which is crucial). Just very empty right now.
Here’s the painting I did finish. #21. One painting in a whole lot of hours of work.
Maybe the painting fairy will get 6 done while I sleep.
Yes, I’m still here and I’m still going. Something crazy (in my opinion) happened this week. I decided to try the time lapse feature on my iPhone. Wasn’t sure how it worked, never really looked at it. So I paint, while taking video with it, don’t edit it, don’t put music to it, throw it up on Instagram for fun: “hey, I tried this…it turned out ok”.
3 days go by.
In those three days, at the writing of this post, the video has had 6,800 views. And I’ve gained 223 new Instagram followers.
Things I’ve learned:
1. You just never know
2. You people like your time lapse videos.
I did end up putting the full version up (Instagram only allows 1 minute) and I added some music. If you want to see what people were reacting to, here it is on YouTube.
I’m excited about having 700 follows, but a look at the artists I follow who have 50,000 and 70,000+ followers quickly puts it all back into perspective. Just keep painting girl, you have not even come close to arriving. You haven’t even pulled out of the hangar, yet.