So, spring 2020 may not look or feel like we all had hoped. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to force many of us to adjust to a “new normal” of social distancing, working from home, and a slew of other challenges. Nevertheless, if history has taught us anything, it’s that art and creativity cannot be quarantined. I hope you all are continuing to find new and exciting ways to express yourselves during this time. As for myself, I’m very excited to share with you one of my latest print designs.
Supporting a Local Artist
Many of you asked how you could help my local business and myself during this challenging time. One way you can help support me as an artist and local business owner is to consider purchasing one of my “Save the Bees” prints. So far, I have made 25 prints and am offering them at $20 each (including taxes and shipping!)
Whether you’d like one to display in your home or you’d like to purchase one as a gift to someone else, please reach out to me and let me know how many you would like and where you want them shipped. Each print is 8×10, ready to be framed, and mailed with a back board and protective sleeve.
20% to Benefit Lincoln County Beekeeper’s Association
To help spread awareness and support for another local group, I am donating 20% of all Save the Bees print sales to the Lincoln County Beekeeper’s Association. This is a great local group dedicated to the well-being of honeybees in our area, as well as educating the community on beekeeping.
I am so very grateful for each of you who have already expressed an interest in buying a print and to those of you who have already placed an order. Your support is and always will be appreciated, no matter what may be happening in the world. Thank you for supporting this local artist and small business owner!
If you have any questions about the Save the Bees print, please don’t hesitate to reach out. You can connect with me through my Contact page, or through the Gallery 27 website.
We are stuck in the house and my son is blowing through his online school work. We don’t want to rely on TV or video games to keep him busy. So I’ve come up with some lesson plans of my own. Lessons that he might not get in school or things he needs to learn from us already. This is the prefect time parents/educators.
So for health we are studying reflexology.
I did use online resources and have those noted to get the same information used. I’m NOT a reflexologist nor am I trained. This is just for fun.
Click Reflexology Lesson for the lesson and here for the template if needed.
Thanks to Trio, Shari Smith, and curator, Liz McKay, for including me in the 2020 Trio exhibit. Trio starts with a book that’s given to a visual artist and songwriter. The artists write a song and create a work of art inspired by the book they read, fulfilling their TRIO. Each TRIO will travel to museums, galleries, and literary events throughout the following year. It was a challenging and rewarding opportunity to create a work of art based on another artist’s work. The book I received was “Darling Girl,” written by the very talented Terry Watkins. For more information about the Trio 2020 artists, check out http://shari-smith.com/trio-2020/. “Darling Girl” is a powerful story of how a young girl sees the struggle of mental illness take over her mother and its effects on the family. You can purchase a copy on Amazon or visit the author’s page for more info, http://www.terryhwatkins.com.
We are still home bound and I’m teaching Reily how to cook. I thought about this for a couple of days before opening “my” own school at our kitchen table. My mom never taught me to cook. Honestly, all the little I know came from watching my Great Grands during my summer visits. They taught me the southern staples like how to make bread, how to fry anything, and make gravy…essentials of (southern) cooking. The rest is pretty intuitive, motivation, and bravery.
Free Printable Mac & Cheese Recipe
I want my son to be self reliant and he needs to know how to cook. He told me the other day that he didn’t like “my school.” “Sorry…not sorry!” was my reply. Maybe one day he will appreciate my lessons. Plus I have a treat for you! I illustrated the recipe. Download and print the recipe here.
Happy Friday everyone! Times are kinda scary these days and I’m definitely feeling pretty heavy. I miss the gallery and my students most of all. And this week some of us have been pushed into a teacher role to our children. However, I refuse to cave in and give any more electronic time. So I created a fun little art challenge for the kiddos to help everyone out! Hope you enjoy.
What is Journal Junkies is a question I get asked frequently, so I’ve decided to share a video of what we do in class and the topics we discuss. Art Journaling has been around for a long time and a friend of mine, Anastasia Boswell introduced me to this wonderful expression of art and love.
Art Journaling was the first class offered in my art gallery because the practice was so important to me. If anything, my JJ group is on my top ten lists of things I’m proud of and created. My group is consisted of some strong, courageous, beautiful, kind, generous, and lovely souls. I’m so glad they trust me as their creative guide every month and share their time with me.
One of the journal prompts I will give my students this fall is to discover weaknesses they may have. This will lead to another prompt; How can a manipulator use my weaknesses against me? Surprisingly, I found this to be challenging personally. Sure, all the immediate weaknesses came to mind, smoking, eating, and a bunch more but how could someone hurt or manipulate me with those? I had to dig deeper and I found a simple quiz on strengths and weaknesses.
The goal of this assignment isn’t to find our weaknesses to change them or feel badly about ourselves. Weaknesses can be strengths and strengths can be weaknesses. It’s all about balance and all of our beautiful flaws are accompanied by our greatest strengths, usually. For example, I know that I’m a one way communicator and poor listener due to many reasons. One of the main reasons is my ADD and I have to really work hard on some of these challenges.
I’ve had some manipulating people see my weakness of poor listening and use it against me. They swore they told me or didn’t tell me something. Once or twice after this happened; I made sure to really listen to these individuals in the future. Yes, a few times my poor listening was a weakness which lead to some confusion in my life and happened infrequently. However, the people who I’ve had repeated misunderstandings, confusion, or issues more times than I can count ended up being manipulative people.
I’m not saying being a poor listener is great and wonderful but it’s a weakness in me I’ve struggled with all my life. Honestly, I probably will continue to struggle but I’m aware and will get better at listening. I’m not going to beat myself up over it or punish myself. On the flip side this weakness is also my Wonder Woman strength. I can tune out the most annoying people in the world, filter through BS, stay calm in ridiculously long meetings, and work at the same time. I can turn my listening on or off.
Pictured is the quiz I took, Which of the four animals are you? I got a lion and I listed all the strengths and weaknesses of the lion. I hope you enjoy.
Disclaimer: I don’t want to debate or argue that people can change and turn bad behavior into a positive behavior. We can’t take every flaw and fix it realistically in my opinion; we are NOT robots. Unless your behavior is harming you or others; make a change. But I’m talking about weaknesses that you may not notice, causes no harm, or quirks.
I really pondered this idea and asked myself what are my weaknesses? The last time someone asked me about my weaknesses was during a job interview. I don’t think I did a great job answering the question that day either. After a couple of days I couldn’t make a clear choice so I found this really cool personality quiz that narrows down strengths/weaknesses. Here’s the quiz I took: http://www.peterursbender.com/quiz/swtable.html
This helped me focus or narrow my list down to concrete weaknesses that a manipulator could use to hurt me if they saw fit to do so. This brought me to my next question, how do I correct my weaknesses so they could never be used against me? I mean I could just stop being weak or not act weak in any area, couldn’t I? After many minutes of reflection I decided that was unrealistic. I can’t be perfect…heck, I don’t know what perfect even looks like.
There’s a balance to the universe, yin and yang, circle of life, etc. We all have strengths but some of them will be followed by a weakness. For example I am very unrealistic with myself and others when it comes to goals, expectations, behaviors, and emotions. It took a long time to discover this about myself but when I did I realized that it came from a very loving place in my soul. I’m very loyal and a big ideas kinda girl, so those strengths leave with me that pesky weakness of unrealistic expectations.
However, I look at it as a cool weakness. It definitely helps me get things done, things I never dreamed I could accomplish and has helped me see the ones who love me. I’m not perfect and have flaws but they are a part of me. This page is titled: “Let it Bees, Natural Weaknesses”.
I used water soluble crayons, Dina Wakley stencil MDS44239 (Stenciled Queenie), bee stamps, gouache, sharpie and washi tape.