Letting Go of Expectations

Yay for CREATE days!

I love being inspired as much as the next person. But I’m finding I love creating even more!

Today’s lesson was about stamping, stenciling, and using spray inks to create more layers on the canvas.



Whew, do I need to do that in real life too. Just let what’s developing develop without trying to control the outcome.

Do you notice a theme here?

KRR said that for her, letting go of expectations for the piece, allows her to work from a place of FREEDOM.

Yep, freedom. And who doesn’t want more of that?

p.s. The Creative Director was hanging around today.



New Uses for Old Things

My favorite discovery of the day

Today’s lesson was all about repurposing common household items to paint with. It was pretty fun to guess what their marks were going to look like and then work with the results.

My favorite was the drawer liner. But I used an old cork, fork, credit card, milk cap and even a toy truck!

Funny thing about that toy truck, though. I picked it because it had nice, fat wheels that I thought would make a good tread mark. And it did, sort of, but . . . . . . . . what I didn’t realize is that it’s the kind of toy that when you roll it backwards, the wheels are spring-loaded and automatically shoot the toy forward when you release it.



Paint splatters all around!

I had a good laugh, and it wasn’t too much trouble to clean up. I think next time I’ll pick a different wheeled vehicle though. Or maybe just a bigger canvas. 🙂

It’s nice to think about using common things in an unusual way. And to play.

“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.” – Pablo Picasso

Control . . . or the Lack Thereof



Releasing Control
So, as I mentioned in my last post, (here) I was reminded again, during my recent illness that I am NOT in control.

And I’m learning that through painting as well.


It’s like riding a horse, for me. You can NOT choose where the horse puts his feet, but you can choose the general direction in which he will go. As your skill improves, and your horse’s skill improves and the level of connection/communication between the two of you grows, you can be more accurate together.

I have NO skill as an artist. And thus, NO control!

But it’s fun to just watch it go, and experiment, and play and see what will happen with the results.

I like learning techniques, and when I like the results I’m seeing, I give it its head, so to speak and let it go forward as fast as it wants to go!

But when I don’t like what I see, I rein it in a bit, and redirect it onto a different course.

I can’t choose exactly what’s going to happen, or how it will turn out, but I can nudge it in the general direction I want it to go.


And learning that even when I don’t have very much control, I can love the results, is amazing.  In fact, learning that if I HAD controlled it, I wouldn’t have liked the results as much, may be life changing!

And good for a big ol’ control freak like me.

Loving this, and loving learning.

Happy days!

I’m Baaaaack!

And I’ve begun! Finally!

I know it’s only been a couple of weeks, but it’s seemed like a loooong time on my end of things. I have been battling an illness, which taught me many things.

  1. I am completely dependent upon God. He is in control and I am SOOOOOOO not!
  2. I can count on my husband. Utterly, totally. That man loves me and took charge , not only of doing all of his work and mine, but also of taking care of me while I recuperate.
  3. My kids are AWESOME! They have pitched in and helped out. They’ve stepped up to more responsibility without complaint, prayed for my recovery, comforted and loved me, and helped with the baby.
  4. My friends are great. They text messaged me to check up on me and prayed for me and encouraged me. One even kept our kids so my husband could take me to urgent care.
  5. I refuse to take good health for granted. I will be grateful each day I have the energy to get out of bed and make breakfast for my family moving forward.

So, while being ill was miserable, and I’m still not back to myself (I lost about 15 lbs that I didn’t have to lose, so I’m a little weak and weary) I’m well on the road to recovery.

And that means ART is HAPPENING!

I just finished my first full-on messy art class with KRR and I loved it! So much fun.

My Creative Director enjoying a snack.

Road Trip Recovery

Well, it’s back to reality day around here, so that’s why I’m writing after the kids bedtime, instead of during nap time.

You see, there was no nap time around here today. All that traveling is hard on kiddos and completely blew our schedule out of the water.

I did, however get 6 of our 9 loads of laundry done, got everyone completely unpacked and went grocery shopping.

So, forgive me for the late hour.

I managed to sketch a little on the final days of our trip, and I did take a glance at the supply list for my art class.

Trying not to freak the freak out! So much stuff!

But I am so ready to get started!

Here’s the quote that kicked off the intro lesson:

The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.” – Goethe

Providence has definitely been moving. Now it’s my turn to BEGIN.

Color Inspiration

Inspired by this beauty at the zoo
All the colors
And texture too.

This is the last blog day of my vacation and I spent it at the zoo with GREAT friends, being inspired by all of the colors of nature. And some of the textures too.

Colors are the smiles of nature.” – James Henry Leigh Hunt

Nature must have been happy today.

And so was I. This is a lovely place to be anytime of year, but this week the weather has been blissful.

And yet, I am looking forward to getting back and getting started in art class.