Monday, January 20, 2014

Artful Blogging - What Inspire's You?

As I was flipping through the latest Artful Blogging Magazine looking at all of the beautiful photos and blogs, I found myself once again wishing my photography looked like some of those.
I had to remind myself that God doesn't want us to compare ourselves to others.  Our value is found in Him, and Him alone.  Then I thought a little more about those exquisite photos...not one of them screamed my name.  As beautiful as they are, none of those photos would inspire me to change who I am.  I would not have captured a single one of them through my camera lens.
If you've followed this blog for any length of time, you've never seen a crisp white kitchen, girls in dresses running through fields, or richly colored berries pouring from a bowl.  Chances aren't likely you ever will!
What speaks to me is what will find it's way to my camera lens.  Those moments in time that whisper my name will eventually pour themselves onto my blog.
My book reads a little differently than the floral arrangements and the beach scenes, but, to me, it's an interesting read....
Through my lens....
It's well-worn...


And could tell many stories...

What is your story?  Share a glimpse with us!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Weekend Creative Challenge - Break Out the Camera

Are you creating with us?  Are you using your gifts to make a difference for God's Kingdom or to give Him glory?  If you haven't already joined our journey, it's not too late!  We kicked off at the New Year, so you have plenty of time to participate.  Let's have some fun with a new challenge this week!


  • Capture God's Beauty around you.
  • Break out the camera and put on your artistic eyeglasses!
  • Find something unique or interesting, or just plain beautiful, to photograph.
  • Take a bunch of pictures - zoomed, odd angles, zoomed pieces of the scene, etc.
  • Apply some photo apps or Photoshop to give the photo some pizzazz if needed!
  • Now, decide how you could use this photo artistically!  Mixed media, framed, sketched and painted, background paper, scrapbooking......
  • Bless someone with your new creation!
You don't always have to have a paintbrush in your hand to create art.  You might just need a camera lens!  The fact of the internet world is we must always be honing our photography skills because that's usually the only way folks see our work.  That's an area I REALLY need to work on, so why not make it a challenge!

Let's take a look at the photos I shot for this post!

First - junky background...slightly out of focus....and poor lighting...YUCK!

By the way, I am a master of bad photography!

...tried a filter...still YUCK!

...changed the angle, the filter, the background, and zoomed in...
That was the same poor lighting, but I was holding a piece of white paper to the right of the camera to reflect some light.  Still not amazing, but so much better!
I then took it several times with different filters -

Go ahead, give it a try, and share!!

What did you find that caught your eye around you?  Please share with us!  You can email the photo to me, and you might just be featured on the blog!  Be sure to share any techniques you used to enhance the photo, too!

May God Bless you with lots of beauty to behold!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Friday Finish - On Friday!! Watercolor Ladybug is Done! Give Away!!

I was happy to finish the little ladybug I was working on last night just in time to use for a little something for a friend!  Here she is -

I'm feeling spring in the air ( or maybe wishing), and I'm trying to get some of you up and, I'm feeling a Give-Away coming on!  I've been in the watercolor card making spirit, and I've designed several note card sets with my watercolor prints on the card front.

I'm giving away a set of the winner's choice!!!  So, how do you win?  Leave a comment on this blog telling us what you're creating.  That's it!  Your name is in the drawing!  If you participated in one of the challenges I've posted for the new year, email me a picture, and you're in again!  Tell us how you've used your art for God's glory in the new year, and you're in AGAIN!!  Who knows, I might even give away two sets!

So, what's on your worktable?  Did you have a Friday Finish?

Enjoy the Weekend!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Ladybugs and Blessings

First let me say it has been a fabulous birthday, and I am so blessed to have so many wonderful people in my life!

Now, let's get to the nitty-gritty....the blog world.  Yes, I'm a part of it, and yes, I love those blogs with gorgeous pictures, and those well-planned posts.  You know the ones - Tutorial Tuesday, Work Table Wednesday, Friday Freebies....and those posts always appear just as expected.  I was going to be that blog....really, I was...but it just doesn't play out that way.  So here's the deal - Friday Finish might be on Thursday or Sunday.  Tuesday Tutorial might be on Saturday afternoon....that's just the way I roll, so maybe catchy titles aren't a good thing for me!

That being said, I'm working on the work table tonight, and I'm playing with water colors again.  I'm not sure what the intrigue is.  Those that know me know how much I love the Christmas season, but when it's done, I'm ready for spring!  I'm in for skipping the rest of winter- just bring on the bugs and the sunshine!  

I have spring on my mind this evening, and started sketching and dabbing a little paint here and there on this ladybug-

I love ladybugs.  They are so strikingly beautiful against the more muted colors of the foliage.  I have to stop and admire each time I see one.  God really did create a stunning little creature!  Ladybugs remind me of people who are always blessings in my life.  No matter how many times they appear, how many blessings they bring to my life, I have to stop and admire them each time I see them.  They, too, are God's stunning creations, so to all the ladybugs in my life, thank you!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Watercolor Practice with a Purpose - Friday Finish...on Sunday..whoops!

Are you with me?  Have you been creating every day?  Let us hear from you!

So, I didn't get my Friday Finish done on time.  It's past my bedtime, but I wanted to share another pair of boots that I painted in watercolors with some added inked lines.  I am not a watercolor person, but they've been of interest to me lately.  I really don't think I'm using them correctly, but that's OK.  I'm staying under the radar of the paint police!

Our upcoming Cowgirls in Christ of West Texas Cowgirl Gatherin' is coming March 1st, 2014.  Can you guess the theme?

Weekend Challenge - Trash to Treasure...Reclaim It!

I hope you have enjoyed the weekend, and you will soon be on your way to worship the Lord this morning.  I hope you are creating every day!

The Challenge:

  • Find a piece of "trash" that really should have been thrown away, but you have hung on to it for some odd reason.
  • You are now on a rescue mission!
  • Decide how you will save this piece...will it become a doll piece, a candle holder, a component for mixed media, a wall hanging, a door stop, a canvas, a...?
  • If you don't have anything calling to you, head out to the Thrift Store.  
  • Get to it!  Turn that find into a reclaimed piece of art!
So what did I choose?  A find from CIA Thrift Store!  Normally I would wait for the 50% off sale, but I paid the full $3.99 for my treasure.  It's an old spice rack that is coming apart on one side and the top.

Mine is going to be more of a functional treasure than an artistic one, but, hey, we're making up the rules as we go!  

Be sure to leave us a comment sharing your rescue mission.  Now get to creating!  

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Saturday Challenge - It's OK to Color Outside the Lines!

I'm glad you've stopped by for the first challenge.  There's no backing out now!  If you've joined me for the art journey this year, here's your chance to break out of the box.

The Challenge:

  • Choose a medium that you've never tried, or one you've just dabbled in a little bit.
  • Check out some how-to videos.  There are so many great artists that are willing to share!
  • Pick a person to create for - this will give you some direction, and you'll bless someone at the same time!
  • Gather what you need, and, remember, you can make beautiful pieces on a budget.
  • Create ART!!!!
So, what did I choose?  Mixed media.  I am, by no means, a mixed media artist.  In fact, the one piece I've made is really just a painted canvas with a few pieces of paper stuck to it.  Jeanne Oliver creates beautiful mixed media art and has shared some wonderful videos.  If you've not found her site for artists, you should drop by!  One of her tutorials is on creating a vintage girl in mixed media.  I chose to go Victorian for a friend's sewing room.
Here's what I've found out about myself so far...
  • My art is precise - neat, square, and accurately detailed....not always a good thing.
  • I don't like to cover up my background after I've created it.
Here's a peek at the work-in-progress-

So far, I've done a background of old sewing advertisements, covered it with sewing pattern paper, sketched and painted the vintage woman with acrylics, added some old thread labels, used some watercolor and charcoal pencils, and added some flowered paper.  
It's a far cry from the layers of beauty of true mixed media artists, but I'm forcing myself to keep adding.  I wish I had taken a picture of the first time I said, "Ok, I'm done."  I didn't realize how truly flat my first version was.  The more I color and dab stuff on, the more I'm liking her.
What I've learned....
     there's power in letting go of perfection.  I'll never achieve it anyway...
                  ...and the the art Nazis didn't show up when I colored outside the lines!

So, what will you choose?  Go ahead, leave us a comment!

Mixed Media UPDATE:
   Ok, I'm done...really, this time I'm done!


Friday, January 3, 2014

Friday Finish - That's the Goal Anyway!

Here we are in the new year.  Have you been creating every day?  If you haven't, it's not too late to start.  I will be releasing more info on our creative journey this weekend.  I have found I am not quite the video host I thought I was...oh well, you'll be the one that has to watch it!  :) 

So, I've been planning features for the blog, and Friday Finish seemed to have a ring to it.  My goal, you ask (you did, didn't you?), is to have a finished piece by Friday to share, and I would love to see your finished piece, too, so be sure to email it to Sherry's Cabin - the link is on the side-bar.  Who knows, you might even be featured for a Friday Finish!

I can't say she's completely finished because I want to frame her in wood strips, but the painting is done.  I toned down the sky with some antiquing, and I like her much more.  Here's the folk art angel that's been on the work table-

How can you bless someone today with your creativity?  Share a comment, and leave some awesome ideas!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year! Are You Up for a Journey?

Welcome 2014!  It is the beginning of a fantastic year, and I hope you will join me on the journey.  It is going to be exciting and challenging.  Creating by God's Grace - that's what I do, and I would like you to join me this year.  Let's create every day....yes, every day!  Even if it's just a two minute doodle on a notepad.  Are you up for it?  I've been creating behind the scenes today, but I'm not quite ready to reveal it just yet.  I'll fill you in a little more in the coming days.  Who's willing to take the risk on an artistic adventure?