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Liza Hamilton, Needle Felt Artist

Hello Friends!  Last Thursday my family and I visited Ashland, Oregon.  While we were walking around that great town, we found an awesome art gallery called the Ashland Art Center.  You can go to their page here:  http://www.ashlandartcenter.org/

It was pretty amazing.  It is two floors, very wide open spaces with many artists of different varieties.  Oil painters, watercolor painters, sculptors, etc.  The most fascinating one I was impressed by though, was Liza Hamilton.  She does fiber art which I wish I could have seen a demonstration of.  (Only one artist was there that day working on an acrylic painting.)  Some artists have their own spaces where they are set up to demonstrate their art techniques and/or teach classes.  I didn’t really ask enough questions.   I plan on going back some time and taking more time there.  Plus, there was another bookstore/coffee shop George and I wanted to check out that we didn’t take time for either.

Anyway, please check out this artist’s website, because her art is incredible!  And…..you will get to see what I got to see in person!  I was in awe as I stood gazing up at the one I loved the most.  It was hanging from the ceiling!  If I could have afforded it, I would have bought it on the spot!  Check it out!  (Of course, if you went to the art gallery website, you probably can guess at what I loved already.)  But check out Liza’s website here: http://wooliza.com/index.php/big-animals/

See?  Well, everyone have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug.  🙂

And Jill, I didn’t keep you in suspense too long, did I?  😉

It’s Never Too Late…..Until You’re Dead!

George Eliot said “It is never too late to be what you might have been.”

Okay, I admit it. I stole this from a post I read by Sherri Matthews. Her blog is at http://sherrimatthewsblog.com/. And she was featured at another friend of mine’s blog, Jill Weatherholt. Her blog is at http://jillweatherholt.wordpress.com/. They are both wonderful ladies, excellent writers, and have come to be great friends of mine.

However, today I wanted to write about this quote that Sherri shared. I have not read any of George Eliot’s writing, but I like this quote. It really is NEVER too late to be what you might have been…until you’re dead!

I add that last part, because I saw my mom live a life of mixed regret. She loved being a mother more than anything, but her marriage to my dad was disappointing. She lived with his alcoholism until he quit drinking after over 30 years of marriage when she said it was “too late to go back to how it used to be.” I didn’t think so. It would have taken a few years to heal all the damage that had been done between them, but she just chose not to. She said she forgave him for many things, but she chose to tolerate their relationship instead of recapture it.

I don’t think she ever experienced the “fairy tale” type of love she used to long for with my dad anyway. She was an avid reader of romance novels, and laughed and cried with her books. When I went through a short marriage and divorce in the 80’s, I was bitter for awhile. I never wanted to remarry, but I also didn’t want to end up alone. So I chose to go to therapy and work through my issues. It took years to recover from the effects of my dad’s alcoholism, my first husband’s alcoholism, and my own alcoholism. I had a wonderful therapist, though, who helped me heal over the next few years.

Then I met the awesome husband I have now, and we were married a year later.  (We will celebrate 20 years this December.) Granted, I did get scared and break up with him twice while we were dating, but he loved me enough to work through all of my issues with me. He has always been a trooper, that’s for sure!

It is my husband who has always encouraged me to go for my dreams:

1) To be a wife and mother……..check!
2) To be a teacher………check! (I homeschooled our kids.)
3) To resume my writing……..check!
4) To be an artist…….check!
5) To love God with all my heart……check!

Right now our family is going through a difficult transition regarding church, though. So although I love God with all of my heart, I am in the process of moving on and experiencing change. This kind of change makes me feel uncomfortable, but in the longrun I pray it will be good for us. We will be looking for a new church to attend, and it will not be easy. It will mean another trip to town for us each week, but it’s not like we can’t get some shopping done after church!

All I know is it is never too late to change………until you’re dead. If you need a change, need to move on from something, find the courage to do it. You never know what God can do until you give Him the chance to do it!

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!!! 🙂

Picture Book Creation

http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2014/07/first-friday-illustration/

Hello, and happy Fourth of July to all of you who celebrate it here in the U.S. 🙂

Today I just wanted to share this link to the class I just started online. It is about how to write and illustrate a picture book or a story book for children. However, her ideas and just watching her do the art work could help any writer or artist in my opinion. In fact, last night I couldn’t get to sleep, because I had so many ideas running through my head!

Yesterday I went to a coffee shop that has faster internet service than we do, and I began the classes. I made it through a little over one class before my laptop died. I can’t believe I forgot to charge it the night before! So I charged it up yesterday afternoon for a few hours, and then my family and I went out to dinner to a Mongolian barbecue place. I took my laptop with me since my husband wanted to go to the grocery store. So while he shopped, the kids and I hung out at the bookstore across the street, and I finished the class I was on. I was having so much fun, though, that I started another one, but he came to get us before I was done. I had about ten minutes left, but even though the perishables were in an ice chest, I had to stop in the middle…again! Oh well, it is okay. I came away from the first two classes and the first half of the third with lots of ideas and things to work on until I can get back to it.

I caught a sale on this class online which made it really affordable for me! I love the illustrator. Her name is Shadra Strickland, and she has illustrated many children’s books. Here is a link to her website. http://shadrastrickland.com/ I love her artwork, but most of all I love watching her DO IT! She is so free-flowing and creative – I am very inspired! Can you tell?

Anyway, yesterday at the coffee shop after my laptop died, I sat and drew a bunch of sea turtles in different poses in my sketchbook in pencil. Time flew, and before I knew it, I had been there for three hours! I ate a wonderful egg and cheese croissant and had two cups of coffee. They also never had so many people there that someone who stayed to eat needed a table. In fact, 95% of the people who came in were retired and much older than me. But they were her morning regulars, because they all knew each other and were chatting away! One guy brought a bucket-full of yellow squash and zuchinni from his garden and was giving them away. So I came home with a few free yellow squashes! That was very nice of him.

So, any of you writers or illustrators, if you want some fresh inspiration, check out Shadra Strickland, and be inspired! I know I am!

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! 🙂

MD Imaging “Artist of the Month”

UPDATE ON MD IMAGING’S ARTIST OF THE MONTH. They will be hanging these two paintings in their main lobby sometime this week! If you live in Redding, CA, or nearby, stop in and see them! I feel very blessed and honored for this opportunity to show my work. It is very exciting!!

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I know I have posted these before. But today I am taking them to show to a local company, named MD Imaging. They feature a piece of art by a different artist every month. Most of their artists have been photographers, but she is interested in seeing some of my paintings. So I am going to show her some of my work today. I am hoping she picks one of these pieces since they are already framed. They are my two favorites of anything I’ve ever done. But she may want a painting of something different that is local, so I am prepared to do whatever she may ask for. It would be a great opportunity for me.

I have been encouraged greatly in recent years by reading about so many artists who didn’t really start learning to paint until they were in their 40’s and are now showing their work while they are in their 50’s and 60’s! I figure there is hope for me yet! I would so love to be able to sell more of my work.

But I have recently received another commission from my Pastor at church. He has owned a couple of airplanes, but has a favorite one from the past. He wants me to paint it in the air in front of Mt. Shasta (which is in Northern California) with a little snow cap and trees. I have to get a larger photo than he gave me and begin doing some preliminary drawings. But it is going to be a wonderful challenge for me as I’ve never painted or even drawn an airplane before! I will be doing it in watercolors.

I apologize for not posting how I would do a watercolor painting yet, but I am planning to have my daughter take pictures of me in this process on this project.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! 🙂