I'm excited to announce I will be one of the featured artists at Chalk it Up in Crookston, MN this Saturday. I will be creating some chalk art as well as have hand made cards and other pieces for sale. Come by, say hi, and join in the creativity too!
It is hard to believe that August is here already! But alas, some of these North Dakota days are showing it… the fields of blooming sunflowers are bending toward the light of the intense sun and the zucchinis are starting to come in by the bushel. We have been warned by our neighbors that if we don’t want a car full of mysteriously delivered produce, we should lock our doors. Ha! Somehow, that doesn’t seem like a problem to me at all...
These last several months have been delightfully full with several “Paint Your Heart Out” events! I, now, not only have a wall in my house designated for these event pieces, but I have also met some wonderful people along the way; each with a courageous willingness to paint, and play, and connect with themselves in an intentional and healing way. There have been beautiful moments of the Spirit at work… pausing us, challenging us, and surprising us into a new way of being (even if just for an evening). I am joyfully humbled by this creative process as practice as it infiltrates our busy, messy, and sometimes chaotic lives and shows us another way… a way of peace… a way of wholeness… a way of presence and awareness… a way of freedom into the abundant life that God calls us each into.
It is enough to say that I leave these times feeling truly grateful.
Welcome to my new website and blog!
I'm excited for this new venture! I hope this blog will be a space to keep you connected with current events, new art pieces, and in general my creative meanderings. I invite you to keep checking in for new reflections to come. Thank you!
This first post describes a little about me and my always growing understandings of the creative process as practice. When reflecting on how I like to describe my approach to creating, I decided to also incorporate one of my playful watercolor meanderings with the words that help tell my story. I believe the movement, shape, and colors of this piece help to echo my own journey of movement and connection as I learn to live this life as authentically me.
Although I have acknowledged my creativity since I was a child, I have only more recently claimed and taken seriously the title "artist" as a significant part of who I am and how I live out my life. This claiming has been a part of a larger journey of self-awareness, healing, and wellness in my life. As I have continued to more fully recognize myself as an artist, I have also had the privilege to engage in the creative process through a variety of avenues and mediums including photography, watercolor, pen and ink, and now acrylic and canvas.
What I find most fulfilling in this work is engaging in the process of creating, distinct from whatever is actually created. I think of my art as an extension of my own contemplative practice; connecting mind, body, and spirit with intentional listening and space making for God and the present moment. This is the intersection for which I consider my art as practice. It is a daily work of being compassionate to whatever emerges, embracing curiosity and play, and knowing that I cannot do this wrong!
I also believe that engaging in the creative process as practice, especially in community, is a beautiful acknowledgment of our collective humanity as well as a subversive and powerful act of narrative sharing, healing, and restoration in contrast to our culture’s often dominant messages of fear, hate, and excessive consumption.
So far for me, this creative practice has translated into not only my own growth and well-being, but also into a growing body of art (shown here) as well as a growing desire to share this creative process space and practice with others (described here). It's exciting! It's sometimes challenging and uncomfortable! And yet, I continue to be in awe of the many fruits of creativity and authentic connection that springs forth.
Wow, just wow!