It's been a dozen years in the making... a dedicated place to create. If you or your children have ever taken an art class with me, you know that it's been at the dining room table of my big kitchen. We've sipped tea together, laughed, learned and experimented in this space. While it has served us well, it's been tugging at me to have a separate, bigger place to create with you. A Create Place. An attached art studio that I can hardly wait to move my giant, paint splattered desk into. We are about a week away from occupying it!
We don't know all of the ways that God will use A Create Place , but we do know it will be a place to more comfortably collaborate with students and clients, explore different mediums, practice, learn, gather with community and be inspired together.
Beginning September 8th,
As the summer wraps up, I have lots of plans that I'm trying to be patient with. There seems to be so little time left just to rest and play with our kiddos. I don't recall a July ever flying by so fast.
Many of you know that we've been adding a large art studio on to our home. As it's been being built, I've been dreaming of all the ways we can use it for creative pursuits... community keeps coming to mind. Can't wait to share it with you as it comes into completion and the plans crystalize.
In the meantime, here is a little gift from me to you. A gentle reminder in the form of a desktop or phone wallpaper to abide in God. Give over all of your concerns, unknowns and anxious thoughts in prayer. He will produce much fruit!
Click on the image and save it to your phone or desktop.
I'm not a gadget girl. I try to stick to what I know works in terms of kitchen untensils, woodworking tools and yes paint brushes! That said, I've wondered how people make those mini paintings the size of a dime without their hands getting in the way of their view! I like to quip that I have man hands. They are not big in size, but are certainly not slender in form. It's tough to see around my chunky fingers to what I'm painting if it is in a small area. While working on this piece, I decided to purchase and try out the Princeton Velvet Touch Tight Spot angled brush. I have to say, although the brush looks a little funny, I loved using it! Here is one of those, "form follows function" moments. I could easily see what delicate areas I was working with without getting in my own way.
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Here is a little video of me working around the eye of the cardinal. Something that I usually have to use liquid mask for when I'm trying to retain a little highlight. With the Princeton Tight Spot, I didn't have to use the mask. It was so easy to see what I was doing.
Let me know what you think if you try out the Princeton brush or if you ever want a special piece made just for your family.
One of the ways that I've always enjoyed connecting with my kids is by making things. I love sitting at a drop cloth covered table, having a snack and working on making something fun together. The sweet conversation just seems to flow better when their hands are busy. As my kids are getting older, these making-things-moments have given way to talking while cooking food, being outside while they hit golf balls or just sitting together by the fire pit. Their activities will change, but us being willing to give them our undivided attention should not. The one thing I know is that they are growing up way too fast. Being available to just sit and listen has at times become challenging. Certainly this year our patience has been tested.
One word that I love (but is often over used) is, "intentional." Going into their rooms at night to tuck them in bed and pray, planning time to disconnect from screens and connect with one another, sitting and eating meals together... all of it takes intention. Sometimes it feels like such a fight to make these things happen. But it's a battle worth fighting isn't it?
As Miss Holli and I are planning art camp this year, we have been thinking about how we can teach the kids to slow down and really take time to feel their feelings, think their thoughts and really see the world around them.
While we take this weekend to finalize our Camp Create projects, it just occurred to us that all of our projects unintentionally have a united theme! The theme is, "seeing". From googly eyed monsters, to kaleidoscopes to creating a found object treasure box... subconsciously we clearly want the kids to create with an eye towards slowing down, being patient and making something beautiful!
We are reminded of Psalm 119:18 ...
"Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things…"
This summer as we plan our child's activities, let's all give a nod toward listening, resting, focusing on and truly SEEING them and one another.
Camp Create will be held the following two weeks this summer:
June 21 through 25 and
June 28 through July 2
Both weeks are Monday - Friday 9am to 12.
Ages 6 through 12
Cost is $165 per camper with all materials and supplies provided. As always, discounts are included for families with multiple campers.
Registration closes June 4th.
Read more about it, see pictures and Register Online Here
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