Anyone Can Cook ...
One of my very favorite scenes of any Disney movie is not when the princess gets rescued, or when a villain meets his demise, but when Chef Gusteau tells Remy the foodie rat in Ratatouille that anyone can cook. Truly it makes me cry every time I watch it … my poor family.
"You must be imaginative, strong-hearted. You must try things that may not work, and you must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul. What I say is true -- Anyone can cook...but only the fearless can be great." --Auguste Gusteau
No truer words have been said about working toward something you love.
I wanted to give a big thanks to all the brave ladies at Metro Church of Winter Springs, Florida who were fearless and strong-hearted enough to try painting with watercolors. We had an amazing time together painting a simple pumpkin and Fall gourd scene.
One of my favorite parts of teaching art is seeing how a group can follow the same steps and come out with beautiful works of art that are so different and unique. Our unique interpretations of reality is what makes something artful. With each piece the painter's own personal God-given style emerges … often uncovering it for the first time.
A special thank you to my talented artistic friend, Holli Luther for helping me with this and many other undertakings. On this night, she thought to hold the paintings up for the ladies to look at from a few feet away. This common practice helps artists to see how our paintings are coming together and make any adjustments we may need to make along the way. Seeing their creations from a different perspective, the women's eyes lit up. Truly anyone can paint!
Contact me for your upcoming team building event, ministry meet-up with tea and scones or a ladies Watercolors and Wine night.
Lots of Learning Curves Going On
Wow, what a beginning to this school year! With getting 3 kids at 3 different schools back into their routines, I feel like I need to take a big breath and exhale. There are just so many school forms to sign, lunches to pack, teachers to meet, and coaches to avoid : ) Actually, I truly wish I was a better sports mom than I am. I thank God that my husband knows what he is talking about when it comes to the subject. Growing up in a family that didn't follow team sports, I sometimes I feel like a fish out of water! This is particularly true at football games. I get by with a little help from my friends (you know who you are). I'm lucky to know what position my son plays, if only in title. Am I the only one who didn't know that the refs have blue beanbags tucked in their belts to throw down in certain situations to mark where the football lands? I'm told it's for turnovers (not the kind you bake). So while I figure this out ... I'll be the mom cooking team meals and refilling water bottles.
The good news is, I'm willing to stretch myself outside of my comfort zone and ask the questions I should probably already know the answers to ...
I've been so impressed with my art class of students who are also stretching themselves. My Tuesday class is full of adults who have always loved art but have not felt confident enough to give it a go -- until now. It's inspiring growing alongside them and laughing at our learning process. I've come to believe that 75% of the time we should be "failing" in our attempts to try something new. This means that we are working outside of our comfort zones and trying different techniques, mediums and projects. It's essential to look clueless sometimes in order to grow and progress in life and in art. Kudos to those of you who are making yourselves vulnerable enough to learn something new!
"Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what's next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little. The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark."
Whether I am painting custom artwork, creating a water colored logo for a client, or teaching art students, I hope to refresh and inspire others with my work. Read more ...