July 31, 2014

bright side of life

my little clemantine
“the only escape from the miseries of life are music and cats...”  ~albert schweitzer


this is such a great quote...i agree that on my 'darker' and more challenging days all i want is the company of my feline friendlies and some good tunes rocking out in the background. but for laughs i remember the song from monty python and a ready smile appears on my face!







                          always look on the bright side of life (monty python) written by eric idle

Some things in life are bad
They can really make you mad
Other things just make you swear and curse.
When you're chewing on life's gristle
Don't grumble, give a whistle
And this'll help things turn out for the best...
And...always look on the bright side of life...
Always look on the light side of life...
If life seems jolly rotten
There's something you've forgotten
And that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing.
When you're feeling in the dumps
Don't be silly chumps
Just purse your lips and whistle - that's the thing.
And...always look on the bright side of life...
Always look on the light side of life...
For life is quite absurd
And death's the final word
You must always face the curtain with a bow.
Forget about your sin - give the audience a grin
Enjoy it - it's your last chance anyhow.
So always look on the bright side of death
Just before you draw your terminal breath
Life's a piece of shit
When you look at it
Life's a laugh and death's a joke, it's true.
You'll see it's all a show
Keep 'em laughing as you go
Just remember that the last laugh is on you.
And always look on the bright side of life...
Always look on the right side of life...
(Come on guys, cheer up!)
Always look on the bright side of life...
Always look on the bright side of life...
(Worse things happen at sea, you know.)
Always look on the bright side of life...
(I mean - what have you got to lose?)
(You know, you come from nothing - you're going back to nothing.
What have you lost? Nothing!)
Always look on the right side of life...

“faith makes all things possible… love makes all things easy.” 
 ~d.l. moody



July 28, 2014

big love: fan favorite

when in doubt, choose love
~unknown

big love
here it is: big love

i am posting this image in response to those of you who stated this was one of your favorite annie young arts images.  

as promised, i am including the story that inspired this piece: a few years ago i participated in a race that was physically and emotionally challenging to me at the time.  my youngest son just started his first (of three tours) in iraq, i hadn't ran the distance previously and the terrain was strangely challenging.

i remember motivating myself by thinking if he can carry a 100# pack in the desert, i can run this route.  i'll be done in about an hour and he'll be eating sand for a year.  i remember at the completion of the race feeling blessed by the inspiration and strength of my son and the encouraging words from my guide.

if you could feel this piece, you would feel the squares on the surface of the canvas. i used heavy medium to help construct my memory of the seemingly miles of cobblestone i complained about.  the heart stretches beyond the borders to reflect a saying i often share about loving big (i love you from the bottom of my heart and for you my heart has no bottom)...i used buttons to braille out the word love so the idea would be felt and reflect many levels; buttons provide a secure means to connect the weave of fabrics (parallel to how love connects and binds us to one another)

i was hoping to capture the variety of love found in our lives by using various shades of red for the heart itself and some scatterings in the background .  the blue background is reminiscent both of the amazing day we had for the run and the peace i seek in my journey to love big and to be loved.

July 22, 2014

the assortment

'you can't try to do things...you simply must do things" 
~ray bradbury

lollipops for ayla
i'm often asked what is your favorite? well...i have many favorites! it is so challenging to pick one above all others.  here i have posted some of my memorable works...each with a story of course.  i'll be working to share them with you over the course of the coming months.  in the mean time, if you have a favorite, please email or text me and i'll include the image and the story which inspired me to create the piece!
occupation of a mother's heart

sweet honey

confetti susan

ramsey attempts a graceful escape

it is well


(works included are: lollipops for ayla, 
occupation of a mother's heart, sweet honey, confetti susan, 
ramsey attempts a graceful escape, it is well)


Mama told me not to waste my life
She said spread your wings my little butterfly

Don't let what they say keep you up at night
And if they give you shhhh...
Then they can walk on by

My feet, feet can't touch the ground
And I can't hear a sound
But you just keep on running up your mouth yeah

Walk, walk on over there
'Cause I'm too fly to care, oh yeah

Your words don't mean a thing
I'm not listening
Keep talking, all I know is

Mama told me not to waste my life,
She said spread your wings my little butterfly
Don't let what they say keep you up at night
And they can't detain you
'Cause wings are made to fly
And we don't let nobody bring us down
No matter what you say – it won't hurt me
Don't matter if I fall from the sky
These wings are made to fly

(Hey, hey, woo!)

I'm firing up on that runway
I know we're gonna get there someday
But we don't need no "Ready. Steady. Go!", no

Talk, talk turns into air
And I don't even care, oh yeah

Your words don't mean a thing
I'm not listening
Keep talking, all I know is

Mama told me not to waste my life,
She said spread your wings my little butterfly
Don't let what they say keep you up at night,
And they can't detain you
'Cause wings are made to fly
And we don't let nobody bring us down
No matter what you say – it won't hurt me
Don't matter if I fall from the sky
These wings are made to fly

I don't need no one saying hey, hey, hey, hey
I don't hear no one saying hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey
You better keep on walking
I don't wanna hear your talking, boy'd
You better keep on walking
I don't wanna hear your talking, boy'd

Your words don't mean a thing
I'm not listening
They're just like water off my wings

Mama told me not to waste my life
She said spread your wings my little butterfly (my little butterfly)
Don't let what they say keep you up at night
And they can't detain you
'Cause wings are made to fly
And we don't let nobody bring us down
No matter what you say – it won't hurt me
Don't matter if I fall from the sky
These wings are made to fly

And we don't let nobody bring us down
No matter what you say – it won't hurt me
Don't matter if I fall from the sky
These wings are made to fly
 


July 20, 2014

losing focus

 “to conquer frustration, one must remain intensely focused on the outcome, not the obstacles.”-hodges


it is rare that i start a piece of work and then forget what i was trying to do.  currently i have a canvas covered with paint...it is rather large so there are the usual challenges navigating the realestate, that has become somewhat of a distraction in my studio.  i don't like 'bumping' into it because it reminds me of a failed attempt to bring to reality something i dreamed. i'm constantly repainting it with hopes that it becomes something in spite of my attempts to bring life the actual dreamed vision.  it is hard for me to talk about and even more difficult to share this truth. i guess it is what it is.  a reminder to me what happens when focus is lost.  i know at some point it will all come together; that is where my faith comes in.  i'm certain that when it does, something amazing will be available not only for you to enjoy, but for me to experience.




psalm 31:14
  but I trust in you, O LORD; i say, "you are my God."

Trust in me in all you do
Have the faith I have in you
Love will see us through
If only you trust in me
Why don't you, you trust me?
Come to me when things go wrong
Cling to me daddy, woah yeah and I'll be strong
We can get along, we can get along
Oh, if only you trust in me
While there's a moon, a moon up high
While there are birds, birds to fly
While there is you, a you and I
I can be sure that I love you, oh
Stand beside me, stand beside me all the while
Come on daddy face the future, why don't you smile?
Trust in me and I'll be worthy of you
Oh yeah, yeah, why don't you
You trust in me in all you do?
And have the faith that I, I have in you
Oh, and love will see us through
If only you trust in me
Yeah yeah yeah
Why don't you, you come to me, when things go wrong
Cling to me and woah, and I'll be strong
We can get along, we can get along
Oh, if only you trust in me, yeah



July 12, 2014

wings of a friend


angels have no philosophy but love. ~terri guillemets

wings of a friend
do you believe in angels? i do. 
it is in the random acts of kindnesses, 
the unexpected giving of others for the 
benefit of my spirit and the health of 
my family that i see 
angels hovering near. 

paying it forward is the least i can do to honor
and thank the blessings that angels have 
given to me.  
i do so when i can, 
wherever i can and with all the 
love my heart can give.




I never had no one that I could count on
I've been let down so many times
I was tired of hurtin', so tired of searchin'
'Til you walked into my life
It was a feelin'
I'd never known
And for the first time
I didn't feel alone
You're more than a lover
There could never be another
To make me feel the way you do
Oh, we just get closer
I fall in love all over
Every time I look at you
I don't know where I'd be
Without you here with me
Life with you makes perfect sense
You're my best friend
You're my best friend, oh yeah
You stand by me and you believe in me
Like nobody ever has
When my world goes crazy, you're right there to save me
You make me see how much I have
And I still tremble
When we touch
And oh, the look in your eyes
When we make love
You're more than a lover
There could never be another
To make me feel the way you do
Oh, we just get closer
I fall in love all over
Every time I look at you
And I don't know where I'd be
Without you here with me
Life with you makes perfect sense
You're my best friend
You're my best friend
You're more than a lover
There could never be another
To make me feel the way you do
Oh, we just get closer
I fall in love all over
Every time I look at you
And I don't know where I'd be
Without you here with me
Life with you makes perfect sense
You're my best friend
You're my best friend, oh yeah
You're my best friend
You're my best friend


July 4, 2014

glory waves in my heart

what is the essence of America?  finding and maintaining that perfect, 
delicate balance between freedom "to" and freedom "from."  ~marilyn vos savant, in parade

i have tried a number of times to write a few words of thankfulness to our veterans...but i am finding this so challenging.  how can a collection of words, creatively assembled really begin to offer the depth of my gratitude?  

i am in awe of the strength, the dedication...the resilience of those humbled souled service men and woman who give so much of themselves as they serve country, community ...God and family.

i am certain the greatest gift of thanks i can give is for me to stay informed, supportive and prayerful. 




America the Beautiful: Katharine Lee Bates 1913

glory waves
(sung by lee greenwood)

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet,
Whose stern impassion'd stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America! God mend thine ev'ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!

O beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved,
And mercy more than life!
America! America! May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness,
And ev'ry gain divine!

O Beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam,
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

June 28, 2014

love divided endlessly

“only love can be divided endlessly and still not diminish.” ~anne morrow lindbergh

love divided

i have found truth in the saying: 'love conquers all'... love it so powerful that i don't believe we ever come to fully realize or navigate entirely the chasm in which it resides. love has many definitions, presents many faces and is the one element of my life that i choose when in doubt.

i mentioned before that i have a dear friend who reminds me that love is love and the more of it we welcome in our lives the more we can give away.

i know at times love isn't easy. it can be messy, confusing and even work, but it is always worth saying yes to. 



When it's love you give
I'll be your man of good faith
When it's love you live
I'll make a stand I won't break
I'll be the rock you can lean on
Be there when you're old
To have and to hold
When there's love inside
I swear I'll alway's be strong
And there's a reason why
I'll prove to you we belong
I'll be the wall that protects you
From the wind and the rain
From the hurt and the pain
Let's make it all for one and all for love
Let the one you hold be the one you want
The one you need
'Cause when it's all for one, it's one for all
When there's someone that you know
Then just let your feelings show
And make it all for one and all for love
When it's love you make
I'll be the fire in your night
Then it's love you take
I will defend, I will fight
I'll be there when you need me
When honor's at stake
This vow I will make
That it's all for one and all for love
Let the one you hold be the one you want
The one you need
'Cause when it's all for one it's one for all
When there's someone that you know
Then just let your feelings show
And make it all for one and all for love
Don't lay our love to rest
'Cause we could stand up to the test
We got everything and more than we had planned
More than the rivers that run inland
We got it all in our hands
Now it's all for one and all for love
Let the one you hold be the one you want
The one you need
'Cause when it's all for one it's one for all
When there's someone that you know
Then just let your feelings show
When there's someone that you want
When there's someone that you need
Let's make it all, all for one and all for love






June 16, 2014

the air i breathe


'tis my faith that every flower
enjoys the air it breathes!
~william wordsworth

 
the pink of spring
i can hear the birds wake the day with their spirited morning song...they sing loud enough that even with the windows closed and the air conditioner welding its power they are not to be left unheard.

it is the wafting scent of summer blooms i miss.  i can't wait to get back to my flowers.  it is the first year which we planted masses of bloomage near the house and in the patio area.  i love feeling the velvety textures of the petunias and the act of reseeding discarded marigold petals.

sharing the same air space of a bloom is just heaven! (sigh)


(i never tire of this song!!!!! love it!!!)

[Verse 1:]
It might seem crazy what I’m about to say
Sunshine she’s here, you can take a break
I’m a hot air balloon that could go to space
With the air, like I don’t care baby by the way

[Chorus:]
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do

[Verse 2:]
Here come bad news talking this and that, yeah,
Well, give me all you got, and don’t hold it back, yeah,
Well, I should probably warn you I’ll be just fine, yeah,
No offense to you, don’t waste your time
Here’s why

[Chorus]

Hey, come on

[Bridge:]
(happy)
Bring me down
Can't nothing bring me down
My level's too high
Bring me down
Can't nothing bring me down
I said (let me tell you now)
Bring me down
Can't nothing bring me down
My level's too high
Bring me down
Can't nothing bring me down
I said

[Chorus 2x]

Hey, come on

(happy)
Bring me down… can’t nothing…
Bring me down… my level's too high…
Bring me down… can’t nothing…
Bring me down, I said (let me tell you now)

[Chorus 2x]

June 10, 2014

a stretch by any means

alleged "impossibilities" are opportunities for our
capacities to be stretched. - charles r. swindoll


a stretch by any means (in progress)
if i didn't mention earlier...i have had some 'health' issues in front of me and really not able to give the time as i have in the past to working in my studio..to creating...to being me.  

i feel like i am being s t r e t c h e d  in every direction possible, from my patience to my faith....relationships with my body, mind ...heart.

i know it is good to keep 'flexible', but at times it takes everything i have to find my breath and trust that all is working for the good of those who love Him. (romans 8:28)



June 3, 2014

standing tall in hope

I Will Stand Tall 

Amanda Kiser 

"As I stand alone
walls on all sides
On the hardness and trials
I will stand tall
as tall as I might,
for all of my
humble little life.
Til the world tramples me,
and I am no more,
I will stand tall
as tall as I might.
Always reaching for the sun.
Even though all around
is brokenness and pain
I'll lend my brief beauty
and stand tall
as tall as I might."






how can i not be inspired by those who stand tall in the face of uncertainty? i want to thank all who walk with the courage to 'hope up'! 



I don't down this row before
Now I'm coming back for more
This is like a de-ja-vu
I was born to be with you

Into the night we went to sleep
You and I were meant for peace
Into the night we went to play
You and I

I really hope you'll always be
So in love with me
I really hope we'll always stay
So attached this way
I really hope you'll always be
So in love with me
I really hope we'll always stay
So attached this way

So xxxxxxxxxxx
We don't have to change at all
And our life will not xxx
It's one freedom all about

Into the night we go to sleep
You and I were meant for kiss
Into the night we go to play
You and I

I really hope you'll always be
So in love with me
I really hope we'll always stay
So attached this way
I really hope you'll always be
So in love with me
I really hope we'll always stay
So attached this way

I really hope you'll always be
So in love with me
I really hope we'll always stay
So attached this way
I really hope you'll always be
So in love with me
I really hope we'll always stay
So attached this way

I really hope that you'll always be here
I really hope that you'll always be near
Take really note that I'll always be here
I really hope that we'll always be near