January 27, 2015

creative provocation....

i love you wifey
a promise of love
inspiration is critical in my creative process. many times i dream the images that i bring forth, but often times the ideas flow from things that surround me in my personal space.
i love getting flowers because they offer a very tactile inspiration (and smell great in my studio!) sometimes the message or intention of the gift inspires my work. 
big love

 other times it is as simple as the subject itself...

greenie
soul sister
some favorite inspiration quotes credited to unknown authors:

work for a cause,
not for applause...
live life to express, not to impress.
don't strive to make your presence noticed...just make your absence noticed.
don't quit your day dream

you are confine only by the walls you build yourself.

you can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf!

stars only shine in darkness

words of inspiration from holy scripture:  

 for I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11


now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 

January 26, 2015

earth bath

earth bath
As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought 
will not make a pathway in the mind. 
To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. 
To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over 
the kind of thoughts we wish 
to dominate our lives. 
~Henry David Thoreau

January 24, 2015

i'll know what to do...

in the process of learning more about my favorite flowers (buttercups), i came across this funny story:
 there once was a wandering coyote tossing his eyes up in the air and catching them, but to his surprise an eagle flying overhead, snatched them away! left with no eyes and unable to see, the coyote reached for the buttercup blossom and gave himself new eyes! 

buttercup ball


When I’ve lost my way or 
when I am confused about 
a path to take, I remember 
that most answers I need 
I already possess – 
deep inside. 
I am naturally creative, 
resourceful and whole. 
I consult my invisible compass, 
I’ll know what to do.” 
~Steve Goodier

January 21, 2015

travel plans

at ease
i love every aspects of vacationing...from the initial conversation and discovery of destination possibilities, budgeting, packing challenges, navigating the airport security obstacle course and especially the hopeful anticipation the flight attendant hands out those sweet and crunchy biscoff cookies! interacting with strangers, experiencing new foods and exploring new landscapes offer to me wonderful inspiration for new works.



The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway. ~Henry Boye

January 19, 2015

creative in bloom

i was so blessed, humbled and honored to have my work play a role in a local quilting retreat hosted by my friend kim lapacek. a few of my original paintings were woven onto a cotton fabric. these swatches were then given to some very talented quilters and incorporated into their designs! it was so fun to get the updates as they created!!!

art inspirations: 
luck visits
shasta swirl
ramsey attempts a graceful escape 

check out this link...you can see other great woven creations inspired by my paintings. if you want more, check out the instagram link! http://www.persimondreams.blogspot.com/2013/02/project-quilting-season-4-challenge-3.html



PQ4Me Retreat Weekend!
January 16th - 18th
dandelion and daisies: kelly kroon
kelly's quilt in progress
time in eden:chris daly
folly of fae:diane lapacek
stackaderm (in progress): kim lapacek
cocky rose: karen mezera
the muse in blue: trisha frankland



 interested in ordering fabric inspired by my art?
please email me directly: annie@annieyoungarts.com

January 5, 2015

navigating uncertainty

flower wash
i love to spend time in my studio!
i love to mess around with all my 'stuff'!
i really love to play with new tools and try out different techniques...


navigating uncertainty is ridiculously freeing! 

when i worry less about the 'final' product and just create in the moment of now, i am gifted with the purest happiness!

Uncertainty and mystery are energies of life. Don't let them scare you unduly, for they keep boredom at bay and spark creativity. ~r.i. fitzhenry

January 1, 2015

being intentional


Times of transition are strenuous, but I love them. 
They are an opportunity to purge, rethink priorities, 
and be intentional about new habits. 
creature of the wind
  
We can make our new normal any way we want.
 
~Kristin Armstrong

 
 
Good bye 2014 (and thank you!)
 
Hellooooo 2015!!!!!
 
 
 



 

December 25, 2014

a gift that keeps on giving

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
colors of my soul
 Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. ~Isaiah 9:6,7

do you have a favorite Christmas song?  i really have a tough time picking one, but O Holy Night always seem to give me chill bumps! check this out:
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

Have a blessed Christmas and Joyfilled New Year!!!

December 24, 2014

a promise made...a promise kept

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given;
promise of hope
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace there
will be no end, on the throne of David and over his
kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice
and with righteousness from this time forth
and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
~Isaiah 9:6,7 
promise of love



December 9, 2014

do everything in love

standing tall





"Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; 
be courageous; be strong. 
Do everything in love."
1 Corinthians 16:13, 14