buttercup ball

August 30, 2015

my heart always said

can i get a witness?
go for it, my heart said, 
my heart always said. 
~ kimberly novosel

i continue my efforts to paint with a pallet knife, though it is one of the most challenging techniques, second only to watercolor, for me to do.
but i just love how the pallet knife feels under my hand as it glides across the canvas. the uncertainty of how the paint will be displaced and distributed is nerve-racking, but almost addicting!  i do need a set of eyes to help me and i'm grateful i have many 'volunteers'.  so thank you jeff, andrew and nancy! i love how this piece feels and the happy vibe it gives to the viewer!

"if we look around us, we become aware how much of the substance and beauty people are able to create depends on helping hands. like generosity, helping is a gift that gives to the giver. " ~unknown

August 27, 2015

progress, not perfection

make a  joyful noise
getting stuck is not that unusual for me...
in the journey of exploring new techniques i tend to lose my way from time to time...my confidence starts to diminish and the image i was once so excited to create, starts to fade from my mind's eye.

i have learned when this happens
to just step back
set the piece aside
and wait,
wait for the certainty to return
it is only then my fingers return to surface and continue what it once started...and continue with a confidence not to be questioned.

“There's doubt in trying.
Just do it or stop thinking.” ~Toby Beta

August 26, 2015

meet me at the fair!

i love the state fair!
with just a mention of the words 'state fair' my mouth waters for martha's cookies, cotton candy, pronto pups, fries in a cup, tom thumb donuts and anything on a stick!!!!

this year i will be at the education building sharing about my recent work and opportunities for persons living with a disability  diff-ability!

looking forward to your visit!
state fair location: 1265 North Snelling Ave. N

August 25, 2015

imagined anxiety

the absence of anxiety
“people are not worried 
by real problems 
so much as by their 
imagined anxieties 
about real problems”

"why worry if you pray? 
why pray if you worry?" 
~shared by a dear friend

August 23, 2015

blue sunday

to me there is nothing more sacred 
(pardon the pun) than Sunday mornings..
blue Sunday sings to audrey
i often am in awe at how night somehow escapes without ruffling a sheet and morning slips quietly into our family bed.  

she cleverly nudges the snoring felines and reminds them to practice their catwalk over our torsos.
our half comatose canine 
wakes immediately as he 
would not want to miss a show! 

do i feel well rested? 
most times. 

these mornings are my best times.
 i treasure them.
there is nothing like just lying in bed and 
soaking up the next breath along side
the one you love.

August 17, 2015

ambassador of possibilities!

here, let me show you... 
i love helping others! during the school year i make myself available to teach, guide and inspire students on their creative journey and to share what it is like living with a disability diff-ablility.  
i use my art to communicate my hopes, my dreams, my faith and most importantly what is possible.  
it is my belief that as we gain an understanding of one another, 
together we can create a more inclusive world!

if you are interested in arranging a classroom visit or workplace event, 
please contact VSA MN to make arrangements.

VSA MN staff: 612-332-3888 or 800-801-3883
email: info@vsamn.org

August 13, 2015

the promise of love

is patient
is kind
it does not envy
it does not boast
it is not proud
it is not rude
it is not self-seeking
it is not easily angered
keeps no record of wrongs
does not delight in evil
rejoices with the truth
always protects
always trusts
always hopes
always perseveres
never fails
1 corinthians 13: 4-8

(this work was inspired by my mother's bridesmaids dresses, each a different color)

August 9, 2015

gratitude emerges...

“I am always saddened by the death of a good person. It is from this sadness that a feeling of gratitude emerges. I feel honored to have known them and blessed that their passing serves 
as a reminder to me that my time on this beautiful earth is limited and that I should seize the opportunity I have to forgive, share, explore, and love. I can think of no greater way to honor the deceased 
than to live this way.” ~Steve Maraboli

i dreamed a tree

August 3, 2015

where did i go?

“We leave something of ourselves behind 
when we leave a place, 
we stay there, even though we go away. 
breathing space
And there are things in us 
that we can find again only 
by going back there.”  ~Pascal Mercier


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i pink i can!

i pink i can!
the more you believe in yourself, the more the world believes in you. ~zapata

big love

big love
when in doubt, choose love. ~unknown


'you are only afraid if you are not in harmony with yourself' ~hesse

sleeping beauty

sleeping beauty
'the beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries...her beauty must be seen from her eyes...where love resides.' ~ hepburn

wish upon my wings

wish upon my wings
just when the caterpillar thought the world was coming to an end, it became a butterfly!

journey with jim

journey with jim
'...it is the journey that matters, in the end.' ~ hemingway

confetti susan

confetti susan
'...love yourself and the world will love you!' ~mercree

lollipops for ayla

lollipops for ayla
'sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile is the source of your joy.' ~ thich nhat hanh

the crossroads

the crossroads
'you are now at a crossroads...make the most important decision you will ever make. forget your past...don't think about who you have been...who have you decided to become? make this decision consciously. make it carefully. make it powerfully.' ~tony robbins