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Wow where have I been??

Yup, sadly I have been neglecting this little space of creativity for a while now. It’s been an exhausting few months to say the least. I’ve been pretty busy doing photography and painting and am excited that a direction of sorts seems to be emerging a little at a time. A direction, I am hoping, that will touch others’ lives and help me to continue this path of making meaningful art for a living. I’m starting to see a style in my photography… a “something” that connects to my soul. That something has been emerging in whispers over the past 3 years, oh-so quietly, without me realizing it. As I look back, I see the moments where I connected to it, fleeting moments. But it seems that since the loss of my fiancé last year, I’ve been so in touch with my intuition and soul that a lot of things have become much clearer. Photography has also been such a huge part of my healing and navigating this new life without him. Which is perfect. He was the biggest supporter of my photography, so how exactly right that it become a part of how I will live again.

photo of urchin skeleton in rock cracks, simple, beauty, minimalisttree silhouette at dusk, teal, aquaphoto of heart shaped leaf with a seed pod on it, simple, beauty, minimalist, love

And that painted feather I shared on here in November? Well, it seems I might have fallen on something there. I’ve already sold several online and have two local art galleries that are interested in selling them! This thrills me to no end, especially because symbols of flight have become so important to me since losing Drew (for those who don’t know, he was a helicopter pilot). So every time I send one of these beauties out into the hands of another I feel like I am sending out his passion for flight as well as his belief that should never stop reaching for our dreams.

photo of painted feather, totem, symbol, dreams, goals, flightphoto of painted feather, totem, symbol, dreams, goals, flight

I’ve also been working on my fine art site Seven Shooting Stars (which may eventually end up being where I move the content for this blog over to) and started up a new Etsy shop to sell my photos and nature art. Yippee! I opened up a business bank account and worked with an accountant to get a crash course in what all I need to do as I enter into this self-employed world. I hired a creative coach in December to help keep me focused, accountable, and pumped up… and boy does she rock! There’s something about hiring someone else to help you out – its like telling yourself that you are now officially taking this seriously enough to invest in it and invest someone else’s time in it too. That’s a big move for me.

So that is what I’ve been up to since November. Good lord, when I read it all written out, its a crap ton of stuff! I have to give credit to everyone who has supported me fiercely this past 8 months, because the only way I’ve had the strength to do any of the above is because of the amazing support and love I’ve had along the way from my own family, from Drew’s family and from friends both new and old, near and far!

I’m hoping to get back on track with the monthly challenges this month. These challenges really are so helpful in pushing creative boundaries I’ve found. I’ll try to get a new theme posted up for this month before too long! In the meantime, I’m wondering what sort of creative challenges others have been up to? Please share in a comment below!

May: Mercury Rising

The finished piece for May is here! If you recall, the project for this month was “nature art” and the theme was “outer space”. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get the full project complete due to being under the weather for about half of the month. My original plan was to do all of the planets in proportion to each other, made out of different natural objects like the one shown here. Mercury being the smallest, only about 3 inches in diameter… Saturn was to reach a diameter of about 7 feet!

For creating Mercury, all of the pebbles and snail shells were collected and arranged by hand, one-by-one. The entire piece took about two hours to create and photograph.. and several days before that experimenting with various materials.

I chose the snail shells because they were similar in color to the surface of Mercury and lended to the idea of the its cratered surface. After trying several backgrounds to surround the shells, I loved the look of the red pebbles as well the coloring – which reminded me of Mercury’s proximity to the sun.

I still hope to continue this project throughout the year and finish the rest of the planets. I’ve really enjoyed the time wandering out in nature that this month has afforded me. It reminded me of how much I love making things from natural objects and how much I’ve lost touch with that living in the big city over the years. I’m very grateful to have rediscovered this and have come away with many new ideas for nature art projects down the road. For now, I decided not to beat myself up over not getting totally done. I’m very happy with how Mercury came out – and it’s a good start to an ongoing project for the future!

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Testing Mercury!

Took my lunch break from work today to test out my idea for the first planet, Mercury! My original idea was to use snail shells, but after coming across these colored pebbles at the park where I was doing it – I was instantly drawn to the idea of separating out the white and red pebbles to form the “planet”. Even at its small size, this was very tedious and took up my entire lunchtime! I’m definitely happy with where it’s going, but am going to play around more with the snail shells too. I’m thinking of trying them on top of the red pebbles, and also of having more – as I don’t think I had quite enough this first time to make it work. I will also try a version with all small shells, as the larger ones made it difficult to get the circle perfectly round. Any other ideas out there? =)

Inspiration: The Art of Owen Mortensen

I first noticed the art of Owen Mortensen at a local art festival here in Dallas last year. Upon first walking to his booth I must have completely stopped in my tracks and clogged up traffic as I stood there in awe. I fell in love with the simplicity and the mix of organic natural objects and geometric shapes and structures. I’m definitely a sucker for the mixing of these two worlds. His work has inspired a secondary idea for this month’s project – something of a series of constellations made from natural objects. I’ve yet to fully work out the details – but I’ve got the rough idea in my head and am ready to start experimenting with some things! Be sure to watch the video at the end detailing the process of one of his pieces, including a great time lapse of the entire process! Very cool stuff!

fire+wood from Ron Adair on Vimeo.

Inspiration: The Art of Richard Long

I came across the fabulous nature art of Richard Long today while researching for my own nature art project for this month. I was instantly drawn to the geometric forms created… and inspired to do something similar. I’m considering doing my own versions of these types of land sculptures – one representing each planet in our solar system. Each will be carefully constructed of materials that portray specific characteristics of that planet. I may explore other objects from space such as supernovas or black holes if time permits. Am feeling excited about this one!

Announcing the May Project!

The cards for the May project have been drawn! Having already done another nature-inspired project for February’s temporary sculpture, I am excited to explore more areas of natural art! Off we go!

Reflections on February

Hi all!

The lovely people who helped to make my February project a reality were nice enough to share a bit of their experience and thoughts on our event (they are awesome like that!), so I thought I would share it with all of you. Who knows, maybe our little friendship art party will inspire others to try something similar with their friends! =)

A few thoughts from my ever supportive boyfriend, Andrew…
“It was nice getting out in the ‘wilderness’ away from the seething mass of humanity and getting back to basics with the sculpture. We walked out into the woods having no clue as to what we were doing or how we’d do it. It just emerged somewhere along the way, and made me really appreciate the primitive nature of just sitting around, gathering twigs and shaping them into something special.”

The wonderfully crafty and creative Becky added…
“I am so glad I decided to participate in this event. There’s something indescribably special about the simple activity of gathering bits of nature and arranging them. The four of us easily took on roles, worked together, and in just a couple of hours, made something cool. It was also a great excuse to get some needed exercise, and quality time with Mother Nature. The site was PERFECT. What wouldn’t look great on the white stones? And the water moving over the rocks next to us provided a natural soundtrack for our creation. Thanks for getting me off my butt to make something! I am left inspired and wanting more!”

And joyful and grace-filled Micaela chimed in to say…
“This was one of my favorite days. As always, I am constantly inspired by you. Thanks so much for being part of my life and infusing me with your vibrant love of life!” aw shucks =)

Indeed, we are definitely going to have to plan more friendship art parties to keep on spreading all this goodness! I encourage you to try one with your friends. You don’t even need a plan really, all it takes is a little courage. I think the scariest part was actually sending out the invite. As soon as I sent it, I was instantly overcome by that horrible childhood fear.. you know the one.. “what if no one comes to my party?!?!” But I guess if you really want to do something you just take a deep breath and have faith that it will work out. Before you know it – you’re making something really special with some pretty cool people.. and you leave knowing that you have left it there as a gift to all who will visit after you.

Farewell for Tonight!
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February: Friendship Sculpture Party!

Hey everyone!

Well its just an hour or so until the new month hits – and I’ve just finished up the last details of my final February project. Unfortunately, that one will have to wait until I can photograph it tomorrow..

In the meantime, I am delighted to share with you the other project I did for this month! Or should i say… WE did! In keeping with the cards I chose for the month, being “temporary sculpture” themed on “friendship”, I organized a friendship party this past weekend. A few fabulous friends and I spent a lovely Saturday afternoon collecting sticks, branches, grasses and all things natural at a local hike/bike trail. We gathered everything together in a clearing off the beaten path, next to a softly babbling creek, and began to build!

We weren’t exactly sure what we were doing or quite how we were going to do it, but that was certainly part of the adventure!

What fun to just disconnect from planning a thing out perfectly or having specific expectations for the end result. It felt so free to be out in nature making it all up as we went along – best of all, doing it together.

As a creative person, I am very often wrapped up in doing things in a more solitary way. I’m so used to knowing what I want to make and how I want it to turn out, that it seems I’ve really missed out on the gifts that come from collaborating. Ok, really I’m a bit of a control freak when it comes to creative things!

This month’s project helped me realize that, by letting go of control and trusting others, I not only have an amazing shared experience – but whatever we create becomes something completely new & different than anything I could have created alone. And to make things even better – whatever we create together is infinitely more special… and even if it’s something as temporary as our stick sculpture, the memories we have of creating it together will last a lifetime.

Feeling pretty darn grateful for this 12 Month Project right now – so far it’s given me some really wonderful experiences that I otherwise would have never had. Here’s to temporary sculptures and everlasting friendships! =)

goodnight all my crafty & creative friends!
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P.S. A special thank you to Andrew Ridge, Becky Winslow and Micaela Wilson for joining in the fun!

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