Thursday, March 23, 2017

The second piece in this Easter duo is called "Flowering Chi Rho" and represents Christ in all his resurrection and life! I've thought a lot about the contrast of death and life, that thorny crown and the new blooms of spring. I've read that lily of the valley represents purity and humility, and that when handed to another, it communicates that the recipient is incomplete without the giver. This flower is seen at the top of the Chi Rho. // I have decided to offer this piece and the previous one as prints, due to several requests. Please comment below if you're interested. // Flowering Chi Rho. 8x10: $28. // 11x14: $42.


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Over the past few years I've had the opportunity to create art for our church, and the various projects always form a new lens through which I am able to see Christ, and a new appreciation for the rich visual content of church history. I've found application for church architecture, iconography, Greek alphabet, and so on to be integrated into the art. This year's Easter sermon series is titled "Rejected • Wounded • Exalted" and the art concept is centered on two contrasting depictions of the Chi Rho--the Greek symbol for Christ. This first piece is called "Wounded Chi Rho" and seeks to communicate the starkness of Christ in his humanity, falling down to earth for us, and rejected and bleeding. I'm praying that I'll be mindful of this truth these coming weeks. // I have decided to offer this piece and the following one as prints, due to several requests. Please comment below if you're interested. // Wounded Chi Rho. 8x10: $28. // 11x14: $42.


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Monday, February 6, 2017

Well y'all...that's a wrap! Thanks for joining me for Mixed Media Musings! Don't forget to tag me and #mixedmediamonday so I can see the beauty you're adding to the world!


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Dixie Design is offering free printable valentines on their website! Just print, cut and send with love! Link to the blog in my profile 💗


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Well y'all...that's a wrap! Thanks for joining me for Mixed Media Musings! Don't forget to tag me and #mixedmediamonday so I can see the beauty you're adding to the world!


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“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people... The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.” Steve Jobs While Jobs’ quote does not really address the challenging parts of the creative process, I love it because it highlights the importance of observation, the very first topic of this series. Art brings joy and meaning; it helps us understand ourselves and our world. It increases critical thinking and communication skills; it encourages decision-making, spatial awareness and inventiveness, and it is correlated with higher academic achievement. This is the last post in our Mixed Media Musings series, and I would like to bookend the series with a few ideas on how to make space in your life with the richness of art. 1. NOTICE. Live with open eyes, keen to notice what’s around you, and take pause to thoughtfully consider. 2. EXPERIENCE. Make concrete notes on artistic pieces or exhibits you’d like to see--gallery openings, movies, musical events--and make it a point to do so. 3. LEARN. Take classes on artistic skills that interest you, and allow your work to mature and develop. 4. WORK WITH YOUR HANDS. Garden, cook, build, woodwork, arrange flowers. 5. CREATE. Contribute to the world of art by making your own. // Thank you so much for joining me for this series. It’s been fun and stretching for me, and I hope it’s been the same for you! I’d love any comments or questions below! // Five “make space” ideas appropriated from michaelhyatt.com.


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Thursday, February 2, 2017

So much beauty; nostalgia; feelings and details of other worlds incredibly conceived and displayed all around me. Started crying during the fireworks show again. #disneyworld


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Horseback Helen #disneyworld


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We went to Enchanted Tales with Belle, and Farris got to be the Beast. This was right after she roared 😏🦁


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The most beautiful, inspiring mosaic inside Cinderella's castle. Pattern and stylization everywhere! #mixedmediamonday #disneyworld


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Space Mountain: slight claustrophobia combined with fear of actually being sucked into outer space, but other than that, awesome! #disneyworld


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Belle's castle was amazing, and it was even snowing outside the windows! #disneyworld


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Belle two ways at Be Our Guest breakfast! #disneyworld


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