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Live a Nourished Life

Behind the Artwork

The inspiration for many of my art creations comes from the time I spend reflecting on the world around me. There is no question this year has been filled with adjustments, changes, and much to reflect on. In many ways, the pandemic crippled lifestyles and turned the world upside down, making us stop and reevaluate life and how we live it.

Some of the Questions I Asked Myself

Over the last couple of years, I asked myself many questions. As I move to a different stage in my life, I find these questions surface more often. Why are certain things so important to me? What is important in life? Why? What is important to me right now/ten years from now? Am I safe and healthy? What are the best ways I can nourish all aspects of my life? There are many more questions, but I think you get the gist.

My Take Away

Slowing down, creating a spiritual rhythm, and nourishing my body and mind help me look at life in a much clearer light. With all the busy activity-based distractions stripped from my life (thanks to the pandemic), I can think and breathe. I find myself being more intentional in many areas.

A few years ago, I started on a journey of moving back to food basics (growing my food, eating whole foods, fermenting foods, growing microgreens), balanced exercise (okay, this one is a little harder – I’m trying), and taking care of all parts of my life. I guess you could say my mantra would be “live a nourished life – take care of yourself physically, mentally, spiritually, and socially.”

Change can be amazing, though not always easy. Most days, I am intentional about the choices I make, knowing they will be healthy, strong habits one day. I like these new changes; they feel wholesome. I know I am not there yet, wherever there may be, but I continue to move forward in my efforts to live a nourishing life.

Moving Forward

As fall approaches, I am excited to start crushing the goals I have set – small steps make these big goals attainable. I hope you join me on my adventure as I continue to grow as an artist. I will share my struggles along with my successes.

Till next time…

Be kind to yourself and stay safe.

art, Charcoal, Education

Remembrance Day – Flanders Fields

For Those Who Serve

John McCrae, Flanders Fields, Soldier, Remembrance DayI am thankful for the freedoms I have, and I am often saddened when I think that not all people have the same opportunity.  It would be amazing to have a world in which war did not exist; sadly, that is not the case.  To all who have served and are serving our beautiful country, I want to say thank you.

The wearing of poppies was inspired by the World War I poem, “In Flanders Fields” by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae.  I thought it was fitting to incorporate McCrae’s poem into the Remembrance Day doodle I did this week.

Charcoal

White and Black –

Black Paper

Working on black paper is a great drawing exercise. Normally darker values are created by building layers of graphite or charcoal, with black paper however, the opposite is true.   It is a great way to look at objects.  Personally, I find it easier to  draw on black.  Squinting while looking at an object causes the lines to blur, and the light and dark values are easier to see. Ignoring the black values, I rough in the light areas. Sometimes I will make a quick sketch capturing shapes, and other times I just add the light areas.

Once I am happy with the light values, I add more detail.  Blending the white into the dark areas creates more and different values.   White on black looks great as a loose sketch also, it has a free-flowing feel.  Maybe one day I will give up my need for detail and leave the sketches relaxed.

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12 X 17 on black paper

Thought this drawing would be a great addition to my new business card.

Business Card Really the Final

Front and Back of Business Card

Thank you to Erin for putting this together on illustrator!   Awesome work!