Such a lovely blog post by a Girl Like Me that just made me take a look at me heart again, and get fresh perspective on life. Hope it encourages you as well.

I love this quote, as it brings to life how the artist sees their art, its not just a picture, but each drawing, picture, or splash of paint reflects an extension of the artist’s being. It’s personal! A true artist takes this even further, and everything about their lives is an expression of their beliefs and the ultimate art work is what they make of their lives. I only hope that my dreams are what I paint my life with, and I don’t settle for anything less.

I am reminded that God is really the only true artist, and His greatest expression is that of love. He knows the end picture for our lives, and I pray that the dreams I wish to paint, in the expression of my life, are a mirror of his original masterpiece. 

Nashvillian songwriters Trent Dabbs and Amy Stroup set the way-back machine to the late ’50s, early ’60s days of classic pop for their pitch-perfect throwback and shiny satin side project Sugar & The Hi-Lows.
The vibe is both tongue-in-cheek impish and respectful of their pioneering elders. The duo, as sharp as the pleat in Dabb’s trousers or the heels of Stroup’s shiny pumps, carouse their way through a retro melange of self-penned soulful, doo-wop slow dances and hip-shakin’, sock-hoppin’ rave-ups.

As they say on their site, only two rules applied to the album: It had to be effortless and it had to be FUN. Following the classic rule of “it is not good if you cant dance to it” Dabbs and Stroup decided it was time for something lighthearted.


Read more at http://www.relevantmagazine.com/the-drop/sugar-hi-lows#u1JiX6FEKOtvjvGR.99

noelshiveley:

Always remember your roots.

[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]

BY E. E. CUMMINGS

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in

my heart)i am never without it(anywhere

i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done

by only me is your doing,my darling)

                                                      i fear

no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want

no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)

and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant

and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows

(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud

and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows

higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)

and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

Psalm 45:13

"The bride, a princess waits within her chamber, dressed in a gown woven with gold" NLT

"All glorious is the princess within [her chamber]; her gown is interwoven with gold" NIV

(44-14) “All the glory of the King’s daughter is within in golden borders”

Finally came up with a design for our new series at church, Genesis. If there is a happy moment in my day to day life, this is one of the tops. Its that feeling of an artists staring at a block of stone and chipping away until finally the image is revealed, and out of nothing emerges something worth admiring.

Saw this quote on a friends wall and felt inspired by its poetic and beautiful words.

Clouds come floating into my life*

"I knew then that we were like the clouds that fills the sky so that you can no longer tell where one ends and where one begins" Paulo Coelho

Clouds captivate me. No formation will ever be repeated. Each formation is completely unique. Yet they are forever changing, moving, forming then fading away. One harmless looking cloud can turn into a monstrous storm few hours later. One can never predict their coming and going exactly. We have absolutely no control over them, they float effortlessly day in and day out more free than any bird. They are just as alive as any living being but exist by there own rules of survival. Their whimsical attributes lure me in, but don’t be fooled by their gentle ways in the blue skies, for they are powerful, silently evolving into whatever shape they so desire. 

This painting I did was inspired by my love for clouds, and their effortless beauty and power. The painting is portrays clouds in a heavenly perspective. I want to send out the message in this artwork that there is more beauty around us that we miss in our daily lives. Take a moment to look at the clouds this week and be reminded by their beauty and power.

The clouds may seem grey at times, but there is always a sun that shines down, a constant reminder against the ever changing clouds. Sometimes the dark clouds can actually become something beautiful and captivating in your life, you just have to give them a chance and be patient.

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds

A few process pics to give you an idea of how the painting evolved from a blank canvas to a gigantic cloud

The sky was done first and I brought the blue all the way down to add the main base color, then I began by blocking in the base colors, to give a general idea of light and dark areas. Then the real work started by shading and adding depth. I mainly used color to add depth and not tone work. In other words my main emphasis was on seeing the colors in the painting and not the tones of light to dark. True to the impressionistic style I pursue, I never used any pure black but rather a dark purple and dark blue-grey tone in the dark areas. I used oil paint and so it made layering a pleasure, and I was able to do a lot of color mixing on the actual painting. 

A hero of South Africa. His time on earth may have come to en end, but his legacy will live on forever.