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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

How fast time seems to go these days.  Another year has come and gone by so quickly.

This has been a year of challenges and growth.  We are never to old to continue to grow and learn new things, learn from our mistakes and never to old to appreciate the little blessings along the way.

There has been a lot of buzz on social media as to what your word is for the coming year.  One word that sums up your hopes, dreams, aspirations or a word to live by.  

My word for 2016.  Webster describes it as a large amount of something.  A plentiful or overflowing supply.  Synonyms are; lot, barrel, basketful, bunch, bundle.

"Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life."  Wayne Dyer

When I think of the word, abundance, I don't necessarily think of material wealth.  Abundance to me means more than material wealth.  It means doing what you love and surrendering to the experience of what unfolds when you follow your heart.  New friendships, life long friendships, family, love and life.  Living full and embracing what comes my way.

1 Timothy 1:14:  And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.

What is your word for 2016?

Wishing you all a very happy and healthy New Year!!

Ursula xo

Monday, December 7, 2015

"Whether a whisper or a shout".

Creating artwork that expresses all that is inside.
I have been on a month's journey of doing just that.  Discovering what I have inside that needs to come out. 

Tapping into what is deep inside and continuing to work, study and push myself.  Moving out of my comfort zone to learn new methods, rediscovering mediums I have forgotten.

This is just one of the projects I recently completed.  Well, maybe not complete.  I may revisit her later, but I am calling her done for now.  This was completely done with soft and hard pastels.  I had more or as much pastel on my face, hands and clothes as I have on the drawing!  I have a very old set of soft pastels I inherited from when I subbed.  I enjoyed blending and blending and blending some more.  I think one could sit and play with a pastel drawing for an entire day.

Learning to use cold and hot wax in a composition was also fun and a new way to look at things.  Both projects are unfinished.  The one below is waiting for an order of cold wax I purchased on Amazon.  I will be adding it to the top half of the piece, in hopes of creating a misty atmosphere.

I have absorbed so much in the last month or more.  Two very different teachers and two very different ways to approach art.  My mind is spinning and I want to do so many different things all at once!  Have you ever felt that way and then don't know where to begin??

I hope to continue to learn, grow and share along the way.  Tapping into my own intuitive style 
Listening, experimenting, pushing and sharing along the way.  A whisper or a shout.

Before I close, let me share a little excitement with you.  Save this date and join me and 23 other artists for Artist's Play Date in 2016.  I am thrilled and honored to be in this great group of teachers and share our art together.

Merry Christmas to all!  
May Santa fill your stocking with many blessings, new art, supplies and classes for 2016!!
Ursula xxoo