… one day i’ll fly away…

pic I took of the sunset... only later would I see the two birds flying away together.

In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing.  ~Robert Ingersoll

To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.
~Thomas Campbel

Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow,
May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.
~Author Unknown

Art is Everywhere!

Art: (n) the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.

Art comes in many forms. It can be found in drawing, coloring, painting, the usual art mediums. But it can also be makeup artists, photographers, fashion designers, chefs, architects, hairdressers, authors, gardeners, IT professionals, singers, farmers, directors… I could go on and on. Basically, art is so much more than just “paint on canvas.”


We are surrounded by art. It’s everywhere!

Art is anything that allows us to express ourselves. It uses our senses, reality, hopes & dreams, frustrations, truths, weaknesses. A window into our unconscious. A way to voice ourselves when words just don’t do. An opportunity to let our emotions out whether it’s expressing happiness or fear. Sometimes art requires no thought, and is based on fun.

For me, art is freedom. It’s my escape; that secret place I can run to get away from the chaos of everyday life. Usually, I have no reason behind my art. Something random will spark the “artist” side of me and I’ll dive into a new project. It’s like my unconscious lets me know I need to escape and vent, but I’m completely unaware of this fact until I’m done. It’s then that the message behind my art speaks loudest.

I am passionate about art – about looking at it and making it. My ultimate favorite is painting, something about a blank canvas or wall with the freedom to use any mix of colors is so freeing.

a painting I made for a friend

Next I’d have to say is dying hair, any color, in any way… it’s just fun!

just highlighting my sisters hair blue (so fun!)

Then there’s drawing, making everyday things into “puzzles” that make sense to me.

a drawing I did to express keeping "depression locked away"

And then baking. 🙂

a bear cake & block made for a friends baby shower

I have a variety of art in my life and I love it! I lucked out too, my family is pretty artistic as well! Mom does it all, painting, sewing, photography, stamps… you name it, she’s good at it! Dad is a mechanic and good at carpentry… any trade really.  Then there’s my sisters, they are game design majors with minors in creative writing and graphic design. And my grandparents excelled in sewing and woodworking… gosh, guess I’m blessed!

I’ve been surrounded by art my entire life, it’s always been a part of my everyday living. I can’t imagine my life without it!

Art.  It requires no reason, no purpose. It’s something we can get away with; it helps get things off our chest, even if what is produced doesn’t make sense to anyone but ourselves.

Whether we’re making art within our jobs or during our down time, whether it’s abstract or straightforward, the art we produce is a piece of ourselves. So take a moment today and express yourself, for no reason other than because you can!

Check out my deviantART: http://silent-songs25.deviantart.com/

God’s IS Love and God IS faithful

“There is nothing that can be added to or taken away from God’s love. It is complete. He cannot love you anymore than he does right now and his love for you yesterday was the same as it is today, and it will be the same tomorrow. And there is absolutely nothing that you can do to cause God to love you any less.” (taken from article posted below).

Read this AMAZING article by Bob Wells about “The Nature of God’s Great Love.” http://robertwells.tripod.com/godislove.html

It covers how endless and personal God’s love for us is, discusses attributes and characteristics of his love, how he has expressed his love to us, and more! It’s beautifully written and worth reading! Enjoy!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Love yesterday, today, tomorrow, and forever. 

Love:

affection, fondness, tenderness, warmth, intimacy, attachment, endearment; devotion, adoration, doting, idolization, worship; passion, ardor, desire, lust, yearning, infatuation, compassion, care, caring, regard, solicitude, concern, friendliness, friendship, kindness, charity, goodwill, sympathy, kindliness, altruism, unselfishness,  humanity,  beloved, loved one, love of one’s life, dear, dearest, dear one, darling, sweetheart, sweet, angel, honey,  lover. 

No matter how you describe it or try to explain it, love is important!

Valentine’s Day, a day based on celebrating your love for your spouse, is also a day to celebrate your love for your family and friends. It’s a day to celebrate any form of love.

love is love.

As intense as love can be, it’s important to remember that love is also fun!

It can be humorous.  

And fragile.  

And sometimes (although I feel most of the time) it doesn’t make any sense!  

(that’s when we should just laugh!)

Doesn’t matter how you view love, as long as you know that love is important.

And if you find yourself feeling like you’re celebrating today “alone” just remember there is someone, somewhere, out there who loves you! If you haven’t found your true love yet, [puh-lease!] don’t sweat it! Embrace today for what it is, a day to celebrate love; celebrate that you are capable of love!

One way you can do that is by loving yourself!

Love takes time, so don’t rush it! Take it for what it is when it comes.

But today, on this day put aside for “love,” remember that you deserve to be loved, to discover loved, to spread love. Most importantly remember to love yourself first!!!!

Sending you all hugs! Happy Valentine’s Day!

even when you feel as though you’re drowning…

we can learn from nature...

Although we may sometimes feel as though we are “drowning,” it is then we should remember that life exists underwater too … just hold your breath until you reach the surface again… you have to believe everything will be alright.

You will make it through this!

(picture taken from the pond in my backyard)