Friday, August 15, 2014

in the studio :: enjoy


Welcome to In The Studio, a place to show off your studio and meet some great artists! Does anyone else do a happy dance when Friday rolls around? I know I do. Today's happy dance also involves my excitement around the most epic super hero party we've spent weeks planning. My kitchen table has been littered for days with glitter glue, costume projects, and absolute fun. Consider that a little precursor to next week's In The Studio.

kaapsehoop

So TODAY. Let's talk about today. It's an interesting season of my life right now. I mentioned it a little last week. There's some deep places God is pinpointing, and it's quite vulnerable. Alongside that, He's showing me that I need to slow down and just breathe. Sometimes I go at a pace that leaves my mind whirling in so many directions. I take on too much, physically and mentally.

TODAY let's look at God's amazing creativity. What better way to slow down, breathe, and enjoy than stopping to take in God's beautiful creation. I feel like He's painting a new landscape for my life. This photo reflects one of my absolute favorite landscapes here in our neck of the woods. It takes my breath away every.single.time.

horse in the door

You know what else helps you to stop and slow down...laughter. Like when a horse sticks its head in your car window, and you try to snap a photo while protecting yourself. The only logical result is laughter.


Now it's your turn! Remember your "studio" can be anywhere. Let's celebrate each other's creativity by linking up and visiting as many as the other studios as you can. Check out the about post for more info and don't forget to grab the In The Studio button!





Monday, August 11, 2014

let's talk about culture

Understanding Culture

Culture is such an interesting thing. A recent conversation indicating I had gained weight on our trip to the states was a clear reminder of how culture plays into our daily life. I'm learning to use humor instead of letting offenses rise up. It really is quite comical when you step back and look at it. Read more about understanding culture over at Petit Elefant.

Friday, August 8, 2014

in the studio :: fire


Welcome to In The Studio, a place to show off your studio and meet some great artists! It's been quite the week for me which has left me with few words on this fine Friday. Everything's good, just some good processing with God that is vulnerable and difficult at times but a good difficult. Do you know what I mean?

fire1

fire2

We had a big fire recently on the property where we live. The flames were huge and so close to our house. I could hear the cackling from inside my house. Crazy, I tell you. After the week I've had, I'm thinking about that fire. Fire can be devastating. It can wipe out which creates a space to begin afresh. It can also be refining and purifying.

I'm welcoming the fire, knowing something beautiful is going to emerge in due time. Have you ever had a fire experience like I'm talking about?


Now it's your turn! Remember your "studio" can be anywhere. Let's celebrate each other's creativity by linking up and visiting as many as the other studios as you can. Check out the about post for more info and don't forget to grab the In The Studio button!







Friday, August 1, 2014

in the studio :: art


Welcome to In The Studio, a place to show off your studio and meet some great artists! I had a goal this week to finish up posting my photos from our time in England. There's probably more I could post, but I am going to finish up today with a single image from the art museum we visited in Birmingham. We've taken our kids to a lot of museums around the world. I love that they enjoy them and that it doesn't occur to them that museums have to be boring.

admiring art

Emma G is our little artiste. While she enjoyed the Natural History Museum, she did get antsy, wondering when we were going to go to the art museum. I love this image of her admiring the art that was displayed in this grand hall.

I've been reminded lately to take time to stop and enjoy the moments. This photo is another reminder to me to do just that. Admire what's before me. It always has a way of making me even more in awe of my Creator.


Now it's your turn! Remember your "studio" can be anywhere. Let's celebrate each other's creativity by linking up and visiting as many as the other studios as you can. Check out the about post for more info and don't forget to grab the In The Studio button!







Wednesday, July 30, 2014

the church

stained glass

After our London adventures, we headed North to Birmingham. So much fun was had there with our friends! After a walk downtown to visit one of the coolest libraries around, we went inside an old church. So much character (I mean the church, not the crazies in the photos). It was the perfect opportunity for a photo shoot.

big pipes

admiring

gazing

mad?

sweet

preach it!

Monday, July 28, 2014

london’s natural history museum

dinosaur

natural history museum

I’ve nearly been back from my travels for a month, and I still haven’t finished posting all of our England fun. I have a goal this week to wrap that up starting with London’s Natural History Museum. London has some killer FREE museums, and this one is no exception. Starting with the huge dinosaur in the entry, I loved the way you walk through and learn all about the dinosaurs. Totally interactive, totally fun.

admiring dinos

walking dino

Next up was the human body. I have to say the section on reproduction was the most graphic I’ve ever seen. We told our kids to read up so they were educated about the birds and the bees. Just kidding. They were mortified and skipped to the next section as quickly as they could.

arm in motion

lovers

gem hall

sequoia tree

The dinosaurs, the human body, the insects, gems, and piece of giant sequoia tree were all incredible, but I think, above all, I loved the building itself. It was old. It was cool. It was full of character. If you’re ever in London, be sure to put the Natural History Museum on your list of things to do! It's free! And fun!

Friday, July 25, 2014

in the studio :: studiojru week


Welcome to In The Studio, a place to show off your studio and meet some great artists! July is flying by. It's already the last Friday of the month! That means a special treat in this space. We get to see what Studio JRU is creating in her studio!

i have been having lots of fun in my studio lately! painting messy fun!

i have been going back to where my 'art heart' is... layers and patterns. i have used pattern paper in my art in the past because i love the variety of colors and patterns. but i have always wanted to make it all my own... if you know what i mean. i wanted to create the entire piece myself with paint. so i have been playing and experimenting and trying to make these multi-pattern/multi-color designs all from paint.

HereIAmLordStudioJRUart

so these are the two pieces i have finished so far. as you can tell... i do like blues. :) all these new pieces are planned for an art show i signed up for next month! it has been a long time since i have done a show, but wanted to give this one a try.

i am still working on more pieces... that won't be all blue... i will share them next time!

ChristBeOurLightStudioJRUart

looking forward to visiting all of you to see what kind of creative goodness you have been up to lately! and make sure to share the 'in the studio' link up party with all of your creative friends!

Thank you, Jennifer! We hope your art show goes well! Your pieces are certainly beautiful!


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Monday, July 21, 2014

kruger sightings

Last weekend we went to Kruger. The highlight was definitely the baby hyena sleeping on the road. As I looked back on my photos, I loved seeing some of the detail that I missed in the moment. Like the shadows surrounding the hyena, the rhino birds sitting atop Mama and baby, and what looked like a smile on the elephant as he munched on leaves. Always a highlight to see the African wildlife in their natural habitat.

kudu

waterbuck

baby hyena

eating

elephant

eating

giraffe

rhino

impala crossing

impala

Friday, July 18, 2014

in the studio :: my favorite wall


Welcome to In The Studio, a place to show off your studio and meet some great artists! I hope you all have had a lovely week. Thankfully, my cooking pace has not slowed from last week. It's amazing how much a little planning really does help. I'm also enjoying experimenting with more and more vegetarian meals. So fun!

But enough about food, because today's post is not even close to being about what goes in our mouths. Today's post is about my absolute favorite wall in my whole house. I really can't take too much credit for it. Jeremy mentioned the idea and even implemented it. I merely told him that I wanted some white and blue boards in the mix. He's not too sure about the blue, but I love it.

living room

My eye has drifted more and more to cool color palettes, so I had in my head that I wanted gray walls in my living room. I know it sounds a little drab, but I love how they turned out, especially with that accent wall. It also helps keep the TV sound to a minimum during the many sleepovers that seem to happen at our house.

As for the accents on the wall, I love my vintage New York City map and map of Africa (both from Maps.com and sorry the Africa one is crooked...forgot to straighten before taking the photo) and my hand carved wooden kudu head. Isn't it fab?

favorite wall

I can't wait to see what creativity you have been up to this week!


Now it's your turn! Remember your "studio" can be anywhere. Let's celebrate each other's creativity by linking up and visiting as many as the other studios as you can. Check out the about post for more info and don't forget to grab the In The Studio button!







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