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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Looking to March with Happy Art

Coming up, in March, I have 2 events scheduled by two of my biggest supporters and people I adore.
Saturday, March 21st, @ 4 p.m. at The Artistry Hair Company in Niles, OH
Monday, March 23rd, @ 6:30 pm (food and drink menu begins at 5 pm)
at Shy Cellars in Strasburg, OH
We are going to fill large canvas' with a garden full of graphic and beautiful roses!
You will create with big movements, shadows, highlights, and lots of life.
It's a chance to check out, relax, de-stress, while creating something full of life.
This is where my heart and mind are right now and I was going through some pictures of some of my work and I noticed something.
When it is cold and grey and snowy and, well...Winter in Ohio,
I long for something colorful, lush, layered with petals so much I can almost smell them.

Flowers can be painted in so many styles
of course, soft and sweet...
Graphic and sketchy with fun, bold colors...

Artsy Fartsy and abstract
(Painted while giggling,....can you tell? :)  )

Light and flowy with movement and joy

Yes, I will share what gives me joy.
Authenticity in Art is important whether I am offering or receiving.

This is what March will bring. 
Color, Life, Growth
A Sharing of Happy Art.

Monday, February 23, 2015


This past weekend, I had the amazing honor of sharing during an event sponsored by
Union Hospital's Wellness program.
I must say that anytime and every time I prepare to share at an event, I get a little nervous especially if it is in a new, for me, setting with new people. 

It was so snowy and I was sure this would be cancelled, but apparently God wanted it to happen.  In spite of the terrible weather conditions, nearly 20 people came out to create something colorful.
My beautiful baby Sista, Mindy, was in attendance and created this piece.  So proud of her.

There were some special people with sweet smiles and open hearts to receive and create together.

I was so blown away with so many of the interpretations and unique personality that came through as everyone saw with their own eyes, through their own filters, and created with their own hands.

There is a definite connection between creativity and wellness.
Whether it is a brief escape,
an outlet,
a stress reliever,
a moment to exhale,
art, creativity, and wellness are connected.
I am so grateful how our Creator has given us this gift of creativity in so many forms....painting is just one.  How it soothes the soul, busys our hands so that our hearts and minds can be free to relax, think, and rest.

What a great blessing to just be me, share what I know.
Art doesn't have to look like a greeting card to be beautiful, it just has to be honest.
Thank you to Mary Marshall, Wellness Coach of Union Hospital for your kind invitation to share and the artists of Mr McGuillicutty's Studio for allowing us to use your beautiful creative space.
All glory to God for using this humble artful heart.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Be Brave....Do You

This girl has been making step out of my comfort zone since she was born.
She's always taken chances, followed her heart and has been a constant encouragement as I've watched her overcome fear, push through circumstance, and be brave.
So, I wanted some photos done.  You know, I have Grandbabes, I'm turning 50 this year, art (all genres) is my passion....
So I put my, awkward in front of the camera, self in her capable creative hands.
and here are the results...


She was able to capture my heart, my love of the journey and the discovery of it all.
When you put your authentic self out there, you can become a target, others
 (or should I say that the enemy of your life will use others) 
those "others" will be critical and get you all caught up in comparison.
this verse will help you just love them and encourage them to be who they were created to be
in this, we all win and God gets the glory.
"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms". Eph 6:12
Expect it, but focus your expectation on God's blessings as He uses you in ways that are uniquely set apart for you.
Your path, your plan, your purpose.
"But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world."  1 John 4:4
I had a conversation with my Creator God that I would be all in for Him.
Be Brave
Be Bold
Seek Him and His Kingdom
and just do me
be authentically me

I'm thrilled and blessed to be surrounded by women like Kristina who are boldly and bravely being their authentic selves.
I will stand and cheer with hands raised as anyone wants to join in this journey.
"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."
Matthew 6:33
Blessings, T

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Something New

I retreated to my happy place all day yesterday.  I have an art sharing event this Saturday morning and I had not created a piece for it as yet.
I had this canvas that I had been drawing on, writing words on it for weeks and I grabbed it.
a little music playing in the background and a box full of pastel crayons, I thought I'd just play for awhile and clear my head.
funny how, when we are children, creative play is such an easy effortless thing.
That play lead to this...
I think I have been so affected by all this cold that my paintings have all been dark, moons, night inspired, silhouettes, that I was craving some color and something happy.
This is what happened next...
and that lead to this...
This is something very new and different for me and came from a deep place a longing for color, something lush, some growth.
I kept thinking of this verse...
Isaiah 43:18-19New International Version (NIV)
                                                                               18 “Forget the former things;
                                                            do not dwell on the past.
                                                                              19 See, I am doing a new thing!
                                               Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
                                                    I am making a way in the wilderness
                                                         and streams in the wasteland
My interpretation and how this spoke to me...
Tina, forget what you've done before, how you've failed...dwelling there will leave you stuck, you'll be no use to anyone.  I (God) have a plan for you.  Open your eyes! See, I am doing something new here., it is happening...see it?  Really see it.  Even if you can't fully see it, hope and believe it is happening.  God is creating something beautiful, fulfilling, something that will bloom and grow and flow in a place where nothing does.  Only I (God) can do that.
Blessings to you,

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Lamp Makeover and Nesting a bit

 I have this lamp.  I really like the base, but the shade is ..., well, I'm over it. haha
I've been looking for a lamp shade to switch it up a bit for awhile now with no luck.
I was hanging out in Lowe's, I know, why?.....I do just hang out in hardware stores for inspiration sometimes.  Someone out there gets me, I'm sure.
I saw this wire trash container and really liked the look of it.

You know, I've seen those cage lamps out there for about $200 bucks at some stores and on decorating blogs, etc. and love em.
we have several pieces in our house that nod to industrial style
our factory cart coffee table, the old spoke wheel and some cool metal here and there.
When I saw this, it really seemed like it would be the right size so I took a chance.
(by the way, I a so cheap, I would never spend $20 bucks on a trash can, but for a lamp makeover, yep!)
So, a vintage style light bulb and the wire wonder when home.

The wires on the bottom of the can (now the top of the shade) had to be separated in order to get the lamp top to fit through, just a little strength and a screw driver required.

popped it on top, added the finial, and I kinda like it!
The added bonus is that, at night, it casts an interesting pattern on the walls and ceiling when it's lit.

How fun is it to use things in interesting and new ways?
I also wanted to share this latest prop that I created Kristina Strawn Photography 
(she's my kid and I'm a proud Momma)
I had a blast making this nest and can't wait to see what she does with it.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Savannah Escape

Savannah, Georgia
(Deep breath in and a huge exhale)
Oh how we enjoy this place.
Full of history, architecture, quaint sites, even beautifully creepy ones....we love it.
Statuary at St Bonaventure Cemetery

SCAD students sketching at Forsyth Park

St Bonaventure

Sandy paths through St Bonaventure

The Spanish moss hang from the trees everywhere

Little Gracie

Hubs and I loved being in a 62 degree Warren Square in GA escaping the near zero Warren, OH temps for a brief moment

cute, artsy shops everywhere

Our VRBO (vacation rental by owner) was stunning and decorated so sweet with little touches I loved like this nest on a stack of great books on the area.

Forsyth Park

We went to celebrate my hubby's birthday.  I think he enjoyed it.

Lacey iron, curved windows, details galore...


Sunshine and bloomin flowers in January was just what we needed

There is a great store call The Paris Market (I should have snapped more pics)

This statue was so moving to me.


what a goofball


please don't think I am weird, but I found Bonaventure to be so amazingly beautiful. 
I know it is a cemetery but ...Wow

Savannah Riverfront

There was an incredible store there that inspired me so much.  I will be writing about that later. 
So incredible how getting away refreshes the spirit and renews perspective.
Deep breath in and a slow exhale.
It's good for the soul.