MOVING TO NEW SITE


I just wanted to let everyone know that I am not missing, instead I have ventured into the wonderful world of my own website!

http://www.craftyartistkc.com is now live. Although it is not completed, I am slowly transitioning my posts over to the new site. Please please please go check it out and subscribe via email. I will be adding a lot more ways to follow me, but for now, please subscribe via email.

Adding Color to my Doodle


As my readers know by now, adding color to my art is always stressful to me. I love leaving them black and white because I love seeing what other people see in the picture without me guiding them to one thing or another. This was no different.

I had created this drawing about a week ago. I was just sitting down and doodling and this is what happned. It just came to life on the page. I belong to a few groups on facebook specifically geared towards art and zentangle in nature, and they suggested that I color this one. The few friends I showed also suggested I color it.

So without further hesitation… TADA!

I have to admit, the outflow of compliments on my colored piece made me feel a littl emore confident. I wnted to drag the colors across the page instead of having one color on one side and one color on the other. So I made sure that I tried to balance the colors as I used them.

I am very interested in your constructive criticism or ideas on how I can improve. So, maybe I might try coloring more, since this one was so well received.

Growing as an artist


Leaf 2

I love to create new and exciting things as well as work on something that is simple like this drawing. Its just a branch, but I tried to create something that was whimsical and yet realistic. I like the way the whole thing turned out and I hope to work on more organic things in my art in the future.

With saying all this, I’ve looked at some of my own drawings from the beginning (09/2015), and I have found that even though it has been a whole year, I can see the changes that I have made as an artist. A lot of things are the same, but better. However, I have learned so much and I know that the more that I work on my drawing, the better it will be.

I am excited at where I am going in the next year and would love for you to continue the journey with me. Make creativity a way of life!

My workspace


I have finally had a moment to go downstairs into my office to work on some things. As you can tell, I have a rather large desk and many things that help me be more successful at everything that I do. This desk is amazing because I got it for $50.00 from a swap shop.

Below you will see some pretty cool containers. They are formula containers that I wrapped with Scrapbook paper. The center one on the bottom I actually drew on with some permanent markers.

Having a space to call my own and to be able to actually hang out down here is so important to me. I’ve been working on the arm of my couch for too long and I need to focus on my space. The only thing that is missing from my space is a nice comfy chair. Right now, I am using a metal folding chair, which leaves little to be desired on my back when I’m done with some projects.

Who am I? Why am I here?


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Who Am I?

I am a mother of 3 beautiful children under 7 and have mothered a step-son who is now 16. I find it very difficult to disconnect from a step-child after the divorce. I want, very much to be his mother still, but he is figuring out life and at that stage that is hard to reconnect with him. But alas, I will sit back and be here when he wants to return, or needs anything.

I am a  girlfriend to an amazing man that has given me so much confidence and unconditional love, which I never knew or thought was even possible for me. We both work full time and have very different hobbies. We work together in the same company, just different divisions. Riding to and from work with him is sometimes the only time we have to ourselves.

I am an artist. By this I do not mean just pen and paper, but with everything I do. I work in accounting and the organizational skills I utilize amazes my co-workers. I love that! I love to bake food and sweets for my family and friends, and often marathon my cookie making towards the end of the year. (Which is why I haven’t blogged about it yet!) I love to try new avenues for stress management.

I sing, I get lost in music, I’m a self taught pianist, and have written a few songs. Music is such a huge thing in my life. There is an amazing sense of wonder and relaxation when a song comes on that someone has poured their emotions into. It takes you away from your stressful situation, It releases you from obligation and it allows you to just be. I love music. I love accapella music as well. To find a group that just speaks to your heart with no instruments is a rare thing. So I tend to hold onto the groups I have found.

Why am I here?

Sit down and let me tell you a story. Ha! Its not that complicated. I am here because I want to inspire others. I want to be the reason someone tries something different. I want to be the reason someone doesn’t give up. I want to be the reason that change occurs in someone’s life. Maybe that makes me selfish.

I love to hear the stories of how someone inspired another to greatness. So, I try, I don’t give up and I work to make changes happen. I am on a path to enlightenment. I want to achieve greatness myself, to show the world that it is possible to rise from the ashes of a previous existence.

I want to share my experiences and my talent with others. I want people to learn from me. I want to be that someone that cares when others don’t. I’m reaching out for personal connections with people, especially those that may not get it otherwise. Life is too short for us to give up on humanity. So I choose to rise above the negativity. I choose to be different. I choose to think before I speak. I choose to put myself in someone else’s shoes before I judge them.

Am I perfect? Far from it my friend. But I choose to strive for perfection because I know that it will only make me a better person and my environment better for those around me. I choose to share my talent and my personal struggles with you in this blog. I choose to inspire.