• Art Meets Life,  spirituality

    Stolen Sharpie Revolution and the Little Cat Who Could

    My day started in a bit of a funk.  I don’t know where it came from but when I woke up, it was in my face enough to make me close my eyes again.  I began thinking about what our home had been like in the years past when my hubby and I shared our bed with our cat Schatzie.  She was our bestie beastie, our forever furry. She had been with us exactly 7 years when she passed this Summer.  The first month after she died, I missed her terribly.  Then I picked myself up and have been scooting along in my new normal.  But today, my heart was…

  • Art Meets Life,  Creativity Prompt,  Healing Art

    Painting Up a Storm

    There is a storm in my body.  I think it has been brewing for a long time, although I didn’t know it.  Recently it made itself known in a big way.  And now, I am sitting on the front porch of my soul watching it pass over me. In the last several weeks it has felt so big that all I knew to do was sit with it. As luck would have it, I was in my studio the other night, and I began painting while I was doing that sitting.  The painting felt good.  I could tell it was doing something in my body.  Something…a hormone or feel good chemical,…

  • Art Meets Life,  Crafting Time

    Crafting Time

    I like to break life up into time chunks.  I suppose all of humanity does that.  We measure it in minutes, days, weeks, months, seasons, years, etc.  As a creative, I use these time bits as a medium for crafting life.  The year begins and I am thinking back on what I loved, what I want to improve, and how to make the year to come fit the dreams I have for myself.  Each night, I envision the day to come, working through the rough places to help me think through what might be a tripping spot. Mondays are my days for Weekly Wishes, that place where I decide general…

  • Art Exhibits,  Art Meets Life

    Art Opening {Apocalypse Show}

    A story in images…….. The old Kress Building…now the upstairs studios to the KSpace. Night shot into the studios. A quiet start to the evening. Contemplating Ascension. Ascension, an assemblege by Eric Payne My piece behind the bar. Existentia, mixed media by Rachél Payne Writing in a thank you journal for Michelle Smythe Artist stands beside self portrait…multiple realities. What kind of chaos would await us after the Apocalypse? In what would we find comfort and refuge? Where would our anger rest? Who would stand with us? Congratulations to KSpace Contemporary for their 5 years of keeping the doors open and the art flowing.  A special celebration and thank you, too,…

  • Art Meets Life,  Big Dreams in Action

    What Dreams May Come

      I have been visiting an old memory, going back in my personal history to a time just a few years into adulthood.  I remember feeling like I was chaotic inside, a tangled pile of jewelry. So tangled I wasn’t sure anyone, even the most patient of souls, could clear the confusion.  And yet something made me examine the knots with an eye bent on weighing out the treasure that might be held there.  Sure enough, I discovered the snarled pile of bobbles and trinkets promised to offer a few genuine gems. It began with a line, a hope stretched out before me, turning into a curve and loop, a…

  • AEDM,  Art Meets Life,  Challenges,  Healing Art

    New Traditions

    Remember when Thanksgiving was simple? You would get up early, waking to the smell of all the regular holiday favorites wafting down the hall, the sound of plates descending from their cabinet dwellings, and remember it was Turkey Day?  Turkey Day!  You had been waiting for a month for the time off from school, time to hang out with your cousins, time out in the backyard, the warm sun taking the chill off the newly cool air.  Then Mom would call everyone inside.  You found your place at the kids’ table, eyeballing the black olive plate and deviled eggs….and yes, the turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, and all that jazz.  A…

  • AEDM,  Art Meets Life,  Creativity,  Life

    My Art was Destroyed

    Have you ever done mixed media art?  It is my new passion, partly for the product it creates, but mostly for the process.  I love it because it mirrors life itself.  It is messy, textural, organic, and holds the potential for beauty to come out of destruction. I have been working on a painting the last several days….and nights.  It has been in my mind for a month.   I am creating it for an art show. The Details Is 2012 the End of Times? Doomsday? Armageddon? Well, if this is indeed “The End” my friend, K Space Contemporary has a “Final Countdown” for you! “The Apocalypse Show” is a…