Just be YOU

So many times we try to fit into the mold of the person we think we should be or the idea of who someone else thinks we should be. It’s not until you get a little older (and wiser) that you realize that you were just designed to be YOU. Flaws and all. Embrace who you are. Instead of looking at all the things you want to change, figure out what drives you, what your passion is. When you stop running from yourself then you are free to explore all the things you love, all the things you want to do, and all the things you really should have been doing all along!

Go out and find the things that drive you and fill your life with beauty and wonder! You just never know what great things lie ahead of you…..but aren’t you curious to find out??????



“You’re going to meet many people with domineering personalities: the loud, the obnoxious, those that noisily stake their claims in your territory and everywhere else they set foot on. This is the blueprint of a predator. Predators prey on gentleness, peace, calmness, sweetness and any positivity that they sniff out as weakness. Anything that is happy and at peace they mistake for weakness. It’s not your job to change these people, but it’s your job to show them that your peace and gentleness do not equate to weakness. I have always appeared to be fragile and delicate but the thing is, I am not fragile and I am not delicate. I am very gentle but I can show you that the gentle also possess a poison. I compare myself to silk. People mistake silk to be weak but a silk handkerchief can protect the wearer from a gunshot. There are many people who will want to befriend you if you fit the description of what they think is weak; predators want to have friends that they can dominate over because that makes them feel strong and important. The truth is that predators have no strength and no courage. It is you who are strong, and it is you who has courage. I have lost many a friend over the fact that when they attempt to rip me, they can’t. They accuse me of being deceiving; I am not deceiving, I am just made of silk. It is they who are stupid and wrongly take gentleness and fairness for weakness. There are many more predators in this world, so I want you to be made of silk. You are silk.” 

(C. JoyBell C.) 

Art {Being an artist}

“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: 
I am here to live out loud.” 

I am an art junkie.
I admit it.

I love going to the art museum. I have so many art sites bookmarked on my computer that I am surprised I can still find what I am looking for when I want to show it to people.

When I recently went into the Fine Arts section at the new Central Library, I thought my head might explode right off of my shoulders. It’s soooo good. 

Some people go crazy over shoes or purses. I act like that over art books, photography books….and the HUGE (I mean, crazy massive, takes two people to carry it) book they have about Leonardo da Vinci.

I find art and beauty in the strangest of places sometimes. Sometimes what people find disturbing I find beautiful. (Hence my fascination for taxidermy, mummification, and embalming.).

Sometimes we have to look with our imagination to see the art and the beauty that is around us. This sign for instance was just a plain ol’ sign in a window…but I saw it as more.

Look at the world around you and use your imagination, your creativity, and your soul….you’ll be amazed at the things that you can discover that will bring you joy!

Goodbye 2012….

“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.”

Every year I start off saying I am going to take a photo every day and at the end of the year I will have 365 photos that tell the story of the past year. After a few days of skipping the photos I say that I will just instead do the Project 52 and I will take a photo every week. And then by the end of January I realize that there is no way I am doing either project. Making it like homework tends to make it harder for me to do. And even when a theme is provided that seems to make it even harder for me to get motivated.

This year was a wild and crazy one for me. So instead of saying I am going to do some Project 52 or 365 or whatever I am just going to use my camera to document life and I am going to use it to help others document their lives as well. I am going to continue to create art. I am going to continue to learn and grow. I’m going to master using this digital pen tablet for editing. I am going teach photographers how to shoot, edit, and use some off camera flash. And I am going to make time to put the away and focus on the little things in life too.

2012…you have been fun, interesting, and everything in between. But 2013…..now, THAT is going to be an awesome year!

An Artist’s Soul

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. (~Pablo Picasso)

These little hands are always busy. She loves to color and paint. She knows that she needs a “Painting Shirt” so she doesn’t mess up her dresses and she knows where the paints are. She loves to create her paintings and give them to her Mama.
I let her use watercolor and acrylics. I have also let her use pastels, but she loves the paints.
I love that she is so creative and knows what she wants to do before I even hand her the paper. She is my little artist and she has paintings to make and art to create.