Archive for November, 2012

We’re In This Together (Thankfully)

November 20, 2012

I ALMOST added “All” in this title, a la High School Musical (no, I will not provide a link.  I would like to retain a little dignity.), but then didn’t.  But then typed the previous sentence.  Ha!  Sigh.

ANYWAYS, there are some exciting things happening in the Kenny household… Patrick was accepted into the Executive MBA program at Vanderbilt (What? Crazy! So proud!), which he will start next fall…which means we are moving back to Nashville!

This change brings many emotions for both of us.  We are anxious to be near close friends and family again, but we have truly treasured these sweet months living in Chattanooga.  It’s where we fell in love and where we had our first home together.

Subsequently, my artwork has taken on a somewhat documentary element as of late.  I find myself wanting to incorporate images of the exterior and interior of the house – especially in my mixed media pieces.

“Soon But Not Yet”, mixed media on canvas, 20 x 20 inches

I think there is a part of me that wants to make sure that I always remember this precious time – being newlyweds, exploring a new city together, starting our foundation, living in our first home together.

Below is the latest piece, titled “Remember”.

“Remember”, mixed media on canvas, 20 x 20 inches

I want to remember my wedding day.

I want to remember our first house.

I want to remember cleaning our first house.

I want to remember our covenant with each other and what that means in our everyday living.

I want to remember what it was like before kids. (No, we are not expecting!)

I want to remember everything.

I am so thankful for so many things this Thanksgiving, but especially now in this time of transition…and seeing how God has gone before us and prepared a place for us – in Nashville, and, ultimately, with Him eternally.

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Flexible plans

November 7, 2012

Sometimes the original plans get scrapped.  This applies to many things, but right now it applies to this painting that I started.

About 1/5 of the way through…beginning stages…

About a week ago I had grand ideas inspired directly from scripture for this painting…but the more I started thinking about how to execute the imagery, I realized my points weren’t going to come across as clearly as I wanted to, which would result in a very weird, confusing painting.

This is one reason why I don’t do preliminary sketches.  I have ideas in my mind, but if I do sketches beforehand I feel obligated to strictly adhere to them – even if the painting takes me in another direction.  This is not the case with all artists, but it is definitely the case with me.  My strongest pieces have been ones in which I have surrendered control of the original plans and worked intuitively.

My husband and I, in our own lives, are also learning how to live more in faith – with our finances, our giving, our life plans and career goals, and family plans.  We are learning, slowly, that our best life is the one we give up control and trust God to lead us.

I have a vague idea of where this painting might lead me, but I am trusting my intuition and God’s leading to show me the rest.  It’s a great way to work. 🙂

In other news, I have started an Etsy sight!  Fabric rosette pins, hair clips, necklaces (and maybe bracelets) – most of which have an image of my paintings on them – co-mingle with notecards and prints of my original paintings.  Check it out HERE!