Posts Tagged ‘Chattanooga’

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.

The Next Chapter

May 9, 2012

Well, let’s see…since I last blogged, I have moved to Chattanooga, started working at another gallery, and became engaged!

Outside the Ellington Agricultural Center – by Cali Ashton Photography

Life is moving really fast for me right now, but so is my artwork.

I have started doing mixed media pieces – in an attempt to broaden my portfolio and to go through some ideas more quickly.  Another change – all the new mixed media pieces are SQUARES.  I have worked with the square format before, but it has been a long time.  I am so used to the compositions required of circular canvases that I have had to relearn some elements about the square composition.

Cloud, mixed media on canvas, 20 x 20”

In addition to the many life changes, I feel that my artwork is going through a stylistic change as well.  Creating the mixed media pieces has allowed me the freedom and experimentation to transition to the next phase.

The piece above, Cloud, was an important piece for me to get through.  I have so much swirling around in my own head right now – wedding plans, family, Murphy (the dog), more wedding plans, friends having babies and adopting, living in a new city, taking time to hear from God, working at the gallery, building my relationship with my future husband, more wedding plans…you get the picture.  I could do a whole series of “Clouds”…maybe I will just do that…

I am excited for this next phase in life – new website, renewed blog, new art series, and new husband!

Check back often – I am going to be better at updating.