Mural Painting in Honduras

Mural Painting in Honduras

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to give back though artwork to an orphanage in Honduras High in the mountains north of Tegucigalpa, I undertook painting a huge cement-block wall; my ‘sombrero’ to block the heat of the hot Central American Sun I had to use found or donated paint, the assistance of many, and most important, had the help of my young daughter to cover the many sections of wall with the bright murals Simple designs held multiple meanings for the children living within the safety of the walls (yes, gunshots were heard outside multiple times) It was a beautiful, creative and inspiring time and I was the one that left with the gift. I am so excited to embark on another journey in just a few months to paint again on foreign soil with my daughter & I know that I will be the lucky one...
Storytelling Camp: A City in One Day

Storytelling Camp: A City in One Day

I have been spending these past few months researching “Smart art” for my many kid’s classes at MAKE. Trying to find the neatest, most creative ways to experience learning through art and craft. One of my favorite camps that has resulted from all this screen time and page turning is my upcoming Storytelling camp. This is three days of the coolest creativity- making prompts and projects that start and create story lines. SO a search with great creativity comes, well, with a scavenger hunt throughout my MAKE studio! I wanted the kids create a city silhouette that would put lots of characters in close proximity, so that the story lines could be never ending.  An urban landscape that could create homes for as many possible subjects for leading roles. I found the perfect subjects- These rubber pieces are the shells that remain when you remove the alphabet stamps once held. These were perfect! They weren’t trash to be tossed- these were skyscrapers in the making!! A little glue, a stamp block, and we were in business. Then my hunt led my to my robot creating station. (of course there is a robot creating station-motherboards in pieces, wire snips, strange plastic shapes that once held something we would have called a “mix-tape”)  The rubber insides of the dismantled remotes were begging to become urban dwellings, and the stacking blocks declared that they were skinny high-rises as well! Out came my favorite colors of Dick Blick block printing ink, glass palettes, brayers, papers, card stock, oh my! Who says you can’t build a city in one...
Father’s Day

Father’s Day

Father’s Day brings light divided as it enters the room.  Light comes,  full shining brightly,  as I watch my husband with our children. He is glue to our family, a centered base of love and wisdom that holds the whirlwind around him. Between the light I see the wisps of shadows. Shadows where my father once held geology in his hand as we inquired things of mystery. Shadows where he hid behind a large oak, waiting for grandchildren to guess where he could be found. Shadows where his own wisdom and love penetrated the generations in a physical, palpable way. But it is those very shadows that allow the rest of the light to shine brightly, a contrast of past with present, an anchor to the brightness. For where my father’s shoes once walked, shadows of his footprints still remain. In the smile of my middle son, in the twinkle of my daughter’s eyes, in my own heart and mind that share his genes. And as I watch the light mix with the shadows through the blinds this morning, I smile. It is the shadows of good memories and loving into the present with bits of the past that hold up the light today. Because my father loved so dearly and deeply, our light shines brightly as we celebrate the good men in our lives, past, present and generations future. Thank you Dad. Miss you.  ...

Make a V.O.W.

On 12/28/14 we are launching an exciting movement called “Make a V.O.W.” — a call across social media for scripture memory to go on throughout 2015. Scripture spoken aloud makes such an impact on those who hear. Just imagine pulling up Facebook, Instagram, emails, and hearing the voices of children reciting scripture. The soft tone of a mother speaking the gospel to her child. The booming voice of a grandfather sharing a long-time favorite from the Psalms. then challenging another to do the same. Why 12/28/14? We’re moved by Deuteronomy 12:28. “Be careful to obey all these things I command you, so that you and your children after you may prosper forever, because you will be doing what is good and right in the sight of the Lord your God.” HCSB So, how can you join the movement? Select a verse that moves you where you are in your life that day and make a pledge to memorize. Do so with your family, children, friends.  Record a video and challenge a friend(s) to do the same. Post the video and then commit to continuing to memorize scripture throughout 2015.  We can’t wait to see all the videos – to help see the movement in action, use the hashtag #makeavow and then follow on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and more. Let’s flood social media with scripture.  Be a part of the V.O.W.   For inspiration head to...