Thursday, April 21, 2016

It is Good to Love Many Things

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” 
― George Bernard Shaw

I have been creating "my" art since I was 42 years old.
The only things I had created up until that point were my beloved
scrapbook pages and the occasional hook rug and fabric wreaths. 
I never considered myself an "artist".

A page from my journal 3 years ago

A 6x6 canvas created 4 years ago for a sale I participated in.

A page from my journal last year

Another 6x6 canvas I painted 4 years ago. It is still one of my favorites!

Another page from my early days of journaling.

Throughout the past 7 years I have stuck primarily to my journals, canvas's, 
acrylic paint and Words. 
It's what I know.
It's what I love.

“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” 
― Vincent van Gogh

But like Van Gogh says it IS good to love many things.
And I do.
One of my favorite things to do is ooooh and awwww over the gorgeous art 
in the Stampington magazines. 

are my favorites.

I keep promising myself to try new things,
add fresh techniques to my pages.
I find myself getting into a rut
and getting bored with my work.
My art feels stagnant.

I am ready to spread my wings and try new ideas, new projects 
all the while breathing new life into ME.

I have a few plans in mind that I wanted to share with you today...

I LOVE how Bonita uses such fresh, bright colors in her work along with gorgeous 3-D flowers. 
Note to self: Use my chunky little bits!!

Carolyn Dube just uses EVERYTHING to create so many varieties of projects. She doesn't just stick with journals and canvas's. Because of her I have my eye on a bookcase that is getting renovated by ME!! 

Diane Salter's work has inspired me to really break out of my rut! I spent most of the afternoon painting background papers and collaging them onto an old cigar box. 
I will share the finished product next week:)

And finally I have to tell you about Jodene. Oh my!! She adds her faith, little bits she finds on her walks (think twigs, rocks, flowers, etc) and more to her canvas's. She is one of my FAVORITE artists!! So grateful to be taking her "Consider Birds" on-line class in May!!

I think this quote from an older art journal page of mine sums it up best.


  1. Love seeing your art Leslie and honored to be a part of your colorful journey!

  2. Honored to have been included... xo we're all renaissance souls... hving different interests in dft seasons of life... I am one. Here here girl. I find as I get older, I too need to believe in myself more.


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