Val's Corner

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Summer felt like it was going to last forever. Floating on my back in the water. Watching the clouds. Hanging out with my kids. Playing with our dog. Grilling. Traveling. Visiting friends. Binge watching way too much Netflix. Making to-do lists. Planning big plans....

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100 Days of Learning

93 days ago, I joined #the100dayproject on a whim. I happened to see a friend's post about it. It was our first morning on spring break vacation. I had a little time on my hands. So I thought, "Why not?" Days 1, 2 and 3 were effortless. I was on vacation, after all. I...

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End of the Reading Streak

We've thrown in the towel. Our almost-6-year-reading-streak has come to an end. I'd love to say we went out with a bang, or at least on a nice round number... but the truth is, We got busy... then tired... distracted and then we forgot a string of days and that's when...

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Into the Maker Space

I moved my C3 Lab studio from a private office into the shared maker space. I left the four grey walls, temperature control and the door with my name on it. Now I'm in a giant garage-like space with a dozen other artists and makers. This space has neither AC nor heat....

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Summertime Macrame

Summertime is my season to tie knots. Something about it makes me feel like a carefree kid again. For many years, it was friendship bracelets. (Occasionally, it still is.) Then I moved to paracord survival bracelets. I made a few dream catchers last summer. But so far...

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End of First Year

Just one year ago, I embraced the title "artist." It was a bold move for me. By admitting art was way more than a hobby, I opened myself up to be vulnerable. Most friends and family applauded my efforts and tried to take me seriously. Some did not. I try not to let...

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A Dozen on Display

A dozen of my paintings just went up on display at The Church at Charlotte's Matthews Campus. And just last month, I did my Whimsical exhibit at the church's South Park Campus. I am so thankful to my church for offering me these opportunities to share my art. Chances...

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#the100dayproject

#the100dayproject It's where people from all over the world create and then share. Each participant chooses a creative action. Does it 100 times. Records that action with a quick pic. Then adds the appropriate hashtags & posts to instagram. Simple as that. You know I...

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The Fair & the Fowl

I've been remiss keeping up with my blog posts. Sigh. Things have been a little nutty recently. I've been running around like a chicken with my head cut off. Speaking of chickens, I'm once again in the mood to paint them. For the record, I don't like real chickens. I...

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Read Aloud #88 and #89

It dawned on me that my older boy will be leaving home in less than four years. Yikes. A bubble of panic started welling up. Would he be ready? Yes.  I'm sure he will. Will I be ready? Definitely not. That day will surely break my heart a little. What does he still...

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10 Quotes to Encourage

I'm in the midst of prepping for my "Fanciful Flowers" workshop taking place tomorrow evening. It's part of a special event being offered to the women at my church. I don't know a single one of the 10 women signed up for my class. I'm guessing they are on the...

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Macrame on My Mind

I've got macrame on my mind. I also have sample knots all over my studio tables, multiple works in progress hooked to various surfaces, and plans for lots more macrame projects in the pipeline. Blame it on my buddies at Modern Craft Collective. (In a good way, of...

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Crocheted Valentines

I am hosting a Valentine's exchange with my craft group tomorrow. All mediums are fair game. Initially, I intended to give out lavender heart sachets. I sewed a dozen+ little hearts. Stuffed them full of lavender. Hand stitched them all closed... Then decided they...

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Bowl of Blue

Remember the panic I was in during my last post? I'd agreed to a solo exhibit in the art gallery at my church. But I had less than three weeks to put everything together. It was madness. But amazingly, I did it. I'll tell you more about it soon, but tonight, I'm too...

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A Whole Lot of Art

Here's the situation: I have to complete a whole lot of art in a very short time. I got a call last week about an amazing art opportunity: A solo exhibit at my church art gallery. The catch? I had less than 3 weeks to have everything ready. Did I have enough art to...

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Read Aloud #87

Read aloud #87: "Nurture Shock" by Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman It was my turn to choose our book to read aloud. "Nurture Shock" is the one parenting book I've ever read cover to cover. I first read it when it came out in 2009. It made a quite an impression on me. So...

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Painting and Repainting

What do I do with my completed paintings? Some have sold (yay!). Some are hanging in my home studio and at my C3 Lab studio. Two are currently on display on the student wall at Charlotte Fine Art Gallery. And a whole bunch of them are on the "repaint" pile. Is it hard...

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TEXTURES Night

Remember that fiber exhibit I was prepping for? Well, It was REALLY amazing. You know I was worried about my "craft" hanging out alongside real fiber "art." But I was also fretting about the unusually cold weather along the east coast. Here in Charlotte, the cold has...

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Out on a Limb

Arts and Crafts. I love them both. As an "artist," I draw and paint in a myriad of mediums. I use lots of glue (specifically Mod Podge). I love to experiment and to mix techniques and mediums. I want to be able to produce representational art when the mood strikes....

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Read Aloud #86

Read aloud #86: "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer. This is true story we all should hear. If you have the time, please consider reading William Kamkwamba's book. Or, If you prefer to hear him tell it himself, you can find...

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Christmas Craft Camp

If you've been hanging out with me for a while, You know I'm nuts about crafting. My standard line? I've never met a craft I didn't want to try. I also love to see what others are doing and making. I think hand crafted anything is pretty cool. But since I moved to...

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Santa and the Snowman

Here are my two most recent paintings: "Santa." My friend, Loretta, suggested Santa as the next subject for our oil painting class. The class embraced the idea and dove into the project.   We enjoyed ourselves AND learned quite a bit about portraiture. The most...

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Merry Madness

It's absolute Merry Madness in my studio right now. Well, let's be truthful. I'd say I'm at 65% "Merry" and 100% "Madness." I love, Love, LOVE Christmas. My spirit is over-ambitiously willing to do it all. But at some point during this holiday season, I always end up...

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Photo Booth Frames

  Today's project? Painting frames for a holiday photo booth. Since I'll be using the photo booth at a venue with Christmas decorations already in place, I decided it was not necessary to create a back drop. All I really need are some cheesy photo booth props and a...

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Time to PLAY

Happy December 1. You know what this means, right? It's almost CHRISTMAS!!!! I love the days leading up to to Christmas. Setting up our tree. Decorating the house. Singing carols. Baking cookies. Making hot chocolate and caramel corn. Forcing my kids to write "letters...

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Love Those Oil Sticks

Remember those oil sticks I mentioned a few weeks ago? Well... They are becoming a real distraction for me. It was 11pm. I was supposed to be finishing a long list of chores and packing for a road trip. Instead, I was completely engrossed in an impromptu art session....

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“Woodland Animal” Inspired Drawing List

I have a new project in the pipeline. Once Christmas madness passes, I intend to hole up in my studio and tackle this new series. It will be totally different from what I've done so far. I'm excited about it. But, also a little wary. This one requires me to be...

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Because of Golda

I've been obsessively painting flowers. It's all because of Golda. My friend, Golda, paints flowers and flowers and flowers. I see her reflected in her gentle, dreamy blooms. One day she'll be holding a fresh bouquet of flowers. The next day, there will be a new...

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