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Florida Treasure

Florida was amazing. We were there for 3 weeks while Kent worked closely with OneHope on some online intiatives. The boys and I were at the beach often and we came home with some mighty good tan lines. The treasures were abundant on land, shore and in the water. So this collection was hard to put together, just because there was so much bounty.

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The sea can do craziness, it can do smooth, It can lie down like silk breathing or toss havoc shoreward; it can give gifts or withhold all; it can rise, ebb, froth like an incoming frenzy of fountains, or it can sweet-talk entirely. As I can too, And so, no doubt, can you, and you. – Mary Oliver (via Saturated Palette)

Sanibel Beach was my favorite coastline that we visited – the water was serene, there were no jellyfish and the beach was loaded with shells. I greedily collected all the capiz, abalone, and butterfly shells l could find and even came across magenta seaweed. Amazing!

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We are in Tulsa now, settled in for the month of December, and just in time for ice and snow in the forecast. Woo. But it will be nice spending Christmas with family and making some sweet memories of advent and longing for light in the darkness of winter. I hope you are somewhere safe and warm and perhaps enjoying a comfortingly hot beverage. Love to you!

Nature Collection: South Carolina

 

 

“If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable.”  -Rainer Maria Rilke (via domesticpoetry)

 

On our travels I’ve been collecting a growing bag of treasures from every place we visit. I don’t have the heart to just toss them out, so I decided to start a series of photographs of the natural findings from every state. South Carolina was abundant in it’s beautiful natural fruits – the leaves were just about to turn so their were a few lucky ones that had already donned their new vibrant hue before it’s lonely descent towards earth. Rocks and flakes of Mica from the sand, bark from the White Birch, exotic wildflowers, bracket fungus, and lovely Dicranum moss were among the found treasures.

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I think it will be a fun project, and maybe I can eventually do this for every state!

We are finishing up our visit in Florida this week while Kent works with the organization, One Hope. Florida has been beautiful, but I’ve been really happy to connect with some new friends here during our stay – it’s amazing how quickly one can feel isolated and alone without these kind of relationships on the road. Then, on to Kansas City for Thanksgiving!

I’d love to hear from you in the comments – what are your Thanksgiving plans?

 

Illustrations for Emma Magazine

Hey y’all! We’ve been in the South for a few weeks so I’ve gotten the lazy drawl added into my Okie accent. It feels good to just let the words fall out of the mouth like that. If you want to see some highlights of our trip, just visit my instagram or vsco feed. We had such a fantastic time there, and my sister and her family really outdid themselves showing us all the beauty South Carolina has to offer.

I’ve been able to do a few illustration projects, and this spread for Emma Magazine in their November issue was great fun. If you want to get in the holiday spirit, go take a peek at it, it’s beautiful the whole way through! Happy Friday, friends.

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October FTM Illustrations

This might be my favorite collection yet by my friends at FTM. The Field Guide collection is a welcome to fall with a combination of lush botanicals, painterly florals, and unexpected visitors of the insect variety. Inspired by classic Dutch paintings (think Girl with a Pearl Earring minus Scarjo), the projects are infused with Delft blue, bud green, and yellow ochre. Each one was designed for the hopeless romantic.

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New FTM Collections

The September FTM collection just dropped today and I’m also posting last month’s illustrations to play catch up. :)

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Lovely projects as always. Happy Tuesday!

Art & Practicality

I recently finished up a 6-week acrylic painting class with instructor and painter, Bert Seabourn. I’ve loved his work since being introduced to it about a year ago, and my husband thought it was high time I take his class at City Arts in OKC. Bert is awesome. A color and composition genius. He works really hard at his craft – working at least 8 hours a day. He’s 82 years old now and he will tell you the best thing about this point in his career, is that 9 out of 10 paintings he creates are good. His skill is so consistent, that you can bet on a masterpiece every time he’s put down the last brush stroke of paint.

Awhile ago I was reading an interview with a very well-known and talented artist whose work I really admire. I won’t quote his name out of respect for him, but something he said really bugged me. The question was, “What does art do for the world?” His answer was puzzling. He said, “I don’t believe that art does anything for the world, just consume resources like every other human activity.” What??! I wholeheartedly disagree. Art can transcend cultural barriers. Art can move and inspire. Art can convey truth that sometimes words alone fail to do. Art is just as much a journey of discovery for the artist as it is for the viewer. How can that be in vain?

While I’m sure many can argue the practicality of art, for me personally it is an essential tool for discovering the world and the Creator. Without art, I would shrivel up, the world would seem dull and lonely. Without encountering and engaging beauty, I’m not sure that my faith would be so strong. This is why I’m seeking to improve my skills – so maybe I can communicate the holy creativity of God that much better. I may not be able to put in the hours that Bert does, but I’m certainly going to be disciplined to put in more than I have in the past.

Bert is someone that will contend for art and the practicality of it. Through his example, my love for art has grown even more. After ending the course, in between meeting so many new friends while talking and drinking wine and sangria, there was definitely a confirmation in the discovery that I love painting portraits. I have always been drawn to portraits. Actually, painting anything else feels like mundane work, but painting people – there is something so intimate, raw, familiar and spiritual about painting a human that keeps me coming back to it again and again.

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An interest in the subject; something you want to say definitely about the subject; this is the first condition of a portrait. Completion does not depend on material representation. The work is done when that special thing has been said.
-Robert Henri, The Art Spirit

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Anyway, these are a couple of mine that came out of the class. I hope to be painting while on the road this fall. I’m sure I will encounter plenty of beautiful subjects while on our travels. My hope is that our lives and stories will intertwine with many along the way, and much “impractical” art will come out of it.

Anniversary Illustration

Occasionally I get a request to create an illustration for a couple celebrating an anniversary, with all their highlights and stats since being together. What a special way to celebrate everything you’ve been through together, the good AND the difficult. I love getting a glimpse into another couple’s journey. This one in particular was so sweet to be a part of, and really fun to work on.

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Want one too with your awesome couple stats? Just message me – info at evie-s.com

 

Free Prints for You

Hey all, I’m writing to let you know of a collaboration with Stephanie from Henry Happened to create some free art prints to download for the I Am Loved Make-A-Wish Campaign. There are 3 black and white illustrations to choose from and do what you want with. Download Here.

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And for those of you interested in some personal news, we have been busy setting up our RV to go on the road. We plan on traveling to Texas for the 2013 Circles Conference in September, then going to Alabama, Tennesse, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Illinois and Ohio and then end up in Missouri for Thanksgiving. I will keep you posted a bit here on our travels, but I have been thinking about starting a separate blog specifically for our RV adventure. What do you think?

FTM Illustrations

This month For the Makers unveiled a new website and with it some nifty people illustrations of the team. Katie, Janet, Rachel, and myself are presented in pretty watercolors and ink for the very first time. This illustration project was a good challenge – not too fashiony and harsh, but still chic enough to fit in with the rest of the FTM style.

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Of course, I had to include the freckles on my nose and cheeks that come out to play every summer. :)

July’s collection is a summery collection of easy silhouettes and unexpected colors. The Rising Tides collection includes all the materials to make a lucite container, resin bangle, beaded necklace, and a fabric case in an African print.

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From the girls:

The Rising Tides collection is sure to cure any lingering wanderlust. It’s an eclectic mix of African pattern, mid-century shapes, mod colorblocking, and irreverent embellishments. This collection of four projects is all about the joy and brightness of long days and hot summer nights. It’s about dancing to the beat of your own drum, happily mixing materials, prints, and colors.

 

FTM May Lookbook

Wonderful collection for the May box of For the Makers – here a couple of the illustrations. See all four projects, and see the inspiration behind the box and materials.

I loved seeing a peek into their studio this past week when the Martha Stewart Crafts Dept did a mini interview with the girls on how they organize their space. Don’t you love it?

Photo courtesy of Martha Stewart crafts