Dec 14, 2013

Holiday Inspired

A little known fact my husband and I share, we both have Scandinavian blood. His family (as close as his grandfather, who was a 100%) have a Norwegian background, and I have a Swedish background.

A while back when I discovered I had Scottish and Swedish roots, I began digging into it. I adore the folklore and ornate designs found in their art books, history books, and style today.

My mother in law asked me to help her with a project which lead me to Pinterest, which then lead me to browse Scandinavian design....Christmas style. I am so in love with it! I can't get enough!

I saw many little doll ornaments with long red pointy caps and adorable red dresses. Last night, I just had to draw my own. What I really like about Scandinavian design is the pattern, simplicity of color, and cozy calm it brings visually. I am very looking forward to painting this lovely lady!

Dec 1, 2013

Featured Art - Angel Fish

"Angel Fish"
11x14 inches  |  Watercolor  |  created 2010

When I think about mermaids I see graceful movements, vivid colors that reflect light, a longing for freedom, and mystery. 

When I look deeper I catch a glimpse of myself. Ever since Disney's "The Little Mermaid" I've been attracted to the concept of freedom beyond my own world, that somehow the world I live in is a trap. Years later when I found myself within scripture I discovered that in a way, I am. Thankfully that's not the whole story, and that my life is a journey without a cage if I so choose.

'Angel Fish' came from the desire to worship the light and to express surrender, something I find difficult to do in my life. I'm somewhat of a control freak and aim daily to let things go, especially those things I know are not in my control even though I continue to try. 


All things lead to the light for my good. This piece is a reminder of that good and to always move towards the light out of the darkness, regardless of my circumstances, other's actions, or things out of my control.