Thursday, April 10, 2014

Playing with Soft Pastels

A few years ago, I purchased a vintage set of pastels on Etsy because I love how they look and feel. It wasn't until recently, though, that I felt brave enough to actually try them out. I'm so glad I mustered some courage, because they have quickly become my favorite medium.


The set on the right is my vintage set, and the one on the left is a new set that I placed in an antique box. I just love old boxes!

There's something just magical about blending the colors together with my fingers and watching the colors smudge and smooth. My favorite subjects so far have been still life pictures of nature and animals.

This little piglet just makes me so happy!


Thanks for visiting! Have a creative day. :)

Monday, April 7, 2014

I'm Back!

After 2 years of being immersed in academia and putting art onto hold, I'm taking the leap back. As much as I love to exercise the left side of my brain, I never feel complete until I am creative as well.

I've been reading so many wonderful art blogs these past couple of months and have been inspired to pursue this blog I abandoned long ago. Before, I felt so much pressure to publish posts that I often would stare at the computer screen, worrying over the blank page. Lately, though, I've been inspired to use blogging as a creative outlet. I need the motivation to be creative, and I hope that this blog will stretch me. When I feel uninspired and don't know what to blog about, I'll know that this is an indication that my life isn't filled with enough creative. It will be an indication that I need to rearrange my life, to make art a priority again.

I hope that you will join me on this journey and that my inspiration will inspire you, too!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Sketchbook

A sketch from a not-so-interesting class.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Mint Crush

When I was freshman in college, I was asked to the Junior/Senior banquet by a senior. The dress I chose to wear was a beautiful, handmade, mint green color. I've long outgrown the dress and was bummed for the past few years that mint green was in short supply. Imagine my excitement when mint green/seafoam began popping up all over as a popular color for spring! I can't get enough of it.

1. Lodekka | 2. Lonkoosh | 3. OliveMama | 4. BialaKura
5. Ets Place | 6. Soul Sister Soaps | 7. Kates Cottage

Recent Etsy Finds

I have a confession to make.

I am obsessed with Etsy.

The first step in overcoming a problem is admitting that you have a problem, right? :)

After scouring stores for a "statement" pearl necklace, I finally found this one. It's exactly what I was looking for, and it coordinates with so many of my pieces. It adds the extra pizzazz that "makes" an outfit. Plus, pearls are classy and dress up just about any outfit.

I LOVE the ribbon, especially when I wear my hair up so that the bow is visible.

Every girl needs a flowery dress for spring! I fell in love with this dress at first sight. I was a bit hesitant about buying clothing (especially handmade clothing) online, but it fits great and is of very good quality. It's still a bit "summery" for me to wear now, but I can't wait to showcase it for the first time in public. :)


Have you had any awesome finds lately? :)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Sunday Afternoon Painting

The sun is shining, windows are open, and I'm wearing my favorite tank top. Spring is here and I couldn't think of a better way to spend the afternoon than painting in my sunlit studio. :)

Before photo:
After photo:
There's just something about the sunshine that makes me motivated to be creative. :) What does a sunny day typically motivate you to do?

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Joy in the Mundane

"Hi, how are you?"
"Good. How are you?"
"I'm having a great time, thanks for asking."

The postal worker replied with such enthusiasm that I couldn't resist retracing my steps to the seminary's post office window. A small campus has its arbitrary "how are you" greeting, but this exuberant response? Especially from the UPS man?

The man explained that he tried to enjoy his job, even when he woke up in the morning and monotonously delivering packages was the last thing on his wish list. "See, you can either go through life complaining about all the things you dislike, or you can find happiness in even the mundane. Life is what you make of it."

Since then, I've seen the UPS man delivering packages down my street on two more occasions. He smiles and waves, and I'm convinced that the joy he has is genuine.

I have to suppress the urge to cheer him on as he places boxes on my neighbor's door. His joy is contagious.

I have great difficulty in finding joy in the "mundane." I'm currently taking two different Hebrew language classes, and the overexposure to textual criticism has been enough to pull my hair out. I work as a student office assistant and am incessantly given mountains of papers to file, none of which will ever be referred back to. I'm often tempted to dump them in the trash, where they won't be missed. I am joyless. I am not joyful enough to exult in monotony. "But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony," G.K. Chesterton writes. Children say "do it again," but we adults grow weary. He continues:
"It is possible that God says every morning, "Do it again" to the sun; and every evening "Do it again" to the moon. It may not be absolute necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we."
(Orthodoxy, 1943).
I want to learn how to approach life with the same kind of hopeful expectation that God can bring joy from the mundane.

Be filled with joy to the point of overflowing, so that every person you encounter has to retrace their steps to hear more.

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This post has been adapted from my theology blog. To read similar posts, visit: http://crucifiedcondios.blogspot.com