Today’s quote is all about HOPE.
This week’s theme is a follow on from last week where we talked about seeing things with new eyes. It’s the same with hope. If we change our perspective to include hope then it can help us to move forward with more confidence.
Hope is an optimistic attitude of mind based on an expectation of positive outcomes related to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large. As a verb, its definitions include: “expect with confidence” and “to cherish a desire with anticipation”.
Like Froyle (our feature artist) says below – “Hope does not deny the difficulties, but sees beyond them and believes that there is a way through.” Make sure you read all about Froyle and her inspiring work based around hope.
Our extra (optional) journal prompt is:
Use some glitter somewhere on your page.
If you need a reminder how the challenge works go have another look at the Intro page.
This weeks inspiration:
I was away a good part of this week and had no time to create so I’ve used an older piece to showcase. This is a page I created last year inspired by a Lifebook lesson with Tamara Laporte.
Our Feature Artist – Froyle Neideck
Tell us a bit about yourself ..
I am a contemporary visual artist, specialising in creating bold paintings of dramatic colour and rich texture. My inspiration comes from colour itself, and my approach to art is most akin to abstract expressionism. I work mainly in acrylic paint and mixed media collage and I am most passionate about using my art to encourage people with beauty and to inspire hope. This is how ‘Colours of Hope’ was birthed.
My cousin went through the horrific ordeal of breast cancer and through this journey she found solace in the beauty of one of my paintings called ‘Grace’. I wanted to literally wrap her in all the colour and intention of my art, so began the journey of transferring my richly saturated paintings onto fabric and into art cushions. Art that can be laid on, squeezed and hugged. Art is spiritual and as I create from the inspiration of faith, this good intention is then transferred onto the paintings and into everything we make.
We run Creative Art Workshops, using mixed media techniques to create paintings inspired by the personal expression of hope. What does it look like? What colour is it? It is a journey of the heart, a one day art retreat to create, believe and to be inspired. It is a revolution to inspire hope through colour and beauty in the face of global despair.
Recently we have been sending ‘Scarfs on Assignment’, beautiful richly coloured scarfs designed from my original paintings to inspire hope and encourage healing. We send them to people who are in trauma, sick and despairing. It is amazing what the power of love and kindness can do. To learn more go to: http://coloursofhope.com.au/scarfs-on-assignment
What is your favourite quote?
“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness” – Desmond Tutu
Hope is oxygen to the soul. We can not live without it. Hope does not deny the difficulties, but sees beyond them and believes that there is a way through.
Dream big, there’s no one like You.
You are unique, one of a kind, irreplaceable, beautiful.
Cherish who you are, love out loud.
Allow yourself to shine.
Be kind, generous and know that, You are loved
Where can we find you?
Colours of Hope: http://coloursofhope.com.au
Creative Art Workshops: http://coloursofhope.com.au/workshops
Froyle Art: http://froyleart.com
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/froyleart/
Week 14 Challenge Prize:
Froyle has generously donated one of the art cushions from her favourite painting ‘Hope’. It is a handmade, unique, beautiful work of art, with the painting on one side and the words ‘Hope’ on the back. Made from silky faille, it is soft, luxurious and designed to inspire, we know you will love it.
We will draw a random name on Friday 15th April from those who have uploaded into the Week 14 folder by that date. So you have two weeks to complete the challenge.
Entry is open to everyone who participates, no matter where in the world you are. It’s not a game of skill, you won’t be judged on your artwork. It will be a random draw.
Week 12 Prize Draw:
Now it’s time to draw a name from the photos loaded up into the Week 12 photo album. Today’s lucky winner is … Helen O’Hara. Congratulations Helen! Here is the page that Helen created about Spreading Your Wings.
Make sure you check out the photos in the Facebook albums. There is some amazing work in there. What a great place for inspiration. Make sure you leave a few comments while you are there.
All you lovely Australians that are participating in the challenge are entitled to a 5% discount whenever you make a purchase from our Lulu Art store anytime throughout the year. All you need to do is enter in the following coupon code in when you check out – CMP2016 and your discount will be applied.
It’s ok to skip a week and jump in wherever you can. Don’t feel pressured if life gets busy!
Don’t compare yourself to others. We’re all in different stages of our art journey. You’re an artist and you’re amazing no matter what level you’re at. Just have fun and keep going.
Please PM or email me if you have an urgent question as I’m more likely to see it. The facebook page moves so fast it’s so easy to miss comments.
Have fun, be happy and support one another!