Sunday, July 20, 2014

My Art Prayers


I  addicted to art worship! Through art, I document life. Through art, I pray. Through art, I enjoy quiet time. 

These are a few of my most recent pages. I hope that one day I can encourage you to do the same. 

Above: in progress. What does it look like to be a good friend?

Above: clothe your heart with.....

Above: "I wish..." Not sure what is on my wish list yet. To be honest, I turn my wishes into prayers. God will give you the desires of your heart.

What does your heart desire?


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Stress Relief @ Work!!

This was truly fabulous!  Through Action Health with Baptist Hospital, the Art Shack was able to create with 10 folks on their lunch break!  In less than two hours (yes, an extended lunch "treat") these folks completed an art piece.  Some folks said they hadn't painted in years, and others at all.  I'm not sure I believe them because they all turned out FABULOUS.  

Seriously, work locations need to offer this to their employees.  Why?

Life is stressful.  Work is stressful.  And, a little fun at work, is good for the brain, heart, and mind.

Take a look....


The Art Shack is portable!  All materials can be brought to you!  
Groups need to be at least 6 folks, but up to 30 can be accommodated.



Music. Conversation. Art.
We bring music.
The one rule, is to not talk junk about how bad your art looks.
There is so much negative self talk in our days. Try to talk to yourself in a positive way.

"There were a million reasons why I shouldn't have come.  But, I knew I needed to,"  from the mouth of the first male artist with the Art Shack. 

This group of paintings seemed more successful than any of the 10+ groups I have worked with yet.  Yes, this was a "workshop" provided by Action Health. But, being during the work day, there were so many benefits for the employees.  They seemed more relaxed, and more in need of a stress-reliever.  Also, when we get home, the stresses of our personal lives come crashing in on us.  Having an experience like this DURING the work day, allowed adults to have fun without feeling the guilt of "time" that should be spent at home.  Home always suffers from the added time of work, bills, and house cleaning.  An at work stress reliever is a  HUGE blessing to employees!

I am also a teacher, so I know what it is like to work full time, and balance life.  
Days when there is a special treat, such as a lunch or coffee bar, the moral of the teachers and entire school is drastically better.

Employers, let's talk, and figure out how we can improve the mental health of your employees.
Small steps.
  
Elizabeth can be reached at 336-399-0707 or creativeandcolorful@yahoo.com
















Sunday, June 8, 2014

SUMMER SCHEDULE....revised!


Soul searching said to revise the summer schedule a little bit.  I think this will be a great way for YOU all to break up the week.  And, a great way for the ART SHACK to offer a greater variety of classes, and spend more time with my growing-way-too-fast-kiddos!
***Call or e-mail to register!  creativeandcolorful@yahoo.com or 336-399-0707  (Elizabeth Miller)

So....
EVERY TUESDAY from 9-12:00, $28/day
July 1, July 8, July 22, July 29, August 5
Open studio!  Give me a heads up on what you would like help with, and I will be ready to help with a canvas painting, realistic drawing, mixed media, watercolor, or I'll just have something ready for you!

ART SHACK week long camp from 9-12:00, $140/week
July 28-August 1
August 4-August 8

Pre-school Play Dates!
Call me to schedule a time &date; I will advertise on FB as well. Monday, Wednesday or Friday. 1 hour, or a little longer, depending on the project & attention span of the kiddos.  $15. (two kids $25; three kids $35 from the same family)
Options: Paint a canvas together
              Easels & Paint& smock time! (come ready to paint!)
              Cars+Paint=Fun for boys and girls!
              Tea Party, Fancy Nancy Style
                       **Dress up clothes, pretend tea party, and a Fancy Nancy Book & art project!
              Wall hanging.  Create a piece of art ready to be hung!

ART NIGHTS!
Schedule a graduation party! Retirement Party! Or just night out!
Paint a canvas. 2 hours. $20/person  A project will be decided ahead of time.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

2014 SUMMER Camp Registration FORMS!

Yippee! Spring is here! And, summer is around the corner.
I LOVE to walk over to the Art Shack, pick some flowers, sip my coffee, in the mornings.
I LOVE to paint, sketch, draw and CREATE with folks that LOVE art each day!

If you know of a K-12 grade student that is interested in creating at the ART SHACK this summer, please LIKE & SHARE! (If you sign up you get a discount for doing so!) The classes are small so it works just fine with kids of all ages.  The older kids focus on the more detailed paintings and drawings. While the younger ones fly through some smaller pieces.

We sit outside. We take breaks.  We have snacks. We enjoy music. And we ENJOY CREATING ART together for 3 hours.  It is great!

 CLICK HERE for the 2014 Summer Registration ART SHACK form

A few pictures from week #4 last summer.....







Art is not just for girls!  This guy rocked some realistic drawings! Wow, focused!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Girls Night Out

Y'all, lets get GNO on the calendar.
We need to destress. Create. Play. Make something!
Look at the GNO link above for the details. 
Send me an e-mail or call me & let's get it on the calendar.
I'll pick a fun project, or let me know if you have something in mind.

Let me know you want to come.
If you know other folks that want to come, great.
If not, I'll round up some folks.  FB, is good for that.
We need a min of 5, max of 15.
Let's just pick a date.
Come on over to my art shack.
   
~ Elizabeth, Art Shack 336-399-0707

 




Tuesday, February 4, 2014

I am created in God's image. SO ARE YOU...

#artprayers
 
Read Psalm 8:1-9  Write it.  Draw a moon. Stars.
God created these BIG things. AND He created YOU and ME.  You know, this is huge!
 
 
 
Keep reading. Genesis 1:26-2:3 We were created in the image of God.  Then He created animals, trees, etc.  We are above them. Yet, He created us all. 
 
Doodle a bird, or fish, or tree. 
 
Think about how these things were created after us.  And, we were created in the image of God.

What is the image of God?
What do you think about this truth?
Holy. Pure. Perfect. Without blame. Full. Loved. Hopeful. Peaceful. Graceful.
We were created with all of the characteristics of God. Wow.
Scary.....and a little bit cool.
 
 
Now, read Ephesians 4:20-24.
Make a black circle (think moon).  What is your "old" self?  Who are you apart from Christ?
Journal.
 
Draw sun rays.  Who are you in Christ? Journal.
 
 
 
 
Draw over the journaling.  Did anything stand out?
 
As I was writing.  My reflection is, before being a Christian, or when I am not spending time with God.  It is all about me.  Selfish me. Self-centered, failing, critical me.
 
When, I am close to God. Letting Jesus's spirit lead me, reading scripture, asking for forgiveness, begging for Grace, filling myself up with words of truth...it is about Christ.  And, in Christ I am peaceful, joy filled, patient.  You might see it, but it's not me. 
 
 
 
 
 
Add stars. Clouds. Clear your mind. 
Rest in the truth that GOD created YOU in HIS image.
AND, said IT WAS GOOD.
 
To be continued.......
Y'all God loves you. It is not about us. It is about Him.
And, that is a good thing.
Questions?  Thoughts?  Post your art on Instagram and tag it #artprayers
 
This is from www.shereadstruth.com day #2
 
 
 

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Be Satisfied. Praying with a pen in hand!

I so often pray with a pen in my hand.  It just flows that way.  So, I am praying that you might grow closer to Christ, honestly ask questions, joyfully say thank you, whole heartedly praying for others, while creating.  I do this all of the time.  But, let me first say it can become addicting.  Become addicted to growing close to God, reading, praying.  Don’t let the process of art get in the way.  It is NOT about the final product or what people think about it.  I just personally love moving my fingers, and it is a great time to focus on God as well.  Some people pray while running, matching socks, or unloading the dishwasher.    This is one way I do it…

Today, I'm using the devotions on www.shereadstruth.com as a starting block!

1a    #SheReadsTruth  

Read Day 1.  Print it out. Read. Doodle. Draw.  Circle words that pop out. Pray. Tear up the page.  Glue it down in your sketchbook or journal.


Then.  Write. Pray.  Be sloppy. Or be neat. What do you think the Gospel is?  It it complicated to you?  Has it become too simple?  Does it affect you? Are you scared?   Pray for each other.  To be open to learning and growing and encouraging each other.



Change pens. Read Psalm 63.  Write it. Pray it.  Doodle it.  Think about it.  There is a lot here.  




Draw some circles or squares on your page.  Pick a few words from the passage.  And repeat them as you are drawing them.  Lord, help me to be satisfied in you.  Lord help me be satisfied in you.  Lord, help me to be satisfied in you.  Or, whatever you prayer is.  Pray it as you doodle that.

You can repeat this over and over again.  Focus on the words in your heart and mind.  And, not as much on the techniques and lines and patterns.



Lastly, pick a few “truths” from what you read….and write them larger.  Or, illustrate them.  I chose, “Search, and be satisfied.”  That is my prayer  for you Mallory, Becca, Angelica and Sierra.  The world is dry, full of lies and junk, and chaos, and temptations, and questions.  I pray that you will be truly satisfied in the truths that God gives us.  And, that this is where you will go. Over and over and over again.

Praying for you my artsy gals and anyone else that might randomly join us!