Remembering a Place with Art

My friend Jill and I go back to Freshman year in High School.  She was two years older and seemed to know more about everything. She still does, really. In high school, we would cruise Main street (no, I’m not kidding) eat junk food and get ready for dates in my bathroom.  When we took the trip in the country to go to her farm we would lay on the bed, trying on clothes and listening to Mirah Carrey. Anyhow, we have remained friends over this time, reconnecting over motherhood.

We would touch base with each other every year or so since high school but have really connected again bonding over motherhood.

Jill’s dad lost his battle with cancer in 2015.  She has taught me so much about grief, and grace.  The farm that Jill grew up on went beyond the walls of the house and into the lines of trees and corrals around the farm.  As could be expected, the feel of the farm changed without her dad present.  Her mom decided to leave the farm and move to be closer to Jill, her brother, and the grandkids.  While Jill was thrilled to have her mom so close she also had to process emotions regarding her childhood home and loss.

I took my kids and husband out to Jill’s farm on a cold April day and took pictures.

It was difficult deciding on an image because I wasn’t sure what held the most meaning for Jill and I wanted it to be a surprise.

I chose acrylic paint and hints of gold leaf as my medium, I ended up adding pastel for a subtle color top layer.

Hopefully, this little piece helps hold Jill’s childhood home in more than just a memory.

#oprah #letsdothis

Instagram update:

Photographer Wannabe

Once upon a time, I thought that I wanted to be a photographer.  I bought a fancy camera and started taking pictures.  I had a decent eye, the problem was A.) Getting them off of my phone and B.) Editing them.

A.) Getting them off of my phone and B.) Editing them.

B.) Editing them.

Technology overwhelms me.

So I gave it up until I started to use my iPhone as my photography tool.  Forget the $1000 I have in a DSLR camera in the closet, I am using my phone!

I am getting confident enough that I took family friends out to their hayfield for some family pictures.


I love the photo editing tool called befunky.  I pay a yearly membership but it is far cheaper than Photoshop and it has everything I need.  The other thing I love about befunky is that it is a website, which means I can access it from my laptop, desktop or phone.



Public Radio Interview

Today I was interviewed about the First Friday we are hosting in November on the local High Plains Public Radio station.  I am a total public radio nerd so this was so much fun.  Take a listen!


Pencil This In

Hi Friends!  I haven’t written much lately and I am sorry about that. I have been having a difficult time deciding how to spend my free moments.  In the last six weeks, my energy has been swallowed by my teaching job.

And another thing….Which gives me some exciting news to share…

We are creating the very first Stratton First Friday Art Exhibition.  This is a chance for local artists to show/sell/share their art with the public.  We hope to have live music (let me know if you know of someone that would be interested in volunteering their time) and food trucks.

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The Claremont Inn and Winery will be serving wine!

This is going to be an amazing evening.  In addition to building this event, I have decided to exhibit my own art, which I am equally thrilled and nervous for.  Put it on yo calendar!

A Real Life Artist Ladies and Gentlemen…

In honor of my HPPR interview airing tomorrow, I thought we should visit this oldie but goodie. Tosha Wise just keeps getting better and better.

Venture Here and There

I have a knack for meeting someone and making a decision that we will be great friends. This has proved to be a skill and I have only been seriously wrong one time.  I don’t make an announcement of our future BFF status but I make a declaration in my brain.  Being a full fledged adult has not lent itself to many opportunities of meeting new friends which makes me really excited about interviewing moms who are living creative lives.  I picked one of these friends when I met Tosha Wise this week.


She is a mom of two, wife of a corn farmer, master gardener, keeper of chickens and a serious artist.  You guys, her work is AMAZING.

Both of her adorable boys will be in school full time this fall and she is going to be able to devote more of herself to her art and her business…

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Our Lifestyle Photography Session

We try and do family pictures, or at least pictures of the kids a couple times a year.  This summer I wanted to do something different.  After moving we have spent much of July getting settled and living a low-key life.  I have loved it, I love that we are both teachers and we get so much time with this little family… (that is another post altogether) Anway, I really wanted these photos to represent the joy in the little moments, not a staged “look at the camera honey”  sort of way.

I talked to my cousin’s wife Whitney, who is a mega talented photographer and like a cosmic coincidence, this is the type of photography she is hoping to grow into.  She even had a name for it “lifestyle photography”

She came over to our crazy house and just hung out with us.  We did bath time, ate, and read some books.  I didn’t honestly even know when she was taking pictures.


They turned out so beautifully.  They perfectly captured our tiny moments.

She also made these adorable short videos I can’t wait to show you!