Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Summer of Color - Brown

What to do with brown?

I use it a lot, but when I was "specifically" faced with using it in this week's challenge, it took me awhile to get with it.
Brown makes me immediately think of fall, coffee, and OF COURSE chocolate.
I have recently tossed out all refined sugar, processed food, & dairy...
so the thought of chocolate right now is giving me withdrawal jitters! :)

So, last night (with visions of chocolate dancing around me head) I grabbed some discarded cardboard I had in my stash & just started painting. I love using old pieces of cardboard boxes or food containers...
makes recycling very beautiful!

She has nothing to do with chocolate, but I had lots of dreams floating around my head too. I am working on goals & dreams in Melody Ross'
Soul Restoration 2 class. I am loving that course - LOVING it. I have realized that I often don't even allow myself to "dream big" due to a long,
varied list of things I am afraid of.
That is NO way to live right girls!?

This week I had a great time working with brown and finding truth
about the freedom of letting go of fear.
Fear is a pretty heavy burden to carry around.
Let it go...

It is not too late to join us in The Summer of Color.
It is time for red! :)

Also, thank you for all the sweet comments & especially to new followers! I could seriously start busting out some somersaults -
I am so happy.
I love all the artsy new friends I am making!! :)

PS I had a wonderful time on our mini vacation. Spent a few days at a golf resort in Indian Wells (Palm Springs). It was HOT, but very relaxing!

Keep Creating & Dreaming!


  1. Thanks Jen for visiting my blog today and 'seeing' the meaning in my background of my brown. It means a lot!! Nice to meet another Soul Sister!!

  2. Love your brown inspiration, Jen! I have been thinking about SR2. You are really enjoying it???

  3. Hi Jen! Your message came so timely. I needed that reminder. And your painting is a pretty and amazing reminder too that there is indeed beauty in dreaming. :)

  4. i love the phrase 'i grabbed some discarded cardboard from my stash' - good to hear someone else saves these things.

    Love your piece and the words are a timely reminder

  5. Love your brown piece - and the message too! :-))

  6. Hi, Jen. So nice to meet you. Thank you for your sweet comment. Love your painting and that you repurpose cardboard from snack boxes and such. I do too! Heck, anything looks good once you start covering it with the right things. Love your yellow journal pages too. Glad you are living fearlessly again. Keep creating!

  7. She's so pretty!!! I enjoyed reading about your goals to dream BIG.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I appreciate it.

  8. This is wonderful Jen, and how right you are--we can do anything we want to do!

  9. Lovely work, old cardboard never looked so good!
    enJOY a lovely day,

    ps-it was so nice of you to visit and say hi, so happy to meet you.

  10. Thanks Jen for visiting.. my fav things.. chocolate and coffee... love your recycling too.. perfectly beautiful.. she is lovely and the message so true .. and timely for me... will check out that class you are taking too..

  11. Beautiful browns! I too love the idea of painting on recycled cardboard! ice cream...These are my dreams as I try to lose 5 pounds. Ack!

  12. hi Jen :)
    thank you for popping by at my place! i love what you are entering for the brown challenge :) you make beautiful and very whimsical art :)
    Luthien :)

    p/s and yes ... reality, starts from dreams :) i am a dreamer and not ashamed of it :)

  13. awww, that is one creative work you've done.

  14. You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith. ~Mary Manin Morrissey

    Beautiful, my cousin Jen! My heart sings that you are finding strength within yourself to release your fears. I think that is our most important work in life. There is no fear in love and there is no love in fear. Gorgeous new painting! :-)

    Love you!

  15. She's wonderful,enjoyed reading your post.Denise

  16. She's wonderful,enjoyed reading your post.Denise

  17. Wow...she is absolutely

  18. Well, I love everything about this post! Your art is just beautiful - I LOVE the cardboard base and those big brown eyes. Especially knowing that she is dreaming big ... lovely artwork. And yes, it is hot here right? Glad you had fun in my neck of the woods (yes I do ;) xo

  19. Love her big brown eyes and the words. Fabulous painting!