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My goal with my blog is to share and promote my art, but at such a critical time in our country I feel I need to share something important. Part of me says, Colleen don’t involve yourself in all the political mumbo jumbo, the other part of me says ‘COLLEEN, this is your life, your way of living, your partner, your love life, your choices, your human rights!!’ I’ve never been so struck in my heart by what’s going on in my country as I am right now.

My partner and I, we frequent a certain grocery store (OFTEN) even if we’re just on our way to work and want to stop for a snack, were there ALOT. Anyway, last night we made a stop as usual, the u-scan girl came up to us and asked ‘how long have you two been together? I see you in here all the time, you’re so cute, I love it, I’m straight but I love it.’ She then proceeded to tell us that the last time we were in, when we left one of us put an arm around the other- like we almost are, always touching- and a man, a bystander just shopping like us went up to this young woman and said ‘doesn’t that bother you?’ Now before I tell you what she said, can I just say I cannot believe that we are living in a world where someone, a customer just passing through like we are feels THIS comfortable to go up to a worker at a grocery store, to someone he absolutely doesn’t know- and try to persuade her to be upset about a same sex relationship, shopping just like him, happy not bothering anyone. This is where we are in this country. It hurts. It’s SCARY. This country, this president makes people comfortable enough to act, to try and shame something they don’t agree with. She told us, quite proudly I would say, that she responded with ‘no, it doesn’t I love it.’ My heart melted, I could cry, good for you!!!! We told her how much that meant to us, really, and truly. Thank you, thank you to every.single. One of you that sticks up for mine and so many others daily, NORMAL TO US life, our happiness. You don’t know how much you mean to me, and to so many others. I believe that we are hitting rock bottom before it all gets better, I believe trump is our president for a reason, all of this is going to eventually BE FOR THE BETTER. It will, we just have to continue to protect one another. Don’t be silent, stand for what you believe, let your voice be heard, be who you are.

Go forward in peace, respect one another. United we stand.

If there’s one thing I LOVE to do, it’s give gifts. I love to give people presents, and its all that much more exciting to give something I’ve made with my own hands. My love asked me months ago (a couple times) to make her a Rick & Morty painting, I thought her moving to my city and calling it home was the perfect opportunity to surprise her.

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There’s something about being asked to make a piece of art for a little soul. For a little baby that will get to look at something I made for, years. It makes me so happy, it’s truly inspiring. Marcy, a friend of mine needed art for her sweet angels room, she said she wanted elephants, blues, and golds. This is what I came up with;

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I hope her sweet girl looks at this for years to come, and maybe even feels inspired from them. They were made with all the love and good vibes.

 

I’m blessed with a day job I enjoy going to everyday. I work at Sandhill Crane Vineyards, and we are apart of the Southeast Michigan Wine Trail. This wine trail puts on events to bring customers to all the wineries on our trail over the course of a weekend- Pioneer Wine Trail, Art Along the Trail. My idea for this was to rangle all my talented staff and their art to show for the entire month of April, and what do you know it worked! Not only were my bosses cool enough to let me run wild with this idea, but they also ran a people’s choice award where our customers could vote for their favorite piece of art, and they awarded the top two a $50 prize. The day I took down all the art, I also got to tally the votes, it was wild how many participated, myself and one of my co workers won, and three of our staff members tied for third.

My pieces ‘Wounds in Spring’ inspired by all the new I felt coming into my life. Accompanied by Rumi.

I also had two smaller pieces ‘Live’ and ‘Feel’ we live by the sun and feel by the moon. I never get sick of this concept, and painting sun and moon inspired pieces. I used the flowers from my big piece to tie it all together.

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‘Wow it’s what I pictured, but couldn’t describe. You just get it.’

What higher compliment could I possibly receive? My heart is overwhelming warm that I could capture exactly what she wanted for a piece that will be displayed on one of the most important days of someone’s life.

I painted a yin and a yang, each side representing the couples favorite color, the trees represent each of them coming together, rooting into each other. I put the green in the middle where they meet, to represent this. I was told the family on both sides love water, & are always around it, so I this is where I drew the color for the base. The antlers came from the brides reception inspiration, but I painted it to kind of hold everything together.

 
  
  

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We’ve all seen it, or own one, a generalized piece of ‘art’ from here or there, whatever store it is, someone else surely has it too. Well not this piece, well not anymore that is. Before and after.

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We connected because of our favorite band, we grew, and she graduated. 

   

One of my dearest friends that I will ever have in this lifetime is someone that has never judged me no matter what, always standing by my side. I made this piece for her, taking inspiration from a sermon that I heard at her church one cold Sunday morning.

   

  

Every season has it’s struggles, see the end.