Thursday, March 11, 2010

Living a Artful life…..

I have 3 official Artist Friends.I would venture to say none of them think they are true “artist” but I do.

“All children are artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once she grows up.” Piccaso

These 3 amazing women have remained artist even when they grew up!! They all live in my little town and each has a studio. I have been so blessed to call them friend – they have inspired me to be the artist I always wanted to be – they have helped me find my child within…. Let me introduce you to them now.

hartley          Hartley King              

My niece Sarah introduced me to Hartley about 2 1/2 years ago. One night Sarah invited her mom(Brenda) and me to go to a Art talk at the Center for Contemporary art to hear her new friend Hartley speak of her Deployment paintings. She is a Air Force wife and was going through a deployment at the time – being away from her husband for 6 – 9 months. She painted a group of paintings titled “deployment” using folding chairs to symbolize being left behind. I just have to tell you how her talk and seeing those pictures touched my heart – several times that evening I wiped away the tears. I could not wait to meet her after the talk and exhibit and as they say the rest is History. She has been adopted by our family as her and Sarah went through their husbands deployment together 2 more times. I have been so blessed to see what she works on and I love her style.She teaches middle school art and don’t you know what a blessing she is to those students…


Mary Gregory ..I met many years ago quite by accident(if their is such a thing in Gods World) Her family bought my family Lake House and every time I ran into her we visited a bit. I did not know just what an amazing artist she was. She wins the sweetest person award by me ( if their was one) hehe I have never met a nicer person and oh so talented.I got to visit her home and studio this past fall and I know where she gets her inspiration and strength.

mary2 These are two of her newest paintings… Love them.


I could have just moved in with her- I wonder if she would have noticed me among the cows and chickens?

I bought this little painting of the red flower from her and I love it. It makes me smile every time I see it.

My other artist friend I call my teacher.

Roxanne Spradlin

The first time I walked in Roxanne's home I knew I was among a Kindred spirit. I remember thinking I have GOT to meet this women and make her my friend.HEHe Turns out she did become my friend and I have loved seeing her bloom into the artist she is today. Before I really knew her I kept seeing this darling bird nest paintings in my favorite shops in town and found out they were her paintings. I told myself then -I would own one of these one day- and the day came when she painted one just for me … I love my bird nest painting and the wonderful words to the song… HIS eye is on the sparrow and I know he watches over me…

She paints wonderful pictures of her Texas she loves…

I love the country gate…. and those cotton fields.

This is her darling studio where she creates and shares her love of painting with others. She made my dream come true last fall when I got to  take classes from her. Oh what a blessing that was!!

So you see – I am truly blessed to call these 3 precious women – friend- They inspire me to be all that God created me to be…. to live a creative and artful Life….

Take a minute or two and visit their blogs/sites-

just click on each one and be ready for pure JOY!


Roxanne said...

Precious Molly, I am deeply touched by your thoughtful post.Honestly, I'm speechless! Okay, now the tears are coming...thank you for being so kind and encouraging. Thank you for giving me hope. Thank you for making my week and making me feel so special. What a nice thing to do! I'd love to meet Hartley sometime...

Are you ready to paint again? I have posted a schedule for April. I hope it works for you Molly. There are 2 night classes, both on Tuesdays, the 6th and the 20th, from 6:00-9:00. Space is limited, so let me know asap. Hope to hear from you soon. (Amy and Sharon Vanden Houton, might be joining us...)

Anonymous said...

may the blessing be always with you!! ........................................

mary said...

Molly! I don't know what to say - except that every nice thing you said about me I could copy and paste right here about YOU! You know, being the creative person you are, that this kind of support and encouragement is priceless. And so is your friendship. It always seemed like we would be friends and I'm so glad we are.

I am a Hartley King fan, too, but didn't know what she was up to now. She is an artist to watch!

You have flourished in Roxanne's classes and I can't wait to see what you do next. You are talented in so many areas.

And, yes, please come live with me, the cows and the chickens! We will just paint and make things all the time! How fun would that be?

Love you, Mary

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