Friday, February 25, 2011

My Moon, Your Moon: Wolf Moon? Snow Moon? Dreamer's Moon.

The second post of My Moon, Your Moon is up for your reading pleasure.  Enjoy!

Moon #2

Under every full moon, memories stir of the dreamers we were. ~Robert Brault

Sunday, February 6, 2011

An Artist in My Midst

My father-in-law passed away in January.  Our family learned last year in September that he was diagnosed with stage IV bladder cancer.  As you can imagine, the news was devastating to our family.  But despite this daunting news, our family really came together in those last months to show him our support and to give him our love.  He was a wonderful man -- caring and loving -- and though the time we had left with him went by way too fast, we were able to create some wonderful memories that we will carry with us for life.

One thing that I learned about my father-in-law, Larry Dale, in the time that I knew him was that he was an artist.  I learned this one spring when my husband and I went to Florida to spend Easter with his parents.  One corner of the sun room in their home housed an easel with paints.  Surrounding his work station were his finished paintings.

Painting by My Father-in-Law

Painting by My Father-in-Law

"I didn't know you painted," I told him, surprised.  He told me that it was something he really enjoyed and wanted to explore more often.  An artist in my midst; I was intrigued.

Even in his last days, my father-in-law had art on his mind.  He told us that Moses had come to him and told him to paint again -- but this time, he should put the voice of God in his paintings.  Although Larry Dale did not get a chance to create more art before he passed away,  I think my husband's brother explained it best at Larry's funeral.  He said that we, his family, were his works of art.  And through us, he leaves a legacy that is a reflection of his faith.

I agree.  With our own child on the way, I like the idea of art imitating life and life imitating art.  Larry Dale was not only able to apply a paint brush to canvas to create the beauty that he saw within his artist's mind, but he was able to extend that idea of beauty and share it with the world in the family that he created.

Painting by My Father-in-Law

"Your talent is God's gift to you.  What you do with it is your gift back to God."
- Leo Buscaglia

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Etsy Shop is Now Open

Guess what!

The day has arrived...  I've finally opened my Etsy store for Inochi Designs.

This plan has been in the works for LONG time.  After the October craft show, I had lots of inventory left over that I planned on immediately featuring on my Etsy store, but I learned that life had other plans for me.  Now with a new year starting and my energy levels shooting up in my second trimester, what better time to take advantage of this renewed sense of motivation and refocus my efforts on my art?

Although there are just a few items featured on the online store now, I plan on posting prints and original art this weekend as well.  Don't forget to check the Etsy mini to the right of my blog posts to easily access the online store, too.

I hope you enjoy what you see!



Inochi Designs is Now on Etsy
"Action is eloquence."
- William Shakespeare


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