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September 30, 2008



This is so beautiful!!! I love it! I have a quote that I have to live by to survive... ~ I AM WHO I AM ~ Basically which means for me, I do the best I can do every single day and if it is not good enough for someone else... that is not a burden that I can carry. Life is too short to try to live up to others expectations. You know what you can achieve each and every day! I don't know if it is about hitting the age of 45 but things just don't matter as much anymore. I wish I had learned this lesson much earlier!


Wiii! It's truly a beauty!! If I had seen it before, I would have added it to my Birdie Flight post :D hihih maybe i'll have to if it appears on etsy in some form!!

Patty W

{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}

Love the canvas! Free Bird.. Winged Spirit..Hearts on a wing.. My pea brain isn't working this morning!

I often say, I am who I am, and that's all I can be !


love the painting! oh how i wish we were able to meet everyone's expectations. the only one that really matters is what God thinks of us! and He thinks we are great! maybe i wouldn't care about other's expectations as much if i didn't have so many myself - ugh! enjoy your day.


I love, i love, i love..


Adirel for your bird girl is an idea.
Meaning Congragation of God. You know there is strength in numbers.

Plus I see compassion and unconditional love in her eyes.

Yeah, Turn that Cell phone off.
What did we do without cell phones
in the past? I think we probably had
more time for some peace and quite.


God Bless, Grace and Peace
Be Multiplied to You and Yours!!!

Teri Leigh

Love the painting! Miss Whirly Bird is what came to my mind, not so great either. When you aren't meeting other people's expectations just tell them, "life's hard, then you die."


oh goodness girl. I let people down on a daily basis. Don't beat yourself up!

here are my painting name ideas:
perched love
love awaits flight


How bout "Tweetly fortified by love"
cuz she sure is tweet! :) lol

Hope you were able to shut off all the "noise" Michelle! And tune into the music within you - we ALL have to give ourselves time to regenerate, and time with God!

meg duerksen

oh wow...i haven't been here for awhile! you have the happiest most colorful blog ever! :)
i feel so happy looking through all your posts.
just beautiful all the things you are creating.

i am so glad you came by!
you are just so talented!

color color color.

Paulette Insall

Oh Michelle I just love her!!!! She's wonderful! I was racking my brain trying to think of some other name suggestions other than the ones already mentioned, but I'm totally drawing a blank at the moment. It's getting a little too late for coherent thought. LOL!

Ooo and you're gonna be teaching??? That's so awesome!!! Can't wait to hear all about your practice workshop!!!

And I know all too well about not living up to others expectations....unfortunately it's an almost daily occurrence. I just keep telling myself (and everyone else) that I'm only one person and I can only do so much.


niccole W.

Turn it off...turn it off!! Course all my friends who can never get a hold of me might have a different opinion... Love the birdy girl. Her hair reminds me of someone in one of your journal pages. Can't wait until next weekend!

Jamie R Lentzner

Hey there - I love the colors. I finally cracked open my sketch book today - taking it to a Licensing meeting - hope to start sketching. Hope Monday went well and thinking of you for your next "workshop thingie". Take care - It was great meeting you last weekend...pssst if you send me a picture I can put up a post (you know I need to photoshop us up all pretty and all ;).


Oh Michelle, the Bird Girl is fantastic!!! I totally love her and also how you have her in your banner now. It so suits the spirit of this blog. I think of you as having wings. The colours are great.
Keep up the good work!

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  • hi and welcome!!! i'm so glad you're here! my name is michelle. i'm blessed to be a wife (to gary) of 18 years and a mom of two girls; alexis(16) & jess(11). i've been a full time artist for 15 years. i made my start at Portland Sat. Mkt. and art fairs around the country, and then headed into wholesale shows when our oldest began school. i love ART-ing, art journaling, running, cycling and downing junk food!
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