Well, the time has come and I'll be spending one glorious weekend in my old stomping ground -Dallas, TX. It was in Dallas (2001), as I was sitting in Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Church that I heard a voice say to me- "You are painting on 6 inch nails and I have 6 ft. canvases waiting for you." The voice was silent but I looked around as if someone had said something to me out loud. The VERY NEXT semester I enrolled in art school and ...well...all of this has happened. Since opening almost 5 years ago, I've always wanted to do another art show in Dallas but it has never been the right time or one thing or the other. I guess the wait was worthwhile because now we're doing a paint party too!!!!!!!!!! ...Can you tell I'm excited!!!!! I share the message in this blog as inspiration because truly it's just faith- we just have to tap into it (continually) and express it. Speaking of which- here is a picture I just shared on my instagram page (follow me @mfrancisgallery) of one of the most beautiful gifts a friend gave to me today over lunch- a napkin full of mustard seeds.
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This weekend, I learned two very powerful quotes. The first quote came to me by way of Diera, she's visiting from out of town and decided to take an art session. She showed me a pic of ballet slippers online and I quickly sketched her painting on canvas. I thought it would be great to add a quote to some of the negative background space. She already had one in mind. This young girl blew me away when she said she wanted to use the quote "Dance is like dreaming with your feet." I love everything about the quote as it implies a deep sort of presence, a sort of knowing and awareness. It also implies a lighthearted dream - real passion behind whatever it is that we love. In her case, it truly is dance as I watched her leap around the gallery. Very cool!
The second quote was posted by The Melanated Writers Collective on Twitter. It simply read "Don't be a writer- Be writing." Oh how I love that quote as it reminds us daily to Just Do It! I can put a spin on that quote so many ways in relation to art. Here are a few I came up with...
"Don't be a Painter - Be painting.
"Don't be a creative person- Be Creating"
"Don't be an artist- Be arting" (LOL that one is corny - but I love the idea)
It's Mondaaaaayyyy!!!! One of my refresh and recharge days. These pics are from this weekend which was our first outdoor paint party. This party was simply lovely and the owner was definitely the "hostess with the mostest!" I have to tell yall about this fabulous bed and breakfast located just outside of New Orleans. The owner's name is Lorrie and she is a member of the book club you see painting here. You can book receptions, weddings and of course Painting Parties with M. Francis Gallery (wink wink). I'm already dreaming up things to do here at this little get away. Enjoy!
In my last post I talked about "Just Doing It." Really, the post was about pushing resistance aside- you know that irritating little voice that says you can't do something - And just going for it. What happened when I just went for it, is still shocking me. I've not only completed one piece, but three pieces and I have two more on the easel! They just flowed from somewhere deep within when I threw caution to the wind and blended colors that felt good. I feel like I jumped off of a cliff and landed on a big fluffy cloud! I'm high off that paint and canvas yall!
For sure, these pieces are all about encouragement- encouraging us to get still, to know and feel the essence and presence of God. Life moves at warp speed- literally. And sometimes we just get overwhelmed. I currently have two close loved ones just going through some things. But what I have for them is this piece of art as a visual reminder to just be still friend and know that God just IS. #alliswell #supersoulsunday #yessss
You can see the other two here
Ahhhh, It’s Monday morning and I am feeling refreshed and recharged after spending yesterday cleaning, cooking and just Being. Yesterday I watched an episode of Super Soul Sunday on the OWN network featuring an interview with Steven Pressfield. Pressfield is a big successful (best selling) author who wrote for 20 years before he actually god paid for it. He talked about the biggest challenge most of us- all humanity faces. He called it resistance. What a great word for that terrible little urchin in our heads that always seems ready to sabotage our most noblest of efforts. You know, the one that says “Who do you think you are?”, “You can’t do that.”, “Where will the money come from?”, “You are a hot mess!” Yes, that little voice. I already happen to know first hand that the voice is a liar. I remember Dr. Tony Evans ( a preacher in Dallas) saying something like while your feelings and emotions are real- they are not always true. I would have to add that little voice too. I’ve learned that anything that is anti-God, anti-love, anti-pure is a lie. Still that little voice persists. Sometimes I stomp it out and sometimes it causes me to stumble sometimes in the moment, sometimes for days and sometimes for weeks or months on end.
And so it is- there is this painting I’ve been wanting to begin for weeks now (maybe months). It’s a figurative piece which I am not so good at, but I want to do them. For month’s I’ve walked around seeing it in my mind’s eye. I’ve even painted it in my mind, step by step. But still I found myself stuck. Stuck in a place of “Who am I really kidding- I can’t do this.” But yet, it is there (the image in my head) waiting to become a reality. And so yesterday I decided that I would Just Do It! And I did! I just gave myself over to the moment. I didn’t deliberate to long on the colors. I ignored the voice in my head and just decided to play and have fun. What happened was truly amazing. The colors, the movement of the paint, everything seemed to come together in those moments. I felt free, I felt the voice in my head become a whisper and then disappear into oblivion. I was truly- really happy in those moments. I felt it in my bones, in my being and just like the people in my old church used to say “It was like fire shut up in my bones.” But thankfully, thank you God, I am in this new space of awareness and I was able to release some of that fire on the canvas.
I promise to share a pic o of this new (how do I call it?) …development J. In the meantime, I thought of a recent art journal picture I received from Jan Titsworth and I thought- “Yes, this is what abandoning resistance and creating art feels like – it feels like your awakening to the moment and becoming even more aware of The Divine.
This summer art explosion session has been a amazing!!! We've made blinged out jewelry boxes, Who Dat canvas paintings, personalized aprons and more- and we're just getting started because we are going to roll on through July!!!! Check out a few pics below of our latest projects this past Saturday. We created an ice cream cone collage painting on canvas using scrapbook paper and acrylic paints. After lunch (pizza from Pepperoni Ray's) we painted personalized aprons with our favorite things and our name.
Here's a quick pic of our new store front. We've added vinyl lettering to give the windows a little pizzaz. Oh how I've agonized over what to do with the windows and then it hit me- Aha! white vinyl letters. Love Love Love the way it came out. Big shout out to my hubby for the installation.
I'm sharing a few pics today of two purse commissions that I've recently completed. Talk about fun! I enjoyed every second of painting these bags. It was like a dream come true Art plus Fashion. :)