Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. ~ 1 Peter 4:10

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Happy New Year!


"Each new day is a blank page in the diary of your life.  The secret of success is in turning that diary into the best story you possibly can."  ~ Douglas Pagels
 


 

The new year always brings with it a feeling of new beginnings, a clean slate to dream and plan for the next 365 days.  A new year where new possibilities await and new adventures are looked forward to.  Do you come up with a plan for your new year?  Do you create resolutions or goals? 

For the past several years I've come up with One Little Word to focus on for the year.  It is always a fun process.  I think about the year before and where I've come from, what I've accomplished and then look to the year ahead.  I think and pray about what I feel God is moving me to do.  Often I feel like He brings me my word!  This year I've chosen:





I want to see new growth in my life this year.  Of course this is something I strive for every year; I want to be further along in life at the end of each year than I was at the beginning.  But this year I want to more intentionally focus on making aspects of my life stronger.  I want to really challenge myself to grow in my relationships, my spiritual life, my art, my business and my service to others around me.  I don't want to just be the "status quo" day by day, but to continually ask myself  "What can I do to GROW in this area". 

To help me do this I've set some goals to strive for.  For example, I love to read, but never feel like I really make the time for it.  I end up collecting more and more books; you should see my bookshelves and my Kindle...oh my!  I start them, but never really get around to finishing them.  This year I want to read books on marriage, on parenting and on creating that will help me to grow in those areas of my life.  I challenge myself to read one book a month covering these categories.  I also want to read some good fiction novels as well!!

This month I'm diving into the following yummy books:

Women Living Well: Find Your Joy in God, Your Man, Your Kids and Your Home by Courtney Joseph (spiritual, marriage, parenting)

Creative Thursday: Everyday Inspiration to Grow Your Creative Practice  by Marisa Anne Cummings

So, what goals or new resolutions have you set for yourself this year?  Have you come up with One Little Word to guide you this year?  Are you reading any good books this month?  I'd love some recommendations!!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Legacy Tree

Not too long ago I had the privilege of creating two custom pieces for a dear friend to give as special gifts to loved ones.  She was wanting something handmade, unique and personalized for two very important people in her family. So after visiting with her and getting some ideas of what she was looking for I created these two mixed media paintings.


created by Jennifer Snellings
mixed media, 11"x14"

close up of branches

close up of verse


created by Jennifer Snellings
mixed media, 11"x14"



close up


The paintings include collaged papers, acrylic paint, family names, special word attributes, and a bible verse: "Generation after generation stands in awe of your work; each one tells stories of your mighty acts." ~ Psalm 145:4. 

She was thrilled with the way they turned out and I was so honored to have been involved in creating a special keepsake for her family!

The holidays are fast approaching and I wanted to offer a unique gift idea for a special family member!  Maybe for the person who has everything and you never know what to give them!  The Legacy Tree is a unique, handmade, customized mixed media painting.  We will work together picking out size, colors, names included and any other special features you'd like your painting to include.

Contact me for more information if you are interested, but please act quickly as my custom orders for the holidays are filling up!  tatteredartstudio@gmail.com 

Happy creating,
Jennifer

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Summer Daze into a Fall Haze

 

End of Summer
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Wow! What a whirlwind these last few months have been!!  It is hard to believe the summer is over, school has started back up and the fun of the Autumn months is upon us.  Not the heat of course; it's still a simmering 90+ degrees here in Texas!  But, we have hopes for that first real cool front to come through soon! We've been busy getting back into those all familiar routines and schedules with the beginning of school and all that comes with it.

We had a great summer!  Probably all the more reason it flew by!  The kids and I were kept very busy with drama camp and a month full of swim lessons!  I enjoyed watching my kids become stronger swimmers and more confidant in the water.  They loved being outside and being able to find relief from the heat in the water.


Diving Board Brave

We also made time for a family vacation to the beach and enjoyed some much needed R & R after a busy summer of my husband traveling with the youth on their annual summer camp and mission trips.  We headed to Galveston and stayed at the amazing historical Hotel Galvez!


In the lobby of the Galvez.


We enjoyed lounging at the pool!



And had fun jumping in the waves!

On the artsy side of things, I've been teaching a lot this summer which is always fun! 



The Painting With a Twist studio where I work.

Also the studio franchise where I work held a company wide art contest for new art to be created for our gallery.  I submitted two paintings that can be taught individually or together as a couples painting.  I used several of my favorite things...trees, words and some of my favorite colors.  I'm hoping it is a painting that people will be excited to come paint at the studios and then hang in their homes!  They are called Faith Trees.


My PWaT submission: Faith Trees 1 and 2
Created by Jennifer Snellings 16"x20", acrylic paint

I'm teaching both of them later this month.  I can't wait to see how everyone's turns out!!


Finally, our big news is that we moved...again!  LOL!  This time thankfully, it was just about 5 minutes away from where we used to live.  We found a larger home directly in the neighborhood where our daughter goes to school!  This home was totally a God thing; He brought all the details together.  I'm especially excited to now have my own studio space, while my hubby will have his own office/man cave space!  No more cramped sharing!  Not that I don't love working in the same room, it will just be nice to have the extra space!!  So, we've been unpacking and settling into our new place.  We really love it!  I'll show you a little peak of my new studio space soon!!
 
Well, I'm so excited that Autumn is finally here and I'm looking forward to the fun fall happenings that come with it....like the weather changing, visiting the pumpkin patch, sipping warm cider and cozy homemade soup nights.  It makes me want to do some fall creating as well!!  Maybe some autumn trees with all the beautiful colors are in order!
 
 

Pumpkin in leaves
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Happy creating,
Jenn

 

Monday, June 3, 2013

Catalyst 2013

 
Catalyst Dallas

I had the privilege of attending the Catalyst Conference last month with several leaders and staff from my church.  Wow!  What an amazing experience!  I'm still trying to unpack and take in all I learned and experienced there!  We were able to hear incredible speakers such as Andy Stanley, Craig Groeschel, Jon Acuff, Erwin McManus, Dave Ramsey and two of my absolute favorites, Lysa Turkeurst and Brene Brown

Along with the great speakers, we had breathtaking worship with Matt Redman, Anthony Evans and David Crowder.  So very moving and exciting to sing along in person with some of my favorite artists!!

David Crowder - Catalyst
 

There were so many things I loved about this conference.  It motivated me, encouraged me, challenged me, stretched me and moved me.  Aside from the outstanding speakers and awesome worship, one of my favorite parts was seeing other artists in action and the fact that they used visual artists as part of the worship and overall experience. 

This was the amazing Hannah Renae Joiner painting live as her Dad, Reggie Joiner spoke.


Hannah Joiner - Catalyst



Catalyst


We also had an artist on stage creating live with a pottery wheel.  Unfortunately I missed her name, but it was awesome to watch her create!

Creating - Catalyst

I LOVE the images captured by the photographer(s) at Catalyst.  They are works of art in themselves!!


I'll talk more about the impact Catalyst had on me later, but for now I want to speak into the need for more visual artists to use their art to worship and witness and share God's love.  It is my prayer that churches will begin to embrace like never before the visual arts and create opportunities for painters, sculptors, printmakers, illustrators, etc. to have the stage along side the amazing musicians, dancers and speakers who are already there.  I want to see Visual Arts Ministries blossoming up in churches everywhere, opening the doors to artists in the communities than may...or may not...be believers.  I want us to use this gift God has given us to create for His Kingdom purposes...for His glory and honor!!! 

So artists, who is with me?  I know it is happening out there, but are you a part of it?  Lets rise up and make this a mainstay in our communities today! 

Have you thought about praying about a Visual Arts Ministry at your church?

Happy creating,
Jenn

Monday, February 25, 2013

"Inocente"


Red Heart
Red Heart by Inocente

Did you stay up to watch the Oscars last night?  I have always had a tradition of watching the show.  It actually all started when my mom was pregnant with me!  She tells the story of watching the awards while she was counting the minutes between contractions on that night some 30+ years ago!!  Okay, I'm showing my age!! :)  Back then the Academy Awards were on the end of March, and always fell close to my birthday.  Now they are on in February, but I still never miss them!

Last night I was so inspired and moved by "Inocente", the film that won the Oscar for best short documentary.

Oh how I love this story....




Amazing, isn't she!!  When the film directors accepted their award last night along with Inocente, filmmaker Sean Fine shared a passionate plea for unity among artists and unwavering support for the arts in our communities.  “This young lady…was homeless just a year ago. She’s an artist, and all of you are artists. And we feel like we need to start supporting the arts. They’re dying in our communities…We need to stand up and help girls like her be seen and heard.” 

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When he said this I wanted to run up on stage and just hug him, not that I was there to do so, but I applaud him nonetheless!!  What a wonderful show of support for the arts and I believe this includes support for the arts in schools as well!  As an art educator, of course this is a cause that is so very dear to my heart.  I believe with the education budget cuts and higher focus on the state tests, the arts, especially the visual arts it seems, are being done away with at a high rate!  In fact, when I left my teaching job to move to another city for my husband's new job and have our first child, the art program in my elementary school was done away with rather than finding a replacement art teacher!


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We must continue to fight this!  We must stand up and fight for the arts in our schools!  Parents need to be the voices for their children!  Teachers and parenets need to continue to advicate for the importance of the arts.  It has been proven time and again that the arts have a significant impact on the success of student performace in all areas of education.  Here is a great article on the importance of art in child development as well as in academic performace. 

I hope you are encouraged to make a pledge to support the arts!  Expose your kids to the theater, museums, classes, and artists that you may know.  Support them in their passions, especially if they are showing a love for creative pursuits. 

God is the ultimate Master Artist.  He was the first Creator and what is so incredible is that He instilled in us the ability and gift to create for Him!  I'm so very thankful for this!!

"Yet you, Lord, are our Father.
We are the clay, you are the potter;
we are all the work of your hand."
Isaiah 64:8

If you would like to see "Inocente" the documentary, it is on Itunes and can be found here!!

Happy creating,
Jennifer









Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Hello 2013!!!

 
Happy New Year!!!
 
 
 
From my family to yours, wishing you a wonderful, blessed and prosperous 2013!
 
"We will open the book. Its pages are blank.
We are going to put words on them ourselves.
The book is called Opportunity
and its first chapter is New Year's Day."
~  Edith Lovejoy Pierce

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!!!

Hoping you and yours have a wonderful holiday!! 

"But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.'"
~ Luke 2:10-12