You may have noticed some lag in my posting lately. Firstly, I want to assure you that I haven’t been kidnapped, electrified, struck blind, contracted pneumonia, got a leg hacked off, or even suffered from a bad bruise. My house hasn’t been burned, ransacked, or swallowed up into a sink hole. To be perfectly honest, nothing particularly bad has happened in my life. But a lot of unexpected things have occurred.
One of those things is Story Embers.
You’ve probably already heard of this place by now, but in case you haven’t, it’s an awesome site dedicated to guiding and inspiring Christian artists and writers. Several dedicated individuals will be working there, including Josiah DeGraaf, Brianna Hilvety, Rolena Hatfield, Gabrielle Pollack, Brandon Miller, Cindy Green, and many others.
And guess who else is going to be on the staff? *squeals* Me! I must say I’m very proud to be a part of this new place, but I’m also sad because it meant saying goodbye to another place I’d come to know and love. The part I’ll miss the most is the interaction with the people on the Kingdom Pen forum. At least it isn’t a complete farewell since I know I’ll still be working with many of the same people. And if you are one of those crazy, awesome people from the KP forum, YOU’D BETTER HOP OVER TO STORY EMBERS ONCE IN A WHILE SO I WON’T DIE FROM MISSING YOU!
*cough* Really, you don’t have to (but I would love it if you would).
Besides all that, I’ve had a lot on my mind lately. There were moments when felt like giving up and isolating myself from the internet forever. I wondered if all the effort and time I put into my art, this blog, and my books were really worth it. I’d become so weary of marketing and building a platform that I just wanted to blow up the entire foundation.
Don’t worry, I didn’t.
Maybe my attempts haven’t always been successful, but God is showing me that every unsuccessful attempt is a stepping stone to the right path. All this—my blog, my marketing, everything—is one big learning process. I will fail. I will do stupid things. But that doesn’t mean I should give up. The best things take time and work. And even if my kingdom crumbles, that doesn’t matter. God’s kingdom is more important than mine and I can put my trust in it because I know its walls are unshakable.
So what does all this mean? It means I’ve decided to take a month hiatus from my blog so I can redirect and reevaluate my goals, plan my battle strategies, and use my energy to help Story Embers as it gets up and running. However, once this month is over, I’ll be posting some sad yet exciting news about the next road I’ll be taking, so keep an eye out!
I've been creating homemade cards ever since I learned how to hold scissors. Sometimes I'd copy an idea from a magazine and other times I dug it out of my head. The recipients of my cards varied widely over the years. Of course, I would always give cards to my family and closest friends, but I've distributed cards to my dad's friends, a friendly lady who works at Kohls, all the members of a church, and even our hairdresser!
The scissors were soon eliminated from my card-making tools when I realized hand-drawn cards were my specialty. I created a name for my "company" that I scribbled on the back of the card along with some kind of doodle or sketch that went with the theme. I decorated the front, back, and inside of each card. The sketches on the inside and back could be simple or very intricate.
A few years later, I attached a motto under the company name. I changed the saying to coordinate with each card's theme, but it would still reference drawing or card making. For instance, on a Monsters Inc. card I wrote, "We draw because we care." And on a Frozen card, "Some cards are worth melting for." But so far my favorite is from a Christmas card featuring The Rifleman that says, "The fastest draw in the west."
I try to make my cards as personal as possible, like hiding stuff in the background that the recipient likes. Illustrating cards is strenuous labor, but their smiles is all the payment I'll ever need. I hope to share my cards with you and I hope you enjoy them as much as if I made them for you. Maybe in the future I can start a real card company.
Disney-Pixar has been hiding Easter eggs in their movies for years, and so have I (in my art). Sometimes I hide a character from an old TV show, like Major Adams from Wagon Train, or an animated character, like Hank from Finding Dory. Other times I sneak in references to my future books.
My family and friends have become professional Easter egg detectives. However, the hidden objects aren't merely for their own entertainment; I hide them to amuse myself. Drawing backgrounds can be as boring as snapping photos of the grass. Easter eggs liven it up. Maybe that's why Pixar hides stuff. I could just see them thinking, Ugh, I've worked five hours animating this tree. Hey, let's make one of the leaves shaped like Buzz Lightyear!
I hope you enjoy finding my Easter eggs as I much as I do hiding them. I try to hide at least one thing in every pencil drawing, but sometimes that's not practical. Ever try playing hide-n-seek in an empty room? Yeah, it's not possible. Anyway, so you don't strain your eyes looking for eggs that aren't there, I'll make a note of the drawings with Easter eggs. But so that I'm not too easy on you, I won't tell you what, who, or how many things I've hidden.
Mariposa is a self-taught artist and aspiring children's author who captures the glories of God's creation on paper. She has a Ph.D. in creativity and a master's degree in imagination.
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