Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Don't lose hope, the fog will lift.

"Don't lose hope, the fog will lift"
-anonymous

"Don't lose hope, the fog will lift"
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Saturday, May 13, 2017

West Austin Studio Tour!

David and I are part of the West Austin Studio Tour this and next weekend. We hope to see you!!!

Here's the link to our facebook event invitation: https://www.facebook.com/events/157955061402396/





Thursday, May 4, 2017

Ascending Toward the Surface

Steadily moving toward a new breath while embracing the stillness.

I'm absolutely loving doing abstracts these days...they are feeding my soul.

"Ascending Toward the Surface"
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Friday, April 28, 2017

Light Broke Through at the Edges of her Wounds

I'm aware lately that so many that inhabit this beautiful planet of ours are wounded in some way. Our stories share similarities, though no two are alike. I think we all must consider being more tender with others as well as ourselves so we may allow the light to break through at the edges of our wounds.

"Light Broke Through at the Edges of her Wounds"
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Monday, April 17, 2017

Choose Love not Hate

Lessons from my childhood...choices in my adulthood.

Choose love not hate.

"Choose Love not Hate"
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Inspired by the work of Jodi Ohl as part of the Lifebook 2017 course.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Haunted

A feeling I'm experiencing, embracing, honoring, and above all, feeling thankful for.

"Haunted"
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Inspired by the work of Annie Hammon as part of the Lifebook 2017 course.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Her Soul Wept




"Her Soul Wept"

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Hope

"Hope is the ability to hear the melody of the future." - unknown author

"Hope"
This piece began as a quick pencil sketch, then ink over that, and then it sat for a while as I pondered what to do next. I kept feeling like I should finish her out, adding color to her entirety, but my inner voice kept saying, "Leave her be." And I did...all except for the heart as it was sending echos of a piece I did in early November ("Your heart knows the way. Run in that direction.")

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

A Mermaid's Plea

I love painting mermaids. I've always allowed for the possibility that they are, in fact, real. I started out with the intention of painting a happy, blissful mermaid, but the news of our likely dismantling E.P.A. took me in another direction. Just like all the other creatures in the ocean, she's counting on us to protect her, to see that she's worth saving.

"A Mermaid's Plea"

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This piece was inspired by instructor, Lindsay Wierich as part of the Lifebook 2017 course.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

For the Love of Frida

I'm on a deliciously fun adventure with cartooning and happily Frida popped into my head. This is my fourth, and decidedly most whimsical, painting of Frida. It's most definitely not my last painting of her. She's holding her beloved paintbrushes.

"For the Love of Frida"

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And I'm considering putting her on t-shirts...let me know if you're interested.

mock up
 
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

And through it all we can keep smiling...

...because there's power in optimism.


And I continue to be inspired by one of my student's drawings. :-)

Also, I love using small canvases as paint pallets and then painting on top of what becomes a very colorful, highly textured surface. 


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Monday, March 13, 2017

Slouch Caps to Benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center

I just added slouch caps to my Etsy page! I made more, but I ended up falling in love with and keeping 4 of them! :-) And then there are the two I made for my boys...they love them, too! Here's my Etsy site: https://www.etsy.com/shop/KaliParsonsArt?ref=hdr_shop_menu

Anyway, I upcycle them from t-shirts, sweaters, leftover material, and anything else folks send my way. Please understand that I'm not a seamstress. I simply consider myself a "Queen of the Straight Stitch". So set your quality expectations accordingly.

Purchases of my slouch caps (and much of my other art) help raise money for me to donate. Sales of my slouch caps benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center...because they most definitely are not slouches.

And please excuse my selfie style photos...I'm the most convenient model I've got.

Thank you!




And I made another pussyhat...I love this one and it will be SO HARD to let go of it!
Its sale will benefit Planned Parenthood.
 

Peace, Love, and Pussyhats Stick Figure

You likely know that for 13 years I've been working with three, four, and five year olds who happen to have disabilities. I was recently inspired by the cutest little stick figure that one of my students drew, so I drew my own...a la pussyhat! I think I'm in love with her! And I put her on t-shirts and mugs! (Click on those words if you want to see them in my Zazzle shop.)


Her face becomes the color of the shirt. I love this!



Saturday, March 11, 2017

And Even More Pussyhats!

Kali is my name and making pussyhats is my game. :-)

I've added a few more pussyhats to the fundraising section of my Etsy site. Sales of my pussyhats will benefit Planned Parenthood. I hope to make more over spring break. If you live locally (in Austin, TX) and can pick the pussyhat up at my house, no need to order on Etsy. Just message me so the shipping charges can be avoided. Thank you, friends! Here's the link if you're interested. https://www.etsy.com/shop/KaliParsonsArt?ref=hdr_shop_menu

A HUGE thank you to those who have purchased my pussyhats! 

P.S. I'm happily accepting sweater/fleece donations!



Here's what I've recently added to my Etsy shop.












And just for fun I made this slouch cap for myself!



Thursday, March 9, 2017

Pussyhats Fundraiser for Planned Parenthood

Kali is my name and making pussyhats is my game. :-)

I've added a few pussyhats to the fundraising section of my Etsy site. Sales of my pussyhats will benefit Planned Parenthood. I hope to make more over spring break. If you live locally (in Austin, TX) and can pick the pussyhat up at my house, no need to order on Etsy. Just message me so the shipping charges can be avoided. Thank you, friends! Here's the link if you're interested. https://www.etsy.com/shop/KaliParsonsArt?ref=hdr_shop_menu

P.S. I'm happily accepting sweater/fleece donations!



Here's what I've got on my Etsy site so far. 





Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Love is...

When I started this painting it immediately felt like a "Calgon, take me away" piece. Since November I've had a number of politically weightier pieces and this one is decidedly not that. I love using writing in my art and I wrote and wrote what I wish for my children, for my family, for my friends, for everyone...all that love is. And then topped it with some delicious whimsy.

"Love is..."
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This piece was inspired by instructor, Vicky Papaionnou as part of the Lifebook 2017 course.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

For All of Our Children

My husband recently did a photo shoot of one of my friend's kiddos. I was incredibly struck by one of the photos, the shadows so compelling that I was inspired to capture them.

As I painted my version of this beautiful young man I thought of my own boys and all of the children I teach and all of my friends' children, and I felt incredibly protective of their present and future. Let's do right by them.

"For All of Our Children"
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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Because...GIRAFFES!!!

Several weeks ago I saw a dress hanging in my mom's house. It was totally not my size and absolutely not my style, but it had the most magnificent giraffes on it. I told her how much I loved it. Skip forward to the next time I saw her and she gave me the giraffe dress!!! It sat at my house for a couple of weeks and then tonight I decided I needed to alter it into something I'd love AND wear.

This is the before photo.
I'm literally swimming in this dress!

And this is the after!
I LOVE it!!!!!
Start to finish it took fewer than 30 minutes. I'm feeling inspired to get my seamstress on! Thanks, mom!

Fire and I.C.E.

“Let's stop believing that our differences
make us superior or inferior to one another.”
Don Miguel Ruiz

"We are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike."
Maya Angelou

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Never Forget What We're Fighting For

"Never Forget What We're Fighting For"
 
women
children
the colors of us
earth
sky
water
the left
the right
the blurring of lines

"Never Forget What We're Fighting For"
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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Behold Him

Peacocks are not only beautiful, they symbolize awakening, integrity, and incorruptibility...things many are seeking these days. They are reputed to make us feel better when we gaze upon them. In Hinduism they are symbolic of kindness, compassion, and good luck. In Asian spirituality they are symbolic of good will and kind heartedness. In Christianity they symbolize the church and the holiness that the church represents.

"Behold Him"
Note: the edges are cropped...the entire bird is part of the canvas.

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I obtained some information for this post from this website: http://www.whats-your-sign.com/peacock-symbolism.html

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Peace, Love, and Pussyhats 2

This is my second in a series I've titled "Peace, Love, and Pussyhats". Here's the link to the scoop.

Hmmmmmm...I'm thinking this would be super cute on a t-shirt!

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