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Out with the Old, in with the New

I won’t mince words here. This is it folks. It’s time to end our journey with Handprint Soul and move onto mckellasawyer.com

I’ve loved blogging here with you these past few years. Handprint Soul has been a place for me to bare my soul and record my journey to finding my new passion, and now it’s time to take the next step.

I considered moving all my old posts to the new site, but after some thought I’ve decided that it’s better to start fresh with a new blog on a new site, though I may republish some goodies from Handprint Soul from time to time.

My blogging style probably won’t change that much. I’ll still blog about my art, my experiences, and how those two are connected, but this was never meant to be an art site.

Thank you so much for taking this journey with me. I’ll see you at mckellasawyer.com!

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It’s been awhile…

This is by far the longest hiatus I’ve taken from my beloved blog. It’s been over two months since I last posted. Two months! And what a two months.

I honestly wasn’t sure if I would come back or if it was time to move on. Another website is still in the works. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, journaling, and reading. I helped my family move away from the house I grew up in where my parents lived for almost 20 years and into a new home and a new start. I’ve been working a lot and keeping our little home running while my husband spends his life at school (no joke. Sometimes he comes home at three or four in the morning or even stays the night in the computer lab). I’ve been spending time with my friends and family, and I’ve even been taking ballet lessons!

Most of what I’ve been doing is contemplating. What do I want from my life? What do I want from my career? How can I get there? Who am I, and how can I create a life and career based on Who I Am?

I’ve asked myself these questions before, and I’m sure I will again. Everyone has to answer these questions for herself at some point, many times over.

That picture is becoming clearer in my head and I’m realizing that I need to spend less time planning and worrying, forcing, fighting, worrying about what other people want from me, and comparing myself to others and more time listening, trusting, and keeping my mind wide open and ready to receive any answers that come my way. My path has always been revealed to me when I’m ready for it and it’s easier to follow it when I trust that guidance instead of questioning it.

Several times over the past few days, the fact that my Etsy shop is empty at the moment and my blog is a ghost town has hit me hard. I’m still having plenty of insight for my own life and I’m well aware that others may need those insights, but they haven’t been making it out of my journal because I haven’t been blogging. I’ve been making art here an there, experimenting, but I don’t have a way to share it with people. I post a few pictures on Facebook, but that only gets so far. As I walked to work this morning, I thought about my poor lonely blog again. Yes, I plan to move this operation over to the new site when it’s ready, but does that mean I should stay silent in the meantime? I don’t plan to stay on Etsy for long, but does that mean I should completely close up shop?

Who knows. I’ve been running into lots of career-related snags which has gotten me into quite a mess of discouragement and I hit another one of those today. In the past, I’ve let it bother me and fester until I get so caught in my fear that I can’t move forward. Today I realized that if I want a different result, I need to have a different attitude. Instead of getting stuck, I acknowledged that this hangup is just one door closing so another can open. It’s a signpost, not a barrier. So instead of stressing out, I drew myself a hot bath and decided to listen for awhile and see if anything came to me.

Though I didn’t come up with a solution for that particular bump, I did get a very distinct message: Blog.

So here I am. I’ve dearly missed this outlet and all of my readers, so I will keep this blog going until it’s ready to move. My journals don’t feel quite complete unless I type up those entries and polish them to show to you. The insights and experiences I record for my future use and to work out my own thoughts don’t just belong to me. Those ideas are for you as well.

It’s good to be back! Let’s pick up where we left off. I’ll post when the urge comes to me and we’ll ease back into this. I’ve missed you all!

Etsy Sale!

Guess what? From now until 9pm Thursday evening, all small paintings in the Handprint Soul shop are 40% off! After the sale ends, these will no longer be available online.

I really feel like I need to clear away some of the old to make room for new things, so this is my way of sharing my art with you and clearing my channels at the same time.

All orders will be shipped next week.

View these pieces and more here.

Etsy Sale!

I had the mother of all aha moments this week. I have a new project. It’s a big one too, and I’ll tell you about it later.

When I’m about to start something new, whether it’s a new painting ,a new job, a new habit, or a new routine, I feel like I have to clear my energy. I suddenly get the urge to clean out all my closets, scrub my apartment spotless, get rid of stuff, and let go of old ideas.

So, to clear my energy for this new project, my new website, and my new adventures, I’m holding a sale in my Etsy shop.

For three days next week, beginning Tuesday at 7AM Mountain time and ending at 9PM Thursday evening, all small paintings are on sale for 40% off.

If you’ve had your eye on any of my small paintings, now is the time to scoop it up, because they will no longer be available for purchase online after this sale. You see, this is actually a closing sale. I’m closing the Etsy shop, letting go some work, and hanging onto my larger paintings for now, because I have big plans for those. The large paintings will be available again in the future, but not for awhile. If you’ve been hankering for one and just haven’t gotten around to making it yours, let me know so we can work something out!

I’m so excited for this new adventure! I promise, I’ll reveal all soon, but for now I am clearing energy.

Remember, Tuesday morning to Thursday night next week, all small paintings are 40% off in the Handprint Soul shop. 

Thank you for being such wonderful friends and readers. Blogging and creating art wouldn’t be nearly as meaningful without you.

Changes

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So, dear readers, if you’re still around, you may have noticed some technical difficulties going on around here. During my creative funk and unplanned vacation from blogging, my domain name expired and is now being used by another site. This sucks quite a bit, because my readers seem to be having a hard time finding me. For now, we’ll be back to handprintsoul.wordpress.com.

However, this is one of many events that have prompted me to make some changes. I’ve been writing Handprint Soul for almost two years now, but I’m finding that this blog and Etsy might not be what I need to support my artwork, so I’m working on getting a new site. I’ll let you know when that happens, and I hope you’ll join me there!

This isn’t a goodbye! I still plan to write here at Handprintsoul (.wordpress.com) although I may transfer to a blog on the new site when it goes up. I really love writing here and connects with my readers all around the world!

Sometimes, life pushes us to change. I’ve been struggling with several big decisions involving my career lately, and it seems like my own mistakes and insecurities are answer them for me. I consider this blog a first step and a starting point for many things I plan to do with my art and writing, so I hope you’ll continue to enjoy my work as it develops, moves, and progresses.

Thank you for being such wonderful readers!

Bein’ Green

If you were to look at my art and try to guess my favorite color, you’d probably go with yellow. My favorite color is actually green, but it doesn’t seem to show up in my art very often.

Anyway, I thought I’d give my favorite color some attention and show you some green things I love.

Of course you saw this coming!

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(Visit my friend Rachael‘s Etsy shops!)

Ok, sharing time. What’s your favorite color? Is there anything fun that you associate with that color?

Double Wise Words: Womanhood

The world has enough women who are tough; we need women who are tender.

There are enough women who are coarse; we need women who are kind.

There are enough women who are rude; we need women who are refined.

We have enough women of fame and fortune; we need more women of faith.

We have enough greed; we need more goodness.

We have enough vanity; we need more virtue.

We have enough popularity; we need more purity.

-Margaret D. Nadauld

I love quotes like these when I feel emotional or inadequate in some way because I’m not “tough”. What does being a woman mean to you?

Happy Anniversary to Us!

Yesterday was our 4th anniversary. I can’t believe we’ve been married for 4 years. It seems like it went by so fast, but at the same time it feels like we’ve been together forever.

I thought it would be fun to tell you our story. Sam and Kella: The Early Years.

We actually met in high school. He was a few years older than me and in the drama club. I was just starting high school and decided to join the drama club to try to make some friends and come out of my shell. I was super shy and awkward, partially because I was overweight at the time and really uncomfortable with it. I went to the opening drama social and during a game in the auditorium, I managed to fall down the stairs and dislocate my shoulder. His friends rescued me and that certainly got Sam’s attention. After that, I everyone remembered me, which was nice because I was way too shy to make an impression on my own.

Sam and I got to be good friends during rehearsals and when we’d all hang around in the drama room. He was dating someone at the time and I wasn’t old enough to date at all, but I felt differently about him. It wasn’t even a crush at the time, I just remember it as being a sort of warmth, and I really liked spending time with him.

We stayed friends after he graduated. We talked on the phone all the time, he’d come to my plays, and we’d squeeze in some time to hang out whenever we could, even if we just bummed around Walmart for a few minutes when he needed to buy socks. I remember writing in my journal, “I want to marry someone like Sam, whom I can have fun with even if we’re just buying socks at Walmart”.

Ironic?

Fast forward two years: He returned from a 2 year LDS mission and I was in college by that time. I’d dated a few guys while he was gone, lost a lot of weight, and did a little growing up. When he got back, I’d expected to pick up where we left off. I took him out to breakfast so we could catch up, and we ended spending the whole day together. By the afternoon, he informed me that we were on a date, and we actually had our first smooch that day.

I was quite surprised to say the least. I hadn’t considered the possibility that we might actually date. In high school, he’d been the cool guy while I was the awkward girl, or at least the was the way I saw it then. I’d never thought I’d liked him in that way, but once that door was opened, it made so much sense. Relationship with others guys were always so dramatic and stressful, but everything was simple and easy with him. No jealousy or competition. No ownership. It was just us. Fun.

A year later on May 6th, 2008, we got married in the Logan temple in Logan, Utah. We’ve definitely had our bumps, because we’re very different people. He’s very social and laid-back while I need lots of alone time and tend to stress out about things. Sam likes noise, I like quite. We deal with conflict differently. I wake up early and he’s a night owl. We’re both messy, but I’m slightly messier. We come from completely different backgrounds. We fight over stupid stuff sometimes.

We’re not perfect, but we’re still best friends. We still dork around at Walmart and have a great time. I’m glad I have my Sam and I look forward to many more years together 🙂

New Painting: Let Your Mind be Free

It’s good to be back! I had a fabulous time in California. I got to spend some great time with my family and I got a lot of much-needed thinking and soul-searching done. A twelve hour car ride each way will do that. I’ll write about my trip sometime in the next week or two when I can get the photos ready.

I’m so excited to show you what I’ve been working on lately!

Most of my paintings are fairly large. The smallest one in the shop right now is 24X24. I love making large paintings, but lately I’ve bene having a great time making smaller paintings.

I started doing the smaller paintings to experiment with different ideas and techniques to use in larger paintings, and also because the smaller ones allow me to play with more ideas than I could with the big ones alone because they don’t take as long to make.

It started as creative playtime, just playing with different ideas, but I loved the results so much that I decided to post them! I know a lot of people don’t have room/money for large art, so this is a great way to allow more people to own original art. I believe art should be for everyone.

I have quite a few to post with more in the making, so you can expect to see more items added to the shop. I’ll post each one on the blog as well. These will be added to a new “Small painting” section of the shop. All items in this section will be 16×20 or smaller, and many will be on thin-framed, back-stapled canvas or canvas board. There may also be some work on my usual thick-framed, gallery-wrapped canvas.

I’ll still be creating large work as well, but I’m excited to play with these new small paintings!

I’ll leave you with this one today:

11x14 acrylic and paper on canvas

Sometimes, we get stuck in thought patterns and habits that don’t serve us. They keep us in the same old issues, the same fears, the same blocks. We forget that we can change them. We can set our minds free with new ideas and new thoughts. We can recognize those old grooves and try something new. We can be free.

This painting is acrylic on canvas with words handwritten on collaged bits of paper. I also incorporated some stamping in the orbs behind the tree. I love using lots of paint on the stamps because it leaves behind a beautiful ridged texture, like the veins in leaves.

This painting is available for purchase here.

Stay tuned for more paintings this week!