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2019 Art Challenge Completed

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Completing goals can be so nourishing for the spirit...  After finishing up the 2019 heart art challenge, I took some time to reflect on the journey.  Before getting into the details, I wanted to post a few of my favorites:





Here are a few of the takeaways I have from the art challenge:

1.  Use colors that aren't standard on your preferred palette.  I crossed some big hurdles by using green in this challenge.   Green is the color of growth, safety, spring, new birth, etc., but I tend to lean towards teals and not the vibrant green greens.   I like green grass and plants, but that's where it ends.  I don't use green in my artwork, so I did it on purpose during the challenge and it was a stretching exercise for sure.  I needed it.  Will I use more green greens in the future?  Maybe.      : )

2.  Set a particular size for the artworks.  In this challenge I used three different sizes of paper:  2.5 x 3.5, 4 x 6, and 6 x 8
At first I thought it would be good for me, but keeping …

Art Challenges are AWESOME!!

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I am enjoying this art challenge so much more than I ever thought I would.

More details below, but here a few of my favorites hearts so far:







The current heart art challenge will be done in a couple of weeks and I'm already planning another one for 2020.

These are the highlights for me so far:

Getting back into watercolor painting.  I haven't used watercolors in a very long time and need to make them a regular part of my creative process.  Relearning old stuff.... Like how different papers absorb paint.  Some of the paper pads I've been using were bought over the years when they were on sale and put in my art storage boxes, so it's been interesting relearning how to use them and the difference between different poundage of the paper, the different textures of the paper, etc.Working faster and thinking less.  Sometimes it is very easy to over think during the creative process.... it's like trying for perfection, but losing out on the fun of playing with line and color…

Love Notes 2

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Love Notes are a part of the Project Love series where I share a little bit of wisdom/revelation that I have learned as I continue to walk with Jesus and meditate on scripture.  

Before I get too far ahead of myself, here are a few mini paintings hanging out together:



The most recent focus scripture for me to reflect on was 1 Cor 16:14  Let all that you do be done in love.  


As I started to contemplate on this new focus scripture, I knew that I needed to be more mindful about my heartfelt intentions before I began any activity or spoke a word. Thinking on how Jesus did things...in love. All that He did was in love and because of love.

Let all that you do be done in love.

It doesn't say in haste, anger, or spite. Love...is caring, kind, truthful, patient, hopeful, and endures as Paul expounds in 1 Corithians 13 verse 4 - 7: Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it d…

Loving the art challenge so far....

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I am 8 paintings into the 2019 heart art challenge and I'm loving it!!




I have copied a couple of the hearts to this post, but all of them can be viewed together HERE.

As somebody who has been a perfectionist about art things for many years, creating fast has been a lot of fun...and freeing.  The lines aren't perfect, the colors bleed together and sometimes go outside of the lines.  One black marker was running out of ink, but I used it anyway and got some interesting line marks.  I'm hoping that the rest of this journey continues to flow as it is now.   : )







* I try my best to have the photos match the original artworks as exactly as possible, but colors may vary from monitor to monitor.

** All images on this website are © by Michelle McSpadden, and may not be copied or used in any way without expressed written permission **

Art Challenge 2019

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I have started my very first art challenge.  61 hearts in 61 days...


I have started a special blog to house these special artworks HERE

Starting on 11/01/19 with heart #61 and ending on 12/31/19 with heart #1.   I plan to use a variety of media (ink, watercolor, acrylics, pencil, etc.) on paper and/or canvas and will be working on a smaller scale.  My goal is to get looser and more fluid with my imagery by working faster and freer. All artworks will be created within 50 minutes or less.  I may do a few 5 minute paintings to help me get me out of the box even more.


* I try my best to have the photos match the original artworks as exactly as possible, but colors may vary from monitor to monitor.

** All images on this website are © by Michelle McSpadden, and may not be copied or used in any way without expressed written permission **

Project Love...Love Notes

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I got a little behind on my podcasts and then discovered that the microphone that I use doesn't work very well, so I will share Project Love/PROject Love info via blogposts for a while.  

The most recent scripture I focused on was John 3:16:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

This scripture is probably the most quoted bible verse of all time. For some people, it is the summation of the gospel in just a sentence. For me, in the last few weeks that I have been contemplating this particular scripture, it has that meaning and more during this season of my life. For me, God didn't just love....He so loved. Loved more than anybody could or would.

I could say that He simply loved me by filling my lungs with air, but even more than just having life, He wanted me to have life beyond this earthly existence. He so loves me. He so loves me that He doesn't want me to perish. He doesn't wa…

Lil Paintings...

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Here are some pics of the smaller paintings....just hanging out together.  : )








* I try my best to have the photos match the original artworks as exactly as possible, but colors may vary from monitor to monitor.

** All images on this website are © by Michelle McSpadden, and may not be copied or used in any way without expressed written permission **

New Paintings

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Here are two little new ones:








* I try my best to have the photos match the original artworks as exactly as possible, but colors may vary from monitor to monitor.

 ** All images on this website are © by Michelle McSpadden, and may not be copied or used in any way without expressed written permission

Mini Paintings

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Two new minis are done and ready for their future homes!   

These two minis are 3x3 (inch) 

I love these lil paintings. They are fast to paint, perfect for small spaces like a desk or shelf at work, are very affordable original works of art, and a great way for me to test out designs and colors before using larger canvases and more paint.







* I try my best to have the photos match the original artworks as exactly as possible, but colors may vary from monitor to monitor. *

 ** All images on this website are © by Michelle McSpadden, and may not be copied or used in any way without expressed written permission **

Podcasts or Blog Posts??

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My 2nd podcast has just been posted!     !!! YAY !!! 

Click here for the podcast.

I was debating on whether to continue with that method of communication and finally decided that for now, I will do both podcasts and blog posts for Project Love.  For the blog posts, I plan to paste my podcast outline for those who would prefer to read instead of listen.


The 2nd part of the intro for Project LOVE

I wanted to start with a little personal history that I didn't provide in the first podcast and then transition over to a description of Project Love.         TO start, I was born in 1973, in Dallas, TX and have lived in the DFW area all of my life. My mom was an artist and I wanted to be just like her when I was young, so I started taking art classes in school. My dad was artist too...he did architectural drawings in high school and did some sculpture after returning from Viet Nam, but joked that he had to get a real job because I was born. As a kid growing up I would attend church with …

Brutus Kleetus McSpadden

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I thought it was high time to do a special post about my wonderful Studio Assistant Brutus Kleetus McSpadden.  He was born on 3/03/16 in Lewisville, so you know he is a proud Texan just like me.   : )

Brutus is like most cats.  He wants to do whatever he wants, whenever he feels like it.  He likes getting Temptations treats a few times a week, but if I try to give them to him everyday, he won't eat them.   ???    Brutus' favorite food is Instinct Chicken dry kibble with freeze dried chicken bits.....he thinks those are special treats just for him and eats them before the rest of the food.  You can find out more about the food he eats by clicking HERE.



Bru, one of his many nicknames, loves to fetch balls and has since he was a kitten.  I have a little video of him:


Bru loves to sit next to me wherever I may happen to be, so I move his blue chair around so that he can sit next to me at my work table or the computer desk.  Here is a pic of him on top of his perch with the blue c…

Getting Personal

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I wanted to document a major life change on my website, praying that it might help others.

Here is the text and pics from my 7/19/19 Facebook post:

I just shaved my head. OMG....this is freedom!! I have wanted to shave off my hair, or what remains of my hair, for the last year and tonight I finally did it.  If you want the back story.... My hair started thinning during my late 20s. I then adopted a hairstyle that I absolutely hated for over 15 years because I could sorta hide the hairloss...unless I was under a lot of lights. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism when I was 35 and the hair continued to fall out. Like so many other women with this issue, I have tried pills, lotions, potions, etc., and nothing worked for me. I got to the point where something had to change, so I went to a great wig salon (wild4wigs) about 4 years ago and proceeded to go nuts buying different wigs and feeling like I was regaining what I had lost over the years. I wore the clip on wigs, but eventually got …

Project LOVE

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Project LOVE Begins




Project LOVE is a personal deep dive study/exploration into God's love for mankind by examining His works and character and then expressing them, as best as I can, through the written word and the visual symbolism. A special page has been created for Project LOVE and I will be adding content to as this spiritual art journey unfolds.


I've also started a podcast that I'm planning to do once a week....click HERE to listen to the first one.








** All images on this website are © by Michelle McSpadden, and may not be copied, transferred, duplicated or used in any way without expressed written permission **

Cross Pendants

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Newbies:









Cross necklaces are unique works of art....wearable art!  

Each cross takes about a month to create for the entire process, so I plan to make the crosses once a year....unless the Lord directs me otherwise.  As of right now, this is my last batch for 2018.  







**** It is recommended that the cross pendants are kept in cool environments, so please don't leave them in your car or any other place that could get extremely hot.  
Update 1/02/19 - cross pendants are no longer available.  Planning to do another large batch of them sometime in the summer of 2019.

Completed Painting: Burst 9 x 12

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The Burst painting below is now completed and ready to go to a new forever home.




This painting is all about love bursting forth and has interference and iridescent paints in the top layers that were a little difficult to photograph.  Here is a little closeup of the inner heart portion: