Friday, November 28, 2014

Sandro Boticelli

Week four is Sandro Boticelli taught by Jenny Wentworth.

The first thing I think about when I hear Boticelli is the episode of "Everybody Loves Raymond" and the gradnmother doesnt want to get glasses. She says she has a Boticelli face and you don't put glasses on a Boticelli face!

There isnt a lot of information about Boticelli to be found. he became an apprentice at fourteen and his work grew from there maturing as he did. 

I took one of his most iconic pictures and painted it in black and white.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Every Bitter Thing is Sweet

I love art but I also love to make time for good books!

Every Bitter Thing is Sweet
By Sara Hagerty

About the book:
In the age of fingertip access to answers and a limitless supply of ambitions, where do we find the God who was birthed in dirt and straw? Sara Hagerty found him when life stopped working for her. She found him when she was a young adult mired in spiritual busyness and when she was a new bride with doubts about whether her fledgling marriage would survive. She found him alone in the night as she cradled her longing for babies who did not come. She found him as she kissed the faces of children on another continent who had lived years without a mommy’s touch.

In Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet, Hagerty masterfully draws from the narrative of her life to craft a mosaic of a God who leans into broken stories. Here readers see a God who is present in every changing circumstance. Most significantly, they see a God who is present in every unchanging circumstance as well.

Whatever lost expectations readers are facing—in family, career, singleness, or marriage—Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet will bring them closer to a God who longs for them to know him more. What does it look like to know God’s nearness when life breaks? What does it mean to receive his life when earthly life remains barren? How can God turn the bitterness of unmet desire into new flavors of joy?

My thoughts:
"Every Bitter Thing is Sweet" is a heavy book and for me, hard to get into. Sara Hagerty has dedicated her life to ministry but feels a very deep hunger and emptiness in her own life. She realizes it is because she spends all her time telling others about Jesus instead of getting to know Him herself. "Every Bitter Thing is Sweet" is her narrative of the journey she traveled to learn that God is good, even when things don't work out according to our plans.

The book seemed more like a collection of essays and I didn't always know how to connect the dots between the chapters. At times I felt like she was a bit redundant and from the back cover copy I expected it to be more inspirational than to be written like an English lit essay.

I think "Every Bitter thing Is Sweet" has the ability to connect and encourage some people, it just didn't click for me this time.

*I received this book free for review from BookLook Bloggers*
Rating: 4 carats

Friday, November 21, 2014

Paul Cezanne

Week three is Paul Cezanne, a still life painter, studied by Teresa Sheeley.

Cezanne grew up in a small town in France, loving art, and longing to be artist but was never allowed to go to art school because his parents saw being an artist was seen as frivolous. When he did finally get the chance to go to school he moved to Paris and quickly saw that he didn't fit in. He didn't want to be like other artists or to conform to what the teachers wanted. Not creating like the others caused a lot of rejection and then  self doubt began to consume him. One moment it became so bad he tore up all his paintings moved back to France.

Back home he painted in his own studio. He met a plein air (painting outside) artist and started to paint alongside his friend and discovered a whole new style of painting. Wanting to do it well he began to paint the same landscape over and over again at different times of the day to capture different lighting and different colors.

Cezanne was known for being a relcuse. When he did decide to step he would make short trips to Paris in order to trade his paitning for art supplies. It was here that an art dealer saw him and asked to buy 150 of paintings to put in an art show. That show is where he began to be admired and even copied by other artists.
For my Cezanne-like painting, I chose to do a still life of peonies.

I love that Cezanne has such a passion for art that he continued doing it whether he was celebrated or not. Creating art was part of who he was. Something to think about the next time I paint something I'm unhappy with or if anyone makes a snarky remark.Am I paitning because I love it or for others

Plus, Jeanne Oliver the awesome creator of "Studying Under The Masters" has launched "The Living Studio". It includes two art filled getaways in 2015, one in Savannah, GA. The other in Normandy, France. Starting in Janury there'lol be a FREE online class that includes 21 artists and teachers, called "Becoming- The Unfolding of You."

To  kick it all off Jeanne is hosting a huge giveaway on her blog!

Monday, November 17, 2014

On Pointe

   I've always loved ballet shoes. They're pretty and delicate, I love them even more in pretty colors and covered in sequins.

What are your favorite types of shoes?

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Let's All Be Brave

Let's All Be Brave
By Annie F. Downs

About the book:
Annie Downs admits she’s not exactly the bravest girl in the world. She still cries sometimes when she leaves her parents’ home in Georgia, she’s never jumped out of a plane, and she only rides roller coasters to impress boys. But Annie knows that courage resides inside each and every one of us, and she’s on a mission to triumph over her own fears while encouraging the reader to do the same. As a single young woman, writer, speaker, and blogger, Annie Downs shares her journey toward bravery with honesty and humor. Using wonderful stories from her own life, contemporary real-life examples, and fascinating historical and biblical references, Annie encourages readers to grab hold of the brave life that they desperately desire. How often does fear hold us back from the very things we most want to taste, touch, and experience? The call to be brave isn’t just for one person---it’s for everyone. Let’s All Be Brave is more than a book, it’s a battle cry. Annie challenges us to live boldly, she calls us to step into those places that require courage, and she gives us the help to take the next step forward---even when it’s scary. This non-fiction, essay-driven book opens the door to many different views of courage---nudging, encouraging, and inspiring readers to be brave whenever given the chance. Let’s All Be Brave features: * Funny/interesting stories that draw readers into each chapter * God’s surprising answers to finding courage and boldness * Challenging questions and advice to help readers make real-life changes to live fully and glorify God more every day. The companion Web site ( offers more resources and an opportunity for readers to share personal stories of courage with other

My thoughts:

I've followed Annie F. Downs blog for years, I love her, and have loved each of her books.

Let's All Be Brave is Annie's first adult book and a challenge for all of us to look to The Lord and be brave in out loves where He plants us and leads us.

What I like most about "Let's All Be Brave" is how relatable it is. So often we think in order to be brave we have to do something big. Annie says differently, being brave comes from following Jesus where He leads you and sometimes that's doing everyday things.

Others may not realize it but for some of being brave is calling up an old friend of verbalizing our dream to someone we're close to.

Annie draws from stories in her own life big and little. For those of us who have followed her blog we see a deeper look into what she went through at different times as well as what she learned from them.

She so uses a lot of stories from her real life friends.

I loved "Let's All Be Brave" as much as I have loved everyone of Annie's books. I hope that you'll be brave and grab a copy for yourself, too.

*I received this book free for review from Zondervan Publishers through*

Rating: 5 carats

Friday, November 14, 2014

Antonio Gaudi

The second week is taught by Junelle Jacobsen on Antonio Gaudi, who is actaully an architect but the ways  he put  his work together are truly pieces of art.

Junelle says she chose Gaudi because she has been enamered by him since she, her mother, and her sister went on a trip to Barcelona, Spain a few years ago and she was not prepared to expeience full on Gaudi.

As an architect he didn't just take a canvas and paint on it,  he used  his love of color to make buidlings,churches, and basilicas. She said that she wasnt prepared, feeling almost assulted by the wild things he created throughout the city. After going home She couldn't stop thinking about him and knew she had to learn more about this Antonio Gaudi.
Today we might call Gaudi a mixed media artist, he took anything he could get his hands from scrap metal of a work site a to children's toys to sewing needles.

   There isn't a lot documented about Gaudi and his personal life or his work. We know that he suffered a lot of loss at a young age, his mother and siblings died before he was thirty. He had a few solid friendships that came along and collaborated with him through his career but by and large he spent most of is time working.

 He felt that his schooling of looking to simples shapes was limiting so he went out into nature. He said that, "to be original one must go back to the origin."

For him that was nature. Being able to look at the different colors, how the grass grows, and the way
light reflects off of things and  taking it all back into his work.

For my painting, I took one of the stained glass windows in the Sagrada Familia, painted it, and added glitter.

  Gaudi had such a passion for life he was always willing to trying new things in his work. That is what I takeaway most from him. Each project he started completely fresh even when it was intimidating and completely untried before. Junelle sees it as an invitation to try/be/and do every kind of art she wants and so do I.  Why not open my eyes and try something new?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

One Hundred Faces

Last week, I started a new Instagram challenge. The goal is to sketch, draw, paint or in some way create and post a face a day  for one hundred days.

I thought I'd share some of my faces along the way. Follow along @sprinkleonglitter

#1. Piper, I drew her with gel pens

#6 Alexa  is done in watercolor. I loved the mask and that it looks like leaves.

# 8. Darcy is watercolor and ink. I love how her hair is in simple, low ponytail but it's so sleek she could wear it anywhere.

#9. Vera is a pencil sketch, she looks a bit pensive.

Monday, November 10, 2014


Fall conjures up images of leaves changing to rich colors, weather cooling down enough to wear a cozy sweater, football season, and pumpkin everything!
What is your favorite part about fall?

Friday, November 7, 2014


The first week of "Studying Under the Masters" was artist Henri Matisse , taught by Jeanne Oliver.
Henri Matisse is a French  artist known for his use of colors and pattern.
He didnt grow up as an artist, he studied to be a lawyer, but his mom gave him a set of paints when he was in bed recovering from appendicitis. Of that Matisse says, " From the moment I held the box of colors in my hands, I knew this was my life. I threw myself into it like a beast that plunges toward something they love."

Matisse may have been enraptured and thrown himself into paitning but he felt art was always a struggle for him saying
it took him fifteen years to develop his own style. He continually thought  about his work, applying himself, and  practing the same painting piece over and over again, sometimes up to twenty-two times

The techniques Matisse is most known for is his work in still life, woman, and interiors. None of them are different than other artists of the time but what set him apart was his use props, bright colors and patterns all in one painting. His background was as important as his focal objects.

Knowing it took him so long is really encouraging to me because it shows that I don't have to know
how to do it all right now. I don't even have to be good at what I'm working on because I am going to practice and with each time I practice I place a brick on the stepping stones on my road to my very own style.

In my painting i combined Matisse's signatures of a female model and interior pattern.

My takeaway from Matisee is that it is ok to feel insecure about what you are making, you dont even have to like it, but if you are passionate about it and practice it can be transformed into something you never imageined. Practice might now make perfect but it defniely makes progress.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Studying Under The Masters

Earlier this year I signed up for an online art classes called Studying Under The Masters: Becoming an Apprentice. The main reason I signed up is because there was a new teacher every week. I figured by doing that I'd get a glimpse into nine different teaching styles and have a better idea of teachers that I wanted to look more into online.

The course is based in studying masters artists, who they were, what techniques they used, and learning from copying their techniques.

Week one started and I knew I was in for a surprise, not only was I getting to see teachers and techniques I could learn from today but the masters chosen turned out to be pretty cool. There was at least one thing I identified with from each artist, at least one thing I learned from them to add to my art, and at least one piece of artwork they had done that I like.

This is something I never really expected and turned a span of nine weeks into something I look back on with a lot of joy because it was so eye opening.
I loved the course so much I want to take the time to talk about each master and share something I learned from them.