Ziggy + Seahorse painting






In the spirit of Christmas and all things good, this was Guion’s painting for 2012.

Painting #3: David Bowie riding a seahorse. It’s all he ever really wanted.

+ Last year’s baby with a beard painting

[Photos: Another freaky Farson Christmas traditions//Grace Farson]


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“god never envisioned a world where his image bearers would do life in low gear to be encouraged to hold back, especially when suffering is rampant, people are lost, and there is so much kingdom work to do. he wants his daughters to thrive, mature, gain wisdom, hone their gifts, and contribute to his vast purposes in our world. we should be the first to celebrate the news that the doors of education and opportunity are opening to young girls who are emerging as leaders and who are blessing their communities and improving national economies.”

– carolyn custis james, half the church

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{close up of a batik painting in tembi// indonesia}

some days

some days i just get so terribly overwhelmed and i don’t know what i should do.

most days i want to drop everything and just make art, plant things and fold my body in half.

today is just one of those lovely, lazy saturdays where you think a lot about the direction your life is going and what you’re doing about it . . .

i have so much to look forward to in the next few weeks, but all i want in life right now is for time to slow down.

whenever i feel confused, overwhelmed or inspired, i resort to list making.

my list making obsession is something i inherited from my amazingly efficient mother. she always encouraged us to set goals, make lists and carry around scrap paper.

today has been some kind of list making day.

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“lists help us manage the chaos of our lives—to impose order, if only for a moment. writing a list clears the mind. … once everything is written down, it’s easier to see which tasks are important and in what order to tackle them. tasks that seem overwhelming look easier when reduced to mere lines on paper.”

to-do list: from buying milk to finding a soul mate, what our lists reveal about us, sasha cagen

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also, 127 reasons why we’re fascinated by lists   . . . maybe one day i will share my own journal of lists . . . rarely do i let a day go by without making a long, colorful list.

& for mac users, growly notes is my new favorite way to make a list

i want to go run outside with my holga for a few hours. . . the sky has cleared and the sun is out again. chilly winter days can be beautiful when the clouds disappear and the sun comes out to play.

{fabulous resin painting by laura gurton}

baby guion painting

i made guion cry agian this year. . .

after his reaction to last year’s tracy morgan portrait, i was sure that this year’s painting would not provoke the same response, but . . . it did. he wept with joy.

i don’t really know what prompted this year’s weird painting, but a baby with a beard was what i came up with.

i am happy with the end result, but honeslty, i am more impressed that dad and i made the frame late on christmas eve. sure, we might have spent a good three hours down in mm + dd’s basement cutting little pieces of wood, but the end result was pretty impressive. frames by jak & grace – it’s our new business and we’re going to be famous for it one of these days. . .

thoughts, ideas, suggestions for next year’s painting?