This Helenbobelen created this art booklet last year…from random various paper slips of artwork already included on this blog where I hand-stitch-organized them, incorporating some of my students’ illustrated gifts by slipping them into book page “pockets”. The cover was left bare with a few random pencil marks (this less-than-pristine booklet was in my bag as I scootered from place to place around town).
Two nights ago, I had this urge to create something so this Helenbobelen’s hand erased the random cover marks and sketched Queen Sophia, my 19-year-old calico rescue who, like her name is noble, gentle, and wise. (This was after Sunday when my friend Margaret met Sophia for the first time and exclaimed, “I’m so honored to have met Sophia!). My intention was to include this booklet in my art gallery and in the interim bring it to class to show my 5 to 9 year olds and slowly inspire them into using watercolor pencils as well as creating more art booklets.
Well, it worked…I showed this booklet to the young’uns…after a dance party (it was Valentine’s Day and they had plenty of candy, so of course I turned up the music to dance out the “squirrellies” before having them hunker down at their art tables.) were very complimentary and focused, and “yes, ma’am”-ing me without my prompting…and creating art that is beyond their chronological ages.
That is God and art for you…
Well, when I get the chance, I’ll photograph and showcase some of them here. But for now, maybe this will inspire you, too…to love art…and maybe just love…
Thank you to my wonderful clients who’ve entrusted my artisan skills…(so much so that they’ve been willing to provide their email address so they can vouch for this Helenbobelen’s thin hoop earring creation skills!…I’m very touched!)
This body is taking a “Helenbobelen.com Shops holiday” although I’ll still be fulfilling existing hoop earring requests at this time and teaching art/music and of course, creating art and music as this is part of my holiday and Life…
The shops will reopen on the 22nd…thank you for your kind words and purchases!
This Helenbobelen’s art is inspired by the Creator, and yes, it’s both visual art crossing over with “audial” art (– sometimes I do paint by the noises I hear out in the street…kinda hard to explain).
I do think my strongest artistic ability is my ability to sing and play music. So much in fact that when people here in Austin see me musically perform, they’re surprised to find that I’m also a visual artist/designer/writer…and athlete. (So yes, this combination can only be inspired by something much greater than this human body/brain.)
The true caretaker in me is the one that sings, that feels calm, and that calms others who listen judgement-free…
Also, it’s a wonderful dream to have a small art space where I can lovingly display and be surrounded by my 7+ years hummingbird art efforts…not to mention sing/play a tune or two…
Thank you to kind/talented podcaster Youngman Brown who appeared just at the right time in my life to prod me along and broadcast the kind side of what human artists do with the great help of some Universal magic. Thank you to Clayton for offering me the Portland, OR exhibit/First Thursday. Thank you to Stephanie here in Austin for her wonderful ability to co-lead with vulnerability, true goodness and power.
P.S. Vocalists that I’ve studied with: NYC jazz-singer Michelle Carr, Broadway Performer/Meditator Teri Merliss, Opera-singer Maria Todaro, and NYC Cari Cole Voice Studios…thank you…thank you…thank you…
Tree and Cedar Bear
8.5W x 5.5H Inches
Ink, Watercolor, Tempera, Recycled Paper, and Love
Not For Sale
Thank you to Brave Legend, Megan, Cedar Bear, Isaac, Daniel, Brooke, Jesse, Patrick, Ulysses, Nicholas, Nanu, Pele, and others for the music, dance, singing, nutrients, gifts, breathing, and love of trees and clean water…