Monday, December 5, 2011


If some of you read my previous post, then you know that it has been a long time since I have felt the inspiration to create. Today I actually slapped paint on the canvas, finished a piece for the Holiday Paint Out, and got two backgrounds started on the pieces Im creating for my own walls that I talked about here. Woo Hoo!! 

As far as an Update, Im feeling better. I have a familial/genetic Depression. Not the kind that comes and goes with circumstance, although it can exacerbate it. But its just part of who I am and it always will be. I do not have the right chemicals in my brain, and I require meds to facilitate them. There is no shame in this, it just is what it is. I have just found myself in a place that I did not have access to meds, and had to go off them for awhile because of that. But because of some awesome people in my life and a lot of prayer for doors to open, I have been able to get some low cost meds...finally. I honestly wasnt sure how I was going to get through the holidays without them. So it has been a week and Im adjusting.....which isnt fun. But I do feel a bit better. And Im better enough to paint. So I sit here typing with my paint apron on, and paint covered hands, feeling so, so thankful that I have a bit of inspiration back.

Here is my submission for the Holiday Paint Out sponsored by Creative Catalyst. The theme this week was "Peace". How fitting for the time of year. But I didnt go that way with this. I just felt like using a lot of color and almost doing a street/graffiti sort of thing. So I did!! I made a similar piece for my daughters room a few years ago, and wanted to revisit that. 

I find myself seeking peace lately. From the vicious cycle of have to's, and should of's and all the things that dont let my mind rest. I want to find peace in the chaos that is in my mind and heart lately. So this is my twist on that. Happy flower silhouettes, whimsical brushstrokes, cheerful colors and the all too familiar peace sign I love so much, help to bring me a little peace as I navigate my way out of this Depression!

Hope your are seeking peace today and always.....

Kelley xo


  1. Beautiful colors Kell!!! I am so glad that you are back creating!!!! xoxo Kathy

  2. These are great!
    -Kelly (from Holiday Paint Out :)

  3. Your pieces are great! I'm glad to hear things are getting better for you. I can't wait to get my painting from you as well:)


  4. Love your canvases, they look great.

  5. Really love your color choices! and am oh so happy that you are feeling better!! xo

  6. So glad to hear you are feeling better! Your art work looks great - I love the pretty colors, great texture and fun vibe you created with these pieces!

  7. Hi Friend. I adore the "seek peace" work. You know my mantra is "Find Your Peace" so they really go hand in hand. I would love a print of this if you decide to make them. So happy you have found your way back to creating.

  8. I love what you've done with the canvasses. Just beautiful. Thank you for sharing about your depression. I am slowly overcoming depression/anxiety and it's a long journey. Painting and drawing have given me such a sense of peace. I wish I had started earlier! I oversee a blog page for folks who are living with depression/anxiety here - - if you'd like to take a look. And I'm so glad my friend Stacey's post blessed you the other day too! Pxo