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To Honor The Wednesday 9
Today was hard. It wasn't as hard as the families and friends living the tragedy of Charleston, but as a victim of gun violence myself, it was hard figuring out how to process it and honor the lives of these beautiful people.

I prayed about it, said their names, and chose to use my art as a way to create a visual reminder of the impact they made as they gathered together to pray and study the bible. I also created it in the style of my art journal figures and pages because it was inspired by a previous page. 

"To Honor The Wednesday 9" 3 feet by 4 feet acrylic on canvas

What a broken world we live in. I choose love over hate.
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That is an excellent tribute and thoughtful remembrance.
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Trailblazer 
There is something to be said for a beautiful self-confidence in a woman to the point where she is comfortable in her own skin. This was an abstract on paper that I had painted two years ago with a great connection to the earth, nature, and the flow of of all living things.
 
Today, I transformed it into a vision of a confident woman who is connected to the flow of energy that is beautiful, transformative, and a reflection of how she loves. She was a supreme joy to paint.
18" by 24" acrylic on paper (unmounted)
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The WishGiver 
Somewhere between that place where I dream and where I send my wishes I found this being waiting patiently for me. She was moving in and out of my understanding that my wishes are being collected, carefully tended to, and some selected to be honored based on my willingness to see what is unseen, yet connected to my heart. 

She is a complicated one, filled with the knowledge that not all wishes should be given and that in the act of wishing, I should be careful to tread. In The Land of Ardithian, she is The WishGiver...and she is a magical force to behold. 

She is also one where the fracturing of the spirit has created an inner beauty that is profound. 

Acrylic on paper 14" by 20"  "The WishGiver"
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Thank you James I am too!
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We Were Once Dreamers 
Within every child exists a magical imagination...it is the substance of what dreams and play are made of. As we age, lots of factors cause us to loose sight of our creative gifts and brilliance...but they still remain within us...covered...hiding...and longing to be let free again. 

This piece was painted to remind every single person that at one time they were a dreamer of dreams...and a master at everything that could be.

"We Once Were Dreamers" 36" by 48" acrylic on canvas. 
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Thanks so much and looking forward to connecting with you. +I am not Alice​
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The Wayshowers

I had a dream about Wayshowers...about people who's energy fields were visible to others, because they light the way for love, for compassion, for knowledge, for creativity, and for faith. My dream was a clear as I have ever experienced, and I woke knowing I was called to paint it. This piece is my execution of that dream...sharing a love of fluid line, of geometric plane, and of unexpected, dynamic movement. It was meant to resonate with the energy that I feel around and in this magical world we live in. May we all by Wayshowers to someone. 30" by 48" acrylic on canvas www.ardithgoodwin.com
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Thanks ya'll so much!
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My Art Journal Pages Were Published!
I am over the moon excited to finally get my hands on my copy of "A World of Artist Journal Page" by Dawn Devries Sokol. Several of my art journal pages are in it and the entire book is a delicious collection of beautiful art pages. Grateful and excited tonight! 
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Thank you Allyce!!!
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It has been a great week in my outdoor studio! Looking forward to what this coming week brings. Love painting with motion, line, and color and prepping for my solo show in November. 
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"The Dreamspinner" 
This being has been walking around with me for weeks. She has moved in and out of my heart like a whisper and I couldn't put my finger on how to capture her until today. I love the mystery about her, the wonder of her story, and the fact that inwardly she seeks her own beauty and not that of anyone else. She is what dreams are made of.
30" by 40" acrylic on canvas
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Thank you so much for your comments +jade knights  I work hard at following my voice, trusting its source, and being bold enough to embrace the unexpected and unusual in beautiful ways. I believe that if you do the same, you will find that energy which alters your creativity in tremendous ways. 
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Perpetual Motion 
"Perpetual Motion" is an older painting that I loved when I painted it but there was something about it that stuck me right in my craw. I couldn't put my finger on it so I let it sit for three years....and sit it did...which is a complete oxymoron to why I painted it. 

Today, with fresh eyes and a new set of ideas with paint, I immediately understood the impact this piece had in my world. Sometimes we move with the idea that forward is always the best way, but if we are on the wrong track forward may be the worst way. 

Perpetual motion is a metaphor for direction, and most importantly, understanding our path and movement based on what our heart and our faith in the belief of love can show us. Sometimes, being still to consider our direction is what we are called to do, in spite of the motion all around us. This piece is part of my Marks of Abstraction series and today it is leaving an indelible mark on my understand of PATH. 

36" BY 36" acrylic on canvas
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Wear Your Own Crown
The message of beautiful diversity keeps coming up in my work and I am loving the lessons it is teaching me. In every family, group of friends, or congregation of common folk there are people struggling to embrace their true gifts. They sense that being like everyone else is a way to happiness. They sense that they are not enough.

Although I know there is a time and place where common bonds are important, ultimately what I know about life is that when I wear my own crown, the beauty of how I am made by my creator shines like the stars. I want to shine....I want others to as well. I want them to wear their own crowns! 

"Wear Your Own Crown" 4 feet by 5 feet mixed media on canvas (It is outrageously colorful)
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Wish I would have known these when I was first starting out 14 years ago. Hopefully, some of you might benefit a bit if you are giving it a go! 
14 years ago I wish I knew then what I know now about choosing to be a self taught artist. My journey has been filled with learning experiences about creativity, skills, business, marketing, people, and the challenges that go...
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The Lines of Connectedness 
I have been in the process of revisiting older pieces and fracturing them to achieve a look that is more cohesive with the body of work and elements that I am building now. "The Lines of Connectedness" is a new piece that gave me a lot of insight about how we are each unique, filled with our own peccadilloes, but we are still connected to the energy and flow of the universe. Mixed Media on paper 28" by 40" 
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Visual Artist, Artist, Collage, Writer, Poet, Poetry, Mixed Media, New to Google+, Closet Tech Geek, Teacher
Chronic Pain, Watercolor, Painter, Inspirational, Creativity, Illustration, Kid Literature, Kid Lit, Mobile Al., 


Being a creative grounds my spirit. When I sling paint or spin words, it gives me wings to connect with a greater conscience, and in turn, leaves the world a more beautiful place I think. When you see my art, be it my watercolors, mixed media, or collage, color will be the trait that connects them as one. I see the world this way, despite the trials that would have grayed my existence, I embrace the color in all of us, and hold it sacred. 

Spinning words allows me to channel my voice so that painting pictures with words is as powerful as using paint. I hold great respect for this gift, and strive to only sshare words that will uplift, not harm. Often I write about what inspires me, to spread hope to others that there is light at the end of the tunnel, and share my experience of being a survivor of trauma. May my words connect with at least one of you, and may you understand as I do that peace can be spread through one voice at a time. 

Because my Master's degree is in Early Childhood Education and I am a National Board Certified Teacher as a Middle Childhood Generalist, I do love to share articles and posts about sharing creative living with kids. Sharing Parenting Network tips is one of my great loves. 

The tech world is fascinating to me. I don't write code, but I do appreciate the brilliance it takes to develop technology in our day and age and often share my thoughts on its application as it pertains to the average Joe or Jane. Being a closet tech nerd is a badge of honor where I come from, so here is to geekdom. 

Walking this planet did not come with instructions. Rather, it is in connecting with people of all walks of life that I gain a better understanding of who I am, and what my vision is for the future. I love a great laugh, a story about life and what passions you, and I adore someone who chooses to be bold in their walk of life. My faith is a compass, it guides me, and hopefully that journey will be one you choose to take with me. I am not for everyone, but that's why they make chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, and pistachio isn't it? 

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