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Ardith Goodwin
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Had a busy few weeks working towards my solo show in Nov. So far, I have about 57 pieces to choose from for a show of 30 ish. So thrilled about my options and this body of work that I have created around a Framework that is near and dear to my heart. Two months to go....bring it! (Here are a few sneak peeks!) 
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+james kalin​ Thank you soooo much!
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Teaching is a calling of the highest order in my mind. It is not for the timid, for the unsure, or those who seek to control rather than guide. Teaching is the calling that holds the power to create thinkers and dreamers and beautiful seekers of truth and it also holds the power to wound the spirit deeply for some. For those who are called to teach in any capacity, may that knowing be what inspires them to master what they teach, master their emotions with a strength of love, and strive to leave a lasting legacy of excitement and joy in the hearts and minds of those in our charge.
For every teacher who is beginning a new year or currently teaching, may we know this, may we live this, and may we have the best year yet!
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The Journey Of The 12 Painting
This piece has so many lessons contained in it and I love and adore it for that. During my workshop, it was the canvas that I tested out ideas and showed techniques on for my students. Because I had purchased paints and had them sent ahead (brands I had never used) I was faced with using hues that were not my norm. Few I liked, some I hated, they were simply too neutral so I was eager to wash this and keep going, so I did. Toward the end of the workshop I spent a bit more time on it and then prepped it for shipping. 

When I pulled it out of the box at home I was pleasantly surprised with how much I actually liked the muted palette, now that they had settled. I also LOVED the energy of the piece because it was a reminder of how wonderful my time was with the 12 artists in Seattle. What I opted to do, rather than pull my usually imagery out, was to let this breathe and remain an illusive abstract with the nuance of deeper areas, wildly humorous hidden things, and an energy that is palpable. 

I lightened up areas, I created contrast in some, and I danced with the notion that the beings in this piece, if there are any are quite similar to the ones that would live in The Land of Ardithian. My guess is, there are 12 ;) "The Journey of 12" 36" by 36" fluid acrylic, charcoal, and oil pastel.
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This is really quite lovely. It makes me feel joy. Thank you.
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The Symbol Maker and The Mindsetter 
I am so loving this new energy and direction in my work these days. Tons of movement, full of energy within and around the frames, and so much vibrant color. Love when the creativity just flows. 

These are both 18" by 24" acrylic on paper unmounted 
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Awesome!
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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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Beautiful work by a beautiful person. I miss our get togethers at Debra's house on Wed. Mornings.
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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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The Wearers Of The Mask 
Masks have always fascinated me. Coming from a family of professional clowns and the home of Mardi Gras, I learned that there is a shift in the mind when a physical mask is placed in front of the self. It can lead towards confidence, toward a connection to the emotion one wishes to avoid, or to the jubilation of celebration and revelry. Masks are an integral part of art history, my history, and play a powerful role in the story I am writing.

For we are all, at one time, "Wearers Of The Mask." The key is learning when to wear it so that it doesn't overtake our true self from seeing the light of day. 

"Wearers Of The Mask" 15" by 22" acrylic, oil pastel, charcoal on paper, unmounted (It Has Been Adopted)
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The Legacy Of The Storyteller 
This was such a complex piece, especially being 4 feet by 4 feet. After I decided to go in the direction of a figurative abstract, I knew I wanted to portray my love and belief that storytelling is vitally important, especially the stories passed down from the elders and ancients of our way of life and the cultures we all hold dear. 

This piece celebrates the energy and flow between the elder and the child, the magical connection they share, and the movement of self and knowing that comes with the tradition shared from one held in high esteem. "The Legacy of the Storyteller" is a piece that embraces the complexity and elements of a rich imagination, all tied in between the two characters who adore one another. 

It is also integral to my plot line as well, and that is proving to be a great well of inspiration for me. Loving that outcome. 48" by 48" acrylic on canvas
This piece is now in private collection
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A wonderful art piece to celebrate an art process.
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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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Thanks I think so too!
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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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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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