Journal Spread with Painted Pages

In my visual journal, I often add in papers from various sources to create a background rather than painting directly onto the page. These pieces are leftover from some painting on paper that I cut down and adhered to a canvas. I am digging the colors and marks.

(There is only music with this video, no voice.)

The resulting journal page has some handwritten text added over the background. My kids are growing up and we are all together less and less. I miss them!

I usually create a background in my visual journal and then go back to it later for written journaling if I have something I want to capture from my own feelings, or maybe a point from a sermon or a quote.


The finished painting adhered to a 12x12” canvas is gorgeous! It is available for purchase. Send me a message to inquire.


Podcasts for Inspiration

 I am turning into a podcast junkie.  I don't know if this is a thing. Is it just me or are other people hungry to fill their minds with inspiration and encouragement and just good conversation and information? As I get older and start to think about how much more I need to know and how much more I want to grow and change I feel like I can't waste any more time.  I want to listen to people who are out the doing it and find out what they are doing, how they are doing it, and what makes them tick.  So, in my daily craving around time, I listen to podcasts (well, and audiobooks, but that will be a different post. 

Here are my favorites-

Makers and Mystics- Makers & Mystics is the Official podcast of the Breath & The Clay creative arts movement. Hosted by poet-musician, Stephen Roach of Songs of Water, Makers and Mystics is the podcast for the art-driven, spiritually adventurous seekers of truth and lovers of life. 

Good True and Beautiful- Good / True / & Beautiful is a conversation hosted by Ashton Gustafson. He speaks and writes about the art of being human, finding beauty in the hidden places, and making music with your life, relationships, and career.

Art and Faith Conversations- Conversations about how we are all designed to be innately creative. We ask questions and explore the joys and challenges of how art and faith intersect in life through interviews, stories and sharing experiences.

The Kindling Fire- Your life is a message God wants to communicate to the world. This podcast is designed to help you live out that message. We will interview people who live out of their calling, mission, and message. We hope to add kindling to your life so you can start a fire or keep the fire going.


Are you a podcast listener? I would love to hear what your favorites are!

Something to Say

HI everyone! It's Amy! Some of you know me. Some of you are just meeting me.  I am a contemporary mixed media artist. I live and work in rural North Carolina. My home territory is full of pine woods and golf courses. I do not golf, but trees are a great love and I adore living in the woods!

My artwork is all about story. I work in acrylics, papers, graphite and charcoal. My mixed media abstract paintings are multi-layered and rich. I alternate layers of mark making with layers of color and collage papers until piece comes to a pause, like the close of a chapter in a story. The mark making in my abstract paintings represent a dialogue. Is it a story you are telling yourself? Is it a whispered prayer. Is it a word spoken to you? I hope you will have a look around my website and enjoy my artwork. As of the writing of this blog post, the site is being overhauled and will look very different in the next few weeks. I hope you will come back and visit my blog and decide that I have something to say that you want to hear!