My Life in Words, Art and
I have been working a lot of overtime helping to keep our store safe from this CV-19 virus. After work, I just mainly rest and take our dog for a short walk.
I have been working on my children's story and doing a little spring cleaning.
The necklace I am wearing here is one of the ones that I made. The light is not showing all the detail inside the necklace, but think you can see enough of it.
I hope everyone has a good day and stays well. If you are having a rough day or are not feeling well, I pray you move forward with God's strength and that you feel better soon.
I am in the process of redoing an old book that I illustrated and wrote a long time ago. It was the first book I wrote and illustrated after I regained my art and writing talent after the traumatic brain injury took it away. I hope to have this book completed by the middle of May. Maybe sooner. It will be sold on Amazon in paper back, Kindle and eventually Audio.
The CD that had the original book on it was damaged. I had prayed for God to direct me to a good digital illustrator that could fix my damaged file without taking away from my work. God did just that. He connected me with a person by the name of Daniel Swanepoel. His FB page is Daniel Swanepoel Prints.
The person in the wheelchair works with me at Walmart. He was one of the first ones that witnessed me gaining my art talent. This talent had been gone for several years. I finally took a step of faith and used a part of my lunch break and bought some art supplies and began drawing in front of him. It was hard for me to draw even a circle, but at lest I began my journey back into what was once a passion of mine.
What passions do you have?
Please feel free to let me know what you think of the illustrations as well as to share what your passions are.
I painted this a long time ago during a church service. My painting symbolizes being clothed in The Armor of God. The main focus was using the sword of the Spirit to break away from fear. One of the fears I struggled with back then was the fear of failure. I still struggle with it at times, but will not let is stop me from doing things like my art, writing and learning how to blog.
What fears do you have?
Did you notice the heart on the mouth piece? I painted a heart on the mouth piece, because we are to speak the truth in love.
The Armor of God
10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. New International Version (NIV)
My Inner Studio has been doing well so far. Individuals have been mostly ordering directly from me.
I get excited to help promote others, but this book has been edited and has an awesome message inside it as well as provide a good read. So I am excited to promote my own work. After all. I know I would not have been able to get this far without God and I know God placed this book on my heart to help others.
I am just having trouble with getting it on the Google search engine. Guess it will just take a little time. That is another reason why I am posting this blog post about My Inner Studio.
Hope everyone has a blessed day.
I am making a lot of progress on all my projects. It has been difficult with working a full time job and keeping up with the housework, finding time with family, friends and of course our pets that are like family to us.
I have found someone to help me enhance my files for the old children's book that I illustrated called Johnny's Safe Place. I was just relearning how to paint again when Johnny's Safe Place was written and illustrated.
When I first started out, I could not see shades of color, lights and darks and depth. Everything looked flat to me. That is a story I will share at another time.
I would redo the illustrations, but it would take away from showing the progression that I have made. The one I am hiring will improve the illustrations without taking away from showing how far I have come with my painting journey.
I am also in the process of choosing which facts I will have in my Amazing Animal Facts book. I originally had way to may facts. It is hard to decide which awesome fact stays.
I have people asking about my novel which is a rewrite of Trapped Inside. do not think it will be ready for publication until 2021. I am almost finished with it, but have to save up for an editor. Getting things edited is very important.
I still will be interviewing different artists and authors on this blog site, but have to buy a better camera in order to record the inerveiws.
This morning I placed my coffee mug under the Keurig Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker looking forward to a good sip of coffee prior to clocking into work. I pushed the button and smelled the aroma of chocolate caramel coffee mixed with my chocolate creamer. Then suddenly I saw the coffee was running out of my cup and unto the counter. That is when I realized I'd forgotten to remove the no drip mug lid. Thankfully I had a Styrofoam cup handy to put under the coffee machine until I could remove the lid and place it back to gather what coffee did not spill all over the counter.
As I cleaned up my mess and sipped a few drinks of my coffee I began reflecting on how God gives us His joy to have. This kind of joy is not based on being happy. It is even more pleasant then a coffee break. Sometimes we ask God to give us that joy. We place ourselves under the spout to get His joy, but our minds our covered with the problems we have been facing. Let us make sure we take the lid off and allow God to give us His joy to get us through the day. The Bible says that in Nehemiah 8:10 ….Joy of the Lord is your strength.
My Inner Studio is finally finished and ready for people to buy. It can be ordered through Amazon.com by placing in their search engine the name of my book and written by Melinda Priebe. It only costs $6.00.
A book cover designer was able to put one of my paintings on the front cover. The painting was done with this book in mind.
The photos I posted here remind me of the long season in my life which has tried to interfere with the progress of my website, writing and art. It really stilled everything about me like winter. My ability to sit down and create seemed frozen. My path was steep, slippery, out of focus like fog and unsure. I longed for spring and felt like hibernating until that season came again, but life goes on.
It is very normal to feel more depressed within actual winter. Research as shown that the shorter days and lack of sunlight plays a factor in this. So I decided to take walks in the parks. Sometimes I even go to one of the beaches close to our area and walk around. Can’t swim or play in the sand, but a beach in the winter time around here can be beautiful place to visit. You just need to make sure you stay away from hazardous areas. Plus it is a good idea to dress warm in order to help prevent getting sick or cold.
No matter the season, I normally take the same paths. It amazes me how things like the clouds, sun or the branches above make the path seem different each time I walk it. Instead of being angry that things are not the same, I am thankful and capture the beauty around me.
Being thankful is another way to get rid of the winter blues or just the blues in general. Another thing that helps with the winter blues is to get involved with people. Send letters to friends and family, get connected to safe Facebook groups, stay active in church, eat correctly, and drink at least 8 glasses of water. The cold weather tends to dry ones skin out more and dehydrate a person.
My emotional winter season lasted longer than a season of a real winter, but I kept holding on. I talked to people that helped me through those rough times. They prayed with me as well. I also got a check up to see if I had anything else going on physically that needed cared for.
I am finally feeling a little bit of movement of seeds germinating under what was cold hard ground.
Majority of my past blogs have been about seasons in life. I love seasons, but the truthfully the emotional wait from winter to spring has been a long one for me. Finally I am gaining clear picture on what to do with my website, Art and Writing.
Establishing a public Facebook page for Authors and Artists is one of the directions that I have taken and am looking forward in seeing it blossom.
It feels good to be finally in my spring. I am now looking forward to a season of summer.
Ecclesiastes 3:1“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:" NIV
Ezekiel 34:26“I will bless them and the places surrounding my hill. I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessing.” NIV
Psalm 29:9 9 “The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth, and strips the forests bare; And in His temple everyone says, "Glory!" NIV
The winter photos I took show the beauty of winter. Sure I had an emotional long winter, but there was lots of beauty there too.
Are you in a winter standstill emotionally or in your goal setting?
Have you been in that kind of season? If so, Can you share how you got out of it?
What is your favorite real season?
Melinda Priebe is a wife, mother, grandmother. She works a full time job and still finds time to write, do her art work and jewelry.
Melinda is quite cold in this beach picture, but loving the beauty around her. She prays that you are able to count your blessings and find beauty in your daily life as well. Her God-daughter Crystal took the above beach picture.
Melinda has added some more photos she has taken form her winter walks. One photo she took is of her first landscape sketch.
Front side of my jewelry case.
Back side of my jewelry case.
I am really excited for finally getting enough jewelry made to be inside the Hidden Gem. You can not see them really well in these photos, but if you are interested in anything, I can custom make something. The scarfs are $25 and the necklaces are $15.
Price will be pending if anyone needs custom work on something that I do not already have.
My message for todays blog is to keep moving forward and to have patients with yourself if it seems as if something is taking longer then you want. There has been times that I wanted to give up, other times I have felt embarrassed for it taking so long to accomplish my goals. Instead of giving up or emotions like embarrassment stop me, I trusted God. After all He gave me the desire to write, paint and do jewelry. I knew and still know He will help me accomplish this goal.
It has been rough working a full time job, keeping up on a home, spending time with family, friends, church walking the dog and having a little me time. I am not complaining. I am thankful for my busy life and the ability to still manage to find time to write and do art work.
Another important project I need to do is to work on my Website. I hope to get it looking nicer soon. I am not a tech person, but am learning along the way.
Blessings to all of you. Hope to hear back from you soon.
My son John and daughter-in-law Anna took me to the Tulip Festival in Holland Michigan on Mother's Day. Anna's best friend Ashley went along with us as well as my Grand dog Ropy. We got a late start do to my car getting stranded on 933. This car has been a good car for several years, but I knew by the sound it made before it died that it finally wore out. Unfortunately we just had to repair our furnace and had plumbing problems taken care of. Both of those were expensive. It angered me and even depressed me a little. I even considered not going to the Tulip Festival. Thankfully I had good things that I could think about so I choose to sit in the stranded car counting my blessings. Counting my blessings and thanking God for all He has brought my family and I through in the past made me happy and looking forward to what little time we had at the Tulip Festival.
I have never been to the Tulip Festival and was so glad it became my Mother's Day gift. There are many areas to this festival and what we saw was just a portion of this amazing place. One of the areas we went to was the wet land area.
I hope you enjoy the photos.
I found out the next day that my feelings about the car was correct. It was not fixable. Once again I had to really focus on counting my blessings. Focusing on counting my blessings got me through needing to share one vehicle with 2 other busy people. It was rough, but God blessed my husband and I with an affordable nice car two weeks later.
How many times have bad events occurred in your life? Sure there are times where emotions like grief over a loss of a loved one or a pet is necessary. But we can not stay in that emotional state. Do not hesitate to seek help if you find yourself letting the negative emotional state or the lack of any feelings is staying longer then it should and is keeping you from your family, friends and enjoying life.