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Friday, June 4, 2010

Practice Kindness...

My walls have been looking a bit bare since I gave away a couple of paintings and I really wanted to make something not just pretty and colorful but a gentle reminder to myself and my family to practice kindness. In journaling this past week I remembered something that I'd completely forgotten about. I used to make drawings when I was a kid with captions that would say things like, parents shouldn't yell at their kids and and put them up around the house. Don't get me wrong, my childhood was happy. I was a very sensitive kid though, and I let my parents know by way of my art if I wasn't happy about something. As I got older I wanted to have art around my home that would remind me to be patient, kind, loving, etc. I really wanted to make my home, a happy home. So this is my first piece and it's hanging on my wall now. I hope the message will sink into the hearts of my family and anyone who is welcomed into our home. Kindness is a wonderful gift and best of all it's free! We never know how a simple act of kindness or a sincere smile will brighten someones day.

Happy Friday blog friends and thank you for the kindness you share with me, it's brings me so much joy!

♥Jenny

24 comments:

  1. nice ... like the colours and the saying ... I love to add inspiring words and lettering to my art as well!

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  2. this is wonderful!
    i think i need a "practice kindness" in my home today.
    my children are out of control.
    you are such a doll.
    loves
    c

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  3. this is beautiful jenny, i love it! if you have not been to this website, you must visit:
    http://kindovermatter.com

    blessings to you!
    xo

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  4. this art "looks" kind.
    what a lovely gift to give your family & put such a creation from your heart on the wall. i love how you mentioned words that you used to write down when younger.
    it is so clear that your family not only has kindness on their wall but also in the beautiful live being walking in their midst in YOU. lots of love.x

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  5. Jenny your art is beautiful. I love cedarberry stitches.
    When I didn't work, I did craft fairs and made and sold pillows. Painted and stitched. Your pictures would make an awesome pillow.

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  6. What a lovely work. I often tell my kids "don't practice random acts of kindness, commit to consistent acts of kindness." Thanks for sharing your art and the reminder.

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  7. This is so lovely! What a talented lady!

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  8. Thank you for stopping by ladies! Since I put this piece on the wall my kiddos are actually getting along! Coincidence? Maybe. Maybe not.:) I'm feeling inspired to create more feel good art today.
    ♥Jenny

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  9. Love the story about you as a girl. I can just see the house with signs all over. :) But what you're saying about making art with a message is great. I do think the messages we surround ourselves sink in at some unconscious level- unfortunately they're usually negative messages from the world at large. By countering that you're doing something great for your family. :)

    ps thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Love your art piece. I really like including inspiring words and quotes in my art, too. I loved your childhood story. I can see my 5 year old daughter doing this in a couple years. She's my somewhat sensitive artist and the image just makes me giggle =)

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  11. This is a lovely idea to make art with a message. Keep creating...it is a great feeling to want to create more...looking forward to seeing your next piece of art!

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  12. I found your blog through Kelly Rae's course. I enjoyed looking at it, and will be back. A few hours ago I decided that I was going to make some postcards - not sure what I was going to do with them, but I know I have to make some! and then I visit your site and see yours. They look great!

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  13. Wow, really beautiful, I think this is really inspiring to me as a parent too (as Chrissy alluded to!)

    Such a cool idea too to paint the ballet flats, that is so brilliant! I'm so not a shoe person (size 10 = shoe shopping hell) so all my wearings tend to be black, black and black. But now....I am inspired!

    Lovely, will be back.
    Jen. (aka Comic Mummy)

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  14. This is such a beautiful painting! Your work is gorgeous! I really love and adore these inspirational words. Have a lovely merry happy weekend and love to you!

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  15. Hi Jenny! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love your new piece and love the idea of reminders. I seem to need a lot of them and how fun if we can include them in our art. Happy Sunday!!

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  16. jenny...is so agree that creativity is happiness indeed...love tour little work of art...what fun...just stopping by from a pause in our flying lessons to say hello and say i am so happy to connect with you...

    Blessings, R
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  17. i love this Jenny...such a wonderful reminder for ALL of us!!!

    thank you for sharing and i hope you are having a "kindness filled" weekend!!!
    xoxoxo
    k

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  18. Tthis is so lovely, it is cold and gray here. I love the colours you have used and a wonderful reminder.

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  19. Beautiful piece of art! And the words sound so true. We all should practice kindness. :)

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  20. Kindness Schmindness - I get all the love I need from a bottle! -That's not a movie line, but it should be. Have a great day! Love the post and wonder when are you going to stitch that darling pocket poem you read to me the other day? Love, Rach
    ps. glad you had such a happy childhood.

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  21. I think adding words to art gives viewers a direct link into how you are feeling as an artist. I love to add words to my work as well these days. Sometimes they just fly right off the pen onto the canvas! Enjoy your afternoon!

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  22. Love this Jenny!! I need a Practice Kindness mural in our home. One that is REALLY big!! I love the colours on your piece as well - very happy!

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  23. I love art like this-that shares a positive message and a reminder of the important things in life. I've tried painting themes like joy, hope and life, but will surely venture into kindness soon!

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  24. Beautiful message and painting, and something we should all practice routinely.

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