Forget-me-not wren. This piece is my favourite I've completed so far, I think. As I painted it I thought of my dear friend @rainbowbabywraps + @juniperwrenphotography - I'm blessed to know her and sad to have not known her sweet Juniper Wren earthside. I've never known a happier pregnant person. She already was an inspiration to me before Juniper, but the way she has been open, honest, and gracious through her grief is a great encouragement to me. Juniper lives on in her mother's heart and shines through her mother's beautiful example of Christianity in the face of tragedy. :: Grief is complicated. We don't know what to say - we don't know whether we should say anything. Death and tragedy are uncomfortable. But the more honesty and openness there is - the more we are simply willing to take about things and to weep with those who weep - the more we can remember the beauty and allow our words to keep our dear, lost ones in remembrance - the more light will shine through tragedy. The more healing will be allowed to take place.
Most of the time I don't know the right words to say (and honestly sometimes I say really dumb things) - but I can paint. As much as I love to create beautiful work, I frequently feel the need to speak through my art, and let my emotions flow on to the canvas. I hope in doing so I can help create a little beauty from ashes - and maybe even start a few of those much needed conversations.
This piece is in remembrance of Juniper and a celebration of the beauty of creation. Those precious ones who leave us too soon are as fearfully and wonderfully made as the rest of us. Let's honour them. Let's speak their names. :: Forget-me-not wren | 20x24. 💙🐦 :: The original of this painting is on display in @12100coffee for the rest of June.o
Being a vendor at a market was one of the fears I had a goal to overcome ( #createandconquer are my words for 2018). I'm so glad I jumped in the deep end and did it - because I had so much fun today! Thank you to everyone who came out to see me today - it really makes me so happy to meet you in person! I learnt so much from my first market experience (like what wind will do to a tent and display 🙈) and had such a great time. I told my husband that I felt that little part of me come alive that had been missing since I last worked. I love working and interacting with people so much. I love hearing your stories and sharing mine.
I can't wait for the downtown solstice festival! 😍✨Swipe for location.
Thanks to @anchorage_remade for a great market! If you haven't been down there, you need to visit!
And thanks to @amandarosewarren_art for the photos of the booth. I totally would have forgotten to take photos at all. 😂
Also I got the CUTEST enamel pin from @thecozymozy - swipe to see! 😍
Also, kudos to you if you're still here reading after all the shout outs. You're awesome. 😂😍 #anchorage#alaska#market#anchoragemarket#createandconquer
Splash | acrylic on canvas
I love how this piece turned out - the wild desperation in his eyes - the movement of the brush strokes over the canvas - the vibrant colors - the texture of the paint. 🐟❤️ It makes my artist's soul happy when the vision in my head translates onto canvas! 💙 You can see this piece in person @12100coffee for the rest of the month of June! 🐟❤️
with her coat of an elegant scoundrel,
her white knife of a smile,
who knows just where she’s going." --Red Fox, Margaret Atwood @therealmargaretatwood :: "Stare” available now in my Etsy shop. link in bio @artbychantellemarie_ak ✨🦊✨🦊✨🦊✨
Happy Weekend! 🙌✨ what is your weekend looking like? ::
Today's schedule, for me: taking my paintings back to the store after being photographed (!!! Thanks @amandarosewarren_art!), painting, preparing for the Solstice Festival (organizing printing, planning out the booth space, etc), delivering a "welcome" sign, checking out the pop up at @12100coffee by @juanitashandmade and @xotessiestyle, and painting more of my aurora signs (see my story). Also I got to a few garage sales thus morning and got bargainssssss. Seriously my favourite Saturday pasttime. 😂😂😂 And I did this all while herding around children, of course. 😂
These last few days I've been really longing to simply paint what I want - but I can't see a lot of that happening before the Solstice Festival. Or maybe even before I die, LOL. Anyway, maybe I'll make 30 minutes to do that today, for sanity's sake. 🙌 :: "she laughs without fear of the future" -- available as a minty sticker! All stickers are 3 for $10 OR 5 for $15 with 50c shipping (swipe to see all styles). ✨ #stickers#stickerobsessed#everydayimhustling#hustlehustlehustle#momlife#motherhood#mompreneur#busy#weekend#workinprogress#artinprogress#strongwomen#communityofchristiancreatives
Rainbow | Watercolour + archival ink
and then you came
after the storm that almost shattered my
with the light
you were the rainbow ::
I am very passionate about portraying birth and motherhood in all it's raw beauty. Through joy and pain we are made mothers - and some of us are given more of a share of pain than others of us are. I've, thankfully, never known the pain of losing a child I've carried and hope I never do - but the world will be a better place if we can all learn to "weep with those who weep" and then "rejoice with those who rejoice." I hope through my art I can speak that a little. Babies conceived after stillbirth, misscarriage, or infant loss are the rainbow after a fierce storm - eagerly longed for, incredibly loved, blessings from God. ::
You can visit this original piece for the rest of the month of June @12100coffee! ::
This morning, rather than being a lazy morning, was one where I got up at 6 and painted and prayed. My heart has been all st once incredibly full and heavy recently. I am at a time where both praise and petition need to be lifted up daily - but really, when isn't that the case?
The truth is, I don't pray often enough. I don't thank Him or think to pour out my feelings to Him anywhere near enough. And if I'm honest, it's in these early hours of the morning I find it easiest to seek Him. I'm thankful that my kids (and I!) are at a stage when I can think about having a more productive morning routine again. 🙏📖🏋️♀️
Also, I love baby mugs. ☕️💙 They're perfect for my morning two-shots-with-a-dash-of-cream. Whats in your cup in the morning? ::
Also, I'm seriously thinking of hosting a giveaway here on Instagram for 600+ followers. Celebrate the little things, right?! ✨ I'm thinking a sticker pack. ::
Hi, new people here! I'm Chantelle Marie. I love coffee (though really I'm more like, obsessed with it). I pretty much always have paint on my hands and boogers on my shirt #momlife. I also have a gimpy eyebrow that makes it look like I'm raising my eyebrow all the time. 🤨😂 This month marks the one year anniversary of me painting 👩🎨. I've drawn and painted a lot, but really the best things I've ever made were made in my belly, and my most important project right now is raising these two little boys. 👦👶 It's not always easy prioritizing, but I'm thankful for this life. And for 2018 where anyone can do this thang online and make money with two little kids in tow. 💙
And thank y o u for being a part of it.
SOLD | "Anchor Town"
This is my interpretation of the view of Anchorage from the water. It totally made my day when the buyer recognized it as Anchorage by seeing the painting in a photo! She said she only realized I loved in Anchorage after that! 😱😍 You can still see it on display @12100coffee for the rest of June. Love this beautiful place I live in! 💜
It's show day! 🙌✨ Come see me at @12100coffee (Coffee and Communitas) between 3-6pm. My artwork will be up on the walls and I'll be selling stickers, earrings, and prints of my work! Can't wait to see you there! 💙
...even when it's show day tomorrow and your stressed out of your brains. 🙃 My husband's already endured too much of my grumpy stressed out self, so it's time to remind myself to chose joy - no matter what! 🙈 And eat something. That always helps too. 😂
Please send me happy thoughts - what's something you tell yourself or do when you're stressed and pressed for time? 💚✨ #choosejoy (also this sticker will be available tomorrow - come see me @12100coffee between 3-6pm!) ☕️💖🙌