messy smudgy sparkly joy

By Rachel Awes on March 23, 2010

i was at a retreat with a focus on joy. we were given a pile of quotes & one jumped out at me about joy being an attitude & a decision to side with life. materials were scattered about to make accordian books & it was fun to play with new sparkly gel pens. they did get a little smudgy & messy but maybe that is part of siding with life too! so fun… just get a long piece of paper & bend it to & fro & glue on a front & back & play.

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  1. Katy says:

    What a great idea! Looks beautiful – I may have to give it a go x

  2. What beautiful work you do. Oh I feel the great energy that is coming for each piece. I had a chance to look at your other work and all I can say is POWERFUL! I’m so happy that you took time to come over and visit me. I really appreciate it! Thanks so much for your very kind words.
    Now I get to follow you he he he he! Have a wonderful week!!

  3. Kolleen says:

    this beautiful bright yellow and the message that it holds make me all happy inside!!!

    i…too…decide to side with life!!!! makes things a whole lot easier that way!!!

    sending lots of love to you beautiful Rachel!

  4. i decide to side with life.
    this one went straight into the centre of my heart this morning.
    thank you.

  5. ELK says:

    life always wins big time here!!

  6. sherilee says:

    Beautiful! And a great quote too.

  7. leonie.wise says:

    that is frickin’ cool!

  8. Faiza says:

    i love waking up and siding with life…especially my life…everyday!

    siding with you always,


  9. Manon Doyle says:

    So beautiful…. it made me smile!!

  10. chrissy says:

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  11. S. Etole says:

    life is like that isn’t it … full of twists and turns but worth every minute

  12. Liv Lane says:

    Wonderful as always, Rachel. I have been dealing with a lot of life and death, in- sickness-and-in-health stuff over the past week, so this came at a perfect time. I, too, side with life even on days when it feels like life isn’t siding with me! Of course, it always is, even when I don’t think so. :o) Just received the prints I ordered today and they were a wonderful pick-me-up!!! Thank you!

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  14. Jennifer says:

    Ooohh Rachel! Congrats on the above! I love accordians… made one a while ago, but you’ve inspired me to make another!! Have a great day!

  15. lori vliegen says:

    ahhhhh…..i am LOVING your sweet little accordion book!! look at all of those wonderful pages waiting to be filled with cheerful words…..and your precious, colorful, joyful illustration on the cover!! thanks for sharing your joy with us!! :))

  16. Sarah says:

    Hi Rachael! thank you for dropping by and leaving me such sweet comment – I am always happy to meet wonderful artists! Your art work is so authentic and i like the way you use colors – absolutely beautiful!

  17. rachel awes says:

    siding with each of you too, always, with love. thank you for all your sunshine kindness.xo

  18. Hey sunshine kindness. I love your messy smudgy sparkly joyous accordion creation. You are so original, I’ve never seen such spirited doodles, illustrations, drawings, whatever name you give them…they seem to me to be a direct reflection of you, your golden face. You are beautiful.

  19. Oooooh Rachel, this is one of my favorites from you! SO full of life and love and joie de vivre.

    You always put a smile on my face!

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