Bilingual chick with a knack for creative stuff

Lumiere

Title: Lumiere
Muse: Juliette Mansour
Gift Giveaway: 5×7 photo, matted for framing

 

Muse-Creations for Our Forgive it Forward Giveaway – Because forgiveness and creativity go hand-in-hand for us, Ray and I thought it would be fun to spice up our 35-day Forgive It Forward project launch with a focus on the arts. So, we sent a call out to the muses among us for a little assist and some inspiration.

Between June 14th and July 19th, we introduced artists, sculptors, potters, musicians – and more – who forgave it forward with us by donating a gift for a random drawing giveaway. Each muse answered two questions and shared a little bit about their creative process and passion. We hope they inspire you.


Juliette Mansour: Photographer & Web Wizard

Juliette MansourWere it not for this muse’s abilities and patient persistence, you would not be reading this blog. You also would not have a Forgive it Forward video to watch or a Facebook page to visit. And there definitely wouldn’t be any tweets, chirps or twitters coming from this part of the world.

Why? Simply put: I’m a “procrastinate until it is obsolete” technophobe when it comes to computers and the internet, Ray is a “just put a pastel or paintbrush in my hand” artist and Juliette is a saint. (Okay, maybe not a saint but certainly an angel for sharing her wings.)

I’ll never forget her first remarks when I asked her what she thought about Enlightened Ink’s new website back in 2006. After she said it was “nice” – yeah, THAT got my curiosity too – I asked her to be honest. (I mean, nice? Just NICE?)  Juliette likened my attempt at a website to “putting a poodle sweater on a Great Dane puppy.” (Cute at first but no potential for growth.) When I asked her to go on, I had an eerie sense that I was opening a Pandora’s box. The next thing I knew, my online presence was under construction!

This muse single-handedly poked, prodded, cajoled, coaxed and oftentimes tricked me into embracing the internet as a creative medium the same way I would a blank canvas and box of paints. She instinctively knew all the buttons to push and the frequency with which to push them. On her resume, Juliette says, “my day job can be captured in one headline: “Bilingual chick with a knack for creative stuff and with years of experience in web stuff helps overwhelmed, small biz clients find their voice.” I say that’s an understatement if ever I heard one. Just browse this site and watch the videos and you will see Read more

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Have Red Umbrella Will Travel

Journey of the Red Umbrella

Title: The Journey of the Red Umbrella
Muse: Ray Smith
Gift Giveaways: Fine art giclee print of pastel painting with double matt. Image size is: 7 x 9 3/4 • Matt size is: 11 x 14

 

Muse-Creations for Our Forgive it Forward Giveaway – Because forgiveness and creativity go hand-in-hand for us, Ray and I thought it would be fun to spice up our 35-day Forgive It Forward project launch with a focus on the arts. So, we sent a call out to the muses among us for a little assist and some inspiration.

Between June 14th and July 19th, we introduced artists, sculptors, potters, musicians – and more – who forgave it forward with us by donating a gift for a random drawing giveaway. Each muse answered two questions and shared a little bit about their creative process and passion. We hope they inspire you.

Obviously this muse post is going to be treated just a little differently … Ray says he has to do his part to represent the guys being that all the muses who stepped forward for our forgiveness project were women. Well, except for Andy Irwin who is a singer-songwriter-storyteller-performer. He offered a CD in the first ‘call for all muses’ but we haven’t been able to catch up with him since!!! (As for all the other guys, don’t worry. Ray forgives you forward!)


Close-up Red Umbrella

Let’s start with a few words from Ray about his gift:

Architecture that reveals a history, that tells a story through distinctive texture and character inspires me. I found inspiration for this painting in Savannah, GA, a city rich with these qualities and in my memories of Savannah as the place Bernadette and I chose for our first artist escape after the experience described in her book.

The young character ‘journeyed’ from a previous pastel I had done for her. The human form always introduces a distinct energy to any painting. The raincoat and red umbrella are rich in spiritual metaphors and I love the anonymous innocence and questions this character brings to this piece.

Then let’s go to a few words from Ray about his creative process: Okay, I copped this copy from his gallery page. I knew you’d forgive me forward for not writing something new.

Ray Smith

In 1965, after completing my Christmas shopping, I came upon an art store and found myself just standing and gazing in the window. I followed the impulse inside and walked out with $50.00 worth of basic art supplies. That New Years Eve I sat alone and drew my first pictures. I will never forget the experience of following my creative instinct. That new way of seeing the world around me led down many creative paths but did not honor my true nature as a fine artist. I was always at the party but never took the floor. Now, to dance with the lady I came in with is one of the most rewarding experiences of my life! Read more

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A nomadic jeweler and jill of all trades

Angel Wing Earrings


Art Form: Jewelry
Muse: Anandi Devi
Gift Giveaway: A single angel wing dangles from each earring surrounded by hand-curled wire. Silver feathers drip from chains adorned with clear quartz crystals … Find dimensions and description of this prize on Anandi’s etsy page.


Muse-Creations for Our Forgive it Forward Giveaway – Because forgiveness and creativity go hand-in-hand for us, Ray and I thought it would be fun to spice up our 35-day Forgive It Forward project launch with a focus on the arts. So, we sent a call out to the muses among us for a little assist and some inspiration.

Between June 14th and July 19th, we introduced artists, sculptors, potters, musicians – and more – who forgave it forward with us by donating a gift for a random drawing giveaway. Each muse answered two questions and shared a little bit about their creative process and passion. We hope they inspire you.

Artisan: Anandi Devi

Anandi Devi

I’m a nomadic jeweler, a hoop-dancing healer, a feral fashion designer, a Jill of all trades, a worshipper of the One. I live and love in Florida with my loving partner Keith and our two cats.

Exaltation is my favorite project because it’s all about using gnosis and the gifts of the land (crystals, stones, metals) together to create something both beautiful and powerfully healing.

I love experimenting with all the gifts for ascension that we have been given to play with on this planet: Healing tones like Solfeggio Frequencies and binaural beats … Astrology and how to use both natal and transiting planetary positions as a guide for spiritual growth … Nutrition and the path of sanctifying the body temple through the highest quality raw living foods, herbs, water, air and sunshine … Feng Shui and how to see and use our environment as a reflection of our life and vice versa … Just to name a few. Read more

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She’s Sleepin’ with the Window Open

Cindi Hall: Sleepin' with the Window open CD

Art Form: Music
Singer-Songwriter: Cindi Hall
Gift Giveaways: CD, “Sleepin’ with the Window Open”

Muse-Creations for Our Forgive it Forward Giveaway – Because forgiveness and creativity go hand-in-hand for us, Ray and I thought it would be fun to spice up our 35-day Forgive It Forward project launch with a focus on the arts. So, we sent a call out to the muses among us for a little assist and some inspiration.

Between June 14th and July 19th, we introduced artists, sculptors, potters, musicians – and more – who forgave it forward with us by donating a gift for a random drawing giveaway. Each muse answered two questions and shared a little bit about their creative process and passion. We hope they inspire you.


Cindi Hall: Singer-Songwriter

Cindi Hall

Music has been a constant in Cindi Hall’s life. While other little girls were carrying around baby dolls, Cindi could always be seen holding a small microphone that came with her parents’ portable cassette player, the first piece of equipment used to record her voice.

Cindi grew up listening to her dad and uncles play guitar as her mom sang along. That family hobby turned into a college curriculum for Cindi, who studied music therapy, voice and classical piano at Radford University and Averett University in Virginia.

Active in her church music program and community musical theatre, the Covington, Georgia singer-songwriter has just released her first full CD, “Sleepin’ with the Window Open.”

So, tell us Cindi …

R&B: What does ‘Forgive it Forward’ mean to you?

CH: Forgive It Forward means, for me, to first forgive myself. That is not easy for some of us. Many people find it difficult to let go of past mistakes. Showing kindness to yourself puts you in the mindset of realizing most people really are just Read more

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Hope is Always Rising in Kerry’s Corner

Healing Grace

Title: Healing Grace
Artist: Kerry Allor
Gift Giveaway: A butterfly lifts off this matted print of mixed media artwork created by Kerry, a 13-year cancer survivor who knows a lot about healing grace. 8 x 10 image size.


Muse-Creations for Our Forgive it Forward Giveaway – Because forgiveness and creativity go hand-in-hand for us, Ray and I thought it would be fun to spice up our 35-day Forgive It Forward project launch with a focus on the arts. So, we sent a call out to the muses among us for a little assist and some inspiration.

Between June 14th and July 19th, we introduced artists, sculptors, potters, musicians – and more – who forgave it forward with us by donating a gift for a random drawing giveaway. Each muse answered two questions and shared a little bit about their creative process and passion. We hope they inspire you.


Kerry Allor: A Multi Media Artist

Kerry Allor is an artist, photographer and cancer survivor who produces her art under the name of Hopesrising Studio. She graduated from CCS (Center for Creative Studies) in Detroit majoring in Advertising Design. Her home studio is based in Roseville, Michigan where she resides with her husband and two sons.

So, tell us Kerry …

R&B: How do you feel art enriches your life and helps to heal our world?

KA: For many years, I enjoyed doing artwork as an artist. When I found myself battling cancer that is when art as therapy entered the ‘picture’ and my life was changed. I have experienced the healing power of others as well as deep friendships through sharing art’s process. In taking art classes with a group of cancer patients through Gilda’s Club in Metro Detroit, I became a published artist Read more

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