Friday, December 4, 2015

Bits and Pieces for a Friday

In the news today: Coldplay released their seventh album, A Head Full of Dreams today! 

Why, you may ask, is that news on my blog? In all honesty, I didn't know who Coldplay was until last spring when I received an email from a guy named Phil Harvey. He happens to be the manager for the British band Coldplay. I was floored when he told me he had stumbled on a piece of my art journaling online. This one:

I was in shock when he asked me if I would consider submitting a piece of art for consideration in collaborating on their new album cover art. My first response: I called my daughter to find out who they were. My second response: I Googled Phil to make sure he was who he said he was. Well, over the summer months we communicated a few times and I submitted a piece of art. My art was not selected and I am so fine with that. It was such an incredible honor to be asked and a very cool experience. We tend to forget that when we put our art out there online just about anyone can see it! This has been how I have gotten involved in some cool experiences over the past few years. Things like being published in Somerset's Art Journaling magazine twice and joining the foundation team for the His Kingdom Come community. I have found that I don't need to seek these things out, but just enjoy making art and taking the risk of putting my art online in the many communities I am involved in, and the opportunities come my way occasionally. It's been a lot of fun!

Today is the 6th day of Advent. A devotion is up on the His Kingdom Come site. Here is my Advent Rolodex art card for today:

I'm so proud of my sis! She has been committed to making time for creativity. Here is here latest Rolodex art card:

We are both enjoying working on a small scale.

30 Day Blogging Challenge Day 18.


  1. What an amazing testimony of how God can cause opportunities when we simply are faithful to use the gifts he gives in whatever ways we can. Wow.
    Beautiful art card. I'm loving your Rolodex journal.

    1. Sorry to have to piggyback off Teresa's post but it is the only way I can leave a comment, the main comment box appears to be "dead". I subscribe to you via email and just wanted to tell you, Mary, what an inspiring story this is to me. SO MUCH ego and promotion in our online art world and so it is wonderful to me to see artists be recognized when they merely share with others in the joy and love of art! For this proud hobby artist and nothing more, it's like the meek really can inherit the earth. Thank you for being an often too-rare example! xoxo

    2. Thanks Teresa! And thank you Aimeslee! I'll look into why the comment box isn't working.

  2. Wow, Mary! How amazingly awesome! Proverbs 18:16 says "A man's gift makes room for him and brings him before great men..." May your God-given gift continue to open doors for you. And I love your and your sister's art, as well as the index card idea!

  3. I love Coldplay! What a cool story!