For those not familiar with the rich history of Cambodia's greatest traditional festival and national holiday, here's a bit of information about Cambodian New Year which is celebrated at the end of the harvesting season, when farmers enjoy the fruits of their labor which falls on April 13th or 14th. It can be a 3 day or week long celebration and everyone wishes each other and their families peace, happiness and success. I remembering growing up and celebrating Cambodian New Year in San Diego, where everyone in the Cambodian community would get together at local parks and enjoy drinks, food, games and bbq. The celebration was open to everyone of any background and to this day and in certain areas in the United States it is still celebrated. Wishing all of my Khmer peeps and those that celebrate this New Year, a year filled with bountiful harvest, prosperity, good health and great happiness.
I took a break today from creating clip art for my TpT shop and decided to work on some printable wall art available at my personal shop as well as on Etsy. It has been really fun coming up with some designs for some of my favorite quotes as well as ones that I came up with personally in my own life. I hope they are encouraging to you and if you like any of these prints, check them out here.
During my photography journey, I have grown to love black and white images even more. Now, I find myself instinctively knowing what image I photograph will be a black and white one. I find black and white images evoke so much more emotion from a portrait. It is due to this love that I hope to learn film photography. I'll start slow because I am partial to the flexibility of digital, but lately, I've been drawn to film because the idea of making a photograph and having to slow down for each shot is very appealing. And quite encouraging to think that in learning film, I'll be a better photographer. So stay tune for this film photography journey I hope to take soon...
On a side note, this handsome model is my husband who is incredibly supportive. As much as he prefers not to be in front of the camera, he lovingly (sometimes with a little grumbling) helps me with of my photography vision. Happy Friday and wishing you a weekend of awesome creations.
"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." - Pablo Picasso
Hey lovely folks! It has been a busy new year and my family and I are finally settling into a new place to call home. Downside, unpacking. Upside, we have a nice home with plenty of backyard space for my kids to be kids. Hubby and I are taking on another home flip project so I am excited. While getting over colds and figuring out how to get back into the flow of homeschooling (as I catch myself sometimes questioning if I am making the right decision but having such a fun time with my kids, getting to spend a lot of time with them and truly getting to know them), I still manage to carve out a little time for art. I'm hoping to really add more educational art products for my Teachers Pay Teachers shop and find myself really enjoying coming up with art resources that will encourage creativity and nurture a love for art. This year I hope to focus more on educational products and projects, while planning on launching my personal shop sometime this year. Stay tune. During this time of transitioning, I've learned that fears are not that scary (stay tune for a print of this). And in God's grace of carrying me through these changes and challenges, He has shown me that life is far from perfect but rather, life is a messy gift.
“You don’t have to be a ‘person of influence’ to be influential. In fact, the most influential people in my life are probably not even aware of the things they’ve taught me.”
I find great comfort and inspiration from the words of interesting people, who've created and inspired others by following their passion. I love spreading inspiration so feel free to download this print for free and enjoy. →
Her curiosity makes me curious, her smile makes me smile, her laugh is infectious. She has my heart. My sweet girl (as well as my precious son) are constant reminders to me to slow down, pay attention and live life right now. I've grown to appreciate more of life's sorrows and blessings from being a mom. I appreciate my craft more and work on a heart full of gratitude. In the midst of the chaos in raising little ones, ironically, life has become more simple through the meaningful days of chores, play and work. May all of you find your simplicity and are inspire to create.
I've always been inspired by nature because of its beauty, imperfections and mysteries. I love photographing and drawing elements of nature and feel even more at peace when I am able to create art while being part of nature. Whether I'm photographing at a beach or sketching on the dirt in my backyard, nature inspires my creative process. Maybe it's also because I feel even more of God's presence when surrounded by the beauty of what He created. During a fun playdate at the park, I was inspired to capture some macro images on my phone by using an inexpensive 2 in 1 wide angle and macro lens attachment that is awesome. I have no regrets in buying! I definitely recommend purchasing one to play with. May you see nature and life in fine detail.
"Budding Dandelion" has to be my favorite among these macro images. I love the details, light and softness in this image. The moment I saw this image on my phone, I knew it would be a black and white image.
"Curling" was a unique approach to capturing a leaf. The leaves had beautiful vibrant fall colors but I also noticed could use some water (most likely due to the drought we are experiencing). I took this image because the colors attracted me and I love the details on the curl of the leaf.
Who doesn't like the color green when it comes to nature? In "A Touch of Green" image, I appreciate the details of the dirt on the leaf. It represents 'imperfection' in nature, I suppose, which makes the image that more interesting.
It was a challenging week and I wanted to share something encouraging and thought the quote below said it as short as I could express since my words tend to be long. We are not immune to pain in life: tragedies and death are part of our existence. Sometimes we encounter these experiences with anxiety, fears or hope. I'm learning to encounter these experiences with authenticity; to feel them, to experience them, to walk through them with an understanding that I have been given one life and that I have the power to choose. I've been given a life to live, a life to move forward, a life to inspire and to be inspired. Therefore, whatever you are experiencing as you are reading this, I pray that you'll have the courage to make today the day that you live, and remember that your definition of living will be different from mine. Today for me, living is spending time with my kids but also finding a moment to have time away from them, finally pulling out the carpet of my bedroom (yuck), being better at self-care (hooray), drinking spearmint tea with honey as I write this post...and so on. May you live your life with simplicity and hope. Forward love.
"Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain." -Joseph Campbell
In case you are wondering, my name is pronounced sa-rome and welcome to my visual thread of art, digital photography and design. I'm excited that you've dropped by! My days consist of the lovely chaos of caring for two little ones (if you have any running around at home, visit my learning corner for free art activities) and my free time is dedicated to creating. Read more about me here. Happy Sweet Inspirations!
grace /grās/: the love and mercy given to us by God not because of anything we have done to earn it.