Clay on Canvas – “Still and Strong as Stone”

Firstly, I’m here to announce the winner of last week’s giveaway.


Meg, please contact me with your mailing address so that I can send you a copy of Bella Grace along with some trim from my trip to Thailand.  And to everyone who participated in this giveaway…thank you very much for taking the time to comment.  I very much appreciate all the beautiful energy that you left behind!

Now on to the next item, which has to do with a clay on canvas piece of artwork that I created for the current issue of Somerset Apprentice.


Here’s the artwork in print.


And here’s another look at the artwork (photos taken at home).



I created this artwork to express my thoughts on stillness and strength (which you can guess from the article title, “Still and Strong as Stone”.)  The stone is represented by the clay used for the bird figure, and the stillness is shown in the peaceful colors that I chose to use along with a sense of rest that comes from the purposeful positioning of the bird (letting it sit on some string) rather than posing it in flight. Sometimes sitting still can accomplish more than getting caught up in action.  And personally, I’ve found that being still very often connects me to my truest self…my strongest self.

This week there happens to be a free online workshop that’s scheduled for Wednesday, September 10th.  This workshop (“Success Without Struggle”) is being hosted by Deepak Chopra, whom I greatly admire for his wisdom about stillness and mindful living in general.  Bill and I will be tuning in to participate in this workshop and if you’re interested in it as well, here’s a link to sign up:

Okay, back to the artwork shown above.  I’ve included the specific step-by-step instructions in the article (a full list of materials used is also included).  Please know that if you ever have any  additional questions, just leave a comment to the post and I will be happy to answer your questions there (this way the information will be available to anyone with a similar question).

Have a beautiful week ahead and wishing you all some quiet time to think, dream, create…whatever you need to feel grounded and peaceful.



15 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. Tina zappone

    I love this piece. So serene, so calming and meditative.

    September 8th, 2014

  2. Beautiful piece!!! Inspiring as always!!!

    September 8th, 2014

  3. Fonda Rush

    I wish I could find a stillness. Even this picture of the art piece is calming. You make such wonderful, meaningful art. Thank you for sharing!

    September 8th, 2014

  4. Becky Shander

    Hi Lynn/Fonda,

    I think you can find stillness…have you tried meditating? What about when you make art? Very often when I’m creating my mind seems to be clear and in the moment more (which feels calm and relaxing). I find that reading certain books (having to do with spirituality and self-awareness) helps me to organize my priorities…which helps me to focus better and to tune out the extra noise. And of course, being around calm people helps too.

    I hope you don’t mind that I shared some suggestions with you. It’s all in the spirit of wanting to be useful.

    September 9th, 2014

  5. laura H

    congrats Mel, enjoy. Love your pieces, they always have such beautiful thoughts behind them. And they’re always just ‘so’. (I didn’t want to say beautiful 2x-just did). Thanks for being, and will check out the workshop.

    September 8th, 2014

  6. laura H

    Sorry- Meg (so bad with names)

    September 8th, 2014

  7. Becky, Your piece is very lovely and the sentiment behind it is perfect. In this busy world we all live in, a little more stillness would be very beneficial for people.

    I have been doing Deepak’s meditation sessions for the past few months and find them very helpful in working towards calm and balance in my life. It took a number of sessions before I could sit still through an entire 1/2 hour, but where there is a will, there is a way. Thank you for the link to his success session.

    Cheers and Happy Autumn to everyone,

    September 8th, 2014

  8. Becky Shander

    Hi JoJo,

    I didn’t know that you were doing Deepak’s meditations…isn’t he the best? I’ve slipped in my practicing, but I know I can return to it when I’m ready again (just knowing this is calming to me). It sounds like you’ve been getting a lot from your sessions…so glad to hear it. And I wish you more continued calm and balance going forward.

    September 9th, 2014

  9. Meg

    Becky, I am so excited to win your giveaway!! My particulars:

    Meg Cutler
    46 Forest Drive
    Chillicothe, Ohio 4560l

    Again, thank you so much!!

    September 8th, 2014

  10. Becky Shander

    Thanks for the quick reply Meg…and things will be on the way to you by the end of this week.

    September 8th, 2014

  11. deb

    beautiful as always Becky. I love the serene colour scheme & textures.
    congratulations to meg.

    September 8th, 2014

  12. Jani Howe

    I was blown away in the book store, picked up two Stampington issues, and there you were, with your beautifully made pieces…..good for you! And all of us who follow you know your work is made with real homemade LOVE! You have been blessed with a rare talent. Not just creating ‘things’ but creating out of love — love for the work, and love for the making of it.

    September 8th, 2014

  13. Linda K

    congrats to Meg! Becky your canvas is such a perfect balance of peace, being, and stillness. Thank you for sharing the Deepak link. Somehow I hadn’t gotten that one. I am now signed up and happy to be “in class” with you 🙂

    September 8th, 2014

  14. Thank you Becky for sharing this with us! I have found Deepak’s books very motivating~

    Congrats to you on your article and to Meg!!

    Stillness allows us to connect with our spirit~

    September 9th, 2014

  15. Congrats to Meg and Becky, that is a lovely canvas. Very calming. I’m still trying to find a copy of Bella Grace…glad I came over, so I reminded myself to look for it again.

    September 19th, 2014

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