Wednesday, July 10, 2013

the happy goose art

you know i love the internet, right? 
i was searching everywhere for something perfect for a brave friend's birthday. i kept coming back to this sweet shop on etsy. this print was colorful and different, just like my friend. and it's message to live a brave life was exactly what i was looking for. anyway. the bonus to my shopping experience was getting to know the amazing artist herself. lindsay is a sweetheart talent and i am so happy she agreed to be here today. you'll love her and her work. she's an inspiration to just do it.  
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Hi Sweet Friends 
My name is Lindsay Dixon and I am a Mixed Media Artist. I first met Hannah through my Etsy. She was purchasing a gift for a dear friend. We started to swap kind messages back and forth and soon became sweet friends. She so graciously emailed me and asked me if I wanted to be featured on her blog to share tid bits of my story as well as share some of my art work. 
So here I am... 

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I guess I could start off by saying I have always had a love for all things beautiful and creative... Art especially. 
It wasn’t until my 10th grade year of highschool (2004) when I really started getting serious about pursuing it as my future goal in life. It’s hard to explain the feeling I get from creating art. There is nothing quite like the complete happy feeling in my soul when I am putting paint onto a canvas. I get this overwhelming feeling that the Lord has blessed me with this gift and that's exactly what I am suppose to be doing in that exact moment. After I graduated high school in 2007, I strayed a little from my art and started a small business with my mom where we did art shows and other events selling handmade clothing and jewelry. I loved working with my Mom but something was still missing... I didn't have that fulfilled this is what you are suppose to be doing type of feeling. I dabbled a little more in other creative type stuff but would always come back to my art. Finally at the beginning of 2012, I quit my full time job and left it all behind to be brave and spread my wings in hopes of creating something out of my art. I had started my blog in 2011 so I shared little bits and pieces of my progress on there. It took me awhile to get back into my own style but then it was like one day it all poured out of me and I couldn't stop painting and creating for literally two months straight. Jeremy (my soon to be hubby next spring/childhood sweetheart... we met and fell in love when we were 12. This is another long story in its self though.. you can read more of our story here.) He told me that I needed to really start something out of this. I knew he was right but was scared of failure. We took the leap last December (2012) and started The Happy Goose.


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 I finally got those happy complete feelings back and I thank the Lord daily for letting me be able to pursue my dreams as an artist. I know that your dreams may seem so big at the beginning... trust me I was very scared but I would encourage you to chase them and pursue them with all your heart. I have found that in this process you will be blessed tremendously with kind, giving, supportive people. You will make tons of new inspiring friendships. You will hear stories that will make your heart happy. You will be inspired to do more. I am still amazed daily by the wonderful artsy/blogging/social media world that has been created. I feel constantly surrounded by positive uplifting women. They will make you strong and make you brave enough to take the leap.

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When it comes to my art process, it's basically anything goes. I listen to my heart and let my hands go wild with all the beautiful colors. A lot of the time I will add an encouraging note to myself like in this one. 

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It’s always important for me to never stop believing in my dreams.

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Some of my favorite materials to use when creating...
- neon acrylic paints
- permanent markers
- acrylic paints
- canvas texture
- miscellaneous papers
- oil pastels
- my fingers
- colored pencils
- old book paper

You can find me at my blog here.
You can shop my esty store here.
and can see some of my Art Videos here.

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I hope you all will spread your wings and be brave with me. We need more big dreamers in this world and thank so much again to you Hannah for allowing me to be a part of your wonderful blog. You are such a sweet kind friend. xoxo
Big hugs
- Lindsay

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go visit lindsay and pick up some beautiul art for yourself and a friend! how cute are these?!

7 comments:

  1. Lindsay's work is so fresh and inspiring! Thanks for sharing, Hannah!

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  2. Gorgeous! I love all the bright colours, it's really cheery. Off to check out her Etsy shop, thanks for sharing :)

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  3. awesome awesome awesome awesome.
    hopping over to check it out now!

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  4. such a cool shop! love all the colors and details--well done!

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  5. stunning work! i love it all! :) especially the one about flowers in her hair, and love in her heart. i hope i can buy that one! :)

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  6. Fun, super cute and inspiring! Thanks for sharing!!

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  7. This was exactly what I needed to hear today. Thank you!

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