With every New Year comes the promise of change; a do-over of sorts, another chance, a new beginning. Some of us embrace change as an exciting opportunity to grow and become more of the person you know you are supposed to be. However, for some of us, including me, change can be difficult or scary. We are creatures of comfort and change definitely puts us out of our comfort zone.
Recently, I have come to realize I am going through a period of new growth. As this can sometimes come about unexpectedly, this is also true in my case.
This 2015 year, brings a bittersweet change of careers for me as I am leaving my position at Cheap Joe’s to pursue a new opportunity at the Grandfather Home for Children in Banner Elk, NC. I would encourage all of you to follow this link to find more information about the facility and how you might be able to help. It could be with monetary support or maybe just through a simple prayer, but I guarantee your love will not be overlooked or unappreciated.
I have been at Cheap Joe’s for eight years. Beginning in the Call Center for the first four of those years and later in the Marketing Department for the remaining four. I have enjoyed all of the time I have spent here and feel this is my art home and this is my art family. I have cemented relationships with my co-workers, as well as, the many customers and artists I have met along the way. I have had the opportunity of many experiences I would have never had and I have learned a tremendous amount throughout my career here. In fact, it was a job I thought I would never leave. But, like all children in a family, we do leave home to become what God intends for us to be.
Joe and I have worked and supported each other through many projects and I will always cherish his wisdom and guidance throughout the years. He has always been an inspiration and mentor in my life. I told Joe just the other day, that I would not be the same person if I had never crossed paths with him and everyone at Cheap Joe’s. You see, I believe the people you meet in life, change you. Every one leaves their mark on you and that makes you the person you are. I have many marks from my years at Cheap Joe’s that I will never want to fade from my life. I will wear each one proudly and be glad to share with anyone willing to listen.
In this new chapter of my life, the goal I would like to accomplish more than anything, is to make a difference in just one life, just one. To use my artistic knowledge and abilities to allow these special children to find their voice, an outlet, a way to express themselves, and to enjoy the simple happiness that art gives to me. It is my prayer that God will give me the wisdom and the guidance and to use me to achieve His plan.
And with that and a tear, I would like to share a final instructional project before I leave my desk at Cheap Joe’s. I hope you enjoy it and hope I that we will always share the love of art together.
ONE “BUFFALOED” MAIL BOX-
Standard Black Metal Mail Box
Susan Scheewe White Transfer Paper
Metal Craft Paint
American Journey Professional Acrylic Paint
Golden Archival Spray Varnish Satin
Assorted Acrylic Brushes
STEP ONE- Transfer pattern onto the dark surface using Susan Scheewe’s White Wax Free Transfer Paper.
STEP TWO- Base coat area with 2-3 coats of Dr. PH Martin’s Metal Craft Paint in Buff Titanium.
STEP THREE- Block in the large areas of the pattern with the appropriate color of American Journey Professional Acrylics.
STEP FOUR- Final Detail of buffalo design. Preserve the finished project with 3-4 coats of Golden Archival Spray Varnish in Satin to protect it from the elements when the mailbox is installed outside. Reapply the varnish in a year or two or when the surface becomes dull.
PASSING ON THE PASSION-
I would like to introduce Carlee Hudson, as she will be sharing with you all of her wonderful knowledge and art experience through the Sketchbook Blog. Carlee has been with Cheap Joe’s only a short time, but has already found her place among the Gang! She currently works in the Call Center providing wonderful customer service to all of you and will also be producing the blog each week. Carlee has enjoyed art all of her life and has a B.A. in English from Appalachian State University in Boone. She has supported the art community and has an immense love for acrylics. I know she is excited about sharing her art with you and I hope you will give her the kind love you have all given me over the years.
As I pass the pen, or in this case, keyboard, over to another, I would also like to share some of my favorite and most meaningful blogs from the past years. And to all of you who read, Thank You, for allowing me to cross paths with you and to share my life, my vision, my passion with all of you! I hope you have been inspired, or in some way, influenced to keep on creating art in which I believe you were meant to do.
My best to all of you with God’s Love!
Mona Lisa McGrew
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