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Life Notes From + For Those Who Live + Desire To Experience An Artful Life

Art display in downtown New Philadelphia Ohio Artagain Alley
Artagain Alley New Philadelphia, Ohio

This past Wednesday, June 28th, a reception was held at AlleyCats Marketplace for the most recent cycle of the Art and Artists chosen to be exhibited in Artagain Alley in downtown New Philadelphia, OH.

I'm so excited to say one of my pieces, "Emulate" was chosen along with some beautiful local artist's work! What an honor to be chosen locally.

When this piece was being created, I was nearing the end of a humbling as well as an empowering experience where I had signed up for a year long art mastery program.

At one point, during a challenging period, I was in a bit of self doubt. We all have defining moments like this. When I look at this piece, it reminds me of that moment.

Others have been where we want to go. Others have been pioneers, trail blazers, and adventurers and have moved away obstacles. They've learned how to do the things that will allow this artist to get the vision that is inspired onto a canvas. The journey from the creative head to the creation is like a dance, a back and forth tension that , once resolved, becomes a piece of art.

"Emulate" shows a bird demonstrating something so easy for a bird to do...."spread your wings and fly" the bird says. "Do it like this"

She believes she can fly in her own way because she sees the evidence of it actually being done. She has a desire to soar and submits herself to the instruction and demonstration of the successful.

She's encouraged as she sees the possibility, raises her arms and soars in her own way using her own creative voice.

This was, in that moment, what I was experiencing and desiring to communicate as an artist submitting herself to a process that others created as a path to seeing my vision come to life in a painting.

I've learned so much through the respect of what others have done and accomplished having been blessed by those who've so willingly shared their skill, knowledge, and experience.

These pioneers have gone before and made it easier for us to trailblaze our own path in our own voice which will make it more accessible to another who has a desire to have their voice heard in new territory.

It's so important to keep trying, to keep learning, and to thrive, not just for ourselves, but for the one who may see what is created and see that they can thrive as well.

Artist Tina Lawver with her painting in Artagain Alley
Artist Tina Lawver pictured with her print of her original painting "Emulate" in Artagain Alley

I am grateful to be an artist and I'm blessed to be able to share with you.

Thank you to the jury who included "Emulate" in this year's Artagain Alley Exhibition.

Thank You for making my art a part of your story.

Yours, Tina


The Original Painting is Available here

Quality Prints Available upon Request

Contact with inquiries

Tuscarawas Arts Partnership

New Philadelphia, OH

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You know that "weird" kid, the one fidgety, unsatisfied, often not truly present. The one in class that didn't hear the teacher call on them because she was doodling and dreaming?

The one who breaks out in a sweat when she's called to the board to complete a math problem? She may even know how to get the answer but is terrified anyway. She's also The one who when she goes to stand in front of the class to draw a bird on the chalk board doesn't panic but moves into "I got this mode" and is super excited to share??

She's familiar to me. I know her + there is nothing wrong with her, she's just creative.

We all are...really. It's in us, but often it gets squashed or pushed down.

Authenticity is often hard for the dreamer. She doesn't fit the mold, but what God has placed in her is valuable and needs to be shared. It's Meant to be shared...It's why it's there.

As an artist, especially a professional, being genuine and putting one's self in harm's way, is simply part of the gig.

It's a path to discovery and disclosure.

I've been on this path and will continue to walk it boldly and I want to encourage the creative in you to find value in your vision. It's been strategically placed and it's been entrusted to you for greater purpose.

Stewardship of the gift .... it's not just for us. Someone needs us to embrace it.

Someone needs us to Dream | To Dare | To Discover.

and ultimately to Do

With Love,


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A woman with eyes closed, praying, in peace.
"Her Complexity is Beautiful" by Tina Lawver

She began as a simple, straightforward portrait, but, in the process, more happened.

There is more in pattern, depth, and texture.

In the process of living, battling, and overcoming, we gain pattern, depth, and texture and are more than simple and straightforward.

If we are seen, I mean...really seen, there are layers and colors, all together, ....Complex.

We seem one way from a distance, but as one moves closer, more is revealed.

More Complexity

That Complexity is true, it

is real, and it is beautiful.

Yours, Tina

"Her Complexity is Beautiful" (this piece has been collected)

12"x24" Gallery Wrapped Canvas

Mixed Media Oil

*High Quality Prints can be ordered on request. 6"x12" print with 1" white border is $55

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