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Hope in the Darkness


“But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish.”-Psalm 9:18

One of the things I aspire to do with my art as a Christian artist is to help spread the love and hope that I have found in Christ Jesus through my art. Sometimes that looks like me creating art that testify’s to what God has done or is doing in my life and sometimes that means I use my creative gifts to help others feel that same hope.

As I was finishing off the first batch of my new mixed media mini’s today, painting my edges black I was struck by how bold and vibrant they stood out against the dark edging. As I left them to dry I just had this feeling that the Holy Spirit was calling me to use these small paintings for a big purpose to shine light into darkness. The more I thought on it the clearer it seemed to get in my mind and heart. God has a funny way of lining things up when we’re attentive to his voice and I knew just where to use these paintings that would make a difference Hope Mission.

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Hope Mission is a not-for-profit Christian social care agency caring for the impoverished and homeless men, women and children in Alberta. Basic and emergency care is provided to over 800 people daily as well as counsel and referral services for men, women, and youth. Each day Hope Mission provides over 1000 meals, and shelter for over 500 people.  Specialized care and treatment is offered for men and women through faith-based addiction treatment programs. Hope Mission also facilitates an after school recreation and hot meal program for children. In all, our desire is to provide compassionate care and offer hope to hurting, hungry and homeless people in Edmonton.

This series is now being called “Hope in the Darkness” because no matter how jagged or textured our past, no matter how dark our life, God can ALWAYS bring Hope out of it but it starts with us using what God has given us to help bring hope to others. Each painting in this series is as unique as the person it will go to help. For every piece sold I will donate 25% of the sales back to Hope Missions to help support them in the wonderful work they are doing in our community!

I hope you’ll help me in my effort to bring Hope through art.

Amanda

 

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You can purchase or commission a piece in this series by leaving me a message here to see the available pieces or by messaging me on my Facebook page AmandaMilkeArtist. Each mixed media piece costs $40 is one of a kind and measures 4″ x 4″ x 1.5″ and is done on canvas. Perfect for a small space, shelf or desk or buy several to arrange in sets of 3, 5 or 9 tiled cube patterns.

I’ll also be adding a new page to my website with this series in the next few days.

New Life and New ART


I’ve been thinking about my 2019 exhibit(s) and the theme I keep having come to mind is a series of mixed media paintings based on scriptures that incorporates florals, botanicals and natural elements. There’s so many verses in the Bible that talk about life and growth using plant based analogies that I think it would make for a rich and vibrant series. I have a ton of ideas for paintings and art objects which I will share with you over the next few months. Til then, I’ll leave you with this work in progress flower that will soon be added to my Tree of Life painting.

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Where to find me on the Web & Where to buy my ART


If you’re looking for more Art content you can find me sprinkled across the world wide web at these locations.

Like and Follow me to keep up to date on what I’m making and where I’m exhibiting! 😊🎨

🎨Instagram at milke.amanda for a photo collage of all my in progress creations.

🎨Twitter at amanda_milke for featured art, musings and whatever else has struck my fancy that day

🎨Facebook at Amanda Milke Artist for all my in progress art, art classes and exhibits. You can also msg me here and purchase art or arrange a commission 🖌💳💱

And Finally for all your shopping needs my new

🎨🛍Etsy Art shop where you can purchase all my ready to hang artworks which more being uploaded on a regular basis.

Check it out at Amanda Milke Artist

You’ll find paintings & Gifts like these listed for sale

So when you think the blog is slow you can get your Milke Art fix at one of these locations while you patiently or not so patiently wait for more of what goes on behind the paint brush posted here.

Cheers!

Amanda

Where to find me on the Web & Where to buy my ART


If you’re looking for more Art content you can find me sprinkled across the world wide web at these locations.

Like and Follow me to keep up to date on what I’m making and where I’m exhibiting! 😊🎨

🎨Instagram at milke.amanda for a photo collage of all my in progress creations.

🎨Twitter at amanda_milke for featured art, musings and whatever else has struck my fancy that day

🎨Facebook at Amanda Milke Artist for all my in progress art, art classes and exhibits. You can also msg me here and purchase art or arrange a commission 🖌💳💱

And Finally for all your shopping needs my new

🎨🛍Etsy Art shop where you can purchase all my ready to hang artworks which more being uploaded on a regular basis.

Check it out at Amanda Milke Artist

You’ll find paintings & Gifts like these listed for sale

So when you think the blog is slow you can get your Milke Art fix at one of these locations while you patiently or not so patiently wait for more of what goes on behind the paint brush posted here.

Cheers!

Amanda

Stampede


Well that was unexpected!

A few weeks ago I got a custom order request to make some hand stamped guitar pick fish hooks as a Father’s Day Gift. I had been meaning to get into the Hand Stamping Scene for awhile and this gave me the opportunity/excuse to do so.
So I ordered in my supplies and did up her order.

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Then I posted the leftovers up for sale thinking I might hook 😉 a few buyers for the rest of them. They sold within seconds.
At the same time I had ordered in 10- 1.5″ round blanks to make up some keychains and did one up Friday for Hubby as part of his Father’s Day Gift from the girls.

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And again, thought it was cute and posted the other 9 up for sale for other last minute Father’s Day Gift givers…within the first 10 minutes I had 30+ orders that kept growing and growing and growing! By the time Hubby got off work I was sitting around 70 custom orders to make for Saturday night and only **9** blanks!
Off we went to Edmonton hunting for more supplies..after several stops we FINALLY found a local supplier. This meant all my maybes turned to Yes’ and also meant I was non-stop stamping all weekend!
Since Saturday, I’m now sitting at 100+ completed orders with more coming in daily…who would have thought!

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So if I go off grid again, that’s probably why hah!

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(These are just a few of the designs..)

Next week I have the Canada Day Market on Wednesday & the Farmers Market on Thursday so it’s going to be another busy week…so back to stamping up orders 😉

Cheers!
Amanda

Shiny & New


OK so I came down sick with a cold and haven’t had a chance to start on the guitar asides from prime it. I’ve been passing out pretty hard after the kids are in bed the last few nights so haven’t gotten anything done really asides from basic survival lol.

BUT a new order of supplies arrived today…

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I’ve been wanting to dabble in hand stamping for awhile now but just haven’t gotten around to it until now, when I was asked to do a custom order as a Father’s Day Gift. So much fun 🙂 I’ll post pics of the completed project later.

This week however, I have to finish that order, go to the Farmers Market Thursday and I have the Downtown Sale on Saturday so I’m thinking the guitar will have to wait til next week sadly…but I do have yet another project stewing in my brain that involves a pair of wooden clogs 😉 but I’ll save that for another post.

For now I’ll say goodnight & Cheers!
Amanda

Home Parties!!!


The other thing that has been keeping me busy with limited blogging time has been this “Home Party” initiative that I’m rolling out!

I figured after setting up at so many venues and meeting so many wonderful customers it was time to bring the venue to them. So be it ever so humble or virtual Parties are now an option!

Hosts can earn free Jewelry and have it custom made & designed specifically for them.

Theme parties are also available.
Celebrating a Birthday (kids & adults), Girls Night, Wedding, Graduation, Christmas, etc. Get Jewelry designed to suit your special occasion.
Make & Take Party Packs are also available (must be booked 2-3 weeks in advance to allow for supplies on hand)

If you’re in cyberspace and want your friends worldwide to participate then you can host a virtual party, get a unique code for your party and shop online through my Etsy shop. Best of all you still earn all your Host rewards and your guests receive free shipping or some other discount for participating. Great way to get inexpensive or custom Gifts. *hint hint Christmas* 😉

Even cooler, make it an ART & Jewelry Party. Have a soirée, serve some appetisers, glass of wine and have a private Art viewing with your friends plus earn a discount towards a custom piece of Art.

The possibilities are endless.
Contact me to book today!