Saturday, October 22, 2011


 Intuition - 30" x 40" Acrylic on Canvas © Kristye Addison Dudley

Do you listen to those voices in your head? Do you sense danger by feeling the hairs on your arms stand up? Whatever your signal is that keeps you moving in the right direction that's true intuition and the higher power moving in your life.

Earlier in the year I went to a women's retreat where we were discussing being anointed, transformed and redeemed. We talked about discernment and getting clear path from God. One of the speakers talked about the difference between "Good ideas and God ideas".

That really stuck with me. I sometimes feel my head is going to burst with ideas and I don't know which way to go. Sometimes I hear clear next steps and then things usually go smoothly. But other times, I go on impulse and things always take more effort, cost more money and require more work than if I had just followed my intuition and waited.

This painting was created in a time of stillness, when I was waiting on direction. I am in one of those head spinning times now with so many blessings and so many decisions (family, work, art show planning, graphics projects and publications). I wake up at night to write in my journal so I can sleep in peace, hoping that clarity will come with the rising of the sun. I have faith that it will.

Blessings always,
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Friday, October 14, 2011

Growing Up and the East Coast Dudley Tour

 Growth - 16" x 16" Acrylic on Canvas © Kristye Addison Dudley
I've got some great news! I was just accepted into a juried show here in Louisiana.  There were 17 artists selected and the Holiday show runs from November 11 - January 7. I will also be showing work at a benefit for Breast Cancer later this month. This painting "Growth" will be one of the paintings for sale at the show.

We just returned from a 2 week work/vacation. I say work vacation because, I was on vacation the first week and worked remotely the second week. The rest of my family was on vacay the whole time. It was a wonderful trip. Here's how the East Coast Tour worked:
  • Bossier City, LA to Athens, GA (with a stop in Alabama overnight)
    - The beautiful wedding of my dear friends Angela and Chris
  • Athens, GA to Atlanta, GA
    - Great time with friends and family. I could have stayed a week and not seen everyone I wanted to. KJ also got to go to the Georgia Aquarium. I could post a whole blog on that trip!
  • Atlanta, GA to Charlotte, NC
    - To celebrate my mother's birthday! Great time, we also went to the park everyday and took KJ to Discover Place, a science learning center for kids (it was wayyyy cool)
  • Charlotte, NC to Clemson, SC
    - My 20th High School Reunion. It was so great to see my dear classmates. KJ spent her first full night away from us with a babysitter, and a great time was had by all.
  • Clemson, SC to Spartanburg, SC
    - We went to our previous home church for service and caught up with our pastor and his wife and so many of our close friends there.
  • Spartanburg, SC to Sumter, SC
    - A visit to Mark's mother. Sweet Miss Amanda had a blast with KJ. And we set up her computer for skype. Now she can video chat with all 10 of her grand children.
  • Sumter, SC to Augusta, GA
    - This was a last minute stop to visit my Aunt Jackie. We were passing her home on our way to Bossier, so we just decided to see her too!
  • Augusta, GA to Atlanta, GA
    - We stopped for the night, due to a 4 car accident in Atlanta. Sweet Dreams.
  • Atlanta, GA to Bossier City, LA
    - We are back at home and in the flow again, renewed and ready for the next trip.
So if you read all of that we went to 5 states in two weeks. We made lots of stops and really just chilled out. KJ grew so much while we were gone, that some of her clothes don't fit anymore. I loved spending so much time with her. She really started "talking" and even started singing a new song that she made up.

I have been reading a lot about faith lately. One of my friends was even writing about it this week. Faith is like our East Coast Tour, we just drove and knew that God would make a way for us. We didn't worry about our schedule, we just hit the road! So, I guess like KJ, I a grew a bit on our trip as well.

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

A Mac Life

copyright Johnathan Mak

"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important." - Steve Jobs

With the passing of Steve Jobs I am thinking about how Apple has been a part of my life. I was introduced to Apple by my father, a self described gadget man. He thought that Macintosh computers were the coolest thing he'd seen. He thought it was important that I learned how to use all sorts of computers including IBM, Texas Instruments, Commodore 64 and of course a Mac.

I remember jumping from one computer to the next to play games and draw in the applications. I always ended up on the Apple! My father also liked the culture of Mac and when he retired, he was the oldest member of his local Mac Group. A group of computer lovers who would get together and discuss tricks and what was new with products.

Now, I find myself writing on my iPad, working on a MacBook Pro, calling on an iPhone, and watching movies with AppleTV. I listened to the speech Steve Jobs gave at Stanford, and I found myself nodding my head and smiling at his optimism. His strength of self and faith reminds me that we all have the opportunity to do something more with this borrowed time that we have.

RIP Steve Jobs