I don’t have a bucket list, but if I did, this park would be on it.
I captured this stunning scenery at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore near Elmira, Michigan. Stationed atop in the sand, with camera in hand, looking over the edge of the dunes. The vastness of Lake Michigan, and the seemingly endless cliff of sand, made me feel very small. The sky was painted with beautiful clouds, but the wind was picking up speed. To our dismay, the sprinkles from a partly cloudy day quickly turned to a down pour. Ahhhh, Pure Michigan!
Do you have a favorite place to vacation in Michigan?
I wish I could go back in time and give my 29-year-old artistic self some advice. For one, I would say, try not to be too “judgy”. I believe, as artists we strive to do our best, but at times, form a habit of judging ourselves too harshly. Do your best and the rest will fall into place, is the advise I would give to newly graduated art students.
This is a design for a spray bottle I created while working at Kmart World Headquarters in 1992. It’s interesting to look back and observe how some pattern trends are still popular. Trends have their place, which brings to mind Authenticity. It is important to love what you do, and in the process of experimenting —find what inspires you to “be you”— be authentic and the desire to create from your own ideas will come easier.
Getting Serious Designing is always a serious process for me — whether it’s for an invitation, jewelry design, or photo vignette — I am drawn to certain colors and themes. However, sometimes it is more about giving back. Currently, I am creating artwork as part of a year-long design competition through Minted’s Every Mother Counts Birth Announcements Challenge. Through the challenge they provide skilled and compassionate care to Haitian mothers throughout their pregnancies.
This Baby Shower Invitation is inspired by the owl drawings in my sketchbook. A modern baby shower invite that provides artwork for the expecting Mom WHO uses her artsy inspirations to guide her. A playful owl design that can be used for a gender reveal party theme. Perfect for all seasons. Offers a portrait orientation for an A-7 envelope. Prominently features Mom’s name. An artistic feel with original artwork, a current design style, and typefaces.
I’ll be posting more artwork from this challenge and my serious inspirations.
Your feedback is welcomed!
To learn more about my special event graphic design, projects and process, please visit my Special Events Design page.
This post “The Greatest Things” was inspired by my friends at The Daily Post
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As the new year sets in, some of us are struggling. I can’t help but think about those I know who are dealing with a loss or a crisis, and how emotionally draining it can be.
After suffering from a few crises in my life, I have become more resilient. I’d like to share a story or two, but can’t, so I will only say, the path to resilience is obtainable.
I would like to share a few ideas:
• Being optimistic and expect the good things. Visualize what you want, instead of worrying about what your fears are, will help build resilience.
• Trusting your instincts in your ability to solve problems builds confidence and resilience
Another way to think about it is this quote by Bruce Lee.
The Lord’s Prayer is the Bible verse that we all know well.
This is a beautiful sample of the prayer in German on a wax form. My Oma gave it to me. Today, it is one of my treasured items along with many things
that make me smile and help me remember her.
Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.
My Oma, German for Grandma, always appreciated beautiful things like this embroidered handkerchief. I wonder if she ever really used it. She probably just admired it, as I…
When we visited my parents for Christmas, I saw this “email from God” on the fridge.
I should have a copy on my fridge, so I got a quick shot of it. Then I thought, God helps those who help themselves, a value instilled in me early on. My path toward understanding how to put things in God’s hands is always evolving at my home, and in relationships at work. On an emotional level, this year, I hope to gain more emotional intelligence.
I saw this quote today, and it immediately resonated with me.
“I have not always chosen the safest path. I’ve made my mistakes, plenty of them. I sometimes jump too soon and fail to appreciate the consequences. But I’ve learned something important along the way: I’ve learned to heed the call of my heart. I’ve learned that the safest path is not always the best path and I’ve learned that the voice of fear is not always to be trusted.”
― Steve Goodier
2016 was a very busy year for us. I worked at my day job, and attended classes for Event Planning, Design and Decor in the evenings. It was a fabulous experience. One evening, a guest speaker demonstrated her positive energy with a Powerpoint presentation, and shared this: Create an imagine/inspiration board to help achieve your goals. My take-away was, I need to get very organized in order to use my new skills in combination with graphic design.
This year I’ve photographed and posted my favorite subjects: boats and sunset reflections on the water, especially mirror images. My book of passwords has grown with more photos to post, and design competitions to enter. I find myself writing, yet another updated profile or an artist statement about my digital artwork, and what inspires me.
In 2017, I would like to build my portfolio with new digital art and experiment more with painting. My goal is to impart a consistent body of work. My focus will be to create graphics for special events, and design inspiring motifs/patterns for home goods, stationery, wall art and more.
So back to that revised profile.
About Tresa Meyer-Clark
Having a family who encourages my artistic abilities is a blessing. Growing up in Michigan and working as a graphic designer will always have the most influence on my artwork. I earned a Bachelor of Art degree in graphic design and ceramics. I am a student of life, and the nature around me is my muse. I also love turtle sundaes with raspberry sauce!
As another year has flown by! I look forward to reading your posts on WordPress, making the next new year even better! Feel free to share!
The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.
Walled Lake, Michigan, September 2016.
Sometimes all we need is a break from our regular schedule to think about how to go about things, to figure out a problem, or put the pieces together. Sometimes the gap can be a source of inspiration to keep going.
There are moments when a song you’ve recently heard keeps repeating in your head for a few hours, or when it makes a bigger impression, perhaps days! Recently, my husband and step daughter, Brittaney danced to “Butterfly Kisses” on a her wedding day. After the wedding, this song was on my mind, so I decided to write a post about wedding music and share a few pictures and songs.
There's two things I know for sure:
She was sent here from heaven and she's daddy's little girl.
As I drop to my knees by her bed at night
She talks to Jesus and I close my eyes
and I thank god for all of the joy in my life
Oh, but most of all
For butterfly kisses after bedtime prayer;
sticking little white flowers all up in her hair;
Walk beside the pony, Daddy, it's my first ride.
I know the cake looks funny, Daddy, but I sure tried.
Oh, with all that I've done wrong, I must have done something right
To deserve a hug every morning And butterfly kisses at night.
My Dad and I talked about practicing a dance for my wedding day. After I thought about it, I figured it would be more about practicing how not to get too emotional. We danced to “I Loved Her First,” by Heartland
The First Dance as Husband and Wife
My husband and I danced to “Bless the Broken Road,” by Rascal Flats, and I still get choked up when I hear it.
Listen to all the lyrics when you research your music and have fun selecting the songs together! There are many beautiful first dance songs to choose from, and below are two lists with the most popular and classic.
According to Vouge.com, these are the top ten first dance songs from 2016.
Top 10 First Dance Songs for Weddings:
1. “Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran
2. “At Last,” Etta James
3. “You Are the Best Thing,” Ray LaMontagne
4. “All of Me,” John Legend
5. “A Thousand Years,” Christina Perri
6. “Make You Feel My Love,” Adele
7. “I Won’t Give Up,” Jason Mraz
8. “Everything,” Michael Bublé
9. “Better Together,” Jack Johnson
Classic First Dance Songs:
1. “Unforgettable,” Nat King Cole
2. “The Way You Look Tonight,” Frank Sinatra
3. “What a Wonderful World,” Louis Armstrong
4. “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” Elvis Presley
5. “It had to be You,” Harry Connick Jr.
6. “A Kiss is Just a Kiss,” Michael Feinstein
7. “Unchained Melody,” The Righteous Brothers
8. “A Whole New World,” Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle
9. “Endless Love,” Diana Ross and Lionel Richie
This post was inspired by Brittaney and Ryan’s wedding and “The Daily Post” on WordPress!