Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Chasing Your Dreams on the bike trails in Northwest Arkansas


My artwork is always inspired by God in some form or fashion. Whether through scripture, or by something beautiful I've seen made by the hands of the Creator,  I love taking the truths that God has taught me and incorporating them into my artwork in a fun and whimsical way. I always love giving a little background on what inspired me to create my paintings.

If you've ever been to Northwest Arkansas, you have probably seen parts of the over 200 miles of greenway trails for biking and hiking. Since moving here, I've purchased all the gear and have ventured out on the bike trails...just for fun and leisure. My biking adventures have inspired me to paint a new collection of bicycle mixed media art on canvas, and the professional prints are now available in my Etsy Shop . Each bike print features popular phrases that have brought me back to God's word in search for His truth. 

"Chase your dreams"is a sentiment I hear all the time in popular culture. The message is that we should pursue our dreams at any cost, right? I'm a big dreamer, so I love this concept. And as I get older, I am more decisive about how I spend my time, and want to enjoy what I'm doing, whether it be work, service or leisure. I want it to be fulfilling in more ways than one. At my age, I've heard a lot lately about "bucket lists" and "to old to be doing something you don't love", but what does scripture say about all this? As a Christian, I was challenged to see what God says about chasing my dreams.

Here are some verses I came across that helped me to apply a Biblical concept to my painting "Chasing your dreams". Ecclesiastes 3:10-13 says, "What profit is there to the worker from that in which he toils?  I have seen the task which God has given the sons of men with which to occupy themselves. He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end. I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good in one’s lifetime; moreover, that every man who eats and drinks sees good in all his labor—it is the gift of God."  God loves for us to rejoice in doing good, and having our labor bring us joy is a gift from Him! 

Scripture also tells us that we each have a plan, calling and unique gifts. 2 Peter 1:10 says, "Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall." Jeremiah 29:11 says, "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."

I think the most important thing to remember as a Christian chasing your dreams is found in these three verses that bring us full circle back to God.  Matthew tells us, "But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Psalm 37:4, says, "Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart," and Proverbs 3:5-6 reminds us to "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths."

Crystal McDowell, in her online article, "7 Biblical Reason to Chase Your Dreams", sums it all up so well for me. "Dream chasing is only relevant if it's rooted in God's calling for your life. When God sparks a dream in your heart, you won't be able to let it go..."

Art prints are all printed professionally here in Fayetteville, Arkansas. They are printed on archival paper and come package in a cellophane bag with foam core backing. They are available in 5"x7" and 8"x10". You can purchase them online at www.stacyspanglerart.etsy.com. 

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Virtual Pop Up Shop benefitting Beautiful Lives Boutique in Fayetteville


Since the roads are icy, and the drive and steps up to the Beautiful Lives Boutique are even icier, we decided to have a virtual pop up shop starting today at 3:00 and ending Tuesday at 3:00. 

Twenty percent of all proceeds made through my Etsy Shop during that time will benefit the ministries supported by BL Boutique. 

click HERE to shop



 Please go here to learn more about this great upscale used clothing shop that uses 100% of it's proceeds to benefit abused women and children locally and globally.



You can donate your gently used clothing, shoes and accessories to BL Boutique during January and receive a coupon code for 10% off your next purchase from my Etsy Shop.


Purchase for a purpose this week!!!  You will be able to pick up your items at the BL Boutique on Wednesday from 10:00-6:00. **Any out of town orders will also count toward the sale, and shipping is free--however, I cannot guarantee arrival by Christmas.

 I will also have some larger works of art on display at the shop at that time available for purchase.


Friday, October 7, 2016

Free Pumpkin Painting giveaway



Happy Fall Y'all! I hope you are as excited about fall weather as I am. I noticed while driving home from the beach on Sunday, that a few trees were already starting to change in the mountains coming back into Fayetteville. To celebrate fall, I have added some pumpkin paintings to my Etsy shop, and giving away a pumpkin painting to one lucky follower.

Pumpkin paintings in my Etsy shop will be on a pre-order basis, and will be ready for delivery by the last week in October. If you pre-order your pumpkin before October 16, use discount code FALLYALL for a 15% discount on any pumpkin order of $25 or more. Remember, in my shop shipping is always FREE.

Click HERE to order your pumpkins.



So here's how to get your name in the drawing for the give-away for the FREE pumpkin painting pictured in the "win an original painting" photo above. Share the give away photo from my social media site to yours-either Instagram or Facebook, and then add my Etsy shop to you "favorite" list.* Then comment "FALL YALL" under the above photo on one of my social media pages to let me know that you entered by sharing and favoriting my shop.

The winner of the drawing will receive an original heavy impasto style acrylic pumpkin painting on archival quality stock paper. It measures 9x12 and comes packaged in a cellophane sleeve. It retails for $45 and looks wonderful framed.

*Drawing will come from Etsy shop followers and then winner will be verified for a social media share during the contest giveaway dates of Oct.7 to Oct.13, 2016. No purchase necessary to win.





Here's a recap:

1) Go to my Facebook or Instagram Stacy Spangler Art page and share the give away photo. Comment "FALL YALL" under it on my page.

2) Go to my Etsy Shop and add me to your "Favorites" by clicking the heart on the favorite shop button near the top.


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Painting Florals

If you've followed my art for long, you probably know that my favorite thing to paint is flowers. 


I will be painting live at the Bentonville square for Artists of Northwest Arkansas Art in the Park this Saturday.


I will have florals on paper that you can purchase for a special price of $25. Even though they are on paper, you can still see the thick texture,


and they look so lovely framed. Come see me this weekend from 8-3. There will be lots of local artists participating and a special area for kids to create their own masterpiece.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Scripture Cards

I love when I am struggling with a specific issue and God's provides the perfect encouragement through His word. I started many years ago, jotting down these truths onto index cards, and placing them strategically around my home, office and in my car, so I could see them throughout my day.


Then a couple of years ago, I started incorporating these verses that God had imprinted on my heart, into my art on a decorative card. I love sharing these with others, so I hope you will too. These are some of my favorite verses, and I've created one for each day of the week. You can use them to help with scripture memory, or just to have God's word sprinkled throughout your home, or if you wish, to give away for encouragement.



Each card is my own original mixed media design. I have them printed locally here in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The fabric clips are hand sewn by me and are attached to a very sturdy magnet clip. They will attach nicely to your refrigerator, file cabinet or any other metal surface.


These will be for sale in my Etsy Shop beginning Monday, and will be ready to ship in a couple weeks.  The one sided, flat cards measure approximately 3.75"x 5.75" and are blank on the back--perfect for writing a prayer request or a note. Each set of cards and clip comes packaged in a clear box and is topped off with a raffia bow.

Check my Etsy Shop next week to order!


As a special bonus, I'm sending a free 3x3 inch mini card print with each order for orders placed NEXT WEEK ONLY! And as always, shipping is free. 

Only 12 card + hand-sewn clip sets available, and three card + bird paperweight clip stands available so place your order today!!!




Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Gulf Coast Art



Since I mainly keep my blog and art social media sites business, I thought I'd change things up  and do a "get to know the artist" post. Since this relates to my current artwork, I wanted to share a bit about my family vacation with you.


I'm from Arkansas and have lived there my whole life, with exception of a short two month stint in Orlando working at Disney World.  I have been married for 21 years, and we have 3 amazing daughters that keep us very busy.  


I have been coming to the Gulf Coast on vacation since I was a little girl, mainly staying in the Gulf Shores/Orange Beach area. We also love Destin and the 30A area, but most trips we are too impatient to drive the extra 3 hours, especially now that we have relocated to Northwest Arkansas and our drive is already 11+ hours. 


I love to stay in a place on the beach that is less crowded and void of the high rise commotion. We mostly just chill and spend time on the beach and eat in at our condo. I love cooking when I'm not in a rush, so on vacation it's more of a pleasure than a chore, plus I don't like to have to "get ready" when we've been on the beach all day.  


For me, it's such a treat to have no agenda or a place to be. I savor the moments of being able to sit and think, enjoy the views, people watch, pray, journal and snuggle on the couch with my family after a long day of sun, walking on the beach, playing in the waves, and hunting crabs and seashells. Some of my other family members have a different definition of a fun vacation, so we do have to throw in some outings.


This year, my vacation was partially a working one, but when you are not on a deadline, and you've got great inspiration, it doesn't feel like work at all.  And I can't think of a better way to help pay for a trip to the beach :)


As far my art journey goes, I took art in the summer as a child and have always loved the creative process, working for many years pre-mom days in the advertising and marketing field. I started painting about 18 years ago when I was inspired by Arkansas artist Arden Boyce and decided to sign up for oil painting lessons at Hobby Lobby-how funny is that!! When I became pregnant with my first child, I put away my oils and started painting things in acrylic with a whimsical nature, mostly for my girls rooms, and then by word of mouth for others. When my middle daughter started kindergarten, I put up my brushes again and started teaching art to kids, which grew into pretty much a full time gig for the next 8 years. 

So I would say that I'm pretty much a self taught artist, I love the experimentation process and feel my style is constantly evolving. I'm always inspired by God's word, something beautiful I've seen in nature, or eye catching color combinations coming from God's amazing color palette. I love to paint not only because it is a natural way for me to express myself, but because it offers a visual record of things God has impressed upon my heart and mind, as well as helping me communicate those truths to others. 


I'm deeply grateful and humbled to be able use my creative gifts for His glory. I am so thankful for the people and opportunities He has placed in my path to encourage me to continue in my artistic endeavors, and for those of you who choose to give my art a special place in your lives and homes. 

Here's a few of the painting studies I completed while I was at Perdido Key. I will be putting these up for sale to the public soon, but have a special for all my Facebook, Instagram. newsletter and Blogger followers, so read on. These paintings are in acrylic on an 8" x 8" x 3/4" stretched canvas with finished edges. 


I will be putting finishing touches on them when I get back to Arkansas,  and selling them for $65 each. As a special thank you to all my followers, I am offering these for $45 each until August 9. I'm hoping I can get them all sold before I have time to list on Etsy :))))) I will offer a flat shipping fee of $5, but if you purchase two or more (they look great paired), I will ship for free. 


If you spend time at the gulf, add these to your home decor to remind you all year long of your favorite beach destination.

So lets try this!

Email me at spanglerstacy@yahoo.com and let me know which paintings you want along (by number reference above) with your email address, and I will send you a pay pal invoice. I will reserved paintings in the order that I receive emails. These will be ready to ship out in about 2 weeks and will come ready to hand with hanging hardware.


I'm not a photographer, but I'll share a few inspiration shots that I hope to paint when I get home as reminders of our time here at the gulf. Enjoy!













Sunday, July 17, 2016

Gift items with scripture


I've just added some new items to my Etsy Shop that make perfect gifts. All are under $25 and include FREE shipping. 

I don't know about you, but I love having scripture sprinkled though out my home, and I love to give gifts that encourage with scripture. These fun little hanging clip frames are hand painted and assembled by moi, and include a professionally printed scripture card from one of my original works on paper.


These fun little canvas magnets are made with the same texture and quality as my large originals on canvas. They have a heavy duty magnet on the back making them perfect for your file cabinet or refrigerator.



I have incorporated vintage papers and text into each of these to add more interest, texture and history. All my products come package in a cellophane bag with ribbon so they are ready to give.



I also have a limited supply of hand-stitched clips, great for a book mark, your Bible or planner. These also come with a printed scripture card.


Or great to pair with one of my spiral note books professionally printed with my original artwork. I have pocket size or a larger size available.


If you receive my newsletter, be sure and grab your special discount code-good two days only! 



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