Sebastian Luke Benson

  I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted. We’ve been kind of busy here with a brand-new human. ;p He’s beautiful and we’re tired. God is good, so very good, and sustaining and gracious. Sebastian Luke Benson was born on June 30th, 2016 and we love our new addition. We are thankful.

Additionally our community has loved us so well through a difficult pregnancy and exhaustion of a new baby in our home. Thankful for gospel community.

 Kenny and I couldn’t love this baby more and the girls are over the moon with him. Here’s a bunch of cute images of him so far.

    
    
    
   
   

Accomplishments / CV

Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Oysters on Telfair, 2007

J. B. White, Way of the Cross, 2009

The Book Tavern, To Kill a Mockingbird, 2015

The Book Tavern, Edgar Allen Poe , 2015

The Book Tavern, Shakespeare , 2016

Brian Panowich, Bull Mountain Exhibit, 2016

Sky City, Ride or Die, 2016

Westobou Gallery, Seeds, 2016

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2000-2008 Augusta University, Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Science in Psychological Sciences: In Process

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I was an army brat born in Balboa, Panama in the 80’s. We moved all over the world experiencing many good things. I am now a Southern Wife and Mother, grace receiver and dwell in our tiny house on a hill in Augusta, Ga.

I am an Encaustic and Mixed Media Artist. I tend to draw out themes of the natural and supernatural, the beauty of nature contrasted with ruin, and human and celestial. I am in love with the cathartic process of the encaustic medium as much as I enjoy the outcome. I am influenced most by artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Alicia Tormey, Makato Fujimura, and Radcliffe Bailey.

Image by Keaton Thurmond

Image by Keaton Thurmond

I attended Augusta State University as a double major in Art and Psychology, both which contributed to my artist’s process. My hope is to complete school when I am able and time is not limited.  I recently showcased in the Westobou Seeds Exhibit in Augusta, Ga.

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Encaustic is melding of mind and heart. The process of working with fire and wax is a beautiful and cathartic process. It’s not only about the end but the process to get to that end. – Ellie BensonIMG_0073

Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The liquid or paste is then applied to a surface—usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials are often used. The simplest encaustic mixture can be made from adding pigments to beeswax, but there are several other recipes that can be used—some containing other types of waxes, damar resin, linseed oil, or other ingredients. Pure, powdered pigments can be used, though some mixtures use oil paints or other forms of pigment.[1]

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Snow Day

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It has’t snowed in Georgia for several years. It was wonderful to see the ground covered with a bit of the North. Even the diffused light from above is perfection during Snow, have you ever noticed how beautiful things look in that light. I honestly felt like our neighborhood was covered in Magic or at least that feeling you get. I felt like I was in Germany once again, I do miss Germany every winter.  I remember the last time it snowed and it was right before Valentines Day a few years ago and Emma had never seen snow in her life. It was such a wonderful and special time for her, even so that she cried last year that it hadn’t snowed and she kept praying that it would. She got her prayer answered this year. Although Alice is much younger than Emma was on her first snow and she has no clue what it even is we had a good time introducing the two. She seemed to enjoy it and thought a good snack and we hurried back her back in after a short visit because it was so cold.

 

Kenny and Emma enjoyed sledding down our hill in the front of the house. I did one sled run with Emma but my accident prone-ness caused us to careen into the street and leave my daughter with a skinned knee. Oops. So I resigned to a warm bed with a newly warm baby for a nap while I watched the snow begin to melt in trickles outside my bedroom window.

 

Harrisburg-our neighborhood- looked like a Christmas Village. It did make me miss the Christmas Villages of my youth. At least I experienced a glimpse of it, hopefully one day I’ll be back in Germany for winter, even for a day.

 

Today the city is iced over and melting and a little magic is melting with it. I just want to bottle it and keep it forever. The Snow and the Magic. I am so thankful to God for little surprises that show us his Glory.

 

Images from my Iphone of our Snow Day

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a screenshot from our sledding video, Happy Snow Days!

Happy Things-Art, Fall, and Family

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We have just been going, going, going for the last few weeks. There’s a lot of events happening in this wonderful month and I’m happy for the little rest we are getting here and there. This past week was pretty amazing even though we were very busy and we didn’t get a lot of down time there is a lot going on in the life of the Benson’s. The big event was Star Wars Reads Day at the Library and Kenny dressed up beacuse he was working it, he dressed up as Jango Fett and Emma dressed up as the cutest little Princess Leia (above), a ten minute costume I made for her. (if any one would like to see how it was made, I can make a tutorial, it’s the easiest costume with Halloween around the corner.) The were in the paper and Emma loved dressing up as a Space Princess.

courtesy the Augusta Chronicle/Todd Bennett

courtesy the Augusta Chronicle/Todd Bennett

courtesy the Augusta Chronicle/Todd Bennett

courtesy the Augusta Chronicle/Todd Bennett

I’m still trucking away at my reading list, my goal is still to get as close to 200 in a year as possible, or it may take longer than a year, but I will do it. I am about 16 books behind on my my monthly right now but that’s because I’ve been pretty much reading a lot of meaty fiction. I have some shorter books coming up soon to help me get ahead. I’ll post some observations of what I’ve read so far either this week or next, depending how quickly I get through this week of reading.

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Kenny has been making art like crazy, made this…photo 1 (1) this weekend for a charity art show and it sold even before it was displayed which was pretty awesome. He’s been working on watercolor commissions and he also has put a few new Screenprints in our BensonBenson shop, like this new favorite… bbse-0170 and I hope to get one up there as well this week if I have some time to finish one I’ve been working on.

I am going to attempt to blog more artwork and things that we’ve been working on as we progress.

Emma has been a busy little bee as well, she is going to be a soldier in the Nutcracker this season with Augusta Dance and the Augusta Ballet School and she is really excited. I am really looking forward to her performance and she is practicing almost every weekend until then.

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Emma is almost wrapped up with Soccer season, as well.

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Here’s one more picture from Star Wars Reads Day, All in all we had an amazing week.ee-2

and I hope we can have more of this that happened last week…dinner in the out-of-doors due to this lovely, lovely weather.

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I hope your fall is turning out wonderful as well.

 

 

If you get a chance head on over to my relaunched photography portfolio, link in the sidebar, Kenny made me that lovely logo with the trees.

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall

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The harvest moon welcoming Fall, I woke up Emma to watch with me.

I am so happy to have fall here, it is my favorite time of year, always. Everything about Fall makes me happy and September is one of my favorite months because this beautiful weather starts creeping in around this time. It’s like a preview of what’s to come. It’s been a busy but good season so far this year and fall is always a relaxing time for us to just enjoy family, to enjoy home. Even though we have soccer games and Nutcracker practices and all sorts of events there is just something unexplained about why I feel settled in the fall. Like my soul knows that all will be reborn soon and I can truly enjoy the end of things.

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Some people feel energized in the new year, January and so on, but I’m always energized in the fall. Maybe it’s the weather or the excitement of anticipation of all of my favorite holidays one by one for the next several months. It might also be, this year at least, that I am on my feet again after a silly sprain while walking down two steps. You can’t take a sick note from being a Mother so I am very thankful to be mobile again cooking dinner and teaching Emma and trying to clean house, keyword is trying.  I am thankful for this season and and everything to come. As the treetops turn umber and we enjoy pumpkin this and spiced that, know this is the the place we are at and the season we have been given and it is good.

 

In regards to my book challenge, I’m still on it. I am slowly getting back into the groove after my sprain. You would think that reading would have been the best thing when I was off my feet but I found that between pain killers and exhaustion, I couldn’t read ten pages in without drifting off. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading much more and I am excited for some book picks coming up. I am still giving myself a year, although I won’t beat myself up if it’s not exactly 365 days long but  a little longer.  I’ll post later this week what books I’ve read so far and what I’m excited to read.

Print Giveaway

Giveaway! In honor of and to promote our new instagram feed @bensbensonco for our Etsy Shop we are giving away two “Life is an Adventure” prints to Instagram followers: There are two ways to win this print: 1. Simply follow us, we are going to select by random one follower to receive this print on July 5th. 2. not only follow but Repost this image (screenshot is fine) with a happy thought including @bensonbensonco and #bensonbensonprintgiveaway in the description and we will select a winner in a very special way Friday, the 5th. Can’t wait to see who wins!