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January 2019 Free Desktop and iPhone Wallpaper

Happy New Year!! Can you believe it is 2019 already!? Thanks for sticking with me, friends. Seeing these desktops on your screens is what keeps me going 🙂 By the way I am planning on keeping the format of these post about the same this year, but please tell me if you have any requests or changes! I make them and then send them off into the void, so I would love your feedback.

This desktop wallpaper is a little tribute to 2018 while at the same time celebrating fresh starts and new beginnings. There is one element from each of my calendar pages from 2018 hidden in the black and white images to the left all leading into a fresh blank canvas. Can you find all 12?! Enjoy!!

For the desktop, click on the image below to view the large size image.

For the iphone wallpaper, navigate to this page on your phone and then click and hold on the image you want. Select ‘Save image to camera roll’. Then from your camera roll set your home screen/lock screen or both. I make a couple different ones so that you can use what works best for your device.

iphone wallpapers:

Atlas Mural Process Photos

I just put the finishing touches on the Atlas mural this morning! This piece has been three years in the works and I am so excited to show you the finished project. Thank you so much to the City of Greeley for this opportunity and to the Atlas Theater and John Galt crews.

If you want to stop by and see it in person, it is at 709 16th Street in Greeley, CO.

BEFORE…
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Power washing that dirty wall

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My new “fade” expert

 

The background ombre almost done…

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Lots of filling in shapes

 

Painted using a mixture of spray paint and hand brushing

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Lots of late nights…

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Getting closer!

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Such adorable little helpers. And they are getting pretty good with paintbrushes!

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Almost done….

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and….AFTER!!

The finished piece.

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This mural was definitely a family effort!

 

Now on to Bellwether projects!

 

Studio Tour (with Before and After Photos)

As part of our January theme, Clearing, we have been massively cleaning and refreshing our home and work spaces.

We shared some of the before and afters in this post.  But because I am so happy with it, I wanted to share a little more in depth look at our studio space.

First lets look at some BEFORE photos.
And, have some grace with me on these. This is as bad as it would get (post several big art shows.) My poor studio gets the brunt of the creating chaos around here.

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Here it is in the midst of creating the Becoming series –

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Even the windows started getting crowded….

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Notice the floor before, concrete with leftover glue from old tiles

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Here is the studio in the midst of painting all the walls white. Already after moving out all the shelving and paintings it felt SO much bigger.IMG_0506

And here it is finished! Isn’t it lovely! So much better. I might just move it. Or paint a whole new series of paintings... ha ha ha…

 


Remember that bad floor before? My sweet husband helped do this sweet epoxy floor coating. Doesn’t it look like a million bucks?

Obviously the two budding artists in the family are enjoying the new space as well.

Speaking of those little girls, since I usually have some helpers when I am out painting, I made them their own little play corner.


Lots of little corners of prettiness – and the windows are SO big and bright now with the white walls.

A freshly painted and organized pegboard for tools.

I found the perfect corner to hang our calendar.

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This stain glassed window was one of Tim and my first purchases as a married couple. Now it is hanging by the door.

 

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I can tell lots of fun creating is going to happen in this space now.
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“Ghosts for Tinder” Painting Story and Process Photos

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A photo of a wildfire that was about a quarter of a mile from my parents’ house.IMG_5177IMG_5175

My parents’ farm in the Kansas Sandhills is surrounded by hundreds of acres of native prairie. Farmers there are constantly fighting the growth of cedar trees and other invasive species to try to retain the health and beauty of the prairie. One of the reasons why the prairie can be difficult to maintain is because fire is necessary to its life and health. Wildfires burn away dead plants; prevent certain other plants from encroaching; and release nutrients into the ground to encourage new growth. But in our world, we fight against fire.

Where I grew up, prairie fires are a very real concern. My childhood home was destroyed in a prairie fire (thankfully after we had already moved out). I remember many nights where my dad would leave all the sprinklers on in the yard “just in case”  because a nearby wildfire might jump the road and head our way.

Understandably, we don’t have room in our lives for fire. It can be dangerous and destructive. We have belongings and homes that are cherished. But, in our needs for safety and to protect the things we love, we can miss out on some of the restorative benefits. Especially in the sense of fire as a larger metaphor.

So the prairie here is a metaphor. Sometimes the best healing for new growth is a clearing out. This painting is my reminder to myself; that sometimes we need to start anew. Sometimes we need to let pain in and let go and begin again.

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Interesting little side note, this is the one piece in this series that was not started on a new blank canvas. The canvas had a painting on it that I was never happy with, so I painted over it to create this new piece – an act that mirrors the symbolism of the piece. The gray bird in the sky flying towards the past is the one element I kept from the original painting.

The butterflies here represent (as always in my pieces) hope and forward momentum.
The fire has sparkles of the universe within it.
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A 2013 photo of burning cedars in the prairie

 

GHOSTS FOR THE TINDER lyrics by Tim Coons

Come and keep by my lovely fire

I’ve got pieces I’m scheming from the liars with in me

You’ve replayed in my darker mind

You’re re-lived in the days I have assigned without you

Yes, I’ll leave it behind

Yes, I’ll leave it behind

Yes, I’ll leave it behind

Yes, I’ll leave it behind

Burn it down here

burn it down

it will come again

come up, on up from this ground

Up and around

So burn it down

I’ve got ghosts for the tinder glow

I’ve got pages to wash clean as snow to warm me

I’ve got memories for matches now

I will lighten the load so sad and loud for
When I see you

Heaven knows it will light

Heaven knows it will light

 

“Monarch Migration” Painting Story and Process Photos

Over the course of this month, we will be sharing some of the stories behind the paintings and songs in the Becoming series.
You can purchase prints of this piece here.

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“Monarch Migration”
15X30  mixed media on canvas

The farm I grew up on is in the heart of the prairie in Kansas. It is a 30 minute drive on dusty dirt roads to the nearest civilization. My parents apple orchard is surrounded by 180 acres of native prairie and forests. Their driveway is over a mile long – and because the county maintenance trucks won’t maintain driveways, it was usually in pretty rough shape – horribly muddy in the spring, treacherously icy in the winter, and full of sand pits in the summer. Our mailbox was at the end of the driveway and a daily ritual was to walk and get the mail.

On this particular day in September, when I was probably about 8 years old, I remember turning the corner at the mailbox and feeling like something was different. There was a quivering energy to the air. I looked up and noticed hundreds of monarchs in the sky above me. And then, as I looked closer at the trees lining the roadway, I gasped, because what I had first thought were leaves fluttering in the wind were actually wings. Thousands and thousands of wings. I had happened upon the migration of monarchs.

I’m not sure why the butterflies ended up in KS that year. It’s out of their normal migratory path. After I left home, my parents had them come through one other year. But I have never seen them again.

We are losing monarchs. There are less and less every year. Their main source of food, the milkweed plant is being displaced by fields and housing and mowers. The older I get, the more I am becoming aware of how fleeting everything around us is. How delicate the beauty of these tiny wings. How necessary it is to pause and notice the flutters hidden in the branches.

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Story behind the painting “On Becoming and Artist”

Over the course of this month, we will be sharing some of the stories behind the paintings and songs in the Becoming series.
You can purchase prints of this piece here.
And, you can listen to the song, Eventually, here.

ON BECOMING AN ARTIST
24X18 mixed media on canvas
Companion Song: Eventually
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I grew up in a very artistic family. My mother is an amazing artist and she dedicated many hours of our homeschooling to magical projects with artistic bents. But I never considered myself an artist. My older sister was always the one who could draw elaborate characters and scenes from her head. I was the kid that was good at math and science. It wasn’t until H.S. – when my sister went off to private ballet school in Canada – and I took my first structured art classes, that I even considered that I was good at art as well.

Little River H.S. is a tiny rural school in Kansas only accessible by dirt country roads. There were 32 kids in my graduating class. The year below me had 12. Beth Myers is the art teacher there and she has this amazing little “attic” art department that smells like wax and sunshine. It is the only room on the second story and had a door to the rooftop. She let me set up my own work table under a window in the corner where I could leave my scattered in-progress works out. It was this glorious little world all in its own. It was the first time I started to see my self as an artist separate from my sister.

In college, I was majoring in the sciences – computer programing and biology (believe it or not), but would still take art classes for fun. The art rooms were always where I wanted to be. Walking in felt like home. I was working several jobs – scooping ice cream and delivering papers and I hated it. But I was teaching little art workshops for my friends. Then, in the classified ads I saw an advertisement for a M.S. Art teacher. I applied, and through uncharacteristic boldness and luck, I got the job.

And slowly, I realized that the thing I loved most, and the space I loved most was creating. Sitting in a sunshine filled place with a steaming mug of coffee, tools of making in my hands, excavating beauty from the stories that make up our lives.

To me this piece is about the pull. About how all these little tidbits and disconnected themes in your life have direction and movement. You may not see the image they are forming until you reach the destination. But, your passions, your curiosities, your dreams – they all are leading somewhere.

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EVENTUALLY lyrics by Tim Coons
My hourglass, my calloused hands

My furrowed brow in all my plans

I’ll come into my own, I’ll come into my own

The distance I have traveled

The wool that I have gathered

I’ll come into my own, I’ll come into my own

Heaven’s ship sails low

All the while, it’s ever close

You know you know…

You’ll never have that time you need

You strike the rock but nothing bleeds

You’ll come into your own

eventually

the distance you have wandered
The fabric torn asunder

You’ll come into your own, you’ll come into your own

Heaven’s ship sails slow

Give it time, it’ll show

before you go, before you go

you know, you know, oh

“Becoming” Art Series Released

Coming Down From the Mountain_web
“Coming Down from the Mountain”

16X20 mixed media on canvas with custom wood frame
Companion Song: Elixers

SOLD

Prints available here



On becoming an artist
“On Becoming an Artist”

24X18 mixed media on canvas with custom wood frame
Companion Song: Eventually

SOLD

Prints available here


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“Boxing Shadows”

18X24 mixed media on canvas with custom wood frame
Companion Song: Boxing Shadows

$350
For purchasing inquiries, email betonycoons@mac.com

Prints available here


Waking Up_web

“Waking Up”

16X12 mixed media on canvas with custom wood frame
Companion Song: Please Cover Me

SOLD

Prints available here

 


 

Butterfly Tree_web

“Monarch Migration”

15X30 mixed media on canvas with custom wood frame

$375
For purchasing inquiries, email betonycoons@mac.com

Prints available here


Sunrise Sunrise little house_web

“Sunrise”

11X14 mixed media on canvas with custom wood frame
Companion Song: Sunrise, Sunrise, Sunrise

$140
For purchasing inquiries, email betonycoons@mac.com




On Becoming Rooted_web

“On Becoming Rooted”

24X48 mixed media on canvas with custom wood frame
Companion Song: Will You Stay or Will You Go?

SOLD

Prints available here


 

The universe is in us_web

“The Universe is in Us”

12X16 mixed media on canvas with custom wood frame
Companion Song: I Have Waited for You

$150
For purchasing inquiries, email betonycoons@mac.com



we grow up_web

“We Grow Up”

12X16 mixed media on canvas with custom wood frame

$90
For purchasing inquiries, email betonycoons@mac.com



moon is won_web

“The Moon is Won”

16X20 mixed media on canvas with custom wood frame
Companion Song: Big Sister on the Toy Phone

SOLD
For purchasing inquiries, email betonycoons@mac.com

Prints available here



Leap of Faith_web

“Leap of Faith”

16X20 mixed media on canvas with custom wood frame

$250
For purchasing inquiries, email betonycoons@mac.com

Prints available here


into the horizon_web

“On Losing”

16X20 mixed media on canvas with custom wood frame
Companion Song: Dust to Dust

$210
For purchasing inquiries, email betonycoons@mac.com

Prints available here


Growing Up_web

“On Femininity”

24X36 mixed media on canvas with custom wood frame

$410
For purchasing inquiries, email betonycoons@mac.com

Prints available here


Ghosts for Tinder_web

“Ghosts for Tinder”

12X30 mixed media on canvas with custom wood frame
Companion Song: Ghosts for Tinder

SOLD

Prints available here


Cutting through fog_web

“When You Cut Through the Fog”

12X24 mixed media on canvas with custom wood frame
Companion Song: You Seem Yourself

SOLD
For purchasing inquiries, email betonycoons@mac.com

Prints available here


Color wheel_web

“Spectrum”

20X20 mixed media on canvas with custom wood frame

SOLD

Prints available here


 

‘Middle C’ Mural in Greeley is Finished


I actually finished this mural at the end of last month, but I didn’t want to miss out on sharing some of the behind the scenes process pictures here. And actually, this morning I went and put the finishing piece on – the Middle C note right in the middle of the musical staff and finally signed the wall, so I suppose it wasn’t actually complete until today. This is the second large scale mural of I have painted for the city of Greeley – here is a picture of the first –
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Doing these pieces as silhouette worlds has been so enjoyable. (By the way, that is baby Beatrice in my tummy.)

My newest mural is part of the City of Greeley’s Art in Public places alleyway project. City officials hope to see the alley — which serves as a connection between walkways from the 8th and 9th street plazas — covered with music themed artwork. Their plan is to take an eye-sore and turn it into a public gallery of sorts. Isn’t that a lovely idea?
You can read more about the city of Greeley’s plans for the alleyway and the scope of the project here.

Here is the my alley way Wall BEFORE:
Dealing with those pipes and utility boxes was the biggest challenge…

Betony Coons downtown Greeley Mural www.giantsandpilgrims.com

And in progress pictures (scroll all the way through to see the finished wall)

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Betony Coons downtown Greeley Mural www.giantsandpilgrims.com

Betony Coons downtown Greeley Mural www.giantsandpilgrims.com


And FINISHED! (This is a composite photo, the narrowness of the alley makes it tricky to get the whole wall in one photo)

Betony Coons downtown Greeley Mural www.giantsandpilgrims.com

Betony Coons downtown Greeley Mural www.giantsandpilgrims.com

 

Betony Coons downtown Greeley Mural

March 2015 Desktop and iPhone Wallpaper

Happy March! Here’s to the beginning of warmer days, the discovery of the first bits of green breaking out of the gray, the melting of snow, and the gentle warmth of spring sunshine. Here are some splotches of color to brighten your March work spaces. Click the small thumbnail below to download the large sized file. For the iphone wallpaper, navigate to this page on your phone and then click and hold on the iphone images. Select ‘Save image to camera roll’. Then from your camera roll set your home screen/lock screen. Enjoy!

Full Resolution Desktop image:

 

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iPhone wallpapers (pick either color):

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“Breaking Love”: Story, Lyrics, Painting, Chord Chart

“Breaking Love”

Painting above by Betony Coons

THE STORY OF THE SONG

I wrote the “Breaking Love” as a communion song for our church community (Atlas Church in Greeley). It’s the raw picture of being inspired, moved and motivated by one who gives all of himself so that we might survive and thrive.

I find this as the best reason for why I would give of myself sacrificially to others- family, friends, even enemies. I come to that table of bread and wine in order to fill back up after engaging my life in that kind of Love. I love others because I was first loved so well. – Tim

If you’d like to see a video of us singing this song live head to: http://s28969.p27.sites.pressdns.com/breaking-love-live-at-crescendo-espresso-bar-music-cafe/

Breaking Love
by Giants & Pilgrims

C                                                                   F

You and I have a history before mine starts

C                                                                      F

You and I share a heart since mine gave up

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And your love is my blood

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And your love is my blood

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You remind me of why I break my hands

You remind me of why I move my feet

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You remind me of why I give a damn (why I change my plans)

F                                                                   C

You remind me of the breaking love I need

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You remind me of everything poured out

You remind me of my identity

F

You remind me of why I call this home

F                                                                     C

You remind me of the breaking love I need

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