8 In Art

Remembering How to Paint

All the feels.

Art has been apart of my life for as long as I can remember.

When I was a kid I would beg for runs to Hobby Lobby or any nearby craft store and would ask for “art stuff” every holiday. When I grew up to be an angst-y teenager I still had my love for art, but when it was time to choose my major I dismissed the idea.

Art has now become much more than just my major, but has manifested itself in every area of my life. From opening my mind to making me a harder worker, finding how to bring art into my everyday life has added so many more colors in the color pallet of my life.

Two weeks ago when I went to Matt and Meredith Boyd’s home, I glanced to their back porch and saw a blank canvas. I knew a beautiful and therapeutic evening was ahead.

I love a blank canvas for all the artistic and cliche reasons. New possibilities. A fresh start. Anything is possible. All those cheesy but true feelings.

I also just really love fresh clean paint.

When I was trying to think of what to paint, I thought back to my “Dancing Girl” series I did my Junior Year (I’ll show you all those in another blog post, they are my favorites) and decided to start there.

Rocky was really into the painting mood too.

I started off with some really quick and big strokes, getting the outline for my dancer girl while also trying to catch a sense of movement in the painting. As if she is dancing off the canvas.

This is my happy place.


I never know when to end my paintings, but I am always a big fan of art that let the audiences’ mind fill in the rest .

It took me a little while to remember how to paint, where to first put my paintbrush, how to make the work flow, and how to put my imagination to a sheet of canvas.

Art works a little like muscle memory, you never forget what you love. I am forever thankful I got to paint for the first time in forever.

I was reminded of how important it is to make time for the things that set your soul on fire. Hopefully you all will be seeing many more of these little works as this year goes on.

Much Love,


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  • Reply
    Linda Lindsey
    April 26, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    Wonderful! Thank you for sharing your life with us! As a little girl I always wanted to be Miss America and competed 3 times, but never made it to state. I’m 63 and no “Miss” left in me! Haha! Fun watch you serve our country with you heart and to see you being a role model! I’m content to be a Princess of the King of Kings! Praying your year continues to shine His light and for strength to finish this assignment!

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      Savvy Shields
      May 14, 2017 at 3:15 am

      Linda! I couldn’t agree more, we all are Princesses in the King’s eyes. Thank you so much for your kind words, truly means more than you know. So much love.

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    Angela Brindley
    April 27, 2017 at 8:16 am

    What a beautiful painting! I wish I could buy this to hang in my home! So much talent and grace! God bless you Savvy! -Angela B

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      Savvy Shields
      May 14, 2017 at 3:14 am

      Angela! Thank you, thank you! My love language is words of affirmation, so I hold those complements closely to my heart. Much love!

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    Rebekah Arredondo
    June 14, 2017 at 6:06 am

    Wow this is truly inspiring, I randomly came across this blog post and I am so greatful I did! I actually started off college the same exact way, not majoring in art but always having the passion for it and feeling like it wasn’t a “normal” major. In fact the “about me” page for my online portfolio starts the same way, about art being apart of my life for as long as I can remember. Thank you for this reminder, especially as I prepare for my college graduation this fall and entering the “real world.” Praying for a wonderful rest of your year.

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      Savvy Shields
      June 20, 2017 at 9:13 pm

      Rebekah, can’t thank you enough for your comment. So inspired by your love for art. It is wild how art finds ways to manifest itself into all areas of our lives, so cool to hear about your love for it! Much love.

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    November 19, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    LOVE THIS! YOU are my spirit animal for sure… so much talent and inspiration to be had.

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      Savvy Shields
      December 10, 2018 at 3:46 pm

      LOVE YOU! Thank you so so much!

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