Journal Revolution urges all of us to Rise Up and Create...create art, create laughter, create song, CREATE CHANGE! Expressing our creative energy changes lives. Let's start today: CREATE CHANGE for heroic firefighters and their the families. Today we feature the life changing art of Art Army member, and Best Designer Ever, Marissa Bowers, whose husband is a firefighter in Ohio. Marissa is creating change by selling her art to support The Leary Firefighters Foundation.
We love Marissa and her art. Once you get to know her, we're quite sure you'll feel the same way. We asked Marissa 5 questions then gave her the floor~
1. What was the last thing you wished for?
A Canon Digital Rebel so I wouldn’t have to curse at my camera every time I used it, and make the people around me when I’m taking a picture not think I’m possessed. (A typical trip out with my current camera sounds like this: Work, damn you! Come on ... focus. That’s it, you can do it. Shoot, yep, you guessed it, everything’s blurry - AGAIN. You blasted blasted camera!)
2. Which 80's heart-throb was in posters on your wall?
Do I have to really admit this? I think I had every Teen Beat or Tiger Beat was it?, that had pull out posters for Chad Allen (who I think is actually gay) and Kirk Cameron. I was REALLY in love with Kirk Cameron. He came to our church in Tennessee a few years ago when he was doing those Left Behind movies and that weekend before my sister in law had found my pre-teen scrapbook with Mike Seaver plastered all over it. She wanted to know if I wanted her to send them so he sign them. Uh, no.
3. What is your favorite cereal?
Not on Weight Watchers – I’d eat an entire box of the Reese’s Peanut Butter Puffs in one sitting. But since I haven’t been able to eat a bowl of cereal without guilt of a sugar-induced coma since having gestational diabetes with Brennan, and with the whole weight watchers thing – I opt for a good bowl of low-fat granola w/Kefir (strawberry).
4. What trend are you totally sick of and hope you never have to see again?
Everyone jumping on someone else’s bandwagon, when it wasn’t their bandwagon to start with. I see rip offs/knock offs everywhere— in publishing, in art, in scrapbooking—everywhere. Granted, a design school professor once told me that there is never an original idea, but I don’t think what I see is what he meant. I wish people would have the decency to be crafty enough to take someone’s idea and make it better, not copy it and act like it was theirs. What really irks me is when people copy things, it is clearly not as good as the original, and make more money or have more success than those who had the original idea.
5. What were the best gifts you've ever given and received?
Given – anything to my kids and watching their face light up when they get it. It can be as simple as a seashell from my trip to California, or as elaborate as the Pollyworld that Santa brought. Anything that brings them delight gives me joy.
Received – Barbara’s Ultimate Chocolate Obsession cake. Best EVER. And that is saying a lot, since the best chocolate cake before that is from Portillo’s in Chicago. I thought that nothing could ever beat Portillo’s chocolate cake. But I was proved wrong by my seesters.
Tell us about the inspiration for your art piece and the foundation you are donating the proceeds to.
Marissa's answers are continued here....
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