Meet The Artist

Meet The Artist
Missy Trent
Email Missy at: MTreasures@hotmail.com

Friday, December 30, 2011

New Year, new art...

As I sit here with my morning coffee I remember that tomorrow is New Year's Eve! Soon it will be 2012... a brand new year, which always triggers a whole different thought process: What do I hope to accomplish in this new year?
I suppose that the most important goal for me is to STAY PUT! I'm tired of searching for that permanent place to call, "HOME". I refuse to unpack all of my belongings until I feel certain that I am anchored. In all honesty, I was not even going to unpack all of my art supplies, but I miss them so! I miss having an entire room filled with book shelves displaying all of my art books and paper. I miss large work tables and tools. Most importantly, I long to create freely without frustration because I cannot find the items needed for a specific project. 
Hopefully, this will soon be resolved.
The photo above is the beautiful, country view from my new art room!
It's a project in itself but setting it up will be a very joyful event! The natural sunlight bursting through this huge window is every artist's dream!
The serenity that comes with country living brings an active mind filling up with creative ideas.
In between breaks from moving furniture and boxes...
I paint on tiny canvases.

I think about this new year...
and just how wonderful it will be!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Cherished Moments...

Here I sit on the sofa, in my lounge wear, with a cup of coffee...
and memories of a wonderful Christmas spent in my hometown with my dear family. Although I still must travel to see my family...
I find much comfort in knowing that I am not thousands of miles away anymore. I am in Kansas. I can be with my loved ones in just 5.50 hours!
The train seemed quite fitting for a holiday getaway...you know, it was an adventure to board the Polar Express and to observe every ounce of Christmas spirit from a ground level. I saw beautiful lights, people carrying pretty wrapped packages, and even some snow!

I saw old luggage and much history.

Once I arrived to my destination in Dodge City, Kansas...
my heart was warm. I savored every moment with my family. We ate plenty of sweets and laughed out loud! By the way, these were the best gingerbread cookies.....oh, so soft and moist!

Paul and I even took some time to EXPLORE. This place that was home to the both of us growing up. We walked the old downtown district and recalled the days when we watched movies from the historic Dodge theatre.

Paul left Dodge City soon after he graduated from High School so he sees more change than I do and seems to have less emotional attachment. I, on the other hand, was in Dodge City, Kansas up until the age of 44. I will probably always feel somewhat homesick and pine for friends and family. For now, my life is feeling more complete than it has in several years and I am still, and always will be, a Kansas girl!
It was indeed, a perfect Christmas shared with family.
Paul & I are now home safely and using today as a day to rest and regroup! I'm enjoying some photo editing and the pictures keep the cherished moments alive.
I hope that everyone had a Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 19, 2011

December Bliss!

I love Christmas and the warm fuzzy feelings that this time of year brings. I suppose this is why I have been absent from my blog. I want to savor each and every moment this year. I want to enjoy local events, along with my new home... and of course, the new people in my life. I want to be present for every joyful moment and all of the beauty that now surrounds me. I want to be in the kitchen, baking yummy pies and spend free time watching holiday movies.
Christmas comes only once a year...
and this year, I don't want to miss a thing! Oh yes, I do want to create and blog...
more so now than ever since Paul gave me a Macbook Pro laptop for an early Christmas gift! So, for now, I sit on the sofa...
next to him, and this beautiful Christmas tree...
learning how to blog on a Mac! 
Life is good.
December is pure bliss!
More to come!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Bring On December!

Hello to all!
Thanksgiving came and passed quickly! I hope that everyone had a wonderful one, filled with thankful hearts... and full bellies! I can't believe that it's now December. Many will be shopping the malls and specialty shops...
others prefer to shop from home, online. I enjoy both, however, I do also try to support small business owners and of course, artists. 
Since my move back to Kansas I have stumbled upon some great finds, right here in this tiny town filled with more prairie land than shops! I thought that I would have a major melt down without a Starbuck's around the corner or high speed internet service. Yes, I sulked. I then reminded myself that this is all just part of "change" (in which I am not at all comfortable with), and that with change we must also be open-minded, flexible, and willing to try new things. Of course, there will be losses...
however, if we keep our log term goals and dreams in focus...
we will see many gains.
Once I arrived on the prairie, I began exploring the town, a little each day. I met a few people, I found a fabulous hair dresser whom the town people call, "Sissy"...
and I had one of the best cups of java on the planet!
That was months ago. Now I am a return customer to The Coffee Depot, along with other great and unique shops, tucked away in a darling downtown business district.
No, I have not abandoned Starbuck's, in fact, I had the pleasure of sipping a tall Christmas Blend just last weekend! 
I have only made a new discovery that truly is just as satisfying and actually more convenient for me-
all because I welcomed CHANGE.

The artist side of me has been busy creating for up & coming holiday sales!
These items will be at the local downtown next Friday.

Art & Inspiration magnets

Inspirational Blocks.

More holiday ornaments!

All handmade, from the heart!
Bring on December!
Until next time~

Monday, October 31, 2011

Where I should Be...

On this Halloween day, 2011...
I feel happy and excited about this new life, this new journey!
I find myself baking and cooking again, seeking out new recipes. I'm also working with children again, as a substitute. Hopefully, it will lead into full time employment.
Although I was not looking...
love also found me, so naturally, this makes everything better, especially the holidays!
In all honesty, after my painful divorce, I had no interest in sharing my life with someone again. At my age, I am truly okay with finishing out the last life chapters, solo. That was my plan.
I guess it's true-
when we are not looking for something, it finds us.
My creativity is also returning back to me. A big cause for celebration, since creativity is a huge part of who I am.
Today I am inspired by not only the warm feelings, but by the beautiful, earthy colors of Fall.
He and I picked out some pumpkins for the home! Today I studied them. The texture, the shape. They are perfect pumpkins indeed! After the observation and some quick photos...
I was painting.
For now, I do believe that I am where I should be!
Happy Halloween to all!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Cold, Fall morning...

 The weather man warned us of a much colder day today. The howling winds beating against the bedroom windows were just a sampling of what was to come. As any morning, I sipped on some extra bold coffee... but still could not warm my body, let alone, begin a productive day. So, after the coffee, I made some hot Chai tea and put on some very thick, wool socks!
 I had NO desire to go beyond the doors!
 In Kansas, wind is common. We grow used to it. This doesn't mean that we like the wind! It makes for a colder Fall and Winter. Just a few days ago, this tree was full of blazing orange leaves. Well, the recent wind swooped up all of the leaves.... and dropped them onto the ground to simply dry up and crumble.
Yes, I am grateful to stay INSIDE on this day!
I got out my watercolors.
 A tiny, red Cardinal came to life.
My body felt warmer.
I was content.
My life is fulfilling again. I smile as I paint.
Another ornament completed!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Holiday JOY!

 After yet another move, I'm starting to feel my creativity coming back to me! Yay! Although I do not have an art studio to work out of, I have made other gains in this new life! The rest will eventually fall into place... at least I hope.
The holidays will be wonderful this year and I have been making some ornaments. The first attempt at art since I left Maryland. I first painted the frames white, allowing imperfections because I want them to look old and distressed. Now I have one dozen of ornate frame ornaments... and every one of them will hold a tiny, original painting! This serves me well because I need to get back into my art groove!
 I think that I will do a variety. Birds, ladies, possibly even some sweet tea cups and cup cakes!
The ornaments may be hung on a tree or a doorknob... all year long, if you so desire!
Yes, it feels nice to be creating again. I have much more news to share, and I will very soon, however, it's time I put the laptop away and focus on other things.
Take a closer look at the new ornaments over in my etsy shop!
Wishing you a great evening!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Hello, dear readers!
It's been awhile since I have blogged.
The Vagabond has moved again...
back to Kansas, only this time in a tiny town that may not even be on a map!
I currently do not have an art studio space and have only unpacked clothing. I do keep my camera equipment very near so I can share some photos.
It's very serene here. I see land, cattle, and very few people.

I really cannot say just yet if this will be a long stay or not... but for now, it's home and I do enjoy it here. 
The journey continues.
More to come!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

For the Love of Coffee...

Good morning to all!
Inspired by my love of coffee, this is my latest piece of art. I used colored pencils. I prefer Prismacolor brand.

This new city in which I now reside, is full of charm. One just has to look. I shot this photo at a local gas station. A gas station that most pass by daily, never noticing the retro details, such as this coffee cafe sign. Hanging from the front entrance of the gas station is a large ice cream cone sculpture! I have pictures of it as well, but today's post is all about coffee!
I have my usual 2 cups each morning. For me, it's not about a sudden energy jolt. It's a taste preference and a feel good, along with the aroma, the warmth. It seems to clear my mind and prepares me for the day! I then drink water throughout the remainder of the day, but  as the night sets in....
my coffee becomes a dessert! It's my reward that comforts the soul as I watch tv or work on something creative.
Oh, how I love my coffee!
I wish that you could join me for a cup!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Summer Thoughts...

I'm still here and I haven't forgotten about my blog!
I have been pretty homesick for Kansas lately, afterall, that was home for 45 years, and where my family and friends remain. Every memory that enters my mind...
was made in Kansas, for the most part. I feel so very far away. I will soon visit, however, it's still not the same.
I keep busy so that I cannot think too much!
I love being outdoors and today I spent the afternoon roaming all over historic Annapolis...
just me and my camera. I sat on the dock, by the water for awhile. That felt nice. I watched the boats, and of course, the people. Not many tourists were out today, so the sidewalks were somewhat empty. I will share some of the day's photos once I get them uploaded. Until then, I hope that you enjoy my cheery pin wheel photo! I snapped this pic yesterday.
I have more art to share as well and yesterday I was quite pleased to ship out some sold art! A big thank you to Gayle!
These are just some thoughts for today.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Summer and Savannah...

I love Summer!
For me, Summer has always meant more time for art because that is when I would have at least 3 weeks off from work with the school district. My lifestyle is different now. I'm on the go alot and still trying to create a routine that allows art to be top priority. Before leaving for Charleston and Savannah I was able to complete a few new pieces for my etsy shop, this being one of them. I call her, "Jenny". 
Jenny is a colored pencil painting, 5" x 7". She comes with a Summer yellow matt, and is ready to frame and hang!

 Summer also means relaxing more outdoors! I captured these photos while in Savannah, Georgia. The parks were so inviting and it was nice to see so many people out, savoring the moments.
 Summer bicycles are everywhere!
 And, we all scream for ice cream in these hot temperatures!
Shady trees bring comfort, and I must say, the trees in both Charleston and Savannah, are the most beautiful trees that I have ever seen. The moss that drapes from the branches of the trees is actually an airborne plant that comes from the pineapple family.
Aaaaaaahhhhhhhh, Summer!
I do hope that you are enjoying yours!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Charleston, South Carolina, America!

 God Bless America and a Happy 4th of July to you all!
I just returned from a mini vacation to Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia. Very hot and humid, of course, but I certainly enjoyed the time with my camera. These photos were all taken in Charleston.
 I love the cobblestone streets.
 The homes and architect are amazing!

 People. Enjoying the simple pleasures in life.

 There were children everywhere, laughing and splashing!

I would have been perfectly content, just sitting here, on this park bench for hours. I did no editing at all in this park photo. All natural. I was amazed.
I will share many more photos, but today is an all American day for some rest and relaxation...
and a few fireworks to celebrate!
Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday weekend!