Sunday, May 19, 2019
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Saturday, May 11, 2019
“The Australasian wrens are a family, Maluridae, of small, insectivorous passerine birds endemic to Australia and New Guinea. While commonly known as wrens, they are unrelated to the true wrens of the Northern Hemisphere.” Wikipedia
Friday, May 10, 2019
“The shortest pencil is longer than the longest memory. Journaling is one of the most overlooked and undervalued spiritual disciplines. In my estimation, it is on a par with praying, fasting, and meditating. It's the way we document what God is doing in our lives. We have a natural tendency to remember what we should forget and forget what we should remember. Journaling is the best antidote, maybe the only antidote, to spiritual amnesia.” (Mark Batterson)
*Note: I am not a theologian, but I’m not sure I would put journaling “on a par” with praying and fasting. I would liken it to meditating, actually.
The watercolor art that I am posting today isn’t directly related to journaling, but I’ll just insert it to give the reader a break from my words!
These two pieces represent what I do as a quick break from the more serious and detailed art classes I am currently doing online (Anna Mason School). One of the works from Anna’s classes is about a 4-6 hour process. These two pieces here took about 15 minutes each.
The little birdies are pen and ink with watercolor (sketch with pencil, then paint, then outline with pen).
The peach was done with no sketching, using the wet on wet technique, just putting down the paintbrush and painting the peach and leaves, and then dropping in more color.
Monday, May 6, 2019
Friday, May 3, 2019
Thursday, May 2, 2019
The Safety of God's Presence
If you’re a parent, your arms were (or are) the place of safety for your children. When they got hurt, or when they felt sick or afraid or anxious, they would raise their arms for you to pick them up. Your presence could make monsters disappear and boo-boos feel all better, and little wounded spirits would be healed.
Take a moment to remember how it felt when your toddler (or any child) would grab you around the neck and hold on for dear life.
That’s what God’s presence can do for you.
All the spiritual disciplines and religious activity won’t change you or heal your fear and anxiety if they don’t help you enter God’s presence.
And worship is the way you get there.
In true worship you lose sight of what’s around you and see only Him. Whether alone or with other believers; in nature, church, or your own home; in silence or with music; your heart is stilled, cleansed, healed, transformed.
In the presence of God, evil leaves the way darkness leaves when you turn on the light.
When you are troubled, run into His arms through worship. Grab on to Him and hold on as if your life depended on it.
Because it does.
“I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.””
John 16:33 CSB
And here is a picture of the little one who always brings a smile to my face and makes me feel all better (our great grandson):
Friday, April 26, 2019
We have recently returned to our Missouri home, from our home in Washington. This is a beautiful time of year in the Missouri woods. We spend each morning here with our coffee, sitting in the bay window of our bedroom that overlooks our five wooded acres that we have come to call our Wonder Forest.
There are so many forest creatures to watch, including our birds (cardinals, titmice, black-capped chickadees, purple finch, yellow finch, hairy woodpeckers, downy woodpeckers, red-bellied woodpeckers, redheaded woodpeckers, wrens, robins, doves, nuthatch, bluejays, cowbirds, hummingbirds), squirrels and an occasional groundhog, and of course the beautiful whitetail deer.
This morning we watched for 30 or 40 minutes while three deer played on the floor of the forest just below us. They were drawn by the salt lick we have there. I don’t think I have ever seen deer stay in one place for such a long time, nor have I seen them playing—chasing each other and obviously enjoying the early spring morning. I took some pictures out our window. The screen wire prevented great photographic outcomes, but here are a few of the pictures I took.
So I have created a Facebook location for when I “check in” at our location here in Missouri: Wonderforest.
Wildlife has always been one of my favorite things. So naturally as I develop my watercolor hobby with more practice, I am drawn to that subject.
Red fox (we have one that occasionally visits Our Wonderforest)
Field mouse (I’m sorry, but they’re just cute)
#watercolorpractice #wonderforest #MOhome #whitetaildeer #titmouse #fieldmouse #redfox
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Packing up the art supplies for the cross-country trip WA to MO.
Followed a tutorial by Let’s Make Art to attempt this one. It was challenging (but aren’t they all, for me!).
#watercolorpractice #LetsMakeArt #HimalayanBluetail #DrPhMartinsLiquidWatercolor
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Monday, April 8, 2019
Articles have been written about how it is to feel like you’re getting worse instead of better…the nature of the “game,” I suppose.
Lots of cooking/baking and lots of scrapbooking also taking up my time these days. Fun stuff, really!
#LetsMakeArt #watercolor #sketchandpaint
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Sunday dinner at our house: a picnic in the back yard. Our great grandson LOVES to be outdoors! (It’s in his genes!)
Daily practice with watercolor has resulted in a bit more confidence as I try a little more difficult tutorials, including this bunny. I love bunnies, especially in the spring.
This one was really fun, as two sweet friends joined me for coffee at my house as we each completed this project. I think we were all pleased with our finished products!
#watercolor #bunny #letsmakeart #watercolorbunny #greatgrandson #scrapbook
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Painted one of my favorite watercolor pieces on the page of one of my favorite verses: Psalm 19:14, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”