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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Gratitude52 Journal Prompt #16

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Okay, this is a strange one. But, I’m determined to stay on track with this weekly journaling challenge from Jennifer Frith.

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This is what my weekly prompts look like. This one, ugh. Racked my brain until I thought of how glad I am that we can subscribe to MLB.TV for the Cardinals games during the months we are living in our second home in Washington. We are huge fans!

This is obviously a sketch, and it’s pretty rough, but it was fun!! I used acrylic for this one, so that I could get the bright, true colors for these logos. Out of my comfort zone with acrylic, which is funny, since that’s all I used for a while when I first started with “artsy” stuff!

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Not Just for Gideon {Bible Art Journaling}

BAJC HIC Lesson 4

Lesson 4 of Rebekah Jones’ 2016 Bible Art Journaling Challenge (Heaven is Calling): The Lord is With You. The Bible passage focuses on the story of Gideon. I love the story. Gideon was honest with God when he was called out to serve in a special way. Gideon did not feel worthy and in fact couldn’t see himself as “having what it took” to accomplish the task. God was patient with Gideon, but He reminded Gideon more than once: “The Lord is with you.” God even called Gideon a “mighty warrior.” Finally, Gideon followed God’s direction, and he was successful, just as God had promised.

Sometimes I am critical of Gideon, and as I read the story, I want to call him aside and say, “Do you know who you are talking to? How can you question that He will be with you. He shouldn’t have had to tell you more than once, and He was very patient with you as you ‘put out the fleece’ to test Him. If He says He will be with you, He will. Now stop doubting.”

Boom. That’s it right there. I am not that different from Gideon. I know in my heart that God will be with me, no matter what He asks me to do. And yet, in my head, doubt creeps in every single time. How dare I question my all-powerful God. Well, maybe I don’t question him as boldly as did Gideon. But I AM questioning if I am fearful and have any doubt that HE WILL BE WITH ME.

I should learn from the Old Testament story of Gideon.

Judges 6

11 The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Ophrahthat belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites.

 12 When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.

13 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.”

14 The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?”

15 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.

16 The Lord answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive.”

Judges 8

28 Thus Midian was subdued before the Israelites and did not raise its head again. During Gideon’s lifetime, the land had peace forty years.

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Self-Care {Gratitude52 Art Journal}

Gratitude52 Prompt 15 Self Care

This week’s prompt (#15) is: “Sketch, quote, or illustrate your thankfulness for the ability to treat yourself with care.”

When I think of pampering myself, I envision a bubble bath. Simple as that. Not only is it relaxing, but it sometimes is the only thing that gives me any relief from my chronic muscle and joint pain. So, bring on the bubbles!

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Food for My Table {Gratitude52 Art Journal} {Family}

G52 Prompt 14 Food

Prompt #14 for my 2016 Gratitude52 Art Journal (have there already been 14 weeks in this year?? Wow!) is “Sketch, quote or illustrate your thankfulness for fresh food.”

I love fresh food, and there is something about the season of Spring that makes me even more desirous and appreciative of FRESH food. Fresh fruits and vegetables are always appetizing, and I do love fresh lime!

Again, this is one of those gratitude prompts that makes me realize how much I take some blessings for granted—simple blessings for me; but I should stop more often to realize that some basic things that I take for granted—like shelter, water, food…are not so readily available to everyone.

We just returned from a very brief getaway with our son and daughter-in-law. We were only gone 2-3 days, and one of the things we enjoyed on our trip (about 3 hours from Ridgefield, WA, to Sisters, OR) was lots of wonderful food (oh, and lots of coffee as well—the Sisters Coffee Company roasts and grinds THE BEST)!!

So, this week’s prompt “food on the table” certainly was in keeping with our enjoyable mini-vacation.

(Note: Eating was not our only activity! Just posting these particular photos because they fit with this week’s Gratitude52 prompt!)

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Thankful for Worship (Gratitude52 Art Journal}

Gratitude52 Prompt 13 Worship

This week’s prompt for the Gratitude 52 Art Journal (#13) is “Worship.” I am thankful for worship, in all its forms. I love worship music, and I’m thankful for worship leaders in my churches. I am also thankful that God made me with the desire to worship Him. I’m thankful that I can worship Him through creativity (art in my Bible, art in my journals). I love to worship Him through nature (walks through the beautiful outdoors).

The desire and the ability to worship the God of the Universe (and my personal Lord and Savior)—AND the right to do so (so far, as of today) is a gift. I’m thankful for that gift.

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Our Help is in His Name {Bible Art}

Bible Art Ps124-8

"Our help is in the name of Lord, who made heaven and earth."

Psalm 124:8

Simple.

Profound.

Why do we keep forgetting?

#BibleArtJournaling #FaithArt #IllustratedFaith #ScriptureArt #CreativeWorship #NeocolorII #sketchandpaint

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Grow in Grace {Bible Art}

Bible Art 2Peter 3-18 Grow in grace

2 Peter 3:18: "But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen."

As my mother used to say, “That’s a tall order.” To grow in grace, and to grow in knowledge of Christ…yep, tough challenge, but most certainly a worthwhile life goal.

I sketched the flowers and then painted with watercolor (InkTense Blocks). My Art Journaling Bible is from www.localchurchbiblepublishers.com and is the 400 Midsize Notetakers Bible (KJV, black leather binding).

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Sunshine {Gratitude52 Art Journal}

G52 Prompt12 Sunshine

The Gratitude 52 Journal Prompt 12 is “Sunshine.” In the mood for simplicity, I used Distress Inks to depict a sunrise.

I am posting this on Easter Sunday, so today this reminds me of the many Easter Sunrise Services I attended through the years. I often think of Resurrection Sunday morning when I think of a spectacular sunrise.

These last few weeks in the Pacific Northwest have been so rainy. This afternoon, even after a very rainy Easter morning, there is bright sunshine. So, I’m very thankful for the sunshine today!

Another thought comes to mind today, when I see this image. My sister and I learned a song when we were in the children’s missions organization of our church:

“Jesus wants me for a sunbeam;
to shine for Him each day.
In every way try to please HIm,
at home, at school, at play.
A sunbeam, a sunbeam,
Jesus wants me for a sunbeam.
A sunbeam, a sunbeam.
I’ll be a sunbeam for Him.”

Good life goal, actually!

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

He Cares for Me {Bible Art}

Bible Art 1 Peter 5-7 He Cares

1 Peter 5:7 - "Casting all your cares on him; for he careth for you."

When this verse comes to mind, I can almost feel a physical relaxing, a lessening of stress, and a general feeling of well-being. The image that comes to my mind, to accompany this thought, is a puppy or a teddy bear (I know, I’m strange). I can’t draw a puppy, so this little teddy bear is a reminder of how I feel cared for when I think of the promise of this verse. The passage also reminds me that because He cares for me, I should cast all my cares on Him.

#IllustratedFaith #BibleArtJournaling #FaithArt #CreativeWorship #ScriptureArt #BibleArt #teddybears #HeCaresForMe

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Surely Goodness and Mercy {Bible Art}

Bible Art Surely Goodness and Mercy

There are so many wonderful concepts found within the 23rd Psalm. For my Bible page, I decided to focus on a word in the last verse of the passage: mercy.

What a wonderful promise there, that goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever, because “the Lord is my Shepherd.” Looking up the definition of “mercy,” I found this: “compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one's power to punish or harm.”

So, yeah… for me to receive God’s compassion or forgiveness, when it is within His power to punish me…that’s mercy, and I love that promise.

Bible Art Surely Goodness and Mercy

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Winter is Past-Flowers Appear (Gratitude52 Art Journal} {BibleArt}

Gratitude52 Prompt 11 Spring Flowers

The prompt for my Gratitude52 Art Journal Challenge, Week 11: Sketch or illustrate your appreciation for spring flowers. I sketched and painted (NeoColor II Watercolor Crayons) the above piece. The next day I found a verse in Song of Solomon that I do not remember reading before (I have read it before, because I have read through the Bible more than once). It struck me as a page that I would like to illustrate in my Journaling Bible.

Bible Art Sol 2-11&12

So, I used the idea from my Gratitude52 journal to do this page of Bible Art.

In the Pacific Northwest right now, I sure am looking forward to that promise of the rains being gone! But here are the spring flowers! Song of Solomon 2:11-12: "See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land."

For me, the different seasons are so clearly from God. It’s like I need fresh reminders of His creation. I am particularly fond of spring. (Well, okay, I also love the fall.)

#BibleArtJournaling #spring #flowers #NeoColorIICrayons #sketchandpaint #Gratitude52ArtJournal #G52Prompt11 #BibleMarginalia #IllustratedFaith #ScriptureArt #FaithArt

Thursday, March 17, 2016

More Than I Can Imagine {FaithArt}

FaithArt Eph 3-20 Imagine

Sometimes, even though my head and my heart know better, I feel like I have things to ask of God that are just too big. I almost think I should apologize for asking. This verse reminds me that God is able to do way more than anything I could even imagine, because HIS power is at work in me.  Nothing is too big for God. (I think I can hear Him saying, “So, ask away!”)

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us… – Ephesians 3:20 (NIV)

#FaithArt #ScriptureArt #Ephesians #imagine #PowerOfGod #InktenseBlocks

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

GOD Created the Earth {Bible Art}

Bible Art Genesis 1-1

I am passionate about the truth that the heaven and the earth, and all that dwell therein, were all the intentional creation of God, and that it happened exactly as described in the first book of the Bible.

My passion is fueled by the passion of my son/pastor, who one time preached a message full of details about how everything in the Bible rests on the foundational truth of Genesis 1:1.

So, I enjoyed doing Bible Art on this first page of the Bible.

Bible Art Genesis 1-1

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Study God’s Word {Bible Art}

Bible Art 2Tim2-15

Just a quick and simple illustration focusing on one of my favorite verses (since I love to study and learn), 2 Timothy 2:15:

Bible Art 2Tim2-15

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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Thankful for Clean Water {Gratitude52 Art Journal}

G52 Prompt 10 Clean Water

Just a quick post because the Type-A side of me requires that I do every single Gratitude 52 Journal challenge and that I post every single one. This one I opted to keep simple and basic, in keeping with the topic.

It is perhaps a reflection of how incredibly blessed I am that I rarely even think about being thankful for clean water. I think about being grateful for warmth, for shelter, for good food. But I have always been so far removed from having to worry about clean water that it simply does not enter my mind. So, I am glad that Jenny chose this as the Gratitude 52 challenge for this week. Clean water is a basic need and thankfully one I have never been without, but I do realize that this is not true for so many people.

Thanks for the reminder, Jenny, and I AM thankful for clean water. And as is true for every single blessing that is mine, I thank my Heavenly Father for it.

#Gratitude52Journal #GratitudeJournal #sketch #CleanWater #ArtJournal #SketchBook #Blessing

Monday, March 7, 2016

Passing Through {Bible Art}

Bible Art Passing Through

I’m a temporary resident here!

“This world is not my home; I’m just passing through.” 
Jim Reeves

For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come.Hebrews 13:14 (NLT)

#IllustratedFaith #ScriptureArt #FaithArt #BibleArtJournaling #BibleArt #watercolor #sketchandpaint #VintageCampers

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Beautiful Feet {Gratitude52 Art Journal}

G52Prompt9 Shoes on Your Feet

This week’s prompt (#9) for the Gratitude 52 Art Journal Challenge is “Shoes on Your Feet.” I veered off topic a bit, because the first thing that came to my mnd was the passage in Isaiah 52:7 that describes the “beautiful feet” of “those who bring good news.”

This popped into my mind with the prompt about “feet” because my granddaughter is at this very moment in a gathering of select young people who are called to carry the Gospel to other countries, as they are beginning their preparation for international mission service.

So, rather than illustrating my gratitude for shoes on my feet, I illustrated my gratitude for my granddaughter’s willingnesss to use her “feet” to take the Good News to unreached people.

#Gratitude52Journal #G52Prompt9 #sketchandpaint #watercolor #BeautifulFeet #GoodNews #FaithArt #ScriptureArt

Friday, March 4, 2016

Recognizing God’s Voice-and Answering {Bible Art}

Bible Art 1 Sam 3

I love this story in the Old Testament about a young man who had been dedicated to God and was spending his growing-up years in the temple, with his mentor Eli. I am struck that Samuel is described as “ministering to the Lord in the presence of Eli.” Here was a young man whose heart desired to serve God.

When God first called out to Samuel, it wasn’t clear to the young man that it was God’s voice. He ran to Eli and answered, “Here I am,” thinking the call was from Eli. When Eli realized that Samuel was actually hearing God’s voice (even though “the word of the Lord was rare in those days”), the wise old man told the young man that it was the Lord calling and to answer Him the next time He called . So, then when the Lord called again, Samuel answered, “Speak, Lord, for your servant hears.”

I just think it would be awesome if my heart would always be in the “state” of desiring to serve God, so much so that I would always recognize His voice and would always answer, “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening.”

1 Samuel 3:4-10 (ESV)
4 Then the Lord called Samuel, and he said, “Here I am!” 5 and ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” So he went and lay down.

6 And the Lord called again, “Samuel!” and Samuel arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” 7 Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.

8 And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. 9 Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down, and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant hears.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

10 And the Lord came and stood, calling as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant hears.”

#BibleArtJournaling #FaithArt #ScriptureArt #watercolor

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

No Worries {Faith Art}

Consider the lilies

I am so ready for spring! Around the beginning of March, I start thinking about daffodils, one of my favorite signs of spring. They remind me of the Bible passage that tells me not to worry, because God takes care of the birds and the flowers, so how much more will He take care of me, His child!

Matthew 6:25-33
Do Not Be Anxious

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

#FaithArt #ScriptureArt #faith #DoNotWorry #sketchandpaint #watercolor #daffodils #ConsiderTheLilies

Monday, February 29, 2016

Role Model: Queen of Sheba {Gratitude52 Art Journal}

G52 Prompt 8 Role models

Prompt 8 for the Gratitude52 Art Journal challenge is Role Models. Coincidentally, I just purchased a book by Liz Curtis Higgs, It’s Good to be Queen: Becoming as Bold, Gracious, and Wise as the Queen of Sheba. Well, there you have it—what better role model…and what an admirable goal for life, frankly.

Being NOT SO MUCH an artist, this prompt of “role model” was challenging for me, indeed. Not thrilled with this art, but I do love the life goal that I remember, every time I look at my copy of Liz’s book! So, by illustrating it in my Gratitude Journal, the characteristics of this role model are reinforced in my heart. I desire to be…

BOLD

GRACIOUS

WISE

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Friday, February 26, 2016

A Strong Tower {Bible Art}

Bible Art Prov 18-10

I like the image that came into my mind when I read yesterday’s You Version Bible Verse of the Day,

Proverbs 18:10 - "The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe."

Because I am a Believer, I have personal and direct access to the God of the Universe, He who created me. He is not only my Savior, but also my protector. Why do I so often forget to call upon the “name of the Lord,” when I KNOW that He IS a strong tower, and I am safe when I run to Him.

#BibleArt #BibleArtJournaling #FaithArt #ScriptureArt #sketch #watercolor #thenameoftheLord

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Thankful for the Gift of Music

G52 Prompt 7 Music

The prompt for the Gratitude 52 Journal this week is “Music: Sketch or illustrate your appreciation for the gift of music.”

My Mamo Wilson had a grand piano. When I was very small, I loved to sit at the piano and pretend I was like my Aunt Lucy, who had an incredible talent at the piano. When my mother would tell me to “Stop banging on the piano,” my Mamo would say, “Let her play.”

1950 BK and Janene at Mamos piano

When I was 9, my family was visiting in a home that had a piano. I sat at the piano and someone helped me place my fingers on keys that I later knew to be C-E-G. I pressed down on the keys and thought it was the most beautiful sound in the world (LOVED 3-part harmony from that time forth!).

I begged my parents (who had no money, as my dad had just begun college to prepare for his ministry as a pastor, and there were four of us kids). But my mother arranged to get her piano (a Wurlitzer spinet) from her mother’s house. At 50 cents per lesson, I began, as a 5th grader. I continued with piano lessons, off and on, until I was a senior in high school, at which time I began giving lessons. I say “off and on” because when lack of money would dictate, I would have to stop taking lessons for a while. During those times, I went through my lesson books on my own.

Barbara Princess, Janene candidate, Keith Crown Bearer Russellville Oct 1960

This was Mother’s Wurlitzer. By this time (8th grade), I was playing for church and was using my allowance money to buy sheet music, like “He” (seen here, on the piano) for 60 cents. I still have that sheet music.

Bride in Home

My wedding photographer recognized that piano was so much a part of my life that he suggested one of my bridal photos should be at the piano.

In the mid-70’s, I used money made from giving piano lessons to buy my first piano, a Wurlitzer. I still have it.

My most prized possession is my Yamaha Baby Grand Piano, a surprise Christmas gift from my husband in 2003.

new yamaha

I value the time I spend alone at the piano, but even more, the “singing around the piano,” quite often actually (what a blessing!), and always during our family Christmas.

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music room tree 1

christmas music on piano 2

Playing piano has always been at the core of who I am. It would take a book to write all about the role of music in my life, and down through the generations of my children and grandchildren. So, yes, I am truly thankful for the gift of music.

#Gratitude52Journal #GiftofMusic #BabyGrandPiano #sketch #watercolor

Friday, February 19, 2016

Hide OR Seek? {Bible Art}

Bible Art Genesis 3-9

In Rebekah Jones’ “Heaven is Calling” Bible Art Journaling Challenge (one challenge per month), the passage for Lesson 2 is Genesis 3. In her study, Rebekah focused on the point that God is calling. When I read the passage this time, I was struck by the irony of the question, “Where are you?” Obviously, God knew were Adam was. He wanted Adam to realize that he (Adam) was hiding from God. Why? Because of sin. The takeaway from this passage for me today is this: God always knows where I am, even when I am trying to hide from Him. He wants me to recognize that, and to seek him.

#BibleArtJournaling #InktenseBlocks #sketch #ScriptureArt #FaithArt #IllustratedFaith

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Acts of Love

I have been crazy about Russell Ford since June 28, 1959. I was only 12. It’s true. I have never dated anyone else. He has been my Only Valentine for 56 years. Last September, we celebrated our 50th Wedding Anniversary.

We always remember each other, with cards at least, on Valentine’s Day. But this year, we would be in the middle of a four-day cross-country road trip. So I bought his card and hid it, hoping to find a time to give it to him when he wouldn’t feel bad that he didn’t remember it this year.

He beat me to it. As we were driving, he directed me to a place in the car where he had hidden this cute little teddy bear and beautiful card. I underestimated him! He’s just the best.

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My Gratitude 52 Journal Prompt 6 was to sketch or illustrate my appreciation for acts of love that have been shown to me. For my response to the challenge, I sketched the Greatest Act of Love, that God gave His only Son to die for my sins.

Gratitude52 Prompt 6 Greatest Love

It was a special Valentine’s Day!

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Appreciation for Books {Gratitude52 Art Journal}

G52 Prompt 5

This week’s prompt (#G52Prompt5) is Books: Sketch or illustrate your appreciation for books! How has a certain book (or books) affected your life for the better?

Not thrilled with my “art” work here, finished it rather quickly, as I was driven by the desire to be caught up with the prompts (that’s me—and YAY, I did it!). Still, the sketch does illustrate my thoughts.

I have always loved books. In my fantasy world, I would own a book shop, complete with a little coffee shop in the corner, of course. From the time I can remember (first grade recollections), I have been smitten by books. I love the look, the feel, and the reading, of books. That’s one reason why I could never ONLY read books on an electronic device (I do that sometimes, but it’s almost a separate experience from…uh…READING).

Typically, I am reading a couple of books at one time, a fiction and a non-fiction. Right now I am reading a Christian fiction book on my iPad and am also reading some pages most days from Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts Devotional: Reflections on Finding Everyday Graces and Beth Moore’s Audacious. These two authors, my favorites, have such different styles; I love them, and am inspired by, both.

#Gratitude52Journal #Gratitude52Community #gratitude #books #annvoskamp #bethmoore #watercolor #sketch

Friday, February 5, 2016

Grateful for Shelter {Gratitude52 Art Journal}

G52 Prompt 4

For Gratitude 52: A Collaborative Sketchbook Project, Weekly Prompt #4 is: Shelter—Sketch or illustrate your thankfulness for a safe place to protect you from the elements.

Many times in the cold winters of Missouri, I think about how thankful I am to have a nice warm home. In fact, sometimes I’d just like to hibernate there and not come out until spring! I like the feeling that “home” is a warm, happy place in my heart.

#sketch #acrylicpaint #gratitude #GratitudeJournal #Gratitude52Community #ArtJournal

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Thankful for Art {Gratitude52 Art Journal}

G52 Prompt 3 Art

Gratitude52 Prompt 3: Sketch or illustrate your appreciation for the gift of self-expression.

I do not usually attempt to sketch “people,” but a couple of years ago I learned to sketch little creative girls, and this is a lot of fun for me. These little whimsical characters allow me to express my thoughts and feelings in a self-caricature sort of way (do I really look like this? of course not—I wish!).

Because I didn’t even attempt to do any form of art at all until about 3 years ago, I think I have an appreciation for the ability to express myself through this medium that I may not have understood had I been “doing art” my whole life. Still very much a beginner “artist,” it is truly something I appreciate, and it belongs in my Gratitude Journal for 2016!

#G52Prompt3 #sketch #watercolor #creativegirl #Gratitude52Community #art #selfexpression #thankful

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Friends are Gifts {Gratitude52 Art Journal}

G52 Prompt 2 Friends

The prompt for Gratitude 52 Journal, Week 2 is “Friends are Gifts.” I chose a mixed media style for this page, using stamps and watercolor.

This verse is one of my daughter’s favorites.

“Two are better than one…if either of them falls down, one can help the other up.” – Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Set Your Hope on a Good God {Bible Art}

Heaven is Calling Lesson 1

My intentional/directed projects for 2016 include the Gratitude 52 Journal (one journal entry per week) and the new challenge series hosted by Rebekah R Jones, called “Heaven is Calling,” a monthly Bible art study/challenge.

This Bible part page is my response to Rebekah’s study for Week 1. It focuses on 1 Samuel 1:1-20. It is the story of Hannah, and her crying out to God to give her a child. I’ve always loved this story, and especially the part where her prayer is answered, and her response is to give that child back to God.

Part of Rebekah’s insight into this passage is this: “Perhaps you are in a season where God’s goodness is so near to you that you’re able to cheer this on without delay. But maybe you’re in a season where this is a painful topic. Maybe you even have found yourself in Hannah’s situation, crying out for a child of your own, or something else of great importance to you personally. Perhaps like I did, you need to adjust your perspective of how good God really is, so you’re in a greater position to receive God’s goodness in your life.”

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Thanks & Trust {Gratitude52 Art Journal}

G52Prompt1

After committing to respond to 52 weekly prompts for a Gratitude Journal in 2016, I finished the cover page and then an unexpected death in our family put me behind on projects.

The challenge prompt for week one was: “to help you stay inspired and thankful, draw or illustrate a favorite gratitude quote into your sketchbook.”

I chose to illustrate something I read in my quiet time, from a book by Ann Voskamp, 1000 Gifts Devotional. It seems a rather profound thought, that when we are thankful, it grows our trust. And the more trust we have, the more grateful we become—a symbiotic relationship that yields many benefits for the believer.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

2016 Gratitude Art Journal

Cover Page for Gratitude Journal 2016

What a wonderful season with family, during the Christmas holidays! Still in the “afterglow,” really, but ready to move forward in the New Year.

One of my projects for 2016 will be a challenge to complete a weekly prompt with “gratitude” as the subject. So, my word for 2016 is GRATITUDE, and I will be posting art journal responses to prompts most weeks during the year.

This is my first page for the journal. I’m still not comfortable with free-hand lettering, but since it’s okay with me for it to look “free-hand,” I’m not stressed about it.

So, sketch and watercolor it is. I’m becoming dependent on the Inktense Watercolor Blocks, and that’s what I’ve used here. I have outlined all the penciled sketch with a Pitt Medium marker.

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