Tuesday, February 20, 2018

"I can do all things..."

Philippians 4:13

"I can do all things through Christ 
who gives me strength."

Visiting Yosemite National Park is on my "bucket list!"
I see photo's of El Capitan and wonder how in the world someone could climb the face of that granite monolith.   It seems insurmountable.  Life can be like that too...  problems arise that seem to be impossible... we say "how will we ever get through this, over this, around this?"  But with God by our side, we can!  Always!    
Sometimes the way is straight forward, climb up the face of your "challenging situation."  Sometimes we take the meandering trail and eventually get to the other side.   Sometimes we just fall apart, and Christ will carry us the whole way.   Each challenge will bring it's own direction, but it makes no difference, the result is the same, and we can rest assured that Christ will give us the strength to get through whatever comes our way.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

"Follow Me"

Luke 5:11

Then Jesus said to Simon, "Don't be afraid; from now on you will fish for people." So, they pulled up their boats up on shore, left everything and followed Him.

Imagine that.... drop everything and just go!  
Twelve regular guys, people like you and me, from various walks of life, chosen to carry on the name of Jesus Christ.  Not the richest, or smartest men in their community, and not the ones with celebrity status or best known... just twelve guys who believed in Christ and were willing to walk away from their livelihoods and their families to be His hands and His feet going forward.

So I must ask myself...  I am just an average person, leading a pretty ordinary life....
What am I doing to advance His Kingdom??

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

One more Christmas sketch to share!

  The last of my Christmas sketches was for my client Anne as a gift to her husband.  He particularly loved working in their yard and the flowers were gorgeous so we went with watercolor for this piece.  

It's my pleasure to create these works of art for my clients!   I love the stories that go with them and it's an honor for me to be a part in preserving so many happy memories for them.

Next Wednesday is the first day of Lent and once again, I will share some of my favorite Bible verses during this Easter season.   I'm going to mix it up a bit this year with some both watercolor and pen and ink, a few favorites from previous years ... and one very special photograph you won't want to miss!!  

If you enjoy my blog posts via e-mail, I hope you'll consider sharing them with your friends or family during this 
Easter Season.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Conroe Home for a Christmas Gift

My clients found the perfect gift for their parents... a home sketch, complete with the Model T that his dad has restored in the garage!  This was fun to do, partly because of the cars... but also just knowing that it would be cherished after raising a family, making memories and living life and all that it brings here for the past 40 years.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Montana Mountain Home

One of my favorite sketches for Christmas was this 
Montana Mountain Retreat!!  

It was my first home sketch using my new Copic Airbrush Pens and I really had fun with those trees!!  

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Hill Country Getaway

Last but not least... This home, located in Fayetteville, TX is the fifth in my series for Judy and Rob.   

It was built in 1870 and moved from downtown Fayetteville to 7 miles out of town and restored. At the turn of the century it was operated and lived in by the US postmaster. It was once called the Hottman Estates. 

Judy and Rob just restored the inside again this past year and hope it will become a favorite getaway for their family.  
For Christmas, they gave each of their daughters a copy of this sketch along with a key, to use it when they wish and make it a home away from home!    

"And where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, 
but not our hearts...
The chain may lengthen but it never parts." 
Oliver Wendall Holmes, Sr.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Making new memories!

Pooler, Georgia

Richmond Hill, Georgia

Houston, Texas
Three of the five Christmas sketches for my clients Judy and Rob were to be gifts for their daughters.  Having shared the memories of the home they grew up in in Sienna Plantation, the girls have begun making their own memories as adults!  So how fitting that they will have these to help cherish those times!

The first two are in suburbs of Savanna, Georgia.   
The third is in the Military District near downtown Houston.