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.   

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Growing up in Sienna Plantation

I'm excited to finally share some of the sketches that were in the works for Christmas gifts!

This is one of five home sketches I did for my clients, Judy and Rob, who now lives here in The Woodlands.  It was their family home, that they built in 1998 in Sienna Plantation, Mission Bend, TX.   

She shared this memory with me:
 "The girls remember crawling in the pier and beams before the slab was poured and many hot dogs and marshmallows over an open fire"   One of the photo's she gave me to sketch from had one daughter with date by the front door getting ready to go to the prom!! 

It's the stories like this that are why I love sketching homes and capturing these special memories on paper!!!  

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas!

You can find your "church" anywhere...
A majestic cathedral, a beach at sunrise, a wedding celebration in a park on a beautiful Spring day...
it's anywhere and everywhere we 
Worship God and Praise His Holy Name.

On this Christmas morning, let's remember the First Church, where a tiny baby who would change everything laid in a manger.  The shepherds came, the wise men came, and we come and welcome him into our hearts on this special day.

Oh Come all ye faithful, Joyful and Triumphant!
Oh Come let us adore Him,
Christ The Lord.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

One perfect day in Salzburg

St. Peters Cathedral Square
Salzburg, Austria

This past May, my husband and I took a Viking River Cruise through Europe from Amsterdam to Budapest. We visited more Cathedrals then we could count.  I knew my task of finding the "Christmas Card Church" was going to be tough, but when we visited Salzburg, it was a done deal!   It was a gorgeous day, our wedding anniversary, and I was in the heart of "The Sound of Music" land... if you know me, you know that I can recite all the words and lyrics of that movie!  We toured the magnificent cathedral and the cemetery grounds nearby.  We climbed the old stone staircase to the third floor of the catacombs built into the side of the nearby mountain.

This sketch is from the window in the catacombs built where a monastery thrived in the 7th Century.   That's hard to wrap my mind around!  I tried to imagine what it would have been like to live then, in the early days of Christianity.   Today our lives are much easier in many ways, but in other ways more complicated.   But like the monks of that day, our commitment to our faith is what remains steadfast and gives us hope for the future.  

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Church England

Saint Peters Roman Catholic Church
Marlow, United Kingdom

Earlier this month, my church in The Woodlands held "A Lesson in Carols and Service."  A beautiful evening of scripture and music, much of it acapella, that's origins go back to 1880 in England.  Held in our small chapel, the music was so deep and moving, but what came to my mind was this church, I had sketched several years ago, St. Peters Roman Catholic Church in Marlow, UK.

This small gothic church, located on the River Thames, about 35 miles west of London, was built in 1845.  In my mind, I took myself back in time to that day and place and imagined the beautiful voices resonating in the old stone church. 

Take a moment and close your eyes and imagine.... can you hear the singing??

Thursday, December 14, 2017

"Upon this rock I will build my church"

"The Chapel on the Rock"
Saint Malo Church
Estes Park, Colorado

On vacation in Colorado, as we were making our way up toward Rocky Mountain National Park, we zipped past this beautiful church and did a quick turn around to check it out... of course it became our Christmas Card in 2015.

I loved the way the church and the rock become one....it reminds me of the need for a solid foundation!!!  Here's a little history of how it came to be.

During a quest to find the impact site from a falling star in 1916, Monsignor Joseph Bosetti came across a large rock formation just east of Rocky Mountain National Park.  Stirred by the biblical phrase "upon this rock I will build my church " Bosetti soon begin to envision a church perched on the rock he had just discovered.  As with many dreams, Bosetti's lack of funds delayed construction for nearly 20 years.

Eventually, land for the church and retreat center was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Malo, and Denver architect Jacques Benedict transposed Bosetti's dream to paper.  With Mount Meeker as a backdrop, the Chapel on the Rock took shape.  Here in this dramatic Rocky Mountain setting, Bosetti's dream was completed in 1936