Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Cedar Creek Lake House

There's just something about rocking chairs on a porch that lures me in!!   It makes me want to grab a good book and park it for an hour, or two, or the whole day!!  

This home on Cedar Creek Lake brings about just that feeling!   This is actually the back of the house, facing the lake.  It's hard to imagine a better place to enjoy life!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Matagorda Bay Sunset


This was a switch from my norm... instead of sketching the view OF the house, I did the view FROM the house!  

This Bay House is the home of my clients fiancĂ© ... they got engaged at the end of the pier watching the sun set... one of their favorite pastimes, can you see their silhouettes?
I was happy to commemorate this special occasion for them with this sketch and wish them the very best in their lifetime together!!



Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Empty Nesting

We raise our kids... celebrate birthdays and graduations and then they're gone making lives of their own, it happens so fast!  We are left with a big empty house full of memories.  

That's the story for my clients in The Woodlands, whose beautiful home, where they've enjoyed making those memories since 1996, is for sale as they "right-size" (not down-size) for the next chapter of their life!   It was my pleasure to sketch this house, that will be framed and enjoyed in their new home!!  

So here's to Life!!   
To moving on and making new memories in new places!!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Congratulations to Lauren and Christian!


My husband and I were thrilled to attend the wedding last month of his nephew Christian, and his beautiful bride Lauren.   They were married at The Monastery in Cincinnati, Ohio!  I had never been to Ohio before and loved this historic city, it's active waterfront of parks and ballfields, old historic churches and of course spending time with our family!!   

"The Monastery" was originally built as an observatory in 1843, it eventually closed (due to air pollution, even then!) and was leased to the Catholic Church to serve as the Holy Cross Monastery and Church from 1873 until 1977.   After sitting empty for nearly three decades, it was purchased and remodeled, opening as this beautiful event venue just last year.  Oh, if walls could talk!!

I hope that his sketch, will serve as a reminder of their special day and beginning of their new life together!  

Best wishes to Lauren and Christian 
for a happy and joyous life!





Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Congratulations to Julie and Marc!



I love the sketches that celebrate special occasions in ones life, and this is no exception!!  
My good friends Julie and Marc got married last month!  I wanted to give them a one-of-a-kind gift, so I sketched Bistro Chat Noir in NYC, where they got engaged the previous October!  I received the photo below in a text the following morning that said..."so this happened last night!!"  

Congratulation Julie and Marc!
Wishing you a lifetime of joy and happiness!!


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Pine Grove House



I was thrilled to do this sketch of the Pine Grove House, located in Pinehurst, North Carolina and 
built in 1894.

I did my best to capture the feeling of the photo's my client sent me to work from, but the pen and ink just didn't do it justice... so I went at it from a different angle and added watercolor.   

Yes, I'd like a mint julep now please!!  



Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Kates Family Tree


Congratulations to Laura and Curt Kates, who recently celebrated their 40th Anniversary!  




I love sketching Family Tree's, but this one was especially fun for me since I've known the Kates family since our kids were in Pre-K together!  What a treat to have watched them grow into such great young adults and start families of their own.  


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Our Viking River Cruise!

Ver Welkoming, Guten Tag, Szia, Hello!

I'm back from what really was a "trip of a lifetime!"
Thought I'd share a few of my favorite photo's before getting back to the business of posting my sketches!!

Our trip began in Amsterdam!  We had two and a half days to explore this historic city and recover from jet lag!  I was inspired in the Van Gogh and Richtsmuseum, intrigued by the the maze of canals throughout this charming city and entertained by the "window dressing" in it's famous Red Light district!




The first few days were spent drifting down the Rhine River, visiting the windmills in Kinderdijk, Holland, exploring Marksburg Castle near Koblenz, Germany and along the way passing quaint little towns with their tall steepled churches and ancient castles towering above.




One of my favorite stops was in the town of Miltenburg.  This view was from Mildenburg Castle, overlooking the arched bridges over the Rhine River, the half-timbered houses and it's famous pubs!




Along the Rhine-Main-Danube rivers, this was a familiar site, along with about a million beautiful swans!  I'm pretty sure this one will become a painting!




Saturday, May 27th was our 11th anniversary and we spent the day in Salzburg, Austria!  We visited countless cathedrals on our trip, but this one St. Peter's Cathedral, was my favorite.  



This view in Salzburg is from the Catacombs where early Christian Monks lived in 775 a.d.  We enjoyed lunch nearby in the oldest restaurant in Europe (some web searching said the oldest in the world!) that began serving (the monks, I assume!) in 803 a.d.  



Our last day was spent in Budapest, Hungary!  
After dinner, we cruised the Danube to experience the breathtaking view of the city lights!




Thursday, May 11, 2017

A Change of Focus

Art comes in many forms....  on canvas, with my pen and ink, and through the lens of a camera.

I've been blessed to be able to travel to some amazing places... and loved taking photo's of the beauty of this world.  Just last year, these three..... 

spotting a "local" on the streets of Antiqua, Guatemala following our church mission trip...


The peace and tranquility of a sunset in Cabo San Jose...


And the majesty of a sunrise over the Grand Tetons in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.


It was in Wyoming, on my third pre-dawn wake up of the week to find the perfect location to capture the first light on the mountains I found myself surrounded by photographers with tripods and long lenses, I decided it was time to upgrade from my iPhone camera.  So I did, and although I've a lot to learn, I am looking forward to practicing this new "art!"    And I have a great opportunity!  Next week, my husband and I leave on a "bucket-list-trip" across the rivers of Europe on a Viking River Cruise.  

I won't have the ability to update my blog while I'm gone, but you're welcome to follow my journey on Instagram @accentsinart.


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

"And where we love is "home"


"And where we love is home
Home that our feet may leave, but not our heart."
 - Oliver Wendell Homes

Moving is hard.  Under the best of circumstances or the most challenging, it's exhausting physically and emotionally.   My sweet friend, and co-leader in our Beth Moore Bible Studies at TWUMC is moving to Midland, after 10 years in this home.   Their first home as newlyweds and where both of their girls came home as newborns.  So many cherished memories!

Our "small group" shared a brunch with her and celebrated these memories and the friendships that we've all been blessed to have.   

We love you Ellen, and we wish you joy and happiness... and hopefully lots of frequent visits back to The Woodlands!


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Happy 70th Anniversary to my Mom and Dad!! - A Family Tree



Happy 70th Anniversary 
to my Mom and Dad


Wow, what a milestone this is!!  
My parents, married on April 26th, 1947.   
Let's put that into perspective:

A gallon of gas was just 21 cents, a stamp only 3 cents
The average salary for an individual was $3,150
the stock market was at 177
And my favorite...head of 20th Century Fox Movies and television critic was quoted saying "TV won't hold the market for even 6 months, people will get tired of staring at a plywood box every night!"



          

    After living in Florida for 60 years, my parents moved to The Woodlands this past November.  I am so blessed to have them nearby!  For Christmas, I sketched our family tree for their new apartment and surrounded it with photo's of our whole family.

This Saturday we'll celebrate with an old fashion Texas BBQ with family and friends coming in from around the country!

Cheers to Mom and Dad!!!


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Habitat Gala - May 6th


Run for the Roses

HabitatMCTX Sixth Annual Gala
May 6th, 2017




For the past four years I've been asked to create a "work of art" using wheelbarrows and ice buckets to go with the theme for the Montgomery County HFH annual gala.  This year, on May 6th Habitat for Humanity will Run for the Roses.   To celebrate the occasion I painted this giant ice bucket (31" x 16" x 11" h) and titled it "Anticipation."   The crowds have gathered, the cocktails are flowing and soon the race will begin. 

At the Gala this bucket will be filled to the brim with your favorite bottles of wine and auctioned to the highest bidder.   It's not too late to get tickets... or to learn more about this great organization by visiting:  
www.habitatmctx.org

 Habitat Gala 2014 - The Wizard of Oz

 Habitat Gala 2015 - Downton Abbey

Habitat Gala 2016 - James Bond 007 (sorry, no pictures!)


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Rejoice!! For HE IS RISEN!


1 John 4:9-10

"This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins."



The cross at the alter of my church has been draped in royal purple for the Lenten Season, but today, when I walk into the sanctuary it will be draped in Pure and Majestic White! 
We Rejoice!!

 HE HAS RISEN!!!

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth; 
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son Our Lord, 
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. 
He descended into Hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; 
He ascended into Heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
 I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting. 
Amen.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Good Friday


Luke 23:44-46

It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour, because the sun was obscured: and the veil of the temple was torn in two.   And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, "Father, INTO YOUR HANDS I COMMIT MY SPIRIT." Having said this, He breathed His last.


Today we pause to remember your sacrificial love
That shone light into the darkness
That bore life from such emptiness
That revealed hope out of devastation
That spoke truth through incrimination
That released freedom in spite of imprisonment
And brought us forgiveness instead of punishment.

Thank you that we can now walk in the light of your life,
Hope, truth, freedom and forgiveness, 


This day and everyday.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

The crowds cheered "Hosanna in the highest!"

Matthew 21: 7-9

They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and He sat on them.  Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before Him and that followed Him were shouting

“Hosanna to the Son of David! 
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! 
Hosanna in the highest!”   




"Triumphant Entry" can't even begin to explain the energy and excitement in the crowd that day... the Savior they had waited for... for hundreds, if not thousands of years had finally come!   Just imagine how you would feel if you happened upon that scene an hour after Jesus had gone through... you just missed it.  That pit in your stomach... you'd feel like you had just missed a once in a lifetime opportunity...



But that's not the way it is.  That is why we call it "The Good News"... you haven't missed it!  
 Over two thousand years later, you can still choose to follow Jesus and experience... 
"the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding." Phillipines 4:7a 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

"Here I am Lord, Send me!"

Isaiah 6:8

Then I heard a voice of the Lord saying, 
"Whom shall I send?  And who will go for us?"  
And I said "Here I am, send me!"





Last summer, I traveled to Guatemala on a mission trip with women from my church.  The verse above from Isaiah was our theme for the week and we designed a t-shirt with outstretched hands to "Send Me!"  With this on my mind, while on vacation a few weeks before our mission trip, I would start my day on our balcony and watch the sunrise over the Sea of Cortez.  To me, it seemed that even the palm trees in front of me were raising their hands as the SON would rise each morning.  
Send Me Lord!!



“For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace;  the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

Isaiah 55:12


TWUMC Mission Trip to Casa Aleluya in Guatemala
home to 450 children.