Thursday, March 4, 2021
Sunday, February 28, 2021
Monday, February 22, 2021
Do you sometimes feel like you've been stuck in a cocoon? This past week both literally and figuratively if you've been stuck in the deep freeze in Texas like me.When normal life stops like this, it gives me time to think about my "life" and to wonder if I am the person I'm meant to be?In the most recent newsletter from the Women's Ministries of TWUMC, my friend Grace Ono wrote this:
"During the season of Lent, we remember Jesus' journey to the cross. We set this time aside to reflect upon Jesus’ sacrifice for the redemption of the World. Every winter, I look forward to the Lenten season. In this time, I invite God to continue shaping me in to the version of self He intended. Our relationship deepens and I find myself becoming even more dependent upon Him."God loves us more than we can ever imagine.As Christians, we are created in Christ's image, we have been filled with the Holy Spirit and will have everlasting life. What could be better than that?Our time has come to jump for joy, spread our wings and soar to new heights!And to share the love of Christ to the world together.
"Therefore if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new has come!"
2 Corinthians 5:17
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
I hope you'll join me in this journey
Monday, February 8, 2021
Monday, February 1, 2021
Monday, January 25, 2021
I love historical fiction! The books I read, and the movies I like to watch. I was never a big student of history in my younger years, but now that I'm older I appreciate and am "literally" starving to learn more! Especially now, during these "challenging" times, because....
What I get from it is... perspective.
They remind me that we've lived through really challenging times before: A Pandemic a century ago...the Civil and 2 World Wars, and then there's "the 60's" ... and we can be assured that we will have challenging times again in the future. Looking back at those difficult times, with new perspective, we can know that we don't just survive, we become smarter and stronger on the other side. That's hard to see right now, but we must believe that once again, our American spirit and faith will overcome the challenges we face today!
For Christmas in 2019 my daughter gave me the epic book TEXAS by James Michener! All 1429 pages of Texas history sat on a shelf waiting for me to pick it up, which I finally started last summer with plenty of extra time on my hands! I moved to Texas in 1980 and sadly, know very little about it's history or have traveled to many places in the state, so when opportunity knocks... Now, with my husband about to retire, we are looking forward to traveling this great State of Texas!
This has inspired me to create a block of artwork that I'm calling "Texas Landmarks and Legends." It stands to reason that with 4 UT graduates in our family, I'd start there!
In the next few months I'm excited to sketch and share with you some of these iconic Texas images. We will travel from the Mountains of Big Bend to the Missions in San Antonio and some fun places in between! If you have a favorite Texas "Landmark or Legend," let me know!!
Monday, January 18, 2021
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Monday, January 11, 2021
Friday, January 8, 2021
Happy New Year Friends!
It seems like forever since I've shared a sampling of the sketches I've been working on, so I thought I'd drop a few of these in your in-box and the stories behind them!
It's such a joy for me to capture the love of our homes and their memories on paper! I wasn't surprised with the number of sketches requested this year as Christmas gifts as our home was where we spent most of our time in 2020! Instead of sharing those that meant something to someone else, I thought I'd share these three that meant the most to me!
|Jackson Hole, Wyoming|
My other brother, Doug and his wife Jane live in this ranch styled home in the midst of the woods in Crawfordville, Florida. The peace and tranquility shines though. I did this sketch for them and since they had recently painted this pretty blue, I thought it would be nice to add some color for the house, and highlight the landscaping that surrounds. This has been their refuge during the pandemic and I am so happy I could sketch it for them to remember the blessings of home!
On a different note, my daughter Katie and her husband live in a 3 story condo in Seattle and both work from home. So.... it's great when good friends have a "getaway" place in Manzanita, Oregon just a block away from the Pacific Coast. They met up with their friends, and their combined three Golden Retrievers for some much needed time for friends and fresh air! I did this sketch as a thank you gift for them to give to their friends during their most recent get-together over New Years.
2020 will be written in the history books.... what's your story??
Coming up next time.... I have found a new love in the art department!