Friday, April 13, 2018

Forest Moon -Paint Party Friday

Today is Friday the 13th.  Many folks believe it is an unlucky day.  Rather than cowering from the day's bad reputation, I have chosen to honor the beauty of dawning Springtime.  The drawing above is of a sweet deer who, a couple of nights ago, haphazardly wandered through the woodlands of my heart onto my sketchbook.

There is so much to see and much for which to be thankful. And the greatest blessing of all?  Not just the loveliness of Spring as it unfolds, but life and love.

Thank you so much for dropping by sweet Friends--your visits are another reason to be thankful!  Have a lovely weekend, dear ones.  Happy Paint Party Friday!

Friday, April 6, 2018

Springtime Apple Blossoms -Paint Party Friday

Here is yet another midnight sketch which somehow turned into a full drawing.  I will one day include her in a coloring book featuring Spring and flowers.

Above you see my beautiful reference model Rena.  Her grace and beauty translate well into this springtime maiden.  

Spring has arrived here in the Pacific Northwest.  The Mid-Willamette Valley is filled with flowers and blossoming fruit trees.  The apple blooms are just now beginning to bud.

It is raining hard, the fire is merrily lit, and we are expecting a wind storm tomorrow morning.  I am such a kid.  I LOVE storms, as long as no one is hurt and property damage is minimal.  I hope the power goes out!

Thank you so much for dropping by--your visits bring my heart a sparkle of happiness!  Have a lovely weekend, dear ones.  Happy Paint Party Friday!


Monday, April 2, 2018

Mourning into Joy

Above you see an enhanced photo of a heart I saw in my old wood stove.  It was beautiful--and seems like the perfect beginning to share the wonderful thing that happened on my way home from church  Easter Sunday afternoon.

Above is the original photograph.  

After Easter services, I stopped for takeout from My Beloved's favorite restaurant. He was on my mind so much yesterday--and I wanted to celebrate his life this way. Haha--he really, really loved good food.

As I was waiting in the darkened room at the counter, with its lights beaming down upon me, the young man behind the counter came up to chat. I shared why I was there and who's life I was celebrating.  I noticed then his eyes were full of unshed tears. I was touched--there was something about that kid. So I gave him the bit of "napkin art," I had drawn of Alan as I waited.

Out of the blue he introduced himself  and confided he had just lost his cousin--a dear brother to him. He had returned home from the memorial the day before.

Then Daniel asked how I was able to get through the sorrow, the grief--and I told him. It was a long conversation...and when we were done speaking together, Daniel placed his hand over his heart and with tears sparkling in his eyes he said, "Thank you. You have brought me great comfort today."

I was so moved. To think the awful grief I have been working through would have been such a help to that dear young man...It was a gift--SO sweet to my heart.

I felt God's power in sharing my journey. The words I said came from Him, not me.

Praise to God for His loving kindness and sweetness--for His comfort, that I have the privilege of sharing the comfort with which I have been comforted...God truly does bring joy out of mourning.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

He is Risen!

This is a page from a Children's book I was commissioned to illustrate last year.  My niece was reference for the overhead angel and buddy Christopher was my reference for the angel who's moving the stone away.  It seemed the perfect thing to post for Easter.

Today I thought about how grateful I am to have a personal relationship with the Son of God, Maker of the World.  I am astonished that the One Who died and was raised from the dead, loves me.  He was victorious over death and is risen for all people, for all time.  The Good Shepherd walks with those who seek Him and love Him -- even to the end of the age.

How amazing to realize because the Lord conquered death itself, I know I will see my Beloved Alan, my two precious babies, our dear friend Dan, my Daddy, my younger brother Dow, Uncle Jody, Grandma and Grandpa, Sweet Geri and Mr. Earnest again...along with so many others who have gone on before me.

Happy Easter dear friends!

Friday, March 30, 2018

Friendship's Blessing -Paint Party Friday

Over the past three years I have come to treasure friendship more than ever before.  True friendship is rare and beautiful and should never be taken for granted.

This drawing is another of my midnight sketches.  I haven't been feeling well these past few days, so I have spent the time I can't sleep doodling in my sketchbook. 

Above you see my lovely models, Heather and Rena.  You can see, they are best friends in real life and I am incredibly privileged to work with them.

Thank you so much for dropping by--your visits bring joy to my heart.    Happy Paint Party Friday!

Friday, March 23, 2018

Mountain Dancer -Paint Party Friday

One of the ways I handle sleeplessness is to draw in the late hours of night, or the wee hours of the morning.  This is one such piece.  I haven't slept well in a long time, but I don't mind as much when I end up drawing something like this.

Above you see my lovely model, Rena.  The girls came over for a photoshoot a couple of weeks ago.  It was SO much fun!  They are wonderful friends, and I am privileged to work with them.

Thank you so much for dropping by--your visits mean a lot to me.  Blessings, comfort and joy to all of you, dear Friends.  Happy Paint Party Friday!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Grapes Anyone? -Paint Party Friday

I have always loved the work of Alphonse Mucha.  As you can see this latest graphite drawing was inspired by his work.  I adore his style of artwork.  It is effortlessly graceful and full of a loveliness I can't put into words.  His artwork is like music for the eyes.  I pray my work has the same effect.  I found the idea for the border from a vintage postcard produced around the turn of the century. 

Thank you so much for dropping by my little art blog.  Blessings, comfort and joy to all of you, dear Friends.  Happy Paint Party Friday!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Brave Rescuer -Paint Party Friday

I have been awfully busy.  There are so many things to do regarding year-end paperwork, along with our dear friend Dan's passing last Friday, and another precious friend who is very ill in the hospital.  As you might guess, I didn't get much artwork done last week.

This drawing is from long ago, before my husband flew away to heaven.  He was my dear love, my rescuer--he would have done anything for me.  He was my hero.  Our Dan was his best buddy--both of these dear fellas were heroes to their families.

I posted this graphite drawing to honor them both.  (Though in real life, if I were that young lady, I'd have spotted the dragon and would be knocking him over the head with my baseball bat.  I never was the damsel in distress.)  (grin)

Above is the lovely reference photo for this drawing.  I could not find the page where this stock once was available, but you might find it on DA, an online art and stock site.

Thank you so much for dropping by.  Blessings, comfort and joy to all of you, dear Friends.  Happy Paint Party Friday!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Eagle's Song -Paint Party Friday

Years ago I made this cloud painting from a photo I took over the back fence.  As you can see there is an Eagle flying next to the cloud--miraculous indeed.

I am posting it tonight, in honor of Dan Becker.  He was a veteran--a beautiful eagle of a man, who was strong, loyal, sweet, and kind.  He was a dear, precious friend.

About an hour ago, Dan unexpectedly flew away to heaven.  We have known the Becker family for a little over 25 years.  He was one of Alan's best friends and was a wonderful part of all of our lives.   He was a second Daddy to my children after their Dad left us three years ago. 

Now Dan and Alan are together in heaven. 

Please pray for Dan's wife, Judy, their family, friends, and for me and my children.  We are grieving and hardly know how to get through this additional loss.  Yet, there is comfort in knowing we will see them again.  God is here, grieving with us--and we are not alone.

Blessings, comfort and joy to all of you, dear Friends.  Thank you for dropping by.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Flower Doodles -Paint Party Friday

This is another of the doodles I drew whilst down with the flu.  It was such a hard time--so much to do at the end of the year, and all I could do was draw and watch old movies on the television.

I am much better now, only a few residual sniffles.  I hope your weekend goes well--there were actually snow showers here one night, and I awoke to the tiny daffodils wearing hats of white sparkles!

Thank you so much for dropping by.  Blessings, love and joy to each of you!  Happy Paint Party Friday!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Brownie Fae and the Swallow -Paint Party Friday

Here is one of the wee folk who love to hang out in my garden in the Springtime. He reminds me of my son when he was young.

Here in the Pacific Northwest it has been unseasonably warm all winter--and though I have missed the snow, I have enjoyed the spring-like weather.  However, I believe this little Brownie fae is going to need a tiny feather coat for the cold weather that's coming next week.

Starting Monday, arctic air will chill the spring flowers which have begun their blossoming.  The weather guys are even predicting snow to the valley floor.  My Grandfather used to call this type of weather event a "false Spring." 

Grandpa was born April 1st and would have been 120 years old this Spring.  I miss him--and am grateful for the friendship we shared.  He taught me folk wisdom--imaginative ideas and old fashioned gardening know-how and other such things I still use to this day.  He is a part of me and always will be. 

Thank you for dropping by today!  May God bless you with sparkles of joy and laughter today.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Bouffant Elephant -Paint Party Friday

I haven't had time to scan this week's artwork, so I'm resorting to a cartoon I drew in happier times.  I love cartooning, and taught children at our local school as a part of an enrichment program.  I'm not sure who was the more enriched--me or the children!  That time in my life is a happy memory.

Blessings and joy to each of you who took time to drop by today.  Thank you!  Have a lovely weekend--though many across the nation are experiencing devastating snow storms, here in the Pacific Northwest, the sun is shining and the tiny daffodils are beginning to bloom.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Fairy Princess -Paint Party Friday

I had the flu for over two weeks.  During that time all I could do was lay on the sofa and draw, or watch television.  Long ago, when I was near death in the hospital, I learned that sketching and drawing somehow took way the pain. 

Art has always been my passion--it is something I MUST do.  It is like breathing for me.  :D

This lovely fairy princess is one of the sketches I drew while I was sick.  I had to laugh at the hummingbird.  He's much bigger than he's supposed to be, but he reminds me of Mr. Soots, a black-throated hummingbird who's been coming to my back yard for two years now. 

Blessings and joy to each of you who took time to drop by today.  Thank you, and Happy Paint Party Friday.

Friday, January 26, 2018

To Dance Again -Paint Party Friday

Even at my late age, one can dream about dancing again. Dreams are beautiful, and though I may not dance as I did when I was young, who's to say dancing in my "golden years" might be just as lovely.

The days are growing longer again, and I yearn for Spring.  Soon the flowers will bloom again.  I smelled Spring blowing in a southerly wind a few days ago, and I am nostalgic.

Blessings and joy to each of you who found time to drop by today.  Thank you, and Happy Paint Party Friday.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Tiny Dreamer -Paint Party Friday

Here she is, Spring's tiny dreamer.  January has been so warm, and today I smelled Spring.

I can hardly wait for the unfurling of the flowers, soon to be upon us!  I am sure the littlest faeries nap upon the open blooms found in my garden. How soft and comfortable it would be to snuggle into the petals of a wee blossom.

God bless you, dear ones and happy Paint Party Friday!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Beauty From Ashes -Paint Party Friday

This bit of art is a little different than my usual art.  There was a page in my sketchbook covered with steaks of color as well as scratchings from micron pens.  I'd been testing colors and nib sizes for another drawing.  But, it was really good paper and I didn't have the heart to toss it.  So--I decided to doodle--and as a result--this drawing.

In some ways this drawing depicts in part, another major heart shift.  The sweet words I heard were "beauty from ashes." I don't know what that means yet, but I am looking forward to discovering what is ahead.  This past year has been one of the most difficult yet since my Beloved flew away to heaven. 

Part of my struggle has been that of becoming the woman I am to be without my Beloved.  I was married much longer than I was single...and we were partners.  There are questions....Who am I really?  I am who I am when I am by myself.   Once again I have realized the person I become now, depends upon the things I put into my heart and life.

Those ingredients are, first of all, time with God and doing His will in my life--then treasuring family and friends.  Acquiring wisdom, knowledge and purpose--maybe even taking some college courses.  Then there are celebration, beauty, laughter...and tears. 

I think my Darling would be proud of me so far, and that is a dear comfort.

Blessings to you in your life's journey dear ones--thank you for dropping by, and Happy Paint Party Friday.