Tuesday, October 30, 2018

I will See Him Again

Four years ago today, my Beloved flew home to heaven.  It was unexpected.  I still can't believe he's gone sometimes.  Today my Alan is with the Lord and I am grateful he is there--I smile through my tears.  He is in a better place and some day I will see him again. 

Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.  For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.   

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.  After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.  Therefore encourage one another with these words. 
 ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

My husband could read Greek fluently.  He was a teacher and often taught that in the original language the words "caught up together with them" has the idea of being caught up next to those we know and love...  I treasure that hope with all my heart.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Fairy House and a Nest -Paint Party Friday

This is a sketch inspired by a wonderful book of Japanese Artwork.  I love the balance and symmetry represented...it is inspiring to me.  If I were as small as a fairy might be--I would love to live in this little house.

Have a lovely week, dear friends.  Thank you so much for dropping by.  This will be a difficult week for me and my family.  Tuesday is the fourth anniversary of my husband's Heavenly Home-going.  I would appreciate your prayers.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Happy Iris Dancer -Paint Party Friday

This is a recent ink drawing.  To see my original graphite sketch, here's the link: Happy Iris Dancer.  If you look closely you'll see a fairy house in the reeds of this beautiful garden and swamp.  There's a certain joy in her stance--I have felt that dancing hope in my heart...

Though it is nearing the anniversary of my Beloved's home-going--I know he would be happy for me.  I am not alone.  The God who made the universe holds my hand.

Above you see my reference photo.  This talented photographer's name is Jessica Truscott.  You can find her wonderful stock pictures at FaeStock on DA.

Have a glorious weekend.  May God fill your heart with light and joy even though difficult circumstances surround you.  Thank you for your visit.  Your comments are such an encouragement to my heart!  ((HUGS))

Friday, October 12, 2018

Kitty Butterfly -Paint Party Friday

This is one of my little cartoon characters--quite different than my normal work.  I have drawn these since I was a child--it is the whimsical popping out.  LOL

I am convinced cats hide wings under their fur--and they use them when we are not looking.  I'm not the only one who believes this--there's a children's book series out called CatWings, by Ursula K. LeGuin.

I don't have much time to burn this week.  So I'm posting a drawing from spring, 2017.  I was trying out some new coloring pens--I LOVED them.  So bright and pretty.

Have a wonderful weekend, dear ones.  May God fill your heart with light and joy.  Thank you for dropping by.  The comments you write are so encouraging to me!   They keep me going!  ((HUGS))


Friday, October 5, 2018

Sweet Madrona -Paint Party Friday

I am friends with a very small girl who's imagination reminds me of my own when I was her age.  Madrona is such a wonderful little person.  Her stories are magnificent and her laughter is contagious.  I am the most blessed Auntie in the world.  I have wonderful nieces.

The wind is blowing yellow leaves past my window.  It is a beautiful Fall day.  Have a wonderful weekend, dear ones.  Thank you for your visit--your comments truly bring joy to my heart.  Happy paint Party Friday!


Friday, September 28, 2018

Frazzled -Paint Party Friday

This is a little different style than usual.  That is because it is my first try with water soluble oil paints.  Who would have thought such a thing existed?!  I need training to know how to paint.  I've never had classes--and one of these days I will.  I want to paint like the masters.  However, until I learn how--this will have to do.

This flower makes me smile.  I don't know what it is--but there's something humorous about it.

Have a wonderful weekend, dear ones.  Thank you for dropping by--your comments are a blessing and a joy to me.  Happy paint Party Friday!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Herald of Fall -Paint Party Friday

I have been so busy, I have posted this drawing from 2016 for your perusal.  This pen and ink piece is of a Friend of mine by the name of Zack.  Alas, I can't find the original photo of him blowing that wonderful horn, just know it was an inspiring photograph. 

Blessings and peace to you all.  Thank you for dropping by, you are such an encouragement to my heart.

Happy Paint Party Friday!

Friday, September 7, 2018

A is for Alphabet -Paint Party Friday

I love lettering.  This is one of my creations from long ago.  I have drawn pages and pages of fanciful fonts over the years.  It is SO much fun to do!

I'm posting something from the past again, because of the business of my life right now. I am preparing for an extended trip and didn't have time to draw something new.  I hope you enjoy this font doodle from my sketch book.

Have a lovely weekend dear ones.  Thank you for dropping by.  Your comments always encourage my heart.  I am so grateful for the encouraging things you write!  Grace and peace be to you, sweet Friends!

Friday, August 31, 2018

Abraham, Isaac and Elizabeth -Paint Party Friday

Good morning!  I am getting ready for a trip out of town, so didn't have time to draw something new.  Here is a doodle from my sketch book from long ago.  This is actually a drawing of myself, my husband and our little son back in the days we performed as those characters onstage.

For many years my husband and our family traveled from place to place performing Drama.  The play I loved best was about Abraham, Sarah and their son, Isaac.  I love the laughter in that story.  It is full of hope and human frailty.

Thank you for dropping by.  Grace, peace and hope to you, dear Friends.  You are a dear encouragement to this old lady.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Admiring Felines -Paint Party Friday

I am going to be SO busy this week, I decided to post a cartoon from the far past.  I drew this in the 1990s.  Looking at this drawing, I think those cats have a family resemblance to Garfield--one of my favorite cartoons. I hope you enjoy seeing this silly doodle from my sketch book.  I know it is rough, but it is fun, too. 

Happy Paint Party Friday dear Friends!  Have a beautiful week.  Thank you for dropping by--your visits are always a great encouragement to my heart.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Picture of A Sister's Love -Paint Party Friday

This is a piece of art I created years ago.  I don't have time to scan, copyright and post something new this morning--there's a lot going on this weekend--so I'm re-posting this sweet picture of a sister's love.

I have always loved the story of Miriam. She was an Israelite who long ago, was enslaved with her family, in the land of Egypt. The Pharaoh at that time became afraid of the Israelites because they had grown so strong and numerous. He ordered the midwives to destroy every newborn baby boy. When the midwives refused to do so, soldiers were sent. It must have been a terrible, frightening time.

Thus Miriam's baby brother was hidden for three months. When they could no longer hide the little fellow, his mother came up with a novel idea. And so the tiny baby floated upon the waters of the Great Nile River in a papyrus basket coated with tar and pitch. His sister followed at a distance, hidden in the thick reeds.

Miraculously the Pharoh's daughter was walking along the river's bank seeking a place to bathe. She saw the basket and sent one of her servants to get it. When she opened it, little Moses was crying, and this touched the Royal lady's heart.

Then Miriam bravely stepped from the reeds saying, "Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?" So the Pharaoh's daughter paid Moses' mother to be his nurse. The royal lady loved the boy and adopted him as her own son. Moses grew up to be a great man, who saved his people from terrible cruelty and slavery.

His little sister's gentle love, bravery and loyalty are an example to us all.

Happy Paint Party Friday dear Friends!  Have a beautiful day and thank you for dropping by--your visits bring joy and encouragement to my heart.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Wrinkles -Paint Party Friday

Years ago I taught cartooning to grade school children as a part of an enrichment program.  I LOVE cartooning--and it often comes out, even in my more serious artwork.

But some are just pure cartoon--this is one such doodle from my sketchbook.  Toez the Polydactyl Cat was looking SO grumpy a few nights ago, I decided to do a caricature of her.  This is the result.  I made her hairless, too.  LOL

As you can see, Miss Personality can be a bit of a stinker!  :D

She often decides I am not giving her enough attention and that I shouldn't be drawing...and this is what she does.  LOL

Happy Paint Party Friday dear Friends!  Have a lovely day and thank you for dropping by--your visits always bring happiness to my heart.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Got Flowers? -Paint Party Friday

This is a drawing of my lovely middle daughter. She is as beautiful inside, as she is on the outside.   I love my children so dearly I often draw them from memory.  Such was the case here.

I haven't seen them in awhile and I miss them something fierce.  I have such wonderful children...A blessed Mom am I! :D

Happy Paint Party Friday dear ones!  Thank you for dropping by--your visits always bring a smile to my heart.

Friday, July 13, 2018

The Pit -Paint Party Friday

Because of lack of time this week, I am re-posting this drawing I created years ago.  This piece is a favorite and carries a lot of deep meaning for me, especially now because in this journey, I realize am just now emerging from the depths of depression. 

Corrie Ten Boom, survivor of the prison war camps of Nazi Germany wrote of her experiences in a book called The Hiding Place. She said, "There is no pit so deep that God is not deeper still."
The first time I read this amazing woman's book, I was profoundly moved. Confronting death, starvation, disease, and the worst kind of cruelty from her fellow human beings--in the face of absolute, abject hopelessness--Corrie Ten Boom's faith grew.
Remembering her wise words fills my heart with wonder and hope.

Thank you for dropping by, dear Friends.  Your visits make me smile--your comments are a delight to my heart.  Happy Paint Party Friday!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Star Baby Lullaby -Paint Party Friday

Before my niece was born over 11 years ago, I drew this picture as a shower gift for her Mom.  My sweet Sis still has it! 

I am posting the drawing today in honor of another niece, my sweet Melissa, who only a few minutes ago, gave birth to a beautiful little baby boy!

I am so proud of her!  I hope you are all having a wonderful day.  I know I am! 

Blessings and peace to all of you dear ones.  Thank you for dropping by--your visits are such a joy.  Happy Paint Party Friday!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Mysterious Face -Paint Party Friday

When I was in Fifth Grade, our teacher, Mrs. Young, gave each student a piece of black paper and some chalk for an art project.  I still remember the feeling I had as I smoothed the chalk into places of light and shadow.  It was as though I knew exactly what to do.  I still remember the pure joy of creating that face.  My teacher was astounded.

Looking at the drawing--I see I used a fan of pencil lines drawn up from the center of the bottom of the page.  I drew across those lines, to place chin, mouth, nose and eyes.

Mumsie loved it so well, she framed it and hung it in the stairwell.  There it hung years.  Then, almost 15 years ago, Mumsie gave the drawing to me.

When I took it out of its frame to scan it into the computer, I noticed what looked like tears trickling down from his eyes...if you enlarge the drawing, you can see where they seeped through the chalk.  I have no explanation how that would have happened.  None.  The back of the frame was taped into place...

Some have suggested the tears might be a chemical reaction between the construction paper and chalk.  However, if that were the case, the entire drawing would have been affected.  According to my research, colored construction paper and chalk do not chemically react to one another, even with age.

So, as unlikely as it may seem, this person I drew as a little girl, might have shed tears inside the frame during the time it hung in Mum's stairwell...that would be sometime between 1969 and 2003... I love the fact that miracles do still happen!

Blessings and peace to all of you dear ones.  Thank you for dropping by--your visits are such a joy to me.  Happy Paint Party Friday!

Friday, June 22, 2018

Nouveau Beauty -Paint Party Friday

I adore Art Nouveau, even before I knew this style had a name, I loved it and tailored my artwork to reflect its grace and beauty. 

This is a recent lineart drawing, inspired by a vintage postcard from my collection.  I hope you enjoy it!

I am always blessed and happy when you drop by for a visit.  Blessings and peace be yours, dear Friends.  Happy Paint Party Friday!