Friday, December 28, 2018

Beautiful Mom and Baby Nikolas -Paint Party Friday

This drawing was a gift for my sweet Melissa.  She has a beautiful baby boy, who's chubby grin and gleeful chuckles bring smiles to every face.

Above is my reference photo.  Melissa is such a good Mom--and to think I've known her since she was that age!  :D  I am SO blessed.

I hope your Christmas was a blessed one.  With my sweet Mumsie and dear children, this Christmas was precious, full of laughter and music.   
Thank you so much for your visits. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you, dear ones!  Thank you for your visits.  They are always an encouragement to me

Friday, December 21, 2018

Lazy Wolf -Paint Party Friday

This is a Christmas present for my dear Friend Al.  He and his wife have been my good friends for almost 30 years.  I am so blessed by this wonderful famly.

May this Christmas be especially lovely this year!  Thank you so much for your visits.  They mean a lot to me.  May God bless you you with joy!  A BIG hug to all of you dear ones.

Friday, December 14, 2018

A Beautiful and Ancient Story -Paint Party Friday

When I was a little girl, I could not figure out what all the hoopla was about Santa Claus. It was a charming story--but the problem was, I knew kids from school who were pretty good all year long (myself included), who did not get tons of Christmas gifts.  On the other hand, kids who were mean seemed to have it all!  I remember thinking, "If Santa is real, then he's not very fair."

"Us kids" didn't have much in those days--but thinking back--we were very happy. We were poor, but we didn't know we were lacking in anything. Some say my childhood memories sound like a fairy tale, or something out of a book.

As a child I loved the romance and danger of the ancient story of Joseph and Mary. I was intrigued by the singing angels, shepherds and the tiny baby miraculously conceived. Then there were wise men who followed a shining star to where the child lived. They brought him wonderful exotic gifts.

There was even a jealous, deceitful king who sought after the child's life--yet miraculously, through the intervention of angels, the family escaped certain death.

I am still filled with awe and wonder as I consider the mystery and beauty of that wonderful old story.

Merry Christmas sweet Friends.  May the beauty and mystery of the season fill your hearts with joy!  Thank you so much for dropping by.  Your visits are an encouragement to my heart! 

Friday, December 7, 2018

Christmas Angel -Paint Party Friday

This lovely angel is one of the first Christmas cards I designed, back in the late 1990's.  It was folded into fourths, then in half, with some of the design lapping over onto the back of the card.  I thought it elegant.  This card is one of my favorites of that series--a perfect way to welcome in the Christmas season!

I believe true Christmas joy is not only spending time with family, but it rests within the Gift of God's dear Son to our world.  I know He wasn't really born this time of year, but I love this day we have set aside to celebrate His birth.

Thank you so much for your visits.  They mean SO much to me.  May God give you a blessed Holiday season full of joy.  A BIG hug to all of you dear ones.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Come Hither -Paint Party Friday

"Come Hither," says the maiden of sultry eye and golden green hair.  She who longs to walk upon dry land with two bare feet.  Perhaps the miracle will happen, perhaps not.  When the moon is full, she will sing her siren song until the day her impossible dream comes true.

Have a lovely week, dear friends.   I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving this year!  I had the blessing of watching five cousins get re-acquainted.  What a joy that was!  God bless you, and thank you so much for dropping by. Your visits are encouraging! 

Friday, November 23, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving! -Paint Party Friday

I made this bookmark special for you, dear ones.  Please feel free to print and use in your favorite books!

 Happy Thanksgiving!  

Your visits make my day, sweet Friends.  I thank the Lord for each and every one of you!!! 

Friday, November 16, 2018

Rapunzel -Paint Party Friday

The story of Rapunzel is not just a fairy tale, but a great romance story. Stolen from her parents through trickery, the girl was raised by an evil Witch, who's jealousy knew no bounds. The girl became more lovely every day and filled with every good virtue, she grew like a beautiful wild rose. Seeing the girl's beauty and goodness, the Witch hid Rapunzel deep in the forest where she lived in the top of a tall stone tower.

Innately musical, the girl loved to sing and filled much of her time learning the haunting melodies of the birds and wind blown trees.

One day a young Nobleman hunting in the forest followed her song to the tower. Alighting from his horse, he walked around its base. Finding no doorway and filled with curiosity, he shouted a greeting. Imagine his astonishment as he viewed the sweet face of a girl leaning from the window above.

Frightened at first, Rapunzel hid from the lad, listening to his queries. But something about his voice warmed her heart. Setting her fear aside, for the first time in her life, the girl spoke to another human being besides her evil captor.

But when dusk filled the air, she told the boy to leave--for if he were to stay, his life would be in danger. Reluctantly, because of her tears, he left vowing to return.

And so their great romance was born. Before the days of cell phones and the internet, their long-distance romance was of another sort. As their friendship grew, the young Nobleman was filled with a longing to see her face to face. So, unbeknownst to Rapunzel, he devised a plan to rescue her.

Hidden in the forest, he watched as the Witch appeared in a shuddering cloud of brown smoke. The old woman cried out, "Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair." A rope of shimmering gold braid slid from the tower window to the ground. Grasping her bundles, the Witch weirdly clambered its length to enter the tower window.

When the Witch was gone, the boy gathered his courage and shouted, "Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair."

He quickly climbed to the window sill of the round tower room. Leaping to the flagstone floor he saw her. There she is, there is my love. He clasped the girl in his arms and looking into her sweet face, he kissed her. He pleaded with her to come away with him.

But she was afraid. "You will die, if I leave with you." And so they continued to meet.

Then the tragedy. Sensing something had changed, the evil Witch found them out. One day, the gallant young nobleman, bearing a bouquet of roses, sprang into the room. Rapunzel, her golden braid shorn away, screamed a warning and threw herself into his arms. But the lovers were wrenched apart. The Witch shrieked her rage. The boy was cruelly pinned against the wall. The girl fell to her knees among the scattered rosebuds, pleading for his life.

"I knew someone had been here," gloated the Witch, "Now you will pay dearly." Turning to the girl, she said, "You will never see him again." Rapunzel vanished in a crash of stinking brown smoke. "And you will blindly seek and never find her," snarled the Witch to the boy.

A twitch of her gnarled fingers. The boy was instantly blinded by the thorns of the roses he'd brought and was brutally thrown from the tower.

For years he wandered, seeking his own true love. One day, resting at the foot of a mighty oak, he heard a familiar haunting song--then the sound of footsteps. He felt soft hands touching his poor blinded face.

Then a beloved voice shaken with sobs, "Is it you, my dear love?" Rapunzel kissed his ravaged face with her lips and her hot tears fell into his sightless eyes.

But as she wept and held him close to her heart, suddenly he could see again. Miraculously Rapunzel's tears of love and faithfulness had broken the evil spell.

And of course, they lived happily ever after. You see, once the spell was broken, the Witch had no power over them. And besides, since the insurmountable power of true love cannot be broken, the old Witch grew hopelessly bored in trying to punish them.  Instead, she put her evil attention on other dastardly doings--which, if the reader wishes to know--did not end well for her!

And that, as they say, is that!

I hope you enjoyed my rendition of this old fairy tale.  Have a lovely week, dear friends.  Thank you SO much for your visit.  I love to hear your thoughts, dear Friends. Your visits are so encouraging.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Slumbering Might -Paint Party Friday

This is the mighty Aslan slumbering. I've always loved C. S. Lewis's stories of Aslan, the "Great Lion."

Aslan is a mysterious talking lion, King of the Beasts, beloved guide to the human children who visit the Land of Narnia.

Despite his gentle, wise and loving nature, Aslan is "not a tame lion." He is powerful and can be dangerous to those who plot evil against the ones He loves.  I've loved the tales of Narnia since I first read them to my children years ago.

Have a wonderful week, dear friends.  Thank you so much for dropping by.  I love hearing from you! 

Friday, November 2, 2018

Dolphin Ride -Paint Party Friday

Do you ever wonder what it would be like to live in the waters of the great seas? To be friends with dolphins and other sea creatures? There are times I daydream about such a life. To have a set of gills along with lungs would open a whole different world beneath the waves.

In my imagination I could imagine living in such a world, where water and air meet--where one could spend time in either realm.

Here you see a young man and his dolphin friend going for a spin. I wonder where his gills are? Perhaps the back of his neck? The top of his head? Behind his ears? Hmmmm...

Have a lovely week, dear friends.  Thank you so much for dropping by.  Your visits are so encouraging.

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 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!