Wednesday, April 5, 2017


Yes, I did it!!  All those horizontal lines.  And verticals.  And diagonals.  And then the details in the tractor.  Oh, but I'm  pleased!  It's still on  my easel, and I sometimes just stop and stare at it.

When I sat down to paint, I held the brush and spoke to my God, asking for His help.  "Lord, will You hold my brush?"  I am grateful, my Father.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Coming Soon to an Auction Near You

"Aspen Sketch"


"Mother's Day Flowers"

Every spring Camp Elim holds a women's retreat where women gather from all over to be encouraged in God's Word, and challenged in their walk with Him.  For several years now the retreat has also played host to a silent auction that benefits the work that Camp Elim does.

This year I'm adding these three drawings to the auction.  They've sat in my files long enough!  Interested?  Check out their website!!  You can still sign up to attend the women's retreat... all or even just part of it.  Camp Elim is one of my favorite places in the whole wide world, and I'm delighted to be able to donate these art pieces!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Two New Guys

"Hello Gorgeous"

"Mr. Wonderful"

Two new guys!!  These are SMALL.  It's an odd thing to go from painting ginormous canvases (8' square) and using a pretty jumbo brush, to painting these little ones.  They're 4" x 7", and required some much smaller brushes!!  They were great fun, though!

I have to admit that I have a different canvas on my easel, all drawn out, waiting to be painted... but I painted these instead.  Why, you ask?  Because the one on my easel is a barn with a tractor, and I'm scared to death to paint it!!  You can paint a rooster, or a flower, and if there's something slightly off, nobody knows!  But if you get the straight lines of a barn wrong... well, it's going to be obvious!

Deep breath, right?  By God's grace, the barn and the tractor will be next.

Monday, February 13, 2017

January's Sketchbook

Oh how I love a rooster!!  Isn't he grand?!  I'm so thankful God created them.  And that barn is captivating.

Pinterest is a grand place to find all sorts of ideas and beautiful things... and reference photos!!

Yes, this was my breakfast.  And no, that's not a huge egg... it's a tiny frying pan!

Eww.  Really.  Eww.  I've got a LONG way to go before I will ever count myself as even slightly adept at the human form!!

This was the preliminary sketch for the painting I showed you a while ago.  Oh, how I love peonies!

Who is like the Lord our God, indeed?  He is a constant source of wonder for me.  I frequently find myself crying this very phrase out to Him.  Who is like You, Lord God?!

I'm actually rather pleased that I filled this many pages last month.  I haven't drawn for months, it seems, and this feels good.  February is already half over, but I've got pencil in hand....

If you want to see any of these upclose,  you can click on the picture to enlarge it.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

From The Archives

I painted this in 2014, clearly in the fall!  I was loving painting these little canvases, only 8" square (completely different from the 8 FOOT square canvases I do for my church!), and I have a whole collection of them.  This one is hanging on my kitchen wall, and reminds me that God is faithful.

This winter will end.
Spring will come.
And in time, fall will again come.

Because God promised.  All the way back in Genesis, after the flood, God said to Himself, "...while the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease."

And since He's faithful over our seasons, I can KNOW that He is also faithful in His care for me.  And His work in sustaining my soul, and preserving me for all eternity.  And my response to that?  GLORY TO MY GOD!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Almost Dry

Oh my!!  I haven't touched my oil paints in so long!  And this was so very delightful to paint!  I have been reveling in God's kindness!  It's a small-ish guy... only 8"x10".  I didn't want to set too huge a goal for myself, since I haven't painted with my oil paints in months.  But this went so very quickly. Did I already say it?  I'm reveling in God's kindness!

I'm calling it "Garden Glory."

Thank You, My Father!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Time Is Not My Friend!

Clearly it's been MONTHS since I last posted anything on here.  And because of that I FORGOT HOW TO POST!  Pathetic, I know.  I asked Murphy, and he told me what I needed to do, and then I let too much time go by AGAIN, and I FORGOT AGAIN! I'm heaving a huge sigh here.

But this time I figured it out!  I can only say it was because of the kindness of my God!  So, thank You, Lord Jesus!!

This painting was done for a lovely lady way back in February of last year.  My hubby and I drove around our area, exploring all kinds of back roads, all to get the perfect reference pic.  Which was not a hardship!  We live in such a beautiful part of the world!  I am thankful for that!

Saturday, March 26, 2016


All eight canvases for my church are DONE!  This set was plagued by several hiccups schedule-wise, several hiccups health-wise, and several hiccups content-wise.  But they're done!!  And I'm pleased.  I see the kindness of God all over these images.  He came alongside me and painted, as He usually does.  So rejoice with me!  GOD IS GOOD, AND KIND, AND FAITHFUL, AND COMPASSIONATE, AND CREATIVE!!

All the smudges along the bottom are glued on calendar pages.  They were really bold in their colors, so I went over them with a dry white brush.  They almost disappear now, but I'm ok with that.

The bird's nest in this one is 3-dimensional.  It's made of wadded up tissue paper, and it sticks out from the canvas.  No picking at it, people!!!

This one also has tissue paper.... that orange stripe is glued on, instead of being paint.  All the white marks are where the paint picked up the wrinkles in the tissue paper.

More tissue paper here.  All the beige smudges are glued on instead of painted on.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Here We Go!

We're goin' black!  Change is good, and invigorating, and exciting, and even challenging.  All 8 canvases for  my church went black at the tail end of last week.  Today I started on the new images.  Two are done!  Six more to go.....

I love these two.  Especially as a pair!  What a thought, that Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God is a warrior on my behalf.  And not only that, HE IS VICTORIOUS!!!  Love that.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Doodles and Ponderings

Doodling goes hand-in-hand with pondering.  My mind cannot be blank.  It's just not possible!  So as I sit with a pen in my hand, my creative lines are always interrupted by the need to make a note of what's going on in my head.  In this case, I was pondering the character of God, and how He Himself is of great comfort to me.

Piggy-backing on those thoughts, come the grand thoughts of God's work in my life.  Again, there is no void.  I don't remain a blank canvas in the hands of my God.  He is ALWAYS at work.  Another great comfort.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Doodles To End The Year

It's a soothing thing to sit with pen in hand.  Tiny lines, one right after another,  symmetrical and yet not,  sometimes some whimsy, sometimes nothing special.  Always pondering the events of the day.  Often speaking to God of the cares of this world.  Sometimes getting an ache in  my thumb, but it 's so, so worth it.  These quiet hours are peaceful.

Peace to you, those who stop by here.  May you pursue and know our only true source of peace in 2016: JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

A Joyous Pair

Two pieces.  Intended to hang together as you see them here.  These were a DELIGHT to paint.  My client loves the mountains,  she loves Pikes Peak,  she loves the truth found in  God's word, and she LOVES THE PROMISED RETURN OF THE LORD JESUS.  That's why I painted a cloudy Peak, instead of one with a clear blue sky.  Jesus will come in the clouds.  PERHAPS TODAY.

On a more prosaic note, the canvas with the words was stinking hard!!!  I paint words all the time, but they're usually on a ginormous canvas.  This one is only 11" x 14".  That's a tiny brush!  I can tell you I prayed a lot over it!!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Over the years our collection of  Christmas decorations has gotten smaller and smaller and smaller.  That's because there wasn't much quality in the collection, and things broke, or got munched, or faded... and so I threw things away.  The problem is, I didn't replace them.  So the house has looked less and less festive as the years have gone by.

Well, this year I decided I wanted to do something about it.  Among other things, I've added this group of tiny canvases.  They're 4" square, and each letter stands on it's own tiny easel.  I got out my calligraphy books and dug around for a font that I thought was fitting, and then sketched out the letters on paper to begin with (because I've LEARNED that when I don't have a PLAN, things very quickly go awry).  I think I'm going to paint over the blue diamonds in the letter "N"... either that, or add blue diamonds to the other letters. Other than that I'm pleased.

Merry Christmas everyone!!  Celebrate Christ's birth!!!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Trying To Re-Light the Flame

Time marches by.  No, it trots.  No, it gallops, full speed with energy and fervor.  And I find myself wondering where it went!  AND, I find myself wondering how to hold a pen or a paint brush.

So, here is my attempt to bring the tiny spark of creativity back to life.  Greeting cards are great for that purpose.  They're small.  They're generally quick.  And they're easy to throw away if they're a failure!!

This is the beginning of a project for a friend.  Two canvases, one with these glorious words, and one with our beloved mountain on it (that would be Pikes Peak, for you non-locals).  Canvases are a little harder to pitch if they're failures, so I am speaking to my Lord about this quite a lot!