The Mystery of Music and Memory

I am struck by the mysterious power of music and the way music moves the heart, gives hope, and recalls memories. When moved by a piece of music, I often found myself saying and praying, “How I long to paint like this sounds.” The right song at the right time can bring a deep sense of hope. This happened last week during my dear Aunt Ruth’s funeral. Music, especially hymns, were important to her. She strongly requested a specific vocalist sing two of her favorite hymns during her service. When the singer began the first song I began to weep. The song… Read More

Prayerfully Personalized Nesting Dolls

It’s been a season of waiting, trusting, of focusing on family, having numerous houseguests, of reconciliation, and learning the paradox of holding close and letting go. With the birth of our premature granddaughter, and my dear Aunt who is home with hospice care, we are walking through a time that is incredibly precious and also draining. During these times, I find it helpful to be intentional about taking time for activities that feed my soul: going for a walk at my favorite park while listening to my favorite music, writing down my blessings in my everyday journal and giving thanks, and taking time to… Read More

My Faith and Art Favorites

Here are three of my favorite resources that encourage me in living out my faith through creativity, help spark ideas, deepen understanding, and experience greater meaning in my life, faith and art. I’ve included some links at the bottom of the post.   For encouragement in living out my faith through creativity I turn to: Walking on Water  by Madeleine L’Engle “Creativity opens us to revelation…” – Madeleine L’Engle Of all the books I’ve read, especially when I find myself wondering why I do what I do, Madeleine L’Engle helps bring me back to my creative calling as an artist and follower of Jesus… Read More

Looking at My Word and Animal Symbol of the Year

Did I choose the wrong word for this year? My Word of the Year, FREE or Freedom hasn’t been playing out how I thought it would. I’ve asked myself, “Did I choose the wrong word for this year?” Now that we are coming to the end of the first quarter, it occurs to me that there might be a few people who are wondering the same thing about their word for 2017. In addition to an annual word, this year, for the first time, I have a word for each month. January the word was clearly Hope. It came full and… Read More

The Unexpected Comes Calling

The good, the bad, and the beautiful – Life is a package. It is why I haven’t been online much the past few weeks. A good thing is our son unexpectedly came home for five days last week. It was a sweet time of being together as a family, of reconciliation, of love, and just plain fun. It’s not often I get to be with our three grown children at the same time. Mid-January I focused intensely on a project started in 2014. I felt the Spirit’s prompting and power as I got up to work in the wee hours of… Read More

My New Simplified Bullet Journal

Snow storm, cancelled classes, cleaning out and organizing studio spaces. For me it goes along with getting my everyday, calendar journal ready for the year. This simplified bullet journal gives me lots of freedom as I begin to live out my word of the year: FREE as in “be free.” By simplified I mean, not a lot of “to-do” lists or coding, unless I want to, but more of a loose design format to happily contain my thoughts, prayers, dreams, and activities of the year. Journal writing and research make up much of my everyday journal, but I want to jazz it… Read More

Uplifting Colors of the Year!

This year my focus colors were the theme that came early on. Having a starting color palette of about three colors helps jumpstart my journal and my creative year. I’ve found the palette finds its way into my art and even my wardrobe. This year, I did something different in using the bright, spring colors for my January calendar. I’ve never chose unseasonal colors like that for the winter month of January. But this year I have a strong sense of new beginning, of growth, of stepping out in faith. So, I took a baby step with those colors in… Read More

FREE – a Hopeful, Surprising Word of the Year

2017 is a year of Freedom! As this year unfolds, I am focusing on being free – making statements like “I am free to ____________________.” “I am free from _____________________.” “Be free to ___________________” etc. I plan to include these “free” pages throughout my everyday calendar journal, exploring ideas and options without pressure. I have a feeling they will bring enjoyment and fun to the concept of a free art-making process. Such as, I am free to play with Washi tape in my journal… Looking up the definition of my word of the year is one of the most helpful… Read More

Transition 2016-2017, Disappointment or Hope?

Happy New Year! I love this time of year of NEW Beginnings! What do you do to celebrate? I treat myself to a new journal to write and doodle freely in each January. It comes fresh and new, with pristine pages full of possibility. It always makes me wonder what will fill them in the coming days. One thing for sure is it will include my word of the year. FREE But what if looking back on this year and looking ahead brings a sense of disappointment? Disappointment has been a key factor in my year of personal progress. On… Read More

Complete Guide to Bible Journaling ~ Coming Soon!

Complete Guide To Bible Journaling available for Pre-Order Now! I am honored to be one of eleven artists featured in this exciting new book: Complete Guide to Bible Journaling by Joanne Fink and Regina Yoder. Here is the first of two spreads introducing my story of Bible journaling. The next spread in the book shows some of my Bible Journaling examples and tells some of the process. Much of the imagery found in my Bible Journaling has been adapted as coloring pages in my Colorful Blessings, and Colorful Blessings: Celebrating Everyday Wonders coloring books. In addition to helping people begin Bible Journaling with great tips on tools… Read More