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

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

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

SURPRISE! … and everything changes…

SURPRISE! … and everything changes… We’ve had a lot of surprises lately. The most joyous one recently came on October 4th. In the wee hours of the morning, I woke up and couldn’t go back to sleep. Praying for our youngest daughter, pregnant with her first child, I saw the word SURPRISE and a picture of a jack in the box popping out of the box. Other words came and I wrote them down, getting excited for the new addition expected in December. A shower was planned for October 8th and we were asked to write down words for the baby… Read More

Fresh Perspective from Nature of My Word of the Year

Fresh Perspective from Nature of my Word of the Year It was something to look forward to for more than a month. I was going with three close friends on a retreat for a few days in the high desert of Oregon. Getting there and the arrival was more difficult than expected. After adjusting schedules and expectations, we arrived safely after dark and fell into bed. The next day offered beauty and solace along the beautiful Metolius River. I felt tired and spent after a difficult week. Walking with friends along the path by the river was a joyful relief. The weekend was over, and kids back in school,… Read More

Paradox of Rest

Paradox of Rest During this season, I am asking a question asked in one of my favorite books, Inner Compass. (Scroll down to see link in sidebar) The author Margaret Silf, asks, Am I being drawn or driven? For me, the answer to that question reveals the source and motivation of what I choose to do. Being drawn is responding to God’s invitation with a ‘Yes.’ My word for this year is Flow, and I imagine myself entering into the river of God. Surrendering to the current, being secure in God’s love to the point of relaxing, putting my feet… Read More

Be brave…I am here…Outside your comfort zone

Be brave…I am here…outside your comfort zone “Be brave and don’t be afraid. I am here.” – Jesus   Matthew 14:27 The Passion Translation That is not the typical I AM statement of Jesus I think of. But Jesus said it a number of times to his followers, “I am with you, even to the end of the age, I am here…” Jesus, his Spirit, Holy Spirit, Comforter, with me… always. I am receiving this in a deep way today. Stepping out in faith, working on a new project that looks big, harder than I can attempt on my own,… Read More