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

Moving Forward Into Who I Am – Bible Journaling

Moving Forward Into Who I Am – Bible Journaling First of all, I would like to thank those who sent me kind and caring messages this past week. I’ve felt buoyed by prayer and friendship in a new way. Mercifully sleep has also become normal this week. Thank you! Knowing I cannot rely on my feelings, I am choosing to be proactive: an appointment is set with a doctor and time blocks are put in my schedule for more balance including rest, people, work etc. In my reading, I have been revisiting who I am in Christ, which coincides with… Read More

On One Hand… and On the Other Hand…

On One Hand… and On the Other Hand… It is one of those seasons, on one hand being blessed beyond what I imagined, and on the other, difficulty and doubt in a number of areas. I’ve gone back and forth whether to share more vulnerably about “the other hand.” On one hand Keith and I had a wonderful time together vacationing in the canyons and then four days at our favorite local beach celebrating our anniversary. I am truly grateful. On the other hand, when we are home we are working hard, often into the evenings. We are both risking… Read More

What’s going on behind the scenes?

What’s going on behind the scenes? Today I’m sharing, heart to heart, what’s been going on with me behind the scenes (online presence), things that influence my online friendships.  I realize, I haven’t been as consistent or communicating as often I usually do, or would like to. I haven’t forgotten about you! There has been a lot going on behind the scenes, and because I feel connected with you in this online journey, I want to share these new things with you. The development of an exciting new online class, an upgraded new website, and a new book that combines… Read More

What Are You Doing Today?

What Are You Doing Today? “What are you doing today?” That is what the chiropractor asked me when I went in for an adjustment this morning. I heard myself say, “I’m working.” It sounded flat, true and not accurate at the same time. As he adjusted my spine, Dr. Rueben said, “Hmmm, is what I do work? It doesn’t seem like it. It’s more like fulfilling my purpose. And it gives provision for more purpose in other areas of my life.” I responded, “I like that. Sometimes I feel that, as an artist, people don’t think I work and I justify… Read More

From Travel Brochures to Art Journal – How-to Video

From Travel Brochures to Art Journal – How-to Video During our trip, the travel information and maps gathered at the national parks were extremely helpful. Now that we’re home, I don’t want to store the paper stack of info, but I don’t want to just throw it away either. Solution: make a spontaneous art journal (of course 🙂 Below is a video I made showing how I made a journal page spread using collage pieces from our travel brochures, some personal photos, writing and a little bit of paint. The techniques used can be used in any journal that can… Read More

Dream Realized in My Moleskine journal

Dream Realized are sweet to the soul – in My Moleskine journal! My visit to the Grand Canyon was a dream come true! It was on my bucket list and everything I hoped for. Keith was a great sport too. He does not like heights, but went along, delighted and cringing at my joy of feeling on top of the world. The little Moleskine watercolor journal offered me various ways to include photos, write, paint etc. Some pages were title pages such as this page below. Here is a photo that shows the process: painted with a fine pointed tipped… Read More

Summer Vacation in My Moleskine Journal – Part 2

Summer Vacation in my Moleskine journal – Part 2 and the Power of a Symbol 6-20-2016 I listed the points of our journey on the left side of the page. I tried to get the idea of heat from the colors and sun ray shapes. On the right side I drew a little map of our stops and filled the center with shapes of rock art we saw at the Edge of the Cedars museum and excavation. It was a great little find and well worth the $5 entry fee. Here is Keith, a momentary installation in the sculpture garden… Read More

Summer Vacation in My Moleskine Journal

I’m always experimenting with ways to travel journal, seeing the creative process reflecting the journey into the unknown of traveling. This past month, I’ve been experimenting with two types of journal. The first, a pocket Moleskine watercolor journal, is more familiar to me. I packed my 3.5″ x 5.5″ Moleskine, travel watercolor kit, pencil, sharpener, eraser, pens, brushes, paper towel, all fitting into a gallon Ziploc bag. Actually, I took more than that in the bag, but these are all I used, so next time, I’ll know what I really need. The supplies are listed and linked at the end… Read More

From Coloring Page to Personalized Cards

From Coloring Page to Personalized Cards I wanted to make some personalized cards, so I decided to use one of my coloring page drawings from the just released NEW coloring book: Colorful Blessings ~ Celebrating Everyday Wonders (see link below).  I am quite pleased with the results. It was easy to do and easily personalized. You may want to give it a try, giving your own personal message to someone you love.  Here are the steps to make the cards: 1. Tear out the coloring page from Colorful Blessings ~ Celebrating Everyday Wonders coloring book. 2. Color the houses with colored pencils… Read More