Monday, February 14, 2011
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.
The Lord of the Rings
Friday, April 10, 2009
I am putting no expectations on myself today……to work……….to go………..to act. Today I just want to be. Lord come. I understand my story being a small subplot of the bigger story…………..The story of life … The story of Christ….God’s redeeming Sacrifice. Lord Come. The depth of the significance of my contribution is entirely dependent on HIM……..as is my joy. my peace, my salvation, my healing, my growth. …….. Lord Come. I really have no say in the future but only the comfort that H E is in control and H E will be there. And H E is here. Lord Come. This life, this story………….played out in day in day out seemingly insignificant dramas that bring conflict to my mundane hours, is mine only if I take it up. I choose not to today. I only desire one thing………in this moment.....
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
"God designed the human machine to run on Himself. He Himself is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn... That is why it is just no good asking God to make us happy in our own way without bothering about (Him). God cannot give us happiness and peace apart from Himself… There is no such thing."
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Technique can be taught. Craft has its attributes. Technique is never the point of a work of art. Art is essentially human rather than mechanical.
Experience in another teacher. It will get you on a first name basis with materials and concepts. Some things are learned in the doing. Hard work is essential to grow as an artist.
Some things are caught not taught. We can be encouraged by another’s enthusiasm. Joy in God’s purpose can be modeled. Existing examples of excellence impel us beyond our seemed limitations and mitigating self criticism. Some things can not be taught by technique, experience nor example. Some things are only received in discovery. Observation skills are developed as a student inclines themselves to discover. Learning to see the unseen is a conscious act of the will in which each created being must lay down their preconceived mindsets and discover anew the Creator’s insight that is for them alone to discover and express.
Creativity is something we all have innately being created in his image. Awe and wonder are necessary elements for creative expression. It comes from a heart of gratitude that is pursuing the Father. The naturally gifted need to develop their talent. Some artists never open their gifts bur leave them wrapped and untouched.
Desire is the catalyst. It is the key to success in any area. Desire brings determination. Knowing technique, having experience, being exposed to good teaching, and even natural talent cannot bring the results that desire can.
Father God, give me the desire to glorify you in artistic expression and help me to reflect you to whomever you put in my path today. iJnip Amen
Thursday, August 07, 2008
Successful Creative Expression
Every artist has their own ideas of what they consider successful creative expression. Some hope to transport another person into their landscape or create a pause in someone’s daily routine. Whereas some may seek the recognition of an single observer, others may hope for reception in a show where they might capture the attention of the multitudes. Successful creative expression may come from the artist’s own satisfaction in a work well done. Still for others the mark of success may be to bring beauty to a world made unappealing by the fall. This may be the simplest yet most profound determination of success. If striving to recapture the goodness God intended for his beloved pre-fall redirects the viewer to the Creator and gives glory to the Father, this expression succeeds at the point of mankind’s greatest need. For every man needs to experience God’s goodness and in that discover their origin God Himself.
Saturday, June 30, 2007
A thief in Paris planned to steal some paintings from the Louvre. After careful planning, he got past security, stole the paintings and made it safely to his van. However, he was captured only two blocks away when his van ran out of gas. When asked how he could mastermind such a crime and then make such an obvious error, he replied, "Monsieur, that is the reason I stole the paintings. I had no Monet to buy Degas to make the Van Gogh." (I wasn't sure if I had De Gaulle to write this, But, I figured I had nothing Toulouse.)
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Pay attention to maintaining beauty.
Allow events to change you….. Do not allow circumstances determine your joy.
He who wants milk should not sit himself in the middle of a pasture
waiting for a cow to back up to him. (Anonymous)
...the moods of sadness that come over anyone who takes up art... these dismal moods have very little compensation. (Edgar Degas)
Joys as winged dreams fly fast,
Why should sadness longer last?
Grief is but a wound to woe;
/ Gentlest fair, mourn, mourn no moe. (John Fletcher)
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
I find it hard to admit I was wrong when the fact of the matter is I wear a square halo.
I want to be polished and attractive but I am a square peg trying to fit in a round hole. I am not this perfect Christian wife, mother, sister, friend… I live the already but not yet. Already empowered, forgiven, chosen and redeemed. Not yet …Perfect. I don’t know others but when deep calls unto deep for me it is usually dinner with humble pie for desert.
In biblical terms, repentance means to change your mind about sin and about God.
"...If you return to the Lord with all your heart, remove the foreign gods...from among you and direct your hearts to the Lord...He will deliver you..." (1 Sam. 7:3).
“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret.” 2 Corinthians 7:10a
So anytime I have pointed a finger, belittled , or gossiped against : my husband, my children, my siblings, my friends, the church, my government, I need to see God for who He is and humble myself. And turn away from My ways and walk with HIM. Experiencing great JOY in the process! He is good.
I say to You, There is Joy in the Presence of The Angels of God
over one sinner who repents. Luke 15:10
I pray they are rejoicing over me today and I can live without regrets in love with life and Christ Jesus my saviour.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
I don't know how I am going to use this .... layered paper design but it has me thinking (: I have a technique page to do for a book page so maybe I will use this as my jumping off point
Monday, May 07, 2007
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Monday, April 09, 2007
Thursday, April 05, 2007
Saturday, March 31, 2007
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Thursday, March 08, 2007
a kind word turns away wrath
Response can eventually change stimulus
Resurrection power is available to me to lift my old creative soul from death to life
Creative challenge for the day:
- scan a journal page
- read about Trina Schart Hyman
- cut 12 Atcs to begin working on them
- investigate buying more artist's journals
- paint 4 backgrounds
- set up my idea for charms
- find the stuff to do gel medium transfers with
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Friday, July 21, 2006
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Thursday, July 06, 2006
It always amazes me, as we drive home from ball games, how beautiful the area we live in is. The sun is usually setting over the fields of corn and soybeans. We usually spot deer and ground hogs. The horses are usually contributing to the landscape. It just feels like home. I took some pictures in the moving truck the sky appeared lavendar, however this photo does not carry the feeling I wanted to express it still transports me to the time we rode home and I appreciated God's goodness towards me.
Thursday, June 29, 2006
Below is the treasure I unearthed this morning during my search for interesting things on the internet.
"Seize the moment before it's gone,
For another day begins at dawn.
Embrace the night which brings you rest -
Awake and know you did your best.
Fight each fight, and run each race -
It matters not if you win or place.
Seize the moment... you'll be blest,
Then rest assured you passed the test.
For he who tries can never fail,
When God directs the ship we sail.
Seize the moment and hold it clear,
And rise by faith above your fear."
Monday, June 26, 2006
I am finding this kind of fool proof doodling very relaxing. I am amazed at how you can create movement by thickening lines and using bold patterns. Mistakes in line are easily restated. the more I look the more I want to add. I hope to make more and possibly express a more recognizable subject with the same patterns and principles.
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Lisa Fraser sent me this in an email I wanted to include it in my art journey. I am on day 61
Sunday, April 09, 2006
Hosanna ... means He saves. The crowd was a mix that day. some wanted a warrior king that would lead them against their Roman oppressors, some had heard He was a great prophet and healer. some were in love with the compassionate beautiful man of Jesus Christ. the same people 5 days after His triumphant greeting were willing to crucify him. I do not know how I would have been that day. I only know that today i am thrilled that my Savior came and that He lived a perfect life and died that I might live. Today on Palm Sunday the beginning of holy week we sang Holy Holy Holy. I was reminded of this drawing I did 6 years ago.
I am praying over my writing. I desire so badly to have beautiful writing but I am awkward and somehow miss letters and put in wrong letters. I cannot seem to concentrate ... writing makes me a nervous nelly. Even here I see that i was trying to say your and instead I wrote you.... I wonder what the Lord has in store for me an the lessons I will be learning on this path? Artiscape was great. I appreciate some art styles that I have no desire to replicate. I enjoy the altered art and collage and want to grow in experience with more traditional fine arts like watercolors and acrylics. the book making and journal art is facinating to me.
Sunday, April 02, 2006
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Monday, March 27, 2006
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Sunday, March 05, 2006
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.
A friend sent this quote to me today. When I did this collage ironically I was thinking about being broken and weary...tired and abused and finding rest and acceptance....
I was sorting through some junk in the basement and found this. I don't remember what year I made it but I remember the kids loved the day and papers were flying....
"From the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper,from a passing shape, from a spider's web. . . we must pick out what is good for us where we can find it."~Pablo Picasso
I read this quote in Alisa's blog which is a great inspiration to me. I want that kind of excellence in my art journals....... we will see (:
Thursday, March 02, 2006
Atc done fin....eee...
this has me excited to do a larger nature collage. Joined another art group today. Learning what a sketch crawl is..........
Saturday, February 25, 2006
Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.~Pablo Picasso~
St. Theresa's Prayer:
May today there be peace within. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.... May you be content knowing you are a child of God.... Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.
I put this prayer in a circle journal and my prayer journal under the section friends. I believe we have infinite possibilities. I pray today I live and love in a way that others will also.
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Judith lead me step by step through this painting. She is an excellent teacher. I cannot wait to work with her again. She has become a very important part of my art making journey.
Notes from Making Art like a true Artist:
The artistic journey begins with a simple desire to create. …this seed grow into a Philosophy of art making. I am driven by some philosophy of art making whether I am are able to articulate it or not.
He goes on to write his philosophy of art and I agree with him through out the article.
Living a life in response to God.... cultivating my talent resposibly and praying to the Holy Spirit to fill me with the skill, ability and knowledge that I need on the way.
I wish to be surrounded by many wonderfully gifted and artistic people.
I am blessed with Sherry she is willing to paint and be patient with me as I tie myself in knots over this art journal altered composition book.
Sunday, February 19, 2006
Imaginative space where faith and artistic vision meet... Is there such a place? If this is a journey then that is my destination.
Lord help me to within myself reconnect beauty to goodness and truth and Lord help me to express it visually,
Saturday, February 18, 2006
This is the outside of my prayer journal. After seeing all the wonderful art journals on line... I am excited, overwhelmed, and a bit afraid that I will embark on this journey and never arrive. My goal is to start a 2006 art journal soon......
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Okay now to live the life....
Monday, February 13, 2006
This really is a journey. Observing every step of the way . Constantly searching for beautiful things to incorporate into my creative attempts.
What I am learning.... sometimes less is more..LOL reminds me of Garry's dancing (: Layers work.
Still trying to "find my colors". I do not have a "style" I am looking for things that visually appeal to me... Some of my "art" is just an attempt to capture something someone else has already done...... there is nothing new under the sun and I do not mind being a student who looks to the masters... and more experienced artists. But when will I know and be confident in my own ....artist's way?