Category Archives: watercolor
Is there something that you really want? Something that you have longed for, for a very long time? And have you also sometimes felt selfish, undeserving or just plain crazy in even wishing for this thing? I’ve been there. But something I recently … Continue reading
Not another death. Why another funeral? My husband’s dear Uncle, another in a long line of funerals over the past 2 1/2 years. The 7th one, to be precise. He was another of that fine generation, a brave soldier who fought … Continue reading
This watercolor is of my daughter, the first year in our new home, Christmas 2004.
Christmas seemed to pass in an empty blur of activity this year.
Not only did we not do our annual advent studies or bake cookies with scripture notes for the neighbors but it felt like it was all I could do to get through each day. Since, too, it was our first Christmas in years when financial issues weren’t choking us, we probably went a little crazy with the gift buying. The weeks leading to Christmas felt materialistic and empty.
But it was more than that. I still so deeply miss my own home, my old neighbors and my fellowship at our old church, hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of miles away. And Christmas brings that all to the surface.
And so, as Christmas got closer, I got sadder and sadder (and sadder.) I had failed my daughter and myself, but mostly God. How could I have let this important time slip through my fingers, while I remained caught in the web of washing dishes, cooking, cleaning and helping care for the sick?
It seemed unacceptable as a Christian.
And yet, over the last week a few truths occurred to mitigate my feeelings:
Jesus should be the center of our lives everyday.
Any season without Him is empty.
Traditions are important but can’t take the place of a relationship with Christ.
Living your life in service to others (yes, even faithfully hand-washing dishes and cleaning up other’s messes) is pleasing to God when done with a cheerful heart.
And so, here is to a New Year. A year hopefully to be spent serving others, strengthening our relationship with God and keeping Christ in every moment of every day.
God bless you all in 2012.
This inspiration for this watercolor came from an old photo of my husband’s uncle ~ who recently, I’m so sorry to say, passed away ~ and his young son. This scene is so inviting and serene that it makes me want to … Continue reading
I painted this pretty little hummingbird as the artwork for a totebag birthday gift I intend to give to a friend who loves both hummingbirds and the color violet. The verse I chose to complement the watercolor is a reminder to … Continue reading
Ecclesiastes 3:4 declares that there is “A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.” But what do we do when our weeping and mourning times appear to far outnumber the … Continue reading
This is called “Two Buddies.” It’s a painting of my Mom’s dogs for her birthday this week. Happy Birthday, Mom! What I believe is immediately evident in this watercolor is that the dog on the right, “Chief”, is much older, eyes … Continue reading
(I know this Green Sea Turtle doesn’t exactly look “happy” but since I’m the one who painted him I know he really is. :) And, I think the ocean and its bright yet serene colors make for a great “Happy Day” image. … Continue reading
This is a watercolor I recently did of my beautiful little girl blowing out the candles on her cake at her 5th birthday. If I could have just one wish I wouldn’t ask to have my circumstances changed (although that would be … Continue reading
I painted this watercolor as a poster illustration for a friend who writes poetry…I think he’ll like it. One thing I noticed when I was researching photos of horses running in races was that they never seem to be paying attention to one … Continue reading
“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 Sometimes we just need to remember this, and heed the advice therein. There I was, lying flat on my back on the dining room floor. My head had just hit, … Continue reading
This watercolor is of a young friend of my daughter’s from back home, who calls my daughter her “big sister.” As it happens, this adorable little girl’s Mother is just like a sister to me, too. And, since none of us four … Continue reading
Well, I am delighted with this! I painted this ~ and created a poster from the artwork ~ as a thank you to a dear friend who returned from Paris bearing some beautiful gifts for my daughter and I. So, … Continue reading
I have been praying for the friend of a friend whose son was serving in Afghanistan until recently, until he was the victim of a terrorist. He stepped on an explosive device designed specifically to maim and kill our young soldiers. I am … Continue reading
I just spoke with a friend from “back home” today. I painted this watercolor thank you card ~ of Disneyland’s Main Street ~ for him because he works at Disneyland and he got me into the theme park for free … Continue reading