Tuesday, August 7, 2018

"In His Shoes" Part three summer project series

Walk a couple miles in someone else’s journey and I can almost guarantee a couple of things. We’d be less harsh, less apt to think we’d do better, less tempted to think we know stuff we don’t really know. And much more willing to just give them a bandaid for their blisters, a kind prayer, and a glass of ice cold lemonade.
Lysa TerKeurst

In His Shoes

Photo credit Laura Reinhardt/World Vision 2013 
The first time I saw this photo  I was struck by it, it was profound and mesmerizing.  It told the whole story of what it means to be a child living in poverty going to school in holey shoes.  There was a richness also in it, although this picture was saying so much more.   

       I named this piece "In His Shoes".  In all that we go through we know that Jesus went through the same things. He walked with the poor, the suffering and the outcasts. He was called names, ridiculed and beaten. (it has been a ruff couple months but not as bad as all that) :)  

Every painting I did in this series told a story of a child 
and what it was like in their world.  
The timing of every piece I was working on 
and all the things that were happening in the world (and in my world) 
was undeniable.  A miracle, God be the glory!

Pick a child to sponsor  )  

I kept thinking of the bible verse,
Jesus replied, "No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God." Luke 9:62 
 but I had no idea on how much would be holding on to that verse this summer to complete this!
  I have an event this Fall with some kids up for sponsorship so I pick out some World Vision photos (with permission) that had to do with sponsorship and why it works for children suffering around the world.  This particular photo by Laura Reinhardt was so moving to me that I decided to make it my final one in the series.  I have had this song on my mind all week, so I finished painting this last piece by music, 
Lauren Daigle‘s new song “You Say” 
(in this video.  In His Shoes

 I could only see His feet while painting this!

I hope you can too!

Thank all of you that have been following along with me this summer. 

Much Love,

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original footprints poem
One night a man had a dream.

He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Across the sky flashed scenes from his life.
For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand:
one belonging to him, and the other to the Lord.

When the last scene of his life flashed before him,
he looked back at the footprints in the sand.
He noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints.

He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life.
This really bothered him and he questioned the Lord about it.

"Lord, You said that once I decided to follow you,
You'd walk with me all the way.
But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life,
there is only one set of footprints.

I don't understand why, when I needed you most, you would leave me."

The Lord replied,
"My son, My precious child, I love you and I would
never leave you. During your times of trial and
suffering, when you see only one set of footprints,
it was then that I Carried You."

Friday, July 13, 2018

Summer project series Part 2

I have learned to live my life one step, one breath, and one moment at a time, but it was a long road. I set out on a journey of love, seeking truth, peace and understanding. I am still learning.
~Muhammad Ali

It’s about half way through the summer now and it's been a hectic month.  I have just been bombarded from every direction (it is intense) this summer,  but the joy has been in the journey (painting) so far as I carve out time in each day to work on my "Summer Project Series"  There is a part of me that is thinking, why do I do this to myself?  

The other part of me is thinking...this will truly be a miracle if I'm  able to get this done.  

  I really do feel at peace while working on these pieces, in the quiet hours of the morning and the moments I find to work on them.  The craziness of this summer, somehow stops my own voice, and Im pouring that voice into these paintings only.  Maybe that was meant to be, hopefully they can speak on their own and for the subjects involved and their issues with the love of Christ. 

Sponsor a child  ❃

Photo credit Jon Warren/World Vision
This painting is from a photo captured by Jon Warren of World Vision of a mother grateful for the medical help she received for her newborn baby.  A mother may walk for miles, or days to get medical help.  While some babies don't even live past the age of five in some areas, this mama knows that she has been given a gift.  

Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young-- a place near your altar, LORD Almighty, my King and my God. Ps 84:3

Sponsor a child like Nirma ❃
Photo credit Nissi Thapa/World Vision
Painting number 5 of my summer project series. I think I connected with this one the most out of all of them so far.  I am a folk artist not a realist, but I really did want to capture her expression on her face. Her name is Nirma, she’s 15 years old and was one week away from her wedding to a much older man and it was stopped just a week before her nuptials, and she was grateful to be able to learn some technical skills

 Her thoughts at that time was that she was doing a selfless act of lo've for her family, she did not want to be a burden to them, even though it is obvious that she seems really scared and nervous about this marriage. I painted the partial window with the blue skies to represent hope and beauty on the horizon. Thank goodness the marriage was stopped for a few years and this girl was able to learn new skills for a good future.  


Sponsor a boy ❃
Photo credit Jon Warren/World Vision
This little boy from Africa shows so much joy from receiving clean water to drink,  I decided to add a few sunflowers­čî╗ from my own garden. Clean water is everything to villages suffering from diseases that are caused by dirty water!  The colors represent lightness and joy.
"Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Neh 8:10


Sponsor a child for a good future ❃

Painting number 7 in my summer project series and only one more to go! Thank you if you have been following all my progress this summer! This little girl from Peru is reading a book outside among some bricks.  While this child may not be working instead of going to school, many children do not go to school and go to work instead all around the world, and some of that work is heavy labor. This photo was chosen for me by Lauren Reed/ Digital Librarian  World Vision USA
Photo credit Ester Luis/World Vision 2010

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Summer project series

We may run, walk, stumble, drive, or fly, but let us never lose sight of the reason for the journey, or miss a chance to see a rainbow on the way.
Gloria Gaither
I am starting a new art summer project series this summer, working with color undertones.  This will be a working summer for me, a job, training a new puppy and I am also preparing for an event in the Fall with art and child sponsorship with World Vision.  As a volunteer child ambassador I see some moving photos that speak to me on what sponsoring a child means, to me and to the child themselves.  I figured that I would paint my own displays based on some photos from World Vision itself.  
While every summer I like to challenge myself with a project, this one seems more like a journey.  The painting's will be in illustrative form and may look a little different than the photo,  hopefully I will try and be as true to the story as the photographer meant them to be,  the photos themselves are already beautiful.  The reason that I'm doing World Vision photo's is because I will have kids up for sponsorship from the same regions as the scenes that will be painted.  I will use this same post all summer long to add each painting that will be used for the event.  The pictures themselves will be up for sale for the East African hunger crisis.  
I begin on a journey, inspired by the stunning work of the World Vision photographers,  and the graciousness of them allowing me to do this, even though I'm still learning about the fundamentals of undertones, color, painting and story illustrations. 

Check back with me throughout the summer and see my progress! 


Photo credit Lindsay Minerva/World Vision Guatemala
My first painting is a little girl (Yennifer from Guatemala) holding her family bible. This photo reminds me of the bible verse... "Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him)"? 

God's heart for the poor and the faith of a little child must be precious to God's heart.
Sponsor a child from Bangladesh ❃
Photo credit Laura Reinhardt/World Vision Bangladesh 
The second painting of my summer project series for an event this Fall is this painting from a photo of Somali feeding her little brother eggs from chickens that they received from World Vision. The children are no longer malnourished and is pictured here with a full plate of food.

Children are often looking after other siblings and Im sure its a blessing to have food to give them.

Sponsor a child from Zambia❃
Photo credit Jon Warren/World Vision Zambia
Painting number three is a painting of little girl feverish with malaria and sat in the lap of a photojournalist Kari Costanza of World Vision.  While the photojournalist was interviewing her parents in Zambia, Photographer Jon Warren captured this picture. 
A picture of World Vision’s work, love.

Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."
Matthew 19:14

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Folk art display and sale

The art of life is to live in the present moment, and to make that moment as perfect as we can by the realization that we are the instruments and expression of God Himself.

Emmet Fox

The pieces in red will be displayed at the First Friday Exhibit at the Vancouver Community Library May 4th-7th and will be up for sale after the 8th  of May.

Happy Spring!

I will write some new posts soon!

19 by 19 inches

Folk art piece "Come as you are" painted in oils on a recycled frame. 

Painted in oils

17 by 14 inches 

Painted in oils from a photograph from a World Vision photographer (Jon Warren) of a woman carrying water.  Painted for charity, the sale from this piece will go to World Vision's work in the field. 

World Vision is a global Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice.

16 by 13 inches framed

Painting in oil "Melody"


Ukulele with tropical flowers


12 3/4 by 12 3/4 inches

Painted in oils "storm"


16 by 13 inches

Painting in oil "Harmony"

Violin with  flowers
13 by 12 inches framed

Oil painting "fireflies"
16 by 20 inches

Oil painting "The coffee harvest"


16 by 20 inches

Oil painting "Your first love "


13 by 12 inches framed

Oil painting "Reflections"

New 14 by 11 inches 

An ordinary day

13 by 13 inches boxed framed custom 

Painted in oils "Hope"

13 1/2 by 12 inches

Oil painting "Snow days"


"Ideal cottage"

Mini paintings in oils


All of the little shelf art pieces are 35.00 

5 by 4 inches


Mini Oil paintings

Painted in oils "Glory Be"

I'm an American self taught folk artist and an embroider living in the Northwest.  I have been an artist for over 20 years working mostly in oils and embroidery.  Art has always been a means of expression to me, it is my way of communicating a visual story in a way that all can hear from every age group. Art can even bypasses any language barrier. 

30 percent of all proceeds goes to help with clean water, hunger, child trafficking and the protection of children with the charity World Vision. 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

You are not alone

"A Guardian Angel walks with us sent from above, their loving wings surround us and enfold us with love." 

I have been quietly working on some artwork for a gallery showing on an upper floor above a library in our area. I needed about 5 paintings, and 1 or 2 embroideries, framed. I have been concentrating on my work mostly and feeling as though the world is passing me by.

At most of my art events, so far I have been able to find sponsors for kids in need (World Vision ), but the last event fell through.  I can still see the little boy's face from Cambodia.  His bright smile on his picture folder and the lady that was so happy to sponsor him.  

I am not too sure what happened, but there has been a lot of closed doors for me this year, that is for sure. People moving away, jobs ending, and days in the wilderness. 

I am learning a lot about trust and waiting on God. Not striving, just being myself and who God created me to be.
You are not alone/ oil on canvas 12" by 12"

I had this dream last night, 

I was doing some artwork and everything I was painting sold right away, and I had some interest in my work.  I also had a jar of pumpkin seeds from my last years garden, and I was giving away a few of them.  They were the Cinderella pumpkins that took over my tiny backyard last year.
(I really did save the seeds from that harvest)  

Then I saw a large canvas of a painting that had faces of children from many nations that filled the entire painting, and then another painting appeared and it was Jesus holding a child's hand.

Then I heard...

"Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."

Matthew 19:14

Reckless love  by

Cory Asbury 

You have searched me, Lord,
    and you know me.
 You know when I sit and when I rise;
    you perceive my thoughts from afar.

You discern my going out and my lying down;

    you are familiar with all my ways.
 Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely.
 You hem me in behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me.
 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too lofty for me to attain.
 Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?

If I go up to the heavens, you are there;

    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

If I rise on the wings of the dawn,

    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
 even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.
 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
    and the light become night around me,”
 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
    the night will shine like the day,
    for darkness is as light to you.

 For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
 How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
 Were I to count them,
    they would outnumber the grains of sand
    when I awake, I am still with you.
Psalm 139; 1-18