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

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

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Hearts (under construction)

Optimists find joy in small things. They enjoy sunsets, 
a good conversation with a close friend;
 and they enjoy life in general. 
They are more concerned with having many small joys rather than having one huge joy. 

~Robert M. Sherfield ♡

A lighthearted collection of hearts and funny pics that I have collected over the years, hopefully it will bring you smiles today. :)
Happy Valentine's day!

“To truly try means to accept God's love, his healing, to accept the world can be ugly, but your heart doesn't have to be. It takes courage, Finley the warrior. You haven't held on to your anger and bitterness in search of healing, but as a banner of your hurt. Because it's real and visible and strong, " she said. "But so is God's love and so are those arms he's holding out for you.” 
 Jenny B. Jones

  1. If you really want to receive joy and happiness, then serve others with all your heart. Lift their burden, and your own burden will be lighter.
  2.  Ezra Taft Benson
Help fight hunger
Your donation will help feed the hungry and give clean water!💟
This piece will be up for sale late Spring with 100 percent of the proceeds will go to hunger, World Vision 

Free calendar download  

“Though we are incomplete, God loves us completely. Though we are imperfect, He loves us perfectly. Though we may feel lost and without compass, God's love encompasses us completely. ... He loves every one of us, even those who are flawed, rejected, awkward, sorrowful, or broken.” 
Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“You are the masterpiece of Love Itself framed within a body. And so you are.” 
D. Bratasanu

But you tell me You're making a masterpiece You shaping the soul in me
 You're moving where I can't see
 And all I am is in your hands 
You're taking me all apart 
Like it was your plan from the start 
To finish your work of art for all to see
 you're making a masterpiece 
Guess I'm your canvas Beautiful black and blue 
Painted in mercy's hue I don't see past this But you see me now 
Who I'll be then There at the end 
🎜Standing there as Your Masterpiece🎝

Free coloring page download 

  1. My friend, I wish you a happy Valentine’s day.
  2. Friendship is not collection of hearts but it is selection of hearts!

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:7