Saturday, June 8, 2019

A second look 🐟

"As I walk now through the valley 
Let Your love rise above every fear
 Like the sun shaping the shadow 
In my weakness Your glory appears" ♩🎝
Here again elevation worship 

Painting #7 of my painting project series. 

“Families and children collecting shrimp fry near Mongla, Bangladesh where some children do hazardous work. I thought this painting was going to be about food security but when one of the staff members of World Vision posted some articles on child labor it occurred to me why there was so many children on the beach fishing. The child labor can be hazardous and is not always on the shore, it’s machinery, hard labor and sometimes far from home. Struggling families need the income and can’t afford the fees for uniforms and supplies for school. World Vision opened up a child-Friendly Learning Center here so the children can learn life skills and play in a safe environment to grow and give them a good future.

Shrimp farming in Bangladesh.   

Photo credit World Vision staff

Tiny garden progress. 

If music could take on color and shape, 
what would they be?

 "I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me
Philippians 4:13

Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men."🐟
Matthew 4:18-19

Friday, May 24, 2019

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                                               ☆ Tamara's sponsorship campaign  

You can make a difference for one child!
I'm painting a series of paintings to show the work World Vision is doing to help children and families living in poverty.
Please, join me on cheering me on and giving to World Vision's East Africa Hunger Crisis fund. Our gifts will save precious lives and help stop the further spread of famine. Because of grant funds, our gifts have 7X their regular impact, which will provide emergency food, clean water, access to life-saving medical care, and more to children and families fighting for their lives.
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Tuesday, May 21, 2019


The warmest blankets of peace snow only from the heart.
~Layne Russell

🌬Painting #6 in my art project series. With summer around the corner, this photo’s winter wonderland seems too far away, but I heard many of you are still getting snow! 

❄️ Art project series

I loved this peaceful photo by Laura Reinhardt/ World Vision of a mother and son walking in the snow. Painting it, I quickly noticed that the boy was not wearing a coat or boots. As I was going a little further I can’t help but notice there is nothing there but snow (everywhere) and below freezing temperatures! I don’t like the cold, I can’t imagine being around no vegetation, but this little scene warms the heart! To learn more about this story and how you can help with coats and boots for a child living on poverty, go to the story below.

"The winter landscape in Amasia, Armenia, was one of the most beautiful and unyielding vistas that I’ve ever seen. Winter can last up to seven months out of the year here. I loved this little moment of connection between a mother and son as they walked through the desert-like snowscape to get water for the family". 
 World Vision/photo by Laura Reinhardt)

“We wanted warm clothes more than food,”
 says their mother, Armenuhi."-without-warm-clothes

Folk art enters a place, warms the colors, softens the edges, and plays in the yard. It is the tipping point, the key element transforming a house into a home.

Pam's Art Show "The Office".

"They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?'

Then the King will answer, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for Me
Matt 25;24-25

Sponsor a child/World Vision


Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,

Col 3:12 ❅❅

Friday, May 10, 2019


“I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free… so other people would be also free.” 
 Rosa Parks

2014 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren

“Sonali twirls outside a Child-Friendly Space across the street from a brothel in Bangladesh where her mother works. I love this moment because her carefree dancing and beautiful dress reflect who Sonali is inside. Her name means “golden.”

Painting #5 of my art project series. I just loved this photo of this little girl "Sonali" twirling in her own little world in the middle of a brothel. I am so thankful for World Vision’s child friendly spaces to keep her safe because of sponsors that are willing to sponsor children at risk!  My husband asked me why I picked a photo that was so difficult. and of course I said I like to torture myself. :) but really, it is part of the story, a story of “freedom” for a child just being a little light in a dark world. 

 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
2 Cor 3;17

Oil painting for charity...Donate here to help fight the fight against hunger

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,because he has anointed me 
to proclaim good news to the poor.He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind,to set the oppressed free,
Luke 4:18

Grandbaby bonus 

 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
Galatians 5:1

Saturday, April 27, 2019

The search for clean water.

Fundraiser for hungerπŸ₯£

Raw Sienna  is a yellowish-brown natural earth pigment, composed primarily of iron oxide hydroxide. The colour of the pigment in its natural, or raw state. This is what I had to use for water in this painting.  I can't even imagine drinking water that was this color!  The very last thing you want to do is have muddy colors in an oil painting but I had to find a way to do that clearly. (If that makes sense)  

 “The search for clean water is Painting number 4. 
Children in Rwanda looking for clean water but all they can see is pollution as far as the eyes can see. They have no choice but to drink it, even though animals use it to defecate and it will make them very sick. 

Photo reference Jon Warren/ World Vision

Walk or run the Global 6 k for clean water.

The Bible often uses water as symbolizing of faith, salvation, and provision. Water is essential to our physical living just as Jesus is essential to our spiritual living!
Source BibleStudyTools

Children wait for cattle to leave the pond before they are able to fetch water. The pond attracts those desperate for water, including animals who defecate there.

The dangers below, written by Kari Costanza

Photo credit Jon Warren/World Vision


Donate to my art project to help feed the hungry, some of the greatest needs are with displaced families and children from fleeing conflict, war or famine. 

 For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.
Isaiah 44;3

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

πŸ€¦One week can change thingsπŸ€¦

The heart of a volunteer is never measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others.
~DeAnn Hollis

This month has been a whirlwind, my mother passed away and I have had to deal with all the final affairs.  She had a antique and doll restoration business and digging out of all of that was just overwhelming.  One of the things she had on her wall was a reproduction of a Monet "The Garden",  I always liked that piece but I chose to give it away and hopefully add just a touch of it to the piece I was working on.   

Painting number three of my art project series.

 This painting is from a photo taken from Megan Pratt / World Vision of a volunteer "Dee Billing" visiting her sponsor child in Uganda.  The first time I met this lady was at a conference,  she was praying over all the cubeicals of the staff in the building.  I think she’s a pretty remarkable lady doing what she does in her eighties and I just couldn’t resist the sweet interaction in the photo.  (and of course the chicken) :) 

This is piece is already reserved for charity but you can be a world changer for a child like Dee here!   
Boston kept coming up on my spotify while I was painting this.  πŸŽΆ πŸŽ

The amazing thing is that I had no idea how valuable volunteers were until I was on the receiving end. 

“Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.” 

 ~James Matthew Barrie

My mother was a collector, I mean vintage things, a lot of things you can’t just throw away, so when I had to be the administrator of the estate, I was overwhelmed and upset, it really was my worst fear to deal with all this.  I felt the weight of it in my body, the backaches and stress after was a real thing!  Stress shows up physical on me and I tried to manage work and the demands of the estate at the same time.   All the planning and help I could find for me fell through.   My son in-law helped on the weekend of the funeral.  My husband and I worked on it regularly, but every time we would spend hours on it, it wouldn't even put a dent in it and we were overwhelmed and time was running out on trying to list it. 

My husband knew someone from work that recommended her sister’s church, they sell items for their annual rummage sale.  He said they would bring a team to collect the things that they can sell for their youth programs and missions work. I agreed, thinking they would just pick through everything and I would still have to go back to work after. 

They showed up Monday morning and to my surprize many of them were seniors,   I texted my husband to tell him to pray that no one gets hurt, I was concerned.  

They cleaned out the entire house, top to bottom. I was in awe! (In shock more like it). I have been a volunteer for many years but I have never been at the receiving end of what this little church did for me. 
All with joy, achy knees, their own stories to tell me, organized tubs and bins, attention to every detail, all of it was hard work and done with a smile.  Not once did one of the neighbors offer to help until they witnessed this band of church volunteers, lay out a full potluck lunch in the middle of the neighborhood while they were hauling off antique furniture, packing nick knacks and other interesting finds.   It was quite the ordeal and they all got it done in two days
 What a miracle!
They are my heroes!  
I found this little patch in one of  boxes.
 Some of the proceeds are going to build a school in Malawi.
  “Everybody can be great…
because anybody can serve. 
You don’t have to have a 
college degree to serve. 
You don’t have to make your subject 
and verb agree to serve. 
You only need a heart full of grace. 
A soul generated by love”  πŸ’œ

 Martin Luther King, Jr.  
A friend came with his son and cleaned out the garage, and the weight feels lighter now.  I pray that I can feel 100 percent soon.
So in the middle of the mess, this happened,  "Franklin" my third grandchild.  I am so thankful to be in the delivery room with all three,  and he came in the most gentle and peaceful way!  
My son in law and his son Franklin. 
My daughter, the one that did all the work here! :)

My Easter post is a little different this year but I definitely can say God has been faithful, 
and to me that meant everything!

  "Is He Worthy ?" πŸŽœ♬
Andrew Peterson


"Ain't No Grave" πŸŽ♫
Bethel Music


Because of the empty tomb, we have peace. Because of His resurrection, we can have peace during even the most troubling of times because we know He is in control of all that happens in the world.
Paul Chappell
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“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” -1 Peter 1:3

       πŸ€¦Happy Easter!πŸ€¦