Friday, April 26, 2013
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
The other day I received an email notification that my sketchbook, Japanese Family Crests, was viewed by someone in Dallas, Texas. I hope that my drawings and written encouragements uplifted the soul of my Texas viewer. I mentioned in my last post that my hope was that the person who checks out my sketchbook will be able to stand firmer and move forward through life's challenges. Did you receive strength? Like the bamboo may you gain resiliency.
Now, go check out my digitized Japanese Family Crests journal at the Sketchbook Project 2013!
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Friday, November 2, 2012
This oil pastel etching is my attempt to capture the glory of autumn. Vibrant yellows, oranges and reds greet me roadside each day. The colors revive my soul on overcast days. I treasure this fleeting visual treat.
At one moment the glory of trees in autumn. Then the blustery wind starts and these beautiful glowing embers of color are blown out. Whirled to the ground.
"The Autumn wind is a raider, pillaging just for fun", Steve Sabol.
You can find a tutorial for this technique at,
Now, go fill your eyes with Fall beauty before the wind starts a blowin'!
Monday, October 22, 2012
While reading through the Arts and Life Section of the Seattle Times I pleasantly discovered a feature on Robin Crookall. She is an amazingly talented dimensional artist originating out of Bellingham. In fact, I often think of her in the Fall. Once she left a tender message to my son designed all out of flaming red lacy maple leaves. She is so creative. It gave me joy to see her newest exhibit featured in the Times. She photographs objects that she has manipulated from cardboard and paper. One of her latest is, "Whale Skeleton on Staircase". It's awesome. She has placed it on a grand staircase in just the right position to show off the detail of her design.
Sunday's paper also did a feature on Rhonda Scott's Friday Harbor shop, Vital Elements. I know Rhonda from ArtFest days. She makes beautiful handcrafted jewelry. Somerset Studio magazine has featured some of her mixed-media pieces on their cover.
So...yahoo to my two creative friends. So...poop to me. When am I going to get a feature story in the Seattle Times?
Now, go tell your writer friends about my paintings. Pretty please.
Monday, October 15, 2012
Why God invented shovels note
Always bring your sunshine (Marcy's Garden Spot is in Sunnyland)
My dear friend did not know that our family had encountered a major life transition. I never expected anything in return for all those special deliveries to Marcy. God knew my heart. Marcy's beautiful act of kindness was exactly what my own healing heart really, really needed.
Now, go encourage a desperate heart!