Friday, April 30, 2010

maximizes existing structures

This is a gift I made for Pastor James' birthday.
Eric made a comment once about how some 
personality test in Jim's history said he "maximizes 
existing structures." The phrase stuck with me,
and it seemed ironic that while this is his bent
organizationally, it's also what he's been doing
literally for the past year, both on our newly
acquired (or "newly gifted", really) building, 
and on his own recently purchased house.

I also love the hopeful sentiment of Isaiah 65 --
it communicates how God wants good things 
for his people, not just spiritually, but also the 
practical, human stuff of a stable and abundant life. 

Thursday, April 29, 2010

label goodness

This was a fun gift from God today -- 
two boxes of super cute, self-adhesive labels!!
They were in the discount section at Borders
and came out practically free with the 
last bits of an old gift card I had on hand.
I may never use them, though. 
They're just too perfect to open!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

new project

Here's a sampling of fabrics I've been playing with lately.
I'm getting ready to sew up this fabulous bag, which
is completely reversible... four times over (since there's a 
front and a back both inside & out). I love mixing mismatched
fabrics and seeing how they look different based on what's
next to them. So I've been piecing them together in various
combinations to see which will go where.   More to come!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

bass player

From the concert I wrote about yesterday. 
I love standing bass!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

seattle band

Here's a little sketch I just ran across from our last trip to Seattle.
Eric and I wandered into a random coffee shop one night, 
and while we were there, these musicians gradually showed up, 
and then a crowd gradually gathered, and there we were in the 
front seats at a concert. 

Monday, April 19, 2010

change of heart

I recently read an article on the value of being fully 
present, as opposed to the idea of just being patient.
It was related to sign language interpretation, but
ever since I read that article, I've been realizing
how much I mentally live in the future. I don't actually
think the above phrase directly, but it underlies so
much of what I do and creates a lot of anxiety.
So here's to a change of heart and freedom
from living somewhere other than where I am!

Monday, April 12, 2010

elliott reads

Elliott read his first book yesterday!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

palomino plaza

This statue in the plaza is, I think, a fountain -- water pours
out of the pot she's holding. The plants there are real, though,
which may be the reason the fountain isn't in use.

Friday, April 9, 2010

fiddling around

My favorite pastime this week has been driving the dog crazy
with my *horrible* fiddle playing.  The fiddle itself is a 
beautiful gift I received a couple years back. I couldn't seem
to play it, since I have lots of neck problems. So I loaned it
to a friend. It just came back to me, and now I'm more determined 
than ever to figure out how to play the thing. I've been researching 
alternate hold positions, and I think I'm heading in the right direction.
But all the bad things you've ever imagined about little 
kids starting out on the violin... they're right here! Squeek.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

retro #3

Share It With A Friend
Watercolor, 5"x7"

This is the third in the set. The three pieces
are framed in a white, lettered mat
which reads: "The kingdom of heaven is 
like dessert: it's lavish, it's messy, and 
you want to share it with a friend."

That particular Easter, we celebrated by 
creating artworks which explored the biblical 
concept of the kingdom of heaven as 
depicted by different parts of a meal.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

retro #2

The Kingdom of Heaven is Messy, 5"x7"

I remember sketching this one up while
nursing Elliott. It's amazing how much 
can change in four years!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

retro #1

The last post reminded me of some other
paintings I've done in a similar palette.
Here's "The Kingdom Of Heaven Is Lavish".
It's part of a triptych from Easter of 2006.
The other two pieces coming soon!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

song of solomon

This is an illustration I drew up for my husband's upcoming sermon series.
I just can't get away from the Teesha Moore underpinnings --
there's just so much I love about her figure drawing style!