Wednesday, September 18, 2019


Peaceful indeed!
I am at peace about a lot of things.
We are constantly bombarded with things that will disturb our peace.
Alarms, deadlines, chores, meals, family, or other assorted things thrown our way by the enemy.
When things become too much for me, I pray.
I tell God, okay I know you've got this for me.
I'm going to give it to you, because I can't handle the situation.
I am then at peace.

I really understood the peace that surpasses all understanding the afternoon my mother died suddenly.
My father accidentally called me, trying to call the paramedics.
He then told me to get off the d**m phone and hung up on me.
I fell to my knees in the driveway as I was outside packing for Arts and Crafts set up that evening.
I started crying uncontrollably.
I then cried out to God.
"I told God no! not now! not today!"
I then realized what I had said, and prayed to God.
"Not my will, but your will be done."
"But, if it is your will, give me peace."
I immediately felt washed over with overwhelming love and peace.
I believe I had a glimpse of heaven that day, not with my earthly eyes, but with my heart.
I stood up and the deep grief that had caused me to collapse, was gone.
I called my brother and asked him to go check on our parents, as I was an hour away.
When he called and told me she was indeed gone, I sat down on the sidewalk in front of the chamber.
The other Artists began stepping over me, not sure what to do in this situation.
I called my girlfriend and told her what had happened.
She said where are you?
Out front.

The chamber people were wonderful, offering me the chance to back out of the show.
I told them I would give an answer by 8pm that evening.
The phone calls started coming in.
I was still at peace on the way to my fathers side.
I asked everyone that called what they thought about the show.
Incredibly they all said, do it!
She would be mad at you if you didn't
So true!

So began a weekend of witnessing to others the peace that had been given to me!
Such a joyful weekend that my heavenly father rescued me from the depths of despair.
People were in utter disbelief that knew of my relationship with my mother.
She was indeed my best friend.
Have you asked for yours today?
Phillipians 4:7
Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.
His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Peaceful, Acrylic on poured background, 12 x 24
Day 79 of the 100 days~100 paintings 2019

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Deep Waters

Deep waters is now one of my favorites for certain.
I just LOVE the way the poured background and bubbles came together almost seamlessly.
I actually saw this painting last night while teaching the Scripts & Strokes class at Celebration Church.
I knew I had this background in my studio, and had been trying to figure out what to paint on top.
I had asked for guidance from the Holy Spirit and here ya go!
This painting just makes me happy.

Deep waters reminds me of a sermon I heard while attending a church in Birmingham, Al.
The preacher talked about people and their faith.
He likened Christianity to people swimming.
When you first begin as a Christian, you stand at the water's edge watching the people swim in the water.
You are scared to get in yourself.
The people are having lots of fun and enjoying themselves.
We get in, but only up to our ankles, maybe going to church some.
Mind you, we still want to be in control of our lives, mustn't drown!
But the people further out seem to be enjoying themselves so we go deeper.
Up to our knees, still in control but curious.
The water begins to swirl around our feet, maybe pulling the sand from beneath us slightly.
We start reading the Bible some, in addition to church becoming more of a need than a want.
The people out in the water swimming though, laughter fills the air from their activity.
Maybe I'll go deeper, at least up to my hips.
At this point, the water is a little harder to move in, and we are starting to feel the push and pull more.
Maybe I'll start making friends.
My friends start calling to me, come on in, the water's great!
Up to my waist now, less in control.
The water supports me almost.
Maybe I'll join a small group.
My friends calling to me to swim is stronger now, because I am close enough to them to see them clearly.
I finally lift my feet and join them fully surrounded by the water.
Maybe I'll go on a mission.
It is glorious here!
Such a delight!

The water is Jesus Christ, our brother.
Set in place by our Father God.
I am really enjoying the swim now!

Are you up to your ankles?
Are you up to your knees?
Are you up to your hips?
Are you up to your waist?
Are you swimming?

Come on in, the water is glorious!
Isaiah 43:2 When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.

Deep Waters, Acrylic on top of poured background, 10 x 20
Day 78 of the 100 days~100 paintings 2019

Monday, September 16, 2019

Shrimps, Ships, and Whales

Yesterday's paintings.
There were actually 7 of the little guys, but the odd number doesn't photograph well.
Fun little paintings, quickly created on tiny poured canvases.
They each measure 3x3 inches and are just plain fun!

Then there's today.....
Does life ever seem to be on fast mode?
Ours is really going by so quickly, the days are filled with things to do, and places to go.
My to do's today were to change the sheets on our bed,  repair our couch, deliver a painting to Big Fish Gallery, ship a painting to Georgia, sketch out canvases for class, teach the class.
Getting them all done was a challenge, especially when we added bathing 5 dachshunds into the mix!
Anyway, the bed stripped and sheets washing, I moved to the next task.
Chris wanted to bathe all 5 dogs.
They don't appreciate warm water and soap, but the task was done with the two of us working in tandem.
I moved on to pulling out the couch I bought about 3 years ago, cleaning the area on both sides, washing windows, baseboards, walls, and floor.
I then started in on the couch.
Chris has been looking for a new couch because his end is sinking down with age.
We flipped the couch forward onto the coffee table and began the process of deconstructing.
We found the problem, repaired it with a thin sheet of wood placed in the cushion, and put everything back together.
We then released the dogs into the yard, and drove to Big Fish.
I took the rather large painting to them, and they are delighted and excited. 
I hope it does well for both of us!
Getting lunch, coming home, building a box and making a shipment rounded out the early afternoon.
I sketched, cooked a quick dinner and went to teach a class.

We painted a whale depicting Isaiah 43:2
When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.
God is with us all the time, even when we don't feel his presence near.
The class seemed to enjoy this one, we had a group of 12!
Mercy that is a lot of running around. 
I thank God Chris is willing to come lend a hand, replacing water, cleaning brushes, getting paper towels.
I could not teach a class that large and get finished by 9 pm.

Almost everyone wanted the verse on their painting, and it went quickly once we started.
A good, good, albeit long day!

Shrimps, Ships and Whales, Acrylic on canvas, Whales 11 x 14
Days 76 & 77 of the 100 days~100 paintings 2019

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Sea below

Yet another poured background is the basis for this piece.
I am praying they will be successful when we start actually doing shows.
This one was the main painting poured, with several smaller ones coming from the excess paint.
I am trying to be a good steward of my supplies, so I don't want to let any paint go to waste.
Consequently, I have a lot of backgrounds poured already.
Small and large some in between.
The studio is filled with them and shadowboxes!
I can barely move in my space to work.

Today's piece, "Sea Below" is a testimony to my favorite animal, the sea turtle.
See the Sea Below the beauty.
We need to take care of our seas, they provide a lot of oxygen, and tons of food.
Unfortunately, our seas have become a place of toxic wastes.
Runoff from fields going into streams, causing algae blooms that kill the animals that live within.
Excess garbage, that is carelessly tossed, ending up in our oceans.
The amount of plastic in our seas is staggering, almost incomprehensible in it's sheer volume.
We are using more plastic than ever. 
BTW, every single piece of plastic ever produced is still on our planet in one form or another!
8 million pieces of plastic end up in our oceans every single day.
Take that in folks!
Two thirds of it comes from land based sources.
Litter dropped in cities, industry spills, badly managed garbage sites or flushed down the toilet.
The rest is fishing gear or containers washed overboard from ships.
What plastic that is not floating is resting on the bottom.
Microscopic particles are finding their way into our food chain.
1 in 3 fish caught for human consumption now contain plastic.
Kinda sobering to me.
I teach kids about plastic recycling and making art from refuse instead of simply tossing it.
My precious husband is also becoming more recycle conscious.
I have started small, refusing straws as much as possible.
There are about 390 million straws used in the US every day.
The next step for us, will be refusing foam food containers as they will never degrade.
I plan to start bringing my own containers when we go out to eat.
I have also started using Norwex products, in an effort to make a chemical free home.
Small steps now, becoming larger steps later may begin to turn the "tide".
Eco friendly containers may become Christmas presents this year as well.

Sea Below, Acrylic on canvas, 16 x 20 inches
Day 75 of the 100 days~100 paintings 2019

Friday, September 13, 2019

Out of the deep

Today found me all over the studio.
I was finishing up the large piece featured yesterday by painting the white background again and then varnishing it later in the afternoon.
I also stretched another of the large "free" canvases that was  27 inches by 58 inches (about 2 x 5 ft)
Chris had converted two of the 24 x 24's into a shadowbox as I requested and I stretched it as well.
Both canvases are painted white and awaiting their assignments.
Then we went to our grands school to watch the umbrella parade.
We then went to lunch and home. 
Of course we had pool time, and watched the Aquaman movie together.
Just as I sat down to paint, I got a quiet "Yaya can I go night swimming?"
They only grow up once, so outside I go to become mosquito bait.
This put me into the studio rather late for today's painting.

"Out of the Deep"
I am fascinated by these crabs!
They are called speckled or calico crabs depending on who you're talking to them about.
I prefer speckled myself.
I am told they are a deep water crab that is quite tasty.
They are a small crab, not commonly seen on our beaches.
When you do see them, they are in pieces.
Apparently other creatures find them quite tasty as well!
I was saddened to find several females one time that someone had caught on the beach. 
They were put into a basket and left to bake in the sun.
Every one of the females was loaded with eggs, so not only 
were the girls left to die, but so were their eggs.
They were still moving slightly, so I put them back into the water, hoping they or their eggs might survive.
Otherwise, I'm certain that they made some other creature a meal or two.

I have found that the enemy is the same way.
He removes us from our comfortable, safe environment only to 
throw us into chaos and discontent.
The enemy wants us for his lunch!
Hopefully, someone or something will bring us back into the arms of the master, 
reminding us that we are loved, shielded, and protected.
Are you loved? 
Yes, God sent his son to die for you!(and me!) 
There is NOTHING you can do that will make him stop loving you!
Are you shielded? 
Every day he guides my steps and prevents the enemy from being successful in his attacks.
Mind you, sometimes God allows things to happen to see where you will turn, to him or the problem.
This allows us to use our free will, hopefully with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Are you protected?
Absolutely every minute of every day.
But only if we put on our Armor of God
Protected from almost everything the enemy throws our way.

Out of the Deep, Acrylic on poured background, 12 x 12
Day 74 of the 100 days~100 paintings 2019

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Silent Swimmers

I made this photo extra large because in real life it is very big for me!
If you remember the other day, I managed to snag a truckload of stretcher bars for free.
This one is on those bars, with some Chris Chavez thrown in for good measure!
My husband Chris, is my rock and the absolute best thing that has ever happened in my life. 
He makes things happen when I ask him if he can do them.
This instance, he added an angled piece of wood to the bars 
so they could have the spring necessary for painting.
He also gave me a lot of help in stretching this rather large piece.
It measures 3 ft 7 inches x 5 ft 7 inches.
It was a challenge to bring and paint in my angled ceiling studio as well.
He also helped me horse it up to be able to photograph it tonight for you to be able to see it!
I will take it outside for a proper photo tomorrow, so it can be seen better for possible prints.

I am amazed at the talent God has bestowed on me, 
I thank him daily for the ability to paint and create!
I really should not be able to do the things that I do.
Our family was hit by a drunk driver in 1993.
For the most part, the rest of the family is okay, but I have permanent damage.
I have two herniated discs in my neck, and nerve damage in my right arm.
Some days are diamonds, some days are dirt, but all of them are creative in their own way!
I pray for the driver that hit us, every time I have a headache,  
or a brush comes out of my hand because it has gone numb.
I pray for others hurt in accidents, childhood tragedy, friends, family, or marriages 
with every stroke of my brush.
I tell you this, not because of a need for sympathy, but out of a need to tell you about the 
grace that God gives us.

Grace that allows me to paint.
Grace that allows me to make money at what I love to do!
Grace that helps me through the pain on days I don't think I can.
Grace that allows me to teach.
Grace that allows me to mentor.
Grace that allows me to give to others.
Grace that has taught me how to receive.
Grace that has made me learn humility.
Grace that reminds me I am a sinner.
Grace that allows me to forgive because I am forgiven.

Have you received yours today?

Silent Swimmers, Acrylic on canvas, 3 ft 7 inches by 5 ft 7 inches
Day 73 of the 100 days~100 paintings 2019

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Scriptures, a Heron, and Dolphins

Life has a peculiar way of coming at you with amazing speed and a whole lotta crazy.
For those who know, and those who don't, I am a Christian Artist.
Mondays at our church, we have a small group called Scripts & Strokes.
I have it two times a year, in conjunction with our small group semesters Fall and Spring.
I teach a total of about 24 weeks a year for the beautiful souls that submit to my painting torture.
Sometimes the paintings are easy, sometimes they are a stressful end to our day.
I sincerely try to make all of them meaningful, and most of all fun!
This was our first class of the semester and I had 8 delightful ladies join me to paint and pray!
So fun!

The heron is actually a companion piece to a painting that was purchased at the Amelia Island show.
I was contacted shortly after the show, asking if I could paint a bird that would go with their other piece.
These people have waited an entire summer to get their second bird, patiently waiting for summer classes and a mission to Africa to be completed!
He will be traveling to Savannah, Georgia.

Meanwhile, I also painted on this today for my piece for day 72.
Another poured background, I am in LOVE with this precious pair!
I hope you like them too.

I began the big one today as well.
All 3 ft 7 x 5 ft 7 of them!
Three sea turtles created in Sepia.
This piece will not travel to shows, but will reside at Big Fish Trading Co. in Foley until sold.
You'll probably see that one tomorrow!

I am now starting to work on the materials from the Artists studio that have been given to me.
I lovingly scraped away the majority of the paint, then begged my husband to see if he could do something about the breaks and bends in the blades.
He came back a few minutes later with slightly shortened knives 
that were polished and ready for their new lives.

It has been a lot of work bringing some of these materials back from the brink.
I pray for the Artist that has gifted me with the items, allowing me to gift others with them.
I also managed to salvage a masterson palette, allowing me to give one of mine 
to an artist that can use a wet palette for her acrylics.
Life is great!
Hope yours is too!
Gratitude instead of attitude!

Scripture,11 x 14 Heron 12 x 24, and Dolphins, 16 x 20 Acrylic on canvas
Days 70, 71, and 72 of the 100 days~100 paintings 2019,