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Greetings and Salutations! 2020 has arrived and most of us are thinking of the year to come and what it has in store. What dreams are you dreaming?
Recently I have been thinking a lot about a question that my daughter Rosie has asked me in the past. If I am over-thinking, or stressing about the outcome of some decision, she will ask me “Have you thought about what it would be like if the BEST thing happened?”
Often, I have not. Because, you see, catastrophe is what I always expect. Worst case scenario…I think about it with the idea that somehow I can brace myself or be prepared in case everything is awful.
But that is a lie! We can’t prepare ourselves for every eventuality…and what if we did? Would it really help us to avoid having any pain or suffering? Of course not.
We have a good God. So why don’t we think about what it would be like if the BEST happened? Why don’t we spend a lot of time dreaming about the nicest things instead of the worst things?
This year I am determined to focus on the questions “What if the BEST happens?”
Updates and Schedules
Coffee and Canvas is going on hiatus for now as I expand my music lesson availability. I enjoyed my time painting at Numinous on Wednesdays, though, so I am looking for an alternative time, and maybe an alternative venue or at least one in addition to Numinous. Meanwhile if you or someone you know might be interested in MUSIC LESSONS (piano, voice, flute), please contact me. I have a few open.
Spring is full of fun. The Central Texas Pastel Society exhibit and competition deadline is January 10. I have submitted my two entries. It is not a juried show, so I will definitely get in…but will I win anything? We will see on March 6th during the reception.
Georgetown Art Center is hosting Critters: Our Animal World juried exhibit and competition: I learned about it just in time to submit a few of my animal portraits! This one is juired so I will not know for several weeks whether I will actually be participating or not.
I was fortunate to be able to get a space in the CTPS annual workshop with Liz Haywood Sullivan February 21-23. This will be my own yearly workshop and I am really excited for it…I feel very ready for a new infusion of helpful learning! This also means that summer will be free to paint to my heart’s content (instead of traveling to a workshop) or even get a part time job to boost the finances.
Would you like to have a print copy of 12 of my paintings? I have created a calendar for you…yep, that old fashioned paper kind, where you turn the page on a month and get a whole new image to view for the next month. Let me know if you’d like one. My newsletter readers will get a significant discount: $12 instead of $20!
New Video Series
God has challenged me this year to reach out in a more loving way to my family, friends, and supporters. One way I’m experimenting with is a new video series called “Merry HeARTist Meditations”. Every couple of weeks I will upload a short video of one of my paintings with a beautiful musical track and a voice-over of some encouraging thoughts, scriptures, quotes or poems. Here’s the introduction video:
Can You Help?
I’m so grateful and appreciative of your support. It means so much to me that you take a few minutes out of your day to read my newsletter and to pray for me. I have some big goals this year and I am thinking that you all would be the kind of people who would be willing to help out.
The biggest goal is to get my art and my videos in front of more people. I truly believe God did not give art to me to keep to myself. I believe He wants to use it to help make a difference in the lives of others in a small way: just brightening a corner of their world, bringing some beauty into the ugliness of our times, and displaying as best I can the glory of God.
You can be a part of this by just sharing. Share this newsletter with your friends, share my videos and posts on Social Media, and share my vision in prayer to the Lord. I truly would be so blessed if you could participate in this way.
As I’ve mentioned before, I often search for poetry specific to my subject as an aid to coming up with a title. This often results in quite delightful rabbit trails into the fine art of poetry. I found two delicious poems concerning the Rosemallow–also known as Hibiscus–and although I didn’t end up using any of…
Grounded in comforting sunshine, weighed down with the heavy metal poisoning of a toxic world. Yet here the wind of the Spirit whispers, breathing through simple white blooms, “so even springs beauty from taint of toxin by the hand of our good God,” and away wafts the crumbled heart-lead as does the reborn caterpillar. These…
There’s no moment quite like coming upon fall color mirrored in still water under a brilliant sky in chilly air while all is silent. I seldom get the opportunity to finish a piece in one day. It just so happened that the last couple of days I’ve spent my time in the studio cleaning up,…