Stop for a Moment…

In the name of God,

stop a moment,

cease your work,

look around you.”

Leo Tolstoy


After a hugely busy last few weeks, I am taking the day a little slower today.  No coloring page… again. But I do encourage you to take these words of Leo Tolstoy to heart!  No matter how long your to do list, take a few moments to stop and enjoy what already is!

Keep the Sabbath Scripture Doodle

Ex. 20.8,11 BW

Today’s doodle continues with the Ten Commandments.  This one is from Exodus 20:8, 11.

Exodus 20.8,11

Feel free to print this page to color, or share with your class or church.

If you prefer pdf, click on this:

Ex 20.8,10

I used Posca paint pens to color my page this time.  They are one of my favorite supplies to keep handy for both art journaling, and mixed media artwork of all kinds.

Ex.20.8,11 posca


A Word for the Year

Be copy


Challenged to pick a theme word for 2014, I ran through many possibilities.  I love words and the power they hold in them.   I am drawn to strong words like explore, dare, grow, …and maybe it will be the right time for one of those words in 2015.  But for this year, I chose on tiny little word with a quiet, but big punch – BE.

It is so small that there is a humility about it that draws me.  It is small and still, and I need a dose of that.  The pace of growth in 2013 was exciting, but now I need a season of stillness where growth can be nurtured and flourish on the inside.  I need to be a little less driven, and more content with what, where, and who I am.  I need the space to breathe and just BE. To shrink myself a bit and let God be God.  To be calm, serene, and still, and from that inner quiet to rise fully into who and Whose I am.  To boldly and fully be.

What is your word for 2014?

White Space

room for white space

I recently read a blog post by one of my favorite artists, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer.  As she was talking about her art journal style, she mentioned that she doesn’t lean toward much white space.  In fact, that is one thing I love about her art, there is so much going on.  In my own artwork I tend to push toward a fuller canvas.  I want every possible inch to have something to say.

As I thought about it, that goes for more than my art.  I fill up my schedule, my house, my to do list, my goals and aspirations…. everything to the max.  There is not only little white space in my art, but in my life as well.

In my drive to make the most of life and take hold of every good thing out there, my life is more than full.  I enjoy so many wonderful things and people, yet also miss something vital to my soul.  My life needs a little more white space.  I need time to reflect and reevaluate. I need to take more time to quietly listen to the Spirit of God whispering to me.  I need time to just breathe and be.  I need more white in my life to better appreciate the colorful fullness I live.

I used a Jane Davenport stencil from Artistcellar for the face on top of a gelli plate background, then drew the “hair” and words with a black Sharpie and Copic marker.

Vacation Gratitude Greats

There is nothing like camping in the Colorado Rockies for a week to help you appreciate the simple things!

Water for example.  There is no tap water at the convenience of the kitchen sink to take for granted at the campsite, but there is a nearby pump where with just a little effort drinkable water is available.  Water that requires even a tiny bit of effort is suddenly more valuable.  Hmmm….

I also really, really, enjoyed the constant sound of the rushing mountain stream that we were camped next to.

And a little further up, that same stream was a lovely waterfall!



The cool crisp mountain air at 9,000+ feet in elevation was a welcome change from the heat of a Kansas summer, and of course those nippy mornings and evenings were cause for one of my camping favorites, a nice toasty fire.  Fire is so fascinating, so dangerous, so enticing… It draws everyone to it, and therefore together as well.  Sitting around the campfire just has a bonding effect and I enjoyed the too quickly vanishing time with my three teenage daughters.



Of course, I also have to mention being surrounded with stunning beauty on all sides.  It was like manna for my creative soul, nourishing a frenzy of painting, and inspiring me to try new techniques.  I even went to town to buy more canvases!

blank canvas


Rest was another enjoyment I was thankful for on vacation.  Losing track of time other than night or day.  Eating when we were hungry and sleeping when we were tired.  Taking time to stare at the clouds and watch the hummingbirds and chipmunks. Dates and schedules did not exist for one blessed week!



Finally, I realized how much I take my sturdy house for granted.  Somehow when there is only a thin sheet of nylon between me and the elements (and the black bear that entered our campsite twice!) I become very thankful for what I have.



What were you grateful for this week?