Showing posts from April, 2014

Sunday Mornings

photo and design by my talented friend,  Kaitlin Monroe
I saw the words "No perfect people allowed" on a banner for a Church that we saw on the road to Galveston, Tx this past week and couldn't get it out of my head. We are all God's children even though NO ONE is perfect. Such a beautiful reminder.
When I began painting, I began a journey of growing closer to God. You see I've always believed but my relationship desperately waned and I certainly fell away from Him. I think I began to feel a sense of unworthiness. But what I know now is that none of us are worthy, but He loves us so much anyway! He sent His Son, Jesus to die on the cross so that we are no longer bound by sin. We are set Free!

You see, I truly feel that He gently drew me closer by calling art into my heart. The complexity and subtly that our Creator works is something to be in awe of.....

As I was in church one morning, I felt the calling to create a class all about my Sunday morning worship painti…

New work

Sometimes while I'm working in the studio, everything clicks easy....time seems to slip away....and I get lost in this sacred space of creating. Other times I feel a tad frustrated and irritable. I feel as though things aren't coming together as easily as it should. I wonder why that is? I guess it truly is just like life in general......some days you wake up and you can just feel it in your bones that it's going to be something very special about the day. Other days not so much!
Many times when I feel frustrated.....and continue to work....within minutes I can hit a breakthrough. I am reminded it doesn't have to always be easy....nor would I want it to. I must remind myself to embrace those moments. they are needed too. they are needed so that we can quiet them with charging onward. or by being still. art teaches me. art helps me to trust.
wherever you are.....welcome the struggle....a breakthrough is in order!


Last Friday, as I was meeting my husband for lunch….I heard this song. Blessings.
The chorus begins and I hear "what if your blessings come through rain drops"…. and I got chills. I had just finished this painting before getting in the car……


We pray for blessings, we pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
And all the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things

'Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You're near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom, Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love
As if every promise from Your word is not enough
And all the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we'd have …

New paintings

I've been busy lately creating and painting and getting inspired. Lately the works of Lynne Hoppe have gotten my juices flowing wildly again. There is something about the simplicity of color and building up of texture that she does so well. Go to her blog…..there is so much to inspire. She even has a tutorial of how she paints faces. (thanks to Lynda Metcalf for turning me on to her)

Art and Soul - Kansas City

A couple of weeks ago Kaitlin and I went to Excelsior Springs, Mo (just outside of Kansas City). I taught two days and Kaitlin took a class by Jane Davies. We both had a chance to experience their amazing spa and enjoyed great food too. I normally fly to these teaching gigs but Kansas City is only about a 7 hour drive from my house in Roland, AR. 

On our way back we stopped by my cousin's place, The Antique Flea in darling Noel, Mo. Such a beautiful little town nestled in the hills and the Elk River. I'm hoping to go back this summer to do a little fishing and painting with both my cousins Doug and Zac. The shop is filled with loads of art, lots of antiques, and the best hamburgers I ever ate.
me and my 1st cousin, Doug Laman all photos are by Kaitlin Monroe