Wednesday, September 30, 2009

in the works.

Before the throne of God above
I have a strong, a perfect plea:
A great High Priest, whose name is Love,
Who ever lives and pleads for me.

My name is graven on his hands,
My name is written on his heart;
I know that while in heaven he stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart
No tongue can bid me thence depart.

When Satan tempts me to despair,
And tells me of the guilt within,
Upward I look, and see him there
Who made an end of all my sin.

Because a sinless Savior died,
My sinful soul is counted free;
For God, the Just, is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me
To look on Him and pardon me

Monday, September 28, 2009

Until Shiloh Comes.

My friends Stephen and Lisa commissioned me a while ago to paint this scripture for them. They did not want to reference (Genesis 49:10 for you curious ones) included, so that the piece could be one to spark curiosity and conversation. I'd say that this verse will accomplish that! I wasn't even sure what it meant when I first read it, but when I asked Stephen about it, he said it is the clearest Old Testament Messianic text (basically, it's the verse that most clearly predicts the empire of David and the greater kingdom of Christ through the line of David, and it sets the tone for the coming of the Messiah... any theologians want to further explain??). I sometimes feel inadequate painting something I don't thoroughly understand, but it sure sparks some study and conversations I wouldn't otherwise have. I enjoyed making this piece for them, and I am looking forward to more pieces like this in the future. 

Enjoy your Monday, my friends! Don't be shy to say hello if you are one of those many unknown red dots on the map!!

Let's try this again (be warned, it's a long one)!

Whew. Last week was a hard one, my friends! I was really down in the dumps and couldn't seem to find inspiration or purpose in much of anything. The last week was hard, because I kept getting news about other people's lives that make my life seem so...? I mean, here we are enjoying our first year of marriage in this gorgeous neighborhood in Seattle, loving life, remodeling our house... both doing what we love feel like we are suppose to be doing right now. I don't have a boss to report to or co-workers to trade shifts with, and I can go on vacation whenever I want, because I "work" for myself. Daniel is his own boss, runs his own business, and enjoys it! Life is great. I mean, really, we are BLESSED. 

But then, I hear stories like sweet little Kate's, or Daisy Love's, and I remember how people are starving and going bankrupt, and a leader from my old church youth group passed away and I remember heartaches like my friend's  Danielle and Ryan and I just get so... down. I mean, what impact do my silly little paintings have on this world? Who am I that I get to enjoy my husband, my home, this city, and doing art? What am I even doing to make a significant impact in this sad world? What purpose do I serve here? What can I be doing for the greater good? What would God have me do that might be more "inspiring" or "meaningful" or useful??  I know I go through phases of thinking there is always more I can do... there is always something more significant than whatever I am doing at that moment... and I know that I am where I am for a reason, and that I'll look back and know I was here because HE has me here. 

I'll admit, this weekend was refreshing for me in terms of just being able to start a new week. Boy, was I ready for last week to end! We were able to have lunch with a friend from Florida, who we met when his family bought a few pieces of my work. It's fun to be building a network all over, and I really appreciate his (and his family) support of me. Yesterday I was able to have the afternoon to myself while Daniel went on a bike ride. He got me a new ESV study Bible so I was able to read and reflect, and I also listened to a sermon from Pastor Britt Merrick (the daddy of little Daisy Love, who I mentioned at the beginning of this post) called When My Heart is Overwhelmed. I really appreciated his words, and was reminded again that it's not about me, it's about Jesus (duh, how easily I forget).

SO, with all that said, I am ready for this week! I am ready to start on a series of hymns and I am ready to feel inspired again. Ya-hoo! What is inspiring you all? What do you do when you have weeks like the one I had last week? Hope you all are ready to take this week on too!

Thursday, September 24, 2009







Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Before and After

I've been following a few very creative bloggers in recent months and have been feeling inspired to spice up old household items, clothing, art, etc. I've especially enjoyed finding the oh, so creative, Sarah at ThriftyDecorChic! She recently had a Before and After Party that was suuuper inspiring to me (check out all the responses to her post! SO many fun things). I've been to GoodWill and Value Village twice this month already and am SO excited about the idea of re-making/re-furbishing/re-creating old items. 

First project: this little gem. I got this in college and it's been basically a set of junk drawers ever since. It's in need of a little pick me up, eh?



Oh, so much better! A couple coats of black spray paint, organized stationary and paper products in the drawers... now if I could just get rid of all those ugly chords and yucky remodel dust!

What have YOU changed lately? What creative projects have you been working on?

Monday, September 21, 2009

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Isaiah and Krystal

While Daniel and the company are super busy working on our remodel I've been busy painting! Fun! Most recent, a wedding gift for Krystal and Isaiah, friends from my time at Azusa Pacific University. They got married August 8th, and I had to miss it (sniff, sniff). I'm so excited for them and their new life together! 

Congrats to you, Mr. and Mrs. Valdez!!

11 months today.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Who ARE you?

I found this cool map to put on my blog to see who is looking... and I'm shocked to find that there are exciting little red dots ALL OVER the map!! Who are you people?? Why don't I know you? If you've never commented or followed or anything like that, I really want to know who you are and what you think about my work. Don't be shy - say hello! 

world map
 distance in which individuals are clustered
Dot sizes:    = 1,000+    = 100 - 999    = 10 - 99    = 1 - 9

Today is a super busy day, but I do have new work I will share with you later this week. Have a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

5 Things I Love:

1. Coffee with my husband in the morning.

2. Meeting a new art friend!

3. Details at weddings

4. Fall leaves

5. This city
(photo by Nathan Golden)

This post was inspired by her who was inspired by her. 

Monday, September 14, 2009

Psalm 34:8

My sweet friend Melissa, her husband Dustin and their sweet boy Joel are expecting their second baby - a girl - in November. We have been friends since we lived on the same floor our sophomore year of college. A few girls and I had a little surprise baby shower for her last month, and my gift to her was a painting for the nursery. Well, a to-be-painted-painting for the nursery. Melissa is a designer, so I wanted to get her ideas and hopes for what she would want. She sent over some pictures of fabric and other items she plans to use in the room a few weeks ago:

The pictures got me so excited to work on this project! Dustin and Melissa chose the name "Gloria" for their baby girl, so they decided a canvas with her name would be great, plus a canvas with a corresponding scripture, Psalm 34:8 (Our church has a song called Gloria that includes the phrase from that verse, so I've been singing or humming it ever since I started working on this!).I worked on it last week and then put some finishing touches on it this morning:

Friday, September 11, 2009

Summer Recap

Hi friends,

I feel reflective this morning. While the forecast says it's going to be a warm weekend, I'm feeling pretty ready for fall. Cozy scarves and sweaters, orange leaves crunching under my feet, fires in the fireplace, steamy mugs of coffee (ok, who am I kidding - steamy mugs of coffee is a year around thing!)... I was thinking about the summer and all the happenings, and then of course, all the work I did...

I know we are not to boast, but I have to admit, I'm excited about the art I did and the ways I've grown in the last few months! It's exciting to have a few more people "following" me, which, in a small way, feels like I have more support. Thanks for stopping by, reading, seeing, encouraging (ahem, buying) and just plain ol' being a great crowd! I really appreciate all of you as you help me figure out the whole "being and artist" deal. I've enjoyed looking back...

The one about breakfast:
The one I need to remember:
The one inspired by my love:
The one my sister loves:
The one of Esther's lamp:
The one with Grandma's chair:
The one from a photo:
The one that is so true:
The one I'm so thankful for:
The one everyone needs to hear:
The one that came from a poem:
The one where I don't sew:
The one I got stuck on:
The one that turned out differently
than I expected, but I liked it:
The one with all the pirates:
The one inspired by hymns:
The other one inspired by hymns:
The one about love:
The one with the dried palatte paint:
The one where sometimes we do forget:
The one that cemented a friendship over 3,000 miles:
The one with the reminder about our lives:
The one where my cousin got married:

So now as we move into fall, I'm even more excited about the projects to come! More everyday objects, texts, wedding paintings, trees, baby's room paintings, and even a whole commissioned room of work! Thanks again my friends - looking forward to walking through it with all of you.

P.S. After all these months of blogging, I JUST found the button that creates links to other pages... I feel like such a dork!


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