Friday, May 11, 2018

Smug Mugs

Our coffee group made mugs.  And we are proud of them.  You might even consider us smug because those mugs are so clever.  But, in confession, I admit it was a borrowed idea from Popsugar.  She thoroughly explained the process - and here is one of our cups signed with colored Sharpies.

After signatures and baking for 45 minutes, the mugs cooled their handles and posed for a group shot.

This is our some of the Tuesday gathering saying "Here's to Ya."

Now that you have had a look at these personalized mugs, why not try it for older kids next month for one of their Vacation Bible School activities?  Maybe use an apt Scripture instead of signatures, or even in addition to signatures on mugs (each kid brings one from the dollar store or the teacher could graciously round up those mugs).

Have you jumped on the bandwagon led by Jordan Peterson and his book 12 Rules for Life?  This web link goes to more information than you can assimilate in a day, but dip your toe in and find a few profound life rules. Use one of those quotes on a mug, and I wager than any child who keeps his mug intact will, for many a day, ponder the saying that he or she has penned on that souvenir mug.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

More Small Paintings

This week I tried various renditions of painting sunflowers. Below is a picture that took a bit more time since there were three times that the picture was set aside to dry between color applications. This is a 5" x 7" size, larger than those used for note cards.

(pen and watercolor)

Above is a vase of sunflowers that is about 3" high, pasted to the front of a note card.

Sunflowers are fun to paint.  Their leaves are irregular in size and shape, allowing for yellows and oranges and golds to mingle.  (Remember the back yard fence painted in sunflowers from 
2014, before we sold the homestead?)

Here is another 5" x 7" watercolor on 140 lb. cold press paper.  Again, this one took a bit more time to paint than the quick, smaller pieces.

A few more paintings worked on during early hours of the dark, cool mornings when the fireplace is going and the day is being planned:

The picture below will end today's post.  It is 11" x 14", matted under a dark green, ready to go to the framer's for glass housed under a wooden frame.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

He Is Risen

He is risen, indeed

Luke 24:  2-3  They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.

John 11:25-26. Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

Acts 4:33   With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all.

1 Peter 1:3. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Watercolor Greeting Cards

Back last spring, when insomnia and I began our current relationship, I chose to use the early morning hours to paint (instead of complaining there were too many unproductive hours in the day). Coffee tasted better at 2 or 3 am, when I had the run of the kitchen and sweets were the only foods that remained palatable because of Ibrance.  So, coffee, cookie(s) and a paintbrush were in hand while I half-way watched reruns of Midsomer Murders. A year ago, it was rocks that I painted.

The insomnia continued, so I changed my painting target to that of wooden discs. Discs were kind of intriguing, but I could give away only so many.  And they were a real bust on Etsy, so I closed up my Etsy shop fairly soon after opening it. No wealth there.


Back in May of 2017, I was still painting rocks, interspersed with paintings for my study and one acrylic canvas for a friend.

Next I went on to painting Christmas cards. I really enjoyed making them, and watched YouTube videos for some differing ways to mount small pieces of watercolor onto the fronts of plain white purchased note cards.

Welcome, 2018.  Now comes this year's collection of greeting cards and little miniatures of fanciful flowers and people, and even a rabbit or two.
Rabbit and this vase of flowers are matted and framed and are wall hangings:

Below are some miniatures that were used for card fronts.