Gratitude and Friendship

Hello friends! Today I bring you a short blog, sharing two of my recent works.  I’m not able to focus on one art project at a time.  I need stimulation from different works, jumping from one to the other.

The past two weeks, I’ve completed two of the four projects.  The first one is off the recent Lifebook 2017 workshop, titled “Flowers of Gratitude.”  This work was created mostly with Caran D’Ache watercolors, some cheap watercolor markers, and Liquitex acrylic.  What are flowers of gratitude?  It’s the endless beauty in our life that we are thankful for.  It comes in many forms: home, family, art, work, faith and more.  What are your flowers of gratitude?

The next one comes from Jane Davenport’s current workshop, Over the Rainbow.  I made my own version of Toto, modeled after one of my mini-schnauzers.  Paisley is my sidekick just like Toto was to Dorothy, so it seems fitting that my Wizard of Oz pal takes her form. Toto was a close friend of Dorothy.  From the beginning of the story, they shared a special bond and you could feel the love and friendship between them.  Paisley is my furry best friend and this painting below captures her personality perfectly.

I love creating furry characters because unlike the structure of faces or buildings, painting fur lets you forget about lines.  “My Toto” was done entirely out of Caran D’Ache watercolor crayons, except the golden polka dots, for which I used Liquitex acrylic.

Online Relationships That Last

iStock_18257198_XLARGE.jpgWhen it comes to human relations, technology has created a new environment. Remember the days when socializing meant going to the arcade or chatting with friends after Sunday service? School recess, parks, and strolls down the beach forced face-to-face contact. Social media created a world where although more people are connected, they’re also losing the human aspect of relationships. Many feel technology is making us colder, desensitized, and distant. But is that it? Are we just drowning in technological progress and losing out big time?

In his blog “6 Tips for Introverts Who Hate Social Media,” Darrel Girardier shares some advantages to connecting through technology.

He says, “[I’ve] come to realize that social media and introverts are a pretty good match. One of the beauties of the vastness of the Internet is that if you love something weird or offbeat, you can probably find a group of people who are just like you.” That really got me thinking.

I’ve known Amy for about ten years. We stumbled upon each other on a Christian inspirational forum. Amy was humble and friendly and we clicked immediately. We found out we lived in the same state, just opposite coasts. We prayed for each other, encouraged one another, and kept in touch throughout the years, forming an everlasting bond. Read More Here…