Category Archives: hand lettering

A very present help

My youngest sister turned 13 this week.  She’s goofy and beautiful and I am just so glad to have her as my little bitty sis.

I made this painting for her.  

Thirteen is a big year.  (For me it was 17  years ago. Yow!) It was at that age that I first ran to God on my own in a time of trouble.  In that moment I found Him.  I met my faithful Jesus. The Lord my Peace.  What a refuge!   The teenage years are wrought with high emotions, hormones and just figuring stuff out.  So many fears.  Looking back the “troubles” I had then look trivial.  But I am so blessed to have met my Savior then.  That those minor troubles chased me into His arms. I found my Refuge in those early years.  There is no doubt in my mind that it was the mercy of God to draw me to Himself then.  Giving me time to grow firm in faith before I met with true tragedy.  When grief did finally find me, by the grace of God,  my Refuge was home, and nothing could shake me from Him.

This is what I pray for my siblings and for my children. That they will run to Jesus now.  That they will find Him faithful.  And like the wise man, build their house upon the Rock.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble.  Therefore we will not fear…” -Psalm 46:1-2a

Dawson

My cousin was recently blessed with a handsome little boy.  Well, four months ago. Today I finally gave her this name illustration I’d promised her. I’m very happy with how it turned out. They are a very outdoorsy family. Horses, hiking, skiing and dirt biking. I’ve no doubt this little man is in for an adventurous life. 🙂 

  

Ink and watercolor on paper. 

Patch the Pirate 

The homeschool group that meets at my church is putting on a play.  My friend is the talented and brave director.  Coordinating 30+ kids k-12 and getting them all to sing and smile and put on a play is no mean feat.  Anyway, I made this poster. It’s a one night performance and it should be mighty entertaining. 🙂  

  

Here are some of my favorite details. 🙂   

Hudson

A friend of mine just had her first boy. I am so happy for her. I made this little painting for her. I also wrote the little poem to go around it. I don’t think my poetry is anything to write home about, but I like that it gives context to the illustrative theme I chose. It was all inspired by a story someone told me about a boy who collected pill bugs in his pockets and his poor mamma who washed his jeans without checking the pockets.
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I’ve been learning a new skill, and I find it rather exciting. Oh how I love youtube and those wonderful generous tutorial video contributors. When I was a kid I learned a little about pen calligraphy, with the flat nib, held at an angle, but it was so strict I never completely dedicated myself to it. Brush calligraphy appeals to me much more keenly. I still need loads of practice, but here is one of my first (presentable) attempts.  It’s a card for a friend who graduated this year. 🙂 SoFancy001