Category Archives: illustration

Selections from the sketchbook and life

We are moving again.  Have moved. Our house is smaller, but our hearts are fuller.  God is so good.  

 I hope to settle in this time.  To unpack the last box. I am well on my way, having exhumed the contents of a box three moves old.  Found a sweet teddy which my four year old has claimed as his own, tho it was first packed away before he was born. 

  

I wish I could share with you all the treasures, the joys, of answered prayers, of hope, of faith.  My God is faithful!  The One who made the smell of cedar groves and a boy’s heart beat with adventure.  He has called us to live, to know, to love, to serve.

  
 I think in heaven that I will look back clearly and sing all the more eloquently of my Savior’s work. Now I only glimpse His hand and then am dragged back into the fray.  Sitting quietly now, late at night with children sleeping, it is easy. Tomorrow there will be more boxes to unpack, bowls of cereal to pour, clothes to fold. To be in those moments also with a heart and mind towards Christ.  Well. That is the trick.  😉

Still God is good.

Book signing at the Snow Goose in Stanwood

Last summer I illustrated this book about a grandpa and grandson exploring a river together.  Many of the illustrations have hidden pictures.  It was a really fun project. This Saturday at 11 a.m. Melanie Maddy  and I will be at the Snow Goose Bookstore in Syanwood for a book signing.  
Should be fun! Hope to see you there!

Camp Elkanah Map

This is a project I finished a while back.  It was a lot of fun and a bit of a challenge as I’ve never actually been to the camp. I had lots of pictures and the camp’s old map to go on.  

I especially enjoyed adding the people and the vehicles. Adding a bit of myself to the work, the red car is based on our current vehicle. Our brave little toaster. The van is based on one of the more conspicuous family vehicles from my childhood.  My parents had eight of us kids so why not drive around in a giant yellow-orange bus? 😉

Daniel 12:3

“Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.” 

   
A friend of mine is expecting a sweet little girl. I made this little painting for her after seeing pictures of Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman to travel to outer space.

 

We all hope great things for our children.  We see shining potential, beauty, intelligence, talent. But the greatest treasure, the brightest light, the shining joy, is knowing they know the God of all truth, righteousness and love.  To see the light of God shining through them.  Shining like stars.

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.