I’ve been teaching a small weekly art class. We do a lot of figure drawing and gestural studies. Mostly 10 minutes and under, taking turns posing. It’s a blast, and my students are fantastic! A few weeks ago I pulled out my charcoal and pastels. We work on tinted construction paper (less expensive than actual pastel paper). It’s been a fun challenge. Charcoal wasn’t my favorite medium in school, mostly because of the mess and how hard it is to preserve. But I can’t deny it’s merits. For bold, quick, expressive lines, it’s hard to beat.
Here are two sketches I did of my students during class. Roughly 10 minutes each.
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.
Edward and Alistair helped a bit with the coloring portion. But mostly they served as the drawing quality control and suggestion unit. Edward informed me that I drew “Awesomest Prime’s” head wrong, as well as a few other important details. But overall, they were pleased with my efforts. 🙂