Thursday, 26 September 2013

Seizing the Moment

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
― Benjamin Franklin

This past week I have had precious little time to get lost in any sort of art project as we have had several other (wonderful!) things going on in our life.  

I have learned something about myself though: that regardless of how many amazing other things are happening in my life, I need to stay connected to the world of art. I have discovered that I am a happier person ... a more cheerful mama, wife & friend when I have been creating. Because I am aware of this, I am proactive about my passion!  

I've written before about my "Art Bag" ... the bag I carry with me nearly everywhere I go (see here and here).  This past week was a week of dragging that bag around with me, and yet rarely getting a chance to open it up and dig in. However, just having it with me, helped me stay connected. And because I had it with me, I was able to snatch a few moments and begin a little water color doodle. 

I knew from the onset of the week that I would not have a lot of time, but if I had decided to leave the bag behind, I would have missed my few chances. And, because I was prepared, I was able to seize the moment and dig in!

Here is a glance into my sketchbook to see my "seizing the moment" sketch...

“I will prepare and some day my chance will come.” 
- Abraham Lincoln

Have a wonderful & prepared day!

Monday, 9 September 2013

For Mackenzie

I was recently asked if I would donate a painting to Mackenzie's Hope, a foundation that raises money to send the siblings of cancer patients to summer camp. It was a real honor as my family & I closely followed Mackenzie's 18 month battle with leukemia and daily prayed for her healing. After a valiant fight she passed from this world into the arms of Jesus last October. 

We cried & grieved and said that we would always continue to believe and fight to see "His kingdom come, His will be done on earth, as it is in heaven."  There is no cancer, no sickness and suffering in heaven ... let earth echo the ways of heaven! 

I didn't have a painting prepared that seemed suitable, so I decided to paint one dedicated Mackenzie and her courageous family. Below is the painting I created. It is a 18" x 24" acrylic in canvas.

Our Father, who is in heaven, hallowed be you name. Let your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.