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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Snowed In

Being snowed in has a lovely upside.













One has time to watch the birds...













Gluten Free French Bread
Bake something tasty...














Read a good book or two...



Paint something blooming.











Or when the sun shines venture a snowy walk .

If any of you are snowed in today - would love to hear what you are doing.   To those who are in a warm place - could you send some of it my way.

"He says to the snow, 'Fall on the earth,'  Job 37:6 a (NIV)

Hugs

Debbie

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Winter's Peace


There is a certain peace that comes with winter.

A quiet calm settles all around.










Last season's reminders even appear at rest.

Bare branches are adorned in simple white.











The daily visitors are peaceful as they wait their turn.



Even this busy one seems to know it is time to slow down and be still.

Sweet friends wishing you a blessed peace-filled week.

Hugs Debbie

"A heart at peace gives life to the body..."  Prov. 14:30 a (NIV)







Saturday, January 5, 2019

"Peace"

This year my perfect word is "Peace".

Like many of you each year a certain word or words becomes the focus.   Generally for me the word keeps appearing over and over.   Such was the case with "Peace". 

I love the story about a wealthy man who commissions an artist to depict a painting of peace.

The artist first paints a lovely country scene...cows grazing in a meadow...birds flying overhead in a clear blue sky...a small village quietly situated off in the distance.   When the artist presents the painting to the man - it is refused.   He says  "this is not a true picture of peace."

The artist returns to his studio disappointed yet willing to try again.  He then paints a beautiful woman holding a sweet sleeping child.   For sure this would  please the man.  No - it too was rejected.

Feeling discouraged the artist is at a loss.  He even decides to pray for inspiration.   Almost at once an idea forms and the artist rushes to his canvas and paints like he has never painted before.

This time when he takes the painting to the gentleman he can't help but hold his breath.  Yes the man at last is happy.   It is the true picture of peace.

The artist had painted a stormy sea pounding at the shore with lightning and dark clouds.  He had even captured the feel of the strong winds.   In the middle of the painting though there was this small bird resting in her nest beneath a cliff.  She was safely calm amidst the storm.    Author Unknown

I am wishing all of you true "Peace" in the coming year.   Perhaps you will share your perfect word or words for 2019.

God Bless

Debbie

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.   I do not give to you as the world gives.   Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."  John 14:27 (NIV)


Sunday, December 16, 2018

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year


Once again it is time to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Your visits throughout the year have meant so much.  I just want to thank everyone for all the lovely comments as well as encouraging words.    May each of you be blessed with the joy of this special season.

Hope to see you all in the New Year.

Hugs Debbie

"After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east
came to Jerusalem and asked "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?  We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him."  (Matt: 2:1-2) NIV

Monday, December 10, 2018

Unexpected


Today I received a lovely unexpected gift in the mail.   My friend Debra Smith at monniebeanfolkart.blogspot.com surprised me with this lovely handmade watercolor journal.

She had wrote a little note that this book was for me to paint in...I will certainly do so.

Debra creates so many wonderful works of art.   Very multi-talented and has been featured in Stampington and  Company's publications.   If you have never visited her at I Paint  I hope you stop over and check out her lovely blog.  She has some gorgeous photos too that you won't want to miss.

Speaking of an Unexpected surprise "And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord."  Luke 2:8-11 (NIV)

Hope everyone is having a wonderful day.

Hugs Debbie 

 

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

December


Wishing everyone a lovely start to December and the blessed Christmas season.  Have a wonderful day.

Hugs Debbie

"In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David.   The virgin's name was Mary.  The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you."  Luke 1:26-28 (NIV)

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

A Trio

Last Friday I had some time to experiment with a trio of colors.   I chose Azo Yellow - Quin. Rose and Cobalt blue.










Just these three tubes of paint produced such a variety of bright hues as well as some lovely neutrals.











As I considered the trio concept it brought to mind how many times the number three shows up in life.  So often we here the quote "A third time is a charm"... or "good things come in threes" or as my beloved Mother- in- Law used to say when two famous people died it would not be long before a third would follow. 

In art we have three primary colors that cannot be mixed to create yellow, red and blue.  Often we are taught the rule of thirds in composition.  Great paintings generally carry the same touches of color in three spots - Papa Bear - Mama Bear and Baby Bear.

I know the Bible certainly holds many examples of a threesome.   Three visitors appeared to Abraham, Jesus prayed three times for the cup of suffering to pass, Paul asked three times to have the thorn in his life be removed.

Perhaps the number three is divine?? 

On that note I will share three things that made me smile today.

Schindler

Red Poinsettias


Chippy Chipmunk eating the bird seed

Thanks for letting me share my thoughts on threes.  May everyone have a lovely day.   See you next week -  God Willing!

Hugs Debbie

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