Sunday, August 24, 2014
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
An experimental portrait in acrylic, I think? painted a while back.
[Self-] abandonment, surrender... not seen normally as good things, but so beautiful and so challenging (!!!) when done out of love, with the help of God.
So hard. One can only ogle people like our sweet Blessed Mother quite helplessly.
Fr. Michael Gaitely's little book, "33 Days to Morning Glory" is a great read. If we've got to walk this life why not walk with Mary our wise, gentle, and humble Mother?
Monday, August 11, 2014
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Thursday, August 7, 2014
I don't often listen to Pharrell, but when I do, darn it, I'm gonna do me some color studies!!From his "Happy" music video. I'm not the best painter, many of my friends could do better- check out their links on the side of this blog! :)
Speaking of happiness:"You have made us for yourself, God, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you."
St. Augustine, (who lived a loooong time ago!) like most of us human beings, searched for fulfillment and satisfaction in other human beings, in his career and success, and in a decadent lifestyle, but when he finally listened to his deepest yearnings for truth and meaning, for real happiness, he found God. Have you ever felt that restlessness?
In my one little lifetime of trying to be a disciple of Christ, I can say clearly that it's worth it. Because being Christian means constantly working with God to train your mind and your heart- to maximize how much you're able to love, how much you laugh (often at your own self), how much you learn, and how much you can let go, or forgive. It gives color, flavor, aroma, clarity, enduring warmth, and meaning to life. May the peace of Christ, which surpasses all that anyone or anything could ever offer, become known to you . . . may it be yours.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
June was a beautiful and humbling month. Humbling because of the struggles and sorrows of friends, but made beautiful by the countless kindnesses of God, family, and friends through it all. Goodbye June 2014! Hello July~~ :)
And here is a quick painting/sketch of blogger and advocate for the homeless, Kevin Barbieux, who did me a kindness even in the midst of all his trials. This is a thank-you to him... hopefully he won't mind this very rough likeness of him.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Haven't posted in a while... this was done with black conte crayon on paper.
The world needs lots of prayers and grace. It is so overwhelming... !
http://divinemercyforlostsouls.blogspot.com is a wonderful blog (and Facebook group) that posts prayer requests for depressed souls or for those who have committed suicide. Regardless of your faith or beliefs, if I may I'd like to encourage anyone reading this to check in on this group and join your hearts and minds, even for a brief moment, with others going through very tough times. Solidarity with each other = humanity.
from the poet Alexej Mislovic:
You must not die/because you have been chosen/ to be a part of the day.
Found in the incredibly inspiring letter of one young woman, written in what was probably the lowest point in her life, in 1995. Please, share her letter if you think it could help someone you know!
Someone has to begin to break the chain of hatred that has always destroyed our countries. And so, I will teach my child only one thing: love. This child, born of violence, will be a witness along with me that the only greatness that gives honor to a human being is forgiveness. -Lucy Vertrusc
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Little experimental doodles! The one on the right was inspired by a funny look my dog gave me this afternoon XD
"I nothing lack for I am His, and He is mine, forever..."
(~from a beautiful and simple song inspired by the famous Psalm 23)
expresses my feeling right now. Good friends encourage
and lift our spirits--I was a bit discouraged lately and several
good friends and family helped me back up.
We should strive to be that kind of friend to all!
And may hurting families and people in Korea, Nigeria, Sudan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Mexico, America, and all over be blessed with peace and healing.
Monday, April 28, 2014
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Pages outta the ole sketchbook!
Where would I be without our Lord's Sacrament of Reconciliation? Or just without God, period!
Forgiven never forsaken... #Lent2014
Also, a beautiful and blessed Feast of Saint Joseph this day! Barely starting to appreciate this wonderfully humble, quiet saint.