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Trees – Scribble Picnic

We arrived home from Arizona in the early days of April. Trees dot our landscape, both evergreen and deciduous. The prompt this week on #ScribblePicnic is TREES. Perfect.

We live about 3 hours north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Snow still lay in the bush for the first few days after our arrival and in  piles as a result of the snowplows.

It rained. It felt cold. No more blue skies every day.
No colourful flowers. Bare trees. But spring is coming. (click to tweet)

But the grass was green. The evergreens displayed their uninterrupted colour.

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The deciduous trees are still bare. Some buds have begun to peep out.

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I look for buds every day. I took my camera and went hunting for spring. You can see the results below.

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I used watercolour pencils to paint the large pine in our side yard.

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Then I used water to make it look like a watercolour painting.

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I sketched in pencil our bare wild cherry. trees

We went to an Earth Day Event in the park put on by all our local churches. We were given gifts of tree shoots from Haliburton Forest.

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We live on the Canadian Shield so we have rock – lots of rock. Mostly granite.

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Check out I Remember – The Seasons, written by Brenda Poulos and I did the illustrations.

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Building snowmen…going for hayrides…raking leaves. These are just a few of the pages in I Remember the Seasons that will bring fond memories to life for those affected by Alzheimer’s. I Remember the Seasons is a simple and effective picture book containing lovely illustrations by Janis Cox. Poetry, and discussion questions will set the stage for meaningful conversations between people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.

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Rabbit: Scribble Picnic

Today is #Scribblepicnic. It is a weekly art meet-up to engage and encourage each other, exploring the same theme each week. This week’s theme is “rabbit”. See more at Michael’s blog.

We head home on Tuesday and when this post goes live I will have landed in Toronto, ready to head back home to Haliburton. We leave our little rabbits. Yes we have rabbits here in Arizona. I hate to say that they are food for the coyotes, hawks and owls. But they are very cute. Our little Snowball loves to try to find them in the bushes and flush them out.

On to Scribble Picnic:

Here is the sketch I did. I have been thinking of the Hare and the Tortoise story. When I was growing up my sister and I would listen to a recording of Bugs Bunny and the Tortoise. I found it on line the other day and loved to listen to it again. I still have the record but it is a 78 and I have no record player that plays 78 records. This is dating myself.

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Of course my turtle is Tadeo from my book Tadeo Turtle. In Disney’s story of course, Bugs Bunny beats the tortoise. But in the original story the Tortoise beats the hare.

Here is the original story from Aesop’s Fables.

Here is the video of the record Bugs Bunny and the Tortoise. I liked this version and it is the book I have. My sister and I have memorized the words. It’s really too funny when we get reciting it. Now I have the recording to play for the grandchildren when they come and they can turn the pages in the book.

 

My final picture with watercolour pencils and water.

Here is the question. Who is going to win?  I would love your opinion and why.rabbit

Join our weekly art meet-up at #ScribblePicnic. @dotty_hill #art prompt this week is rabbit. (click to Tweet)

Here is a rabbit I painted in 2013. I found it in my old files. Good to know it’s there.

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Grandfather Clock: Scribble Picnic

This week’s Scribble Picnic’s prompt – Grandfather Clock.

As I write this I am listening to the bong on our own grandfather clock chime the half hour. Hubby built the cabinet and assembled the clock a couple of years ago. He had plans spread out on our dining room table that would compete with house plans. Pages of details. So much detail I couldn’t even look at it. Our clock is a replica of a Mission Grandfather Clock.

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My first drawing of the clock was done – yes you guessed it – at 2 am. This is the poem I wrote at that time:

The Clock

There stood the clock
It bonged the hour
Time went by
Tick Tock Tick Tock

She could not sleep
But in the silence
She could sense
The stillness
Timelessness
Peace

Because of this prompt
I began to be interested in the history of grandfather clocks.

These clocks used to be called Longcase Clocks and were invented to keep better time with a pendulum rather than weights and springs.

The story goes that a man named Henry Clay Work in 1875 visited a hotel where there stood a Longcase Clock that had stopped.There had been two brothers who lived there. When the first one died the clock stopped keeping perfect time and stopped working as soon as the second brother died. Fascinated Work wrote a song called My Grandfather’s Clock in 1876 which sold over one million copies in sheet music (crazy number back then).

I recall hearing ‘My Grandfather’s Clock” from my school days.
Do you remember it? (tweet this)

Here is the first verse and chorus. To read all the verses click here.

My grandfather’s clock was too large for the shelf, So it stood ninety years on the floor;
It was taller by half than the old man himself, Though it weighed not a pennyweight more.
It was bought on the morn of the day that he was born, And was always his treasure and pride;

But it stopp’d short – never to go again – When the old man died.

CHORUS
Ninety years without slumbering (tick, tick, tick, tick),
His life seconds numbering (tick, tick, tick, tick),
It stopp’d short – never to go again – When the old man died.

Because I write children’s books I couldn’t help think about Hickory Dickory Dock. My picture is based on that nursery rhyme. It’s done with watercolour pencils.

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Boats: Scribble Picnic

Today is #Scribblepicnic day. The prompt is boats. My picture is painted with watercolour pencils. No micron pens today.

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I don’t come from a boating family. I remember the one and only time being in a boat before I turned 16. We had rented a cottage on an island and with it came a boat. Of course! How were we to get to the island? It turned out to be a small aluminum boat with a small 9 horsepower motor. My mother was unimpressed. In fact she spent that week on the island and never got off until it came time to leave. That morning we awoke to a thick blanket of fog. On the way to the marina, I leaned over the front of the boat with a flashlight to tell my dad where the rocks were in the channel. Adventure plus! Can you hear me? “Rock on your left. Rock on your right.”

Imagine my surprise when I met my hubby to be – his family grew up with motor boats. I have spent the last 46 years with a lover of boats.

Do I have boating genes? Absolutely not. But I have learned to enjoy most excursions. I say most because we have had a few exciting time on larger lakes with high waves. I don’t like that, at all.

What boats did I choose to paint today?

Sailboats – because they are colourful and I haven’t had much experiences on them except getting hit in the head by the boom when I didn’t duck when commanded. (earlier before I married my hubby)

I don’t have a desire to go on a sailboat, besides not wanting to be bumped in the head. They can go fast and without warning. I have no control and I have a problem with control. This would be way out of my comfort zone. Instead I will draw them.

In Arizona we can watch “sailboat races” every Wednesday and Sunday mornings on our little lake.

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Fairies: Scribble Picnic

Once again I am joining Scribble Picnic with the word – Fairies.

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I’m thinking imagination – when I think of fairies. I loved Grimm’s Fairy Tales when I was little. I remember sitting close to my Dad while he would read the stories. Yes they were scary but there was always good that came through.

I love stories of redemption – of caring, or sharing or change.

I loved being close to my Dad listening to the stories. He kept me safe.

A great author friend of mine, Jeff Goins writes about Why We Love Fairy Tales.

Being able to fly – I used to have dreams I could fly – through the roof and up through the sky. Conquering giants. Fighting dragons. I loved the Harry Potter first books and movies – until they got too dark for me.

My story of The Kingdom of Thrim is a type of fairy tale. It’s based on a doll maker who wants more than he has – he takes off with out asking friends or God. He just goes. Hasty decisions are not ones thought through carefully.

Fairies remind me of The Wizard of Oz – one of the best movies by far. I have seen it zillions of times. My sister and I would sing the songs, act like the scarecrow, the lion and the tin man. We would be the good witch and the bad one. We would sing our way through the dark forest.

I believe in angels. I let my imagination soar so I can picture a world of love, joy, no sorrow or pain.

Maybe my next children’s book will be about a fairy who travels to a new world to learn about love, acceptance, joy and peace. (tweet this)

I like what C.S. Lewis says:  “Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”

I think all the Scribble Picnic people know that their imaginations and let us see things beyond the black and white, beyond reality here. I can’t wait to see the pictures this week of Fairies. Join us.

My first sketch with micron after a few trial sketches in pencil. fairies

Coloured in with watercolour pencil.

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Finished with water.

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Best Bake Off Ever – Creative Tuesdays

Best Bake Off Ever – Creative Tuesdays

This week on Creative Tuesdays Michael’s challenge is “baked goodness”. As I thought about this challenge I realized that as a Christian I have this “baked goodness” every time I take communion.  Michael gave us a link to the Great British Bake Off. And I see our communion as the Best Bake Off Ever.

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During Lent I have been reading through Mark as we head towards Easter. One of the passages is Mark 14:22. Before Jesus was crucified He ate the Last Supper with His disciples. At that time this is what we read:

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.”

And then He went on to take the cup in Mark 14:23-24.

Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it.

“This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them.

The wine and the bread – a banquet for us. This is “baked goodness” at its best.

Communion – The Best Bake Off Ever

It is free for everyone.
It will save your life.
It is satisfying.

Here is a recipe for Unleavened Bread for Communion (from allrecipes.com)

1 cup flour
1/3 cup oil
1/8 tsp sale
1/3 cup water

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
Line a baking sheet with Parchment paper.
Mix the dry ingredients, Add the wet.
Form dough – 6 balls
Make them into disks on the parchment paper
Bake for 8-10 minutes.

Since I don’t eat any grains here is a recipe that is Paleo friendly.

Coconut Flour Bread

Here is Hillsong singing Cornerstone

How I see communion – a banqueting table. Mark 14:22-26. (tweet this)

 

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Who am I? – Creative Tuesdays

Who Am I? – Creative Tuesdays

The prompt this week at Creative Tuesdays is Meet Me. I will try to show you the answer to “Who Am I?”

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Meet Me – Watercolour Pencil – 2016

The idea here is to list a few items you like and dislike or some variation thereof (by Creative Tuesdays).

I struggled with this one for the last two weeks and finally worked on it yesterday under the title, Who Am I? I don’t like portraits and doing a self-portrait was even harder. I used a micron pen 01 and watercolour pencil and a light weight paper. Next time I would use heavier paper.

That of course reminded me of Jesus asking the disciples, “who am I?”,

“Who do people say I am?” …

[And then], “Who do you say I am (Mark 8:27-29, NIV)?”

As I have been reading through the scriptures for this time of Lent, this question keeps coming up. Who is Jesus? The religious leaders are trying to discredit Jesus. They want to keep the status quo. They want to keep their power. So they ask Jesus all sorts of questions to trap Him. Here are two cases.

Case One:

On Saturday at Word of God Speak we looked at Mark 11:27-33

The religious leaders are trying to trap Jesus. They really are asking Who He is:

“By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you authority to do this?”

Case Two:

On Sunday at church we looked at Mark 12:13-17.

Here they are trying to trap Jesus again by asking about whether the Jewish people should pay tax to Caesar.

Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not? Should we pay or shouldn’t we?”

In the first case Jesus will not give an answer because the leaders couldn’t answer His question.

Jesus said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”

In the second case Jesus gave a divinely inspired answer.

Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”

I find it interesting that the leaders of the Jewish people couldn’t see Jesus as God’s Son – the Christ. They were blinded by their arrogance and their wish for power and control.

Sometimes I forget that I have let Jesus be in control of my life and I try to wrestle control back from Him. Thank goodness I study His Word every day to remind me that He is in control.

Pastor Thiemke said on Sunday:

We must give to God what is rightfully His – our entire life. (tweet this)

If you haven’t met my Jesus I would love to tell you more about Him. Email me anytime and we can talk.

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Fuzzy Lion – Creative Tuesdays

Fuzzy Lion – Creative Tuesdays

Prompt for Creative Tuesdays Fuzzy – The definition of fuzzy: covered with short, soft hairs, fur etc.

My choice for Creative Tuesday’s prompt  is a lion. I have seen fuzzy lions as toys. My lion however is the real thing. However, if he were not as fierce, I think you could find him to be fuzzy on your face particularly around the whiskers.

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Watercolour – Janis Cox @2016

My picture is done in watercolour. I used some Chinese white for the whiskers.

The lion is a symbol of power, might and is ferocious. (click to tweet)

Lion is used as a synonym for God.

Amos 3:8

The lion has roared—
    who will not fear?
The Sovereign Lord has spoken—
    who can but prophesy?

A lion is also described as bold. I like that. Determined. I think we need to be bold as a lion.

Proverbs 28:1

The wicked flee though no one pursues,
    but the righteous are as bold as a lion.

The lion is also used to symbolize Satan.

1 Peter 5:8

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

That reminded me of a dream I had of two lions fighting a ferocious battle. I wrote a blog post for Creative Tuesdays with the prompt “dreams” and tell about my dream of the lions.

One of my favourite stories is The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe (actually all of the Narnia series). The lion in Narnia is an allegory for Jesus. That lion the kids were able to get close to and actually touch.

And of course, there is the Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz and Dorothy cuddled this fuzzy lion for much of the story.

I painted a lion in my Bible to help me memorize  Proverbs 28:1.

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Mmm Chocolate – Creative Tuesdays

Mmm Chocolate – Creative Tuesdays

What can I say, “Mmm Chocolate. This week Michael’s prompt for Creative Tuesdays is “chocolate”. I veered a little away from the box of chocolates. I recently baked some chocolate cupcakes. I used 90% dark chocolate in my recipe for chocolate cupcakes. Yes for this “paleo” girl I do get some perks. These are delicious.

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Pencil Crayon of chocolate cupcake and blackberries.

ART for mmm Chocolate:

I drew and coloured this picture while remembering what we ate the night before for dessert. If you look below it is not quite the same as the original. My imagination made the cupcake grow.

I used pencil crayon – watercolour pencil crayon.I did not use a brown pencil crayon. Instead I used complementary colours to make brown. You can see at the top right how I decided if that would work. Red first, then green. Orange first, then blue. Yellow first, then purple. It was experimenting for me.

Then I went back and used water on it.

Mmm Chocolate watercolour pencils

Touched up the picture with water on watercolour pencils.

You can see that the red started to show through more. I like the yellow then purple to make the brown. Experimental. And I only used photocopy paper this time.

Here is a great website on using pencil crayons. Using Colored Pencils to create fine art.

BAKING for mmm chocolate:

Mmm chocolate paleo cupcake

I made the chocolate cupcakes from this recipe on Holistically Engineered. Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes. This recipe calls for honey and coconut flour.

The recipe for the icing is below or you could use their recipe with avocados (my hubby thinks he is allergic to them so I opted for my recipe for icing).

I actually cut this icing recipe in 1/2 for these cupcakes. That’s why there isn’t much icing on my little cupcake. Oh well it tasted delicious.

1/2 cup of coconut cream (I used the top of a can of coconut milk)
3/4 cup of dark chocolate chips (I used a 90% chocolate bar, chopped up).
1/4 tsp vanilla

Scald the cream.
Turn off heat and add the chips and vanilla.
Whip until fluffy.

Any questions just email me or comment below.

Since we have cut down (cut off) eating sugar in any form except fruits, maple syrup, honey and coconut sugar, my hubby has lost and kept off 40 pounds. We also don’t eat any grains. But I still love little treats. These cupcakes are so good (and good for us too).

SCRIPTURE for mmm chocolate:

But the sweetness of God’s Word is better than that.

How sweet are your words to my taste,
    sweeter than honey to my mouth! (Psalm 119:103, NIV).

Honey is mentioned in God’s Word over 60 times.

Honey is even good for you.

Eat honey, my son, for it is good;
    honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.
14 Know also that wisdom is like honey for you:
    If you find it, there is a future hope for you,
    and your hope will not be cut off (Proverbs 24:13-14, NIV).

I think Mmm the sweetness of God’s Word. (tweet this)

 

 

Lord I give you my heart

Creative Tuesdays – Lord, I give you my heart.

With the prompt of “heart” I immediately thought of the song, Lord I give you my heart. Find out more about my faith story.

 

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Today is Creative Tuesdays. Our prompt was:

Home is where the heart is” and “Love will guide you home.” So, for our next theme, I’d like you to add a drawing of a heart that is either depicted like it’s floating or in the air or perhaps on something that’s in the air. (Michael from Creative Tuesdays)

I have been taking a pencil crayon course. So I tried my watercolour pencils today for a little sketch. Not thrilled with the shading or colours but you get the idea. I’m going to try this one again. I used charcoal paper too when I should have used watercolour paper. Back to the drawing board for me.

Here is the picture with just the watercolour pencil crayons. At the bottom of the hand you can see how I started to apply the water with a brush.

Lord I give you my heart

Psalm 17:3 says:

Though you probe my heart,
    though you examine me at night and test me,
you will find that I have planned no evil;
    my mouth has not transgressed

I’m hoping that is so. Sometimes I do have to think back over my day if I am struggling to get to sleep.

Is there something I said, or did? Is there something I omitted doing?

When I “gave my heart” to Jesus, I meant it – very strongly. I meant that I would follow Him, that I would do what He said, where He led.

Since that time, I have really been challenged. I took 5 mission trips to Poland. I started a blog. I started painting. I published a children’s book. I am now podcasting once a week. I really meant it when I said I would do as He asked when I gave Him my heart.

Have you given your heart to Jesus? If you are interested in my faith story check it out. (tweet this)   My Faith Story.

Here are some other scriptures of how you can say, “Lord I give you my heart”:

We are to LOVE with all our hearts (Deuteronomy 6:5)
We are to SERVE with all our hearts  (Deuteronomy 11:13)
We are to OBSERVE with all our hearts (Deuteronomy 26:16)
We WORK with all our hearts (Nehemiah 4:6)
We SEEK with all our hearts (Psalm 119:2)

My favourite has always been:

Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.

One of my favourite songs:

This is My Desire –  Lord I give you my Heart – sung here by Michael W. Smith.

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