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Radio – How I broadcast at Hope Stream Radio

Broadcasting on Radio

This week’s prompt for #ScribblePicnic is “radio”.

Actually it is too funny that this is today’s prompt. Last week I spent time at a Christian Writers’ Conference in Edmonton, Alberta. It is called Inscribe Writers’ Fellowship. What an amazing time I had! Look for changes coming in the next months.

For “radio” I have an image of my sister and I listening to a radio program at lunch time before we headed back to school. The last word the broadcaster said was “Scoot”. And we did. I wanted to draw my radio but can’t find any pictures of it.

In our town we have two radio stations – Moose and Canoe. I have been interviewed on Canoe a couple of times. A great way to talk to people in the town.

But the best thing that ever happened to me about a radio was to be asked to be a podcaster for Hope Stream Radio.

Ron Hughes the station manager trained me. And I was probably his most frustrated worker. Between technology, and sound; headsets, and uploading – I worked hard to figure this out. Patience is what Ron has. Thanks.

Today I did my 101st program (not including special days or interviews). I hope you drop in to listen next week on Tuesday or go to my podcast page   and listen to any of my recordings.

People have asked, “What do you speak about?” My answer is anything and everything that is going on in my life. Sometimes it is a story I recall or something I have read in God’s Word. My podcast is called Growing Through God’s Word.

This past week I also met a wonderful watercolour artist, Shelley Hitz, who taught a workshop on lettering. Today I am going to try that while doing my “radio” picture.

So I looked at Hope Stream’s logo and then used a pencil, a Prismacolor Premier and a Pigma MB. I bought these at Curry’s on the way home from my conference. This is new to me. It is called faux calligraphy.

Here is the result. You can look at the real Logo below.

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I am going to be trying more of this in the months to come. And I will be adding my watercolour as well.

Here is one I tried using the new lettering and my Bible journalling.

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Matthew 4:4

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

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Don’t peel that birch bark!

Don’t peel the birch bark!

Scribble Picnic: Curly

The prompt this week is curly. When we first think of curly we think of curly locks – Shirley Temple. But my mind went to our week at the cottage when the kids brought some pieces of birch bark over to the fire. Joining #ScribblePicnic with Michael.

We explained that we do NOT take any bark from the tree as it will hurt the tree – it’s a protective covering and when it is taken off the plant hurts. It does burn very well even when wet.

As a Canadian I value our birch trees.

Here is a national song I learned as a child:

Land of the silver birch, home of the beaver, where still the mighty moose, wanders at will. Blue lake and rocky shore, I will return once more…

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“Don’t peel the bark”. As a young girl this warning has stuck in my head. It takes 5 years for the tree to recover from being peeled.

Instead peel the bark from dead birches, fallen branches, or peel that naturally falls to the ground. We would make canoes, teepees and many other crafts from fallen birch bark.

 

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2 minute sketch of bark peeling off the birch tree.

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Progression with pencil crayon.

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Final picture – very quick today as I am travelling once again.

Here are a few interesting posts about birch trees.

Canadian Icon revealed 

Does peeling birch bark cause harm to the tree

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What’s in a Dot? An Art Prompt

Scribble Picnic: Fill in the Blank

Mr Michael at #ScribblePicnic gave a very usual prompt this time. It was called “Fill in the Blank”. Take a look below.

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We were to take this exact shape and size (we could turn it around and change the colour) and incorporate it into a picture.

Since Canada 150 is still on my mind and I haven’t blogged much on my home and native land I thought of using this time to paint my Canadian picture. I used my micron pen 03 and my watercolour pencils.

Fill in the Blank

A Few Facts about Canada

  • Canada’s population is 36,286,425 and the country is 998,467,000 hectares in size.
  • Our 150th birthday is called our sesquicentennial.
  • Canada stretches across six time zones.
  • We have two official languages: English and French.
  • Canada is the world’s most educated country: over half its residents have college degrees.
  • Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world’s lakes combined.
  • The U.S. / Canada Border is the longest international border in the world and it lacks military defence.
  • “Canada” is an Iroquoian word “kanata,” meaning “Village.”
  • The butter tart was invented in Canada.
  • We don’t use dollar bills or two dollar bills – we use Loonies and Toonies.
Fill in the Blank

Group People Waving Canadian Flags Back Lit from Huffington Post.

We are now 150 years and 12 days old.

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Tadeo Turtle enjoys a delicious piece of watermelon

Scribble Picnic: Watermelon

This week for #ScribblePicnic the prompt is watermelon. That is a savoury treat for this time of year.

Since I have seen so many pictures of turtles snacking on watermelons I couldn’t resist putting my little Tadeo in this week’s picture. Here he is enjoying his juicy watermelon treat.

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Tadeo Turtle was published in 2012. In 2013 it won The Word Awards for best children’s book of the year. It’s a sweet story of a turtle who longs to be different. Through an exciting adventure he learns to accept the fact that God made him just the way He did for a reason. It is for ages 2 and up. With rhyming words and colourful pictures he delights the children. He is available everywhere.

In case you are wondering – Tadeo’s back leg is there – just off to the right in the air. He is so happy that he is kicking up his leg!!

I did this sketch with micron pens and with watercolour pencil – and somehow I just can’t get the blending I can with watercolour. But I’m working on it.

Here is Tadeo’s real professional photo.

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Tadeo enjoyed an outing with his creator this past weekend at our local author’s group in Minden, Ontario to celebrate Canada Day. That is not my elbow – I’m taking the picture of the table. 🙂 Tadeo is hidden on the far right. I need to get better stands for all my books. That’s the next task. It was very windy, cloudy, sunny, and humid, and threatening thunderstorms but didn’t. It was delightful all the same.

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A few week’s ago I was in Haliburton at the park – yup – doing the same thing. I didn’t have a tent covering that day. It was hot and sunny.

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As for watermelon. I used to enjoy that occasionally but just found out I have a sensitivity to it. Can you believe that? Still not believing it myself.

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Memories from Jars

Jars – Scribble Picnic

Today the prompt for #Scribblepicnic is JARS.

I checked the definition of jar, as most people would probably think of a glass jar.

Jar: a wide-mouthed, cylindrical container made of glass or pottery, especially one used for storing food. Synonyms: container, pot, crock, receptacle, cookie jar, mason jar, ginger jar

 

I painted this picture years ago after at trip to Tubac, Arizona. The lines are to signify ancient and I used a white and black spray paint on the paper first. The painting is hanging in our home in AZ. It is large about 24 X 14 inches.

 

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Of course when I think of jars I think of the story of jars of water made into wine in the Bible. I remember telling that story to the kids at vacation Bible school one summer when each day we took a walk through some of the biblical historical cities where Jesus went.

It was great. I made a large bus from cardboard, painted it. Then we put a hole through the roof. Two of us fit inside with puppets poking out the top. My friend pretended she was the driver and the two inside the bus entered the church from the back with the CD player blaring with the entry song. Grab your shades and a bottle of water, this place is going to get hotter and hotter.

Then the puppets talked about what they were going to learn during the Vacation Bible School. I can’t find any pictures in my computer although I searched.

Good memories of that week.

On thinking about pots I also remembered a story I worked on awhile ago. Here is a picture from that story.

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Sorry I didn’t have time to make an original this week. Can’t wait to see the rest of #ScribblePicnic’s pictures.

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Ladder – Scribble Picnic

A little late for #Scribblepicnic tonight. The word prompt is “ladder”. My excuse is below.

We have had quite the week. We left Arizona on the red eye last Tuesday night – arrived Wednesday morning. A little sleepy we were. After a ride from airport to north of Barrie, we had a little nap at our daughter’s home. Then we were ready to tackle shopping and heading back to Haliburton. That day and the next were blurs.

The weekend was family Easter weekend and we had 14 join us (7 grandchildren) and 4 dogs. Very busy, a lot of fun. Now recovering slowly from all the activity. And it rained on and off all weekend. The sun came out yesterday (Tuesday).

Do you feel you are going up and down a ladder?

Sometimes I do. There are times I feel like I’m at the top and other times I feel like I have fallen way down. But it I always look around me when I am on the ladder then I know I can find peace in all the rungs of life.

I found a picture I painted of a ladder from a book I am currently reviewing and editing. It’s Martha and Mary’s story as found in Luke 10:38-42.

Here is my picture:

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In my story, Mary is rushing to help Martha as she slept in. However, she catches her foot on the last rung and down she went.

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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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Octopus: Scribble Picnic

Octopus: Scribble Picnic

I’m back to joining the prompts by Dotty Hill. This week the prompt is Octopus.

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I didn’t find out about this until late – so I grabbed my pencil, then micropens and then my watercolour pencil crayons and began.

As soon as I read the word “Octopus” I knew I had to paint and write something. That is me. Yes me. I feel like a happy octopus with my hands in a million pies. You might be able to figure out some of them.

Got to run and make dinner. It’s crusty panfried halibut and vegetables. Hubby’s hungry. Hope you enjoy the picture.

I really need another 8 limbs.

Just under the wire.

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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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Creative Tuesdays – Orange

Creative Tuesdays – Orange

Yes challenged again for Creative Tuesdays. The prompt is “orange”. And you know that I will always think of what God’s Word says or shows about orange.

I started reading through the Psalms a few weeks back, but my friend started a Facebook Bible Study on Proverbs, so I switched. Then she started Acts, so I joined that and I began to be a beta reader for another friend’s Bible Study on Daniel. Can you see my mind?

But finally this week I got back to my Psalms. I found my place in my Bible and began again at Psalm 19. This is what I saw.

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From the New Century Version. Psalm 19:6

That’s how God’s Word vaults across the skies
    from sunrise to sunset,
Melting ice, scorching deserts,
    warming hearts to faith (Psalm 19:6, The Message).

In NIV,

It [the sun] rises at one end of the heavens
    and makes its circuit to the other;
    nothing is deprived of its warmth (Psalm 19:6, NIV).

So here is this week’s painting, done in watercolour pencil. Our house faces south – so I see the sun rise in the east and set in the west, from my left to my right. I pictured it in the morning and the evening.

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The sun is a supreme metaphor for God.

We can read more in Psalm 84:11

For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
    the Lord bestows favour and honour (Psalm 84:11, NIVUK)

And we read more in Isaiah.

for the Lord will be your everlasting light,
    and your God will be your glory (Isaiah 60:19, NIV).

You’ll have no more need of the sun by day
    nor the brightness of the moon at night.
God will be your eternal light,
    your God will bathe you in splendor (Isaiah 60:19, The Message).

I enjoyed looked for orange. May the Son shine in your life.

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    the Lord bestows favour and honour. (click to tweet).