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Are you ready for a blanket of snow?

Are you ready for a blanket of snow?

When Michael of #ScribblePicnic gave the prompt for blanket this week my thoughts went to cuddling a warm afghan on a cold winter’s night. Then I saw Pooh Bear snuggling up with his blankie. But finally I decided to paint a quick watercolour of a snow blanket.

Soon we will be heading to warmer climes – getting away from the coming winter. Snow is beautiful. I love seeing snow covering the lawn.  If only it would stay on the lawn and not go on the roads. Driving in snow is not one of my favourite activities. And after 7 years of escaping it I am afraid I am no longer a seasoned winter driver.



Here is my watercolour rendition of “Blanket of Snow”.


That’s from memory. No picture to look at. But I know as the drifts pile up, the white snow becomes less pure, dirtier.

I love reading Psalm 147:16

He (God) spreads snow like a blanket
and scatters frost like dust. (Good News Bible)


And you can pile that blanket of snow higher and higher!

We have some gorgeous pictures from our winters past but most of them would need to be scanned. I found the two pictures on this post on my computer.

One more from my Growing Through God’s Word Facebook group. blanket


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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.



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.



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…


“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.



2 minute sketch of bark peeling off the birch tree.


Progression with pencil crayon.



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


Who’s there? Behind the wire.

Scribble Picnic Prompt – Cross in a Square

This week on #ScribblePicnic we were given a mystery prompt. Here are the instructions: For your “Fill in the Blank” challenge next week, the shape to use is shown above in the windows. Can you see it? Please be sure to employ at least one square with an “X” in it! The possibilities are endless — anything from wallpaper to treasure maps! I’m calling it “cross in a square”.

Here is Michael’s picture:

cross in a square

So as I sat in front of my fireplace (it is not on), and I saw the grate had that pattern and thought of drawing it. But boring. No.

All of a sudden I pictured a chain link fence in a zoo. And that’s where I got my idea for this week.

My grandchildren love the zoo. They are fascinated by the animals. They love going to a farm as well. Zoos and farms allow us to be up close and personal with God’s creatures. I know there will be people who feel that it’s cruel to have the animals caged in. I understand but if they are well looked after we can really learn a lot – both in drawing and understanding the variety and beauty of creation.

Here is my rendition of this week’s prompt of a “cross in a square”.

cross in a square

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cross in a square

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

My Flowerbed: Scribble Picnic

This week on Scribble Picnic the prompt is “flowerbed”. We are away on holidays so I did a quick sketch and watercolour pencils painting of a few of the flowers in our flowerbed before I left.

This year our plants have suffered from so much rain. But still my garden grows. My vegetable garden isn’t doing as well. Beans and kale are great. But alas no tomatoes – way too wet.

But there’s always next year.

How does your garden grow?


Here are the photos I used:


A quick sketch:


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What about Ladybugs?

Ladybug – #ScribblePicnic – An Art Co-operative

This week’s prompt for #Scribblepicnic is ladybugs or ladybirds.

I knew I had painted ladybugs before. When checking back through my posts, Michael had given a prompt for “critters” when we did Creative Tuesdays. Here is that picture and a link to that post.


You can see the post to Little Critters here.

And I also remember doing another ladybug picture.


And you can find that post Be Careful How You Live  by clicking here.

I have always loved ladybugs. That is until we found them along with wasps in the springtime coming into our great room. The high windows, heat and light must attract them. The wasps are dozy and easy to swat but I don’t like killing them. I vacuum them up (which is just as bad I guess.)

5 Facts about Ladybugs:

  1. Ladybugs are not bugs but beetles.
  2. They are a red colour to protect them from animals that might harm them. They do have a toxicity but not enough to harm humans but it will taste awful.
  3. Adults have wings under the red flaps on their backs.
  4. They are used as pest control.
  5. They are not always beneficial. They also could eat your plants like beans.

I have no time this week to paint another ladybug as I will be in the midst of this year’s VBS (Vacation Bible School) at our church. Lots of fun; lots of energy needed too.

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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.


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.



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.


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.


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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Did the Fox Make a Wise Decision?

A Fox – Scribble Picnic

Another week with not much time to paint. But I did do a sketch of this week’s prompt – a fox.


We have seen a red fox a number of times in our backyard here in Haliburton, but never in time to snap a picture. In my sketch I thought of him. Our fox looks very healthy so we don’t worry about the safety of our small dog. And she isn’t allowed out without us.

I thought about the fable of the Fox and the Grapes while I was sketching him.

Here is one version from Aesop’s Fables:

ONE hot summer’s day a Fox was strolling through an orchard till he came to a bunch of Grapes just ripening on a vine which had been trained over a lofty branch. “Just the things to quench my thirst,” quoth he. Drawing back a few paces, he took a run and a jump, and just missed the bunch. Turning round again with a One, Two, Three, he jumped up, but with no greater success. Again and again he tried after the tempting morsel, but at last had to give it up, and walked away with his nose in the air, saying: “I am sure they are sour.”

I thought about that fox reaching for something that wasn’t possible and then going away making the excuse that the grapes would have been sour anyway.

Did the fox make a wise decision?

Sometimes the dreams we desire need more than jumping up and down. We might need a helper to fulfil our dreams.

Failures may not really be failures – they could be restarts. (tweet this)

The fox gave up.

Quotes on Failure:

“Giving up is the only sure way to fail.” – Gena Showalter

“Failure isn’t fatal, but failure to change might be” – John Wooden

We might need to take one step at a time to reach our goals.

For me I like to ask God for those seemingly impossible jumps. He usually shows me a way around the problem. I think the fox might have wisely asked someone for help.

Here is this week’s sketch.



I found a painting that I had done a few years ago. He came second place in an art show at our little park in Arizona. He hangs in our home down there.fox

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Are Letters Becoming a Lost Art?

Letters – Scribble Picnic

There are so many stories about letters that I couldn’t decide at first. After mulling this around I decided on the emotional ones.


My Dad and Mom met in 1945 on a blind date in November. By the end of December they were engaged and married in April 1946. My Dad, born in 1910 and my Mom, born in 1917 were the perfect match. I never saw a real argument between them all the time I grew up. My Mom might have what we called “snits” but no cross words were ever heard. It was idyllic.

When they had been married less than two years my Dad had to go away on a business trip. This wasn’t any business trip. He had to fly to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Back then flying that far took quite awhile. No cell phones. He couldn’t even make a phone call from New York.

All communication was by mail. Airmail. Thin letters so it wouldn’t cost too much. On one of the envelopes I saw CR $3.80. (no idea how much that was but I bet it was expensive). He was away for 3 months, from February 29, until May 30, 1948 (that was his last letter and I think it took him almost a week to get home).

lettersI have read through all the letters and made copies for my sister and my 3 kids.

I saw a different side of my Dad while reading these letters.

You could really tell he loved my Mom. I wish I had her letters to him as he answers some of her questions but it is hard to tell exactly what she was asking.

Two months after returning home I was conceived (from counting back from my birth) and when my Mom was 5 months pregnant both Mom and Dad went off to Brazil together. I am sure she enjoyed this a lot more than waiting for my Dad to come home.

Mom would never show us the letters while she was alive.

I knew where they were but I respected her privacy. I do wish she had let us read them so we could have asked all those questions.

My Dad died in 1993 and my Mom lived as a widow for 19 years saying that he was the only man for her. She died in 2012. My sister and I miss them both.

I am so grateful to have these letters and other correspondence as it seems to bring me closer to them, remembering how sweet they were to each other. Okay so this got my tearing up. Time to wrap up so I can finish this post.

You have seen the first sketch. This is the watercolour pencil final.


Here is the sketch with pencil crayons and the original letters so you can see the size of paper I am using . It is in a 9 x 6 Sketch Diary with weight of 94g/m2. It’s fine for watercolour pencils but not for watercolour paints.


Don’t you love the ribbon around them. That’s about 1/2 the letters. And I can tell they have been read many times over the years.

I might now start back into reading the correspondence that my Dad had with his Mom during the war years. My father was a captain in the Canadian artillery. He also wrote some stories of what happened during that time. Thank goodness I can read his writing.

Because yesterday was D-Day and my Dad landed on Juno Beach in the First Wave in 1945, I am finding these memories powerful and emotional. Every year, he always went to Guelph, Ontario, to meet up with his buddies from that time.

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I Desperately Love to Read Books

Scribble Picnic: Books

Oh that is such a good word for this week’s Scribble PIcnic. I love love books. For that reason, I have had to pare down all the books I had on my shelves or I would be overrun with them. I keep the ones I have written in and give the rest to our church or Thrift store.

I’m once again joining Scribble PIcnic. Michael was dealing with a death in the family and needed to take two weeks off. To find out more about the co-operative, go visit Scribble Picnic. I am sure all of us are hoping Michael is back to his humorous, fine form this week.

Here is my booktable – changed from the picture as I move every book all around.


Check what’s on  my to-read or in-the-middle of reading list: (tweet this)

  • Smith Wigglesworth
  • Healing by Francis MacNutt
  • Why Pray? for your pastor by Richard Ciamitaro
  • The Joy of Missing Out (Finding Balance in a Wired World) by Christina Crook

Ones that I have recently read and would recommend:

  • Paula Parker – Sisters of Lazarus, Glory Revealed
  • Heather Gray – Mail Order Man (two more in the series, reading the second one)
  • Michael S. Heisier, Supernatural

I love historical fiction. I also read the Bible daily and books that will increase my faith. I have been reviewing books for over a year. You can find me on Goodreads.

Today’s picture is of my book table right beside my reading chair. I actually have two tables – one on each side. Most of the time I have books spread all over my area. As a result, you will always find bibles, devotionals, my writing journal, my sketching journal, and interesting books I use for reference. Yet if I store them away I will forget to refer to them.

My sketch:

I used pencil first, then micro pens.


My pencil crayon:

Using the watercolour pencil crayon I filled in the colours.


And lastly my final watercolour pencil crayon:

Using a thin paintbrush I went over the colours being careful to rinse my brush after each colour.


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