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New Levels Of Gratitude

Last year at this time, I wondered where this artistic journey was headed. I was five years in and at a difficult crossroads. The business was struggling, and things weren’t working out as I had planned. Do I keep moving forward? Do I stand still and do nothing? Do I get off the road entirely? There was a wrestling within me like I’ve not known before. As I reflect back now, I see that I was trying to hold tight to what I thought was “mine” and make it work at all costs. Ugh! At the time my attitude was definitely not of gratitude. In fact, it was quite the opposite. As I wrestled through that season however, I came...

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Fall Blessings

Sorry I’ve been MIA for the past few months, my friends! 2019 has been quite a year so far. So many incredible opportunities, so little time to do it all, including keeping up with my newsletters... Let me quickly bring you update on the summer. I spent July through August showing my work at the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts, traveled up to Monterey for a week in August to show at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, and then a few weeks ago showcased both my car and floral series at Kaaboo Del Mar. Somehow, I was also able to make time to paint and enjoy the warm weather with family and friends. What an awesome and blessed summer it’s...

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Oh, the Possibilities!

  "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." -Romans 15:13 Hey hey, it's summer break! What a wild and blessed season these last few months have been. They were filled with Quiet. January through March were months filled with solitude, reflection and creating without distraction. Yes, there were classes and opportunities and lots of painting, but mostly quietly reflecting. Okay, I’ll admit, it wasn’t always quiet reflection…too often there was whining about how quiet it was, but that's because the months before had been so vital and active. Truth be told, I needed to be reminded how...

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Goodness

  "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control." --Galatians 5:22 "...and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come," --Hebrews 6:5 Goodness. I use this word a lot. "Oh my goodness!" "Goodness gracious!" "Good gravy!!" (Okay, the last one doesn't fit exactly, but I love to say it, so go with me on this.)  Goodness is defined as "The state or quality of being good. Moral excellency; virtue. kindly feeling; kindness; generosity. Excellence of quality: goodness of workmanship. The best part of anything; essence; strength. A euphemism for God." ** I am periodically asked to donate paintings or teaching services for various...

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Priorities

    "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." --Matthew 6:33 Happy New Year, Friends, I find myself looking to the future with a renewed sense of purpose and would like to share some thoughts God has been revealing to me… Priorities: I had an incredible 2016! Not to say all of it was sunshine and roses, but as I review the year as a whole, a BIG chunk of it was covered in God-given opportunities and blessings. Actually, every day was covered by God’s infinite grace, but since I find I struggle with self-absorption on a regular basis, I don’t always see the blessings when they’re disguised...

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