In a month Ryan, Ransom and I will be joining my family in Florida for a lovely week on the beach -- a beach we can actually swim in! The Oregon coast is beautiful, truly my favorite place to escape to on a weekend, but it's often chilly and overcast and the water is freezing. Spending some time on a warm and beautiful beach with some of my favorite people sounds so lovely.
In honor of that, I've drawn a stingray for day 79 of the 100 Day Challenge.
Here are my toes back in 2015, which was the last time I was in Florida.
Ransom also got his art on today. I love watching this little dude explore. I hope to set up a little art exploration area for him at home soon.
This 100 Day Challenge is flying by! It's been so great to commit to a daily rhythm of drawing.
Some days I know what animal I want to draw right away. I've been inspired by one of Ransom's books, or an animal we saw at the zoo, or a friend mentioned their favorite animal to me.
Today was not one of those days. I put Ransom down for a nap and then plopped down with my iPad and started scrolling through animal pictures on Pinterest. I decided to narrow it down to farm animals... then I thought how I haven't ever done a cow ... then I saw a picture of a Highland Cow... Yep, that's the one. The cutest kind of cow there is.
Ryan and I saw some a few years back when we were on the Isle of Skye in Scotland.
(Do you think they even appreciate the view?)
Man, that was one of my favorite trips.
Anywho, here's mine.
At first I regretted adding any color and was afraid it got lost behind all the brown, but now I think it turned out alright. Maybe sometime I'll go back and beef up the background (ha, did you catch that unintentional pun?).
And here we are in Scotland again, so fashionable in our mosquito nets. (Because of all the midges)
It's been awhile since I've added anything new to my Print on Demand shops (i.e. Society6, TeePublic, Redbubble ), because I've been so focused on other projects. This week though I decided it was about time and so I scanned and edited this lovely little design.
It is inspired by John 15:5. "“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." --> The whole idea of practicing the presence of God, of living out of his strength and not my own.
I don't really talk about my faith much on this blog, and it really doesn't show up much in my art either. But it's such a core part of who I am. I often wonder if/how to express that here and in my art.
There is just so much cheesy Christian art in the world. That makes me hesitant. Also, I don't want to just try and get sales by creating something Jesus-y -- using God's name in vain i.e. for my own benefit.
I'll at least say it on this post.
I follow Jesus. I put my hope in him. My identity as a daughter of God is above all my other identities -- as a wife, mother, artist, etc. It's the one thing about me that will never change.
So I strive to abide in him everyday, and to create habits in my life that cause me to turn my thoughts and actions towards him and his way of life -- which I believe to be the best way to live. (I'm reading a good book about that -- The Spirit of the Disciplines by Dallas Willard )
So yeah, that why "abide."
And then cherry blossoms are pretty.
And if you just like the cherry blossoms but don't care much about the word, I used my fancy computer skills for you.
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