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art, note cards, Poems by others, wall art

Ode to peonies

t’s peony season here on the west coast of Canada! These gorgeous, fragrant flowers decorated the reception tables at our June wedding in Saskatchewan back in 1981, so my love affair with them is lasting. They are also an irresistible magnet for my camera and paintbrush. I was excited to see a peony in bloom… Continue reading Ode to peonies

Book Reviews, Christian living, Non-fiction, Religious, Theology

Powerful Thinking – review

Powerful Thinking by Joyce Meyer My rating: 4 of 5 starsIn Powerful Thinking, popular Christian author and speaker Joyce Meyer challenges readers to take a deep look at twelve mindsets. Each mindset titles a chapter and is expressed as an affirmation (e.g. ”Mindset One: Because I Am in Christ I Can Do Everything I Need… Continue reading Powerful Thinking – review

art, note cards, wall art

Selling online through a sweet local art market

Finding places to sell art is a challenge. That’s why, a few months ago, Pacific Arts Market caught my attention when I saw that a few of the local artists I follow on Instagram had shopfronts there. Pacific Arts Market is a physical marketplace in Vancouver. It operates out of the second floor of a… Continue reading Selling online through a sweet local art market

art, Personal

What to draw?

Whatever creative practice you’re into, you’ve probably faced the question—what do I fill my time with? If it’s writing you ask yourself, what do I write about? If it’s a craft, what do I make? If it’s art, what do I draw, paint, or sculpt? I have faced this question daily since starting my sketch… Continue reading What to draw?

art, art instruction, nature, Non-fiction

The Watercolor Flower Artist’s Bible – Review

The Watercolor Flower Artist's Bible: An Essential Reference for the Practicing Artist by Claire Waite Brown My rating: 5 of 5 starsMy newest art book is the gorgeous Watercolor Flower Artist’s Bible: An Essential Reference for the Practicing Artist, edited by Claire Waite Brown.This is quite a comprehensive volume. It starts out with a section… Continue reading The Watercolor Flower Artist’s Bible – Review

art, Book Reviews, Christian living, Non-fiction

Created to Thrive – review

Created to Thrive: An Artist’s Guide To Living In Divine Abundance by Matt Tommey My rating: 5 of 5 starsA few weeks ago I took part in a three-session masterclass hosted by artist and mentor to artists Matt Tommey. The class was called “Artist Mindset Makeover.” In it, Tommey stated that one’s mindset is the… Continue reading Created to Thrive – review

People, Personal, Poetry, Quotes

“Portrait of my mother at twenty” – a poem

Sunday is Mother’s Day—I’m sure I don’t need to remind you! Mother’s Day reminds me of my own mother and the fact that it’s already 15 years ago that I gave her her last Mother’s Day card. She died about six weeks after Mother’s Day in 2006. I still miss her, though signs of her… Continue reading “Portrait of my mother at twenty” – a poem

art, Biblical Art, Personal, Writing Life

Seasons in a Creative’s Life

"Spring Song" - Violet Nesdoly (Watercolor on 140 lb. cold press paper, 9x6 inches). This week I’m taking in a three-session webinar on the artist’s mindset led by artist coach and mentor Matt Tommey. Yesterday’s lecture was followed by a Q&A where Tommey answered submitted questions. The first question and his answer opened a window… Continue reading Seasons in a Creative’s Life

Personal, Poetry, Religious

Pandemic Lifestyle – a poem

When presented, by my writing group, with the challenge to write about my experience during the pandemic, my first thought was to do it in poem form (seeing as how it’s April and National Poetry Month). “Pandemic Lifestyle” is a snapshot of some of the things that have characterized the last months for me and… Continue reading Pandemic Lifestyle – a poem

Book Reviews, Memoir, Non-fiction

The Minister’s Wife – review

The Minister's Wife: A Memoir of Faith, Doubt, Friendship, Loneliness, Forgiveness, and More by Karen StillerMy rating: 5 of 5 stars I first discovered this book when I attended a webinar on writing spiritual memoir hosted by an Ottawa writing group, where the author, Karen Stiller, was the presenter. I was intrigued. Watching a later… Continue reading The Minister’s Wife – review