This is our Father's world, and to my listening ears, all nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.
This is my Father's world. I rest me in thought of rocks and trees, of skies and seas--His hand the wonders wrought.
I had a lynx sketch I did a long time ago and decided to pull it out and copy, refine, and frame it as a gift for a bride-to-be. Unfortunately I didn't get a picture of it framed before it was sent off. :( It looked much better in that black frame!
The paper turned out to be a bit wrinkled, but it flattened out some when I framed it.
Gracia came to me one day and told me that I needed to paint her a WW II plane (said in a very matter of fact way). So I did. It was meant for her birthday and I could have finished in time too, but I wasn't satisfied with the results. I ended up destroying my clouds in an attempt to make it even better. :P After that I lost my inspiration for a while and set the paint brush down for a couple of days to let my frustration die down a bit. It was a struggle when I picked it up again, but I was determined. After many, many cloud over, over-kill. I finally fixed it up enough to turn my attention to the plane. No trouble there. It was like slicing cake. I was delightfully surprised at how much easier it was to paint an object verses a landscape.Truly amazing. I'm glad it didn't give me a headache too. I'm still not quite satisfied with the clouds, but I'll have to be content. Its time to move on.
Every year, my desire to refine this gift of art God has so graciously given me, grows and deepens. But despite it, I feel like I'm pushing against a hard wall, trying to move it, and only succeeding a tenth of a centimeter (I feel it's that much, but I know it's not). I'm trying to make progress, but I must be patient. God Will give me that progress when it is time, the perfect time--His timing. The pace I am going is what God wants. If He wanted me to produce more, then those things that are causing my artistic production to be slow would not be present. Besides--as a good friend pointed out to me--at least I am able to produce art, and that is enough.
And...SCHOOL IS THE IMPORTANT THING RIGHT NOW, LIZ!! Because of this pressure (to produce more art) I have been letting school fall behind, I must not allow that to happen. Education is a gift from God, it is important. I CAN'T BE IMPATIENT! It accomplishes nothing.
" I will find rest nowhere but in His holy will, a will that is unspeakably beyond my largest notions of what He is up to." -Elizabeth Elliot. Matthew 6:33 NASB "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you".
When you worry and are impatient, you usually get nowhere, but when you trust God and let Him lead, you find yourself accomplishing a lot more and being less frazzled and broken down. I don't want anything, but God's divine will for my life. I'm not happy when I seek my own, but when I seek His will, obey and turn from sin, I feel peace and joy. We all do. ~Elizabeth Joy
I thought it would be fun to do a cartoon of those of us who play Frisbee...all the time. Not that I don't like it, but, I think another soccer game is in order. *hint, hint* This is the result. Not as funny as I wanted it to look but...I like how Ben is flying through the air, and how John is just standing there amists all the flying bodies. Fun times. Good memories. I just had to capture it in a cartoon.
I tried to fit in everybody. Sorry Nathaniel, Otto, Bob, and Becky. Your probably glad I didn't draw you. :P
This was for yesterday, but because of curtain unexpected turn of events, I was not home to post it but suddenly found myself with Sarah at one of her clients riding horses bare back all day. Meanwhile we waited for our truck to be fixed which had broken down while on our way to gets some hay. It was suppose to be a quick trip, or that's what we planned it to be, but God had other plans. We had a lot of fun...or, I had a lot of fun...well Sarah did too, but, she was wrestling half the time...let me rephrase...MOST of the time with a huge pigheaded draft who refused to let her do her hooves. She did get to ride at the end though. :)
We recently were passed down a bunch of art supplies, (I think we now have a life-time supply of sketch pads, which is wonderful!) I love it when people pass stuff like this to us. :) Anyway...I went on a sketch craze this week (complete with drool and googly eyes :P). I've been trying out my pens and the cool colored pencils and different sketch pads that came with the art stuff. I love how the pen sketches look, I also like the colored pencils. I'm having a lot of fun with them. Thank you Hannah A!!
I got all trained up for my job and had nothing more I could do until some paper work stuffs was figured out, so that I could work on my own. So I had a few days free to quench my thirst to paint and sketch, and my hands felt quite neglected anyway, they definitively needed a little workout...
When I showed my sisters this sketch, they all commented, "The horse doesn't seem to know the dragon is there, neither does the knight seem to be much in-tuned either" -.-
I recently was inspired to paint more rocks, by this blog zephyrcatart.wordpress.com, (her work is truly amazing) and Saturday I was spending the day with my sister at a house she was watching and we went to the Klutina river and took a hike at a BEAUTIFUL spot. I will definitively go there again! It is the very place for a photo shoot. I took the opportunity to get some nice smooth painting rocks while there, (I really had to restrain myself from not taking ALL the rocks on the shore and filling Hannah's car trunk up) it was great, I just love looking for rocks to paint, sometimes it can get very hard to tear my eyes of the ground.
I never did win first, second, or third place, or even honorable mention in both of the contests that I had entered a while ago.
I still have that Caribou painting to do, I'm hoping to start it soon, and the bear was a silly idea, scratch that.
I don't know how busy I will get or how often I will be able to work in my studio but I am going to train for a job soon. So, that's going to keep me busy.
This spring has been very slow, but today was the first day of 60 degrees! I'm so excited for summer. I'm sure everyone is. Who wouldn't be?
I love castles. I just do. There magnificent. beautiful. spacious. and just...medieval. I want one.
Very cool Castle!
I've always had a fascination for them. As a little rag-muffian of a girl, I dreamed up my own castle. Seriously. I did. I was going to build one, in the back yard. I spent a lot of time on it. I drew pictures of it, (I still have them too) I knewhow big it was going to be and what it would look like. It was simple, only consisting of four towers. There was going to be a armory room, stalls, oh, and a dungeon, can't forget the dungeon. And a round table. Yes, that too.
I drew this doodle yesterday with my dual brush pen :)
As a little girl I always wanted to see a castle, to walk inside of one, to feel the cold stones...And I did. Quite unsuspectingly. And it was amazing. I got to tour the largest red brick castle in Europe last year. It was in Poland while I was on a missions trip with a bunch of very wonderful people. I will never forget it, it was just as I imagined. But it was real this time. (and no, the castle pic on top of page is not it)
So...the doodle is going to be prolonged. Unfortunately I messed up with he coloring, I couldn't decide what I wanted to use to color it with. I chose colored pencils. That was a mistake. I have to start all over again and I only have two days left. I am in sore need of some inspiration. I always look at painting magazines for that...but this is different. :( Wish me success!
I'm working on several sketches for a couple different contests, which have AMAZING prizes (see below). The deadlines are very soon, so besides school and time outside (to keep my sanity) I have been spending hours in my studio in an effort to finish them. Actually, I could probably put a little more effort into them if I had a comfortable chair to sit on, I tried Sarah's exercising ball, but didn't work to well. Anywho...stay tuned for pictures of the finished products!
Doodle 4 Google
One (1) National Winner The National Winner will have his or her doodle featured on the U.S. Google.com homepage. He or she will be awarded a $30,000 college scholarship to be used at the school of his or her choice, a trip to New York for an event on May 17, 2012, a Google Chromebook computer, a Wacom digital design tablet, and a t-shirt printed with his or her doodle on it. We'll also award the winner's full time school a $50,000 technology grant towards the establishment or improvement of a computer lab or technology programming. Four (4) National Finalists Each of the other four National Finalists will win a $5,000 college scholarship to be used at the school of their choice, a trip to New York for the final event on May 17, 2012, a Wacom digital design tablet, and a t-shirt printed with their doodle on it. Fifty (50) State Winners Each of the other 50 State Winners will win a trip to New York for the final event on May 17, 2012 and a t-shirt printed with their doodles on it. All 50 Regional Finalists will also have their doodle displayed in a special exhibit at the New York Public Library. Two Hundred and Fifty (250) State Finalists Each of the other State Finalists will receive an official winner's certificate and be featured on the Doodle 4 Google contest web site.
The other contest is on a smaller scale and only for Alaska. The prizes are as follows:
First Prize: $500.00 Second Prize: $300.00 Third Prize: $200.00
As he was walking alongside the river, he heard a rustling in the bushes behind him. He turned to look. He saw a 7-foot grizzly charge towards him. He ran as fast as he could up the path. He looked over his shoulder & saw that the bear was closing in on him.
He looked over his shoulder again, & the bear was even closer. He tripped & fell on the ground. He rolled over to pick himself up but saw that the bear was right On top of him, reaching for him with his left paw & raising his right paw to strike him. At that instant the Atheist cried out, "Oh my God!"
The bear froze.
The forest was still.
As a bright light shone upon the man, a voice came out of the sky. "You deny my existence for all these years, teach others I don't exist and even credit creation to cosmic accident." "Do you expect me to help you out of this predicament? Am I to count you as a believer"?
The atheist looked directly into the light, "It would be hypocritical of me to suddenly ask You to treat me as a Christian now, but perhaps You could make the BEAR a Christian"?
"Very Well," said the Voice.
The light went out. The sounds of the forest resumed. And the bear dropped his right paw, brought both paws together, bowed his head & spoke:
Cartoon by Elizabeth
"Lord bless this food, which I am about to receive from thy bounty through Christ our Lord, Amen."