Pen and Ink...and maybe some paint

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Catching up on art...

Just passing through to catch up on my art posts. It looks like it's been a while!

Life has been pretty much "the usual". Work, a little babysitting, lots of art and homey things.

Well, one thing happened that's out of the ordinary. My daughter Micah was visiting with a friend at MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and her friend was excited that they had bought some land and were going to build next spring. Micah asked where the land was and it turns out to be the land where we lived in our log house! Micah was sad about that. She's secretly harbored a hope that she might "someday" buy the place back. I don't think it was a realistic dream, since hubby Adam doesn't want to live that close to town, but it sort of made her realize it wasn't going to happen. They are going to have the cabin burned down by the fire department and are going to build at the other end of the property. It is a sad event, but I think we can be glad that the place went to a nice little family who will love it as much as we did. And, on some level, I'm glad other folks won't be living in our log cabin. I think it was meant to be lived in just by our little family and now  its work is done. We built it together with our own hands. It was a dream of my husband's to build it, and though it was never really finished, we loved it. So many memories. We'll shed some tears (as I have been for some years) but God has so much in store for us. Nothing on this earth is forever, except our relationship with Jesus and our loved ones who love Him.

I told Micah that now her farm would be "the farm" to her kids, and they will love it just like she loves the old place.

Good bye old house. Thank you for sheltering us and giving us a place to raise some of the best kids in the world. May they always remember where they came from!

 And we'll miss the white house we moved into about 5 years ago on the adjoining piece of property. I'm told the new owners of this house built a shed right on the fence line next to the log house and filled it with goats and dogs! I guess that's why the new owners of the log house lot want to build at the other end of the property, lol. (Both houses are on our original 13 acre farm. We lost the cabin and 9 acres to the bank in 2011 and moved a manufactured home onto the 4 acre lot, for those not in the know.) The picture of the log house above was taken from the window of the white house. They're close.
Anyway, onward we go. Life is always changing, but the Lord never does. Keep your eyes on Him!

And now for the artwork...

This acrylic on a 5x7 canvas board is called Peace in the Storm. I gave it to my folks in Texas.
 My daughter and son-in-law bought me this tiny canvas, and I made another version of Peace in the Storm to keep just for myself. :)
 These were for a Halloween Pumpkin swap...

 These were for the Faith RAK (Random Act of Kindness). They will be given away to people in nursing homes. This is an ongoing thing I do. When I get a bunch I mail them to my friend in Kentucky and she and her husband, who is a pastor, give them away as part of their ministry.

 These were for a Pick-a-Theme (PAT) swap. Each member of my group requested a certain theme which I had to draw a picture for.

These were also for the Faith RAK. I thought men might like these more than the flowery ones. :)

 Last week I started a new Sketchbook Skool class. The teacher last week was Danny Gregory and he was teaching us to draw cartoons to illustrate an event in our lives. He was actually teaching about graphic novels, but we did something a little simpler.

 Next Danny had us do a cartoon of A Day in My Life.
 This week my teacher is Koosje Koene, a lady artist from the Netherlands. She's teaching about negative space. She had us draw things by outlining the space around the object. I don't do well drawing like this, but I tried. And now I'll go back to drawing positive space!
Sorry to heap so much art on you, but I really want to keep up my record so I have it all in one place since most of it is given away. :) Thanks for your patience!

And thanks for stopping by! Shalom to you and all your households!


  1. I can see why both you and your daughter feel sad about what's happening to your old place. I hope you'll find just the right piece of land to start new memories.
    As usual your artwork is great. Wish I could draw. Today my GS asked me to draw a werewolf
    ( Halloween must have brought that on) and we laughed ourselves silly over my efforts. He declared the "nose" looked like a pig's nose. And it did.

    1. You'll have to post a picture of your werewolf, lol! :)

  2. Thank you for sharing about your former houses and lands - I like your attitude of thankfulness for what you had, combined with a realization that things are always changing, and the present is more real than the memories. It's a losing battle, trying to hold on to even the memories, much less the things that were their beginning. The Lord is making you a blessing today and in the place where you are now.

    1. Amen, Gretchen! Thanks! I tend to be sentimental, so I have to keep giving myself a good talking to! :)

  3. Dear Lisa, I am sorry for your old home is flying into past. But you know, God's blessings for you and your beloved family is here! You create fine artwork, you give a lot of love and empathy into this broken word to make the light of grace shine.

    Gretchen has written a wonderful comment!

    Blessings to you and to yours from Dori from the Bavarian forest.

    1. Thank you, Dori! You are such a blessing! :)

  4. Lisa, I think you should make a painting of your loving log cabin. I always love seeing what you are drawing and painting. Fun.

    1. I might try that sometime! :) Thanks, Jody!

  5. and here I'm thinking they should keep the cabin and rent it to holiday makers...big money in that and the largest expenditure is already made. or, make it into a studio and have classes.
    I hate to see homes burned to the ground or worse, allowed to die slowly.
    otoh, ditto to Gretchen.

    1. Yeah, I thought they could at least keep it as a guest house. It needs lots of work. The logs are not in good shape and there's no central heat. We just had a woodstove which doesn't heat the basement. Anyway, I think the close proximity to the neighbors makes it less than ideal as a vacation spot, lol.

  6. You've been so busy with your art! Very nice. I love the photos of the old cabin. What a special place and wonderful life! I like very much what you told your daughter, that her farm can become "the farm" to the family and to her kids. That is so, so true! Each new generation has a house in the family that becomes the special place, the gathering place. It's so good and wise to be able to shift and move on and change. Good for you! The memories stay forever, of course. My grandparents home on the hill in WV is that "place" for me.


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