Art is much less important than life, but what a poor life without it! ... Robert Motherwell
"All great art is expression of man's delight in God's work, not his own." John Ruskin

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Here's wishing each of you a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Today has always been my favorite and most cherished "special day". I have very fond memories of all the family assembling together at our home or at Grandma and Grandpa's house. This is a day to enjoy one another's company, play games, and of course, eat all of our favorite traditional goodies. After the feast, the traditional nap. The aroma of a roasting turkey stirs up lovely images in my mind!
For everyone who visits my blog to view my latest watercolors....Last week I took a watercolor portrait class. What fun!!! So, a portrait or two has been in the works in my studio and I will be posting them soon. Check back!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Comfort, a Chef in the Kitchen, Artists

1) The moment I kick off my tennis shoes and slip my dog-tired feet into my comfy and cozy slippers!
2) I love watching my son cook in MY kitchen!
3) After missing my waterclass last week, due to mud-slides on 101, I was happy to join my artist friends for class today. And again I will see many of them at the WC Portrait class we are all taking on Thursday! I've got many paintings in the works, so please, patiently wait and I will post them as soon as they are complete.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Job 38:8-11, The Avenue, & Word from a Friend

1) At 8:00 this morning Austin and I climbed in the car and headed south. I had my weekly watercolor class in Florence and he had an appointment in Coos Bay later this afternoon. Once again, the rain was (and still is) falling in buckets and the wind was raging! In the winter, on the central coast, you will go nowhere if you wait for fair weather. About a mile out of town, one of the creeks was spilling over the road, but we got through just fine. As we rounded the bend at Cape Perpetua, water was gushing out of the mountain in more than a dozen places, but still we pressed on.......(hmmm? I wonder what drives a person to be so stubborn and/or stupid?). I was praying all the way because I was sure that without the Lord's help the mountain was going to come sliding over the top of us, shove us over the cliff and sweep us out to sea! Then just north of Sea Lion Caves, there it was in front of us.....a huge mudslide across the highway. Well there was no getting through, so we quickly turned around and began inching our way back north, hoping that the mountain had not come down at Cape Perpetua, leaving us stranded between the two. With the Lord as our guide, we made it safely home. Great is the Lord!!!!! All the while we are traveling along, we were watching the ocean. With the high surf warning today, the ocean swells are huge! The water is all dirty, brown and filled with debris. I was quickly drawn to thinking about the passage at Job 38: 8-11:
8 “Or who shut in the sea with doors, When it burst forth and issued from the womb;
9 When I made the clouds its garment, And thick darkness its swaddling band;
10 When I fixed My limit for it, And set bars and doors;
11 When I said, ‘This far you may come, but no farther, And here your proud waves must stop!’
I must thank the Lord for those boundaries he placed on the sea!!!!!!
2) I am most grateful for the avenue of prayer that God has given me! There are many times when I believe that if I did not have the blessing of being able to talk with my God, to cry out to him and to praise him, I would be a wreck!!!! I have tried to live without using the blessing of prayer and it is the same with any relationship; if you do not communicate, no relationship can grow. This morning was a time of unceasing prayer and He answered.
3) Though I was not able to make it to my watercolor class today, I spoke to my friend and WC instructor, Susan Weathers. After kindly telling me that she was glad I was making the safe choice, she informed me that next week she is doing a WC Portrait class. Yahoo!!!!! I have several "portraits" in my mind, so I am really looking forward to doing that! Maybe one day I will have a few under my belt.


I wanted to share all of my paintings, so I have added them here for your enjoyment. To see them all, click on the Gallery link to the left.

On the Fly

Bottles & Onions Still Life


Pot o' Apples

Pink Poppies & Sunflowers (permission of photographer, M. Affolter)

4th of July Storm on Amity Farm (permission of photographer, M. Affolter)

Monday, November 06, 2006

A Driver, a cook, and Bliss

1) At 8:00 am this morning I was on the highway heading 25 miles south to Florence. Any other morning I would be relaxed and comfortable with this drive, but this morning the winds were gusting about 50 mph and I was heading into them. With every bend I drove around the wind slammed into my small fuel efficient vehicle, jostling it all over the road. I had joined the "white knuckle" crowd as I rounded the bend at Heceta Head Lighthouse and by the time I reached Sea Lion Caves I was approaching a noticable nervousness. Then suddenly I turned on the radio and what was playing?...."Jesus, Take the Wheel" by Carrie Underwood. Have you heard it? Jesus take the wheel
Take it from my hands
Cause I can't do this on my own
I'm letting go
So give me one more chance
To save me from this road I'm on
Jesus take the wheel
That was EXACTLY what I was needing!!!! The amazing thing is that very shortly, the gusting wind stopped!!!! How can you not love and trust in the Lord to take care of you????
2) Austin came home from working and being on these treacherous roads today, walked in the kitchen and baked up a luscious Pumpkin Pie. YUM, YUM!!! I'm thankful for a son that cooks!
3) I know this now is approaching a "food blog", but what else do you do in a storm, but cook and eat good food??? Okay, in this case, good goodies. Now usually I can take or leave ice cream, but I have finally found an ice cream that I find myself occasionally craving.......
Sheer Bliss It is absolutely wonderful!
Comes in an elegant keepsake tin and though it comes in several flavors, it's specialty is flavor is Pomegranate. Oh my! the texture is ultra creamy and smooth, the flavor is wonderful. This is the best ice cream ever! It has just begun to be distributed and it is a bit pricey, but it is well worth the request if your local store does not yet carry it. Also, if you are able to maintain any self-control, keep in mind that I am able to make this divine treat last 3 - 4 evenings (if your "roomie" doesn't find it).

Saturday, November 04, 2006

The Hawk 11x15, private collection

Psalm 143:8-10, Seagulls, and "The Hawk"

1) Psalm 143: 8-10
8 Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, For in You do I trust; Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You. 9 Deliver me, O LORD, from my enemies; In You I take shelter. 10 Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness.
In the Lord, I have shelter from the storms of this life, both spiritually and physically. Today I am specifically thankful for the shelter he has provided to me and my family, as the wind and rains blowing in from the SW are pretty rough, and the forecast is calling for 45-60 mph winds this weekend. I think of the apostle Paul and of all the trials and hardships he endured in his travels to spread The Good News, he must have lived through some very cold and miserable days and nights with no physical shelter, but safe in the shelter of the Lord.
2) It is great fun to watch the seagulls attempting to fly in this wind! They are quite adept at it, but every now and then, you will see one knocked off his path or perch by a strong gust of wind and it is entertaining to me. Hang on, Jonathan Livingston!!!!!
3) The Hawk 11x15, private collection
I painted this for my dear son. When he was 3 yrs. old, he was riding along in the desert with his dad and me and he spotted a hot air balloon way off in the distance. We told him, "No", but he insisted it was there and when it did come into view for us, we were amazed at his acute vision. At that moment he received the nickname of "Hawk".
(see above)

Friday, November 03, 2006

Looking for Contentment

Blogger is very soon going to require all of it's users to switch to the new Blogger Beta, so I attempted to switch my old blog "On a Pleasant Day" to the beta version in advance. After some very frustrating problems in the switch I found that I was not content with the "new and improved, old blog", so I decided to just create this new blog with the beta version. Doing so gave me a perfect opportunity to include within it some new things that I had been pondering......3 blessings every day! That number doesn't come close to the myriad of blessings I do receive every day, but it is a start in actually being aware, EVERY SINGLE DAY, of what the Lord does for me.
I am not claiming that I will post EVERY SINGLE DAY, but that I am going to make the effort to be aware of and thankful for 3 blessings every day and will post as often as life allows me.
So, please visit often!