My Creative World…
Archive for August, 2007

A Special Day

Happy 21st Birthday
To Windsor!

This is my “baby” whom I have always said was born knowing how to drive. The bottom photo is from when he got to drive at Talladega and went 173 miles an hour. It is a dream of his to get to drive Nascar. Does anyone out there have any Nascar connections? I guess, from a mom’s viewpoint, there are scarier things he could be doing.

Not By Bread Alone

It’s finally finished! I have been working on this painting for about a month and a half, off and on. It is to hang in the Community Outreach building at our church. We have a food bank there and feed from 60 to 100 families there each week. The building is kind of blank, so they asked me if I would paint a mural. They have been known to redecorate frequently at the church, so I decided that if I painted it on canvas, it could easily be removed when someone decides to do something different. The size is 6’x6′ and this photo was taken from the landing at the top of our stairs. I’m noticing that the lettering is slightly crooked. I have a hard time being consistent when I’m doing lettering. I also think that the holes were probably in Yahshua’s wrists rather than his hands, but that is the traditional view so for art’s sake that is the way I painted them, even though I tend to not be very traditional. The fan is blowing on it because the paint was not quite dry and I am impatient (I need a little work on that character trait.) I plan to take it into town today and deliver it.
It’s kind of ironic that the quote is about bread. A lot of our food that we give away is from the local grocery stores and they always seem to have a lot of bread that is ready to go out of date that they give us. Usually, when I help out, my post is at the bread table and I always have to persuade the people that they need 4 or 5 loaves, just to try to get rid of it all. A majority of them are coming to the service that we have before the food bank doors open so they are getting fed the Word also.

Time Flies

Birthday card that I made for a friend.

For Crusade 11 on Michelle Ward’s website, she has challenged each blogger to add some music to their blog. This is a link to my friend Aline Bilodeau George’s music on her website, Mishkanim. She and her husband Howie are currently living in Wales, but plan to return to Israel this fall to minister as long as Yahweh allows.

And it is still hot.

Is It Hot, Or Is It Just Me?

It’s just hot! It was 107 degrees yesterday and should be about the same today. Some relief is expected this weekend with temperatures in the 90’s. Maybe that will feel cool.
I made another fan and played around with watercolors and Photoshop yesterday. I think the heat is zapping my creativity and I’m hoping a little play will jump start it.


Yesterday my mom called and informed me that it was 105 degrees outside. I was aware of this fact because I had been outside watering plants and bushes for 3 hours. According to weather.com this will be the trend for at least the next week. Scary! To go with the theme of the heat, I decided to alter a paper fan. You know, the kind that they give out for advertising. I did a random one and then I got to thinking about people who would use a fan, and then hot flashes came to mind. I am very near that time of life, though I tend to only get warm flashes. So, then I decided to do a series of hot flash fans. I had just finished reading the blog of Michelle Ward and was inspired by her spray paint journal with stencils. I got some printed fans that I already had and spray painted them and added sprayed stencils and then some collage and glitter glue. The image is from a 1958 Maidenform bra ad. I liked the way it turned out and I may put a couple of them in my Etsy shop.

Meanwhile, I’m just trying to stay cool.

The Art of Food

This is my husband’s creative endeavor. Super HOT dill pickles. I am just the assistant and he composes the jars and amounts of ingredients. Every year he says, “I don’t know how much longer I’m going to do this” but he loves the kudos and keeps making them. This is probably the last batch for this summer and will give us a total of 23 quarts. I love the smell of the house for a couple of days after we make them…vinegar, garlic, and dill. I think maybe I’ll do a painting of them sometime. This is a photo with the Photoshop dry brush filter and kind of gives me a feeling of what I’d want the painting to look like. Also, I would like to come up with a name and label for them. Something like “Fire and Dill.” Any ideas?

New Bracelet

Here is a new bracelet that I made today, being modeled by one of the many cucumbers in my sink, destined for the pickle jar tonight. ( The cucumber, not the bracelet. )
It is not cool as a cucumber here today though. The high was around 100 degrees.

Wildflowers and Pickles

Not much going on art wise these days. Everyone is keeping me too busy. I seem to be at the mercy of everyone else’s agenda. That’s okay, it’s nice to be needed. I just thought I’d post a picture of one of the wildflowers from our field. This is a purple passionflower and it is Tennessee’s state wildflower. The vines grow wild all over our farm. They make a fruit that we call a Maypop and my boys used to have Maypop battles with their friends. Oh what strange things you do to entertain yourself in the country. The flowers are very fragile when picked, but I got a good scan of this one before it wilted.
My next project will probably be to make dill pickles with my husband. They are his specialty and our family and friends have put in their orders for this year’s batch. He makes them super hot with three or four kinds of peppers, including habeneros. The zucchini and tomatoes have been keeping me busy also. If you were here, I’d send you home with a bag of them.