Did you DRAW in that Bible?!

Bible Journaling ? Sermon Sketching

HEREI never would of imagined I would be one of THOSE. My early years of catholic school are still are with me in that I would never dream of writing in a book let alone a BIBLE! But her I am doing it, LOVING IT! Growing closer to God.

I was slow to start. First Sunday Sketching and note taking of the sermon during service. That now I have grown very comfortable doing it. The church I attend already encouraged note taking. For me as an artist I take notes with images. I couldn’t’ help myself. But at first with no intention.

Jump to the last few years…I now have a designated sermon sketchbook. (the blue one above) I have intentions with the little doodles and drawings. They relate back to the sermon or activities around me at the time. Little by little I have “upped” the materials I use in church. Even using my watercolors in church but more. Though mostly adding color after when I return home or in the evening. It gives me a time to reflect on what I heard, what I wrote. Fill in the notes before I forget and just tidy it up.

To now I am applying my drawings and notes to my Bible. My classroom roommate at school is a Pastor. I teach skills for living and he teaches Living the Bible. Different class times of coarse …his Bible is full of notes, underlines, highlights. Pages just warn and some falling out. But the character of this Bible I JUST LOVE! When I asked about it he told me how it has helped him to mark subjects and specifics places of topics. Which then in turn helps him to refer back when needed. Aided in his ability to learn scripture and specific topics in books. So I finally took the leap and yes I now draw and write in my Bible! I am just so excited to see where God is going to take me with using my love of art and color into His word.

Bible Journaling Psalms 57
Psalms 57: 1 Have Mercy y on me, my God, have mercy on me. For I will take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.

Join me for my next post where I will share with you what I have discovered about particular Bibles that work well for creating in.

Want in person guidance? Join me Feb 10, $20. for Intro To Bible Journaling Workshop. Sign up HERE


Free Artful Lent Follow along HERE you can do from your favorite chair!

I would encourage you to search the internet for samples and seeing others, and realize just how popular it is and Okay to do.

New Small ART for BIG Gifts

Landscape Forever PeaceForever Peaceful 6″x 6″ acrylic mixed media  $38 SOLD  others available here

You walk into your home or office, look around, what do you see? I would be confident in saying you have images, even art work, that bring you some sort of joy and happiness.  Imagine our world with out art? Blank, plain walls, rooms, even our phones where we scroll hundreds of images a day… until I really pictured this scenario, I didn’t realize how our world is beautified by art. The statements it can make. It makes it truly a better place.

So how about giving a gift of art this season. Yes, its personal. That’s why it is perfect as a gift. You have to put some thought into the receiver but when you give it…the gift receiver of this unique beautiful and well thought out gift will know how much you care about them.

I did some research and gathered tips that will help you find that perfect piece.

No particular order…

  1. Think about the colors and décor they like. You don’t want to get classic style art for someone who has a modern taste. If you have never been to their home or office, take note of the colors and clothing style. What do they drink their coffee out of?( I know I have a few favorite mugs that tell about me.) All usually a good indication of their taste.
  2.  Keeping in mind the above, pick artwork that nobody else has. Local artists and galleries are a superb source for original art and unique prints. We all know some of the classics out there…and your art gift recipient will be impressed you took the time to think this gift through. Finding that special artwork that speaks to them.
  3. Find a subject matter that the are into. Start with making a list of things the person you are giving the art to likes such as their hobbies and life style.  With this start you will be well on your way with a direction.
  4. Still unsure…selecting small art can be a sure way they will be able to fit it in. Or several small works of art to create a grouping or accompany it with and easel, a candle perhaps that will  look good to display together in any variety of locations.

And finally, include a note with your gift. You could explain about the art, what prompted you to select the piece for them. Art after alt is even better when you include the story behind it.

I hope this will spur you on to give art this season when looking for something special for a favorite friend or that colleague.

Get start by looking here or contact me for a personal commission. I’d love to create something specific for you.

Baby Bundle

wp-image-1958896741Half way through the 30 in 30 painting challenge lead by artist Leslie Seats!!

A little baby bundle 6″x 6″ in preparation for the holiday season.


Baby Bundle of Blessings

6″x 6″ mixed media Available



Radiant 8″ x 8″ acrylic mixed media  $50. Buy Now

Falls energy inspired.


Time goes so fast when things are flowing with a painting.Disapointment hits the pit of my stomach when it’s time to quit. Happiness returns in the morning as I head off to the studio to continue! Challenged to produce the vision in my head, bold colors, reds as the promanat shade and energetic petals. Pushing through the bumps of what’s next. The magic happens without me even knowing. Stepping back, happiness fills me,I like it.

Can I just say I so much fun painting a little series of fall inspired flowers!

Rocking the Blues in Watercolor Sketch

It’s interesting that this BLUE themed #30in30 painting challenge has just been guiding me to see a variety of subject in blues. Here while waiting at the soccer fields…I Rocked the Blues.

Jacob’s Blue Soup Mug


“People who love to eat are always the best people.”

Julia Childs


Jacob’s Soup Bowl

Second in the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge. I have decided to do sketches. This is watercolor. I use a dagger brush I just love and a little set of watercolors I travel with.

I hope you travel this journey with me too!