Friday, February 17, 2017

Tropical Goodies

I haven't posted for a couple of weeks, but I have still been doodling.  Recently, I've chosen to do some envelope art for young missionaries that I know, and that ROCK as examples of great young people willing to step out of their comfort zones to serve other people, full time, for 18 to 24 months away from their families.  The two envelopes this week went out to a couple of Sister missionaries both of which are in different parts of Brazil!  
This one is of a fruit I knew nothing about till I served my mission in Brazil.  It's the cashew fruit, and the cashew nut comes out of the bit that protrudes from the top of the fruit.  
 
This one is just a nod to all of the amazing wildlife found throughout the tropical areas of the world.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Fruits and Vegetables

This week I knocked out a couple of "Mail Art" doodles and letters to people that have brought me specific happiness, or took time to help me and my family feel welcome.  It is wonderful to see just how many tender mercies are afforded each of us through the kind hands of others when you stop to look and take an accounting of the many blessings.  The first, to a friend with the last name "Pepper"...hence, the pepper sketch.  The second, for a gentleman who exemplifies bearing "good fruit" as explained in Matthew 7:20.   These were done in Gouache and I enjoyed the way the color popped on the white background.  
 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Well Done, Thou Good and Faithful Servant

For the past 18 months, our daughter has been serving a full-time mission for our church in the great state of Tennessee, but will finish her labors on Wednesday the 1st, when she comes home!  We are excited for her, happy about her choosing to put others before herself, but we are happy to get her back home.  This week's envelope will be waiting for her in her room, with my final "mission letter."  I think I'll miss writing to her every week...all the more reason to find others to send a little something to each week! 😀 Here's our missionary!  
Here's her envelope:
 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Soccer Parks and Japanese Mail

Today was my turn to take my youngest to his soccer game up to North Phoenix.  He plays all over, but the complex he went to today, the Rose Mumford Sports Complex, is my favorite because of all the older trees that dot the landscape.  So, while he was out there vigorously defending the goal as "keeper", I watched the game, as well as vigorously sketched the trees as a "doodler." The game finished before I did, but here's what ended up in my sketchbook:
 
Also, last week I doodled yet another envelope and sent it off to a friend who is serving a mission in Japan.  I envy the amazing beauty that he is likely seeing every day in the architecture, the symbolism and the culture.
 

Friday, January 13, 2017

"Air" Mail

This week's doodled envelope, sent to a neighbor who is down on her luck.  

Saturday, January 07, 2017

A Couple More Letters

After finishing my annual Christmas Can, it was back to the regular sketches and doodles.  I did one last week but failed to post, and finished another envelope up today.  The goal is to send out a letter a week to someone who has come on hard times, who has impacted my life in some way or another, or who just might be in need of a fun, little envelope.  Here are the two most recent:
A little lighthouse for a friend who's husband recently passed away.
 
A more tranquil doodle for an individual who helped me remember some truths about myself and reminded me of some key insights that I had forgotten.  This one was fun to put the mailing address right on the big lily pad!
 
     

Friday, December 23, 2016

Another Christmas Can

Years ago, I tried a little painting on some tin cans.  It was fun to play on that surface, and so I continued to paint on them.  Almost every year since, I've painted something related to the nativity or Christ during the Christmas holiday.  I wondered if I was going to find the time this year since things have been crazy with work and other demands.  But, thankfully, I was able to finish this up tonight, with one whole day to spare before the holiday. This is the largest can I've painted thus far, I've had it crushed and primed for a few years just sitting in my desk amongst other cans.  Now it's finally used up.  I hope you enjoy, and more importantly, I hope you have a beautiful and introspective Christmas season whereupon you can reflect upon the greatest gifts that life has afforded you.