Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Revisiting the Tortoise and the Hare

 A couple of years ago, I painted a tortoise and hare for a friend who needed a little pick me up.  I enjoyed playing with the texture on the turtles legs and shell.  Recently, I decided to try another version of this classic fable, and painted a bit broader scale.  This one took a bit longer than my other attempt, but I think it came out all right.

This was done primarily in gouache, with a few smatterings of prismacolor and pen and ink.  I gave this to a beloved colleague at work that has a special needs daughter that loves animals.  I’m sure it will bring a smile to people that deserve a lot of happiness.

Here’s how it came out:

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Paper Butterflies

 The last couple of weeks, I took a break from painting things to send to friends, but to just enjoy the act of painting and creating.  Butterflies, with their myriad of textures, colors and personalities have long fascinated me, and I wanted to return to creating them.  But this time I chose to do something a little bit more 3 dimensional, by painting paper wings and bodies and stacking them, almost like little paper sculptures.  I like the way that they came out, and will likely do some more.

These are done with gouache, and little bits of painted jewelry wire for the antennae.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

I've Been Away, But Busy

 I looked recently at this blog, recognized the date of my last post, and felt a little sheepish for not having posted for a while.  October of last year was the most recent entry.  The length of time between posts, however, does not indicate the level of activity.  I have continued to paint, and have looked for people specifically that might have been struggling, and that might benefit from a little friendly piece of art sent to them by mail.  

Without going into a lot of detail, I'll post some of what I have created in the past few months.  You'll see a lot of birds, bread and butterflies, etc. (no surprise,  they are things that I love to paint!)

In thinking of friends that were undergoing some seriously challenging experiences, I painted some sparrows, reminding them that they are worth much more than sparrows (See Matthew 10:31).  Sometimes, amidst the trying circumstances that we face, it is comforting to be reminded of our worth, and how much we really have to be grateful for.  

These were done in gouache, and were in the "cut out" mode.  I've enjoyed, more and more lately, painting things and then cutting them out and doing a collage of various items:


For another amazing family, who I felt needed to be reminded of their infinite worth, despite facing challenges which would make anyone feel like a lowly reptile, I painted a frog, and a crown on opposite sides of paper. These also were done in gouache.

I had a family member who recently lost his father, and right during the Covid-19 challenges, which impeded him from participating in funeral services, and the normal closure that we have become accustom to. I modeled a stain glass window that I love from back in Europe and painted him this version of the Savior as the Creator.  His father was very interested and involved with the Cosmos, so I thought this might be welcome.  This is done in gouache with an acrylic background.

Finally, I have another family of friends who recently have been asked to go through some extremely challenging times with the birth of their newest addition to their family that needed surgery, and all of the attendant concerns and anxieties associated with that.  I painted them this bread and fish (again in the "cut out" mode) and sent it along to them as a reminder that the Lord will take our best efforts, even if they appear to be insignificant compared to the scope of the challenges we are facing, and He will magnify them, and make them enough.  These were done in gouache as well:

Monday, October 14, 2019

Inktober Sketching

I’ve chosen to take the Inktober challenge this month. Here is the prompt list for every day:

Here are my first few attempts at keeping up to the task. Follow my Instagram page, #witness24601 to get a bit more detail behind each drawing.

Monday, October 07, 2019

It’s been a while...

Wow, looking back at previous posts, it’s been 3 or 4 months since I last put anything up on this site.  I’ve been busy, but just not feeling the need to post.  But, prompted by one or two followers, I’ll put a few catch up pieces here for fun.

Here’s what I’ve been busy doing since July.  Just some doodles here and there for friends or people that I felt needed a little pick-me-up.

Saturday, June 29, 2019


A doodle for a friend who was just asked to take on a huge responsibility, and who is wondering if he will be adequate. I sent him this gentle reminder of how we can be made to be enough and more....
“Jesus’s miracles often begin with a recognition of want, need, failure, or inadequacy. Remember the loaves and the fishes? Each of the Gospel writers tells how Jesus miraculously fed the thousands who followed Him. But the story begins with the disciples’ recognition of their lack; they realized they had only “five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?” The disciples were right: they didn’t have enough food, but they gave what they had to Jesus, and then He provided the miracle.
Have you ever felt your talents and gifts were too small for the task ahead? I have. But you and I can give what we have to Christ, and He will multiply our efforts. What you have to offer is more than enough—even with your human frailties and weaknesses—if you rely on the grace of God.”
Michelle D. Craig, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Divine Discontent,” October 2018 General Conference


A few weeks ago I took my son fishing.  We had an enjoyable time...he lost interest much quicker than I did, but he enjoyed spending the time skipping rocks across the lake.  I looked at the worms, the awesome, squiggling, morphing tubes of color in my night crawler container.  A few weeks before the fishing trip, I painted one night crawler, for fun, but decided to paint an entire glob of them when I got home from camping.  So much wonderful color and detail in all of the world around us!  Even the creepy crawly things....or especially the crawly stuff.