Saturday, March 31, 2007

kid's art

Robert Genn wrote about children's art in the Friday letter of Painter's Keys. That got me looking through my archives collected during many years of teaching and parenting. I included these two in a response to his letter. There were many to choose from!

Above is a family portrait drawn by my daughter Lizz in 1987. That's me holding the dog leash! Am I important or what?!

The one on the left is "Nicole with ice cream hair and bird feet" drawn by my grandson Nate in 2001.

I love kid's art!

Thursday, March 29, 2007


Fred's mom has had some medical challenges in the last few months and we have been quite busy in visiting and assisting. Her difficulties are ongoing and in the last few weeks, my mom's health has faltered, too. Blogging has taken a pretty low priority as has art, but I thought I'd share this sketch I did of his mom as she was watching 'I Love Lucy" in the hospital. She is such a sweet lady. It's hard to watch her health diminish.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Marrianne Williamson quote

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

Monday, March 19, 2007

All shall be well

Today is the fourth anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq war. I'm filled with incredible sadness at the death and destruction that have resulted on bopth sides from what I think is a misguided foreign policy.

I wonder about this world, but I leave it in God's hands. I am reading the writings of Julian of Norwich, who was a Christian mystic born in 1342. One of her phrases is: "All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well." It's beyond my human understanding of how that will be in this troubled world, but I have faith that God can make it so. The book I'm reading isdevotional readings that are paraphrases of her writings by David Hazard called I Promise you a Crown.

Sunday, March 11, 2007


St. Theodore of Studios, Priest and Abbot, 826 A.D. "How precious is the gift of the cross, how splendid to contemplate! In the cross there is no mingling of good and evil, as in the tree of paradise; it is wholly beautiful to behold and good to taste. The fruit of this tree is not death but life, not darkness but light. This tree does not cast us out of paradise, but opens a way for our return."

"This is the tree upon which the Lord…healed the wounds of sin…"

"A tree once caused our death, but now a tree brings life."

Monday, March 05, 2007


This is a continuation of my Lenten posts, the first in a series of radial meditations on the cross.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Eyekons art opening

These two pieces have been produced as giclees and notecards. Eyekons does beautiful printing.

It was a snowy day, so the opening was a little 'intimate' but it was fun and some very special people came.

Photo taken by my friend Steve, a REAL photographer, who I forced into using my cheesy digital. Thanks, Steve!

Friday, March 02, 2007

EYEKONS opening tonight

Ions gallery invites you to:

Voyages & Journeys
Artist Reception: Friday,
2, 5-10pm

The Voyage of Saint Brendan - James Fissel
A visual portrayal of the 6th Century Celtic tale of St. Brendan's quest for the mystical "Island of Promise."

"Tributes For Kings" The Stations of The Cross - Kevin Rolly
See this powerful Lenten series. Showing thru March 24

Enigma Variations - Virginia Wieringa
Innovative explorations into a

creative array of liturgical themes.

original art giclee prints greeting cards

The Stations thru March 24

Exhibit thru April 14

210 East Fulton Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Tues-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm 616-235-2929

Thursday, March 01, 2007


This is the last of the series (so far). I didn't think it was finished, but the more I look at it, the more finished it seems.