Tuesday, January 29, 2008


This is a poem my wonderful niece Sara has posted in her kitchen. I look forward to reading more by this author.
I need more thoughts like this! Whew!


It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch

a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway

into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.

- Mary Oliver

ANASTASIS finished!

The Anastasis banner for Park Church is finished! I'm including an ancient icon that tells the story in a traditional way. On my rendition, I see the entire story of salvation played out. The cross is there, but the cloud of disciples are witnesses to the truth of the resurrection. Christ gleams in triumph over death and invites us to participate in the new day of salvation.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Calvin Worship Symposium

This year's Symposium was just as wonderful as the last two. Awesome worship and amazing presenters. Michael Card, Calvin Seerveld, Shelley Marinus and Dallas Willard were standouts.

In the visual arts, this year I met Jeanne Logan and Mako Fujimura (who are googlable and wonderful). Last year I met Linda Henke (who is very googlable and a wonderful artist) and she has become a friend and mentor. Steve Caton from Grand Haven is also an amazing resource.

I just couldn't say enough good things about my experience this weekend! It was an amazing spiritual experience that will enrich my life and work in the next year.

Monday, January 21, 2008


I just found out that both of my entries into the Celebration show at First United Methodist Church in downtown Grand Rapids were accepted! I've had pieces in the show before but having TWO pieces accepted is a real delight! This is their 35th annual show.

The vertical piece is REDEEMED ONE and the other is JACOB'S LADDER

is approximately 10"x30" and it's in a frame I 'redeemed'. JACOB'S LADDER is approx. 18"x24"

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Sweet Peas

I could blog about the snow piling up around us or how cold it was out moving it around, but this picture of sweet peas came across my screen saver and I thought other people might want a reminder of warmer days and the miracles that bloom from the earth. That magenta color is so brilliant to me in the middle of January!

I've set my computer to use all my photos of flowers as my screensaver and it seems it was a wise move. I've enjoyed the colors and the sight of sun on and through the blooms.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Installation at St. Mary's Health Care

This is the installation of my work at St Mary's Health Care. It's in their main lobby through the end of February. The photos are dark, but you get the idea. What an honor to show there! Last week when I went to straighten name tags and check the show, I had many nice conversations with people passing by.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

'Anastasis' in progress

This is the progress of the Easter banner I was commissioned to do . It's hard to get a decent picture of it laying down on my work table. What remains is that it all needs to be attached! I guess I know what I'll be doing in the next few weeks! I have some books on tape and I'm happy to be out of the weather and tucked into my studio.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

St Mary's Health Care

My friend Mary Andersen and my wonderful husband Fred Conover helped me for 4 and a half hours yesterday hanging 21 pieces of my work in the lobby of St. Mary's Health Care on Jefferson in GR. The hanging system is a security locking system and quite complex. I'm glad I'm both left and right brained! The show looks good and unfortunately, we learned the hard way not to hang a large painting with a metal frame the way the directions said to hang it! This painting fell off the wall because the frame bowed as we were working on getting a piece onto the wall next to it. The glass broke and fortunately the descent of it was stopped by Mary who was standing right in front of it! (She wasn't hurt- but it prevented the piece from shattering on the floor!) I caught it. The painting wasn't damaged. My friend Deidre is replacing the glass with plexi and my left brain has figured out a way to hang the piece avoiding the edge! Other than that, the show looks good and we got many positive comments while hanging it. It's an honor to have work there and a few pieces are along the route of patients on gurneys on their way to surgery. I hope they are a blessing to them.