Thursday, December 29, 2011

Endings, beginnings, celebrations and reflections

My mother died on Saturday morning December 17. I was with her and she had a gentle passing, just like she wanted.

This has been a time for all sorts of things on this list during these last two weeks because of the overlap with mourning and Christmas and visiting with friends and family. Now is a time for resting!!

Ecclesiastes 3

A Time for Everything
1 For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.

A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up.
4 A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a time to turn away.

6 A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace.

Sunday, December 04, 2011

A picture 94 years in the making.

This is a photo of my mom's hand and the hand of my great grand baby Claudia Rose.

Absent from blogging

I haven't blogged recently. My mom is in failing health. She's in Hospice care and it gives a new meaning to the idea of Advent and waiting.

ALCHEMY is the title of this collage. Changing from one thing into another. Mystery. This piece is in an online exhibit about the Art of Chant:

Monday, October 17, 2011

Advent Starry Night 4 chosen for publication!

My painting Advent Starry Night 4 was chosen for the cover of the quarterly devotional 'Forward Day by Day' which is published by Forward Movement for the Episcopal Church. (And I received a check!)

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Beth's Journey

I just delivered this commission. It incorporates maps from Beth's life and travels in the USA- especially the states where her children were born. She's pleased and so am I! It's great to have a piece find a home so quickly!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Journey- detail

This is a closeup of a portion of a new piece. It's a commission so I don't want to show the whole thing yet. I really like the way it turned out and I'm excited about the shrouded maps and the way the manipulated paper echos them. A friend said it was like singing' along the way'.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Psalm 131 I am calm

This piece was completed yesterday after many days thinking about this Psalm and How it could be interpreted abstractly. It may not be everyone's interpretation, but it speaks to me. The top photo is without flash and the bottom one is with flash- which shows the iridescence.

Psalm 131

A song of ascents. Of David.

1 My heart is not proud, LORD,
my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters
or things too wonderful for me.
2 But I have calmed and quieted myself,
I am like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child I am content.

3 Israel, put your hope in the LORD
both now and forevermore.

New International Version (NIV)

Monday, September 19, 2011

Our Lady of the Rapids

These icon like paintings were done in an icon style with traditional techniques but I borrowed the Renaissance concept of inserting local landscape behind the Madonna and Child.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Church Seasons Calendar

I have had two pieces of art selected to be in the 2012 Salt of the Earth Church Seasons Calendar published in Canada. I get paid for each image AND I get 5 free calendars. This is exciting!

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Psalm of Ascent, Psalm 133, Community

Psalm 133

Today's New International Version (TNIV)

A song of ascents. Of David.

1 How good and pleasant it is
when God’s people live together in unity!

2 It is like precious oil poured on the head,
running down on the beard,
running down on Aaron’s beard,
down on the collar of his robe.
3 It is as if the dew of Hermon
were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the LORD bestows his blessing,
even life forevermore.

Psalm of Ascent, Psalm 124, HELP

This image is called LIGHT CREVICE and I think it fits with the images evoked by Psalm 124.

Psalm 124

New International Version (NIV)

A song of ascents. Of David.

1 If the LORD had not been on our side—
let Israel say—
2 if the LORD had not been on our side
when people attacked us,
3 they would have swallowed us alive
when their anger flared against us;
4 the flood would have engulfed us,
the torrent would have swept over us,
5 the raging waters
would have swept us away.

6 Praise be to the LORD,
who has not let us be torn by their teeth.
7 We have escaped like a bird
from the fowler’s snare;
the snare has been broken,
and we have escaped.
8 Our help is in the name of the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

Psalm of Ascent, Psalm 127

Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.

Psalm 127

English Standard Version (ESV)

A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon.
1Unless the LORD builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the LORD watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain.
2It is in vain that you rise up early
and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
for he gives to his beloved sleep.

3Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,
the fruit of the womb a reward.
4Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the children[a] of one’s youth.
5Blessed is the man
who fills his quiver with them!
He shall not be put to shame
when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

Psalm of Ascent, Psalm 126 JOY

The joy of redemption in this psalm for the journey foreshadows the joy of the coming of Christ into the world. This painting has the music and words to the Christmas carol "Joy to the World' incorporated into the composition.

Psalm 126

New Living Translation (NLT)

A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem.
1 When the Lord brought back his exiles to Jerusalem,[a]
it was like a dream!
2 We were filled with laughter,
and we sang for joy.
And the other nations said,
“What amazing things the Lord has done for them.”
3 Yes, the Lord has done amazing things for us!
What joy!

4 Restore our fortunes, Lord,
as streams renew the desert.
5 Those who plant in tears
will harvest with shouts of joy.
6 They weep as they go to plant their seed,
but they sing as they return with the harvest.

Psalm of Ascent, Psalm 121

My strength comes from God, who made heaven, and earth, and mountains.

Psalm 121

The Message (MSG)

A Pilgrim Song
1-2 I look up to the mountains; does my strength come from mountains?
No, my strength comes from God,
who made heaven, and earth, and mountains.

3-4 He won't let you stumble,
your Guardian God won't fall asleep.
Not on your life! Israel's
Guardian will never doze or sleep.

5-6 God's your Guardian,
right at your side to protect you—
Shielding you from sunstroke,
sheltering you from moonstroke.

7-8 God guards you from every evil,
he guards your very life.
He guards you when you leave and when you return,
he guards you now, he guards you always.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Psalm of Ascent, Psalm 122

In the Old Testament Psalms 120- 134 are called the "Psalms of Ascent,". These psalms were sung when the Israelites came to Jerusalem three times a year and ascended to the top of Mount Zion. These psalms are symbolic of the spiritual journey of Christians through their lives as people on a journey and the struggles in a life of faith. This piece was also inspired by this video.

Psalm 122 A Psalm of Ascent (God's Word Translation)

1 I was glad when they said to me, "Let's go to the house of the LORD." 2 Our feet are standing inside your gates, Jerusalem. 3 Jerusalem is built to be a city where the people are united. 4 All of the LORD's tribes go to that city because it is a law in Israel to give thanks to the name of the LORD. 5 The court of justice sits there. It consists of [princes who are] David's descendants. 6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: "May those who love you prosper. 7 May there be peace inside your walls and prosperity in your palaces." 8 For the sake of my relatives and friends, let me say, "May it go well for you!" 9 For the sake of the house of the LORD our God, I will seek what is good for you.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Psalm of Ascent, Psalm 129 and 130

Psalm 129 (A song for the ascent to Jerusalem.)
From my earliest youth my enemies have persecuted me -- let Israel now say --
2 from my earliest youth my enemies have persecuted me, but they have never been able to finish me off. 3 My back is covered with cuts, as if a farmer had plowed long furrows. 4 But the LORD is good; he has cut the cords used by the ungodly to bind me. 5 May all who hate Jerusalem be turned back in shameful defeat. 6 May they be as useless as grass on a rooftop, turning yellow when only half grown, 7 ignored by the harvester, despised by the binder. 8 And may those who pass by refuse to give them this blessing: "The LORD's blessings be upon you; we bless you in the LORD's name."

Psalm 130
(A song for the ascent to Jerusalem.)
1 Lord, I cry out to you
because I'm suffering so deeply.
2 Lord, listen to me.
Pay attention to my cry for your favor.
3 Lord, suppose you kept a record of sins.
Lord, who then wouldn't be found guilty?
4 But you forgive.
So people have respect for you.
5 With all my heart I wait for the Lord to help me.
I put my hope in his word.
6 I wait for the Lord to help me.
I wait with more longing than those on guard duty wait for the morning.
I'll say it again.
I wait with more longing than those on guard duty wait for the morning.
7 Israel, put your hope in the Lord,
because the Lord's love never fails.
He sets his people completely free.
8 He himself will set Israel
free from all of their sins.

Friday, August 12, 2011

My new favorite video!

The Steel Wheels are my new favorite music group and this is my favorite song of theirs.

There Ain't Nothin You Have Got that You Can't Lose

Saturday, August 06, 2011


Both 18" x 36"


New in the aerial series. The top one is #2 and it's 30" x 40", #3 is 28"x 36"

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Holland Regional show

I just found out that these two pieces will be in the Holland Area Arts Council Regional show in September!

Friday, July 08, 2011

Sketches for a modern Hodegetria (Madonna and child)

This began with a random little sketch that I watercolored. Something about it charmed me, but the proportions of the figures were off. I've been resketching the figures and measuring and looking at pictures on line of mothers with children and Madonnas with the Christ Child (not THAT Madonna- though she and her children show up in the Google search). This will become a icon like painting. I already have a fabulous frame for it.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011


I just sent this out to people who have signed up on my website for email updates:

Hello and happy summer! I was reminded recently that I haven't sent out an update recently, so here it goes!

I just hung a show of my 16 pieces of my music related mixed media work at Hope Reformed Church on the corner of Burton and Kalamazoo. This show will be up until September and members of the public are welcome to go see the show during business hours (You may want to call first since the work is in a much used multipurpose room. (Of course, all the work is for sale!)

Two of my tissue collages were accepted into the 2011 Festival and will be part of the show at the Grand Rapids Art Museum until June 12.

I have two acrylic paintings in the Going Green show at the Lowell Area Arts Council from now until July 13.

I continue to work most Thursdays from 11-4 at Fire and Water ART! at 219 West Main in Lowell. I recently rehung my wall and included new acrylic landscapes. I'll attach a photo. Come visit!

I also have work at the Salt of the Earth Restaurant in Fennville, Mi. If you've never been there, you're missing out on a great dining experience! While you're there check out the painting on the red wall "Waiting for the Sun" and collages in each of the banos (restrooms).

Wednesday, June 01, 2011


VARIATIONS IN GREEN was created by combining plants I'd photographed at the Denver Botanical Gardens into a composition across three canvases. It was painted completely in variations of the color green. Alizarin crimson and Pthalo Green create an incredibly deep black green. Black and Yellow make the color in the backgrounds of canvas 1 +3. Shades and tints of green, adding purple to the green, using mixes of various blues with varieties of yellows produced many greens. Adding red to the greens made them brown. It was a fun experiment and the results will be in a show called Going Green at the Lowell Area Arts Council.


This is the first in a series of compositions based on aerial photos taken with my nephew in a small plane last fall.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

My wall at Fire and Water ART!

I just updated my wall at F+W ART! (219 West Main in Lowell, MI)

Monday, May 16, 2011

pieces in Festival 2011

I'm excited to have FULCRUM IN RED and SHORE STATIONS accepted into the 2011 Festival GR! These will be in the GR Art Museum May 27 through June 12, 2011.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


This is what I've been painting when my foot would allow me to stand and paint. The painting is 48"x12' so it's hard to photograph the whole thing and get it on a post. Click on it to see the whole thing!

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

THE RIFT in the 2011 ISEA show

This piece was selected to be in the 2011 show of the International Society of Experimental Artists in June in Washington state. I'm very excited and now thinking of where I can get a sturdy cardboard box to fit it.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Blogging while paint dries

This is the under painting for a piece inspired by quilting and Paul Klee's Cityscape with Yellow Window. The colors are determined by the quilt on the guest bed of the people I'm doing it for.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Analogous Musicquilt 2

Which way, I wonder?

Thursday, February 03, 2011


This is a new banner to be hung in the sanctuary at Church of the Servant CRC for the occasion of professions of faith. This is what I did on my snowcation day after helping to dig out our driveway. This is done on painted Tyvek with collaged elements of tissue paper and torn up liturgies and materials I got at the CalvinWorship Symposium! Some of the pieces were waiting from prep work I did in the fall toward this banner. I've also devised a hanger that I think will work and be discreet.

Soli Deo Gloria! I was blessed in the process and I hope it oversees many proclamations of faith!