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Newly released Fine Art Book with original psalms

December 27th, 2014

Newly released Fine Art Book with original psalms

Please take a look at my newly released book "Rich in Spirit: Self Discovery through Creative Expression in Worship and Prayer" . It includes 264 pages of rich full color images of my paintings,illustrations and photographic/digital imagery. On Amazon, you may have a sneak peek at the virutal book and some of its contents.

Blessings to you this Christmas season

December 24th, 2012

Blessings to you this Christmas season

Wishing you and your family all the hope, joy, love and peace this Holiday season!

Internal Household of the Mind An Art Therapy Directive

December 24th, 2012

Internal Household of the Mind:An Art Therapy Directive

If you missed it earlier, I’ve returned to school to get an Art Therapy Degree. Sometimes I feel crazy going back to school to get , yes, my first degree. I will have to go on to get a Master’s degree to be licensed. To go into such debt at this stage of the game seems, illogical from some angles, but if I don’t do it now --when? One of the assignments was to do an “internal household of the mind” We had to do at least 4 rooms, one being the “art therapy room”, one being the “unconscious room”. We were to represent people with objects, mine being represented by milkweed pods, a walnut, a shell, and an acorn.

First let me say that I dislike working with cardboard, but considering I used worn sand blasted items found at Presque Isle on Lake Erie, the whitewash on cardboard-- fit. Secondly, let me say I was wishing I had the dexterity of an 18 year old (like most of my fellow students) when it came to constructing the hammock with the shell in it and working in tiny spaces.

By doing directives, that we as future art therapists may give as an exploratory assignment to a client, we have first hand experience in the complexity of the project and what emotions may surface because of it. The directive can be modified and simplified to fit the needs of the client. The following photos are my internal household.

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Yaweh El Shaddai

December 10th, 2010

Yaweh El Shaddai

I have written a description in my other blog site about the above painting and this name of God. Please see at this link:

Encouraging the Inner Artist Editors Pick at Open Salon

August 14th, 2010

Encouraging the Inner Artist Editors Pick at Open Salon

Those that can't do, teach.

You've heard the saying before and to a newly budding artist in art school, it was death to be a teacher. There was no way I was going to become part of the Bourgeoisie, the elitist or worst of all a Sunday painter. No sir, I was a dedicated deep thinking intellectual that wore my paint on my sweat pants and under my fingernails and proud of it. I would suffer for my art. I was a purest. using the materials of the masters --rabbit skin glue, and oil gesso, made my own damar varnish and stand oil glazing medium and at one point hand ground pigments and boutique made paints. This I was certain was going to put me in the league of the masters.

Youth and stupidity aside, as well as obvious needs for a means to support myself, I have joined the ranks on a certain level, at different times in my life, that which I swore to loathe for all eternity.

Because of being unemployed and this seemed to be my only option, I've been teaching private art lessons this summer. It doesn't stop there, I've decided to try to start a program at the local community center with after school and evening art classes. What I was sure in my youth would deaden my soul has turned out to be a spirit lifting experience. Of course, it doesn't hurt that I've been in positions before this, for which I had to shut down every creative ounce of my being to work at a well paying job. But I will add to this a better frame of reference for which I find inspiration as a teacher: All my life I have prayed "If I could just love and paint" I would be happy. It seemed like a simple request, and now, I believe this is the way it is manifesting.

The art world and the civilized world in general seems to be about us and them. Divide and conquer. Belong to this group and not that. You're truly an artist if you go with my gallery instead of theirs. Do this kind of art-- it's better than that kind of art. Group upon group are formed to leave some out and invite others in. Microcosms of elitist us versus them bud like bubbles in this pool of life. Baptist's are better than Catholics or vice versa. Modernists are better than Traditionalists. We dole out our love carefully by the tablespoon, so as not to put too much of ourselves out there, lest we get hurt or rejected.

In teaching art, I am giving of myself that which I love, with love. I am bringing out the inner artist in my students. It doesn't matter if they are sixty or 12. They come to me with a vulnerability, ready to take a risk and learn. In this high technology age, where children hardly look up for fear they'll miss a text message, or parents in divided families trying to mend their shattered lives, it's a pleasure and honor to know that I am able to touch these lives and perhaps make them a little more beautiful.

I would like to share some of my students and their work with you. I had many other wonderful student besides what I show here, but unfortunately didn't have the foresight to take photos. (Permission was given by the parents to use these photos)
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This is Clay (father) and Hank (Son). In the painting class I used the photo sitting on the chair as the reference to teach my students. Clay is a house painter by trade so he wanted to learn about mediums to make his painting textured. (impasto) Hank likes abstract art. I teach the fundamentals but try to allow my students to make their painting their own.
Dani with painting This is Dani. She was a good student. She had never painted before she took this class. I think she did very well. She goes to school with my daughter. I think her mother took pity on my situation and signed her up for two classes. She and her sister excelled in my drawing class, too.
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This is Gracie. She turned 9 the last day of class. She's taken many art classes and enjoyed every one. She has the heart of an artist. She is very
thoughtful in the decisions she makes and asks a lot of questions. She's putting in a special tree that she observed in my front yard, in her painting.
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These are some of the ink drawings on hand marbilized paper my students did. You can't see some of them very well but the griffin drawing was a very good likeness of the original master drawing.
I am thankful that I was a part of what these children made.

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Join me in a Day of Prayer today for our Gulf

June 27th, 2010

Join me in a Day of Prayer today for our Gulf

Join me June 27 for a day of fasting and prayer for the Gulf

The article below was brought to my attention by an email newsletter. Won't you please join me and others in a day of prayer tomorrow?
Prayer This Sunday
June 25, 1:13 AMAustin Church & State ExaminerBob Long
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67 days into the Gulf oil spill crisis, four affected State Governors have now issued proclamations declaring this Sunday, June 27th as A Day Of Prayer. As recently reported here, Texas Governor Rick Perry is one of the Gulf Coast Governors to issue an appeal to make Sunday a day of prayer.

Perry stated-" It seems right and fitting that the people of Texas should join with their fellow Gulf Coast residents and others across the country and around the world to thank God, seek his wisdom for ourselves and our leaders, and ask him for his merciful intervention and healing in this time of crisis."

Alabama Governor Bob Riley said-"Throughout our history, Alabamians have humbly turned to God to ask for His blessings and to hold us steady during times of struggle. This is certainly one of those times."

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour wrote-" Prayer allows us the opportunity to reflect and seek guidance, strength, comfort and inspiration from Almighty God and citizens of Mississippi are urged to pray....."

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal declared-"June 27th as a Statewide Day of Prayer for perseverance "

MY prayer agrees with each of these AND that our Government will not politicize this tragedy nor nationalize this industry. May God give supernatural wisdom and strategy to those working to repair and to restore. May God pour His love and grace upon the families who have lost loved ones. May our nation re-awaken to God's love revealed through His Son Jesus Christ and to His righteousness and justice revealed through His Word, the Christian Scriptures.

"I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth-that God governs in the affairs of men." --Benjamin Franklin

May the "leak" be repaired, economic freedom preserved, the environment restored, families healed and nations unified through this in spite of its horrific scope. May Church and State agree that we need a miracle !

Psalm 67

Dear God,

Please penetrate to the root of that
which caused the disaster
of oil pollution on and in the Gulf.
cleanse to the core
the pollution in the hearts of all
responsible and involved.
Fill up the deep lack in the hearts
and spirits of all,
so that greed be replaced with fullness.
That selfishness and ignorance
be replaced with heroism and wisdom.
Oh Lord God, Maker of all things,
transform the minds of
scientists, activists and anyone who has an able
mind, body, and resources
to change this situation.
Turn it around, Oh God, reverse and erase the destruction!
May we grow and evolve beyond this!

Where there is destruction
replace it with Life!
Maker of Miracles,
Unlimited Love,
Limitless and powerful,
If Your solution is to cleanse by storm--Forewarn your people!
May we all be safe.
Protect our precious oceans, oh God.
Let us not take for granted for one minute
the value of water!
You are Living Water!
As the bubbling thermal springs that flow under my town,
please, take these healing waters
multiply them
and send them spring to spring,
river to river
leading these healing waters out to the sea and cleanse it!

Living capillaries,
the earth's blood,
there are major clots in the arteries of the sea!
Don't let it hemorrhage oh God!
Prescribe medicinal waters!
Gather from Your pharmacopoeia
all that will heal the Gulf!
We love our waters!
We love our wildlife!
Take pity on your creatures; the flying ones,
the swimming ones, the four-legged and two-legged ones,
all that is Your creation!
It breaks our hearts that our Mother Earth and it's children
are suffering so!
We call out to you in unison!
We are here
We are here

Rain down living water
covering all
so that each Man, woman, child, animal, vegetable
are cleansed!
Lead us back to the path of LIFE
and let us no longer
stray to destruction!

We love our earth and our sea,
disregard and negate the
ones that hate!
We follow the doctrine of love!
Help us to make it manifest
in the Gulf!

Psalms featured in Arkansas Catholic

May 26th, 2010

Psalms featured in Arkansas Catholic

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Songs to the Beloved A Psalm Project

April 15th, 2010

Songs to the Beloved A Psalm Project

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