Introducing my painting:
"Finding Peace. (Inks Lake State Park, TX)"



When I saw hurricane Ike taking up the whole Gulf of Mexico and blowing my general direction (in Houston), I decided it was best not to be formally introduced (though he was memorizing with all his pretty colors on the radar, wasn't he?).  So I ended up packing up the pooch and the fiancÚ and headin' up to Austin for a while.  

 Ironically enough, we ended up hiking and having a very peaceful and restful time.  Imagine finding rest and peace in the midst of a storm so ginormous!?!  It really doesn't make sense.  But that's how God works.  He gives you just what you need even at a time when it seems most impossible.  And he's always doing the impossible it seems- making even dead things come alive, just like this cacti that I painted.  And sometimes it's even a miracle when he brings living things together- just like the two heart shaped cacti in the middle. I know it's a little cheesy but the cacti were really shaped like that and it really applies to my life right now as I think about getting married and ponder on the true meaning of promising forever to one man. And as I walk through all the chaos that is working and painting and planning a wedding, beyond my understanding, rest and peace are alive in my life.  Now that makes me smile more than all the heart shaped cactus and pretty colors on the radar.

"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, 
according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church 
and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen."
- The Bible, Ephesians 3:20-21

See this painting in progress here.

Detail of the painting.
"A  painting lives by companionship, expanding and quickening in the eyes
of the sensitive observer.  It dies by the same token.  It is therefore a
risky & unfeeling act to send it out into the world."
-Tiger's Eye Magazine 1947.