“Hey, guess what?”

Do you ever have the urge to pick up the phone , and say “Hey, guess what ?” only to realize that conversation isn`t going to happen?

Over seven years, and I still think about doing it sometimes. After all of those collected years of talking each day and then no more . No more of those talks or those days of sharing and laughing. The urge to do it is hard to let go …some days….

Seasons constantly happening. Excitement ,disappointments, hopes, dreams, big things, insignificant things, all reminders of days past when you could pick up the phone and say, “Guess what?”!! It is not so much even the news, or words that were shared but the constant encouragement through each journey that would be shared. . No matter what, good or bad, always the same reaction and love felt. ..

Her name? Mother


She is still with me as i wear her hand written LOVE around my neck. She is still with me in my journey, as I remember those conversations . My heart smiles and I think of what Winnie the Pooh said, “how lucky I am to have had something that makes it so hard to say good bye”

As my art journey continues, she is there….

Artist Trading Cards

Recently I was watching a lesson that was about painting ATC cards….. I thought it would be fun to do a few of them, so I got my watercolor paper out and started marking off the spaces to sketch a few…  

So, did I mention that I kind of got carried away once I started sketching?  LOL.. but then again, that is no surprise since my mind works that way!!

Once I did a few, then I felt the urge to continue filling the little squares in with faces. I went to bed as this one shows……. started but not finished,, sketched but not colored….

The next day, I continued until they were all done…

These little pictures were drawn to be 2.5 x 3.5 inches so when they were dry, I cut them out and had 9 little pictures….  We had an atc trade going on with the lesson, so I signed up for that and have already sent my girl in the mail to my ATC swap partner who actually lives in South Australia! How cool is that to send out of the country and to get one from her.?!!

This class is a free class from Brandi Dayton called “A thing called LOVE”  https://www.facebook.com/groups/birdsandthebees/?ref=br_rs

This lesson is by Lee Anne Hahn Washburn   https://www.facebook.com/leeanne.hahnwashburn?lst=1366437953%3A100000673960719%3A1491711309

And that is a wrap for the ATC cards!!

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Thank you Alexandra!!

Have a great new week!!





Calvary Love

These words were  shared recently in a devotion at my Bible Study. My watercolor picture I included here , “You are my sunshine”  represents the  Love shared between this Grammie and her grandsons…. as we think about Calvary love and what it means….


This was Stacha Conway inspired through a class offered by Brandi Dayton…


I love what this missionary wrote so many years ago, and how they are still so true today…. Do we love well?

1 Corinthians 13:1-3

“ If I speak in the tongues of men or o angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding long or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all that I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.”

Amy Carmichael, an Irish missionary to India during the early 20th century puts it like this… If I have not the patience of my Saviour with souls that grow slowly, if I know little pain til Christ be formed in them, I know nothing of Calvary love.

If my attitude be one of fear, not faith, about one who has disappointed me, If I say, “Just what I expected,”  if a fall occurs, then I know nothing of Calvary love

If I can rebuke without a pang, then I know nothing of Calvary love

If in dealing with one that does not respond I weary of the strain and slip from under the burden, then I know nothing of Calvary love

If I can enjoy a joke at the expense of another, and an in any way slight another in conversation or even thought, then I know nothing of Calvary Love

If I can write an unkind letter, speak an unkind word , think an unkind thought without grief and shame, then I know nothing of Calvary love

If I can easily discuss the shortcomings and the sins of any, if I can speak in a casual way even of a child`s misdoings, then I know nothing of Calvary love

If I am afraid to speak the truth lest I lose affection or because I fear o lose my reputation for kindness, If I put my own good name before the other`s highest good, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If I fear to hold another to the highest goal because it is so much easier to avoid doing so, then I know nothing of Calvary love

If I put my own happiness before the well-being of  the work entrusted to me, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If my thoughts revolve around myself, then I know nothing of Calvary love

If I cannot in honest happiness take second place or twentieth, then I know nothing of Calvary love

If I do not give a friend the benefit of the doubt, then I know nothing of Calvary love

If  sudden jar or jolt can cause me to speak an impatient, unloving word, then I know nothing of Calvary love

If I feel  injured when another falsely accuses me, forgetting that my sinless Saviour trod this path to the end, then I know nothing of Calvary love

If I feel bitterly towards those who condemn me, unjustly, forgetting that if they knew me as I know myself they would condemn me much more , then I know nothing of Calvary love

If by doing some work, I inwardly rebel, thinking it is the spiritual for which I rave, when in truth it is the interesting and exciting, then I know nothing of Calvary love

If I hesitate to obey because so few will understand, then I know nothing of Calvary love

If I consent to subject the care of a soul entrusted to me to weakening influences because the world fills my ears, then I know nothing of Calvary love

If monotony tries me, and I cannot stand drudgery, if stupid people fret me and little ruffles set me on edge, if I make much of the trifles of life, then I know nothing of Calvary love

If souls can suffer alongside and I hardly know it, beause the spirit of discernment is not in me, then I know nothing of Calvary love

If there be any reserve in my giving to Him who so loved that He gave His Dearest for me, if there is  a secret “BUT” in my prayers, “Anything but that, Lord,” then I know nothing of Calvary love

If things or places or people hold me back from obedience to my Lord, then I know nothing of Calvary love

If something I am asked to do for another feels burdensome If, yielding to an inward unwillingness, I avoid doing it, then I know nothing of Calvary love

If I cannot rest under misunderstanding without defending myself, then I know nothing of Calvary love

If I want to be known as the doer of something that has proved the right thing or as the one that suggested that it should be done, then I know nothing of Calvary love

If personal success or the cup of spiritual flattery tastes sweet to me, then I know nothing of Calvary love

If in the fellowship of service I seek to attach a friend to myself, so that others are caused to feel unwanted, if my friendships do not draw others deeper in and are ungenerous of myself then I know nothing of Calvary love

If I slip into the place that can be filled by Christ alone, making myself the first necessity to a soul instead of leading it to fasten upon Him, then I know nothing of Calvary love

If when an answer I did not expect comes to a prayer I believe I truly meant, and I shrink back from it, if the burden my Lord asks me to bear be not the burden of my hearts choice, and I fret  inwardly and do not welcome His will, then I know nothing of Calvary love

If I avoid being ‘Plowed under” with all that such plowing entails of rough handling, isolation, uncongenial situations strange tests, then I know nothing of Calvary love

If I wonder why something trying is allowed, and press for prayer that is may be removed, if I cannot be trusted with any disappointment, and cannot go on in peace under any mystery, then I know nothing of Calvary love

If I look back longingly upon what used to e and linger so that my power o help is weakened then I know nothing of Calvary love

If I forget that the way of the cross leads to the cross and not to a bank of flowers so that I am surprised when the way is rough  and think it is strange, though the Word is, “Think it not strange,”….. “count it all joy” , then I know nothing of Calvary love

If the ultimate, the hardest cannot be asked of me, if my peers hesitate to ask it and turn to someone else, then I know nothing of Calvary love, and………… if I covet any place on earth but the dust at the foot of the cross, then I know Nothing of Calvary love…

“And they`ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love… and they`ll know we are Christians by our love”

Have a great new week!!

Love, Jane




Sweet finds


New year, new projects, new goals and new lessons! I guess I will never tire of learning and watching others share their talents!! It makes it so easy to watch as more and more people are sharing with utube videos or classes.  I had tried to get a few backgrounds ready for a new project this weekend and already  had the canvas pretty well covered. Earlier in the week,  as I occasionally  do, I go through my clutter stacks and put them somewhere else, trying to organize… but this time, as I was looking through some papers, I found this one paper of some sort of devotion for a meeting, typed out. The cool part was on the back, handwritten were two of the scriptures from the front, written out. At first glance, I thought it was my grandmothers on my mothers side, but as I read the first side again, and saw what church it was for, I realized that it was my other grandmother. Back then, as a young girl, I didn`t really know much about her in her real life outside being with us…. but this was just a little window into her heart, to see that she did devotions, and programs at church… and I loved having her handwriting to read the scriptures with. So, It was the perfect addition to my collages…

I put a bit of it on both pieces and now, ready to work on them this week.

I have saved old things for years and years and inherited more as I take over things, and I have just come to the conclusion that this is the best way for me to honor them and use them…. Because they mean something to me does not mean they will mean something to the next generation, where they may just get tossed!  Just love making something new from something old!

We have been inside for most of the last three days, anticipating SNOW…. and what do we get?!!! ICE!!… not complaining, but we haven`t left the house much cause of the ice on the roads still. Staying inside for me, means art time!! So I did a few other things, at least got started.

So, that is all for now.. I hope to have the collages finished up to share next time.

Linked with Sunday Sketches today…

Have a fabulous new week!!

Love, Jane

Happy New Year 2017


I say it every year but I never learn….. After Halloween, you almost miss Thanksgiving then right around the corner will be Christmas… You can`t blink or you will miss it all.Life happens, days are filled with busyness, weeks pass, then you wake up to the grandest celebration all year. the birthday of Jesus….

Once again, it has come, with mush anticipation, then gone for another year. All the excitement that comes with the season, all the shopping to find just the right present, addressing the perfect cards to friends and family, baking , and of course decorating. Seems like we just put it all up and now, taking it down. What a whirlwind of activities and fun with family and friends.

I loved my time getting ready. I found there were not enough hours in the day sometimes.. LOL.. I am sure you all can relate to that thought!!! I gave myself permission to not worry about some art lessons I was trying to do weekly. Just got too much, and it was a weight lifted when I realized that I could save them for later and just do what needed to be done for the day and the holidays. My favorite time of year!!

Then, my Dallas family left, the other two were celebrating out of town . Tom and I had a nice dinner out with Anne and Zack and then…….New Years!! I got my watercolors out for a little painting time and here she is… ready for 2017!!


This week, life will be back to usual. New resolutions, new paths, new classes for me…. new directions… new activities, new dreams., new wedding in the family… and I wouldn`t trade it for anything. I am blessed. Happy New Year!!

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Have a great new week!! Love, Jane

Love through the eyes of a Child

As I was looking through some things a few weeks back, I came across this little book that my older son gave me when he was 8.  I tend to save things that the kids made for me, not all of them, but the special ones.  With this little book, it took me back to 1985..  Forever ago, right? but I can close my eyes and still see him when he handed it to me.

It loved it then, and as you can tell, it has been worn during the years as I would reread it. I sent the picture to him the other day for him to show his son, now 8 years old. I told him to let Heston know that sweet things he made, at his age, to give them, would last a lifetime… and would always be special to keep.





It is funny to read the things that he wrote and that were important to him then, but as I do, my heart overflows with love.  The love that he had when he created the book, and the love that we have shared during these years.  He is long gone from home now, with a family of his own, but these memories bring such joy and make my heart smile.

Then… I worked on a painting that I had started earlier. Erased the face features and started over, with watercolors and stabilo pencil, I sketched this new girl, and gave her a bit of color.


She is a reminder to “Give Him your weakness and He will give you His strength”

It is a new season in our country. Praying for it to be a good one as we give our new administration a chance to make it good.

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I hope you have a great new week,

Love, Jane

The Making of a Butterfly Princess



From sketch with my mechanical pencil….


to using heavier pencils….. to shading…..


To final watercolored painting….  She was a fun doodle, but the favorite part, to me… is when the watercolor is dry, and the detailing starts… that is why I get excited when I get a brand new pack of fine tip micron markers!!!

“Walking in victory “. Butterfly Princess .   She found herself falling into darkness. The road was hard. The distractions were many . Slowly she was learning not to hide but to expose the darkness.. not to make excuses for it but confess it. Hate it. Remove it. As long as darkness remained , it was going to rule her. Bring it into the light and it becomes light. She can not be broken if she seeks her happiness from God. She said “Yes” to Him today. . “Though I fall, I will rise again. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light” Micah 7:8. She could boldly walk in complete victory!! She overcame everything that was meant to

destroy her.

Have a wonderful new week!!

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Have a wonderful new week!!

Love, Jane


She started as a simple pencil drawing one day,  then the watercolor.



I felt she needed a little more so that is when the doodle pen started…. LOL…. and on and on until I had no room for anything else…


I call her “Fearless”

“She took baby steps as she was becoming the child she survived. She was truly fearless with Him by her side.”

She was created with watercolor and many doodles as she exploded with details. I am reminded of the saying that I wrote down and it holds so true when the paint brush and watercolor take me away…….” When I work in my art, I hold hands with God”   I love that!

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Have a wonderful new week!!





October week in Dallas

This week, Tom and I were able to go to Dallas, for a much planned and anticipated trip. The week they moved in August, Tommy asked if we might be able to come help out while Rebecca was out of town at a family wedding.  So, Tom had a bit of business out here for a few days and the rest worked out nicely. As we arrived on Wednesday night, the house was decorated with all the finest of Halloween and October decorations. Many things I noticed, were items given to them over the last years. Some, even were used in my house when the kids were smaller and I decorated more. But now, it made me happy to see them with new purpose and to be able to be used for many more years…

I was impressed with this project  that the boys had done with their mom. Loved the decoupaged pumpkin look! They had taken lots of magazine words and pictures and put them together. Made for a colorful display…


I usually bring my sketch book along and watercolor travel packs, so when it is quiet at night, after bedtime or during naps, I brought it out to sketch. This one just started as a sweet little witch but then grew as more things were added around her..


Then the fun coloring part began with the watercolors and the detail with the fine line marker. The colors dont show up quite as bright with no scanner but here it is…finished


As Leif was sitting with me one morning, and Heston  was in school…. we had a bit of time, in between watching Toy Story, to draw. He wanted a Mickey pumpkin. So, the thought began with Mickey in the middle.. then… “draw Mickey, Grammie, draw Pluto, Grammie, draw Woody, Grammie, draw Goofy, Grammie..”. and on and on until the page was filled with his requests…


Then the next step when he went to bed, watercoloring….


This is as far as this one has gotten. I will have to highlight and detail it when he goes to bed tonight… But this is our project so far…

Just one more day, then back to Birmingham., but it sure has been fun visiting Dallas… with the boys…. Glad to get to see Rebecca tomorrow night before we leave on Tuesday..

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Have a great new week!!

Love, Jane

Drawing and Shading with Tombow Markers



I have been wanting to try out my Tombow markers to blend faces. I have seen a very talented friend using them and love the colors she is able to create with the markers. So, today, football Saturday, the tv one, and my table set up with my supplies pulled out,  I braved the markers. It is amazing how they work together, but so much practice is needed, I found out. If you press too hard, or use the water brush too hard, even the watercolor paper starts to react. I was looking at a lesson with Renata Loree, where she used them. Of course it looked easy while watching her, so I was excited to be tryng them out. I had bought them several years ago, just because…….. and never really used them with water..


So, I tried a few face like colors, and layered them…


and many more layers, forgot to take pictures of the other ones….. but used gesso to blend them all together.


Then added some tissue papers around the image to finish the background. When it dries completely, I am going to write words on it. Haven`t decided exactly what yet, but I will think of that tomorrow… just glad to have finished her up today….

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