Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Story

My spirit resides not in my mind.
It surpasses physical realms.
It feeds on light
glows with the hope of Christ

My life is yours
You are the greatest gift ever told
ever lived

Friday, December 5, 2014

Unique Miracle

The sky looked different tonight
the clouds a pattern and passing unique to its second in time.
Then it changed again.

I love the ongoing-every-second-of-everyday-creativity of our Creator.
The devine design of God overwhelms my soul.
Every second a new miracle exists.
Every second a new unique pattern....shape...smell....blade.....droplet.....color.....chirp

I look up to see a bat looking down at me.
He's flying a path and pattern I'm sure he's never flown before....or maybe he has.
Either way, a miracle

The air thickened with fog sets in.
The smell of morning rain seeps into the ground
Yes, I'm sure it's all new.
To see each day, each second with a newness of each passing miracle is how I hope to live.
This is my prayer, my hope.

Surely God is in this place!

inspired by scripture Genesis 28: 15-17
15 I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.
16 When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” 17 He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.”
and a quote by Albert Einstein:
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. 

Primitive Portraits 3 giveaway winner

Mixedmedia Jenn....congrats you won a spot in my new class Primitive Portraits 3! I sent you an invitation to the classroom via the email you provided.

thank you all for helping to spread the word. Very much appreciated!!


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Becoming: the unfolding of you

I'm so thankful and excited that Jeanne Oliver invited me to share my story and process of worship painting with you for Becoming: the unfolding of You.

Back last January I wrote these words:

I wish to go out on great waters. In your hands, I will not fail.
My faith takes on a newness. It's because you teach me.
You crack me open so that light enters and then grows.
I am all Yours. In your presence, I am more me.
That is where my soul dwells.
I have finally found You
and in doing so I found me.

In 2007, when I first started painting....I felt like I had found myself. I had purpose. I loved my job. I love painting so much that even still I get a flutter in my belly when I wake up in the morning. Through painting I felt myself growing closer to God. I realize now when I saw the moon over the Pacific Ocean, it was God calling me to Him. He revealed himself exactly the way I would respond. So gently. Subtle. It's because He knows me. He knew me before, now, and He goes before me and plans my day. The complexity with which God works is overwhelmingly beautiful! I found me through God/Jesus/Holy Spirit.

Jeanne has gathered these beautiful souls to share with you their testimony how God has worked in their lives. Each of us will be sharing creative projects from the soul and inspired by our spiritual walk with Jesus.

Here is all the info about the class and how you can join in.... (and did I mention Jeanne is offering this for free!)

Course description:
This January join 20 women for an 8 week study all about finding your true identity in Christ.  Each week you will hear unfolding stories from the women in this study.  We will be sharing truths about who the Lord says we are and our personal journeys to accepting those truths.

We will also have fun creative videos that follow the study where the women will share one of their gifts. Think guitar playing, bread making, painting, entertaining and more.  You know I can't have a course without sharing how the Lord uses our creativity! My hope is that the study will give you fresh eyes for the Lord and yourself.  When we know who we are in Christ it changes everything and opens our paths and gifts in incredible new ways.
Some of us are carrying around "truths" about ourselves that are flat out lies and it time to lay them down

This study will be open and honest, real, Bible based and a bit of creativity too.  We hope you will join us January 6, 2015 for this free online study!

Directions to register:To join this free study you just need to be registered at jeanneoliver.ning.com (registering is free).

Once you are on the site you will find this study, free videos (business and art), my Creativity Takes Courage series and new online courses along the left hand side of the page.

You will find all of our courses/videos under the COURSES heading.

To register for Becoming | The Unfolding of You

1) Go to COURSES along the left hand side of the page

2) Go to the bottom of the course and click “view all” to find Becoming | The Unfolding of You

4) Click on Becoming | The Unfolding of You

3) Click the +join button on the upper right hand side

4) All of the details are on the page and you are all set for the study to begin on January 6, 2015

Tell your friends!

Here is the direct link to the study...

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Primitive Portraits 3

I'm so excited to announce Primitive Portraits 3. This 3rd installment of my most popular class, Primitive Portraits begins December 30th.

There are 5 projects that include raw, primitive portrait tags, working with a restrictive color palette and creating a Primitive family portrait.

And I'm so so thrilled to announce that we have 3 guest artists!! yahoo!! Christina Romeo and Tati Vice, and Lana Guerra are joining us to share their process for creating lovely, raw primitive portraits.

Christina Romeo

Tati Vice

My journey as an artist began early in life, with ballet shoes, a lot of sweat and a drawing, here and there.
After a lot of years passed, many of those dedicated to movement, I realised that I had to find another creative path, one that I could carry with me, as I grew older. 
That was when I found Art-journaling, which opened up a whole new world, with endless possibilities. From then on, I’ve never stopped, jumping from the page to the canvas, taking on-line courses, joining the village at art-retreats, and having the privilege to be among and meet beautiful and very talented people.
As I continue my journey on this creative path, I uncover each day, a passion, a drive and a wish that my art, no matter what form it takes, will touch people’s lives in someway.  And my cup overflows everyday. 
- Tati Vice

Lana Guerra

or if you already have an etsy account you can
register here

the details
  • You will get lifetime access to the classroom!
  • $59 early bird registration through December 14th
  • $75 regular registration begins December 15th
  • Class begins December 30th
  • You do not have to take Primitive Portraits 1 and 2 but I will say that it is very helpful. I have a bundle deal for 1 and 2 here (save $30 by getting the bundle)

here is a little sneak peek video:


  • I need your help spreading the news about Primitive Portraits 3
  • I'm going to give away 1 class. (if you've already signed up, no worries....if you win, I'll refund your money)
  • Please share this blog post link on your blog, pinterest, instagram, or Facebook
  • come back here and let me know - leave your name, email address, and how you shared
  • drawing will be done on December 5th, 2014. please check back here on that day to see if you won (also please leave your email on your comment so that I can send you an invitation to the class if you win)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Twelve Artsy Ornaments giveaway!

Twelve Artsy Ornaments begins very soon! I am doing a giveaway here and need your help getting the word out. 

To enter the giveaway:
  • Share this link on Facebook, your blog, instagram, pinterest or any other social media
  • Come back here and leave your name, email and how you shared
  • Winner will be announced on December 1st.
  • Class begins December 2nd

Sunday, November 23, 2014


So what could I say?
And what could I do?
But offer this heart, Oh God
Completely to you

I'll stand
With arms high and heart abandoned
In awe of the one who gave it all
I'll stand
My soul Lord to you surrendered
All I am is yours

- Hillsong United

I am taking a Stand for Jesus. Who's with me?

my journal