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Weekend Projects

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My painting table starts off with one painting.

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I have left over paint.

I grab another white canvas from the shelf.

Another painting to the table.

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Ideas emerge.

Creativity enlightens.

Another canvas is added to the table.

Paint starts to dry.

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Details take the completing stages.

As the glue dries, the paintings are nearing the end of another artistic session.

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My painting table is now empty.

It is ready for a new weekend.

A new white canvas full of possibilities.

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More Paintings

Hi everyone!

I just finished posting more paintings to my Etsy shop. Below is the link. ūüôā

http://www.etsy.com/shop/BrushstrokesbyMel

More to come…

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An Invitation!

It is that time of year again! Around¬†this area, every town¬†seems to¬†have a¬†festival of some¬†kind throughout the summer and into the¬†Fall.¬†There¬†are¬†the art and craft festivals, the music festivals, farmer’s markets full of fresh produce, history festivities…to name a few.

Early last spring, through Beans-n-Cream, I heard about an annual art festival in Yellow Springs called, “The Art on the Lawn Festival.” Yellow Springs is an artsy, tourist town–and so the thought of¬†being part of this event really excited me. It would be an opportunity to be alongside other local and out-of-state artists¬†for¬†a day. I would get to see their work and others could see mine. It would also give me¬†a chance¬†to tell¬†more people about¬†my story of living with¬†NF2¬†and¬†how I¬†started painting.

So, I set out to apply for a booth space at¬†the festival. After being approved, I vigorously painted for the festival, enjoying every minute of it (stress and tears were part of making the day a joyous one!) At the end of the festival, I was personally invited to next year’s show. I found that special and an honor.

In May, I resubmitted my application to secure a booth position and started slowly painting, thinking all the while, “I have plenty of time!” Here it is: two weeks to the festival! No stress or tears as of yet, but let’s just say these next two weeks, my primary focus is on the art festival details and finishing a few more paintings.

With that being said, you are invited! ūüėÄ I am so thankful for the opportunity to be in this event yet again! If you are in the area and have the chance to stop by my booth, I would love to meet you and answer any questions you may have about my paintings or the NF2 disease.¬†(For those who can’t make the day–a blog of the event and pictures will follow.)

I dream my painting and I paint my dream.

~Vincent van Gogh

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P.S. If you received a hard copy of the invitation from me, you may (or not) have noticed that the year was wrong on the festival date. Just disregard the error. ūüôā

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Shifting Agendas

I had an agenda for today. I had my various projects all neatly organized, ready to be completed. My day started bright and early with getting my blood drawn for chemo. It has now been three weeks on the chemo treatment and my lab results look good. I still have had no side effects other than in the intestines, which is like a roller coaster ride: some days I feel fantastic and other days not. I am in humble gratitude for your daily prayers.

Shortly after returning home, I made chai and settled down for a time of reading and studying. When I finished, I had a whole new agenda: Think of something you have been neglecting and respond. I cleaned my bathroom and changed my sheets (it is a full workout for me); I refilled Muffy’s water dish; I rested; I enjoyed the evening air; I painted. It was¬†a fantastic day.

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Title: Prism.

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Painting thru Psalm 19

Psalm 19

For the worship leader. A song of David.

The celestial realms announce God’s glory; the skies testify of His hands’ great work. Each day pours out more of their sayings; each night, more to hear and more to learn. Inaudible words are their manner of speech, and silence, their means to convey. Yet from here to the ends of the earth, their voices have gone out; the whole world can hear what they say.

DSCN2039¬†Silver Moonlight. 8×10

God stretched out in these heavens a tent for the sun; And the sun is like a groom who, after leaving his room, arrives at the wedding in splendor; He is the strong runner who, favored to win in his race, is eager to face his challenge. He rises at one end of the skies and runs in an arc overhead; nothing can hide from his heat, from the swelter of his daily tread.

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The Eternal‚Äôs law is perfect,¬†turning lives around. His words are reliable and true,¬†instilling wisdom to open minds. The Eternal‚Äôs directions are correct,¬†giving satisfaction to the heart. God‚Äôs commandments are clear,¬†lending clarity to the eyes. The awe of the Eternal is clean,¬†sustaining for all of eternity. The Eternal‚Äôs decisions are sound;¬†they are right through and through. They are worth more than gold‚ÄĒeven more than abundant, pure gold. They are sweeter to the tongue than honey¬†or the drippings of the honeycomb.

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In addition to all that has been said, Your servant will find, hidden in Your commandments, both a strong warning and a great reward for keeping them. Who could possibly know all that he has done wrong? Forgive my hidden and unknown faults. As I am Your servant, protect me from my bent toward pride, and keep sin from ruling my life. If You do this, I will be without blame, innocent of the great breach.

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May the words that come out of my mouth and the musings of my heart meet with Your gracious approval, O Eternal, my Rock, O Eternal, my Redeemer.

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