Art in the Park is tomorrow!

Hi friends,

Tomorrow is the one and only summer event I have planned this year. I will be set up at Art in the Park in Tipp City – a great local event with art, food, music, and more! My family and I had a great time there last year. The park is shaded, making for a very enjoyable, cool day. I SO appreciated the set up last year in the summer heat. Here are the event details:


Take 3rd street to Parkwood Drive and you can’t miss the park. I have a few new originals to show you, and plenty of the usual prints, necklaces, and notecards. I am planning to set up a demo of art journaling too –  I so enjoy talking to people about making art. <3

Hope to see you!



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My First Ever heART Video!

I am celebrating a new milestone today! I released my first ever art journaling video in a free online class called, A Thing Called Love. My friend and group organizer, Brandi , asked me to be a guest teacher which led to me finally dabbling in recording, lighting, editing, etc. I learned so much through the process and am exciting about where this is heading!

My dream is to have an art journaling channel stocked with devotional art videos, set to music and Scripture. I LOVE the idea of doing something fun with a group AND encouraging others in faith at the same time! I also love the freedom and flexibility recording and editing gives me. It’s so much more doable for a busy homeschooling mom like me. I can record in the evenings and then edit as long as it takes. My house is too crazy to record live audio. My husband and kids were yelling, asking me questions, and all kinds of stuff while attempting to record this first video. But I learned about this magic little feature where you can make the audio portion silent and record voice-over commentary to go with the your video. I also learned how to speed up and time the video to go with the music. Fun, fun stuff! I am just a little excited about it (can you tell??)!!

Here are a couple pictures of my studio set up with my brand new gigantic lighting and my slightly genius camera mount. I took a microphone stand and weighted it with sandbags at the bottom. I bought this AWESOME gadget for ten bucks called a super clamp. It screws in the camera and then attaches to the pole of the mic stand. It worked beautifully! And the best part is I already had the mic stand and sand bags. Win-win. :)

17796142_1276464369056875_9092153117317782847_n17800258_1275556065814372_8563957831472380144_n My lesson is sunflowers – one of my favorite subjects to paint! The word “sunflower” was on my page which seems like a perfect match for the video. I paired it with the song, “Beautiful Things” which I totally love anyway, but even more with the painting and the message it contains. Here’s a close up of the flower with the word in the center:


And here is the video!! Enjoy!!

The AFA Gallery Show is Underway


We had a great start to the Art for Adoption (AFA) show last Saturday night. Mayflower Arts Center is a gracious host, and we sold 7 original paintings!! I was so blessed by the support, and delighted to finally meet our feature family, the O’Brien’s. They are a super sweet family – the kids are adorable! Here we are pictured from left to right: Scott, Paula, Adhu, Cecelia, me, and, my daughter, Chloe:


The winter gallery hours are Thursdays 10-2, Fridays 10-6, and Saturdays 2-8. The art will be on display through Saturday, February 18th. Please stop in at the gallery! There are still 23 original pieces of art looking for a home. Remember, 100% of your purchase goes directly to the O’Brien’s for the finalization of their adoption. And, look at this little guy:


He is precious! The smile. The dimples. Enough said. I cannot wait to show the pictures of him with his new family. Stay tuned for those around the end of March!

AFA was featured this week in a lovely article in the Dayton Local News. Read the full article here.

Blessings today and always,



2nd Annual Art for Adoption Gallery Show

Art for Adoption began one, short year ago with a prompt from the Lord, “Give your art away”.  I felt He was asking me to make good use of the “extra” art accumulating in my dining room. In 2016, we supported three families in the process of international adoption: the Schaadt family, the Whitacre Family, and the O’Brien family. Combined, my art raised about $4000 for these families (more if you count the matching grants!). Two of the three families have been to China in 2016 and have their children now at home, adjusting in their new families.

The Schaadt family and Nyah:


The Whitacre Family and Elsie:



The third family, the O’Brien’s, are nearing their goal, and hope to travel to pick up their son, “Mickey”, at the end of March 2017.

The O’Brien family and “Mickey” (the adoption agency name assigned to him):


I have been given the opportunity again this year to have a gallery show in Troy, Ohio at Mayflower Arts Center in February 2017. 100% of the proceeds from this show will go to the O’Brien’s toward their adoption. We hope to see little “Mickey” home very soon with his new family.


Local friends, you are cordially invited to an artist reception at the gallery on Saturday, February 4th from 6-8 pm. I am happy to report the O’Brien family plans to be in attendance. I hope you will come meet them, encourage them, and consider purchasing a piece of art in support of their adoption.

Non-local friends, I wanted you to have a way to participate in this special fund raiser, so I have decided to donate 100% of my shop sales now through February 18th to the O’Brien family. Many of the original pieces are loaded and available right now: here.

Lastly, we ask your crucial support in one other way….please help us spread the word about this event! Tell your friends, church, co-workers, anyone and everyone with a heart toward adoption how they can support bringing “Mickey” home.

Many thanks, and may God bless you richly in this new year!


My Magnificat

“Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word” (Luke1:38a).

Painting was a surprise. A joy I didn’t expect or see coming. Like all things, I have dabbled around, here and there, all these years. Following my curiosity, experimenting, learning. I have wrestled with painting- its meaning and purpose, wondering why God would give me something so wonderful, feeling the weight of responsibility to steward the gift well. I have learned I most enjoy painting faces. Each one is a challenge, and each one is unique – like us. I see a story emerging in each face taking shape through the layers of paint and collage. This is the most thrilling. What will this be? What does it represent?

This approach to painting, while creative and just plain-old-fun, does not yield many technically accurate, proportionate, and realistic results. Which has been perfectly fine to me. But I took a portrait class this fall with a really talented painter who taught me quite a bit about it all from watching her videos and taking in her knowledge of portrait painting. This led me to take a new approach to painting. I knew I wanted to paint Mary and Baby Jesus, and started with looking at several reference photos online. I found a couple I really liked and then sketched the basic figures onto a blank clay board (another note: this class was my first experience painting on clay and gesso boards. They are so wonderful for portraits. I had NO idea the difference this would make in the quality of the painting!). Then I set out to paint Mary and Jesus in intentional layers, like the master painters did. Starting with the darkest values and working to light, I followed my teacher’s advice, and mirrored her approach. I shared several pictures on social media of my process, including the shot painter’s refer to as the “ugly stage” with the dark values being very pronounced. Even in this stage, people were commenting this was a beautiful piece of art, which was so thrilling and personally gratifying!

My portrait, which is entitled, “Unto Us a Child is Born” is inspired from Isaiah 9:2-7. Jesus has the names from the passage written around his head, “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”. I could not be more excited to share this with you this Christmas. I present to you, dear friends, my “magnificat” – my “song to the Lord” because He has done great things for me. He has remembered the lowly state of his servant and given me a tremendous gift in painting –  a gift I pray will honor him in every way “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my savior”:



“Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth,
Sing to the Lord, praise His name; proclaim His salvation day after day.
Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous deeds among all peoples”
(Psalm 96:1-3)

I did make prints and cards of this piece, which are available in my shop. Everything is 30% now through Christmas day with code: JOY30.

Merry Christmas,