Tuesday, December 1, 2009

now for some drawings.

My style of sketching changes with my surroundings and influences. However, there is an aspect of my hand that is seen in each new drawing. Can you see it? I hope so. Now, please tell me what it is.

roughly 18X24 charcoal and india ink, 2008

7.5X6 ballpoint pen and paper, 2009 summer

12X17.5 charcoal on white paper, 2009
most recent

the more i publish these posts, the better the endings will be.
i think that i will work on furthering the technique on the last drawing.
thanks for looking!

the season changes again

Thanksgiving has come and gone. Now it is December and time for Christmas cheer amongst those who celebrate it. The Thursday of Thanksgiving was filled with fun, food, family music, thankfulness, and a time when the family read some Psalms and praised God. My beautiful sister and her hubby were in from Cali. It was nice seeing them. They won't be flying back for Christmas, not until they become big time editors and richie rich. My lovely cousin Erin taught the women of the family how to make a cool craft, kusudama, which can cramp your hands if you are not carefully pacing yourself.
Darren attended Thursday's festivities with me. I took the above picture and this one below whilst we ventured in my grandma and grandpa Jarboe's backyard.

This is Darren and the Jarboe cousin's Narnia Tree, from when we all were children. One had to enter Narnia through it only. Too bad those who are older than the proper age are not permitted, as shown here. Also, Nov the 29th and 30th mark Darren and I's 1 year of dating! So thankful for him.

Well, I hope snow will fall sometime before February. It gets colder in Louisville faster than Bowling Green. So we will see!
Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat...(beg pardon to all the vegetarians)

Winter years ago...

Sunday, November 15, 2009

November cleaning, quick paragraph

I must admit, though most know this well: I am not an organized or cleanly artist...person. Well, after seeing a fellow artist's "clean to the max" room, a mouse in Lacey's room, and how much clutter I have in my room, I have cleaned and started to organize it! I must be off, Darren soon arrives to take me to lunch. Peace out readers.

Monday, November 9, 2009


It all started with con legno. Then there was col legno battuto and col legno tratto. Then I began looking con slancio (with enthusiam)and found col pugno! (which relates to pianist not string players) Oh my, and then there came at me: con amore(w/tenderness), con fuoco(w/fire!), con dolore(w/sadness) and they kept appearing to me con brio(w/spirit)! That those were only a couple of the C's. Goodness. What would this knowledge do besides giving me great pleasure at learning the language that God gave man for music! Musical dictionaries are wonderful. Now, my portable one is now going to accompany my journal in my purse.

I am now on Chapter 5 of Unceasing Worship by Harold Best. It is titled Worship and Witness which I really need to read, for I battle the fear of being myself in Christ and worshiping unceasingly. I pray for God to open my heart and mind to His majesty. I also pray for His grace in my diligence so that I can lovingly and intellectually study His Word (and this book)!
After all according to Best, as a Christian, one should always be striving to be an "amateur theologians". I am trying. The Lord is with me, whom shall I fear?

Sunday, October 25, 2009

I am sick and blogging.

I was just reading some friend's blogs and then some new comments on my own. So I thought I would answer one of them before I try and rest...and my computer battery dies. My beautiful sister asked what was the media of the 'The Lamented'. She guessed correctly! The woman is drawn on tracing paper and pinned with sewing pins onto brown recycled tissue paper. This is taped onto the piece of wood. The image hasn't fallen off yet so I guess that tape is pretty sticky. The background is a mix of oil and acrylic paints on the wood. I took a picture then resized it using GIMP (with the help of a cute physic major who is very computer savvy). The original is 12"X11". More to come! Must sleep. Thanks for all the responses.

Monday, October 19, 2009

dreaming in murals

A while back I had a dream of becoming a "Personal Home Aesthetic Artist". This title would mean that I would go into a home that the owner wanted to increase the beauty of, and tell them what they needed painted on their walls. This would include full detailed or no detailed murals to filigree borders to small filigree related embellishments. Through meetings with the owner and sketches we would create something that brings both of our personalities together and also the house's aroma. Well, I finished the first one...the one the actually sparked this idea, months ago. Well, I am uploading it today. It is on a wall of a two level stair. If that makes any sense.

Anywho, the image might look like a trapezoid because it was hard to photograph, but I assure you, it is a large rectangle.

tree detail

floral filigree detail

I am thankful for that opportunity and looking forward to others.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

first Sojourn devotional cover

The Lamented

“Remember my affliction and my wanderings,
the wormwood and the gall!
My soul continually remembers it
and is bowed down within me.
But this I call to mind,
and therefore I will hope.
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases,
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
‘The LORD is my portion,’ says my soul
‘therefore I will hope in him.’” Lamentations 3:19-24

The lament is from the lamented daughter of Zion. In the first verses of Lamentations, Jerusalem is referred to as a princess who has become a slave. Later verses show God’s wrath poured upon the rebellious people through the image of a rain and the reality of graphic bloodshed. Desolation stands where a once beautiful city now lays slain. One motif that has stuck with me is God’s glory shown through fire, gleaming metal, and flashes of brilliant light throughout Lamentations and Ezekiel. As I read these passages, my heart became increasing heavy under God’s judgment of Israel but mostly His majesty and power. However, “the Lord will not cast off forever” as in Lam 3:31. To the repentant He gives hope, mercy and grace. The girl in the picture is the mournful daughter of Israel but also this daughter of God that I am through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice. I encourage everyone to read Lamentations and Ezekiel to increase their view of our Lord’s power and awesome majesty.