From tattoo designs to packaging designs to developing my landscape repertoire... my year has been varied and interesting and actually quite productive.
I've wondered what it is about painting the landscape that is so inviting to me. And I think it is where I so easily see the handiwork of God - I see much about His character - I see the intricacies and the care with which He has created and sustains His creation.... and this is where my spirit feels such a deep connection. Perhaps that is inborn - I'm certain it has much to do with being raised in the rural and beautiful southwest - or perhaps that is just where I sense His presence very easily. Whatever the reasons, my heart is stirred by a beautiful sunset, or the quiet flow of water, or a field in bloom and these are the things that find their way onto my canvases.
.... and....I continue to teach high school full time. This year, I have taught a variety of Drawing classes (both entry level and second level), Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design (also entry level and advanced levels) and Interior Design. This year I began my 15th year at Wheaton North High School. I have also thought quite a lot about how to bring my teaching experience out of the classroom and make it available to people near and far. I'm still developing that idea, but I think there's great possibilities with that idea!
Wishing you peace and joy now and a blessed 2017 ahead.