Tuesday, June 29, 2010


I love her attitude! The words are saying, "Sure. Whatever." But what she is thinking is, "Are you kidding me?"

This painting is done on canvas with acrylic. I caught the glare in this picture a bit. The upper right hand corner really isn't that much lighter.

Prints are available by e-mailing me at journeysinn@gmail.com.


Wednesday, June 23, 2010


Meow and the world meows with you.
Hiss and You hiss alone.

Truer words were never spoken...however with friends sometimes it's o.k. to hiss. With friends, whining is not an option - except when it is.

A lady commissioned this painting with this saying and I love it! I once again caught the glare in this photo. Sorry! It's available in print. E-mail me if you are interested in ordering one. journeysinn@gmail.com


Sunday, June 20, 2010

Lots Happening!

Last week was a week of wheeeeeee! Monday night our oldest daughter, Katie Lea, went to Walmart at 10:30 p.m. in the midst of a torrential thunderstorm and inadvertently turned into a drainage ditch instead of the entrance to Walmart. Hey, in Abilene during a thunderstorm, they look about the same. A picture is worth a thousand words, so here's 1001 words...

We are thankful she and Caroline (our youngest) thought it was a good idea to turn off her engine immediately and that her car is repairable. We're also thankful that both our girls are okay.

Last week also ended the two plus years I've had Journey's Inn, our B & B. It was a great ride and I'm so thankful for all the people I got to know. I'm also thankful that God gave me the chance to try something outside my realm of possibilities and to succeed. But for now, we'll be renting this cute little guest house to a young couple who are transitioning and preparing to move to Chile as missionaries. It will be a blessing to them and they'll be a blessing to us. Onward and upward!

Our youngest daughter, Caroline, returned from China a couple of weeks ago after a business internship. She had such a rich time and came back even more open to the possibilities of God.

Katie Lea is preparing to go to UT (Texas) the beginning of August to get her master's degree in Advertising. This should go well with her undergrad degree in Graphic Design. She's enjoyed getting things ready for her apartment. She even recovered a couch. Pretty fantastic looking. She turned a traditional sofa into a modern looking sofa. Amazing.

Our son, Serge, is busy preparing for his wedding. His fiance, Esperance, will be a beautiful bride and wife. I'm so thankful they found each other. Their marriage will be one that will honor God. We will add another daughter! Katie Lea, Caroline and I get to wear Imishananas for the wedding. Apparently in Rwandan culture, the more curves you have, the more beautiful you are. That's great. I'll be STUNNING! :)

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Last week I also changed studios. This one is much more spacious and faces south. No more west sun in the afternoons. I also have a view of the pigeons. Some would say pigeons are like rats. What if they are the rats of the bird genre...they're still birds. I took this photo sitting at my desk. This is Violet.
I will post pictures of the studio soon. Until then, let's focus on our blessings instead of hardships and realize they are often one and the same.


Wednesday, June 16, 2010


I love painting and photographing doors. There is something that about doors that begs the question, "What is behind the door?"

However on this one, I'm reminded of the door where Jesus stands...the doorway to our hearts. Behold, I stand at the door and knock.

What is on the inside of the door your heart? What is on the inside of the door to my heart? I'm opening the door to let him in.

This painting is on acrylic canvas but is also available in a print. Order two today.

Welcome, Lord,

Thursday, June 10, 2010


I wish I could say there was some deep spiritual message behind "Yes Sir Ree", but there's not. Tee hee! She just randomly popped in my head and I started painting her. When I was a young teen we used to exclaim, "Yes sir ree, Joe Bob Buckwheat!" It was just a fun little thing to say.

Like all of my paintings, this one is available in a print. You can contact me at journeysinn@gmail.com for more information. Prints are only $15.00 plus shipping and handling.

Just say yes!

Thursday, June 3, 2010


I am learning to just BE. Through meditation and prayer and being alone with my thoughts I am learning to listen for God. What is amazing in this process is that as "busy" as I am, my mind is slowing down and I'm not as busy as I was when my mind was so active.

I made this painting/collage when I was just beginning the process of "be-ing." It was funny when I painted her I wondered why I cocked her head this certain odd angle. Then, when I placed the bird was on her shoulder, it made sense. It's as if the little bird has something to say to her.

That's the same way it is with God and us. If we allow ourselves the opportunity to "be", he will speak, guide, comfort and share his love with us. Oh, to abide in the dwelling place of the most high God. I want to