Yeah will not sure I want to say perfect to this practice mantra. However, I am pleased with myself for trying new things for the first time, I think I am doing pretty good. I am still doing ICAD 2014 and using it to try different things. I don’t draw, I’ve tried a few times, but they always look flat, so I stopped doing it. I was afraid of dimension, shadows, lighting, well not sure afraid is the right word, just didn’t know how to do it. I am learning and I am practicing. Here are a few drawings I worked on an index card. Laughing Buddha. This was done freehand by looking at a picture. The penguin and snail are from the book 50 Things to Draw by Ed Tadem where he gives instructions on how to achieve the drawing along with shading. I am really amazed at myself over these last two drawings. I did dimension and shading and it doesn’t look bad. I am also doing a class online with Derwent, they take you through different techniques. The first one was lighting and shading. I had fun doing it but it was really hard for me to get she shaping. So shaping is something I’ve added to my list of things to practice. Every time I look at it I think the shadow should slant a little more to the left, more in line with following the light spot on the ball. However, it passed and I was sent the next video lesson. I have been really focusing on art lessons and unfortunately I’ve let my Documented Life Planner slip. I did work a little bit on it Thursday and will do more this week. I really want to catch up, plus I have a great idea for one of the challenges, I’ll post here when I finish it. I also am doing a few more different lessons but I’ll tell all about those when I’m done with the drawings required. So this week will be pretty busy catching up with all this on my plate. Plus I will be taking a class in Greensboro Saturday and Sunday. I was supposed to go to Florida but that didn’t pan out, but the class is a great consolation. It is two days with Wendy Vecchi, a wonderful artist and designer with Ranger Inks at Betty’s Scrapbook Room. Hugs!! Namaste!!
I started two new classes this week and wanted to share our first assignments.
The first class is given by Tamara LaPorte at Willowing Arts. It is a free tutorial called Art, Heart and Healing. The first week was It Is Okay To Be Who You Need To Be, we worked on transforming our inner critic and developing our own positive affirmation. This first class was very healing and I am glad I found Tam and her wonderful class.
The second class I started taking is Sketchbook Skool – Seeing. Unfortunately I didn’t realize that there were two sessions. Beginnings and Seeing so I started with course 2. I understand it really doesn’t matter which one you take first. Our first assignment was to only use a black pen and draw a piece of toast. My piece was of my German whole grain bread, which I love by the way. However, because it has so many nooks and crannies it was tedious, but I enjoyed doing it and learned a lot.
How has your week been? Don’t forget to look me up on Facebook I have a page there called Cat’s-eye Studio.
***Remember you can always click picture to enlarge***
I was going to talk more about forgiveness today; however, this video came to my attention along with the plight of Dr. Randy Beckum, who gave this wonderful sermon. It seems that the MidAmerican Nazarene University (MNU) decided to go with the masses who objected to this sermon and promptly fired Dr. Beckum.
This is such a disgrace as MNU’s Faith statement is
Our Christian Faith
As a Christian, evangelical university we believe Jesus Christ is Lord and the final authority for our faith and our lives. Thus every aspect of university activity, from instruction to student life to business practices, flow from this truth.
All students, whether traditional, professional and graduate, commuter or online, are encouraged to find spiritual growth and fulfilment at MNU. While MNU is one of 11 Nazarene institutions of higher education in North America, our community is diverse and represents 44 denominations and six different religions. Our courses, activities and services are designed to support a culture that promotes Christ-centered love to one another, our community and our world.
So how does every aspect of the university’s activity show what they did to Dr. Beckum flow from His truth?
His whole sermon is full of Christ teachings, teachings that some American Christians found hard to deal with. There were so many parts of this sermon that resonated with me and many of the things I have been saying for a very long time. Especially poignant was the part about God and… ‘how many times have we heard God and Country, God and America, God and this nation or just God and nation’? He explains this very well, along with our obsession with violence as Americans and especially as Christian Americans.
For many the truth hurts, and unfortunately the truths spoken in this sermon seemed to hurt a lot of Christians. Why? Dr. Beckum only spoke about Christ, being Christ-like and following in Christ’s path. That is what I pray for EVERY SINGLE time I pray to God, “Please help me to understand your words so that I may follow in your son Jesus’ path (and to change it up I will add).” Does loving your enemy, praying for those who persecute you and repaying no one evil for evil sound to far-fetched? So maybe what Amos says in 5:10 to Israel should also be looked upon in our time – “They hate the one who reproves in the gate and they abhor the one who speaks honestly … The wickedness of Israel’s upper class is evident in their hatred for any leader who dares to oppose their interests and SIDE WITH TRUTH AND JUSTICE.”1
After watching this video if you are left angry, mad, shaking your head in disbelief, or just thinking he must be some sort of bleeding heart liberal, then maybe you need to grab your Bible, go off into a room by yourself, close the door and go into a deep prayer/discussion with God your Father ~Matthew 6:6.
1 Faithlife Study Bible note under Amos 5:10. Emphasis mine.
Dr. Beckum asked that this conversation be kept going. He suggested using the hashtag
Forgiveness is one virtue I have a very hard time with. I am trying, and trying very hard. I am putting my faith in Jesus to lead me and show me the way. I must admit I am a lot better at it now then say 10+ years ago. I am finding with my new-found study of God and His Word, it is easier than it has been before.
Every day that I read the Bible I find another passage that strikes my heart, like
“Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,” Philippians 3:13b (NRSV)
which makes it easier and easier for me to place everything in God’s hand and rely on Jesus to help and guide me.
In Forward Day by Day they had a reading with a wonderful saying:
“The eternal God is whispering:
“Don’t fill your life with broken shards of the trivial;
tell someone you love them;
forgive from the heart.
Don’t defer joy to some future which never arrives.
I stand knocking at door.””
My great-aunt, who was like a mother to me, died in my arms; my brother-in-law passed away, so very unexpectedly, while my husband was with him. These deaths brought the realization of forgiveness and numbered days. However, I know someone who has had both parents die young and tragically and yet they harbor resentment and fill their life with broken shards of the trivial. I pray for this person every day that he/she will realize we need not harbor resentment in our hearts, because we just do not know when tragedy will strike. Instead we need to love one another and live each day as if it is the last. The whole meditation really spoke to me and I pray that it will also speak to you and those who need it.
Here are a few Bible verses that I go to during those times when I am struggling, or when that feeling of resentment begins to bubble deep down inside and I can feel it gurgling and know I am going to slip into – what ifs, and could of, should of and would of.
“Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.” Psalm 90:12
“Love prospers when a fault if forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.” Proverbs 17:9 (NLT)
“If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Matthew 6:14-15 (NLT)
“…Lord how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” “No, not seven times.” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven.” Matthew 18:21-22 (NLT)
“But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.” Mark 11:25 (NLT)
and finally Colossians 3:13-15 really hits it home every time I read it.
“Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who
offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must
forgive others. Above all clothe yourselves with love, which binds
us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes
from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you
are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.”
How about you? How do you handle forgiveness?