My design for Valentine’s day is meant to be a dancing finger puppet.  Print this PDF on cardstock, then color and cut out the puppet and the circles at the bottom.  Insert your dancing fingers.  Dance little heart, dance!


Merry Christmas!


Our homemade gingerbread house.


Jane has been taking ballet and enjoyed performing in the Nutcracker.


Bowling on my birthday.  Love Jane’s bowling dance!


Miles got a disgusting special effects kit for Christmas.  So…


…we made our own fake blood and black eyes.  Image

Joyous feast to you all!

For the last year I have been teaching private art lessons to adults and children, teaching church school, and teaching in the classroom.  Below are a few pictures my adult students worked on.

This butterfly was painted in acrylic on wood.  It was a copy of Andy Warhol’s butterfly print.

On the left is the Vogue cover which we did a copy of.  Acrylic on paper.

This is a still life we were working on.

A pet portrait in acrylic.

They answered Him,  We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?

Jesus answered them,  Verily, Verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.  And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.  If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

-John 8:33-36

This post is just a hashing out of what I have been reading.  Feel free to ignore it if it doesn’t make any sense.

“The experienced illustrator subscribes to the principle of the application of the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair. Should inspiration whisk down your chimney, be at your table. The first ten thousand drawings are the hardest. Put another way, you have ten thousand bad drawings within and should expel them as quickly as possible.”  -Wallace Tripp

“Living without expectations is hard but, when you can do it, good.  Living without hope is harder, and that is bad.  You have got to have hope, and you mustn’t shirk it.  Love, after all, “hopeth all things.”  But maybe you must learn, and it is hard learning, not to hope out loud, especially for other people.  You must not let your hope turn into expectation.”

“I read books, whose voices don’t disturb the silence.”

-from Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry

Miles said, “Spiders would be excellent clockmakers.”  He has been spending the morning building clocks and movie projectors since we watched Hugo last night.  



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