“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

Last night I was following a trail of Illustration blog links trying to get some inspiration, and I came across Tabletmonkey, a blog by Pixar artist Cory Loftis.  This illustration made me laugh harder than I have in about 3 years.  I love it.

The sixth Sunday after Pascha remembers the story of the young man who was born blind.


  • scissors
  • cardstock
  • paper clips
  • scotch tape
  • magnet tape
  • crayons or markers

Print the main handout on cardstock. Students can color the handout, and each should be given an eye that is already cut out. They can also color the skin parts around the eye.  A paperclip should be scotch-taped onto the back of the cardstock where the healed eye will go. Then these healed eyes also will have a magnet on the back. The students will be able to use the craft to tell others that Jesus gave the blind man new eyes to see. They also should know and say that the man learned to see that Jesus is the Son of God.

This is the pdf of the blind man.  This is the pdf of the healed eye.

This week I have a simple maze to illustrate the water that was in Jacob’s well.  When St. Photini went to find it she was given something much greater.

Click here for the pdf.

Well, Bright week is done, and I am just now posting this.  We did celebrate, feast, and ignore the blog.  If you would like to see more photos from Holy Apostles Orthodox Christian Church visit here.

We read through the Gospels telling the story of Christ’s death on the cross.


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