Monday, November 29, 2010

Scripture Confessions Collection

Still waiting on my instructor kit to arrive from Grumbacher. In the meantime, I went through the file box of photographs I have of some of my older paintings, scanned them, and added them to my online gallery. You will see them to the right of this post in the Tanya's Art Gallery slide show. I love looking through old paintings and remembering what was going on in my life when I painted them. All of the experiences I have been through have, in some way, prepared me for where I am now. God has a plan and sometimes when we think he isn't doing enough to help us, he's really just letting us learn and grow. When we are ready is when he will let us have what we've been praying for. Sometimes we don't get what we ask for because we really just aren't ready for it yet. He knows a whole lot more than we do so just keep plugging along and keep the faith. He knows what he's doing, even when we don't.

Every night, before I go to sleep, I read from Scripture Confessions Collection by Keith & Megan Provance. It was given to me by my boyfriend, Jack, and has been a real blessing. If you don't have a copy, get yourself one. It takes the promises of God and puts them in the first person. For instance, "I will not allow fear to torment, influence, or control my life. I give no place to fear. I will not give in to the temptation to be afraid. I am not worried or filled with anxiety. I do not fear the future. Though I may walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for God's rod and staff comfort me." Read those powerful words every night before you go to sleep and they become ingrained in your soul. Sure beats listening to the depressing news or foul mouthed late night talk shows. Have a great day everybody!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Saddle Up #2

Sold another one of my Oklahoma Red Dirt Artwork TM paintings today. Thank you to Susan in El Reno, OK,  for being one of my patrons. Artists will create whether anyone buys their work or not. It's what we were born to do. When someone does spend their hard earned money on it, it is like icing on the cake. It let's us know that all of our effort, time, and expense we put into it is appreciated by others. It's a great feeling.