Monday, 20 November 2017

Faces in 5mins or less


Just a little face practice today. These faces took 1 - 5mins each. I went straight in with the pen or ink in a waterbrush, so you can see all the lines that went in to each one. Some of the shading is off. Some of them are a bit lopsided, but then who isn't? 😊









Friday, 17 November 2017

As and when


As and when.

That's when things are provided.

As much as I would like to have everything I need for the next six months all lined up, it doesn't seem to work like that. Things aren't always provided ahead of time.

I just have to trust that it will be there when needed.

As and when.





Monday, 13 November 2017

The beating of wings


The beating of wings...

When a butterfly emerges from the chrysalis it is not immediately ready to fly. Its wings are crumpled and need to have blood (or haemolymph in this case) pumped through them to firm them up. There is a trying out of the wings before they are trusted to flight.

How often do we go through a transformation and immediately expect to do something different? But there is often a lag as the changes in that transformation are made 'user ready'. Don't be so desperate to take flight that you don't beat your wings a few times on the ground first to strengthen them. The flapping is necessary, like the flight check a pilot goes through before take off.





Setting things in motion


Setting things in motion.

There is an excitement in moving on to something new.

There is also a lot of hard work involved!

At the moment everything feels uphill - I'm making ever-growing lists of things that need to be done here in Australia and in the UK before and just after we move. Some days it feels a bit overwhelming.
Will it all be done in time? Will everything slip into place in the right order? How will we cope for eight weeks living out of a suitcase?

Of course, we've done it before, moving here from the UK just over eight years ago, but it is still daunting. (In some ways because we have done it before and know what to expect).

And once the uphill struggle is conquered, there is the 'out-of-control' ride to the bottom. There comes a point where the whole journey gains its own momentum and you just have to hold on until it's done.

But today I'll just keep pushing up that hill.





Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Kindness


You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late. 
Ralph Waldo Emerson. 

Kindness is an underrated virtue. How often do we say that so-and-so is so nice when what we really mean is that they are kind - friendly, generous, and considerate. Kindness encompasses a concern for others, often at a cost to oneself in either time or resources. Those who are kind are good listeners. They take notice of what is said - and what remains unsaid - and act in a way that brings comfort or help.

Kind words lift your spirit and bring encouragement, so why withhold them? Take a chance and tell that mother how well she is coping when she stays calm as her toddler has a tantrum. Offer to carry some bags for an elderly person who is struggling. Make a meal for that new couple who have just moved in next door. Pay for the person behind you on the toll road.

Kindness can be simple and quick, but the impact can be huge.

Find three ways to be kind today and brighten someone's day.




Monday, 6 November 2017

Feelings


Feelings.

You have to acknowledge them, but you can't trust them.

Sometimes they lie to you.

Just because you feel it doesn't make it true.




Friday, 3 November 2017

I cannot see...


How will it all come together?

I cannot see.

I cannot imagine...

but You know.





Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Obstacles


Sometimes the obstacles can seem insurmountable from our limited perspective.

If you lie down in front of a wall and look up at it, it can seem massive. If you change your posture and stand instead, it can seem a lot more climbable. The obstacle didn't change - the way you look at it did.

If you stand in front of a wall focussed on one particular spot, you may miss a gate or a gap. You need to look at things from more than one angle.

I can see lots of obstacles for our upcoming move. The thing I have to remember is that it is not dependent on me. God has called us and He provides. I have to look at the situation from His perspective, and that's a great encouragement, because He's bigger than I am and He sees things from a very different angle. When He sits me on His shoulder and shows me what is to come, I can see much more clearly.

Sometimes you have to change where you're standing.





Monday, 30 October 2017

The end of a journal



It's always fun to come to the end of a journal. Filling this last one over 3 months has reminded me that I actually like to start with a clean white page. I had used some old church visuals to make this journal and covered them up with gelli-prints. Much as I love these prints, sometimes it can be difficult to springboard into a page when there are already colours laid down. Yes, I could cover them up, but things always show through. Unlike some people, I have no problem with a white page and enjoy throwing that first bit of colour on to it.

Anyway, here are some of my favourite pages from this last journal. Scanning through them now, I notice a lot of black and red and circles. Wonder what the next journal will hold.






Friday, 27 October 2017

Unwrap


A wrapped gift can be anything you imagine.

While it stays in the wrappings it is perfect, because you can't be sure what it is. It hasn't had the chance to be a disappointment. You haven't become frustrated trying to make it work. You haven't had the chance to be bored by it. You can imagine doing great things with it, being a 'success', that it will change your life.

A gift will stay that way - a perfect dream - unless you unwrap it.

When you unwrap a gift, you take the chance that it's not what you were expecting, not what you wanted, not what you dreamed of. It may be something that takes a lot of hard work to master.

Will you take the chance? Will you open the gift so that it can be used?

Or will you leave it in the wrapping - perfect but useless?