Had you been with me the day I was painting this, you would have said it was a great descriptor if my mood. Sometimes I paint to work through my emotions and that day was no different. And yet, as I painted, it took on another form and ended up looking like the burnt forest we walked through the day before.
Redwoods are resilient. They keep standing strong in spite of the fires that leapt more than 30 feet the year before. It’s as if the fires strengthened their resolve to keep growing.

I want to be like those trees…stronger in spite of the difficulties of life. God is using those trees to remind me He is here to strengthen me. He is here lovingly surrounding me and protecting me. He is my strength. 
What about you? Where do you find your strength when life gets tough and is out of your control?

May this painting point you to our real strength…God. “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭43:2-3‬a NLT‬‬


Shameless Selfie

It’s been almost 6 months since the day everything changed forever…her accident. It seems like we are measuring life from that day, March 9th, on now. One moment, you’re thinking about the usual list of things you have to do, and then suddenly it all comes crashing down around you. For me now, it seems so surreal, but for her it’s a daily reality. 

It hurts my heart knowing Sarah suffered such injury that day…compound fracture of her right arm, extensive road rash on her legs, arm, and face, a collapsed lung, blurred/double vision, and a concussion. I will be forever grateful for her boyfriend Matt who, by the power of God, resuscitated her, bringing her back to life. 
The original picture was taken by her…a shameless selfie, almost 2 months after her accident. She had decided to put on some makeup herself, which is hard to do with your left hand when you are right-handed. Even though she is beautiful without makeup, it was nice to see a glimmer of hope within her. 
Today, Sarah is a true miracle. God grew my faith through all of it, and I’m reminded of the verse in Pilippians which says, “being confident of this (our faith), that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” He has a plan for each of us, and I can’t wait to see what He has planned for Sarah. He went to great lengths to save her and heal her. Sarah, like each of us, is God’s masterpiece, created anew in Christ Jesus to do the good things He planned for her long ago.
She has come such a long way, and has presevered through so much. She’s been back to working full time for a few months now, since she no longer needs daily assistance. Her arm is almost healed, and now she only has to go to PT once a week to gain back full movement of it. Her sight is clear, and the scars are slowly healing. So many things to be thankful for, and it’s times like this that a shameless selfie is not only acceptable, it’s perfect.

When did he get so tall?

“All Grown Up” Day 2 of 30 paintings in 30 days.

It’s hard to believe our son Liam is now 16 years old. How did he grow up so fast? And now he’s taller than me!

This year he got braces so now when he smiles, he won’t show his teeth, making him look so serious…the glasses help that too. This painting was inspired by a picture of Liam on GQ day at school. He was all dressed up with his sports jacket and bow tie…very handsome! They got their school pictures taken that day as well, so I look forward to seeing how they turned out.

Not sure why it’s taken me so long to paint portraits…its been fun.

The Challenge has begun!

It’s hard to believe it’s already September 1, 2016. Where has the time gone? Time is flying by and I’ve realized I need to be diligent and purposeful with my time…especially my downtime. And since our tv in the family room is broken, it’s forced me to do other things rather than watch tv. Y’all have to know if I start watching tv, it’s hard to stop. So many days, it’s just better for me not to even turn it on. And honestly, how is it better watching someone else live their life than actually living your own?

Now that it’s September, I’m excited to begin a new project, granted I was so filled with ideas on Monday that I secretly started and painted the first 6! Really there are no rules to when you paint as long as you paint 30 paintings in the next 30 days. The whole point is to practice, or like many artists like to call it “doing it for the process”. I like to chose a theme so it’s easier to keep things going. Sadly, in the past I haven’t always been able to finish, but in the end, I love the paintings I’ve created over the 30 days.

This time I’m stepping outside my box. My comfort zone is typically florals…but this year I’ve been working on abstracts, some more so than others. It’s been a great way to challenge myself and let go of my perfectionism. Maybe you’ve seen some of my abstract boats on my Facebook page – Wendy mitchell – artist. If you haven’t, please go check them out. They’re fun! And now, I’m going back to one of my first loves in art…portraits. Most of the portraits I have done have been in pencil, pastel or charcoal…one day I’ll dig those out of my high school art portfolio and show you. 😀 In the last 6 years, I put portraiture aside to pursue other things, and now the excitement is just bubbling over, because this time I’m painting them. And even better, they will be abstract…or as much as my perfectionist self will let them be! 

So here’s my first abstract portrait. This one is called “Gigi 1.0”. The original picture I modeled it after is of her (our daughter) laughing. I LOVE when she laughs. Her laughter lights up a room.  I hope you enjoy this series as much as I have had painting it! Stayed tuned for tomorrow’s painting of Liam.

#11 of 30…Naylor Hall

Built in 1840 by Barrington King for his bookkeeper, Mr. Proudfoot and his wife. The original home was small and quite damaged during the Civil War. Proudfoot began to rebuild after the occupation. He also lived in the home until he died in 1870.

The columns were added much later by Colonel Harrison Broadwell in the 1930’s. He also named the home Naylor Hall in honor of his wife’s family.


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