"One day at a time--this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering."

Ida Scott Taylor

Friday, March 30, 2012

When Loveliness Becomes More Beautiful

A pen and ink flower I created with some charcoal pencil for shading, then painted the background with acrylics. (onto 5"x5" inch gallery wrapped canvas)

Hi everyone!  
Well I managed to get another post up
the end of March!! 
 My only excuse for being so slow
 is that life has it's
seasons and the season I've been 
going through over the past few months, has me
slowed down in many areas.  
(some health issues, some life changes)
Thankfully, seasons are just seasons, and they have a beginning,
 an end and a purpose.


“There is a time for everything,
and a season for every
activity under heaven.”
(Ecclesiastes 3:1)

Because the spring season 
comes right after the long winter, 
 it's loveliness seems even more beautiful than at any other time.
I think we need winter seasons in our lives
 so we will be more
passionate and grateful 
for the new 
parts of life that will be coming
 our way in the future. 


“Expect to have hope rekindled.
 Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways.
 The dry seasons in life do not last.
 The spring rains will come again.
…Sarah Ban Breathnach


I created these flower canvases  for 2 of my
Ya Ya girlfriends who were having birthdays.

I decided not to paint the flower but to leave them
 just as is.  I like this look.
Plus, I created these the night before I gave them away
 and was pressed for time to get these little gifts finished.
   This way one can imagine whatever 
color they wish for the flower on any given day.

Here are a few things I've learned when going
through a dry season:

♥ resting is needed and a good thing-give yourself permission with no guilt allowed

♥getting your mind off self by doing something for someone else, is always such good therapy

♥HOPE is always on the horizon, because God keeps his promises.

So to you my friend, 
I'm sending a flower your way
for you to paint whatever color
your heart desires today!
May it help whatever season you find yourself in,
to become beautiful..

1000 Gifts List continued....

306. the anticipation of giving a friend something you've made for them
307. not having to understand everything
308. planning last minute road trips with my hubby
309. the shedding of the old to make room for the new
310. SUNSHINE and birdies singing
311. grandchildren...grandchildren...grandchildren...and hugs and kisses
312. getting control back in my life over the sugar monster! YAY!!


Bren said...

Great post, appreciate your insights, I've found them to be true myself :-)
Love the flower canvases, beautiful sketching and the backdrop of red is lush

Cottage Remnant said...

Great job! I just love how rich that red is.


Chris Graham said...

Dear Lady,
I have missed visiting your blog.
I have been through so many challenges lately and I see you have also.
I thinl about you often "blogging friend".
I will be praying for you

Jennifer Richardson said...

loving your art,
loving your restful gait,
loving your beautiful heart:)

rachel awes said...

i love spring hope!
+ your very pretty flower...
bloomy love to you xox

Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful, from your gorgeous art to your kind encouraging words, LeeAnn. Thank you so much.
Taking that flower with me and painting it yellow today. ;) Keeping you in my prayers too.
Thank you for your birthday wishes to my april fool's baby. ;)
Much love!

Cristina Garay said...

I love to visit your blog, Lee Ann! Beautiful Art and sweet and encouraging insights always make my day!


Denise said...

As always; I leave your blog with a smile on my face; you are such a lovely lady! :)

Beautiful words written, and I love the canvas bags...

Praying that you are blessed and encouraged...AND celebrating Spring! :)

Bunches of hugs,

Anonymous said...

Lee Ann, just stopping by to leave you the link to my new blog. I was led to make a lighter change during this season, but I am enjoying our visits, so I hope you stay in touch.
Much love!

Anonymous said...

I sent you your code via email. Hope it was delivered okay. Let me know either way.
Have a gorgeous day!

Tricia said...

You have such a beautiful way with words. I always feel happy and uplifted when I visit you. Your painting turned out wonderful, Lee Ann.

I hope you have a blessed Easter.

DJ said...

I'm so happy to see you're still painting and sharing your beauty!
Your encouragement is always needed, and appreciated.
Those flowers are precious and a wonderful gift idea. I know the recipients were thrilled. They're blessed to have you in their corner.
Love & Laughter...