Monday, December 4, 2017

the Word

First Sunday of Advent 2017
I have synesthesia. I see colors when I listen to music. While listening to a choir singing "Silent Night", I saw the color pink.
I also "see" visions or images while sitting in church, which is why I draw during worship. And while listening to the Holy Gospel reading this first Sunday of Advent, I saw this vision.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

births and deaths

Our family has celebrated two new births in the past three months. Two adorable newborns to visit and snuggle has been taking up most of my attention.
My dear mother-in-law has been with us to see seven great-grandchildren enter the world to her pride and joy. Her bedside walls at the nursing home have been plastered with a wallpaper of baby photos.

This week she peacefully passed away with loved ones visiting, talking, and remembering by her  bedside. Right up until the last 24 hours she was able to chuckle at a joke, crack a new one to me, and whisper her thoughts to all of us. It was a good death.
I have had her with me for seven years now, taking her to doctor appointments, shopping, the library (she was a voracious reader), and most important to her, church services. She loved our church and many people there returned the love.
As the years have passed I have sketched her many times, here are a few of our memories.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

love a white lily

Flowers gathered from the garden in August. Janice Skivington
I love drawing white flowers, especially white lilies.
Flowers gathered in a couple of vases drawing finished and ready to paint. Janice Skivington

Saturday, August 5, 2017

babies are like flowers

This is hardly an original thought, but as I drew this newborn baby I could not help but marvel at the similarities. Certain characteristics that I love about drawing flowers are the pleasing curves that move the eye and the heart around and around. I have been drawing this baby a lot lately, here and here too.
I am fascinated with her shape, her roundness, her curves, soft and fragile yet resilient. I hold her in my arms while she sleeps and gaze with my drawing eyes.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

flowers and babies

Musings and thoughts from my sketchbook this week. We have a new baby around here, and another one is due any day soon. So Many Blessings.

Friday, July 28, 2017


"A baby is God's opinion that life should go on."
Carl Sandburg

Thursday, July 27, 2017

where to be

“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.” 
― Ernest HemingwayA Moveable Feast

I would like to retitle this "How to Be". 
I greatly admired the culture of family and enjoying outdoor time together that I saw while in the heartland of Mexico. The city of Queretaro was dotted with lovely plazas where families could sit together, play with the little ones, visit, or just "be" together.

time slows

Time spent following a toddler around the garden is time slowed way down. All the projects and plans for the morning come to a breathless halt. A couple of sticks found in the dirt, a rock picked up and clutched in a small sweaty hand, these are the largest concerns of the moment.