"Once we clearly acknowledge the soul, we can learn to hear it's cries. - Dallas Willard, Renovation Of The Heart."

It takes courage to pursue our dreams. It takes time and patience to unearth buried treasure. But I believe with all my heart that we must do both.



I have not picked up a paintbrush in weeks!!  

I have noticed when I am not painting much, my creativity comes out in other areas.

Like re-arranging furniture and the things that live in them. My husband said something to me that made me laugh because he really "saw" something. We were walking through the center room and ( it's really a large hallway that run through the bottom floor of our old house) I moved an object from one tabletop to another and he said, "Our home is one big canvas isn't it?"  He's right!!  Long before I began painting on canvas I
was "painting" in our home.  

I have started to go back to old photos and alter their color. I am liking this so much I think I will keep it up.  These photos are altered in the simple program on my computer.  Just mixing up the contrast and color does a lot. For those of you who journal don't forget to use your own photos in them. 

Hope you all have a lovely weekend.  The temperatures have dropped and the weather is gorgeous here. My daughter is home for fall break, and my sweet sister Bevie is arriving tomorrow.



Bev said...

love what your husband said about your home being a canvas, very insightful!!...and i giggled when you said your sweet sister bevie is coming to visit...my sis calls me bevie!
have a marvelous weekend...

Martha Lever said...

Hi Mary! I love what you did with the photographs! I will have to try that. I have such a hard time taking photographs for some reason but I need to try. I love what LK Ludwig does with hers and I want to try some of her techniques. I haven't don't much since I have been fighting the hives which are clear now for about two weeks! I hope you are feeling better now. I love what your husband said. And tell sweet Bevie hello. What a wonderful time you are going to have will all your loved ones around.

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

Oh have the best of times together with your daughter, family and sister! There is just something about the Fall time that brings in more warmness and welcoming close bond time with those we love. Enjoy!

Love the color you've put to your photos. Great idea to use our own photos in our journal especially when we can change them up a bit.

♥Lee Ann


...and i hope you too... i am glad to know all your blessings... and wow... those crafts are really awesome... you certainly danced with your brush... i like them very much... you are always inspiring.... more joys to you!!!;)



S. Etole said...

those are fun, colorful changes you have made ... have a great week-end

lori vliegen said...

your rainbow trees are fabulous!! i think it's great that you're having so much fun using your photos.......it's always nice to dive into something different!! enjoy your weekend with your sweet family!!! xox, :))))

Poetic Artist said...

I am so glad you are playing..Have a wonderful weekend with your family..The making of new sweet memories.

Denise said...

Very, very beautiful.

Buffy said...

That is so true what your husband said,love it. I havent painted in awhile either but I'm like you I have to be creating something,I'm sewing stuff. It must just be inside us to create all the time in some way or another. Love your photos,the colors are breathtaking. I hope you have a fun weekend with your daughter and sister.

Bevie said...

Wow the colors in those altered photos are awesome..it's so true you have been creating art all your life...yep!!! I can't wait to get there sis...I'm all packed (for 2 wks) tee hee...and I'm heading for the shower now so will see you after 2 today!!!love ya hon.

Nancy said...

Our minds really run along the same veins sometimes....same for me...not painted in forever but have been rearrranging furniture and putting out the fall flowers, etc.....getting the cozy fireplace feeling......

I love what you did with the pictures....an entire new world, uh?

Be safe and I'll see you soon....

Jennifer Richardson said...

I feel the same way about
my house...one big canvas!
And I'll bet your creativity
comes out in your mothering,
too. Enjoy your chickie!
Love what you're doing with your
photos. October skies
take my breath away!

Bren said...

Have a great time with your sister and on the retreat! Enjoy your play time together.

Erin Butson said...

Love these photos. Beautiful. one day. one day i will learn photo shop..,. have so much fun with your sister.
xoxo erin

Kim Mailhot said...

life is our canvas, Mary !And you make beautiful use of it ! Love the playing - especially the last one. Very cool.
Have a super Tuesday !

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

Hey Mar, I'm missing your sweet, beautiful face too! Thinking about you and cannot wait to hear how the retreat went.

♥Lee Ann

RichinArt said...

The photos are spectacular!!!

MOLLYE said...

Hey sugar, Thanks for reminding us about the photos. I have boxes of them and never look at them since digital cameras have taken the place of photo developing. What a great idea. I know you gals will have a blast. I asked Bevie to take me with her!!!!!!!!!! Love ya both, Mollye

Dena E's Blog said...

Hey Sweetie,,,How fun and exciting for you Sis!!! Tell Bevie "HI" from me OK !!!
Miss YOU btw :0)
As you trust in Him~~~
May the light of our Savior Jesus Christ continue to shine through you Sweetie!!!
Hugs Dena

Erin Butson said...

Thanks for your constant encouragement, Mary. Hope you are having fun with your sister, taking a little blogging break, and in good health. my mom struggles with vertigo, and I know it's not fun, so I hope you are feeling well. xoxo

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Teri Leigh said...

The pictures are stunning. Takes my breath away. YUMMY!

CountryDreaming said...

My goodness, your artist-tree is cool! Love your style ... awesome contrast and composition!