The Great Wave Off Kanagawa

I don’t remember exactly what first drew me to this painting. Could have been the bright blues, the motion, or the mountain.

I had already painted a couple of lockets with beaches or ocean views, so I wanted to try this wave at this angle, and I really love how it turned out.

I couldn’t quite fit in the three boats, but I knew I needed Fuji. Someday, somehow, I’m walking up Fuji and it will be awesome.

The Great Wave Off Kanagawa

Be Still My Soul

Be Still My Soul

Art Inspiration

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The first time I heard the hymn “Be Still My Soul,” I literally cried and texted my two oldest friends to tell them I wanted it played at my funeral. I’m not even kidding. It’s beautiful, insightful, and true.

The version I heard was by Page CXII and you can listen here, although there are several more versions online that are super good.

At our home, to do hymn study, we follow Ambleside Online’s monthly plan. I make a Spotify playlist with a few versions of the hymn of the month plus a couple of other songs that match thematically or musically. We listen throughout the month and learn the lyrics if we can. After you’ve heard the same song everyday for 30 days, you’ve pretty well got it.

Over the course of the year, we are familiar with 12 new hymns. If they are a good fit for our Sunday School class, we learn them there, too. Honestly, pouring deep, meaningful hymns into your life is nearly as good as learning a catechism. When the children I work with come back and tell me a hymn was stuck in their head all week, I know they hymn is doing it’s work.

In my own home, if I can tell my kids are really loving a certain song – maybe they request it or just really belt it out in the mornings- I will add it to our family hymn playlist. We listen to it in the car, usually if we are going somewhere in the mornings and need some peace. A slow, sweet hymn played at just the right moment can calm many nerves.

Then once per year, we go over the whole list as a family and see if anything needs to come off…except for Page CXVI’s Be Still My Soul. That one stays! Mom says.

The Wild Rumpus

The Etsy shop has been up for about two months. I have learned a great many things.

1. Use Pirate Ship for international shipping.

2. Lots of people like Where the Wild Things Are.

3. Butane torches really do take care of resin bubbles, but not 100%.

4. Sometimes it’s faster to drive a package across country rather than ship it. (But, for the record, the lady at our post office is super nice.)

Holden Caulfield thinks you’re a phony.

I’ve also found more efficient methods for making pendants. Check in often because lots of designs (that I can’t recreate) are selling out and I’m adding new ones all the time. Lots of Hymn inspiration coming this week, so watch for that.

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