What lights the fire in my soul?  What compels me to produce art, research, write, blog?  How do I know what I’m doing matters?  If life is reduced to a one-day-at-a-time occasion, because there’s so much to do between babies, home, work…where is… read more.

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This post finds me at the conclusion of my reflections on the Covenant Series.  If you’d like to start at the beginning and see where it all started click here and read previous musings on this creative endeavor. Each painting in this series was inspired by a different covenant from… read more.

If you’re at all familiar with the story of David from the bible you’ll know what I mean when I say, “Where do I start??” Painting number five in the Covenant Series is inspired by the covenant God mad with David.  His story seems epic in many ways.  His humble beginnings, his… read more.

I really love community.  I like having different groups of friends and bringing people together for a common purpose.  The newest painting in The Covenant Series reminds me of this.  The sea of faces represents the Nation of Israel at the base of Mount Sinai as Moses climbed to the… read more.

My newest painting in the Covenant series marks the halfway point through the series, and an obvious change in the style of painting.  In this piece you will see a transition from previous landscapes (Return to Eden and Color After Darkness) to portraiture.  “Immaculate Imperfection”… read more.

My feelings about the newest painting in my Covenant Series, “Color After Darkness” are very different from my feelings about the first painting “Return to Eden”.  Will Rambo spoke last Sunday about God’s covenant with Noah.  As he spoke I listened and created… read more.

I find it difficult to post unfinished artworks on this blog, but I think there is great value in sharing the ins and outs of my creative process so I’m going to do it anyway.   The creative process always has its ups and downs, its challenges and victories.  If there’s… read more.

I’ve been reading Pregnancy, Birth and the Newborn by by Penny Simkin, April Bolding, Ann Keppler and Janelle Durham.  If my memory serves me correctly, somewhere in the book they suggest that women often have a surge of creativity when pregnant.  I wonder if that occurrence happens… read more.

As I wrote in my journal one morning, it hit me like a ton of bricks… I must illustrate our first Hood Family Christmas card.  I thought it would be humorous to cartoonize our little family.  My husband Jeff is full of character.  I was able to pen a likeness of him almost immediately. … read more.