Thank you for the welcome Philip! Yes - I've had my head in this computer all day on a project... need to get my site up to date asap after that. coffee coffee coffee ha ha =) This is the first time in all these years that I have the open door to move out in this. I'm very excited about whatever it is that God is doing =) I'll post asap =)
I think it was providential that we joined at almost the same time. Not only did I greatly enjoy your work and website, when I saw you live in Wales I beamed from the inside out. My husband and I have been blessed to visit Wales 4 times. Our base has always been an old (ok what isn't?) working farmhouse in Bala run by Joan Best. Her husband passed away after our second visit. It has been far too long since we've been back, so I'm not even sure Joan is still running the B&B. She always directed us to the most interesting places and people. One visit we had the pleasure of meeting Kyffin Williams at his home on Angelsey Is. before he died. He gave me a wonderful print. We would always worship with the small evangelical church in town and had great fellowship in the afternoon with the pastor's family.
Two years ago and then again this past April we spent a week in Gardenstown, Scotland where I paint at an artist's retreat run by Brian Angus. It is a large studio for up to 8 with huge windows facing the North Sea. I am always overwhelmed by God's graciousness in allowing and providing for these nourishing times.
We have just made a huge change in our lives and two months ago moved to be missionaries with New Tribes Missions at their headquarters in Florida. For the past 27 years of our marriage we have lived in Northern Wisconsin and Minnesota, (think cold winters, changing seasons, rocky shorelines of Lake Superior). After two years of learning about NTM, sharing and raising our funds I find myself in the humid heat of Fl, a place I would never choose to live. Ah, don't we serve a great God who is able to work through us if we release our stubborn ways. This doesn't mean I even like FL, but I fully (or want to) trust the work He has for us here. Jerry, my husband is the creative director for the communications team here. He is very excited to be putting his design skills to use for such a fervent mission as NTM has of reaching tribal people who would otherwise never hear the gospel. The biggest goal is to have a mature church established by the teaching and translation of God's word in their heart language led by the natives themselves. This often takes 10 to 12 years.
We have three blessings: Lydia,18, Mahalia,14, and Henry, 9, who seem to be fairing the heat better than I and have transitioned well. They all create art that we delight in. They have always been homeschooled so we get to make and see lots of art.
As Iv'e been in the UK I have been opened to so many "new" artists: Kate Downie, Joan Eardley, Elizabeth Blackadder, Clifford & Rosemary Ellis, and so many others. I love to study other artists and use the internet mostly for ordering inner loan library requests or to buy a coveted book for my own art library!
It was said of Joan Eardley "..she would one day quicken a sheet of paper with meaningful linear vitality." I should one day take that as the highest compliment if it would be said of me.
A closing thought from AW Tozer: "We who live in this nervous age would be wise to meditate on our lives and our days long and often before the face of God and on the edge of eternity. For we are made for eternity as certainly as we are made for time, and as responsible moral beings we must deal with both."
Hello Philip! Thanks for the welcome and kind, on track comments - we newbies need to stick together. Drawing is my "first love" regarding art, therefore, I'm taking delight in the loose, fluid marks you've put on paper. Continue to press on!