The past year presented a great deal of trials for me in terms of health. And through these struggles my husband has cared for me with patience, kindness and devotion. Even in my worst and most inglorious moments he held true and constant.
While I was in the hospital last summer I did the small sketch pictured above. It was a celebration of marriage as an institution. Two really are better than one…
Instead of titling the final piece ‘Marriage’ I titled it, ‘The Romance’. I feel like romance, as a word, has been a little misused in our culture… It conjures up young new love, or an affair, or valentine’s day, or chocolate and roses… But the word romance deserves more meaning than that. I think real romance is being present, completely committed and devoted to another long term.
I photographed the process of painting this piece (pictured below) – I hope you enjoy!
Years ago during one of our homeschool sessions my daughter and I learned about forests and rain-forests. We loved the topic and spent a whole week focusing on it. However, my little girl was quite saddened to learn that the forests were disappearing and that the environment was suffering as a result. When it comes to environmental issues I always feel rather helpless, the only way I knew how to comfort my daughter was to suggest that we pray about it. Hannah agreed that praying for the environment was good but she suggested that we should also pray for our own bit of forest too. During our research we learned that some wealthier folks had actually bought portions of forest and rain-forest to personally protect themselves. I never dreamed that her little prayer would come true but in 2010 when we purchased our farm we acquired 15 acres of forest with it! Our forest is pretty small but we cherish it and we are super grateful for the opportunity to protect it.
Maybe if we cherished our world just a little more it would suffer a little less…?
The gallery attached here features photos I’ve taken in our little forest this past week and a few are from the past year. Enjoy!
So funny enough… I did the draw for next week’s photo challenge and it was actually submitted by me! Yes, I put one into the hat too – I couldn’t resist! 😉 So tune in next week for “The More the Merrier“.
This is a little scene from Hampshire, England. No, I’ve never been to Hampshire but my fellow Instagramer, Ian Asher – @ianasher lives there and I asked his permission to use this photo as inspiration for my painting. If you have a minute you really should check out his feed – it’s full of captivating landscapes and nature photography.
This painting was actually a bit of a departure for me as I rarely paint buildings and it turned out much less stylized than my usual work but I think I like it. I am happy with the contrast and light play. (FYI – paintings always look so much better in person than in photos.)
Thanks again to Ian Asher for lending me his photo! 🙂