Tuesday, 28 April 2009

It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time



I think my middle son must have been about 4 years old, as he was still going to nursery school. I can remember looking at him for several days, and thinking to myself, that something looked mighty different, but I just couldn't put my finger on it . . . He was my fuzzy bear with Shirley Temple curls scattered all over his head. The kind of hair most girls would kill for. It wasn't until I went to wash his hair in the bath that I realized that he had cut off all his curls across the front of his head right down to the scalp . . . Thank goodness hair grows back. I think this is something most kids do at one time or another, if not to each other, then certainly to their dolls . . . (I had a very bald Barbie doll at one time . . . )



This latest piece is available as an A4 size print or as a greeting card. The original piece is done in a mixture of water colours, prisma markers, prisma coloured pencils, and inks. This would make a lovely gift for a special friend, child, grandchild, or other loved one.






All artwork is printed on A4 sized Somerset enhanced Archival 100% cotton paper. Cards are 6 inches by 4 inches and mounted on linen textured card, left blank inside, waiting for your own personal message to be inscribed. Printed in Archival pigment inks. Feel free to contact me on mariealicejoan at aol dot com to find out more.



It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time . . . (well, it did!)

Saturday, 25 April 2009

All Shapes And Sizes




Some friends are diamonds
Some friends are gold
In all shapes and sizes
Both young and the old
All are a treasure
A precious gift to hold
Yes, some friends are diamonds
and some friends are gold.

~Marie Rayner 2009

(corny I know, but what the heck!)




This latest piece is available as an A4 size print or as a greeting card. The original piece is done in a mixture of water colours, prisma markers, prisma coloured pencils, and inks. This would make a lovely gift for a special friend, child, grandchild, or other loved one.



All artwork is printed on A4 sized Somerset enhanced Archival 100% cotton paper. Cards are 6 inches by 4 inches and mounted on linen textured card, left blank inside, waiting for your own personal message to be inscribed. Printed in Archival pigment inks. Feel free to contact me on mariealicejoan at aol dot com to find out more.



All Shapes And Sizes

Friday, 24 April 2009

Make A Joyful Noise


Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
Serve the Lord with gladness;
come before his presence with singing.
Know ye that the Lord he is God;
it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,
and into his courts with praise;
be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting;
and his truth endureth to all generations.

psalm 100



This latest piece is available as an A4 size print or as a greeting card. The original piece is done in a mixture of water colours, prisma markers, prisma coloured pencils, and inks. This would make a lovely gift for a special friend, child, grandchild, or other loved one.



All artwork is printed on A4 sized Somerset enhanced Archival 100% cotton paper. Cards are 6 inches by 4 inches and mounted on linen textured card, left blank inside, waiting for your own personal message to be inscribed. Printed in Archival pigment inks. Feel free to contact me on mariealicejoan at aol dot com to find out more.


Make A Joyful Noise

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Come What May And Love It




"When I was young I loved playing sports, and I have many fond memories of those days. But not all of them are pleasant. I remember one day after my football team lost a tough game, I came home feeling discouraged. My mother was there. She listened to my sad story. She taught her children to trust in themselves and each other, not blame others for their misfortunes, and give their best effort in everything they attempted.

When we fell down, she expected us to pick ourselves up and get going again. So the advice my mother gave to me then wasn’t altogether unexpected. It has stayed with me all my life.

“Joseph,” she said, “come what may, and love it.”

I have often reflected on that counsel."

~ Elder Joseph B Wirthlin





One of my most favourite talks in recent years was this one by Elder Wirthlin, the very last one he gave to us before he passed. It was a timely reminder that many of us, indeed all of us will come up against adversity in this lifetime of ours. We need to trust in ourselves and each other and not blame others for any potholes we may come across as we journey through the paths we must take in life.

This latest piece is available as an A4 size print or as a greeting card. The original piece is done in a mixture of water colours, prisma markers, prisma coloured pencils, and inks. This would make a lovely gift for a special friend, child, grandchild, or other loved one.



All artwork is printed on A4 sized Somerset enhanced Archival 100% cotton paper. Cards are 6 inches by 4 inches and mounted on linen textured card, left blank inside, waiting for your own personal message to be inscribed. Printed in Archival pigment inks. Feel free to contact me on mariealicejoan at aol dot com to find out more.



Come what may and love it . . .

Sunday, 19 April 2009

Star Light Star Bright




Star light, star bright,
First star I see tonight,
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have the wish I wish tonight.

~An Old Nursery Rhyme

I can remember as a young girl looking up at the darkening evening sky and spying the first star of the evening. I would always recite this verse and then make a wish! Did my wishes come true? Now, that would be telling! (And as we all know, wishes that are told never come true!)



This latest piece is available as an A4 size print or as a greeting card. The original piece is done in a mixture of water colours, prisma markers, prisma coloured pencils, and inks with painted scrap paper accents. This would make a lovely gift for a special friend, child, grandchild, or other loved one.



All artwork is printed on A4 sized Somerset enhanced Archival 100% cotton paper. Cards are 6 inches by 4 inches and mounted on linen textured card, left blank inside, waiting for your own personal message to be inscribed. Printed in Archival pigment inks. Feel free to contact me on mariealicejoan at aol dot com to find out more.



Star Light Star Bright . . .

Saturday, 18 April 2009

God Loveth A Cheerful Giver



Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
~2 Corinthians 9:7

This has long been one of my favourite scripture verses. I like to think that the cheerful heart has a continual feast and there is nothing that give me more joy than giving something of myself to others.

This latest piece is available as an A4 size print or as a greeting card. The original piece is done in a mixture of water colours, prisma markers, prisma coloured pencils, and inks. This would make a lovely gift for a special friend, child, grandchild, or other loved one.



All artwork is printed on A4 sized Somerset enhanced Archival 100% cotton paper. Cards are 6 inches by 4 inches and mounted on linen textured card, left blank inside, waiting for your own personal message to be inscribed. Printed in Archival pigment inks. Feel free to contact me on mariealicejoan at aol dot com to find out more.



God Loveth A Cheerful Giver . . .

*Note the true colours are a lot brighter than what they look like here for some reason!

Thursday, 16 April 2009

The Healer


Help me as I care
For my patients today,
Be there with me
Oh Lord, I pray.
Make my words kind
It means so much
And in my hands place
Your healing touch.
Let your love shine
Through all that I do,
So those in need
May hear and feel You.





This latest piece is available as an A4 size print or as a greeting card. The original piece is done in a mixture of water colours, prisma markers, prisma coloured pencils, and inks. This would make a lovely gift for a special friend, child, grandchild, or other loved one.




All artwork is printed on A4 sized Somerset enhanced Archival 100% cotton paper. Cards are 6 inches by 4 inches and mounted on linen textured card, left blank inside, waiting for your own personal message to be inscribed. Printed in Archival pigment inks. Feel free to contact me on mariealicejoan at aol dot com to find out more.



The Healer

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

The Good Things in Life Are Better When Shared



The Tea Party

I had a little tea party

This afternoon at three.
'Twas very small-
Three guest in all-
Just I, myself and me.
Myself ate all the sandwiches,

While I drank up the tea;
'Twas also I who ate the pie
And passed the cake to me.

~Jessica Nelson North



It's long been my philosophy that you can't really begin to live your life until you learn to give it away or share it with others. I think a tea party for three is just the perfect way to share your day.




This latest piece is available as an A4 size print or as a greeting card. The original piece is done in a mixture of water colours, prisma markers, prisma coloured pencils, and inks. This would make a lovely gift for a special friend, child, grandchild, or other loved one.





All artwork is printed on A4 sized Somerset enhanced Archival 100% cotton paper. Cards are 6 inches by 4 inches and mounted on linen textured card, left blank inside, waiting for your own personal message to be inscribed. Printed in Archival pigment inks. Feel free to contact me on mariealicejoan at aol dot com to find out more.




The Good Things in Life Are Better When Shared

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Always Walk In The Light



Teach me to walk in the light of His love,
Teach me to pray to my Father above,
Teach me to know of the things that are right,
Teach me, teach me, to walk in the light.

Come little child and together we'll learn
of His commandments that we may return
home to his presence, to live in His sight,
Always, always to walk in the light.

Father in heaven we thank thee this day
for loving guidance to show us the way
Grateful we praise thee with songs of delight
Always, always we'll walk in the light.
~Children's songbook #177, LDS






I just love the hymns of the church. Whenever I am singing them I feel really close to my Heavenly Father and to my Saviour. I really love the children's hymns as well. After spending umpteen years in Primary as a leader and teacher they have come to really mean a lot to me. This is one of my favourites.




This latest piece is available as an A4 size print or as a greeting card. The original piece is done in a mixture of water colours, prisma markers, prisma coloured pencils, and inks. This would make a lovely gift for a special friend, child, grandchild, or other loved one.

All artwork is printed on A4 sized Somerset enhanced Archival 100% cotton paper. Cards are 6 inches by 4 inches and mounted on linen textured card, left blank inside, waiting for your own personal message to be inscribed. Printed in Archival pigment inks. Feel free to contact me on mariealicejoan at aol dot com to find out more.




Always walk in the light . . .

Thursday, 9 April 2009

Gracie Gets Her Wings



One of the most heartbreaking things in this lifetime is having to say goodbye to one of our children. As parents, we just are not conditioned to think that our children will leave this plane of existance before us. My own Todd lost his eldest son, Peter, when Peter was but 18 months old. Todd was not a member of the church at the time, and nobody had any answers for his broken and aching heart. A heart that wanted to know why . . . that begged to know where his son was . . . that wanted some assurance that he had not lost his son forever. It was many years before those questions that had burnt themselves into his heart were answered, and Todd was able to find the peace that he so needed to feel about this devastating loss . . .

As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Todd and I have both come to know that there is a special place in Heaven for a child that passes on before the age of accountability, and still in their innocence. There is great comfort in knowing that these special spirits go right back into the presence of our Heavenly Father, and that one day, as parents, we will have the opportunity to bring them up. There is hope . . .




My heart was recently touched by the spirit of a very special little girl. Her name was Gracie Gledhill. She was born on March 20, 2008 with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS). What followed were months of hospital treatments, surgeries and a roller coaster ride of emotions, and heartaching moments for her parents and family. Sadly Gracie lost her fight on March 2, 2009. Although her little heart was not able to survive a lifetime here on earth, it managed to touch a world of hearts the world over, and she will never be forgotten. Not by her family, and not by countless others that were touched by her courage, and beautiful spirit, and by inspiration she gave to us all for the short time she was here . . . and by the courage and strong example of her family . . .


The example of Gracie continues to tug on my heartstrings. It's as if she is trying to tell me something . . . in my mind I see a beautiful little girl, free from the burden of pain and tears, safe in her Heavenly Father's arms, watching and waiting and loving still the family that waits below, resting in the promise that Families ARE Forever and they can be together again. There is joy. There is peace. There is comfort. There is love. Gracie has her wings . . . and she is soaring beyond the chains and heartache of this veil of tears. I have felt their soft whisper on my praying brow. Can't you feel them brush against you too?




Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am in a thousand winds that blow,
I am the softly falling snow.
I am the gentle showers of rain,
I am the fields of ripening grain.
I am in the morning hush,
I am in the graceful rush
Of beautiful birds in circling flight,
I am the starshine of the night.
I am in the flowers that bloom,
I am in a quiet room.
I am in the birds that sing,
I am in each lovely thing.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there. I do not die.


~Mary Elizabeth Frye, 1905-2004

Gracie has her wings . . .

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Bring it On



I love this moxy little girl. She seems to be saying, "Anything you can do, I can do better!" And truth is, she probably can. She has a very determined look in her eye!



I believe she just may be a bit of a Tom Boy at heart. This latest piece is available as an A4 size print or as a greeting card. The original piece is done in a mixture of water colours, prisma markers, prisma coloured pencils, inks, and a painted scrap football accent. This would make a lovely gift for a special friend, child, grandchild, or other loved one.



All artwork is printed on A4 sized Somerset enhanced Archival 100% cotton paper. Cards are 6 inches by 4 inches and mounted on linen textured card, left blank inside, waiting for your own personal message to be inscribed. Printed in Archival pigment inks. Feel free to contact me on mariealicejoan at aol dot com to find out more.




Come on boys . . . Bring it on!!

Sunday, 5 April 2009

I Feel My Savior's Love



I feel my Savior's love
In all the world around me
His Spirit warms my soul
Through everything I see.

I feel my Savior's love
It's gentleness enfolds me
And when I kneel to pray
My heart is filled with peace

He knows I will follow Him
Give all my life to Him
I feel my Savior's Love
The love He freely gives me

~LDS Children's Song Book, pg 74-75

(If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. John 15:10)




One thing that I have been certain of since I was a very small child was the Savior's deep abiding love for me. That is something that has never changed. I pray it never will.





This latest piece is available as an A4 size print or as a greeting card. The original piece is done in a mixture of water colours, prisma markers, prisma coloured pencils, inks, painted scrap star accents, and painted letters. This would make a lovely gift for a special friend, child, grandchild, or other loved one.


All artwork is printed on A4 sized Somerset enhanced Archival 100% cotton paper. Cards are 6 inches by 4 inches and mounted on linen textured card, left blank inside, waiting for your own personal message to be inscribed. Printed in Archival pigment inks. Feel free to contact me on mariealicejoan at aol dot com to find out more.




I feel my Savior's love . . . do you? I hope and pray that you do.

Saturday, 4 April 2009

Happy Easter



Easter Everywhere

Rabbits soft and cuddly

Baby chickens, too.
Easter eggs for baskets
White and pink and blue.
Easter cards of greeting,
Music in the air,
Lilies just to tell us
It's Easter everywhere.



I'm all too aware of the deeper meaning of Easter, and it is a most joyous time of year for me. A time of promise and a time of blessing. The climax of the greatest love story ever told. The story of a Heavenly Father who loves His spirit children so very much and wants nothing more than for them to return to Him . . . and in His most beloved eldest son, His only son in the flesh, who sacrificed His all in order to show us the way and means we need in order to find our way back to our Heavaenly Father. It is a beautiful story.




I know this is a little late to be used this year, but, as always this latest piece is available as an A4 size print, or as a greeting card. The original piece is done in a mixture of water colours, prisma markers, prisma coloured pencils, and inks. This would make a lovely gift for a special friend or loved one.




All artwork is printed on A4 sized Somerset enhanced Archival 100% cotton paper. Cards are 6 inches by 4 inches and mounted on linen textured card, left blank inside, waiting for your own personal message to be inscribed. Printed in Archival pigment inks.Feel free to contact me on mariealicejoan at aol dot com to find out more.





Happy Easter!!