ARIZONA

I have included above only 9 of 65 paintings featuring the colorful state of Arizona in my Arizona Dreaming Gallery. I invite you to visit my GALLERY. Take a digital walk around and see if you might find a view that speaks to your heart. Below are two of my favorites.

Today the sky is overcast and that is a wonderful September Surprise for us this morning. Will we have rain – even Weatherbug can’t answer that question until the first drops actually fall. God knows. He, after all, oversees weather:

For to the snow He says, ‘Fall on the earth,’ And to the downpour and the rain, ‘Be strong.’ Job 37:6

He caused the storm to be still, So that the waves of the sea were hushed. Psalm 107:29

So I pray peace over you this day – wherever you find yourself and in whatever climate. And, should your day allow you the opportunity, stop by and wander among the red rocks, quaking aspens, and spiny cactus of my GALLERY. You will be welcomed.

Seek joy today

My Most Recent Painting: “View of Iceland”

View of Iceland

I’ve never been to Iceland, but I felt this absolutely charming little village deserved some paintbrush time. I thought I’d share many of the options available with all of my paintings from the Gallery which links up with Fine Art America. If you click on the above link, you will have options to view any of these in person.

There are almost 300 paintings arranged in Collections and each painting is available as framed, canvas, metal, wood, acrylic, poster or tapestry prints; throw pillows, towels, blanket, duvet cover, or shower curtain; tote bag, pouch, yoga mat; cards, spiral notebook, coffee mugs, and MORE.

The paintings are arranged in Collections which include: CREATION, HOPE, ARIZONA DREAMING, CHERYL’S WATERCOLOR ART, CELEBRATING EUROPE, FURRY & FEATHERED FRIENDS, PEN & PAINTBRUSH, FLORAL FANTASIES, OCEAN BREEZES, and CHRISTMAS.

I plan to soon begin painting some of the wonderful views my husband and I saw in Breckenridge, Durango, Silverton, and Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Here is one of my husband’s incredible photographs which might show up as a painting in the future:

Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad!

Watercolor is a solitary endeavor. It captures memories and gives me something fulfilling with which to use my time. I do hope you will visit my website and do a little “time travel” among my watercolor creations. If you have a comment or question, please reach out to me.

In spite of the mayhem of the nightly news, our world is still an incredibly beautiful place. It is worth celebrating. We made so many wonderful friends and had such great conversations everywhere we went. We were both greatly encouraged by our visit to the Rocky Mountains.

Celebrating life and thanking the Lord for His amazing Creation.✨

Beauty for Ashes

When I saw this photo, I knew I would be taking my paintbrushes to it. I know some people love abstract and free-form art. But my passion is trying to recreate something real. Isn’t it funny how different we all are?! Art is VERY personal and emotional and there is no logic to it, right? But this image, this one spoke to my heart.

This painting so reminded me of the stories of our lives. All of us have closets filled with old, broken down relics from our past: moments battered, bruised, worn, and often hidden away. These snapshots make up the stories of our lives. Some painful memories have an impact on the face we show to the world. Some secrets from the dark closets of our pasts have been given power to cripple or to rule over us. It is a new day. It is a new week. The Lord IS Risen! I pray we would open those locked doors and bring those ancient pieces hidden away into the light. Painful memories of our past do not need to define us in our present.

What is a stumbling block to you? What is holding you back? What lies are you still believing? What truth have you not looked at in the light of God’s promises?

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have tribulation. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

“…Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” ‭‭Joshua‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Most all of us have wounds unhealed: secrets gathering dust weighing us down, forgiveness that needs to happen. How can this old chair beaten with the abuses of time, pressure, and abuse be a beautiful frame for an old battered and likely discarded bucket? Yet when it is filled with glorious blooms and vibrant color, these discarded antiques bring hope and joy. God can make beauty for ashes And I count on Him for that!

This Monday after Easter, I pray you will trust the One who overcame the powers of darkness and death itself. Among the battered, broken down discards of our lives, I pray we would find HOPE to start this week with fresh eyes and a new perspective. JOY! Praying for a spirit of hope and FAITH for new beginnings as we head into spring, 2021

If you would enjoy a visual reminder of hope, I invite you to my Gallery where you will find any of my paintings looking like this (and more).

Masks, Spiral Notebooks, Tote bags, Coffee cups, yoga mats, throw pillow, STICKERS, LOL

Rejoice, He is Risen!

Easter and New Beginnings

Easter is coming! Flowers are blooming, butterflies, birds and blossoms abound and, at least where I live, real life feels like it is returning to our communities. As winter has turned to spring, the darkness of the last many months seems to be brightening and hope seems to be on the horizon.

There is something uniquely special about Easter Sunday and it has nothing to do with dying eggs, baskets or chocolate bunnies. The most profound truth about Easter is the sequence of events leading up to the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. He came to us, loved on us, taught us, then died for us. This singular, incredible real-life event of history offers real HOPE to our world. And the price for this astonishing free GIFT is simply to believe and receive it, to trust and obey Him.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians‬ ‭2:8-9‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

I know many who have felt so wounded and lost this past year. So much was taken from all of us. I pray that if you have struggled at all, that you would look at Easter with fresh eyes. What can you turn from despair to hope, from lost to found, from dark to light? Reach your hand to Jesus who gave His life to buy us back into His family. Even if you don’t completely understand the cost of His gift, He will honor your faith and redeem that which has been lost.

This week we remember His suffering on our behalf as the days lead up to Easter Sunday. I recommend watching “The Resurrection” which is showing on Discovery and shares the impact this had not only on His disciples and mother Mary, but on the Romans, High Priest and other Jewish leaders. And in addition, I highly recommend the wonderful ongoing mini-series called, “The Chosen” which airs the first episode of season two on Easter Sunday 8pm ET. You can watch the entirely of season one free on YouTube or on The Chosen app.

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

Jesus loves you, this I know.