PRAYERS✨ and PAINTBRUSHES🎨

The name for my “businesstry” came to me when it occurred to me that I should give my business/ministry a name. I breathed a prayer and it came to me like a whisper from God! I nodded my head and said, Thank You, Lord. I like it! And thus Prayers and Paintbrushes was born in 2015.

Surprisingly I did a lot of commission paintings in the first 3 years I was painting but lately I’ve done more small paintings as cards to bless people I care about. I decided to use my “Desert at Dusk” painting as a featured image for my blog. It reminds me of the incredible beauty of an Arizona sunset. I thought I would change things up a bit and see how it will look. Along with this desert theme, I share a couple of my other Arizona favorites below. There are MANY more in my Arizona Dreaming Collection:

The “Prayers” part of my businesstry name originally made me smile, as I’d begin a painting saying, “Oh Lord, please don’t let me screw this up!” And amazingly, I felt He has honored my requests. I learned a long time ago to trust God in everything. He is faithful in the simple things and in the hard places. Prayer to me is spending time, having a conversation, unburdening my soul, and just giving to God what I can’t handle. Sometimes I just sit with my hands open and palms up and ask the Holy Spirit to come join me. I trust the Spirit to make sense of the jumble that is my mind and bring glory to God as I worship Him.

Prayers and Paintbrushes has brought me on a journey I never could have dreamed! It is apparent to me that this was the Lord’s plan for this season of my life. And it is a heartfelt prayer that sharing my heart is as important as sharing my art. I want my life to count for eternity hopefully impacting someone else’s heart for Jesus. Faith is a GIFT and I am grateful beyond words that I know and trust Jesus as my Savior. And I pray that for you as well.

…For the wages of sin is death. But the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23

Praying you find HOPE and TRUST in God’s free GIFT to you of HIMSELF. What costs you nothing cost Him everything ~ and reaps you the blessings of eternity.

Praying you find PEACE in the midst of the chaos of our world by sitting at His feet and seeking His presence.

Praying you find JESUS. Just ask Him to reveal Himself to you! Ask Him to forgive you, to give you a new life, and to go before you.

And He WILL.

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. The words of Jesus recorded in Matthew 7:7.

Cheryl

FURRY and FEATHERED FRIENDS

It’s hard for even me to believe all the animals I have painted to bless those who love their furry and feathered friends! Some of these animals are WILD and some are just fun. Most of these paintings you see have been cropped to fit this space. If you click on them you can see them as they were painted or please click on the links below

Some of these critters aren’t exactly PETS, and you may not want to go anywhere near a few of them to pet them… If you have a photo of a special friend you might want to have painted, please reach out to me! Message me here or email me at prayerandpaintbrushes@gmail.com Please Visit www.prayersandpaintbrushes.com GALLERY and view FURRY and FEATHERED FRIENDS.

NO VOTING REQUIRED! But if you specially like any of the above, I hope you’ll reply in the comments or on my website – JOY! Encouraging words are balm to the soul (and to the paintbrush~)

The very last painting has a charming story! I was contacted by a woman who wanted to celebrate her 20th wedding anniversary. She and her husband are evidently very different personalities, and many years ago she had found a card with a skunk and a porcupine battling to stay afloat on a log in a raging torrent. She beat herself up for many years for not saving the card. She found me, and asked if I could try to reproduce it. And here it is.

Sharing the Journey

I hope this makes you SMILE today!! Please comment or 😍

READY, SET, VOTE!!! (No, not THAT!)

I have been entered in an art contest with Fine Art America!

Life is short, do something crazy, enter a painting contest?!? Well, why not! I hope you will take a minute and vote for your favorite of the three paintings chosen! Here is a link to the contest. Please CLICK ->

The above is Cactus Flower
The above for Puppy Lovebug

The above is Off the Road to Hana

and these are the paintings that were entered. Please vote above and, of course, you can vote for someone else if you choose. In fact, you can vote 100 times, I believe. But only once for any of my paintings.

Let me know what you think. Was it hard, easy, fun, surprising, WAY too much trouble, or “why not bless someone today!”

Thank you for your time!

So What is a Businesstry Anyway?

When I started painting watercolors in 2015, I had no idea what I was to do with this painting gig I had begun. The more paintings I had the opportunity to paint for others, 🎨 the more I realized this was as much a ministry as it was a business. That is when I found the word “businesstry” beginning to define my passion. Painting is a means whereby I can hopefully create something unique that will bring joy. I paint because it also brings me joy and enables me to hopefully bless people in my own way.

The article below was printed in our local paper in 2019. It was a great privilege for me to be interviewed and to tell my story.

I have painted over 300 watercolors. I have painted portraits, animals, places I’ve seen and places you’ve been.

If you just like to window shop, all my 300+ paintings are available in the following formats: as prints (canvas, paper, framed, matted or not, wood, metal) throw pillows, towels, T-shirts, coffee cups, masks, shower curtains, phone covers, tote bags, cards, spiral notebooks, Yoga mats – I’m probably forgetting something.

I want to celebrate life. Truly many of us are struggling with the sharp turns our lives have made in the last year or so. But I believe we should choose to make our lives count for something. I feel I have been incredibly blessed and I am grateful I know and trust Jesus with my present, my future – my eternity! I want my life to reflect the truth of God’s handiwork in our world and tell of His incredible sacrifice on our behalf. I believe Him! I KNOW Him. I love Him. I pray that my paintings would bless someone. I pray that my words would encourage someone to pray and ask for faith to believe and to walk the rest of their lives with Him by their side. He is FAITHFUL.

I never would have imagined I would paint, or would blog, or would have articles written about me (in 3 places!) There has been a lot of painful loss in my life, but the Lord never abandoned me. He led me through and He guides my steps. So this is my description of my “Businesstry,” that I might prayerfully paint and thoughfully compose – that I might shine light on your path today – whichever road you are on – and bless you.

I would be privileged to paint something that would be special for you: a person, a pet, a place or a magical moment in your life. I invite you to message me.

Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4