December 16, 2018

Sunday Devotional With Mr.E: Not what I expected...

Artists often have a picture in their mind of what they want to create before they even pick up a paint brush (or whatever media they use). Many will sketch out or create mock-ups of what they wish to make before beginning the final piece.  I've seen so many be able to reproduce their ideas perfectly.  I, however, seem to be unable to actualize my initial vision.  It always morphs & changes.  This isn't necessarily a bad thing.... my final work is just not what I expected.  Maybe my initial vision/sketches aren't strong enough?  Maybe my ideas change because I realize I don't have the skill to carry out my first thought?  Maybe I realize I don't have the right colors, brushes, or supplies after I begin working? Or is it possible...that ideas are meant to change and grow as we live with them and apply them?   Sometimes things not being exactly how you expected is a good thing.  

As Jesus walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew.  They were casting their net into the lake, for they were fishermen. "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will send you out to fish for people."  At once they left their nets and followed him.  Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John.  They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets.  Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.  Matthew 4:18-22

I can't imagine that Peter, Andrew, James, and John went to fish that day expecting to switch careers. Fishing was in their blood. It's what they knew how to do. It was very much apart of who they were. However, meeting Jesus change people. It changes minds, attitudes, interests, perspectives, relationships, and sometimes careers. No...they probably did not expect such a change to happen. They probably had a vision for what the rest of their days would look like.  Thank goodness they had open hearts to what God wanted for their lives.   If we are too possessive of these things...we can miss out on God's best for our life.  Even when things seem to be "for" God...we have to make sure that we approach it open handedly.  We have to be able to accept things that are "not what we expected" ...because in the unknown we can see the most growth happen.  It is where belief, trust, faith, and action meet.

Do you need things to be as expected?
Can you use a bit of faith stretching change?

I'd love to hear how God has/is shaking things up..and the results of it!

December 15, 2018

12 yrs ago....

12 years ago I was preparing for one of the most important days of my life..... wedding!  

Decorating the church...making sure all the details were taken care of...greeting the wedding party (as my side was coming from all over)...rehearsal.....rehearsal dinner.....trying to sleep.......there is just so much that goes into the BIG DAY!!  

But what was most important....who my BIG DAY was with! 

I feel very blessed to walk this road with my beautiful wife...with ups & downs...twists & turns...joys and sorrows.  She is THE ONE...each & every day! She encourages me, challenges me.....loves me!! 
If it wasn't for might not even know who I am!! She was the one that encouraged me to get my masters....and that is where I was challenged to start this blog. I know God's hand was in it...and is still in it!!  I do not consider myself "lucky"....I consider myself blessed.  

12 yrs ago I was busy with details of getting ready for a wedding.....
not knowing the amazing journey that was in front of me! 

December 13, 2018

More Abstract Expressionism: 3rd & 4th Grade

Three weeks ago I posted about the abstract expressionism pictures my 3rd graders were creating.  My 4th graders loved the examples on the board so much...they asked if they could do the project as well.  Since I wanted to give them a chance using our new tempera cakes....I agreed.  I LOVE WHAT THEY ARE CREATING!!  We looked at many examples of abstract expressionism....from many different artists.  I feel the variety is wonderful!  I left the images larger so you can see them better. I hope you enjoy them!!

December 12, 2018

Pinch Pots: 1st Grade

My 1st graders created pinch pots with texture on the exterior.  I do not glace, and each year I do different things in regards to painting.  I've used watercolor, tempera, acrylic, crayon with a black ink dip......a little bit of everything.  This year I used Pearl It! by Crayola.  I've had it for awhile, but never tired it on anything.  I LOVE IT!!  I allowed the students to select a liquid watercolor to tint the Pearl It!  They look wonderful.  Just a little color...and a little shine.  It doesn't distract from the clay work the students did.  

December 10, 2018


So earlier in the year, Peter H Reynolds (Author of The Dot, Ish...etc) released two signed copies at every Target store in the United States. If you found were suppose to post a picture to social media. In return...Peter H Reynolds would make you a personal dot! HOW FUN IS THAT!!


December 09, 2018

Sunday Devotional With Mr. E: Someone Else's Treasure

I love to explore places that carry nontraditional art supplies.  Corks, broken jewelry, fabric scraps, baby doll parts...things that might look like trash to most, really sparks my imagination.  I believe artists often see potential in things others do not.  This might be why some get the reputation of being hoarders.  Even if they don't have an immediate use for something, there may be a time in the future that item is needed.  The potential is just too great to allow it to "get away".  Artists will develop collections of different items that might have been tossed in the trash that will one day make their way into a work of art.  As the saying person's trash is someone else's treasure!

The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.  Psalm 118:22
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18

Zacchaeus, Mary Magdalene, the woman at the well....these were people that had been written off by society as trash, unredeemable, and rejects.  However, an encounter with the Lord changed the trajectory of their lives.  They felt accepted, forgiven, and worth something. It is amazing the change that can occur when someone feels loved. We serve a God that has experienced rejection.  We serve a God who cares deeply for those who feel the pains of rejection.  He came to love them.  Not because he felt sorry for them, but because he treasures them. He sees the potential in their lives that others do not. Haven't we all experienced rejection of some sort?  Some of us much more than others.  Haven't we also experienced the love and acceptance of God?

If our Lord sees the potential in those who society rejects....
why don't we?  If we say we do....can our attitudes & actions back that up? 

December 07, 2018

More Collagraph Prints: 2nd Grade

A couple weeks ago I shared my 2nd grade Collagraph Prints with you.  I was only able to print with  about half the class each time.  This week I was able to finish up printing with the rest of the students.  I just had to share more with you....they are so fun! 



December 06, 2018

Kindergarten is Playing in the Snow!

I wanted to revisit self portraits with kindergarten.  
I break down full body self portraits using shapes in a demo first.  Then I let the children go back and draw their body.   I then do another demo showing them how to add in details(eyes, nose, mouth, hats..etc).   I don't do step by step...."guided drawing" because  I feel that they become to robotic looking & lack the child's personality.
I love my kindergarten students...they are AMAZING!!!!!!!