November 30, 2019

Sunday Devotional With Mr.E: Just Keep Going

New ideas bring a flood of energy.  When you are excited for a new project it feels like nothing can stop you from seeing it to fruition.  Unfortunately, this is not usually the case.  Life happens.  It could be any number of things that keep you from continuing on your initial burst of passion for a project. Friends, phone calls, the need for food, the need for sleep, and so many other of life's situations. It is amazing how easily we can be distracted from something we originally thought we'd not stop until we finished.  So what do we do when we lose our initial motivation?  JUST KEEP GOING!  Sometimes the act of pushing through brings with it a new appreciation and perspective.  
This can only add to the heart/meaning of a work of art.

It seems crazy that anyone could become tired of doing good?!?  Isn't doing good motivation in itself?  Life happens.  We see it in the church & we see it in daily life.  People feel underappreciated, dumped on, taken advantaged of, exhausted, and so many other of life's situations.  Such situations are enough to make anyone weary.  However, giving up is not the answer.  JUST KEEP GOING!  Now there may be a need for boundaries, rest, and refocusing....but we must press forward in what God has called us to as we press into him for our strength & peace.  If we keep our eyes on God & our ears attuned to his heartbeat...we will be able to keep going no matter what comes our way.

November 29, 2019

5 Below Finds

 I have young children(5, 8, and 10), so 5 Below is an amazing store for my family because of the great prices on many things. They have an art/craft section. Sometimes there are great things at great prices. Sometimes there are ok things at ok prices. Sometimes there are "ify" things at "ify" prices. I always take time to look through because you never know when you are going to find a hidden gem. 
I purchased these "artist pens" some time ago.(They still carry them as of Thanksgiving night.) If you have followed my #turkeyaday19 ...that is what I've been using to create my turkies. I've really enjoyed them. I've found craft store brands that perform similarly for $11-$15. These are only $3!! I feel like I've gotten my money's worth. I will say that they are water soluble, but work wonderfully other than that. I had no problems with smudging or smearing as I worked.  
I found these Thanksgiving night(our 5 Below is next to Michael's..the only stores I go to during the shopping craziness!!). I thought they looked interesting, and for $5 was worth the "risk". I liked the water brush that came with it. I didn't noticing any leaking...which some brushes like that I've had in the past did.  Though I do feel this creates the look they say it will....I wonder how long the markers will last. At times they seemed "dry", but once i applied the water performed as it should. I liked trying it, but not sure it is a must buy. I think if you found good water brushes, you could do the same with any water based marker.

November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving

May you all find something to be thankful for no matter what life might be throwing your way! Finding that "thing" will allow you to make it through the hard times. I'm thankful for all of you who find your way here to Art With Mr. E!

November 23, 2019

Sunday Devotional With Mr.E: Be You!

My degree program required that I had an area of concentration within art.  I chose watercolor, and had five semesters of that medium.  During those five semesters I had four different professors.  Though there is something to be said about having the opportunity to learn from a variety of experts, it also brings with it a variety of strong opinions.  Watercolor can be a "snobby" medium.  There are those who believe only certain subjects and themes are appropriate. Two of my professors were of this opinion.  Those were extremely long semesters.  I was confronted every week with negative comments concerning my work.  I could accept the critiques if it was concerning my technique,but it was always concerning the subject of my work. One of the professors spent the entire semester trying to convince me my work would be better suited for acrylic or oil.   He actually told me that I needed to switch my medium or switch my subject matter.  Though I reflected on what the professors had to say to me, I did not allow it to sway my vision/direction for my work. 

We are bombarded through relationships, media, social media, and other sources on how we should look, think, believe, and act.  Even within the church there are times where there seems to be "peer pressure".  However, we are to follow God's will for our lives....not the whims and ways of others.  How do we know what God's will is?  This is a question so many wrestle with!  In Romans 12:2 we see that we should seek after God & allow him to transform us. This is how we know his will.  When we know him and who we are in him, we are able to to withstand the pressure of what others would have us be, and stand strong in who God has called us to be. God made you to be you. You have something special to share with the world.   Pressure will come.  Don't get frustrated. Draw nearer to the Lord. Be a light to the world that is rooted in love! 

Have a beautiful week....I'm thankful for each of you!!

November 21, 2019

#turkeyaday19 modified

Because of being in the hospital, having a stupid IV line hooked up to my dominant arm, and being exhausted during the healing process....#turkeyaday19 hasn't been going as I had hoped. I'll share what I have done so far (be looking for a post at the end of the month with the rest of my turkeys!). Also, look at my turkeys from Novembers past!! I do a different idea/theme for the turkey's each year (based on famous art work, paper doll, different media, incorporating paint splatters). This could be a fun project you do with students in class or as extra credit! 

November 20, 2019

FYI: Medical Leave

For those of you who do not follow me on social media, I have not been at school since November 1st. No, the day after Halloween wasn't that rough on me! Haha I developed cellulitis in my right leg in a pretty bad way! I spent four days in the hospital on major antibiotics & was sent home with a midline in my arm in order to self administer antibiotics. I ended up developing a blood clot in my arm where the midline was(superficial vein..not dangerous) and had to have it moved to my other arm.  It has been an adventure!! They compare it to a burn victim, and if you saw my'd understand why! Each day I'm getting better. I've been blessed with an amazing home healthcare nurse who is taking care of my leg twice a week. She is 76...has purple hair...and helped develop one of the antibiotics I'm on..back in the 80's!  She is fascinating & fun!! I will hopefully have a better idea when I can return to school next week when we see the main doctor dealing with my case. I know they want me healed before I return to school because of the risk of other germs/infections. 

Ok...that is the update! 

November 17, 2019

Sunday Devotional With Mr. E: The Order

I've been teaching a long time. Because of this, ordering the essentials for my students is fairly easy.  There are times that I over estimate or under estimate some items, but I usually can nail the supplies I use most often with students (drawing paper, construction paper, glue, etc). However, if I'm wanting to do a "special" or new project, I don't always know how much of a product to order.  When you are given a set budget & a set time frame in which you can order for the school can't usually "fix" your mistake.  You have to live with it, make it work, or wait till the following year when you can order more of the supply you are lacking.  This can be frustrating, but somehow art teachers are able to do a lot with less.  We are able to stretch budgets and supplies to provide for our students a meaningful art experience.

Have you ever felt like God was calling you to something that you weren't able or ready to do?  I remember seeing people take on leadership roles, go on mission trips, or do something seemingly extraordinary for God with such confidence and ease.  I admired them, but never felt that I could be them.  I just wanted to stay safe and comfortable in the back pew.  

"God, I'm good right here."  
"I come every Sunday."  
"I don't have the time."
"I don't have the skill/training."
"I couldn't make that kind of sacrifice."
"Someone else would do a much better job." 
 "I'm not the person you want or need."

God is not looking for our excuses.  God is not looking for our skill/talent. 

God is looking for our availability.  
God is looking for our obedience. 
 God is looking for our heart.  

If you look throughout scripture (..Moses, David, Peter, Paul...) you will see time and time again where God uses people that were not confident, were not skilled, who didn't seem well suited for the job, or who were not the world's first choice for anything.  However, God equips, guides, and grows those he calls.  They might not have been anyone else's first choice, but God knew their heart and knew they were the right choice.  God can use those who are available, obedient, and have a heart for him to do more than you can ever imagine.  It is not about what we can do with what we have, but what God can do through us when we allow him to be Lord of our life.   

November 09, 2019

Sunday Devotional With Mr.E: Interrupted

You have an amazing idea for a project, but you have to go into work before you can sketch out your idea. You start painting, but there is a knock at the door and it is someone who really needs you.  You are ready to purchase the top of the line paint and brushes you've been dreaming of for some time, but your car breaks down and you have to invest your money in getting that fixed.  The art opening you've been so excited about happens to be the same evening you got the stomach bug.  Life has a way of interrupting our plans...just when they're getting good!  

I've used the story of Naaman(read all of chapter 5 for the whole story) before because such a good mirror to reflect on our lives.  We are all so incredibly busy.  We live life too fast, too full, and too fragmented.  Our world around us has led us to believe that we must over extend ourselves to be good parents, over spend ourselves to be like everyone else, overcommit ourselves to be good people.   All of this "too much" & "over doing" it can truly lead us to wrong thinking of our importance & worth to the Lord.  Naaman allowed his position & power to keep him from originally doing what was asked of him.  Even his leprosy did not humble his heart enough for him to respond to Elisha  initially. He was being interrupted from the importance & position which he prized most of all.   Are we much different?  God will try to use the interruptions of our life to catch our attention, refocus us, bring us back to him, but we feel our schedules, reputations, and plans are more important.  Has God been trying to get your attention? What have you had interrupted that might be an area to give over to him? What interruption are you having that might be a redirection?  What interruption is just God asking you to slow down, spend some time with him, and to find some peace & rest? 

Sorry...did I interrupt you? 

November 07, 2019

Kindergarten Leaves

I read the book, Autumn's First Leaf to begin my class. It not only touches on fall themes, but emotions as well.we have done collage I reviewed safety with scissors, proper glue use, and size expectations. After students completed their work, they were responsible for cleaning up their areas and putting away their collage supplies. We then had a descussion about emotions. I had them make the face of the emotion they said & then tell me how they could draw it. I would demo of my document camera what they were saying. This gave the glue time to dry enough that they would be able to draw and color on their leaves.  I felt they turned out great. So expressive!