"Gratitude doesn't change the scenery. It merely washes clean the glass you look through, so you can clearly see the colors." -Richelle Goodrich
Last week saw the loss of yet another member of our family - our third in the space of one year. While saddened by this event, it has underscored the need to examine the life I am living. Too often, my life has been characterized by an assessment of what is wrong, what has not turned out the way I expected, and what I have missed. The problem with this is, it is only the half-truth of life. Of course there will be disappointments and deep sorrows. They are the necessary fiber in the fabric of life. And they can cause life's blessings to stand out in sharp relief.
"Every once in awhile, God allows you to stub your toe as a kind reminder to be grateful for the miraculous body attached to it." -Richelle Goodrich
A grateful heart is a powerful force to be reckoned with. But when Gratitude moves out, Disillusionment and her ugly stepsister, Despair move in. Their whiny, manipulating voices will stop at nothing to rob us of our hope, our faith, and our dreams. They are life-sucking bottom-dwellers, and it's high time they were put on notice.
There are countless miracles and mercies we experience on a daily basis. We just need to cultivate a habit of recognizing them. I came across an art journal project that focuses on that very thing. It is called An Attitude of Gratitude and it is the brainchild of Bernice Hopper. It ran last year, but you can still find all of the materials on the blog.
Quotes: "Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise." (Psalm 100:4)
"I now see that cultivating a wholehearted life is not like trying to reach a destination. It's like walking toward a star in the sky. We never really arrive but we certainly know we are heading in the right direction." -Brene Brown
I sketched in the basic elements. I used Derwent Inktense pencils and Faber Castell Polychromos pencils for color.
I applied the inktense pencils dry, then followed with a wet brush (size 2 round) to activate the ink. The beauty of intense pencils is that once they are dry, they are permanent. That allows you to apply many layers.
I outlined the elements with a Sakura Pigma Micron pen (size .005). I applied colored pencil to the circular area. Then I shaded areas with intense pencil. The quote was written with a pigma micron pen. I added an area for journaling on the right and a border of flowers.
I wrote in the Bible verse with a pigma micron size 05.
I began adding more flowers and another border under the verse.
Finally, I added more flowers and ribbons and colored in the background with colored pencil. I shaded the letters in the title on the left and underneath to bring them forward.
Thank you so much for visiting me. I am so happy to have each of you in my life.