Stuck in the belly

A first-series Jonah sculpture is currently available in the shop. A fish story I haven't seen any statistics, but I believe there's a lot of praying going on in our country—and the world—at the moment. And that's a good thing. The microscopic coronavirus might do for us what the fish (or whale) did for Jonah in the Old Testament. Jonah, of course, is famous for being swallowed by a large, unspecified sea creature and, after three days of intense social distancing, was heaved up and spewed out onto...

Amazing Grace sculpture series update

Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)   That sav'd a wretch like me!I once was lost, but now am found,   Was blind, but now I see.John Newton, Olney Hymns, 1779 From the sketchbook For a while now, I've been thinking about the lyrics to this hymn—one of the most venerable ever written. Former British slave trader, John Newton, penned the words in the late 18th century. I decided to create a series of sculptures to illustrate each verse of the hymn. I began with the last stanza because its visuals struck me almost immediately....

Peyto Lake is a glacier-fed lake in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies. During the summer, rock particles flow into the lake from a nearby glacier. The lightweight rock particles float suspended in the water for a long time, giving the lake its spectacular turquoise color.

We’ve been uniquely made and are loved by a caring, compassionate Creator

I'm delighted to introduce you to our guest post writer and artist, Emily Schroeder. Aside from being a wonderful artist, she's an aspiring photographer currently living in the beautiful state of Idaho. Emily loves traveling to new places and says, "Spending time in nature fills my cup, and I love noticing little details in God’s creation and experiencing the stillness and peace that being outside brings. I have had an interest in art for as long as I can remember, but only in the last few years...

A signature in the sky

Aug 21, 2017 brought a total solar eclipse to viewers across the United States. And sky watchers in other parts of North and South America could see at least a percentage of the sun blocked by the moon. Did you see it? If you were like a lot of folks, you got your glasses and hoped for clear skies. Some folks made a road trip for the chance to watch the eclipse in the path of totality, where the moon completely blocked the sun. We watched with my...

Photo booth picture from 1971

A true friend

“Wilbur never forgot Charlotte. Although he loved her children and grandchildren dearly, none of the new spiders ever quite took her place in his heart. She was in a class by herself. It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.” E.B. White, Charlotte's Web There are few things more inspiring than true friendship. Who's your true friend? If you're immediately thinking of someone specific instead of searching your mental rolodex, consider yourself blessed. If you're thinking...

Lifelong melody

“Where words fail, music speaks.”Hans Christian Andersen The music in my life started at a very young age. My mom sang "Jesus Loves Me;" my great aunts taught me "Itsy Bitsy Spider," and I loved to bang on the old upright piano in what we called the "front" room. I guess my mom got tired of the banging and my begging to learn piano, so lessons started when I was about nine. Once a week, I was allowed to leave class and go to a special room at...

Image of a hand-woven pine straw basket by Patti Jones featuring a hand-made base with writing by Stephen Rountree and a Scripture from John 15:7

The key to answered prayers

See the Answered Prayers Basket in the shop now If you have a red letter Bible, you'll see that every single word in chapter 15 of the Gospel of John is in red. Certainly, as the apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness…," but the entirety of John 15 is direct teaching by Jesus and He's sharing the secret of how to pray prayers that get answered. This is important...

Salvaged barn wood, wire, textile, acrylic paint and hand-stamped sculpture of a butterfly and a chrysalis on a twig.

Time Enough

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.— Rabindranath Tagore, Indian writer (1861-1941) Several years ago, when our girls were younger, we put a caterpillar in one of those mesh net terrariums. The girls decided it was a she-pillar and named her Cookie. We fed her with milkweed and watched as she formed her chrysalis and then, finally, hatched out completely transformed into a stunning butterfly. We said our goodbyes on the front porch as Cookie tentatively spread her beautiful wings and soon was flying,...

The Arc of the Summer Moon door topper is an original sculpture from salvaged 19th century oak barn wood. Acrylic paint, salvaged wood, cut wood.

Arc of the Summer Moon

In ancient times, the Israelite king, David, wrote, "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.” Created from salvaged 19th century oak barn wood and hardwood cut from the woods near the artist’s studio, The Arc of the Summer Moon door topper is an original sculpture capturing the peaceful twilight of a summer evening. The moon's low, lazy arc across the sky is a reminder of the...

"Fishing with My Dad" wire and paper sculpture

Fishing with my Dad

Some of my earliest memories of fishing were with my dad. He loved to fish! On the opening day of spring trout season, we'd head down to the river with a picnic basket packed with baloney sandwiches, a thermos of warm coffee, and a bucket of big fat juicy worms. My mom, dad, and I would leave early to get to the best spot and stand and wait on the river bank with all the other anglers until noon. No one dared dip their line in before...