Saturday, July 19, 2014

Weekend Challenge

It has been awhile since we've had a weekend challenge! I have the watercolor pencils out again, and I'm working on a requested project.

This made me think of how people sometimes remark on the artwork that I've done... about how they really like something or how it reminds them of something in their lives.

Weekend Challenge:

Think of someone specific in your life. Create something that is a special sentiment just for them. Surprise that person with it for no particular reason!  Now, go be a blessing!

Project Update:

Friday, July 18, 2014

Summer Wrap Up...Being a Pirate and All That!

Although it is still a month until kiddos return to my classroom, I am wrapping up my summer break this week.  I am attending two weeks at a science camp, teaching a workshop the following one, and will begin getting my room back in order.  I was thinking about what I have accomplished this summer...hmmm....not too many things marked off the gigantic list I created at its start...just like the gigantic list last year...and...well, you get the picture.

I do have to say I have had a tremendous shift in thinking over the last few weeks.  I am a learner.  Always have been and always will be.  It's in me, and I can't help it.  That's perfectly alright, though, because I love it!  An odd combination of books I've been reading really came together for me - The War of Art, Do the Work, and Teach Like a Pirate.  The first two are about being an artist, and the third is an awesome book that reinforced the way I teach AND gave me knew ideas!

Without going into a long-winded explanation that no one cares to read, let me just say I have changed my thoughts on being an artist - the sculptor, painter, writer - to be more like the artist - the teacher.  Yes, the one that teaches like a pirate!  If I were to approach my art the same way I approach my teaching, it would completely change the way I make art!  I think that would be a great thing!

I know you are thinking, "What????"  This post is probably more for me than for anyone else.  One to fix my thoughts, to make the shift a reality, and to step out into new waters.  I guess that also means that others will just have to watch it play out from here!

All I can say is probably better said by WH Murray - Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it!

All three books refer to the power of "shipping" - that committed end you are trying to reach.  I finally took the plunge today and sent my canvas to be scanned for prints...a real step in getting it out there to the public.  Whether the critics like it or not really doesn't matter anymore...I shipped!

Ah, you're thinking right now, "What's up with all this cryptic stuff?  Shipped where???  How does this relate to anyone?????"  Well, I guess you'll have to read the books!  Really...I'm not kidding.  You will be glad you did!  If you are an artist, I recommend you read the first two books.  If you are a teacher, I recommend you read all three!

23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for[a] you serve the Lord Christ.

Colossians 3:23-24

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Thank You for the Rain, Lord

The Living Water brings out the beauty in even the weeds.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Weekend Challenge – Be Thankful

As I sit here in my quiet craft room waiting for a creative spark to strike, I guess the weekend challenge is more for me than anyone else. Even with the passing of my dad this past week, there were so many things for which I am grateful.

… For the silly smile in the picture one of my dad's good friends sent me. That was his smile... For our church family that pulled together and gave him an amazing service... For the condolences, flowers, food, prayers, support, and hugs of many friends and family members...For my amazing husband who puts up with me rain or shine...For our kids and grandkids just because I love them...
For each day that God gives me...
And a piece of advice for me to you… stick it out no matter how rough the road gets. You will be thankful you did.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Weekend Challenge - Remember Those Who Have Fallen

God has blessed us with lots of rain!!  It has been wonderful!  On this Memorial Day Weekend, I ask you to remember those who have given their lives so that we might live in a free nation.

Borrowing words from Dave Meyer-

Let us not give away 
what these men and women died to protect.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Weekend Worktable

The school year is winding down, and, although my dad's health isn't really improving, the manic whirlwind has slowed for me.  I found myself with time today to break out a new canvas this morning!

I will keep you posted on what appears on it!  So, what's on you Worktable this weekend?

Some advice from the cute, little mints from Hobby Lobby -

Isaiah 40:31

New King James Version (NKJV)

31 But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Are You Afraid of Monsters?

Do you ever need to do something just for the fun of it?  Something completely unproductive?  That's what happened on my last art journal page...
My question to myself was, "What am I thankful for today?"  ....and the answer...


Yes, today I am thankful for monsters!  The world is filled with monsters, but I don't let them scare me.  God handles the heavies - evil, sickness, and sorrow.  He leaves the light weights for me; although, I suspect He's really never far away from even the smallest of beasts.  I know you're wondering if I've lost my mind, and it is quite possible, but let me explain.
I love monsters that make me smile.  Closet Beasts and People Eaters, Under-the-Bed Monsters and Candy Bandits have long filled my imagination and my sketch pad.  Even the most fierce Purple People Eater was putty in my hands when I was a kid.  His wild locks swirled everywhere, and his eye never blinked.  He stood guard hour after hour.  Fearlessly, I stroked his purple locks to keep him under my spell.  Well, that's the way I remember it it, anyway!
The Purple People Eater and I have long since parted ways, but he still visits my sketch pad now and then as a reminder to smile and laugh out loud for no particular reason.  Sometimes we just need to create something silly!  I am thankful to God that He handles the heavies and leaves the little monsters of my imagination to make me laugh and smile.

Weekend Assignment

Create something silly!  That's it - that's your assignment.  I know your thinking we're supposed to be creating art to make a difference for God, and you are right.  So, once you're done, put it in a random place to make someone smile, or mail it to someone with no explanation.  Maybe you could write a story about your silly thing and share it with your kids, grandkids, nieces, or nephews.  Believe me, time spent with them is not wasted in God's eyes.  Go on now.  Make someone grin!

Proverbs 17:22

 A merry heart does good, like medicine,
But a broken spirit dries the bones.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Weekend Challenge - Art Journaling

My apologies for the silence here at Sherry's Cabin.  My dad is still in poor health, and I haven't had much leisure time.  I am currently working on some art projects for ladies going through cancer treatments.  God has had this on my heart for quite awhile now, and all of the details just haven't played out, yet.  I know they will in His timing.  This brings me to our Weekend Challenge in a round-about way!  I have journaled my entire life in one form or another...I should own stock in composition books!  There are those writers and artists who work page by page, like clockwork, to fill each journal....
   And then there are those people like me who start a journal, write awhile, put it on a shelf, find a new journal, dedicate it to some specific writing or drawing....forget what it's dedicated for and write the grocery list in it....get another journal....surely I'm not the only half-cocked journal junkie out I?

One of the art lessons for the the workshop is on art journaling.  There are endless ways to creatively journal, and I don't even attempt to call myself an expert on art journaling; I do, however, know how to spend time with God and how to be thankful for blessings that rain down on me every day.   I know our art journey this year is to be "Movers and Shakers" for God's Kingdom.  Sometimes that requires us to spend some time on ourselves.  God never told you to ignore yourself, hate yourself, mistreat yourself - many of the things some do in trying to think and do for others.
To be on fire for God, you need some fuel - some time with Him.  This leads us to our challenge!

Weekend Challenge:

Begin a new Art Journal.  It can be a purchased journal, or loose pages you later bind together.  Dedicate this journal to thankfulness, blessings, and scriptures that speak to your heart.  There's no time-frame, no number of entries, and no artistic musts.  It's about spending time being appreciative of the blessings in your life - big and small.  Did you have running water for a shower today?  How about heat?  Did you eat?  Talk?

Getting the picture?  We are blessed.  Each page should capture your thoughts for the day - positive, thankful thoughts.  Keep the woe-is-me thoughts for another journal...or better yet, forget about them all together.  What a heart-warming lift this would be at the end of the year to see all of the wonders God worked in your life over the year - the grand and the everyday that we take for granted.

My Work-in-Progress:

The beginnings of my page here may seem quite odd at the moment - bald and faceless, but I've only just begun!

What are you thankful for?  
Share a journal page with us!  
We'd love to see what God is doing you your life!

Journal Page Update:

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Watercolor pencils - A New Joy in my Life

I think God must have dropped watercolor pencils into my life.  In fact, the set I started using a couple of months ago had been in my pencil box for years without use.  They are a creative quick-fix!  With all that is needing my attention in life at the moment, the time spent in my craft room is short - no hours for sculpting or layering acrylics.
How are the watercolor pencils different, you ask?  You did ask, didn't you?  Well, they are fast and colorful.  They seem to be full of cheer without being caught up in minute details (which is, by the way, where I am entangled most of my life).
Yesterday I was able to scribble a flower with the pencils in the morning, left it without having to care for it, and splashed it with my brush last night to spill out the color.  I actually over-watered the flower and got it a bit muddied, but that's ok, too; as it's just a piece of paper with some pencil scribbles - nothing lost if the whole thing goes in File 13.

I've since bought a couple more boxes of pencils and some singles since I first started playing with them.  They are relatively cheap, too!  That's always a bonus.  I have found there are definite differences in the quality of different brands, but I'll save that for another post.
...and another great feature....I am absolutely clueless as to how they are supposed to be used, and I can still make art with them!  I am sure there are countless videos and lessons on how to use these little guys correctly, but why spoil the fun.  If you've not tried watercolor pencils, and you need a quick art fix, give them a try!

Thank you, Lord, for still allowing the art to escape from me while meeting life's present demands.  My God is an awesome God!   

So, what's on your work table this morning?  
We'd love to hear about it!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

The First Signs of Spring - Stop and Look Around!

As you move about this Saturday morning, I hope you are rested and enjoying the day.  What lens are you looking through this morning?  The one that is focused on your pile of problems?  The one that is focused on all of the things you have to do?  Well, I've got some words of wisdom for you...

I've looked through those other lenses lately, and they are worthless.  I may not be world-renowned, but I have an artist's heart.  God put it there, and I'm glad because I'm always watching for the new paintings He's creating on His canvas.  Refocus your lens today and look for the signs of spring that are popping up around us.  God has already started dripping dabs of color!  I snapped these this past week-

The vultures are back, too!  I'm supposing you never thought of that as a beautiful thing...or even thought of it, for that matter.  They showed up just down the road a few weeks ago, and it brought a smile to my face.  You see, as they show up on the scene, other signs of spring are sure to follow.  We're on the count down, folks...twelve days and counting!  

So, what lens are you going to spend your day looking through?  The one focused on your problems...or the one focused on God?  I'll give you a hint of which one I chose this morning - it comes with peace, joy, strength, and an amazing color palette!

Happy Saturday!

Leave us a comment, and let us know what is in your lens today.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Weekend Challenge- 29 Faces Finishes Up!

With my dad's health, I wasn't able to finish 29 faces in the challenge this month, but I was able to do a few. My challenge to you this weekend incorporates my last finished face. The scanner would not pick up the watercolor and acrylics in this mixed-media very well.


Choose a scripture that speaks to your heart.  A message that others need to hear, as well. Paint a picture that embodies the scripture, and incorporate the scripture into your painting. Send me an email with a photo, and we'll share your scripture here!

My little girl is a watercolor done from a photo of a homeless child.  We need to remember what we do for the least of these, we do for Him.  

What are you doing for Him today?

Be sure to share with us, and leave a comment!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Weekend Challenge – 29 Faces Continues

I hope you have joined in on the 29 Faces of February Challenge!  It is a great way to stretch your creativity, and for those on a budget, it's virtually free to play!

Weekend Challenge

Find the brightest colors in your box… crayons, markers, paints, whatever you have... create a face for the challenge.

No holds barred – splash that color!  Think of all the colors of spring, and splash them on your page!  

Now of course here's the best part – think of a way to make someone else's day with your artwork!  Here's a little watercolor I splashed last night.

Come on, share with us. What's the most creative way you can brighten someone's day with this challenge piece?

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Weekend Challenge Takes on the 29 Faces Challenge for the Month of February!

It's late Sunday evening, and we've had a long weekend with my dad back in the hospital.  I know God has a plan for every moment of our lives, but it is so hard to watch him suffer.  Thanks to friends and family for the many prayers that are being prayed.

On the art side of things, I finally remembered the 29 Faces Art Challenge before the 28th day of the challenge!  If you're up for it, just tap on the button on the sidebar.  A face a day for the entire month of February.


Join us for the 29 Faces Challenge!  Now, of course, I must challenge you to use that to be fruitful!

  • Create a face a day this week!
  • Make at least one of the faces a drawing, painting, etc. - 2D
  • Scan your work.
  • Grab some notecard blanks, some decorative paper, and some ribbon.
  • Print some copies of your faces onto cardstock.
  • Think of inspirational words or scripture that would be uplifting to others.
  • Get busy and make some awesome cards!
Once you've done the work, now it's time to share.  You could write notes to friends and send the cards, or better yet, make a gift set of cards to give to someone just because...

So, how have my 29 Faces started?
I already started a little behind, as I forgot about the Challenge until today.  That's ok, though...I did a super, quick little 'toon sketch that really should have hit File 13 and did a pencil sketch of an Indian chief.  With time being short, I made a couple of rules for myself today - work quick and leave the eraser on the bench!  This is what came to be...

 And my "cheater" face to get caught up!!

May God's Word be a Lamp to your feet this week!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Artful Blogging - What Inspire's You?

As I was flipping through the latest Artful Blogging Magazine looking at all of the beautiful photos and blogs, I found myself once again wishing my photography looked like some of those.
I had to remind myself that God doesn't want us to compare ourselves to others.  Our value is found in Him, and Him alone.  Then I thought a little more about those exquisite photos...not one of them screamed my name.  As beautiful as they are, none of those photos would inspire me to change who I am.  I would not have captured a single one of them through my camera lens.
If you've followed this blog for any length of time, you've never seen a crisp white kitchen, girls in dresses running through fields, or richly colored berries pouring from a bowl.  Chances aren't likely you ever will!
What speaks to me is what will find it's way to my camera lens.  Those moments in time that whisper my name will eventually pour themselves onto my blog.
My book reads a little differently than the floral arrangements and the beach scenes, but, to me, it's an interesting read....
Through my lens....
It's well-worn...


And could tell many stories...

What is your story?  Share a glimpse with us!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Weekend Creative Challenge - Break Out the Camera

Are you creating with us?  Are you using your gifts to make a difference for God's Kingdom or to give Him glory?  If you haven't already joined our journey, it's not too late!  We kicked off at the New Year, so you have plenty of time to participate.  Let's have some fun with a new challenge this week!


  • Capture God's Beauty around you.
  • Break out the camera and put on your artistic eyeglasses!
  • Find something unique or interesting, or just plain beautiful, to photograph.
  • Take a bunch of pictures - zoomed, odd angles, zoomed pieces of the scene, etc.
  • Apply some photo apps or Photoshop to give the photo some pizzazz if needed!
  • Now, decide how you could use this photo artistically!  Mixed media, framed, sketched and painted, background paper, scrapbooking......
  • Bless someone with your new creation!
You don't always have to have a paintbrush in your hand to create art.  You might just need a camera lens!  The fact of the internet world is we must always be honing our photography skills because that's usually the only way folks see our work.  That's an area I REALLY need to work on, so why not make it a challenge!

Let's take a look at the photos I shot for this post!

First - junky background...slightly out of focus....and poor lighting...YUCK!

By the way, I am a master of bad photography!

...tried a filter...still YUCK!

...changed the angle, the filter, the background, and zoomed in...
That was the same poor lighting, but I was holding a piece of white paper to the right of the camera to reflect some light.  Still not amazing, but so much better!
I then took it several times with different filters -

Go ahead, give it a try, and share!!

What did you find that caught your eye around you?  Please share with us!  You can email the photo to me, and you might just be featured on the blog!  Be sure to share any techniques you used to enhance the photo, too!

May God Bless you with lots of beauty to behold!