I love watching birds in flight. The beautiful, majestic bald eagle soars high riding the wind, then dives down toward the water to catch a fish. This is the time of year that people start watching for eagles at Wolf Lodge Bay on Lake Coeur d'Alene, mid November to end of January, with the peak between Christmas and New Years. Last year peaked 217 eagles were counted on December 30 at Wolf Lodge Bay. The eagles come to feed on the kokanee salmon. Several birds can be spotted on the same trees. How many do you see in the photo here? I count 5.
Isaiah wrote: "but those who wait for 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 be faint."
The closest I come to flying is in an airplane. I recently took a trip to Colorado and on one of the flights we experienced a lot of turbulence (more than I remember ever experiencing before). I will admit that a plane dropping what feels like 2-3 feet suddenly and shifting and swaying makes me extremely nervous, terrified. I have an active imagination that can picture way too many scenarios. I realized that I could panic or I could trust the pilot, who had probably flown through plenty of turbulence, and pray. So I closed my eyes and relaxed. I allowed myself to ride the waves of air. It was like a rollercoaster up, down, toss to the right, now the left, drop and up again...It was not nearly so bad as I thought it would be.
And as I sat through it and relaxed into it, I began to think about my fears. How many of my fears are based on being out of control? How much do I not enjoy the things that put me in that position, like down hill skiing, roller coasters, huge water slides. Yet as an artist, very little of an art business is really under my control. I cannot predict what will sell or touch someone's heart. I cannot know which classes people will want to take. Oh I try and I stress myself out over it all.
Can I learn to ride the wind with my Lord?
Soaring with the wind like a bird on the wing
Can I learn to let go, close my eyes and trust
Ride the waves of air
Up and down, sideways, up
Trusting He will not let me fall
Let go and just ride
When relaxed it is not nearly so bad
As I thought it would be
Could I learn to enjoy it?
Would that be going too far?
Let it go.
Relax in His arms on the waves of the air
Trust and relax
Let it go, that control
Let it go
On Eagles' Wings, Watercolor
(Above) 7 in x 11 in
Update on the painting of the North saskatchewan River West of downtown Edmonton. I decided to post the progression of the painting process and I will add more as I complete the painting.
I like Summer. It's a time to rest from the busyness of the year, a time to take a break, hike, travel, try something new, and meet a new friend.
This summer I took a break and traveled down to the San Francisco Peninsula, where I explored the natural scenery, and had time to paint, rest and visit with some family. A lot of my time was my own as my husband, Sam, was busy taking courses on Enneagram training. The weather was beautiful. We were fortunate that all the smoke from the forest fires stayed north of us, but we certainly got our fill of it coming home.
My cousin Nate and his wife, Karen, generously opened their home to us for a part of our stay. They have landscaped a beautiful garden with paths and raised garden beds. I found one flowering bush, a Red Tiger Abutilon, particularly enchanting. And one day as I sat in the garden painting the Tiger's blooms, I heard him. He made a clicking noise, and I looked around to see a humming bird flitting from flower to flower on the other side of the Tiger. He was curious, too. He even came and looked me over, fluttering just three feet away! My camera was right next to me, but he wasn't ready for that yet, and zipped away as I reached for it.
I decided to go a little slower, to get to know him first. I learned his song, and when I started to hear it I reached for my camera even as I looked for him among the trees and flowers in their garden. He wasn't as shy this time, and even posed for me, letting me catch him sitting on a branch.
The next day I came again to his garden, taking time to just be still. I sat and I read, enjoying the beauty of the garden. And I waited. I waited for him to come to me. Forty-five minutes had passed when I heard his song. He came, dancing, darting, pausing in mid-air like a breath, flitting from flower to flower in the golden sunlight of the morning. And then he was off again, and it was my turn to breathe and wonder. So beautiful.
For me, the beauty and wonder of God's creation is part of his love song to us. In big and small ways nature speaks of God's great glory and love, and I particularly enjoy first hand experiences like these.
And I also love it when I can capture nature's beauty on film so I use them later when I create with God in my paintings. I was dancing inside as I experienced each of the beautiful animals and places on our trip. Each one felt like a gift.
I saw elephant seals, California seals, egrets, hummingbirds, pelicans, deer and fawns, tide pools, the ocean, redwoods and lots of people. I took thousands of pictures, sketched and painted 'plein air".
Here are some of the paintings I started… or sketched...
I look forward to sharing some of these new paintings when they are finished. Some of them are a perfect fit for the new show I will be installing at the Glenrose in late October: Flowers and Birds. Mark your calendars for Wed October 31 for a reception 2-6pm.
Artist: Julie Drew
October 25, 2018 - Jan 2, 2019
Reception: Nov 20, 2018
2 - 6pm
Location: Blue Curve Gallery
Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital
10230 111 Ave NW, Edmonton AB
I love flowers and birds there is something that is so joyful of the beauty of flowers and the singing, the soaring and the delight I find in watching birds. When I walk in the great outdoors, it is like a treasure hunt to see what I can find. I am thrilled when I find something that really catches my eye and my heart. I take a photo reference or sketch it right away.
Flowers come in so many shapes and colors. I seek to capture the details and essence of the flowers. Birds have a character all their own. I particularly like the ones I do not see every day, like the egret, eagle and osprey. These birds and flowers speak to me of God’s beautiful creation.
Empty Nest, Winter of my Soul
New things come, old things pass.
It is hard to let go.
It is hard to say good-bye to what was,
Treasured moments; the good, the bad
letting go is part of living.
It is part of loving.
There will be new beginnings;
Such is the circle or spiral we live in.
We cannot hold on to the present.
It must fly
And the empty nest
is the memory we have left.
Theme: Saturation - Ephesians 3:16-20Recently, I had the privilege of joining a dozen fine folks at King's Fold Retreat Centre, just outside of Cochrane, Alberta, for a weekend of faith and art. Julie and Sam Drew have been leading Art: Vocabulary for the Soul workshops for a number of years and I cannot imagine a better place to put creatives in touch with their Creator. (Read the full blog post: Photos from Art: Vocabulary for The Soul)
Posted by Bleeding Heart Art Space on Monday, July 18, 2016
Do you have a creative inclination? Are you thirsty for God? Do you think: "How can I use my creativity to connect with God?" How do you listen to God, hear his voice? Are you looking for new ways to connect and listen to God?
This Spiritual Retreat is for those who want to connect with God. Whether you are an artist or writer or just curious to try something new, we are all able to connect with God creatively. Students will be encouraged to create in the art of their choice -- painting, writing, photography, dance, etc. Instruction for watercolor and drawing will be provided for those who desire it. Supplies are available for a nominal fee. Coaching for the other painting mediums and writing will also be available. There will be solitude and group time in the schedule. King's Fold is a beautiful location in the foothills along Ghost River.
Artist Julie Drew and Sam Drew, Spiritual Director
$360 by Sept 9, 2016
$410 after Sept 9, 2016
$65 extra for a single room
Payment Plans Available
Refund Policy: Refunds of all payments except a $50 deposit available until Oct. 1, 2016.
No refunds after Oct. 1, 2016.
Cost covers accomodation in a beautiful location, 3 meals on Saturday & 2 on Sunday, and the program.
Sam is a spiritual director and Christian teacher. He has taught and led numerous one day retreats and week-long courses on topics of spiritual formation, including "Writing Your Spiritual Autobiography", "The Theology of Spiritual Formation," and the "Institute of Spiritual Formation" through the Urban Sanctuary in Edmonton. He also preaches regularly as part of the Teaching Team at Calvary Baptist Church in Edmonton. Sam has a Master of Divinity and Certificate of Spiritual Direction from North Park Seminary in Chicago, as well as a Certificate of Spiritual Formation from the Urban Sanctuary.
Studio Location: 6724 - 86 St, Edmonton
Drop in for $25/lesson pay in cash on the day
9:30 am-11:30 am; Oct 10 - Nov 29, 2018
City Arts Centre at Terwillegar Rec Centre: (register: call 311 or visit edmonton.ca/eReg)
Drawing and Painting with Mixed Media 1-4 pm, 8 Thursdys,Sept 27-Nov 15, 2018, $155 (register: call 311 or visit edmonton.ca/eReg course code #635333)
Sharpen your observation and drawing skills in this mixed media class using watercolor pencils, watercolor, pen and graphite. We will explore the process of sketching and capturing a mood, a place and an idea. These techniques will increase your overall paintings and give you tools to sketch and paint on the go, taking your creativity outside the studio!
Workshops at Artelier: 10032 81 Ave
Floral Watercolor Workshop
Sat, Nov 3, 2018, 10 am -4 pm, $80 ea Supply list provided upon registration.
We will work on two paintings during this one day workshop. The first will be an exercise in pouring watercolor and using creative techniques to loosly establish a field of wildflowers. This is an excercise to loosen up and play with what turns up, working with the unpredictability of watercolor.
The second painting will be a more traditional approach of composition, and techniques to paint translucent petals and leaves. We will alternate between the two paintings, allowing one to dry while we work on the other.
Registration call the Paintspot 780-432-0240
Watercolor Workshop: Painting the flow of water (Landscapes with Waterfalls)
Nov 24-25, 2018, 10 am -4 pm, $160 ea Supply list provided upon registration.
Painting water: how it flows and moves over rocks and tumbles to the river below. This intense two day workshop uses a lot of basic techniques to capture the movement of water. We will work on one main painting and several exercises for creating movement in water. The exercises can be turned into mini paintigs by adding the landscape around the river or waterfall. Bring your favorite waterfall pictures for reference photos.
Art: Vocabulary for the Soul Workshop
Sat, Dec 1, 10 am -4 pm, $80 ea $15 supply fee
Art has a way of allowing us to see what is on the inside of us, our thoughts and feelings, and even the things we keep hidden from ourselves. In this workshop, we will use different exercises to engage our inner self, by drawing on the artist within. We will begin by fingerpainting, letting our inner child come out to play. The exercises will progress through the day utilizing different mediums that will be available to choose from: watercolor pencils, pastels and oil pastels.
Optional: pencil, color pencil, 9 x 12 sketchbook, eraser
The Enneagram in Love and Work Workshop
A Personal Development Retreat
Oct 19-21, 2018 $165
(Additional optional fees including accommodation)
Star of the North Retreat Centre, St Albert
The Enneagram is an incredible tool for helping us truly see ourselves. It is a map that guides us into our hearts and souls, bringing to light the desires, motivations, and fears that drive our choices and actions. Often we get stuck in these choices and actions, circling in repetitive life patterns without knowing why.
The Enneagram gives us a hand up toward true and deep self-transformation, improved relationships with others, and a more authentic relationship with God.
Art: Vocabulary for the Soul Workshop
Nov 9, 4pm - Nov 12, 2018, 2pm,
Early Bird $265 shared room, until Oct 21, 2018; $300 after Oct 21
Accommodation Lodge, Covenant Bay Bible Camp on Poplar Bay of Pigeon Lake
This spiritual retreat is for those who want to connect with God. Whether you are an artist, writer, musician, or just curious to try something new, we are all able to connect with God creatively. Students will be encouraged to create in the art of their choice -- painting, writing, photography, dance, etc. Instruction for watercolor and drawing will be provided for those who desire it.