Well, I told you all last night that I'd post Jonathan's project... But blogger seemed to have a bit of a hiccup! Anyway, we're back online and happy to say hello!
Last night was my brother-in-laws graduation ceremony, he has his Masters now. We are so proud. Since Sunday is his and my sister's 2 year wedding anniversary and next week is his birthday, we has a party and celebrated his month of big events!
Good morning! Jonathan's already been working away in the studio. Something about "new subject matter" really excites him... So he wakes up to paint!
Here he is in process, this was yesterdays preparation:
He's "drawn off" his canvas, laid out the size and placement, this is his first step with the canvas.
Then it's time to begin to paint away!
It's blurred on purpose! Can't give away any more details, then this! You will have to wait until it's finished.
This is just part of the first layer... This painting will go through several layers before it is complete.
Here he is today working some more on the first layer:
I have made most of it black and white, but there's a little more to keep you interested. Stay in touch... There's much more to come!
After a busy couple of weeks, it's time to begin creating again. We have been running and gunning, holding our heads just above the vast sea of "to-dos". But today is the day Jonathan calms himself, and begins to make something beautiful.
So here he is, planning away on his sketch pad, in his studio. Our little room in the back of the house.
The blank canvas waiting to come to life (I love how he surrounds himself with beautiful works he's done in the past while he paints, see the portrait?)
His studio is scattered with the artist's gems...
... Looks like we're going to have a painting of some beautiful birds soon.. A new kind of painting from Jonathan Howe, so stay in touch!
You know we all have those weeks where you begin to pull your hair out, and find a way to beat it's memories out of your brain? That was my week last week. But even in looking back, after feeling heavy of heart for the longest time, after my little "storm", I can now see clearly that it wasn't all that bad!
Monday last, Jonathan and I drove up to Alabama (I can see you're already thinking "oh-no!") to visit his grandparents. Two lovely, wonderful people. They have the gift of making you feel so welcomed. We spent Monday, through Tuesday afternoon, and left later with a HUGE aluminum boat of the top of his grandfathers old van. He was letting us borrow the van to haul the boat home.
A little over 100 miles out on our journey home (in Chattanooga), the vans transmission went out... on the interstate... during rush hour. We were stuck in Chattanooga for four hours trying to transfer the heavy boat to our car to get home. We almost got a hotel that night, because all the mechanics were closed, but we were thankfully pressed to move on and go home, this made possible by Granddad who offered to pick the van up. We drove through rain the remaining 3 hours home, to a tree that fell across our yard! LOL So we stayed with my parents Tuesday night, cut down the tree Wednesday (many thank to my father-in-law Tom who beasted it with the chainsaw!), just in time for the nasty, heavy, string of storms to hit.
I thought to myself.... could this week get any worse?! Well, after a couple more events through the week (which I won't bore you with further details), I was OVER it!
I began to look back through the weeks events (ready to complain some more), and realized:
I had the most delicious Pecan Pie, the biggest breakfast, and the funnest time of fellowship with my grandmother and my grandfather (in-law). We caught up, and enjoyed our time thoroughly. We left for Alabama, the evening before the tree fell, and it fell exactly where we park our car! We would've lost the only car we have. THEN we were able to drive home Tuesday instead of Wednesday, which, enabled us to miss all the Tornadoes. WOW! So somehow, through "disastrous" events, God was protecting us from disaster! I also have an amazing father-in-law who will bend over backwards to help us out when we need it. Who will cut down a tree in our front yard to keep it from doing more damage, WHILE IT'S RAINING. And then Saturday.....
We got to enjoy our blessings.
We soaked up the sun...
Enjoyed the views....
And allowed the Lord to reveal his sovereignty to my heart... It really wasn't all that bad... In fact, Jesus saved us this week from what could have been really bad.
My prayers go out to those who were truly impacted by the storms...