Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Bedtime Stories & Winter Wishes

"Once upon a time..."

As Anne of Green Gables might say,  
'Isn't that a delicious way to begin a story?'

    Once upon a time... there was a small fox cub whose heavy eyes and drooping head indicated that sleep was on its way.
    "Time for bed Little Cub." said Daddy.
    "But I'm not sleepy" yawned Little Cub.
    Sitting down in his favourite chair, Daddy took up a beloved storybook and held out his arms to Little Cub.
    "Would you like me to read you a story?" 
    Without a moments hesitation Little Cub leaped up into Daddy's arms and quickly snuggled down beside him in the big, cozy chair.  Daddy opened the book and began to read:
    "Once upon a time..."
    "I love that part of the story!" Little Cub said, smiling up at Daddy.
    "But that's only the very beginning," laughed Daddy, 'You don't even know what happens in the story!"
    "But that's just it - anything could happen! Anything is possible!!" beamed Little Cub.
    Daddy wrapped his arm around Little Cub and gave him a tight squeeze. Daddy loved this time together with his Little Cub. With happy tears brimming in his eyes, Daddy blinked a couple times, looked lovingly at his cub, then at the storybook and began again to read:
    "Once upon a time..." 

"Bedtime Story"
(watercolour, gouache, approx. 6" x 7")

When I finished this illustration last night, I stepped away 
from the table, stood a few feet away and glanced back at it... 

Tears filled my eyes... 

This is a piece I'm completely proud of! 

I thanked God often for the abilities He has given me as I worked on this 
(as is my practice when I draw/paint - He gave me my talents!) 
and I could do nothing but thank Him and praise Him 
when I saw this illustration completed!

This painting is a piece of my heart!
It's joy... It's love... it's happiness... it's contentment!!

God is SO good!! He has blessed us all immensely!!
Grab a bible and read the 148th Psalm -
(if you don't have a bible handy - click the link)
God is SO worthy of praise and thanksgiving!!

I'm laying my paintbrush down for a short time 
now that the winter holidays are so near at hand...
I will likely make some sketches in the meanwhile 
but am focusing my time on my family and spending every 
moment God blesses me with in enjoying their company!

I wish you all a very wonderful holiday!
May you spread cheer wherever you are and wherever you go!!

As Clement Clarke Moore finished his famous story,
I too will finish this last post of 2014 with:

"Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!" 



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