A New Year’s Scales

I wrote this poem for the Dayton Christian Scribes newsletter and received compliments so thought I would share here with you as well. Enjoy!

Looking back upon the past year,
brings to mind much sorrow and cheer.
Changes and challenges abound
as escalates, the rising sound
of crowds watching the New Year ball
glittering as confetti falls.

Gain and loss have again become
the scale we measure value from.
As this one dies and this one thrives,
we reevaluate our lives,
checking if we have what it takes
to prevent repeating mistakes.

Perhaps this is the promised year
we step out and win, without fear.

Elvish Ruckus

Elves around the yule log

singing merrily;

one pokes at the fire,

which sparks it scarily.

Others start to push, and then

shove others mercilessly.

Some begin to cry and yell,

shouting extremely loudly.

They wake the reindeer in the barn

who begin to bay ragingly.

Lights flicker on in the cabin;

the snow reflects brightly.

Santa opens up the door

and peers out intently,

“What’s going on out there!”

he bellows angrily.

One lone elf creeps to the door,

looking down bashfully;

“I’m sorry I started the ruckus, Santa,”

he sniffles softly.

Santa leans in and pats his back,

then smiles forgivingly.

 

Happy 2020!

Hello friends!

People keep posting about their goals for the new year as they look back upon the last, and I decided I wanted to do that too!. The past year held a few “firsts” for me, which at my age is a bit surprising.

In 2019, the good things I did:

-submitted a full art book to the Brooklyn Art Library where it has been digitized and has traveled as part of their mobile library

-submitted to my first juried art show and was accepted

-created three pieces for my first gallery show with specifications of the artwork (2 firsts)

-changed my website to include art gallery images

-produced and published a picture book using Adobe’s InDesign

-submitted to my first juried art gallery show and 1 of 3 pieces was accepted

-sold my first commissions

-went really deep with some new Christian artist friends

-joined a local artist group

-went to my first “Mastermind” group meeting and later became part of the leadership team for continued monthly and bimonthly calls

-attended my first “Gathering of Artisans”

-produced and published twelve newsletters for the Dayton Christian Scribes

-began producing and publishing my own newsletter (contact me if you want on the list)

-improved my painting skill level

-relearned that puppies bring immense joy and exhaustion

-learned how much I love art trading cards as I participated and hosted in several swaps

-became intentional about making videos for my YouTube channel

The challenges I had or things that are no longer working:

-only 1 of 3 pieces were accepted in a juried show

-losing loved ones doesn’t work for me

-my husband and I are feeling our age as our health has declined, so I need to do and promote work via less physical avenues

-I’m going on hiatus from writing long works until I feel the Lord call me back to it.

Goals for 2020:

-posting my first solo art show in February

-participate in more ATC swaps

-continue to grow my audience by posting YouTube videos, possible reinstating regular blog posts, learning the Instagram game

-continue the monthly newsletters

-continue to grow my art skills

-enter more art contests

-participate in the local art group more

-paint BIG more

If you have made it this far, thank you for sticking with me. I appreciate you and wish for you to meet your goals for 2020, as well as receive some lovely surprises!

Dawn

Happy Holidays!

This year has brought many changes for me and my family. If you’ve been following my journey, you’ll know that I’ve been focusing more and more on art, and the truth is, that’s where my heart is. “A Heart in Art” became the new motto for my website.

Sadly, we lost my father-in-law this summer. It makes me more aware of all those of my friends who are struggling over the holidays rather than just celebrating.

We also got a puppy. It is still shocking, but my husband, daughter and I have fallen in love with her (Sumi) and she keeps us busy and entertained. She is quite the nosy little one and likes to eat just about anything. She’s quite smart and already knows how to fetch, drop, lay down, up, rollover, and dance. She definitely has selective hearing though!

I am so grateful for the people I have met over the past year, especially the artists who love Jesus as much as I do. I have had moments of pure joy worshiping Him and being on this journey with them.

I want to wish you the merriest of Christmases, happiest of holidays, and a glorious 2020!

Dawn

The Gift

“It’s time!” Sheila announced to the room as she pointed at the clock. “Let the party start!” She pulled a Christmas popper apart, releasing a handful of confetti into the air. Everyone laughed and then chairs shuffled and drawers slammed as my coworkers closed up for the Christmas break.

I closed my tabs on the computer, shut it down, slipped my pens into a cup, and stacked papers into a pile before sliding them into a tall file sitting on my desk. Opening my top drawer to pull out my mirror to check my make-up, I noticed a gift sitting in the back of the drawer. Hmm, I thought. That’s strange. “When did that get there?” I whispered under my breath. I looked around, but no one was nearby. I spotted a tiny tag on it with my name written I curling festive letters.

I looked around once again, but the office had been deserted from everyone headed to the cafeteria. I pulled the gift out and set it upon my desk. The burgundy box was held together by a bright silver ribbon. Jewelry entered my mind, and I wondered who would have given me jewelry at work. And did they know I was dating someone? Nobody here knows that though, I mused.

Curiosity got the better of me so I pulled the ribbon. The bow slid easily apart and shimmered as it landed on the desk. I stared at it for a moment, appreciating the moment. I lifted the lid and exchanged one sparkle for another as gold shined out at me from a bed of white. A tiny key glittered at me.

I picked it up and stared at it, turning it first one way, and then the other, watching the light reflect. What is it for? A charm for a necklace or a bracelet? It couldn’t actually unlock anything, could it? Maybe a locket…or a diary…or even one of those tiny old suitcase locks.

I put it back in the box, then picked up the lid and noticed a note inside. It too was written in curling festive lettering:

“I’ve been watching you closely

and know your heart is good.

Come visit my amazing world,

by unlocking a door of wood.”

I looked around again, instinct I guess. I knew there was nobody left in the office. This is crazy, I thought, as I stared at the walls hoping a door would emerge from the drywall. But, no doors emerged, not big or small, so I put the lid back on the box and slipped it, along with the ribbon and note, into my purse. I’ll deal with it later.

The Boy (a Petrarchan Sonnet)

***This is a sonnet in the form of ABBA ABBA CDECDE***

When King Herod called the money changer

To count all the people across the land

From Galilee Sea to Bethlehem sand

Baby boys were born in extreme danger.

Wisemen came from distant countries stranger

While sleeping lowly shepherds took a stand

When an angel came and held up his hand

To share the news of hope born in a manger.

Followed across the fields a glowing star

to a stable with animals so stark

the humble bundle lay awake that night

as shepherds and wisemen traveled so far.

To this world of despair and broken dark,

He’s brought peace, hope, and joy, ’cause He is light.

 

Life Goes Awry with a Puppy

Hi Friends!

I cannot believe it has been over a month since I posted a note here. I posted on November 1st, left for a writing retreat on November 2 and picked up my new puppy, Sumi, on my way back into town. Life went crazy after that. Make sure if you get a puppy, you have lots of energy!

I am really excited with all that’s going on in my creative life though. I presented my art at a couple of holiday shows and had an author event last month. Currently, I have paintings in two galleries: the Dayton Society of Artists on High Street in Dayton and at the Coterel Gallery on 2nd Street in Xenia. I have also just finished another large commission and begun a new series of watercolors!

Here’s wishing you all a wonderful holiday season!

Dawn

My Newsletter

Hi friends!

This is your official invitation to sign up for my email newsletter, as I would love to have you. Today marks the 3rd one and I really enjoy putting them together, and have received good reviews on the first two. I have been writing for and editing one for the Dayton Christian Scribes for over a year now and decided it was time to write one for my friends, to keep them updated on what’s going on with me. In this day of constantly changing algorithms on social media, this is the way to make sure you don’t miss a thing.

Feel free to fill out the form on the front page of this website to register, or you can contact me on any social media where we connect already and I can add you to the email list. Following this blog does not sign you up for the newsletter, though I am grateful you do.

I haven’t created a name for the newsletter yet and would love to have your input, so please email me or contact me with your suggestions. I love hearing and seeing others’ creativity!

Also, NaNoWriMo begins today, so wish me luck with my editing this month!

As always, I’m wishing you many blessings.