Betrayed

*This is a poem I wrote after delivering my only child to college for the first time, making us empty-nesters.*

The sun has absconded with my heart.

I am betrayed.

Prepping the introvert for a world of adulting

created an unintentional bandit, who stole my wind.

Watching her confidently walk away, alone,

salty rain shrivels my skin as clouds move in.

We can’t leave her here, amongst the unknown—

a desert of people, with no one to watch and care.

My eyes bloat as mucus runs like a river.

“Come back!” I yell, as we drive away, stormy-eyed.

Stepping back into home after the sun has gone,

a hurricane spins in my chest at the emptiness.

Will the clouds ever brighten anew in my soul?

Shield, sow, weed, water, prune, and feed that warm child.

Prepare her for an arid cold winter at college.

She sends me texts, and then when I call, talks and smiles.

I am betrayed. 

No one told me to prep myself for the tornado of pain. 

The worst part of parenthood is letting go.

Butterfly

How did the butterfly get its name?
Did it land on a stick of butter? 
Or maybe on the butter churn?
Did the first one have wings of yellow?
Or did it slide down a window easily?
Did it flutter around with pollen on its feet?

How did the butterfly get its name?
Did it steal the milk and butter? 

Photo cc0 from Pixabay.

“Joy”: A Good News Story

Hello friends!

I wanted to tell you a story about the sale of one of my paintings. Last winter I painted a series of watercolor and ink 16 x 20 inch paintings that I called “Fruits of the Spirit.” The first one, called “Joy,” gave me great joy as I painted it with Holy Spirit. As so many times these days, God went ahead of me. He gave me an assignment and I did my duty by obeying. Sometimes we don’t ever get to see the reward of our obedience, but on this occasion, I have certainly been blessed.

My friend Gina decided to buy this painting for her mom, Linda, as a birthday gift. Now, Linda is a strong woman of God and a pleasure to be around. She is empathetic, compassionate, and sympathetic to people’s plights. She spends time working with several organizations to bring the Word and move God’s kingdom forward.

When Gina gave her mom the painting, she also gave her a live sunflower and sent me some photos, which of course were very fun. On Facebook, Gina tagged me in a post to Linda, where she commented, “I decided to hang that wonderful picture in the dining room between the sconces. It looks so cute there and kind of hugs you wherever you go in the house. Tell Dawn I just love it so much.”

Now that in and of itself was a blessing, and I was assured that my “client” and friends were satisfied. But God. He gives us more than we can imagine.

A couple of weeks later, I was at an author event and Linda stopped in. She came near and told me how much she loves the painting, and that whenever she enters the house from her garage she sees it. She said it makes her so happy. As she was hugging me and making me tear up, the Holy Spirit in me confirmed that I had painted that for her specifically. ***Mind blown.***

God is so good. Linda sat with me for a while and began to pray for me. The next thing I knew, she was praying in tongues over me and gave me an extremely fulfilling Word from God. That’s how God works sometimes. Just out of the blue, a Word, a feeling, a blessing comes at you and blows you away. These moments with Him are amazing and I wish everyone I knew would grow close enough to Him, seeking Him, so they would experience them as I do. God is here, all the time. He is faithful and never changing. We just need to plug into His flow.

Today as I remember that moment, I thank my friend, Gina, and her mom, Linda, because of their faithfulness. I also thank God because there is no better feeling in the world than getting a glimpse with Him. It fills my heart and overflows.

Wishing you warmest blessings,

Dawn

Abyss

Most days I swim in the shallows of daily life,

“What’s for dinner;

Honey, help me please;

Oh, that looks good;

Where is this thing?”

Occasionally, Great White dives into the abyss

and pulls a glowing creature 

from the depths of my darkness

that illuminates a way for others,

be it a story, a poem, or a painting.

New Paintings: Introducing the “Fantasy Flora 2” Collection

Hello my amazing friends!

I just wanted to share some new paintings I’ve been working on. I need to get them in the shop!

The last one, “Violet Burgundy” (snort, did you see what I did there?), is going to be a featured painting for a juried art show I was judged into! Details to come on that next week, but keep open June 14th or 15th. But for now, I hope you like them as much as I do, and watch for them in the shop.

God bless!

Dawn

My First Art Show

Hello, friends!

I’m so excited to tell you about my first art show! It’s beginning today, May 16, at the Village Artisans Gallery in Yellow Springs and the show is titled, “Birds & Bees: Pollinators and Awareness of Beneficial Insects.” It will run until June 21, and I will be attending the ending reception that day from 6-9pm. These three framed works will be available for sale there, and the new art prints are available in the shop on the website at DMPaul.com:

I’m inviting you to come see the show. It’s an amazing artsy place! Until next time, bee creative! (See what I did there? LOL)

Dawn

My First Art Submission

Hi friends!

I’m excited to share with you that I’ve entered my first art contest. I am praying my images are received well, as I’ve entered a few of the “Fantasy Flora” collection. I also wrote my first artist statement. It’s a bit on the short side, but hopefully has enough interesting info to help the submission. I’ll share it with you here as well as the images I entered.

“Artist Statement – As a Christian artist, I love to see pops of colors in our natural world. Taking moments to slow down and savor the incredible things that God created is important to me, especially since our everyday lives are so busy. I paint to share this experience.  Each digital painting has its own story and inspiration in the “Fantasy Flora” collection. My hope is that these images enable the viewer to focus on something outside of their busy schedule, to gain a few moments of mental rest.”

Hope you are finding time to have moments of mental rest this week!

God bless you,

Dawn

The Shop is UP!

Hello friends!

Once again it’s been a while since I’ve blogged, but I have some exciting news-my art skill practice has paid off. I’ve been accepted into the Grove City Wine and Arts Festival juried show! It will be June 14 & 15 in Grove City, Ohio. I am totally excited, but there is so much to do!

Another bit of exciting news is that my shop is finally set up here on the website. You can now purchase book sets, autographed books, and fine art in the form of digital prints of my digital paintings and/or original watercolor paintings.

The rebranding has gone well. You may have noticed the new logo:

The short stories and poems I’ve written over the past few years are still available for free here, so please take a look around and enjoy a mental rest.

In gratitude,

Dawn