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.

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

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.

NaNoWriMo 2019

Hi friends!

I am excited to do National Novel Writing Month again this year. Last year I signed up, but didn’t participate as I had entered a mentoring program and was working on art over writing. This year I’ll be reworking the next four novels in “The Tales of Christian Tompta.”

I need a title for the new series, and that will take some thought because when I began publishing the series a few years ago, my idea was that the titles would all line up alphabetically and that the book covers would create a rainbow. I have a little OCD and sometimes get annoyed at the book store when the books are out of order on the shelf. It’s definitely easier these days when I can just pull out my phone and Google the author or the order of books, but still.

The first four books fall into that range. I also can no longer use “Gnomeling” in the title as our beloved Christian has become a “Gnomeleur.” He has finally won his mystical shoes and conical!

I have to say, the new series is super fun. There are many new characters and Christian makes another friend, though we will always miss Topher. Now that Christian has some freedom from the family home on the book shelf, he gets introduced to new and exciting things. I really wish I could talk about them! I don’t want to give away any spoilers though. What I can say about the next four books is that each is an individual story, with differing plots and an overarching theme throughout the series. It will be best to read them in order again, of course, but not as necessary as the first series.

Talking about the new series is definitely getting me fired up for NaNoWriMo! It also makes me think I need to finish a spinoff story for one of the characters I began in NaNoWriMo 2017. That guy is so fun! November is going to be super busy with the events I have planned,  trying to get through almost 2000 words per day, and Thanksgiving, but I know I can do it.

Please let me know if you are planning to do NaNoWriMo and want to be friends on the new website. Unfortunately, we have lost all our buddies from the old site.  I would also love to hear what you are writing about. For me, NaNo is buckle down time-hard work time. And after 30 days, I feel extremely accomplished when I’m finished. This year will be especially good as I’ll be that much closer to publishing the new series!

Blue Sky, White Cloud

Hi Friends!

Looking for objects in the clouds was a fun game as a child when I traveled in the car or laid in the grass on a hot summer day, dreaming of the future. Driving across country this past summer reminded me of those sweet memories so I’m happy to announce the release of my new book, “Blue Sky, White Cloud.” It’s a 32 page book chock full of cloud photos and what might be seen in them.

The book is now available on Amazon. I hope you receive as much fun and enjoyment reading it with your kids and/or grandkids as I had creating it as an adult and remembering my childhood imagination. It also has the benefit of showing children different people’s perspectives.

To get your copy click here: https://tinyurl.com/y299r2xk