Art Challenges are AWESOME!!

I am enjoying this art challenge so much more than I ever thought I would.

More details below, but here a few of my favorites hearts so far:







The current heart art challenge will be done in a couple of weeks and I'm already planning another one for 2020.

These are the highlights for me so far:

  1. Getting back into watercolor painting.  I haven't used watercolors in a very long time and need to make them a regular part of my creative process.  
  2. Relearning old stuff.... Like how different papers absorb paint.  Some of the paper pads I've been using were bought over the years when they were on sale and put in my art storage boxes, so it's been interesting relearning how to use them and the difference between different poundage of the paper, the different textures of the paper, etc.
  3. Working faster and thinking less.  Sometimes it is very easy to over think during the creative process.... it's like trying for perfection, but losing out on the fun of playing with line and color.  I'm experiencing more joy in my creative process now more than ever before.  Freedom and fun.

To see all of the hearts created so far, please go here: https://heartart2019.blogspot.com/








* I try my best to have the photos match the original artworks as exactly as possible, but colors may vary from monitor to monitor.

** All images on this website are © by Michelle McSpadden, and may not be copied or used in any way without expressed written permission **

Love Notes 2


Love Notes are a part of the Project Love series where I share a little bit of wisdom/revelation that I have learned as I continue to walk with Jesus and meditate on scripture.  

Before I get too far ahead of myself, here are a few mini paintings hanging out together:



The most recent focus scripture for me to reflect on was 1 Cor 16:14  Let all that you do be done in love.  


As I started to contemplate on this new focus scripture, I knew that I needed to be more mindful about my heartfelt intentions before I began any activity or spoke a word. Thinking on how Jesus did things...in love. All that He did was in love and because of love.

Let all that you do be done in love.

It doesn't say in haste, anger, or spite. Love...is caring, kind, truthful, patient, hopeful, and endures as Paul expounds in 1 Corithians 13 verse 4 - 7: Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

I have had the opportunity to actually live out "Let all that you do be done in love" several times over the past few weeks while serving a sister in Christ at her home with household duties. There were times when I was spoken to very rudely and harshly. Times when I was verbally abused and belittled. I had to pray "Jesus, please help me to love right now, becuz I don't feel like it. Help me to serve as if serving you directly. You were mistreated much more than I will ever be and yet you loved. You endured. Help me to endure this and not repay evil with evil, but to continue to show your kind of love." The mistreatment continued to get worse and then I was graciously released from the situation. Looking back on things, I'm so thankful that the Lord was leading me and teaching me how to live out that scripture when things were difficult.


My next scripture focus will be on Psalm 63:3 Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.







* I try my best to have the photos match the original artworks as exactly as possible, but colors may vary from monitor to monitor.

** All images on this website are © by Michelle McSpadden, and may not be copied or used in any way without expressed written permission **

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