Sunday, October 30, 2011

Of Rivers and Time and Finding Peace

If life is
like a river, 
                     dashing, and 

against the shores of time,

bending because of something greater, 
heading for something greater, 
searching for something greater, 

full of many colors and substances, 
diversity pulled together, 

could this fact that it is in a singular piece 
give someone
some peace?

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Autumn Colors, Leaves, and Sun

I am thoroughly enjoying these colors that autumn has claimed. I was especially delighted to see the variety of orange and red shades on the leaves of our maple tree. Wishing you crisp air and vibrant colors, too~ Megan 

Friday, October 28, 2011

Painting the Weeks

October is drifting away with the falling leaves, and I am glad for my calendar paintings that remind me of each day. The chance to slow down and reflect with paint is a very happy thing! ~Megan

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011


Taking steps toward a life full of gratitude, one "thank you" at a time. . .  

556. open windows letting in fresh air

557. blankets

558. walking outside to get the newspaper

559. stories everywhere

560. Pinterest inspiration

561. a knitting project

562. swinging on our back patio

563. leaves changing colors

564. a friend's fun Halloween party

565. my dad's help with science experiments

566. discussions

567. agreeing to disagree

568. stars in a velvety sky

569. peaceful dreams

570. receding colds

571. a peek into church roots and controversies in The Church of the East

572. sisters helping me study for a test

573. my ballet teacher giving birth to a healthy baby girl

574. the fascinating people taking a guitar class with my dad and me at a local community college

575. crisp air

Autumn blessings to you~ Megan

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Painting the Week of Changing Colors

This week the leaves outside began to change from their usual green to more vibrant shades of yellow, orange, and red. For my calendar painting, I changed from my usual method of watercolor paints to watercolor crayons. They are a lot like watercolor pencils, and I liked the added structure they brought.

A little water brushed on top made the crayon lines blur into each other. The more water added, the less pronounced the lines.

I wanted to make my colored tree mirror the real trees outside, so I mixed in some regular yellow watercolor paint.

The finished picture was a mix of all the colors--

Happy painting! ~Megan

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Picturing September

Here's what I've been up to. . . .

 school work 

 accomplishing my first experiment using a microscope

enjoying a wonderful weekend with my cousins, including a walk on the trail behind their house

discovering a spectacular set of stairs on that same trail

The Velveteen Rabbit

learning that our ballet performance next summer will be based on the book The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams (image via Amazon)


admiring Camille's dry erase board art (I'm not sure where the robot and aliens came from. . . usually pink with princesses is the theme of choice) 

admiring sunflowers on the side of the road. . . I decided a blurry picture of them was better than none

taking a guitar class with my dad

 reading a lot of books for literature

practicing for a piano competition

And that translates into. . . .

These five weeks have managed to be very full! I'm hoping blogging will do some of the filling this month! ~Megan