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2014schacon_NewYearHello friends! I realize “the New Year” is kind of old news by now. 2014 has just been a weird year so far and I finally feel like I’m getting back into routine.

*Disclaimer: Some of these doodles are literally taped to my wall. I didn’t bother to set up any fancy methods to shoot these. I just pointed my camera and clicked. Don’t judge. Just read.*

Do you guys set resolutions? Yearly goals? Word-of-the-year? I’ve had lots of thoughts and plans and hopes for 2014, but I haven’t settled down enough to write them out like my mentor keeps suggesting. I typically don’t, but if I’ve come to any “resolution” or mantra for 2014, it is this:

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This is what keeps whirling around in my head as the Señor and I talk about plans for our little family (ok, “big” family according to national statistics, but whatever, who’s counting…). I heard someone say recently “bigger and better ain’t always better”. (Yes, I live in the South and “ain’t” comes out of my mouth occasionally.) It is taking 30-something years to realize that, but it’s true. I tend to get bogged down with what “everyone else” is achieving. I read blogs of successful artists and think, “I want to be like that when I grow up!” Then I have to kick myself in the pants and quit daydreaming and realize they didn’t get to where they are by wishing and watching. So now, the wanderer in me is getting that itch to wander some more and find the simple life…

Anyway, back to the doodling…2014schacon_JanSketch05

I recently came across this website called They Draw and Cook. I was inspired to give it a try. I love chips and salsa. Homemade salsa, not that mush that comes in a jar… So I chopped up a batch and had myself a snack, and a doodle.

We’ve recently started at new series at our church in Exodus. This is how I take notes during church. This was the burning bush.2014schacon_JanSketch06

And this was a song lyric on a different week. And yes, these are my notes on the cover of my bulletin. I hope we never change bulletin formats. I really need that blank front cover… 🙂2014schacon_JanSketch03

Do you know the story behind the hymn It is Well? It’s kind of a sad tragedy of events that lead Spafford to write it. It’s always been a favorite. I posted a peek of a version of this artwork in a previous post. It was for a friend whose family has experienced several losses in the past year. I hope that whenever their families look at this artwork in their home it brings comfort and hope.

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I finished the black and white version, but later, I decided I wanted to give more energy to it, because really, it is hopeful. The last verse of the song says:

And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.

How can you not get excited about that!? It’s a work in progress, and I’ll get back to it when it speaks to me again.

And finally, one more peek from my sketchbook. I played around with a mix of acrylic, watercolor and ink on this one. Not my typical style, but I think it came together ok.

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What have you been working on in this “new” year?

~Stacey

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