Monday, June 23, 2014

Virtual Blog Tour

Hi! I am doing something new today!
to join a Virtual Blog Tour.
Isn't she sweet!
June is passionate about inspiring others
through her writing and her beautiful pictures
that emanate out of her home in 
beautiful Texas Hill Country.

Now to answer these 4 questions:

1. What am I working on?
Everyday I make a little painting
inspired by a bible verse,
usually a verse that I want to embed
in my heart, and to remember.
Here is what I did today:

2. How does my work differ 
from others of its genre?
I don't know if my work is part of any genre!!!
I guess it's different because
my paintings are part of my faith journal.
I started with embellishing and collage,
something like this:

Then I eventually moved from collage to painting,
and so today, my
faith journal looks like this:

3. Why do I write/create what I do?
In 2006, I felt frustrated that after
I read the Bible and prayed,
I would forget what I prayed about
at 10 in the morning!
So I decided I would do something
to help me remember.
Now all I have to do is to
recall the painting I made!

4. How does your creating process work?
I usually have a stack of backgrounds
to choose from.
The backgrounds are all acrylic splotches
on paper covered with wall putty.
I enjoy making backgrounds
because I feel like a kid!
Then I draw or trace a picture 
on to the background.
 When I have my drawing on the background,
then I paint on it!

Next stops on our Virtual Blog Tour is
I always enjoy visiting Ramona
because there is ALWAYS
something going on in her side of the world.
Maybe today a link party, or a book review, 
some piece of art she is working on,
or a giveaway! 

Gina Belle Sismilich, includes her
middle name because she has been
a Southern belle for the past 3 years
after living in New York City.
She has lusted after her art all her life
but has only dared to try painting
in the past 4 years.
She loves getting her hands dirty with paint,
glue and whatever else she can find
to put on a board or canvas.

Visit them  on June 30
to read their answers to the questions above.

 "Look at the birds in the sky,
they do not sow or reap,
they gather nothing in the barns,
yet your Heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not more important than they?"
Matthew 6:26

"Do not worry," Jesus
tells His disciples.
I am reminded about
Corrie Ten Boom's story.

When she was young
and had witnessed a death
of a baby, she got very anxious
that her father might die.

Her father got concerned
and asked her,
"When you and I go to Amsterdam--
when do I give you your ticket?"
She sniffed a few times
before responding with
"Why, just before we get on the train".
Her father then went on,
"Exactly. And our wise Father
in Heaven knows when we're
going to need things, too.
Don't run out ahead of Him, Corrie.
When the time comes that
some of us will have to die,
you will look into your heart
and find the strength
you need--just in time".

When we do not worry,
we show that we trust in God's
promises, His provision, His love
His power and His providence.

 "Unless you eat the flesh 
of the Son of Man and drink His blood, 
you do not have LIFE within you." John 6:54
This is certainly very strange 

and a "mysterium fidei"-
a mystery of faith. 

What I know is Jesus 
wants us to feed on Him. 
When we eat our meals,
the food becomes a part of us 

and makes us strong.
But when we feed on Jesus,
WE become a part of Him!
A part of His body, a part of His Church.

In the 2nd reading, 

St. Paul makes it clear. 
"The bread that we break, 
is it not a participation in the body of Christ?
Because the loaf of bread is one,
we, though many, are one body, 

for we all partake of the one loaf." 
1 Cor. 10:16-17

 "They did not listen..."
2 Kings 17:14

It amazes me how the Israelites
did not listen to God.
Generation upon generation
would get into trouble,
would be enslaved
because they would be stiff-necked,
disobey, worship gods
of wood or stone.

But how about us today?
Are we aware that God speaks
to us continuously?
Like a radio, He transmits
messages to us but 
His messages do not always
come in clear words.
It may come as an uneasiness
which means we should
not proceed with what we want to do.
It can come through someone
He send s to guide us.
In any case we will only hear
if we "listen".

I remember when we were
deciding to open a papemelroti branch in a mall,
Harrison Plaza, many years ago.
We wanted to, it was a good location,
but something made us balk.
NOT a clear word from God,
but something.
So we  decided not to sign the contract.
The next year, a fire gutted a major
part of the mall.
It would have been a disaster!

So take time to listen!
God has our best interests at heart!!!


  1. Dear Patsy,

    First, thank you for inviting us into your heart on your very special virtual blog tour! You always share so much of your heart and spirit with us through your art, your creativity, your writing - today was even more of a blessing as you unveiled for us some insights and histroy into your creative process!

    Second - thank you so much for inviting me to be the next guest on the virtual blog tour! I felt so special when you picked me - how could I refuse?!

    Have a blessed week, dear friend, on this very Inspiring Monday!

    Create With Joy

  2. All your paintings are wonderful! Thanks for sharing some precious thoughts and about your paintings too.

  3. I love that you share your journaling with us, Patsy! Your paintings, art and words are such an inspiration and encouragement! Thank you so much for being part of the tour!!

  4. Patsy,
    It amazes me how we/I don't listen. I, not unlike you, found myself forgetting what I had read. I have been making tags with Scripture on them. I am next going back to ATC cards with Scripture on one side and lines numbered 1-7 on the other to document a thankful thought, or a Scripture prompt. Your art/prayer journal pictures are so inspirational. We appreciate that you have taken time to share with us at Word Art Wednesday this week.
    Carole Robb Bisson

  5. So glad you shared the process, the inspiration, and the beauty that is so uniquely yours, Patsy. So thankful you are a neighbor at SDG tonight.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

  6. As always...more beautiful art work! I always enjoy stopping by from Unite Linkup. Many blessings!

  7. Loved reading about your painting process, and want to start doing this in my journal. Your art is so inspiring and beautiful.
    Shalom and blessings,

  8. I have loved your art for so speaks volumes to me and I so appreciate the time and effort you put into developing the talent God has given you. You so bless me!

  9. Patsy, your paintings and art are gorgeous in their colors, textures, design and diversity. I love how many of them convey the message of words that are actually hard to swallow - not the typical verses we tend to see paired with lovely paintings. I especially love your bird paintings. What a fantastic way to have the Word of God seep into you and touch others, too. Thank you for sharing your gift with us at Unforced Rhythms.

  10. A lovely visit to a uniquely creative soul ...


I am so glad you dropped by! You are a blessing!
:^) Patsy