Authenticity- The Key to Authority

The TV show “Yellowstone” has triggered a resurgence in the popularity of being a cowboy. This isn’t anything new really, as the spaghetti westerns of the 50’s and 60’s inspired many kids (and probably adults) to want to be a cowboy as well. But to the “untrained eye”...

Story Behind the Work- Behind the Barn: Farmall F20

If you love farm life, or think highly of farm life, chances are you have fond memories of growing up or visiting a farm when you were younger. Some of these memories could include witnessing the birth of an animal, playing with baby animals, playing in the hay mow,...

Following the Way

"Bright and Morning Star" 9"x12" Pastel on VelourOur family enjoys tent camping in the woods behind our house. We have even cleared a spot that we have designated as our own personal campground. On our camping adventures we like to hike in the woods, and in the spring...

“Captive” Colored Pencil Artwork Inspiration

"Captive" 9"x12" Colored Pencil Original Artowork on tan toned paperI love parables. I love how they give you a vivid illustration of a point. Some of my favorite  writing is the parables of Jesus. Many of the parables deal with farming, which people of Jesus’ day...

Look Up

One of my very favorite stories in the Bible is Joseph of the Old Testament. He was the favorite son of Jacob (who would later become the nation of Israel). Everyone knew he was the favorite, especially his brothers. But when Joseph started having dreams about things...

Blending Colored Pencil with Mineral Spirits

Here is a short video on how I blend colored pencil with odorless mineral spirits. The paper is Clairefontaine  Pastelmat and it has about 3-4 layers of colored pencil on it. I used Faber Castell Polychromos and Caran d'Ache Luminance pencils. 

Restoration Projects

What the chairs looked like originally.What I got into with the seat on the first chair. I pulled out hundreds of tacks and the stuffing was a mixture of what looked like wool and straw.First coats of paint.Just about complete. Seat is finished and dry fitted.I have...

Battling Busyness

We all know what it is like to be busy. It seems like busyness follows us into every stage of life, from our student days, to parenting days, to retirement or even into the child with older parents’ stage. We can all relate to being busy. And business is exhausting,...

Best Quick and Easy Field Dessert

Best Quick and Easy Field Dessert

Planting season is upon us and with that comes field meals. On those long days and late nights of field work, our crew gets especially spoiled with sweets to help them keep going. Of course, those sweets have to be easy to pack, but I hate to buy pre-packaged cookies...