While trying a new brush stroke, I found it worked well for painting flamingos, and so I ended up filling a few sheets of paper with them. After deciding that flamingos would be in my newest painting, I studied a little about them.

The new thing I tried in this painting is to make a border with masking tape so there is room to frame it. I learned this in high school, but was just reminded of it again. Always something new to learn (or be reminded of).

Next exercise - copy a master’s work. While this was not what I started out to do, I found a public domain painting with a girl who reminded me of - me!

Driving through the country recently, I was delighted with the leaves blowing around on the road in front of my car - it looked like they were dancing! It was a reminder that even small things can bring joy. I am thankful in this Thanksgiving season for small joys as well as the larger blessings.

About a month ago our washer quit. While we waited for the arrival of a new one, I went to the laundromat to wash our clothes. I remember going with my Mom sometimes when I was growing up. This is our local one. I met some nice people there, but usually I was the only one.

Washing clothes reminds me that Jesus is the only one that can cleanse us from our sin. He has the clean water and detergent. All we have is filthy, dirty water so can never get clean on our own. We need to give ourselves to Jesus and trust Him do the washing.