Sunday, May 31, 2015


Today I tapped into the race, others are running it. It is my turn to support from the sideline. Comrades day in South Africa is always exciting to witness even from your TV screen. I know people running as perhaps so do you and I have known those that never finished it , dusted that off and are trying again.

Today, others run a different kind of race. In Stellenbosch University a gifted young lady pours her heart into her painting as she faces both the agony and ecstasy of producing works of art. Time is ticking as she runs towards the deadline of her exhibition. A close friend runs a different race of sorts, one involved in moving house. No doubt her works of art will declare this victory and transformation but for now she must be sweating in her endeavour to settle. And yet another  friend is on the road to healing . I stood beside them all today as I prayed for the soothing balm to get into the runners joints, the artists soul and my friend's mind.

I've heard it said that drawing is likened to slaying the dragon in order to rescue the princess. How aptly put for many of us when we embark on a new work, face a blank canvas or dare to pull the plug out of a creative block.

I surrounded these folk with a soothing song today. They run their race well. We are all worthy of finding truth deep inside, we all deserve the Glory as we step onto the dance floor of this called life.

We need to know that we are prepared for a time such as this. As a farmer prepares his soil before harvesting, as the runner crosses the finish line, the artist completes the phase of work done, the mover enters new ground to nest, all are is tomorrows beginning unfolding in this life's race. Trials and tribulations will come. Be strong , endure the hardships for we live in the promise of Hope and Peace.

Monday, May 18, 2015


This morning as I prepared for class, I looked out the window of my fragrant kitchen and delighted in seeing the Garden Queen standing so proud to face the morning light. I thought to post her for all you Rose painters, in particular some special folk in studio today. Behind the scenes , the crab flower displays her bustling flowers as busy as the smells on top of my stove. Roasted onions, pumpkin, tomatoes and coloured peppers will soon merge to create a heartening and thick soulful soup to be enjoyed a little later on. This glory is so bright that even the electric fence adds to the dynamism of the image and after the rose it can no longer be seen nor felt. A reminder to us to fix our thoughts on all that is true and lovely and noble, and admirable. To think on this that is worthy of such praise. (Philipians 4:8&9)

Magnificent Monday
Bathed in Glory s light by Ana P de Vlieg