Watercolor Cards

My first card set went out, and much to my delight, my patron loved them!

I have always enjoyed making cards for people. Whether it was just to let them know they are being thought of, to say thanks, or to give words of encouragement, I think hand written and homemade says, “You are worth my time. You are loved.” 



Who in your life would be encouraged to get a hand written card from you?

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October Print Sale!

Thank you for looking! Click on the pictures for pricing and sizing information.

And I apologize to my John Deere lovers! I haven’t had the opportunity to get out into the fields with the green tractors! I’m always looking for the chance, though.

 

* The sale is for 2 weeks only!  It is easiest for me to print in bulk, therefore I will be taking your orders only through October 11, 2017, and shipping no later than October 16, 2017 to ensure you receive your print in a timely manner.

* Please email me aceortiz17@gmail.com with the picture(s) name, size, and quantity of each.

*Paypal, Venmo, or check

 

Love is Like a Cactus

Love Is Like A Cactus

(A poem for Lydia on her 6th birthday)

 

In a fertile Midwest land, the grass grows so green,

And the fields surround me like a hug for miles unseen.

The rain is no stranger, even in the Summer.

It falls like kisses to the land, saturating it in wonder.

Things grow and grow and grow and grow,

Having everything they need.

And it makes me wonder how things grow in deserts

From fragile little seeds?

Plants must be tough in the South,

A different kind of breed-

A little more hardy, a little more enduring, and a little more prickly, too.

For that big sun beats down on the land,

Scorching everything in its view.

Yet somehow the Myrtles flower and the Cactus blooms,

Maybe they reserve what they need in tiny storehouse rooms?

I grew alongside you in our green land dearly missed.

Your hugs were the fields around me, and the Summer rain your little kiss.

And now I think I know how in the hot sun the Cactus still blooms!

It must be love it has stored up in its tiny storehouse room!

Here I may not have your hugs nor on my cheeks your little kiss,

But in the storehouse of my heart is a love enduring all that is missed.

 

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new season, new work

Moving to a new city and state has been an adventure, but it’s also difficult to start over when it comes to having photography clients. On the positive though, the transition has allowed me some time to keep being creative and to explore a little more with the boundaries I’ve been accustomed to when it comes to painting. I am a realist at heart! I love to capture the natural beauty around me. When it comes to painting in the abstract, I have never had much success (although the word success may not be the best since it is fairly relative, especially when it comes to art).  I could never get my hands to achieve the images I saw in my mind. So this time I tried something new. I allowed my hands to be a little more free from the rule of the right side of my brain, and I tried to let what I felt translate into colors. I am excited to keep stretching myself and see what else may come of it!

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Lily. This new painting is an example of my more realistic tendencies.
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But this painting is very new territory for me!

Guatemala

I have done nothing to deserve these opportunities in which God shows me what He’s doing in His people around the world, nor do I deserve the very eyes in which I behold it all; but I am ever grateful.

On September 15, 2014 I embarked on a ten day trip to Tactic, Guatemala with a team of 18 people from my church, Harvest Bible Chapel. Every year Harvest sends a team to serve alongside and experience one of the ministries we partner with. This one is called Impact Ministries. I have never admired a ministry so much! To find out what they’re all about, visit http://www.impactministries.ca

It’s utterly useless to try to convey in words all that is in my heart… Maybe because a considerable portion of my heart is still in the mountains of Alta Verapaz. In a short amount of time, this place and the people have secured an indelible place within me, and I have loved them.

 

 

 

 

Special thanks to: Doug and Kristin Rowland, for being our leaders. Tim and Candy, for putting up with us and leading us well! Hugo and Claudia (and Julie), for keeping us safe, for being so loving, and for the verse. To Les and Rita Peters, who RADIATE Jesus.. so much so that I just wanted to be around you as much as I could! Every time you spoke it was like a motivational speech! Thank you for being so inspiring.. so much like our Lord and Savior. And to the kids, teachers and Church in the Tactic area, I love you and I’m praying for you!

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link to see more pictures of our team while in Guatemala- Harvest team

link to read from our blog while there- daily blog

 

“Depositen en el Señor toda ansiedad, porque él cuida de ustedes.” 1era. Pedro 5:7