Everything Else Is Icing On The Easter Cake

He is not here.

He is not here.

How do children best engage with the account of the resurrection of Jesus Christ?

How do you share that account with your own children in a meaningful way?

I’ve always loved Easter; the fun activities; dyeing eggs, Easter egg hunts, the dresses, the fancy duds for the guys, the Easter baskets, the FLOWERS–

We’ve tried various things over the years to help our children connect more of the dots between all of the hoopla and Reason we celebrate; reading the Easter Story while opening the set of plastic Easter eggs that each held a little token with meaning; participating in the Holy Week services leading up to Easter, and then the Easter midnight service at the Greek Orthodox Church. This is an intensely meaningful and interactive experience. I highly recommend participating at least once, even if you aren’t Orthodox!

Cross with children on white background

He is risen, just as He said!

I’ve seen other neat ideas on the web, especially on Facebook and Pinterest; especially the shallow clay saucers mounded with damp soil and a few rocks, and a flowerpot tipped on its side, and grass planted over the mound. Maybe even a small wood cross planted by the flowerpot “tomb.”

All of these ideas are good ones, but I believe that the best and simplest of all symbols to explain to our children is the empty cross draped in purple. He is NOT here; He has risen, just as He said!

That empty cross says it all! The purple cloth fluttering in the breeze reminds us of Christ’s royalty, of his triumph, of the glory and promise of heaven for each of us who believe…

It is my prayer for each of my children that the symbol of the empty cross has worked its way down deep into their hearts so that when they see it, they can’t help but smile and rejoice, and remember that Christ died to save us, but He didn’t stay in the grave; He rose again!

Everything else is just icing on the Easter cake.

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Give Us Our Daily Bread…

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“‘Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.‘” 

Does this passage sound familiar? It’s the Lord’s prayer, from Matthew 6:9-13 I’ve quoted the passage from the New International Version (NIV) here for the sake of more modern usage so that it’s easier to understand, but I memorized it long ago in the New King James Version (NKJV), and that’s the translation which has stuck with me. You’re welcome to add this verse to my products in whichever translation appeals most to you! All of these Bread & Rolls products are fully customizable.

I got to thinking of these verses, and particular Matthew 6:11 (Give us today our daily bread) in the context of this artwork I’ve recently created. God is our Heavenly Father. He loves us and wants us to ask Him for good things, and to rely on Him for our daily provision. I am so grateful that He is my Heavenly Father, and that He provides daily for me.

He also expects me to work for my living. One of the things I do to provide for myself and my family is to create artwork and post it on Zazzle.

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Is there any mention of carrots in the Bible?

Maybe they fall under the verse, “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” Matthew 6:28-29

We don’t often see the flowers on garden carrots, but wild carrots, or Queen Anne’s lace display some of the prettiest flowers in nature, and the flower of the garden carrot is pretty similar.

I love the way carrots vary in color, and how they’re so orange while their tops are such a lovely yellow-green, and I’ve tried to play that contrast up here.

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Orange and Gold Fish

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When I see this fish, I think of the five loaves and two smal fish that Jesus fed the five thousand. He miraculously fed crowds on at least two occasions recorded in the Gospels, (Mark 6:30-44, Luke 9:10-17 John 6:1-14, and Mark 8:1-10)

When Jesus fed the five thousand, two small fish miraculously became enough for everyone who was present, listening to him teach.

I also enjoy watching fish swim in aquariums. I’m particularly fond of koi and goldfish, so I’ve used that coloring for this fish design.

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Fresh green snap peas

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There are passages in the Bible that mention lentils, but I’m pretty sure there aren’t any that mention peas. I’m not too fond of lentils except in Mediterranean dishes, but I do enjoy fresh green snap peas and snow peas.

This pop art design is one of my favorite drawings so far! I’ve gotten quite a kick out of designing a wide variety of items with it for everyday use by people of all ages.

I hope you like it too!

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Potatoes

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Potatoes come in a range of colors, textures and sizes, and I’ve drawn two of the most common varieties here.

The potato is a very humble spud. It’s not as exciting or dramatic as green peas or orange carrots, and it’s most often appreciated in forms that look nothing like its original self. Mashed potatoes, scalloped potatoes, french fries, waffle fries, potato chips… Am I making you hungry yet?

While I enjoyed drawing these potatoes, I quickly realized that they weren’t dramatic enough to look nice on products by themselves. You’ll see more of them later in another composition.

Red Onions

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What could be more dramatic or command more immediate respect and attention than these beautiful, purple-skinned red onions, especially once they’re sliced? Onion fumes are one of the things we all dread getting in our eyes when cooking in the kitchen, but onions lend so much flavor to so many dishes that would be missed if we didn’t have them!

I’ve created a few products on Zazzle with these Red Onions. You’re welcome to check them out!

 

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Button mushrooms are very neutral in color, but a wonderful addition to any grouping of vegetables, or artwork featuring vegetables. Their spongy round caps and soft, squishy stems lend a bit of humor to any composition.

I used to love the flavor of mushrooms added to many dishes. Now, even though I can’t eat them, just the sight of them makes me smile!

I hope this Button Mushrooms artwork makes you smile too! Check it out!

Mixed Vegetables

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The veggies I’ve drawn so far were ultimately intended for the composition at right, titled Mixed Veggies.

I wanted a fun medley of shapes, colors and sizes of vegetables to create a special, one-of-a-kind design that I could use on Zazzle’s new glass cutting boards.

While I’ve made other glass cutting boards with the individual drawings shown above, this design is one my best!

God gave us vegetables to nourish us. Colorful vegetables also make our food both interesting to look at. Vegetables have different textures that also help to make our food more interesting. Crunchy peas and carrots are fun to chew; mushrooms are slightly rubbery, potatoes are soft and creamy, and onions are crunchy and spicy. Together, they make our food tasty and exciting!

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Glass cutting boards featuring my latest designs:

Mixed Veggies Small Glass Cutting Board Green Snap Peas and Pea-Pods Drawing Button Mushrooms Fungi Glass Cutting Board Purple Red Onions Drawing Bread Loaves and Rolls Medium Glass Cutting Board Orange Spring Carrots Drawing Orange and Yellow Fish Large Glass Cutting Board Carrots Peas Onions Round Glass Cutting Board Bread Loaves & Rolls Paddle-shaped Cutting Board

Portfolio Updates

colorado angel business card portfolio sample This evening, I’ve been updating my portfolio on my website.

King's Ride Bookmark design portfolio copy I do this from time to time, because I’ve finished new commissions or when I realize that I’ve left something out that needs to be included.

Tonight, I’ve been updating the sub-categories. I’ve added new book covers to the print book cover designs  and ebook cover designs pages.

I’ve also created a new page for business card designs. I thought I already had one, but apparently not!

In case you’re wondering, the artwork on the business card at top left was remastered from a business card created for one of my clients by another artist. She’d lost the original artwork, and really wanted more business cards with that same design. I was happy to help her!

7 Bubbles portfolio sampleAfter also updating my bookmarks page, I created a new page for picture book designs.

So far, I’ve only had the opportunity to do the artwork for one picture book. It was a lot of fun!

It was so much fun, that I wrote the text for my own picture book, and started illustrating it. I hope to share the results of that effort here sometime soon!

If you’re wondering about my prices, I try to keep them affordable. Please feel free to contact me on Facebook about design work you’d like to have done or ask for samples.