Healing Through My Sketch Pad…

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What a whirlwind this year has been for our family!  In the past year, we have been through selling a home, building a new home for our spankin’ newly blended family, a honeymoon, a familymoon, and some unforeseen surgeries following miscarriages.  In an attempt to navigate through my grief and mend my broken heart, I began to nurture my love for the sketchpad…

In an earlier post, I described The Carousel Project that I have conceptualized for years.  This project is becoming a healing balm for me now… As I blend my love for whimsical carousel characters with my desire to bring light into my painful loss, I have sketched a Christmas reindeer character for our first son, Nicholas.

Later in the summer, we learned that my father was recently diagnosed with colon cancer.  During some of my prayer time, I was inspired to create a special sketch as a gift.  His wife is Vietnamese and his life has been heavily influenced by Asian cultures.  I chose to sketch a Vietnamese dragon grasping a pearl, as in the Eastern tradition, a symbol of protective strength and healing from Heaven.  He was also raised Catholic, and I felt strongly that the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus should be represented within the pearl… a deeply soulful prayer for not only holistic, but also soul-istic, protection and healing.  Embedded within the border is a scripture I felt led to include.  It is a passage that speaks to our faith from John 11:25-26, translated from a Vietnamese bible…

Jesus said to her:  I am the resurrection and the life:

he that believes in Me, although he be dead, shall live,

and every one that lives and believes in Me shall not die for ever…

This is my first drawing that I have ever colored, so I wanted to extend the symbolism through the Heavenly blues and purples in the dragon against the background sunrise of hope… It is my prayer filled healing sketch on its way to Georgia.

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  1. I love your drawings. The one for your father is amazing. Maybe you could experiment with drawing ideas for your little ones who went straight to heaven. I would like to see what you come up with.

    • Thank you so much… Yes, I wish I had more time to reflect on that project. Especially now that school is in full effect for 5 of us, I need to change my focus for a season. For now, I have to keep to daily sketches, a few projects I have going and homework for my professor. It is definitely evolving in my mind, though… 😉

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