ARE MY NEIGHBORS BURSTING WITH PRIDE?

ARE MY NEIGHBORS BURSTING WITH PRIDE?

I’m certain my American neighbors are bursting with pride this July 4th weekend. After all, it is Independence Day.

Perhaps, you’ll toss a Frisbee, share a picnic lunch, and/or enjoy spectacular fireworks.

To help you celebrate, I created an illustration titled, Home of the Brave. And today, it’s also featured over at Kathy Temean’s Writing and Illustration Blog.

HOME OF THE BRAVE - TRACY CAMPBELL - JUNE 17, 2015

“Great blessings belong to those who have the Lord as their God!”

Psalm 33:12b (ERV)

Happy 4th of July,

Tracy

P.S. I’m taking a blogging break. See you in September. :-)

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3 REASONS ME AND MY TWITTERS TWEET—CREATIVE TUESDAYS

3 REASONS ME AND MY TWITTERS TWEET—CREATIVE TUESDAYS

I race toward the finish line. I run out of time.

Still, it’s a happy day. At least I finish the line drawing for Creative TuesdaysTweet! That’s the first reason.

Lame, I know.

The second reason this mama, her two little twitters and I tweet is because it’s Canada’s 148th birthday. Tweet, tweet. Okay, so we’re a day early.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CANADA - BLOG POST - JUNE 30, 2015

Third, we’re proud to live in a country whose Canadian national motto (inscribed on Canada’s Coat of Arms below) is based on the verse found in my trusty guidebook.

Canada's Coat of Arms

Canada’s Coat of Arms – Artwork by Karen E. Bailey/courtesy of the Library and Archives Canada

Et dominabitur a mari usque ad mare,

et a flumine usque ad terminos terrae“.


“He shall have dominion also from sea to sea,

and from the river unto the ends of the earth”.

Psalm 72:8 (AKJV)

Now that school is out, it wouldn’t hurt to remind the kiddies how fortunate they are to live in our great country Canada. A country where we can still express our opinions and beliefs.

Before I dismiss my class, your kiddies will want to print off another FREE coloring page (shown below) over at “Kids’ Corner”.

hikids2

Happy Birthday, Canada!

As the kiddies scribble or color, sing our national anthem—O Canada. And don’t forget to point out the words in the anthem, “God keeps our land glorious and free!”.

Now, please flitter over to Creative Tuesdays’ blog and whistle at the other creative twitters.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CANADA! (Tomorrow)

Tracy

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P.P.S. How will you celebrate your country’s birthday?

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A NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE IN GREENISH-BLUE WATERS – CREATIVE TUESDAYS

A NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE IN GREENISH-BLUE WATERS – CREATIVE TUESDAYS

Aqua is the color that’s half way between green and blue on the color wheel.

Aqua is also the Latin word for water.

So when our Creative Tuesdays’ host, Michael, chose the word “aqua”, I immediately thought of that greenish-blue liquid that fills a swimming pool, and the ocean.

Now, I don’t live near an ocean and I don’t have a swimming pool. But, childhood memories of swimming in greenish-blue water at the indoor community pool float through my mind.

I loved:

  • drenching friends with humongous cannonballs,
  • whacking a volleyball over the net,
  • showing off my diving skills (sometimes a graceful dive morphed into a belly flop—ouch, and
  • swim meets.

Oh oh…a terrible memory surfaced.

One summer day, as sidewalks sizzled like plugged-in frying pans, the scorching sun lured schools of fish (me and my friends) to the community pool.

Squealing kids somersaulted into the crowded pool. Others scampered up clammy ladders to practice their diving skills. Some, in the deep end, whacked a volleyball over the net. And most, splashed, screamed, and giggled.

I sauntered over to the middle of the pool’s edge, inhaled and plunged head-first into the refreshing aqua-colored water.

My breaststroke and frog kick propelled me. I won’t have to come up for air.

My confidence surged.

One stroke to go.

My outstretched arm slammed into a wall of slippery skin. I surfaced, breathless.

Oh no.

I thrashed the water.

No one sees me.

Choking, I sank like an anchor.

Jesus, help me!

Up-down-up. I was a bobber on a fishing line.

Strong arms yanked me out of the pool.

God, you did everything you promised,
    and I’m thanking you with all my heart.
You pulled me from the brink of death,
    my feet from the cliff-edge of doom.
Now I stroll at leisure with God
    in the sunlit fields of life.”

Psalm 56:12-13 The Message (MSG)

 

Now that I live in Wasaga Beach (a tourist town known for having the longest freshwater beach in the world), I don’t have to swim in greenish-blue liquid. Then again, if I venture into an ocean, I may get to swim with my bubble-blowing-fashionista-fishy, Fancy.

FANCY

To view other fancy art. Please visit Michael’s Creative Tuesdays.

When you have time, click on the coloring page below for your free download.

FREE COLORING PAGE

Have a fun and safe summer,

Tracy

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P.P.S. Do you have a poolside story to share?

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WHAT DOES HEAVEN LOOK LIKE? – CREATIVE TUESDAYS

WHAT DOES HEAVEN LOOK LIKE? – CREATIVE TUESDAYS

This week’s theme was to create a scene with a tree that depicts a fairy tale or a scene that has an element of fantasy that a child can relate to.

Children love magical places. I love magical places too, and I know heaven is a magical place.

I realize my whimsical illustration doesn’t come close to describing what heaven looks like, but the last book in my trusty manual sure paints some dazzling word pictures.

HEAVEN'S DOOR

WELCOME TO HEAVEN – TRACY CAMPBELL

Here are just a few of those heavenly word pictures:

  • That wondrous city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of the skies from God, was filled with the glory of God and flashed and glowed like a precious gem, crystal clear like jasper.
  • Its walls were broad and high, with twelve gates guarded by twelve angels.
  • The city itself was pure, transparent gold like glass.
  • The wall was made of jasper and was built on twelve layers of foundation stones inlaid with gems,
    • the first layer with jasper,
    • the second with sapphire,
    • the third with chalcedony,
    • the fourth with emerald,
    • the fifth with sardonyx,
    • the sixth layer with sardus,
    • the seven with chrysolite,
    • the eighth with beryl,
    • the ninth with topaz,
    • the tenth with chrysoprase,
    • the eleventh with jacinth, and
    • the twelfth with amethyst.
  • The twelve gates were made of pearls—each gate from a single pearl.
  • There was a river of pure Water of Life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and the Lamb, coursing down the center of the main street.
  • On each side of the river grew Trees of Life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, with a fresh crop each month.
  • Its gates never close, they stay open all day long. There will be no night there—no need for lamps or sun—for the Lord God will be their light.
  • Nothing evil will be permitted in it—no one immoral or dishonest—but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

If you want to learn more about what heaven looks like, read Revelation 21. I’m certain your child would also love to listen as you read all about that magical, fantastical place.

Here’s a snappy, happy music video produced by Bill and Gloria Gaither—When We All Get to Heaven.

Have a heavenly day,

Tracy

P.S. Please visit all of the other artists over at Michael’s blog—Creative Tuesdays

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HOW TO SHOW A CHILD THEY ARE LOVED – CREATIVE TUESDAYS

HOW TO SHOW A CHILD THEY ARE LOVED – CREATIVE TUESDAYS

Creative Tuesdays new theme is “WET”.

So, after plunking on my thinking cap the words “a child’s tears” flooded my brain. And that’s when a sad memory surfaced.

Back in high school my art teacher made me cry (although I didn’t dare shed a tear in front of her). You see, she had the audacity to tell me I didn’t have an artistic bone in my body. I suppose the “C” scrawled on my report card should’ve been a clue.

Humph.

I didn’t think my drawings and paintings were too shabby. Heck, I even patted myself on the back with her yardstick.

Unfortunately, her poisonous words crushed my creative spirit, and I tossed my sketch pad aside for twenty-two years.

“Words kill, words give life, they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.”

     Proverbs 18:21 (The Message)    

Perhaps, if she had chosen kind words, my artistic endeavors would have blossomed earlier.

I can’t change the past, but I can suggest that Elementary School teachers and/or Sunday School teachers hand out these notes to their students. As the students color them in, teachers could talk about the importance of choosing their words carefully.

BEE HAPPY, HONEY BEAR

“Gracious speech is like clover honey—

good taste to the soul, quick energy for the body.”

Proverbs 16:24 (The Message)

I’d planned on adding color to my “Bee Happy, Honey Bear”, instead I got carried away playing around with the colored backgrounds and adding the encouraging words.

Parents could also cut-out and tuck these encouraging notes into their child’s lunch bag. My mom tucked hand-written notes into my lunch bag and I did that for my kids too (I wish I had done more of that though).

Like I mentioned above, I can’t change the past but I will encourage young minds to follow their dreams. So kids, keep at it, you can do it!

Next week, these four notes (and a bonus note) will be available in My Whimsical Shop.

In the meantime, to download a FREE coloring page that will encourage the child in your life to “keep at it”, just click on the image below.

FREE COLORING PAGE

Did you know coloring reduces anxiety? It also helps inspire creativity.

How do you show love to the child in your life?

Bear Hugs and Blessings,

Tracy

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