As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Hidden Art of Homemaking {Chapter 4: Painting, Sketching, Sculpturing}

Parallel to her perspective on music, Edith suggests that one does not need to possess a great deal of artistic talent in order to paint or sketch as a "hidden art."  I am relieved to hear that.  I never took elective art classes in high school or college, because I did not think that I could draw.  And yet, as an adult I have found pleasure in drawing and painting in my home.  

  • I doodle on my lists and on the calendar posted on the refrigerator.  You might see a birthday cake with candles or a sprig of holly.  My children do this too.  Bekah just showed me her doodle of a stack of books and a book worm that she drew on a dry erase board she bought for her bedroom.

  • I have done a bit of folk art painting, especially during the '80's when "country" decorating was the rage.  I painted this stool.  A serious artist could find lots of flaws, but this stool pleases me.  

  • I have taught my children ( à la Charlotte Mason) to keep nature journals, and I have kept one as well.  (We are very sporadic about this, but something is better than nothing.)


It is not necessary to be an "artist" to enjoy art in the home.  

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  1. I never felt that I could draw either. Certainly not as well as Lindsay or Sarah, but I've managed a few things drawing wise that I liked.

    I love your stool.

    Thanks for posting on these chapters of Edith's book. It's fun going over them again!


  2. Yes, love the stool.

    There were few to none paintings or prints hung on the walls in our home until DD#2 started painting....

  3. Cheryl, I did a lot of art in my childhood years, and took a water color course, etc. I sometimes feel the urge to paint, but then I just shrug it off. My hands give me too much opposition. I really should give it a try again. xo

  4. I think your painted stool is great -- excellent job!

  5. I was truly sad at the home-going of Edith. She writes in my language and her books are treasures to me.

    Hidden art is so all over your home.. I guess you'd then have to say that it isn't hidden is it? I love the way you celebrate and make everything so special. I do believe that knowing how to honor others with the little things we can do to make a fuss is a gift that we pass to the next generation. Our family has been so blessed in this ministry. It's amazing how many people long to be fussed over... and appreciate it so much. Keep on keeping on my friend.

    Blessings, Debbie

  6. One of my very favorite books! I've read it many times...

    Gracious Hospitality

  7. it's so nice the way you enjoy the 'hidden arts' in your everyday life. I am enjoying these little snippets you share with us.
    Your stool is beautiful! The folk-art type of decorating is more my style than much of what is popular today. Think it will ever come back in vogue? I'll enjoy it until then, anyway.

  8. Love the stool! Not being particularly artistic to enjoy art is especially good news for me!

  9. Wow I feel like I've missed a lot of your posts and just caught up. Love the ones on being a mother. And I think you look good with your hair transition. I never could be bothered to mess with my hair and it's quite gray mixed with light brown so people think I have it highlighted. funny thing is I don't see the gray unless I see a photo of myself. It's fun to hear someone else doodles, All my notes from school were filled with doodles in the column. Strangely it helped me concentrate. And folk art painting in the 80s-- me again! Hope you had a nice mother's day!

  10. It is so funny how everyone's posts are reminded me of other connections I have had with drawing and painting over the years. I always used to add stenciling to rooms whenever we moved into a new home and I also took a couple of those country painting classes only I did not last long enough to have a stool...

    Your stool is great and I would display it in my house too.


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