I'm slowly working my way through our VHS collection of the Disney classics. The other day my daughter and I snuggled on the couch with a bowl of frozen cherries (those were, in hindsight, a really bad idea) and watched The Great Mouse Detective. What I discovered was a surprisingly deep tale of morality.
"Christmas is, for me, the joy and love that passed between a young woman and the child who had been placed in her arms."
— Scott Hahn, Joy to the World
A year and a half ago, my midwife handed me a pink little girl, and my world exploded. After 24 hours of hard labour, I will never forget how instantly I fell in love with this beautiful new person.
"My past, O Lord, to your mercy; my present, to your love; my future, to your providence."
—Saint Padre Pio
I'm just getting over a nasty flu (ergo the lack of blog post this past week), and boy did it freak me out.
"I do not pray for success, I pray for faithfulness."
— Mother Teresa
The other day I came across this gem from Peter Kreeft:
I think nobody alive today is a more powerful agent of conversion than someone like Mother Teresa. You can refute arguments but not her life. When she came to the National Prayer Breakfast and lectured President Clinton about abortion, he had nothing to say to her. He can’t argue with a saint. It’s too bad there isn’t an easier way, because becoming a saint is not the easiest thing in the world. It’s much easier to become an apologist or a philosopher or a theologian.
I just shipped off 150 prints to Pure Witness Ministries!
This ministry, founded by some of my dearest friends, is doing amazing things for the Church in Western Canada. They have impacted my life deeply, and I know many young adults—including my sister Nicole and my brother Gregory—who have given a year or more of their life to work with them, and have come away on fire for their faith. Their missionary work has blessed many parishes, schools, and communities.
This fall we collaborated on a fundraiser!
I tend to go "all in" when I do a painting, furiously picking away at details until I am 100% happy with it, and thus leaving myself little room for carefree creativity. In fact, what you can find in my shop is the majority of the work I've done in the last two years. Only recently have I once again made a point of filling my sketchbook with drawings that no one but I will see, and leaving my paints out on my table so that I can return at any time to dab a few more strokes onto a board. It never ceases to amaze me how the hours slip away from me when I immerse myself in art for the sake of art.
This month I have been trying some new mediums and techniques and thought I would share some of the more, ah, presentable pieces.
I hired my wonderfully talented sister Denise (Mallett) Pierlot to write up the biographies for the saints I've painted, and I have to say she did a phenomenal job. Their inspiring stories can be found under the "Biography" tab at the bottom of each product page. I will also be including a hard copy with each print that I sell. Please contact me if you would like to purchase bulk cards with a saint's image and bio!
You should check out her website, where you can find her blog and information about her incredible first book, The Tree. (Trust me, she's a way better writer than I am). And you should subscribe to her email list, so you can be the first to hear about her upcoming sequels!