Drawings of a Diligent Duo

Art is a universal language. What an experience it is to learn to capture an object or event on paper in your own way. But what is better than being an artist? Teaching other artists! I remember that a reporter once wanted to run an article on my work—but now I have the opportunity to be the reporter and I have a lot to report about Jonathan and David!

Jonathan has the valuable character quality of diligence.

Spring behind the barn as rendered by JonathanThe same view, a little later, as rendered by JamesEvery other Tuesday, we try delving a little deeper into the different techniques of chalk art. We watched Ding Teuling’s videos and started practicing on the easel that Grandpa made for us to use years ago when we came from Manassas to do chalk talks in Salem. As Jonathan and I work together, it grants a particular fulfilment to pass on what I’ve learned from Matthew Bowman and so many others.

David often encourages me with his enthusiastic spirit.

For James’ birthday, David and I looked off of a stamp to draw a strikingly-colored bufflehead on a new placemat. You should have seen James when he pulled it from the gift bag and saw it for the first time!

Happy Birthday JamesWe put James' name and a verse on one side, then David's picture on the otherOne of the tricks of the trade that David used was drawing a grid that helped him enlarge the tiny picture on the stamp. He agrees too that actually turning a picture upside down and copying it that way is a very useful tactic. It helps you draw exactly what you see and not what you think you see.

God bless you also with diligence and perception. Maybe you will have the chance to try some of these rewarding techniques. Most of all, may all our work glorify Him as we remember to do it “wholeheartedly, as unto the Lord”.


      Visualizing each task as a special assignment from the Lord
                 and using all my energy to accomplish it


  1. James June 1, 2007 at 7:54 am #

    Donald, I am so glad you posted about David and Jonathan’s diligence in art work; they sure have been doing a lot of it recently. And the placemat David made for me shows the progress. Thank you David!

  2. Joshua June 4, 2007 at 10:19 am #

    Very Inspiring! Thank you for the example of investing into others Donald. Your all’s love for God honoring art that can be used to draw others to Christ has encouraged our family to begin pursuing like passions further.

  3. Robert June 8, 2007 at 10:16 pm #

    Jonathan and David, I am just amazed at how good you are becoming with your artwork. Thank you for your demonstration of diligence!

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