My name is Suzanne and I am writing this blog to share my life experience as an artist, designer and person of faith.
It is my hope to encourage, motivate, uplift and support those who seek to use their God given gifts and talents to serve.
For it is by God we are all endowed with such gifts, and talents, and it is to God's good work that they can be returned.
All the artwork and content posted on this site is the property of Suzanne VanRaemdonck. There is a registered copyright and trademark and cannot be reproduced without specific contractual agreement given by the artist and author.
New Original Acrylic Painting by Suzanne VanRaemdonck c.2009. Title: Stepping Stone 9" x 12" Now Available. (Price $105.00) Also available as a note card. (Price $4.00) To make a Purchase Go To www.artisticnature.com. and click on the link for my Etsy shop.
DISCOURAGEMENT. Discouragement is a poisonous thing. Once it gets inside you it is hard to shake. But shake it you must.
I believe that God's goodness cannot get through to you to it's fullest when you allow discouragement to stand between you and Him.
Psalm 37:4 "Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart."
What does your heart desire? What would you do with your life, if you knew you could not fail?
I hope you like my new little painting, and that it's message of "Welcome" helps to keep away feelings of discouragement in your life. All of the artwork you see here on my blog can be purchased in my Etsy shop. This can be easily accessed by visiting our website www.ArtisticNature.com and clicking on the link there. If you buy greeting cards of any kind, I hope you will choose to purchase from us, rather than from some large impersonal company. This serves no purpose than to make the already rich company richer! I ask you to join us in a win-win commitment, which will sustain our business, and help both you and I, to help others at the same time.
This time of year I can hardly stand another cold dreary day. This is the time when I begin to look forward to the warmer days of spring and summer and begin to think about flowers. Both the ones I have planted in the past, and the ones I hope to plant this year...heavy sigh.
To me flowers are a gift from God. They bring so much joy with their beauty and fragrance. I could sit outside all day just gawking at them. Of course every time I go out to enjoy them, I can never do so without also thinking...hmmm, I need to prune this, and pull that weed, and may be a water feature over here, or a new bed over there. My son once said to me "Gosh mom, can't you just enjoy what's here?". Gardening is sort of like painting for me. I can always find another spot for more color, texture, or interest. I'm always trying to improve.
I love this little poem, and it is so true for me.
The kiss of the sun for pardon, The song of the birds for mirth, You are nearer God's heart in a garden, Than anywhere else on earth.
Speaking of my son...I just found out that he has won an award for his outstanding work in Neuro Science at U.C.L.A. Which is where he will attain his Ph.D. soon. Of course I can't mention my son without also saying that my daughter, who is only 20years old is already the manager of the store she has been working at for the last year or so.