I took an art class! It was my first art class, besides the high school art class.

Years ago I loved oil paints, and painted impressionism paintings, copying great artists like Claude Monet. I can never get enough of his water lilies. As of late though I have fallen in love with watercolors and tried a new approach to painting.
Realism.

I decided to take an actual class, you know with an instructor. It has been on my list of things to do, and after teaching myself how to paint over the years, I figured it was about time to take a class.

Watercolor artist seem to fall into two categories, soft watery paintings were the flow of color and stroke of the brush is every bit a part of the painting, and then realistic watercolors, where hours are spent drawing microscopic gray hairs on the back of …a bumble bee.

Anna Mason’s online paint school was really fun to get instruction and learn techniques of how to paint realisticly. When my phone was muted and the world was tuned out, I was in the zone and hours flew by.

But as a mom of four, that kind of time is like gold.

When I have that alone time, it is spend on painting every time!

One Drop at a Time is the title of a great book written for women, by Elder Ballard. He grew up with bees, and teaches how the acts we women preform each day, each hour for our family and friends is much like the work of a bee.

“There is power in our love for God and for His children, and when that love is tangibly manifest in millions of acts of Christian kindness, it will sweeten and nourish the world with the life-sustaining nectar of faith, hope and charity.”

I love that! One drop at a time, we are sweetening the world with all that we do. It is all important work, and all worth the effort.

What a great reminder I need this week.

This quote is one of my favorites from Pre. Gordon B. Hinckley. He first said it in the general conference address, Living Up to Your Inheritance. He talks about the role of females, young girls, teens, and women. He gave this talk in 1983 and talks about how the time for strong women is now.

This is so true even more so today.

Pres. Hinckley shares a story of a women’s example in a rough family life, softened the hearts of others and help them eventually come to Christ. “You have not failed until you have quit trying, please remember that your example in your home will be a more persuasive sermon than will any other preachment.”

Sometimes I wonder if my kids listen to anything I say, and in truth I am sure they tune me out a lot of the time. But my example, drop by drop can show them how Christ brings joy. That is my hope.

“Rise above the dust of the world. Know that you are daughters of God, children with a divine birthright. Walk in the sun with your heads high, knowing that you are loved and honored, that you are a part of his great kingdom, and that there is a great work to be done which can not be left to others.”

Wow! That is beautiful! If you need to get pumped up, if you find yourself dragging through each day, listen to these two great talks. They are uplifting and encouraging.

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I hope you enjoy these three printables, the bee painting alone and the two quotes. Please use them only for personal use. Thank you!