Don’t Quit

I write a lot of cards and send them to people each week. It is one way I encourage people. I try to write legibly enough for those reading them to follow the main line of my thought. My intent in writing is not to make an A in penmanship but to remind people that they are cared for and thought of.

The cards I use, with one exception, have images on the front that I have either sketched or painted. The one exception is a picture of Pa-pa, painted in high school by my friend, Nate. All of the other pictures have been created by yours truly. Through the years, I have taken time to put on paper or canvas many of the ideas that surface in my mind. The images are usually based on the Bible, my past, or quail hunting.  

The first images I created were done with map pencils on white paper. I remember sitting at the desk in the study and sketching away with pencils I had kept from high school days. I enjoyed shading in areas with darker pencils and making certain Bible verses come to life. The pictures were simple, yet fairly pleasing.

A little over a decade ago, my children bought me an art kit that included a large canvas and some tubes of basic oil colors. I tried a few times to paint images that included clouds and landscapes. I stole a couple of ideas from the internet. Many paintings came from pictures in my past. I painted Nancy’s childhood home, my grandparent’s barn, the scene looking west from where I was raised, and several pictures of quail.

Recently I painted an updated version of “Jesus wept.” Over twenty years ago I sketched a picture of Jesus weeping. I always sent the card with that image to grieving families. I realized that the sketch was somewhat lacking – total black and white with definite reality issues. The new picture is done with oils and seems to reflect the empathy of Jesus more than the old sketch.

Over time I have gotten better at sketching and painting, simply because I have continued to spend time doing so. I just finished a painting of an elk, based on a picture taken by Ryan Terry. I like how it turned out. In most things, we usually improve if we don’t quit.

Don’t quit!                                                 Earl

FBC Happening

  • Sundays Sermon “God Persuaded Moses” Exodus 4:1-17
  • Family Worship and LifeGroups, Sundays at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. No Nursery or Childcare at this time.
  • Farewell Reception for Tracy & Kathleen Ward, next Sunday July 12 at 5:00 p.m. in the South Commons. A basket will be available for cards.
  • Feel free to continue and watch the FBC Worship Services anytime after 11:00 a.m. Sunday on the website at:, on the First Baptist Church Facebook Page, on FBC Weatherford Media on YouTube, or listen at noon on 95.5 FM The Coyote

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