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A few Christmases ago my family and I tried giving only homemade Christmas presents (with the exception of my husband who bought me a badly needed new camera). This went really well, and everyone had fun finding creative things to do for each other. It has become a bit of a tradition since then… In process of making a busy book for my two youngest girls (which I sadly have not finished yet) I drew this sketch of Jesus:

This Portrait sketch of Jesus shows him as if in mid smile. You can almost see him moving with sparkle and life. A look of happy kindness in one and sorrow and compassion in the other.. One arm is forward as if either in a teaching moment or to reach out to someone and lift them up…

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I started out looking around at several other renditions of Jesus in my home and on the internet, that other artists have created, just to help me fix in my mind’s eye “this is what Jesus looks like.” Then I took a sheet of graph paper, since this was just going to be for my kids and only to transfer it to cloth later, and did a quick little sketch; however, I quickly regretted my choice of papers since the sketch turned out so well. Thankfully using my scanner and Paint.net made it pretty easy to remove the blue grid from the sketch. Making a really clean “coloring book” version of this sketch for the book, while still keeping the kind, but lively expression, was a bit problematic. It took some trial and error to figure out which lines could be removed or altered and which had to stay. I spent days making printouts, changing things, re-scanning, touching up on the computer and printing it out again before I had this final draft. Transferring the drawing to the fabric was accomplished with a permanent ink marker and a cut up printout of the picture that I traced like a puzzle onto the book page. (Yes I know it would have been less hassle to buy a transfer, but I was trying not to spend money).

The sketch turned out so well I printed out extra copies to send as Christmas cards and as presents for a select few people.

I got the idea about a year later to couple this with my poem, Awakening Divine Self Worth, which is about changing from seeing yourself the way the world sees you to seeing yourself as of infinite worth as you develop the divine within you:

One shaft of light
Illuminates my mind,
Streaming through one tiny crack
Of this fortress mine.

Amid the dank and darkened shadows,
Through cobwebs aged with time,
This light begins awakening
An inner me, Divine.

Basking in this warmth of light,
A struggle now takes play
Breaking free from cobwebs
And reaching for the day.

I hunger for this filling light
I strive to let it in
To fill my aching eyes with sight
I know I must begin.

A stretch, a step, a forward leap,
Each stone moved from its place
This light, His love, a soul’s embrace
Shining from His face

Cast away the darkness
Dispelling all my fears
drive away the shadows
Through dust as thick as years

Planting me a garden
In my heart to shine
Showing forth myself, my love
My inner me, Divine.

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This is actually a rewrite of a poem I wrote back in high school. I haven’t written a new poem in many years, but I used to really enjoy it. I am hoping that if I spend enough time editing the best out of my old ones that writing poetry will come back to me. I also have this poem in conjunction with some of my forest photography, but I like it best with my sketch of Jesus.

Last week I used this photo to make some new products on zazzle. This is one of my favorite photos –I love how as the early morning sun bursts through the trees, illuminating the forest with its heavenly glow, silhouettes of branches and leaves create a semblance of a stained glass window. It also reminded me this last week a bit of the Christmas star, so I thought it would make a nice photo card for Christmas.

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Early Morning Sun Rays #18 print

Early Morning Sun Rays #18

As the early morning sun bursts through the trees, illuminating the forest with its heavenly glow, silhouettes of branches and leaves create a semblance of a stained glass window I love how the silhouettes of the forest trees and foliage in this photograph create a semblance of a stained glass window.

The Bright sunlight creates a high contrast photograph, almost like a black and white, except for the hint of green in the edges of the leaves and branches. There is also a small green sunspot followed by a larger red sunspot in the lower right corner.

The branch across the lower left corner resembles a fallen beam in an abbey of the ancient ruins of a ramshackle church. The warm glow of the sun speaks of hope, renewal, and restoration as it shines through the tangle of vines and branches.

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Early Morning Sun Rays #19 print

Early Morning Sun Rays #19

The early morning sun beams its rays from the azure winter sky through the leafless maples to the cedars and forest below.

The sky is a pristine light blue with a hint of thin white clouds in the background. Darkened outlines of bare branches in the foreground and cedar trees in the background provide stark contrast with the early morning sun.

As the rays travel from the sun through the forest, several large sunspots a of lighter and darker red radiate from the sun. One small green sunspot floats like a small orb in the midst of the trees.

 

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Early Morning Sunrays #26 print

Morning Sun Rays #26

The early morning sun bursts through the trees, radiating light through the dark forest. Ivy climbing the tree trunk becomes transparent as the sun shines through them.

The sun appears like a bright star floating in the midst of the forest as it shines through the translucent ivy on the trees. I love the warm coral half circle like a corona with sun rays streaming through it.

The air seems to sparkle with light and life as the green sunspot hovers like a remote star to the left of the sun, and the sun rays shine all around.

If you squint a little and look at it with eyes half shut and focus on the left of the photo, all the lighter areas where the blue sky peeks through the cedars look like a glimpse of stars in the galaxy surrounding the sun, or perhaps a white giant.

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Early Morning Sun Rays #25 print

Early Morning Sun Rays #25

Brilliantly the sun beams it’s rays through the shadowy center of the forest, creating 4 red sunspots near the corners of the photo. Beyond is seen the blue and white of a cold winter sky silhouetted by the cedars and ivy covered maples.

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Early Morning Sun Rays #28 print

Early Morning Sun Rays #28


The early morning sky is tranquil and blue, and the bare branches of the maples stalwartly await the coming of spring. The air seems to sizzle with energy as the sun’s rays stream through the forest ending in a burst of transparent red sunspots.

The sizzling effect is actually an optical illusion created by the wavy outline of the tree on the far left. When you look at it just right (look slightly to the right and don’t focus completely) it makes the sun Rays look as if they are wavy and dancing with energy.

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Early Morning Sun Rays #31 print

Early Morning Sun Rays #31

Softly radiant, the sun illuminates the forest from the calm winter sky. A solitary maple seems to shelter and guide the young saplings encircled by the evergreen foliage of the cedars.

Part 1, part 2, part 3

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Here is my next installment of Early Morning Sun Rays Photos. I hope you enjoy them. If you like these pictures you may also enjoy part 1 and part 2.

Early Morning Sun Rays #29 print

The early morning sun rays light up the forest with their heavenly glow. The forest is tranquil and subdued in the early morning light.

Early Morning Sun Rays #16 print

An early morning in the forest when there is a light layer of mist hanging in the air, and the sun’s rays stream visibly though the trees, creates an atmospheric optic of the shadow of one of the tree trunks angling diagonally downward through the fog on the right hand side of this photo.

Early Morning Sun Rays # 17 print

Early morning sun rays illuminate the forest with a heavenly glow. In this photo the dark silhouettes of trees and foliage create an optical illusion of a face in the brightly lit fog.  It reminds me of Christ with long hair and a beard.

early morning sun rays #20 print

Thick vines of old ivy climb up on an older tree as the early morning sun rays glow amongst the younger saplings in the distance.

Early Morning Sunrays #23 print

Beyond the ivy covered trees, at the bottom of the hill, the fern covered forest floor basks in the morning sunlight.

Early Morning Sunrays #24 print

A sunny view of the forest floor at the bottom of a very steep tree covered hill. We refer to it fondly as the ravine when we are trying to get into or just as difficult back out of it 😉

Early Morning Sunrays #27 print

In this photo, young saplings  lean towards each other in the early morning fog, flanked on either side by older stronger trees grown over with ivy.
For some reason this reminds me of a book cover or a bookmark . I love the way the patterns and shapes all fit together, as well as the icy colors created by the fog.


There is a variety of evergreen trees here. We have quite a few fir or pine trees, as well as a good number of cedar and maple. Interspersed sparingly are some holly. We have ivy everywhere and climbing up everything. Ivy is not native to Oregon, but for some reason we have it climbing up all the trees at my house. I plan on borrowing some goats, who love to eat ivy (yay 🙂 ), seeing as I don’t want to weed 1/4 acre worth of forest by hand. I have a hard enough time keeping up with every thing else I’m doing (such as getting the garden ready to plant and keeping up with the other 1/4 acre of yard).

Aside from the ivy, the other issue that needs to be addressed, although thankfully enough, not apparent in these photos, is the garbage that people have dumped down there over the years. Most of the time the Ivy covers everything so it’s not visible, but around February and March the ivy has died back enough that I can see it all 😦 . I went down there last week and spent quite some time hauling up buckets of bricks, broken bottles, scrap metal, and several tires. It hardly made a dent in what is down there. I am trying not to get discouraged and apply Flylady’s principle of  “I can do anything for 15 minutes.”  It was exhausting hauling the tires up my steep ravine. They were only about 5 feet down there, but you would not believe how heavy they felt trying to push, pull, shove, roll, flip and basically wrangle them up that hill. I was worn out enough that I did only one tire on one day and the other several days later.

On the long term what I would love to do is to make some hiking trails down there for the kids (and myself too of course ). It’s going to be a long and slow process, but it will be worth it. Hopefully I can find some native plants that will provide good ground cover and keep the hill from eroding, without being invasive like the ivy.

I’ll be posting updates as I continue to make progress. In the mean time please enjoy some more photos in part 4…

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Early Morning Sun Rays #14 print
The early morning sun illuminates the forest with it’s heavenly rays in this photograph. The delicate glow in the fog is interspersed with the shadows of the trees creating an ethereal effect..
Early Morning Sunrays # 7 print
Between a large cedar and n older ivy covered maple, a break in the trees showcases one tree with bare branches surrounded by fog illuminated by the early morning sun rays.
Early Morning Sunrays # 13 print

Between two trees overgrown with ivy, with one patch of  leaves translucent in the sun, the forest beckons in a foggy morning light.

Early Morning Sun Rays #8 print
A radiant display of early morning sunlight glows luminously withing the heart of the forest.

 

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Early Morning Sun Rays #15 print

Delicate rays of sunlight  and shadow steam through this moss and ivy covered forest.

Rays of sunlight  and shadow steam through this moss and ivy covered forest.

As I mentioned in part 1, once I was satisfied with the photos I had taken of the sunburst through the trees, I then moved on to capture some of the more subtle effects of the sun rays on the forest.

I love how the sunbeams create a heavenly light in these pictures. Lighting really does make all the difference in the mood and feeling of a photograph. It can make an ordinary scene into something truly spectacular.

Notice how the focal point is not the forest, but the light itself. It seems to radiate a peace and joy and warmth as its radiant glow illuminates the forest. Soft and ethereal, the sunlight turns an ordinary forest scene into something truly glorious.

These images seem to beckon, inviting a quiet morning walk of tranquil reflection and spiritual reawakening.  Moments like these stir a desire to find the divine within us and to strive to attain a higher level of excellence. feeling at peace and harmony, we can then be rejuvenated and re-energized in our efforts to become better than we are.

 


If you liked these photos you may also like to see more in part 3, part 4, and  sunlight in my forest.

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