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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.

poetry by Dawna Morton, all right reserved –please do not copy, but feel free to share the link 😉

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.

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Recently, I have been working on some quick sketches based on shapes I see in my texture photos, or in stains and so forth around the house. According to Drawing on the right side of the brain, by Betty Edwards, this is a technique Leonardo Da Vinci  taught to his students. I have found it less frustrating to use this method than drawing something from real life, since it does not require rendering something three-dimensional into something two-dimensional. It is also a create way to boost creativity, especially when having a hard time figuring out what to draw.
sketch of a girl reading by Dawna Morton
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Sketch of a little girl, with curly hair and a pony tail sticking up on top of her head, reading a book.
This was inspired by a group of fingerprints on some furniture.
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sketch of a sheep by Dawna Morton
sketch of a sheep by Dawna Morton

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Sketch of a wooly white sheep.

The idea for this one came from a little weed I saw in the grass which was ringed with a crown of little white dots.

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sketch of a woman with windswept hair and long ponytail by Dawna Morton
sketch of a woman with windswept hair and long pony tail by Dawna Morton
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Sketch of a young woman with windswept hair and long flowing  pony tail gazing into the distance with a loving and kind expression. —

Inspired by some scribbles that some kids I know left on the banister at my friend’s house.

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Determination of young Amelia Earhart by Dawna Morton
Determination of young Amelia Earhart by Dawna Morton ~see it framed

Inspired by Amelia Earhart, a young female aviator stares down anyone or any situation that might challenge her abilities–daring them to tell her she can’t accomplish her goals. Clouds, or smoke may billow and threaten to envelop her, the wind may storm and blow, but she will face them with grit and determination… she WILL overcome.

I got the idea for this sketch after leaving a galvanized steel wool scrubber at the bottom of my sink, leaving an interesting rust pattern.

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sketch of a girl reading, adventure by Dawna Morton
sketch of a girl reading, adventure by Dawna Morton ~see it framed

A girl with funky, twisted, hot pink, horn rimmed glasses reads an adventure novel, as the textured background creates the impression of a magical glowing light emanating from the book bringing it to live in vivid imagination. She bites her lip in suspense as the scenes play out in her mind while she reads.

–from an interesting abstract pattern in the linoleum at my friend’s house

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This past Christmas 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. In process of making a busy book for my two youngest girls I drew this sketch of Jesus:

sketch of Jesus by Dawna Morton
sketch of Jesus by Dawna Morton~see it framed

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…

Archival inks and papers, canvas prints,custom framing available on imagekind Fine Art Prints from $10.44 and up. Prices subject to change. 
Sketch of Jesuson RedBubble; cards starting at US $1.92, matted prints US$28.50, prices subject to change.
 Sketch of Jesus on zazzle.com
Jesus Posters and art starting at $9.95, prices subject to change 
Now also available on fineartamerica

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.

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