Thursday, 30 July 2009

4 O'Clocks and My Art

Tonight I want to show you a drawing I did recently of wildflowers. These are one variety of 4 O'Clocks -- so called because that is the time of day when they usually start to bloom. Sort of the opposite of morning glories!

The proper name for this plant is Mirabilis nyctaginea. Mirabilis means "wonderful" in Latin; while nyct is Greek for "night". The plant blooms each evening (night) and has a wonderful fragrance. While it is lovely to look at and has a fragrant odour, it also has little black seeds that look like peppercorns and which are extremely poisonous!

One of the more interesting things about this drawing for me is that the photograph that I worked from was taken just outside of Las Cruces, New Mexico -- a place very dear to my heart. If you know that area of the state at all, you know how unexpected it would be to come upon such lovely, sweet-smelling flowers at wild 4 o'clocks.

Now, I want to try once again to do a bit of clarification of how I do my art work. If you are not interested, skip the remainder of this post.

In a recent discussion with an acquaintance, I realized that there are still people who follow my blog who don’t understand how I do my art work on the computer – so let me try to explain again about my artistic abilities.

I managed to take three art courses years ago, but never did any serious study of art techniques. I took one course in landscape painting with oils; one course in portrait drawing and one course in life drawing. I did a number of works in oils, acrylics, watercolour and pastels over the years – most of which have ended up in the homes of family and friends or have gotten lost.

In the late 70’s I got very interested in calligraphy and taught myself to do lettering and decorative capitals and borders. I continued doing this type of work until the arthritis in my hands caused me to have to put my pens and small brushes aside.

It wasn't until about 2006 that I realized that my card making software contained the means to enable me to do freehand drawing so I taught myself to use the mouse in such a way as to cause me the least discomfort and begin to draw. Those of you who have followed my blog these past years have seen the results.

From the very beginning of my artistic adventures, I knew I could not draw, easily, directly from nature or from pictures in my head. I needed someone else’s drawing or a photograph to work from so that I could judge the size and placement of people and objects. This became even more of a problem when I started trying to draw on the computer screen as my working space was so small.

So, I learned that if I scanned the painting or photo into my computer, then I could place it in the corner of my screen so that I could see it easily and measure distances. I also discovered that I could easily place the image over my working space and mark the location of different items in the photo before trying to draw them, occasionally even tracing a particular item so I know it is in the right place – this was especially important when it came to the physical aspects of the human body since I have never studied anatomy.

Once I have laid out the placement of items and their size and relationship to each other, then I can begin to draw. As many of you know, the drawing itself is of lesser interest for me – I really focus on the colour. I love working with colour and consider the use of colour to be my real talent. That is why I called the business I tried to establish “Colouration”. Colour excites me, challenges me and frustrates me. I could never be a pen and ink artist – I need the colour to keep me going when there are all sorts of little details that have to be drawn in.

The reason for going through all this information again is because this acquaintance said things to me that suggest that she thought that somehow I can take a computer mouse and quickly draw a masterpiece! So just in case anyone else out there thinks something similar, this commentary will, hopefully, give them the correct “picture”.

May peace be with you all.

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Flame and Light

Here is the other Flame Azalea drawing I was telling you about. This one is a bit more "flame" coloured than the previous white one.

You can actually see these flowers while driving along the highway in certain parts of the south where they grow wild. As I said before, seeing them sometime in their profusion of blossoms, you can't help but say "thank you, Lord for your creation".

This second drawing is unusual in that I haven't drawn any lighthouses for the past year or so. I think the last one I drew was "Eugene's Lighthouse" -- the lighthouse on the coast of Victoria, B.C.

This one is of a Quebec lighthouse (notice the flag under the Canadian one). I was attracted to it because of the reflection in the pool of rainwater. I am not sure that I am finished with it yet, but wanted to show it to you anyway.

I really do enjoy drawing buildings even though it means working with really small areas when you are drawing on the computer as I am. Maybe it is the challenge which appeals.

I am writing this early tonight as I am feeling very tired again. Now I need to go and prepare a bit of supper before I fall asleep!

May peace be with you all.

Sunday, 26 July 2009

Odds and Ends

Well, odds and ends it is. Although this first drawing is one of two I have been working on of Flame Azaleas -- so it is neither odd nor the end of something. However, the title seems to fit my mood this evening so I will use it anyway! But back to the drawing...

This drawing is of the white variety of the Flame Azalea. As you may be aware, these beautiful flowers are found in shades of white, rose, orange and combinations thereof. As I mentioned above, I am presently finishing up another drawing of these azaleas, but this time in the "flaming" pink shade.

These flowers are found growing wild in the southern Appalachians and when they are fully in bloom, the sight is truly breathtaking. Interestingly, they are members of the Rhododendron family.

This next drawing is one I had almost forgotten I had drawn. It is simply titled "Girl with a Horse".

You know that I will take any excuse to draw all or part of a horse! I need all the practise I can get in my ongoing efforts to finally do a drawing of a horse that I am satisfied with.

I don't know how it is where you live, but those of us in Toronto are about as waterlogged as you can get! We have had one thunderstorm after another recently and there is no sign that they will be stopping any time soon. Also, as you would expect, the temperature remains below normal. Occasionally the sun comes out for a while and things feel hot and humid, but then here comes the dark clouds again. Western Canada seems to be turning into a semi-desert while we are in danger of becoming a tropical rain forest!

Oh, well, I have my eye on a big plastic washtub in case the water level reaches the 2nd floor and miz k.d. and I have to set sail. Meanwhile, I will continue seeking to grow in faith, adding art work to my blog, working on my books and spending time with my friends on the Internet and in person -- all the wonderful blessings of my life.

May peace be with you all.

Friday, 24 July 2009

More Flowers

Tonight's first flower is named "Sharp-Lobed Hepatica".

This flower is commonly found growing wild in the northeastern part of the U.S. and into southern Ontario and likes to grow in rich soil in shady areas. It comes in two varieties: sharp-lobed and round-lobed. If you look closely at he drawing above, you will see that the petals come to sharp points which means this is the sharp-lobed variety.

The flowers are found in colours of white, pink and blue or combinations thereof. The plant is also called "Liverleaf" because of the shape of the leaves. The leaves are not visible in my drawing as they are found at the base of the stems and I have ground cover where the leaves would be. Interestingly, this plant is a member of the Buttercup family.

This next drawing is called "Kerria japonica".

This is a popular garden flower also known as "Japanese Yellow Rose". It doesn't really look like a rose to me, but who am I to argue with the experts. I must admit, though, that the leaves look rather like the leaves on rose stems.

I am really tired tonight. I tried to walk too much today and I am paying for it now. I need to remember to pace myself or else I will end up back in the wheelchair again! Fortunately, tomorrow is Saturday and I have no appointments. Plus it is supposed to rain off and on all day -- so miz k.d. and I have made plans to rest. I hope all of you have pleasant plans for weekend as well.

Peace be with you.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Unusual Wildflowers

I want to show you two drawings of unusual wildflowers tonight.

This first one is called "Skyrocket" and is found in New Mexico of all places. I lived in New Mexico for a few years back in the 1960's and while there, I spent a great deal of time wandering in the great outdoors. I really don't recall seeing too many wildflowers except on my few trips up into the mountains in the northern part of the state.

New Mexico, without a doubt, is one of the most beautiful parts of North America, but mostly the landscape is filled with Prickly Pear and other forms of flowering cacti and plants that require little rainfall. So, when I came across this flower recently on a website, I was fascinated by it. On the same website I discovered several other unusual flowering plants found in New Mexico. How I wish I could be out there again -- this time I would know that with just a bit more attention, I should be able to find all sorts of delicate flowers hiding in the shade between those wild rock formations.

This second drawing takes me back to the mountains of East Tennessee where my sister now lives -- a place filled with all sorts of beautiful wildflowers.

The one is called "Indian Pink" even though it is mostly red instead of pink! It is another unusual looking flowering plant which is also easy to miss unless you know what you are looking for. Of course, this part of North America has such lush growth that it is easy to miss many things -- especially poison ivy -- the bane of my summers when growing up!

Whenever I see flowers like these two posted tonight, I feel just a little bit sad that I can't immediately be where they grow, looking at them in real life instead of just as a photo or a drawing. One of the things I miss most being disabled is wandering through the woods looking for wildflowers, listening to bird songs and lifting the occasional rock to see if there is a snake hiding under it. Oh, well, at least I have lots of wonderful memories.

May peace be with you all.

Monday, 20 July 2009

Bumblebee and a Kitty

Tonight's first drawing is of a rather prickly looking flower. The plant is called Scabiosa and doesn't look like the kind of blossom you would want to pick up with your bare hand!

Inside the blossom is another reason why you might want to leave this particular plant alone -- there sits a bumblebee. The bumblebee has its head down and its bum down, obviously working really hard at gathering up any nectar it can find.

By the way, I am calling this drawing "Bumblebee in Scabiosa". As usual, you can tell that it must have taken me hours to come up with such a clever title!

This second drawing is entitled "Kitten with a Ball". Wow, I amaze myself sometimes with my creative abilities when it comes to titles.

Actually, I was attracted to the photograph I used for this drawing because it reminded me a bit of miz k.d. when she was a kitten. The major difference was that when she was this age, she had a very definite, black "H" on top of her head. I just assumed the "H" would stay there forever; however, soon after her first birthday, it began to fade. Within a few months it was entirely gone and has never returned.

I was actually very disappointed as I could point to the "H" and tell visitors that it was the mark of the devil -- she was the cat from Hell. At that age she truly was a handful -- nothing was safe from her claws and little sharp teeth. Fortunately, she calmed down a lot by the time she had reached her second birthday.

I have been spending quite a bit of time working on my new book. Its topic is one that I have been wanting to write about for a long time but have never had the courage to try until I did the first book on the icons. I plan for it to be more of a booklet than a book as I want to keep it under 50 pages and it will also be published as a paperback which should keep the price down. I will keep you informed as the work progresses.

May peace be with you all.

Saturday, 18 July 2009

Our Lady's Saturday

Today, as with every Saturday throughout the year, is Our Lady's Saturday. Catholics remember Our Lady in a special way on Saturdays. So I thought it was a good occasion to show you my latest icon of the Blessed Mother.

This, as many of you will know, is an icon of "Our Lady of Czestochowa" -- the patroness of Poland. Her shrine is in Poland with the original of this image. The real image is much darker than my drawing after all the centuries of being venerated at a shrine filled with candles burning. As well, its has, I am sure, darkened with age.

The marks you see on Our Lady's face were made by soldiers who attacked Poland at one point and made it as far south as the shrine. However, before any further damage could be done, the enemy was driven back and the image was saved.

My dear Polish friend, who grew up in Poland while the Communists were still in power, tells of how the young people would go on pilgrimage every year from all over the country. The Communists were never able to keep the people from practising their faith in Poland.

Anyway, she lived in the north of the country, 300 kilometres south of the Baltic Sea. She and her companions walked all the way from their city to the shrine. It was over 300 kilometres. They were treated kindly by most people along the way and could sleep in the barns at night. It rained almost every day, but they walked on anyway. It took 10 days for her to get there, but she made it and had the profound joy of spending time at the shrine which meant so much to her and to Poland.

Her story always makes me feel a bit ashamed. I have visited many shrines in the Holy Land and in Italy but I always took air-conditioned buses and stopped for meals in restaurants.

I remember thinking, in my early 30's, how wonderful it would be to be a man for a month or so and go and walk from one end of the Holy Land to the other -- really spending time in silence and contemplation as I went from one holy site to another (this was long before checkpoints, concrete barriers existed -- before even the first Intifada).

I mean it is all very nice to ride the bus, but as you probably know, the bus stops at a site, everyone gets off and listens to what the guide has to say, then everyone piles back on the bus and off you go to the next site. It is hardly conducive to prayer and contemplation! Ah, well ...

Thanks to my friend, Eugene, three more typos were discovered in my book. I was able to correct them and re-upload the book after going through the text one more time looking for mistakes. Now the book is as corrected as it is going to be so this is the perfect time to buy your copy.

May peace be with you all.

Thursday, 16 July 2009


The older I get the more forgetful I become -- or so it seems to me. I am not sure if this is a problem with my brain or just a matter of not paying enough attention. Whatever the cause, it is definitely an increasing problem. A problem which I became very aware of tonight as I started deciding which drawings I would be posting.

In the past, I had little trouble remembering what had been posted and what hadn't, but now I am forced to search through pages and pages of my blog to make certain that I haven't posted an item previously -- unless I make a point of always recording what has and hasn't been used! What a nuisance. I trust my faithful readers will forgive me if I post something twice unintentionally.

The first drawing (above) is of a flower called Arnica. So the title of the drawing is "Arnica with Moth". See, I am as clever as ever with titles! Arnica, I believe, is also known as Mountain Tobacco and was once used to treat bruises. Arnica is the name of the plant and also the Genus.

This second drawing is not very satisfactory as it isn't arranged artistically. I was tempted to start over and I may do so eventually. However, I love this little flower called "Star of Bethlehem". In real life, they are so delicate and lovely poking their blossoms up between the blades of grass.

Finally, tonight, I have a special treat for you -- a chicken named Sally! Isn't she lovely? Chickens can actually make delightful pets and I felt I had to save this photo when I came across it since the chicken has the same name I do!

This reminds me of a story that I think I have told you previously, when talking about all the nicknames I have had over the years. Anyway, one of my admirers in high school came up to me one day on the school bus practically bursting with pride. He said sweetly: "Hold out your hand, I have a surprise for you". I thought, Oh, goody, maybe a chocolate bar and held out my hand expectantly. He gently placed a photograph in my palm. Puzzled, I looked down at a picture of a very young calf. As I looked up at him questioningly, he said, proudly, "That is my new calf and I named her Sallie".

I'm afraid I was a bit shallow at the time and I indicated that I was not pleased -- at all. Now, I would be delighted to have a lovely, young calf named after me, but then I was simply indignant. Oh, well, we live and learn and grow. I do hope Sallie gave lots of milk and had numerous calves.

By the way, the books are flying off the shelf. If you haven't gotten your copy yet, you may want to act soon!

Peace be with you.

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

St. Thomas

Well, for the first time since the last icon of the Stations of the Cross, I want to show you a new icon. I have been working on this one between other projects over the past three months and I finally finished it last night.

I have named this icon "Thomas the Doubtful" which is what the Greek says at the top. It is this story that gave us the expression of someone being a "doubting Thomas".

I am sure that most of you are familiar with the story, but just to remind you, I will touch on the highlights.

The first time that Jesus appeared to all His disciples after the Resurrection, St. Thomas just happened to be absent (we are not told what he was up to). When the other disciples told him that the Lord had appeared to them and spoken with them, Thomas said: Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.

This was pretty bold of St. Thomas to be so doubtful; however, I guess he was just being honest about how he felt. At any rate, when Our Lord appeared to the group again eight days later, Thomas was with them. Jesus immediately turned to him and said: Reach your finger here and look at my hands; and reach your hand here and put it into my side. Do not be doubtful, but believe.

Thomas is stricken in his heart and cries out "My Lord and my God." I find this one of the most beautiful phrases in the Gospels and it is used to this day by Catholics and others when they behold the Blessed Sacrament. Jesus then said: Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed. This refers to all of us throughout the centuries who have not seen and yet have believed.

You may recall that I mentioned a few days ago that I was thinking about a new book project. Well, I have started writing the text for a small book about the Blessed Sacrament which will be called "Christ Truly Present". I will keep you informed as I make progress.

By the way, if any of you out there have some real summer weather you would like to share, feel free to ship it up to Toronto! We continue to have beautiful, sunny days but the daytime high barely reaches 24 degrees (low 70's) and with the breeze blowing strongly it often feels much cooler. Where's that global warming when you need it?!!

May peace be with you all.

Sunday, 12 July 2009

More of the Same

Well, today you are looking at more of the same -- more drawings of some of my favourite subjects. I hope you don't mind.

At the moment, my thoughts are busily assembling a possible new project that might include both icons and other drawings. I am still getting it put together in my mind but as soon as there is anything definite, I will tell you more.

Meanwhile, the first drawing, above, is obviously of another butterfly on flowers. This time it is a "Swallowtail on Foxglove". I often wonder about bees and butterflies feeding on plants that can kill us. Foxglove, while it is truly a beautiful plant, can be very dangerous to humans, especially children, as it contains a basic ingredient for Digitalis -- the heart drug. I wonder what feeding on it does to butterflies...

This second drawing is of another musical kitty. Remember, last week or so I showed you a sleeping kitty on a guitar. Well, this one is sleeping on a piano keyboard -- I wonder if it will learn to play the piano by osmosis?!!

What a sweet looking kitty. It is a very good thing that I don't work at a humane shelter. If I did, I would be bringing home every hard-to-adopt cat in the place. I would become one of those crazy cat ladies. I wonder how upset miz k.d. would be if I brought another cat home? I think I would be in big trouble!

This week should be a bit quieter than last week. I am taking a rest from medical appointments and staying closer to home. The temperature is supposed to be a bit below normal with a few rainy days thrown in which sounds fine to me.

May peace be with you all.

Friday, 10 July 2009

Colourful Drawings

Tonight's drawings are both very colourful. As you know, I am a real sucker for colour. Almost every drawing I do has some vivid colour in it somewhere -- maybe just a splash, but it will usually be there, even in the icons I draw.

As you may recall, the art business I tried to start was named "Colouration" as the colouring of objects is almost more interesting to me than the drawing of them. I would definitely have a difficult time doing pen and ink work only!

The first drawing, above, is entitled "Against the Storms". This is a title which may not make a lot of sense so I had better explain why I used it. It is because of the tree sitting on a small hill above the ocean. When I was drawing that tree and thinking about how it had grown, it seemed obvious to me that it had weathered many, many storms. Just look at the way it squats there on the hilltop with that thick base indicating deep root development. What a wise tree it is to grow so it can stand against the storms. Could there be a lesson for us in this?

This second drawing is of a most amazing orchid called "Parrot Orchids".

They really do look like exotic birds. You have to wonder what on earth possessed the plant to develop such flowers. If you look at them in evolutionary terms, then there must be some advantage in developing such complex blossoms. I wonder what it could be? Of course, we could see them as something delightfully whimsical that God created just for the pleasure of showing them to us. However they got here really doesn't matter that much to me, I am just glad they did because they are beautiful.

miz k.d. is finally recovering from a bad reaction to antibiotics. The vet said she had never heard of a cat being allergic to this particular medication before. Well, if any cat is going to be allergic, it will be miz k.d. for sure. She has never done well with any kind of pills.

We are expecting a big thunderstorm tomorrow morning and this same storm actually caused a tornado to develop in northern Ontario today -- something almost unheard of that far north. I hope it will have lost some of it punch by the time it reaches us.

Wishing you all the blessings of peace.

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

And Now for Something a Bit Different

I haven't done such a complex scenic in some time now. This one is called simply "Country Village" and required a lot of patience because of all the small details. I enjoyed the challenge, however.

It is actually a scene from somewhere in the New England States -- as you might have guessed by looking at those rounded mountains. The trees and mountains actually remind me a bit of the Smokey Mountains in the southern U.S.

Next are two flower drawings.

The first flower looks a bit exotic, but is really just an unusual variety of something very commonplace. The is the Aquilegia Hybrid Columbine.

I have done a number of drawings of our more familiar Columbine -- and they are striking enough -- but this variety is really different, mainly because of the colour.

Finally, I did a drawing of a very common wildflower which gets very strange looking when you get close up!

This is the Common Spiderwort. It grows wild along the eastern seaboard and inland -- including Ontario. The name has always intrigued me and made me wonder if it was once used as a treatment for spider bites. Anybody know for certain?

I continue to hope that there will be more orders for my book. So far I have received 10 requests for books for a total of 16 books. So far, the response of those who have seen the book has been very positive with comments such as "you should be charging more for this" and "Wow, I really didn't expect it to look so professionally done!"

Tomorrow I go to have the suture removed from my right eye and then there should be constant improvement after that. Thank you all for your prayers and good wishes during my cataract surgeries.

May peace be with you all.

Monday, 6 July 2009

Flowers and Sleeping Kitty

Tonight there are more drawings of flowers.

The one above is, of course, a Calla Lily. They are one of the most elegant flowers I am aware of. Their curving simplicity always gives me pause whether I see a single flower or a bouquet, a photograph of a single flower or a painting of many.

This is about the fourth drawing I have done of Calla Lilies using the computer. I keep trying to capture that "stop and take a second look" feeling that I so often get from these photogenic flowers.

This next drawing is of the blossom and buds of a "Crimson-eyed Rose Mallow" -- sounds almost good enough to eat, doesn't it? This drawing was done using another one of Hylott's beautiful photographs. Rose Mallow's also have a very striking blossom when first in bloom. Because of the big petals, however, they tend to get very floppy when they start to age -- sort of like what is happening to me!

Hylott's wife, by the way, continues to struggle with serious health problems so if you are a praying person, please pray for her and for him. If you are not a praying person, please send some positive energy in the direction of Birmingham. Thanks.

Tonight's last drawing is of a sleepy kitten.

I did this drawing from one of the many animal pictures that circulate on the web. When I saw the photograph, I knew immediately what colours I wanted to use for the kitten and for the background and I think I was almost able to achieve the combination that I saw in my mind's eye (isn't that a great expression?).

Speaking of kittens, by the way, reminds me that miz k.d. has a sore back paw. I have a call into my wonderful vet who visits us at home. I tried to check online to see if there were any common problems with the feet of older cats but so far have found nothing. If you have any suggestions, please pass them along.

The orders are slowly coming in for THE book. If you are planning on getting a copy, I will be delighted to take your order.

Peace be with you.

Saturday, 4 July 2009

Flowers and Another Seacoast

Well, here I am again -- attempting to get back on schedule. Hopefully, you have all read the information about THE book which I posted yesterday and are making plans to purchase your own copy!

Tonight I will be showing you a few of the many drawings that got missed during all the weeks of working on the Stations. These were mainly done for relaxation between revising the icons.

The first one (above) is called a Japanese Anemone. I have never seen this flower before and I really find it quite lovely. I would love to meet it in person!

This second flower drawing was made working with a photograph from an Hawaiian calendar. The flowers are called Redlehua which maybe should be written Red Lehua. The lehua part sounds rather Hawaiian, I think. Anyway, I have never met these flowers in person either. I wonder if they are soft or hard to the touch?

Finally, I did a drawing of the coastal area somewhere along the coast of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, France.

I love all the greys accented with red while the fog rolls in. I can almost hear the seagulls crying out, unseen, in the foggy sky.

Meanwhile, my eye seems to be healing nicely. My vision improves a bit every day. I am expecting a great deal of improvement when I have the suture removed on Thursday. I really am starting to believe that I might actually not need glasses anymore! Won't that be grand?!

Remember, if you want a book, let me know as soon as you can as I am trying to have 10 requests before I order since I get a discount for every 10 or more I order at one time.

Peace be with you all.

Friday, 3 July 2009

THE Book

I am posting today because I want a special column to tell you about the book.

Above is the cover. I have draft copies of the entire book at my place for those who live in the GTA and want to see it before purchasing.

Starting today, the book will be held in download for 15 days. If I don't order any before that time, I will have to download the book again. That is not a serious matter and does not cost me anything, but takes a bit of time. Not to worry. If you want to purchase, do it whenever you can.

Now for the important information:

The price of the book for U.S. customers will be $55.

The price of the book for Ontario residents who can pick up their copy from me will be $65.

If a Canadian customer wants me to ship it to them, then the cost will obviously be $65 plus postage.

I get a discount by ordering 10 or more at a time. I will need payment in advance before ordering.

If you would like to have your copy printed on premium quality paper, that increases the cost by $10.00.

Customers in the U.S. can receive their copy by what is called “Second Day”. Canadian customers' copies will be shipped by “economy” which takes, I have discovered, about two weeks.

I am sorry I don’t have a link I can give you so you can see the book online; however, as I said, I do have a copy at my place. So anyone in the GTA can drop by for a look. I guess the rest of you will have to purchase sight unseen. If, for any legitimate reason you are not satisfied, I will accept returns.

If you want to place an order, you need to send me a cheque ("check" for you Americans) in the correct amount listed above so that I can then place your order. If you let me know your cheque is on the way, I will go ahead and place the order so you can have your copy that much more quickly.

As noted above, the U.S. orders will be shipped directly from the company so that your postage is less and you will get your order more quickly. The Canadian clients will have to wait a week and a half to two weeks from the time their order is placed.

Now, the rest is up to you!

Peace be with you all. I will have a regular entry tomorrow night.

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Pray the Stations

Well, here they are -- all 15 Stations. The first one is "Jesus is condemned to death."

The second station is "Jesus receives the cross."

Third, "Jesus falls the first time under the cross."

Fourth, "Jesus is met by His Blessed Mother."

Fifth, "The Cross is laid upon Simon of Cyrene."

The sixth station: "Veronica wipes the face of Jesus."

Seventh, "Jesus falls the second time."

The eighth station: "The women of Jerusalem mourn for Our Lord."

Ninth, "Jesus falls for the third time."

Tenth station: "Jesus is stripped of His garments."

Eleventh station: "Jesus is nailed to the cross."

The twelfth station: "Jesus dies on the cross."

The thirteenth station: Jesus is taken down from the cross and laid in His Mother's arms."

Fourteenth, "Jesus is placed in the sepulchre."

Fifteenth Station: "Jesus is risen from the dead."

So, here they are. Let me know what you think of them now that you see them all together. Thanks.

As for me, I am slowly recovering from my latest surgery. This time it did not go so smoothly, but I saw the doctor today and everything looks good. Best of all, I am already able to read this size type without the use of glasses! Hooray!

In my next post I will be showing the prices for the book and how you can order them in Canada and in the U.S. I am very pleased with it and I hope you will be as well.

Meanwhile, may peace be with you all.