This week’s prompt for Inspire Me Thursday is “Dear Diary”. I often use phrases from my journal in my paintings, so this wasn’t a stretch for me. But I had been working on this painting for a while now and feeling a bit stuck. And while I was painting I remembered the prompt for this week and thought, yes, that’s a good idea. And I dug out my journal and added the words above the nest. Thanks Melanie for the prompt!

gather, oil and mixed media, 12×12 inches

I didn’t want it to be too legible for the viewer when they are in front of the painting. But to record what I wrote, this is what it says:

and in my heart i knew that if i gathered up all my strength and hope, that everything would be ok. There was a master plan for all of us.

The photo on my screen is coming out a little darker than the painting really is.

Recently I posted about programs for creating a database of inventory for paintings and Glenda and ascender both commented on Working Artist, which was what I was leaning towards. I downloaded the free trial version and it is really great so far. It’s actually kind of exciting to see my paintings all in one place and organized. Yes, I’m a dork like that. But it is really great to have it all organized and it organizes your patrons as well. So that later I can pull up names and addresses for mailing out notices about shows. I am going to purchase the program this week sometime. It is going to take forever to plug in all my artwork, but it will be so worth it. Thanks for your help!


  1. I love the fact the centeral image is of an open nest. The center is protected by the sides, but exposed at the same time; very much the same way one is when they write in their journal. The words strengthen this image to me as we are seeing between the lines and into the heart of the person. Thank you for such lovely compliments on my blog. I appreciate them!

  2. ooooh…the colors are dreamy…like they’re in the sky and underwater at the same time! And, like Pilar said, the open nest has the power of paradox going on. Really strong & beautiful work.

  3. I looked at this the other day and absolutely loved it. Now I’m strolling through more IMT’s and hit upon it again and realized I never commented on it! Shame on me. It’s just so lovely.

  4. this is beautiful, Bridgette. and i love how you applied the imt topic to help complete the piece.

    wonderful words. i so needed to hear them today.

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