Monday, January 1, 2018


The simple grace of a tiny palette on a long  road trip

Each year, for as long as I can remember, I've chosen a word to define my goals or mindset for the new year. This year the word is grace. It's something I've been thinking about for awhile and intend to make it a continuing focal point in 2018. It has many definitions and should make for a year of interesting discoveries!

Grace(as defined by Merriam-Webster)

1 a: unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or
b: a virtue coming from God
c: a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine assistance

2 a: approval, favor stayed in his good graces
b: archaic: mercy, pardon
c: a special favor: privilege
each in his place, by right, not grace, shall rule his heritage —Rudyard Kipling
d: disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemency
e: a temporary exemption: reprieve

3 a: a charming or attractive trait or characteristic Among disagreeable qualities
        he possessed the saving grace of humor.
b: a pleasing appearance or effect: charm
all the grace of youth —John Buchan
c: ease and suppleness of movement or bearing
danced with such grace

4 used as a title of address or reference for a duke, a duchess, or an archbishop

5 a short prayer at a meal asking a blessing or giving thanks

6 Graces plural: three sister goddesses in Greek mythology who are the givers of
        charm and beauty

7 a musical trill, turn, or appoggiatura

8 a: sense of propriety or right
had the grace not to run for elective office —Calvin Trillin
        b: the quality or state of being considerate or thoughtful accepted his advice
        with grace

and Grace(as defined by me)
1      unexpected moments and insights that make us draw breath and smile 


  1. Your definition is the best one! I look for those moments.

  2. Thank you, Carol. It's surprising how many you find when you're open to them, isn't it? Happy New Year!

  3. Love these! Make me want to grab some supplies and go out to paint!