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Shop For a Cause | Child Trafficking | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

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Shop For a Cause | Child Trafficking | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

Shop for a Cause | Child Trafficking | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

 I have talked about my burden for children, and more specifically those who are victims of trafficking in past blog posts, but I’m ashamed to say that my voice has been quiet lately.  Life has a way of sneaking up on us and distracting us from some really important issues (not that all distractions aren’t equally important, but they can demand more of our attention than we need to give).

 

Princess Portrait | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

 

So, imagine the convicting blow to my heart when I opened social media on a recent Monday morning just to see an article that broke me.  Even if the accusations in the article are not true (and I pray they aren’t), it was non the less a wake up call equivalent to being woken abruptly from a deep sleep.  I have failed these children, and the thought of them in a dark room praying for someone to come and free them is unbearable.  I was reminded how urgent this issue is and how I CAN NOT stay silent…I need to do better.

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What Defines Home | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

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What Defines Home | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

 

I have been thinking a lot about home lately, and how I would define it.  Maybe because of the recent house portraits I’ve painted or maybe because of this season of staying at home (probably both).  Either way, it has been on my mind.

Home is where dreams are made, new chapters begin, and stories end.  It’s being carried over the threshold, welcoming a new baby, hot meals around the table talking about the day, holiday celebrations, birthday parties, family movie nights, seeking wise council, laughing, crying, and praying together, high school graduations, collage diplomas, planning weddings, and saying goodbye.  It’s waiting for the kids to return home for a visit and holding the first grandchild. Home is our own little warm, cozy, and safe part of the world where we feel free to let life happen. Home is where our story begins and ends.

house portrait | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

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Finding Calm in the Covid Storm | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

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Finding Calm in the Covid Storm | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

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Finding Calm in the Covid Storm | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

Entering the new year I never dreamed we would be living this life...life with cCovid-19, and boy did the waves of fear and uncertainty beat against my cozy little boat tearing my sail and making me feel like I lost any anchor to hold me steady!

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Summer Never Tasted So Good | art lesson for kids | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

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Summer Never Tasted So Good | art lesson for kids | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

Summer Never Tasted So Good | art lesson for kids | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

Berry Cupcake | taste of summer | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

If you are anything like me and my family, you have found yourself spending more time in the kitchen since the stay home order. I have been doing more home cooked meals, baking, fermenting komboucha and kefir, and I even joined the "sour dough" club.  I find it comforting knowing I'm preparing something delicious and nourishing for my family, and we all can use some extra comfort during a time like this.

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Watercolor Floral Cards To Brighten the Day | printable template | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

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Watercolor Floral Cards To Brighten the Day | printable template | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

Watercolor Floral Cards To Brighten the Day | printable template | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

floral card template | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

I've been surrounded by flowers all week and it has been so beautiful.  It's this time every year when I begin my annual "morning garden walks".  With coffee in hand, I visit the raised vegetable gardens first, and then make my way along the pavement surrounding the pool towards my favorite flower garden in the back corner of our lot where it is ever changing.  I love that magical feeling of discovering that another flower has emerged from the soil and is showing off its beauty.  It is so special and so inspiring.

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