A William Adolphe Bouguereau Study of “The Bather”

A 40 min sketch of William Adolph Bouguereau’s “The Bather”

The first month of 2018 is nearly done, but blessedly new habits are just beginning. As I sat and listened to a teaching from FreshLife Church, speaking on how the habits we make today create the life we will have tomorrow, I took the time to sketch.

It has been several months and maybe even a year since I have done a sketch. It has been at least five since I have done one in plain, old, graphite. Over the past few years, I have either focused on the colored pencil sketches or those done in vibrant and messy strokes of ballpoint pen.

WilliamBouguereau-TheBather-(1879) {PD-1923}

Today, I felt the Lord challenging me to sketch in pencil.

As bizarre as it sounds I felt a bit of trepidation and even found myself erasing and starting again as the work that I had done was sorry to say the least.

Why? I was working from a place of fear, that ugly fear of failure that still tries to make its home where it has been forevermore evicted.

It took several long minutes for me to finally loosen up enough to just…draw. But I am grateful that the Holy Spirit placed Himself at the exit of my creativity and refused to let me leave without facing this challenge head-on.

I wouldn’t call this my best work by any stretch but I give it high marks for effort.

I have a burning thirst to sling some oil paint. I am comfortable there. I can do so without much thought, but I need to gain my confidence back with the pencil.

Here is to a year of growth and conquering!


Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!



Be Brave: A Quote

Promise me you’ll always remember-you’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

~Christopher Robin to Pooh


Being discouraged by circumstances or challenges is easy. It’s deciding to overcome them and be victorious that takes courage and strength. the beauty is, just like with any muscle, whenever their is resistance applied and a push back given in the face of resistance, do we see strength and growth occur. our courage, our hearts, require healthy doses of resistance in order to grow strong. whatever you’ve set your heart to do, be brave in your doing. discouragement can always be turned on its head and be the stepping stone to CATAPULT you to your goal. if the dream is in you, it only means you were meant to see it as a reality. Be Brave and keep creating!

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!

Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!

~Candice Coates
Words done by Candice Coates
Words done by Candice Coates
Philippians 4:6-7, 13Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;  and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus…I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:4-13) …Every now and again we need the reminder.

The Secret of the Stars: A Quote And Message

No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new discovery for the human spirit.” ~Helen Keller

The only ingredients that you need to fail in this life are Fear, Doubt, and Pessimism. All three of these are the poison that sap out our creative power and imagination.

When Yeshua Jesus created the heavens and the earth, He did so by speaking. He spoke from His imagination. Proverbs 23:7 says as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. Proverbs further goes on to warn us that we will live by the fruit of our lips and above all else, to guard our hearts for out of it flows the source of our lives. (PROVERBS 12:14, PROVERBS 18:21, PROVERBS 4:23)

When our hearts are filled with pessimism and doubt, we speak with negativity and bring forth the fruits of failure. But when we speak with faith, when we allow ourselves to dream, imagine, and do by faith, we are giving life to victory. We are positioning ourselves to conquer!

Yeshua Jesus also tells us that we can do all things through Him and that nothing is impossible to him who believes! He said according to your faith, be it unto you! (PHILIPPIANS 4:13, MARK 9:23, MARK 9:29)

What are you believing? What are you saying about yourself? There are no limits to them who believe. Nowhere in God’s word does he say “you can’t” but he does say that “you can!” What is your dream? Go and make it a reality. Slay your giants, for they will come, but remember you are more than a conqueror because you have faith and believe! Genesis 11:6, Matthew 17:20.

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!

The Breech: Monday’s Muse Writing Prompt Result from July 6th


NOTE: This story sprang on me in a different way than the others. This is actually a continuation of another tale that I have been working on for a little while. I recommend you taking a look at the first two installments before reading this one. You can find them by clicking the link HERE and HERE

The walls to their borders were strong, but not so much so that they couldn’t break through them. They had built them after all.

The ramparts looked to have been completely deserted upon first glance, as if Odwaht-Ibria was a ghost city. Argasso shook his head, his massive dreaded mane swayed from side to side. “They must be fools. They are repeating their old ways of war.” He jutted his chin towards the walls.

Thaylon reached his brother’s side. “Is this what they did when they were first conquered by Ibria?”

“No,” Argasso shook his head. “Before, they had not even known we were coming. This is a tactic they used to practice when other supposed conquerors reached the boarders. It worked to keep the others out and to defend the territory. It will not work against us, however.”

Thaylon considered the walls again. Their size and strength were intimidating. The only way into Odwaht-Ibria was through the wall, but that would be greatly guarded somehow. Thalyon couldn’t see how they would manage a breech without the loss of life for either side.

He said, “The walls are sturdy, thick. The city is built within the mountain and the water. What is our option?”

Argasso began to remove his leather vest and guards, a smile turning the corners of his full lips. “Thaylon, those walls are thick and sturdy because they were rebuilt by Ibrian engineers after we destroyed the old ones formed by Odwaht. The secret is that when we constructed these walls, we made certain to have a way in that even the inhabitants were not privy to, just in case something foolish like this were to happen.”

He stashed his leathers in a pile and pulled his hair back in submission to a band. Thaylon considered the wall again, searching for some secret to give itself away to his imagination. Nothing came.

Argasso whispered in his ear. “I hope you have learned how to hold your breath, little brother. For we shall take Odwaht-Ibria from under the sea.”

Thaylon’s dark eyes glanced down to the waters lapping up against the sides of the walls. He could not help but smile in turn. War may not have been something he was familiar with, but swimming was as second nature. He had been training to be a fishermen after all.

He began to remove his leathers as well.


I hope you enjoyed this short installation of this story. I hope you took the detour and read through the first 2 installments to this tale. I wasn’t expecting to go back to these characters in this way but I am glad I did. Storytelling is so important to me! 


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