the big picture

By Rachel Awes on January 7, 2010

at the beautiful north shore of lake superior, i stood at a window watching a storm whip up the waves into what looked more like an ocean…i was struck by a comment made by a family member that she loves remembering that we only see a part of the whole and that above the storm clouds the sun is always shining.

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  1. What a comment!
    What a listener to gather that tasty bit
    WOWZER what a Beauty of a drawing!
    When will these be for sale???

  2. i love that about flying on a cloudy day… flying up, through the clouds, and into the sunshine.
    ps – i really can’t get enough of your art!

  3. Shona Cole says:

    what a great reminder! the sun is always shining, we just got to see beyond the clouds. Your art is so bright and affirming.

    thanks for visiting my blog and your comments at the wishstudio. I love that concept of our shining gives others permission. just the other day my eldest daughter told daddy that she wanted to be like me and proceeded to do some drawing! what a sweet pattern!


  4. Karen D says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am still fairly new to blogging so I am feeling my way.
    I love that you call yourself a playgroundist, just that term made me smile!

  5. Katy says:

    Thank you for your lovely comment…this is such a true creation…we forget sometimes to love above the cloud x

  6. Melita says:

    this is beautiful!! love your blog. 🙂 hugs!!

  7. nichole says:


    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the lovely words.

  8. I really love your blog. Every post is perfect, it really is.

    La Société de mode | The Fashion Society

  9. So encouraging and true. Why is it so hard to remember this, when all we can see is gray? The sun is ALWAYS there…just waiting for us to see.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

  10. savorit says:

    thank you so much for your kind wishes while i’m on bedrest. i feel very blessed to be able to tap into the virtual world and still feel a bit connected! 🙂 your art work is beautiful and very uplifting. just what i needed today!

  11. Hi Rachel! What a beautiful blog you have! I love that idea that we only see a part of the whole—especially that the sun is always shining above the clouds. What hope! Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog! I also love that you say you are an “art playgroundist.” What a great description!

  12. Jen says:

    Hi Rachel, Thanks so much for visiting my blog! I love your sketches- as well as your comments, they’re so bright and encouraging.This post about only seeing part of the whole and the sun above the clouds is especially nice. If you ever want to chat about books let me know- I’d love to!!

  13. Melissa says:

    This is now my desktop art on my computer. Thank you for the reminder – it is incredibly timely.

  14. Milena says:

    Wow, what a very inspiring blog; your artwork has brought such colour and optimism into my day, thank you so much for sharing your precious creativity 🙂

  15. Beautiful, beautiful art, Rachel! There is such expression and celebration in your color and lines. You have a wonderful collection of work!

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