Author Archives: Veronica Walsh

School Days are Here Again!

“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches.”
Matt 13:31

Welcome back to the school students!
May the knowledge you receive grow with God.

Welcome back to school, teachers!
May the instruction you give be filled with God’s care.

Welcome back to school, authors and illustrators!
May your words and pictures be like the smallest of seeds, ready to sprout and grow in God’s service!

 

contributed by Veronica Walsh, children’s book illustrator

Happiness is…

Well it seems that clutter, and how to work around it, is the theme for the month. In 2-D it doesn’t appear so bad—but don’t be fooled, it’s pretty bad!

Happiness is creating something beautiful in spite of it all!
(I know you do!)

Veronica Walsh

Know Before You Draw

One tip that I have taken away from a writing workshop is that a character is defined by what she does. Too many times I have wanted to jump into illustrating the details of what a character is wearing or physical attributes before really understanding why or how a character responds to the conflict of the story.

In the rough stages of illustrating the picture book, Too Many Visitors for One Little House, I had many conversations with the author, Susan Chodakiewitz, about the characters. Susan had a clear vision of the each character in the story. From the nosy neighbors to the new family on the block, every character had background information that contributed to the story. Even though only some of the traits we discussed were illustrated, it was helpful for me to understand these characteristics, motivations and behaviors in order to make decisions about visual details.

Here are a few characteristics of the nosy neighbors from the story:

The meticulous neighbor. She keeps watch on the neighborhood to make sure nothing is out of place.

The grumpy neighbor who doesn’t like change. He would rather have his nose stuck in the past than to get to know the new family on the block.

 

The one stuck in the middle. She just wants to get along with everyone and visually expresses the motivation of the three: to be invited and included.

contributed by Veronica Walsh, Children’s Book Illustrator

A Scripture Verse for Today

Taste and see that the LORD is good;
        blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.

Psalm 34:8

Hope you are experiencing God’s goodness today with all your senses!
-Veronica Walsh

Pearl of Great Price

When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it.
Matt 13:46

Lord, discovering your call for me as an artist is like finding a valuable pearl. It brings me joy, it’s prayerful and it has provided a meaningful way for me to make a living.

You, LORD, are just in all your ways, faithful in all your works.
Psalm 145:17

I trust that you will show me the best way to invest my time, money, skills and imagination towards this gift you have given me.

Whatever you do, do from the heart, as for the Lord and not for others,
Colossians 3:23

Lord, I am thankful for the opportunity to serve you. Bind my heart to yours, so that the artwork I create is united with your good will.

God is faithful and will not let you be tried beyond your strength;
1 Corinthians 10:13

Lord, when I am tempted to agree with my overly critical voice, you send your Spirit to guide me. You give me courage when I doubt my abilities.

The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
Matt 13:44

Jesus, you are the treasure! I gladly offer my artistic talent to you. I pray that it may reveal you as the beautiful pearl and lead others to discover you more intimately.

Amen.

contributed by Veronica Walsh, children’s book illustrator

Words of Encouragement

You, LORD, are just in all your ways, faithful in all your works.
Psalm 145:17

A Walk on the Beach

The alarm goes off, but I’m already awake. I feel like a child on Christmas morning. A gift awaits me and I’m excited to receive it.

I dress in a hurry and head out the door. A hot cup of coffee, a sweatshirt and a handful of quarters accompany me. I’m going to the beach. 

Traveling down the freeway, I sing along with the pop tunes. “Ain’t no mountain high enough…” I dedicate this one to Jesus and sing it real loud. 

There’s plenty of parking at the beach. The summer crowds are gone. The sun is warm and the breeze is cool. I trek across the bright, clean sand to the ocean’s side. 

“Hello God!” I call out across the ocean. A misty spray marks the beginning of our walk together. 

We head along the water’s edge and toward the pier. I start to tell God everything; the good the bad and the ugly. He listens patiently.

We pass a man and woman holding hands. I thank God for my loving husband.

Kids are playing catch me if you can with the incoming waves. I thank God for family and friends.

A surfer glides along the crest of a wave. I thank God for the grace that propels us day by day.

 A seagull soars with the wind. I thank God for the Spirit that draws me near to Him.

We take rest on a sand berm. The waves in front of us roar. I tell Him that sometimes I just can’t hear past the noise. A few minutes of silence go by, then I sense that it’s His turn to talk.

I look beyond the waves. The ocean seems to go on forever.

My love goes on forever, I hear Him say.

The deep green water looks so strong and immovable.

My love can move the immovable, I hear Him tell me.

I imagine all the things in the ocean that I can’t see. He reminds me that all is in His care.

We look out and look in. I feel, and sense, and wonder.

Catalina looks close enough to touch and I smile with His assurance and peace. “Lord, you are my rock and my strength!”

I thank Him for our walk together. “Oh, what a beautiful gift!”

contributed by Veronica Walsh, children’s book illustrator