Tuesday, January 05, 2016


I've made it a goal this year to paint more, and I started by finishing off a painting that has been collecting a little dust since October....

I've titled this piece "Held", and the words written into the scarf/shawl are the chorus of a song called "Just Be Held" that struck me at just the right time. This painting is truly a work of heart, and a 'working out' of things I'm learning that aren't easily expressed in words.

When you're on your knees and answers seem so far away,
You're not alone, stop holding on and just be held;
Your world's not falling apart, it's falling into place.
I'm on the throne, stop holding on and just be held...

A few photos along the way... I used QoR watercolors to paint, and the words are done with Polychromos Pencils - just enough resist to show. I love working that little idea of journaling into a painting - I've done it with quotes and verses as well.

I will be ordering prints of this painting, so if you're interested, please click HERE to find the information you need, as well as other prints that are available for sale. I'd like to place the order Friday, so I'd love to hear from you before then!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Thanks so much Dina for the blessing of this post, for sharing your heart.
    A wonderful watercolour image, and how special are the words of that some.
    Thank you. I have shared a little of mine today too.
    Shaz in Oz.x

    {Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

  2. This is gorgeous Dina, truly a work of art as well as a work of heart, like you said.
    I do have a question.....are this prints already colored or do they come ready for you to color. They are all beautiful.

    1. Hi Maria! The prints are colored - they're a high-quality digitally printed copy of the original.

  3. Thank you for your beautiful artwork. It is a reminder of who I belong to, and that He is in control. We all have our times of trials, but this helps me to remember everyday that comfort and strength are mine because I belong to the King. Thank you for sharing, God bless you

  4. This is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing your amazing talent!

  5. What a beautiful image.

  6. What a GORGEOUS PAINTING, Dina! It's WONDERFUL!!! AND Casting Crowns is one of my FAVORITE GROUPS!!!! ;) I should start trying this (painting) when a song touches me too. I seem to find a song for most of the big moments in my life. It helps me remember those times, like you with your painting. ;)

  7. The background for the cross is such a great one; it really lifts the cross on this beautiful card!

  8. The shawl writing is perfect.Hard to see,but it is there.

  9. AWESOME!!!!!THank you for sharing!!!!

  10. This is jaw dropping beautiful! When I saw it on FB I was wondering what words you wrote into the painting and now I see. Beautiful song, Beautiful work of art!

  11. This is so amazing, I love it and ordered one. What a beautiful reminder for all of us.

  12. Dina, this is awesome! I totally love it!

  13. Oh, Dina, this is so gorgeous and so deeply touching, and I can see why you knew when it was finished...when tears flowed! And I so love the song "Held" that truly touches me so deeply. I plan to order at least one and am heading over right now. I can attest to the quality of Dina's prints and how well they are shipped (in case anyone wonders). Hugs, precious friend, as we all remember that we are "held" in the arms of our Savior!

  14. Ms Linda (swtanxiety94@yahoo.com)1/05/2016 4:23 PM

    Dina, you have out done yourself, the painting is breathtaking, with an emphases on love and devotion.

  15. Beautifully done Dina....would be wonderful for your Bible too!
    Paper Hugs,

  16. Stunning painting, looked at it for quite some time to take it all in. Lovely soft colors are wonderful.

  17. This is beautiful, Dina and wonderful to read some of the story behind it. I, too am hoping to paint more and bigger(than card size) this year.

  18. I love the song and I love your painting, Dina. Others will be blessed seeing it. Love seeing you putting your God given talents to use for Him!!

  19. This is a BEAUTIFUL painting and the saying is so spiritual and heartwarming! You are SUPER TALENTED!!! You should be VERY PROUD!!
    Thank you for sharing!

  20. Dina,

    You are so incredibly talented. Thank you for making your beautiful artwork available to us for purchase. I just went and order my print of this, and I have a feeling I will be ordering more as gifts in the future I you have them available. You know I am going through a tough time, and this is a besutiful and loving reminder to us all. God bless you sweet lady!