Spring is in the air, and I express my exuberance for the season by splashing paint onto a blank canvas. Sometimes, as in the case of this painting, my excitement arrives so early that I sketch out buds while I’m still lounging around in sweatshirts and woolly blankets. But it’s officially spring now, and I can respectably unveil my work without it contrasting too starkly with the current weather.


When I discovered a photo of these birds on Pinterest a while back, I knew they’d be the perfect addition to the tree. I used Anita’s acrylic paint (available at Hobby Lobby) and accomplished the background look by using a dabbing method.


This month we often think of crosses, tombs, and resurrection. But sometimes God tells us the story of hope through the little things, like flowers blooming after a harsh winter. I hope this painting reminds you of His redeeming and creative power in the everyday affairs of life.

Mariposa Aristeo is a self-taught artist and aspiring children’s author who captures the glories of God’s creation on paper. She is a graphic designer and the Instagram manager here at Story Embers and desires to encourage other storytellers in crafting novels that ignite the imagination and warm the heart.

If you ask her what her favorite things are, she would probably say nothing, since she scores a staggering 88 percent on introversion. However, if you ask her to write about it, she’ll give a five-page treatise on palm trees, chocolate-covered pineapple, and plumerias. Her favorite pastimes include card-making, baking, hiding Easter eggs in her art, exploring Disney World, burning spiders at the stake, perusing the works of John MacArthur and Charles Spurgeon, and reading every dinosaur book she can get her hands on. Her assistant, Aberdeen the Authorosarus (an ink-drinking, book-eating dinosaur), helps supply her with ideas, taste-test her pages, and get her back to writing by threatening to sit on her. If you want to read about his exploits in her office, writerly dinosaurian advice, or nonsensical sense, please visit: DinosDigest.com.

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