First of all thank you for visiting !All the drawings you are going to see are in black and white because, to put it in a nutshell, I had difficulties with the printing quality of my pastels on coloured sheets. My fault! Anyway, I named my present book: The Pearl and Jay Gallery because it is sexier than black and white, isn't it ?May I introduce myself ? I am French so I apologise in anticipation for my mistakes.I am Marie Gallicher, I am an amateur artist who decided to draw more seriously in 2005 when I found out there was no French Wikipedia page about Eric Porter, the British classical actor. So I created it after having been seeking for months articles and obituaries in English on Internet and translating them into French. Then, I took a breath and stepped forward to draw when it came to the illustration of the article: why not? (It was crucial because years after I was approached by Helen Monk thanks to my portraits of Eric and we worked together on Eric Porter's biography, my dearest dream.)Once the Wikipedia article was completed I decided to show my drawings on an amateurs artists' website and to my sad surprise, reactions were violents : « What ? Why always this Eric Porter ? » So, after having (morally) slammed the door, I calmed down: I decided, on one hand, to enter the Saatchi Gallery Showdown Contest and on the other hand, to draw other subjects. You know, I am a bit quick-tempered sometimes. I began by pencil (I didn't even mention it under the drawings whereas graphite is indeed quite a noble word) because I believed that black and white was easier to deal with, then I tried charcoal (and dusted my hands !) and after that, I tried pastels. In the beginning, these pastels of mine looked very much like children's drawings with no depth, no contrast. I learned to play with charcoal and white pastel, with coloured pastels and sanguine and tried...hard. Hope I improved my skills a little (You can sleep tight Leonardo!)Though I was not too bad in art at school, I had nothing more than the ordinary training you get there. I am a self-taught artist who loves visiting museums, can dive during hours into a drawing, fighting to catch the look alike (sometimes I lose).When a child, I had fun by drawing with a pen on my mother's writing paper she used to send letters, she didn't appreciate my artistic appeal that much when it occured to me to draw on our flat's paperwall and on some expensive books (no Internet to express oneself at the time). Yes I was born in this incredible world of 1962 when there was no Internet, 2 channels on the TV (a black and white one besides) and no mobile, no micro-wave devices, no Facebook and no Twitter. So you will be understanding about my ability to communicate : I am a real T-Rex. And YES, I wonder too how possible it was to ever survived in such a world !
Most pearls in their natural state are not the perfectly round orbs we see in the jewelry store showcase. By the time a pearl gets to the jewelry store showcase it has been refined and polished to show its true beauty. You might say it has been transformed into its true self. In many ways you and I are pearls. We are the result of being covered in layers and layers of life-events. These events shape us and mold our personalities and outlook on life. Only when we allow God's love and grace to polish and transform us by polishing away the residue of life's difficulties and the sin in our lives can we be seen for who we truly are. So for all the love that was never shown, all the birthdays never celebrated, the accomplishments never recognized, hugs never given, hair bows never tied, and the childhood you were never allowed to enjoy...this book is for you. It is your reminder that God loves you. Cherishes you. Adores you. He is ready and waiting to polish you and bring you to your most beautiful self.
Probably no people in the world possess so rich and varied an experience as do the Latter-day Saints, and especially the missionaries who have labored in the ministry in various lands. Contributions from them, giving a relation of their personal experience, are most profitable to young people to peruse. The present age is one of doubt and unbelief. Faith in God, in His willingness to hear and answer prayer, and in the gifts of the gospel, has almost vanished from the earth. As a people we have this to contend with. Our children, not having had experience themselves, have to be carefully watched, lest they, too, should partake of the leaven of unbelief. We feel that it is a duty that we owe to them to place within their reach the evidences that their fathers and their mothers have received of the existence of God, of His willingness to hear and answer prayer, and to bestow His gifts upon those who seek for them in the right way. God has wrought as marvelously in behalf of the Latter-day Saints as He did in former days in behalf of His people. We hope that this little volume will prove of great value to those who read it, by inspiring them with faith, and furnishing them a foundation upon which to build and obtain knowledge from the Lord.
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