I began reading the gospels again in a Daily Chronological Bible which was a recent gift. Instead of waiting for January to begin reading Genesis, I dove right in. Reading the accounts of Jesus will always be my favorite text in the Bible.
For Mark 4:30 I illustrated a mustard field which I delightfully discovered while driving through the Oregon countryside last Spring. By dipping the tips of the watercolor pencils in water first, I learned I can achieve a more vibrant color.
For Luke 13:34 I chose to illustrate a hen with her seven chicks in the wide margin of my Amplified Bible, rather than chicks under their mother's wings as the verse reads, though that is an endearing image depicting Jesus' sincere love and protection for His people. The artwork was created with a pencil sketch, watercolor pencil for the grass and sign, and Japanese watercolor for the chicks and hen.
If you haven't noticed already I adore birds. They are one of God's most delightful creatures, and I love how Jesus often uses them in His messages.