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Bruce Van Patter

As a freelance illustrator, graphic recorder, and author, Bruce is on a lifelong journey to delight in the handiwork of the Creator. And he’s always ready for fellow travelers.

The winding way

March 06, 2018

It’s Monday morning, and at 8:18, I am cresting a mountain range.

A glimpse of glory

March 04, 2018

It is Sunday morning and my soul is, once again, soaring on the intricacies of the music of Bach.

A closer look

March 02, 2018

As I step outside to photograph the snow that is quickly building on the grass, I decide to get as close as the camera will let me.

The gift of surprise

February 28, 2018

Every year, I am always taken by surprise by the first sign of life in the garden.

Sowing encouragement

February 24, 2018

Two seats over from me in a crowded airport gate, a young teen bends over his sketchbook. I decide we should talk.

To the edge

February 23, 2018

Only minutes remain before I am to start scribing an event in Hollywood (sigh: Florida) and I am staring into the huge eyes of a robot.


February 21, 2018

The Amish girl behind the counter at the Farmer’s Market views me with puzzlement as I take a photo of the bags of flour in her stall. But when I make my purchase, she gives me her usual parting words, “Have a great deh.”

The hero we need

February 20, 2018

While packing today, I come across two figurines in my bureau drawer. I have long forgotten why I put them there. But they make an odd combination: Horus and Batman.

Shining through

February 18, 2018

I sit down in a new sanctuary – recently built and new to me. I lift my eyes to the front of the sanctuary and there I see a cross unlike any other I have seen. For it is made entirely of light.

A wave of violence

February 17, 2018

On the way to see my son’s new office in Harrisonburg, Virginia, we walk past a sculpture that captures the dismay I feel about the latest school shooting.


February 16, 2018

I am alone in the woods and walking on water. And through water. And under water. And by water. Water, water, everywhere.


February 15, 2018

Why is red the color of love?

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