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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.

Bread

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.

Water

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.

Red

February 15, 2018

Why is red the color of love?

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