Mantra – Take Joy!

I mustn’t forget my mantra – Take Joy!   The phrase used in the following:

Take Joy and Sketch Play by Linda Ruddy, two sketchbooks of illustration images for inspiration and joy.

“The gloom of the world is but a shadow.  Behind it, yet within our reach is joy.  Take Joy!” ~ Fra Giovanni Year 1513

Tasha Tudor named one of her books:  Take Joy! The Tasha Tudor Christmas Book published in 1966. 

And, I think Jane Yolen has a book by that title also.      Enjoy!


About Wings of Wonder

Linda Ruddy is a creative and she works in a variety of materials including pencils, paints, paper, porcelain and fabric. Her current projects involve hand-sewn bookbinding, children's book illustrating, and writing. In 2010, two of her paintings were published in the Saddleback College literary magazine, The Wall. In the past, she has received recognition for painting and doll making. Linda lives in California with her husband and family pet. Her new blog can be found Please visit often to see how the site develops. Following the muse, Linda Ruddy
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6 Responses to Mantra – Take Joy!

  1. robin says:

    Your watercolors certainly do evoke Joy! I keep going back and forth, trying to decide on my favorite. I love them all, but the long-legged chickens and the playful dogs especially make me smile :-).

  2. What a fablous idea! ‘Take Joy’ as a mantra! Love it!

  3. Your watercolors reflect your mantra with so much exuberance! 🙂 I love it!

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