"God's art [Creation] speaks of Himself, reflecting who He is and what He is like."
Francis Chan

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Summer Has begun!

    I am so happy to say that summer has officially started in the Kulish household.  Except for Shelby, who has a few more days of the couple of classes that she takes at the public school, all the rest of us have put away the school books and put on our shorts and flip flops!  To commemorate this I sat down yesterday to do a small, one day painting for an online painting challenge at Inspiration all around us .   I had such a blast doing this little thing.  I totally lost track of all time - which is exactly what should happen on one of those perfect summer days.  This challenge just began this week, so there aren't too many other enteries yet - but click on the link to check them out.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Creative Legacies, prt. II

   I know it seems that I may have completely disappeared out of blogland - but I've actually been busy getting ready for the bittersweet graduation of my second oldest, Zach.  We had his party last Saturday.  Those kinds of things are always fun, but a lot of work.  Which has kept me away from my computer and my easel.  Life is going to start getting back to normal around here now so I thought I should think about posting something.  As I looked back at my last couple of posts, especially the one about my father and his art work, I saw a common thread!  You see I had the fun task these past couple of weeks of sorting through not only pictures of my son,  but also his art work to put on display at the party.  He has, since he was two, been a little artist.  I never even started doing anything with art until I was in my late twenties, but it has always just been a natural part of his life.  I have tried to encourage him in art and teach him what little I know,  along with lots of studies on the great masters of art (one advantage of homeschooling is the ability to spend extra emphasis on the areas that your child flourishes in!).  As he got into his preteen years my experience was no longer enough, so he took private lessons from a retired art teacher in our area and then classes at the local public school.  Now,  next year he will be starting college, majoring in art education. I can't wait to see how he grows in his skills.  (I'm hoping I will be able to glean a little knowledge from him!)

Here he is (below) my baby all grown up!

I am thinking today about how we sometimes don't even realize how our families influence us.  Here I was raised around art all my childhood and never gave it much thought until I was a parent myself.  Now I treasure that influence in my life.  My kids have had that same influence in there lives and even if they don't all pursue art careeers like Zach, I think they all will have a great appriciation for art and music (My oldest is  a very talented guitar player/singer-songwriter. Time will tell what hidden talents my girls will express).  It is that same creative legacy being passed down that began with my parents (or maybe even my grandparents, and I am just not aware of it!)  Even more importantly, I hope I have passed on to my kids the understanding that we can be creative in all sorts of matters, and it could be meaningless if our motive for creation is wrong.  My kids very well may feel like I have been a broken record at times as I have told them - ' whatever you do in life, whatever talents you have - use them for God's glory.'  But nothing could be truer.  Our lives will come and go, and the legacies that we leave behind will be meaningless if we don't acknowledge the One that gave us breath and life and talents and abilities.  They are truly God's gifts and He deserves the glory for them.  I really hope with all my heart that I have passed that understanding down to Zach and all of his siblings.

                                                   "Study of Caraveggio"                                                                                                      
                                                   Zach Kulish                                                                                                                         
                                                   10 years old                                                                                                                           

                                                          "Bush on 911" Caricature study
                                                           Zach Kulish
                                                           11 years old
                                                           pen and ink


                                         "Holocaust Victoms Waiting to Board the Train Cars"                
                                                          Zach Kulish
                                                           14 years old

" Iowa Field"
Zach Kulish
16 years old

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Creative Legacies

  Last week I thought I had completed this portrait.  I loaded a picture of it on to my computer to put it on my blog and when I saw it on the computer screen I saw a bunch of things that just didn't look right.  I am constatntly amazed at how viewing something from a different perspective really makes you see it as if for the first time.  But the corrections are made and I feel like I got as close as I can to his likeness for my skill level (boy, do I have lots to learn about portraits!)
  For those of you who are just tuning in, this is a painting of my dad, who is an artist living in Colorado.  For the whole story you can check out my post from April 15th.  As I had said, he loves western style art.  Although that is not a subject that I prefer - I do love his work.  I think he is an amazing artist and I learn a lot every time I observe one of his paintings.  I am very grateful for the creative legacy that both of my parents gave my siblings and I.  Whether it was music, art, or even the love of history and literature - they have passed down to us things that will endure long after their time on earth. It is interesting to see how it displays itself differently in each of us ten kids - but the creativity is there.  And of course, we are all hopefully passing it on to our kids.
  After my original post on this portrait, I had a lot of people ask me about my dad's paintings, so I thought I would share a few here.  Hope you enjoy!



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