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

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Fucshia Explosion



This is 16x16 oil I started way back in the early fall.  I really wanted to do a square paintind with the flower pretty much encompassing the whole thing and positioned dead on in the middle.  This one was quite a little bugger with so many petals.  I would work on it for a couple of days and then set it aside for a time, then go back to it after a bit. Every time I would walk into my art office and see it sitting on the easel, I would be reminded of fireworks in July, thus the name.
My sixteen year old daughter, Shelby, who is always sweet and brutally honest, nicely hinted that maybe she would like to see something other than flowers with dark backgrounds and in red and pink tones.  I have been on  a kick, I'll admit.  The flower thing is what I love - so chances are this one isn't the last flower she will see.  But I am working right now on a couple of paintings that definately stray from the color palette I am usually drawn to.  We'll save those for a future post.
Until then, I woke up this morning thinking about an amzing Bible verse the kids and I were reading the other day and can't help but share it!
"Who shall sepereate us from the love of Christ?  Shall tribulation or distress, shall persecutution or famine or nakedness, or peril or sword....I am  persuaded that neither death nor life nor angel nor principalities nor powers, nor things present or things to come, nor height nor depth nor any other created thing shall ever be able to seperate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:35, 37-39

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Tori's Portrait - Update!

100 PORTRAITS IN 100 DAYS - Tori, 24/100, © Carol Nelson Fine Art

I am always in pursuit of learning and I think one of the best ways to learn is by carefully watching someone with more experience. Click on the link above and check out the wonderful artwork of Carol Nelson. I have enjoyed following her blog and was so excited to read about her personal challenge to do 100 portraits in 100 days (yikes! what an undertaking!) She was asking for photos of people so I used it as a chance to observe by sending in the photo of my daughter Tori that I had painted last month. My thought was that I could learn a lot from seeing the same subject I painted, painted by someone who really knows what she is doing and paints in a completely different style from mine.
Carol is painting the portraits in a Fauvist style with the use of brilliant, unexpected colors. I love the colors she chose for Tori! What I am amazed at is the uniqueness of all of the different portraits, although they are done in that same style. Different colors do wonderfully different things. Check out all of the portraits on Carol's blog - I think you will really enjoy them.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Praying for the People of Haiti



I ran across this study for a painting that I did about four years ago.  The original painting was titled "The Eyes of Sudan".  I got the idea for it after reading an article in "World" magazine about persucuted Christians in Sudan.  The article showed a photograph of what appeared to be a teenage girl looking directly into the camera with what may have been a younger sibling peaking out from behind.  Their eyes just haunted me for days and I finally dug the article out of a pile of old magazines and began this sketch study.  I wish I could give credit to the wonderful photographer who took the photograph, but I don't know their name.  I tried to capture with my pencil and then brush, what they so beautifully captured with their lense.  I changed the main person to a mother (I suppose could better relate to the need I saw in her eyes to protect her child.)  The final painting is hanging in a church where I know that the believers there will follow the scripture printed below the painting:

"Remember them that are in bonds, as if bound with them; them that are in adversity, as being yourselves, also in the body." Hebrews 13:3

Today when I saw my old sketch I couldn't help but be drawn in once again by the eyes.  I also couldn't help but think of the current events happening in Haiti and of all of the people suffering there.  It reminded me to take a moment out of my too often self-absorbed busyness and pray for not just "those people in Haiti" , but to pray for people - young and old, dads and moms and children that are devasted and in need of the peace that only comes from Jesus.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Longing for Spring

  Is it just me or is there anyone else in Iowa (or the midwest in general) that is already pining for springtime?  We are getting dumped with yet another snow storm and quite frankly, enough is enough.  I know what your thinking...we really have only just begun.  But, gosh, it sure did seem to start early this year. 
 The snow is beautiful to look at - if you have no where else that you have to go, which I don't today, so I will stop complaining and try and enjoy it.  But I have to confess, in the back of my mind this......


....is what I'm longing for!

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