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

Saturday, July 24, 2010

More Progress


Well, I set off at the beginning of summer to put my free time to good use and get at least three small paintings done.  This is number seven (with two more still in progress).  It is amazing what you can get done with deadlines looming!  Plus it really makes a difference painting on smaller surfaces.  This 10x14 oil was a chance to revisit an old favorite - the iris.  I love curves and gracefulness of an iris.  They remind me of my mother's garden in my childhood.
I had to take a bit of a break from oils this week to work with...craft paint.  My daughter, Tori, whom I recently discovered is a creative genius, has been lending me a hand in preparing for Vacation Bible School for next week.  The theme is high sees adventure, so we have been getting things ready to decorate the room that I will teach in as a sunken pirate ship treasure cove.  We had lots of fun painting all kinds of unique fish, octopus, whales, etc.  Set up is tomorrow, I will try and take some pictures to post.  It should be fun.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Aglow




  I just put the finishing touches on this 14x11 oil.  It was a study from a watercolor by a wonderful artist named Carol Carter.  Her work fascinates me and when I saw her watercolor version of this flower I new there would be lots to learn from giving it a try in oils.
  I have had a lot going on in my little painting corner.  Although I must confess that I have not been very good about keeping my painting things restricted to my corner of the world.  I think my family would agree that the paintings are once a gain taking over the house!  I have continued to do a sort of rotating system - working on about four paintings at once.  This really works well for me to keep things fresh.  Most of the projects are smaller, although I do have two larger paintings that I have been working on in two or three day chunks so I can concentrate on them more in depth.  All of this is in preparation for some upcoming sales and shows.  The first will be the Brucemore Art and Garden Show on August 28th at the historic Brucemore mansion in Cedar Rapids.  The other events can be seen on the side bar under "Upcoming Events".
    Off to do more painting and hopefully to take some time on this hot Iowa day for a swim in the pool with the kids.  I'll leave you with this thought...

  "This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope.
  It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning.  Great is His faithfulness.
  The Lord is my portion, says my soul:  therefore I will hope in Him."
                                                                                 Lamentations 3:21-24

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Lilly



   I had a such a relaxing day yesterday, spending some time away from my current projects  painting something out of the ordinary.  This is Lilly, my great niece.  She was an absolute joy to paint.  My niece, Anna, took an adorable picture of her laying, with her feet propped up in a comfy pile of blankets and it just begged to be painted! I've been needing to get back to trying more portraits and to do a baby was so fun!  Of course, this one is not for sale - I will take as much joy in giving it to Anna and her husband as I did in painting it.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Glory


  This 12x12 oil is finally completed.  I don't usually use a lot of yellows in my paintings so this was a new challenge.  In my preliminary post on this painting (Busy, Busy ) I mentioned the article that I had read about Van Gogh's fascination with yellows, especially in sunflowers, because it was symbolic of Christ to him.  I just kept thinking about Van Gogh as I painted my little sunflower.  Don't you sometimes wonder what went through famous artist's minds as they worked on their masterpieces?    I kept thinking about the sunflower's petals being like a crown of glory - which was of course, ran with the idea of these yellow flowers being symbolic of Jesus.
  As circumstances would have it, I was reminded of two things that seemed to flow with that train of thought that just kept my mind busy as I stood at my easel.  First, a dear friend was remembering the death of her mother this week and we began speaking about the wonderful thought of her and her mother being reunited in Heaven as they stand before the Lord together, beholding His glory!  The second was a scripture in the Bible that I read this week.  In the book of Ezekiel it talks about how the glory of the Lord will one day finally return to Israel when  the King of Glory comes and sits on the throne in Jerusalem and all the earth will come and worship Him there. I could just picture it in my mind. What an amazing thing that will be!
  My oldest son, Micah, told me he really loved this one.  That's pretty exciting news to me when the kids comment on one of my paintings, because for them sometimes new paintings are just another picture of a flower. :-)  Anyway, his comments encouraged me enough that I may just have to give sunflowers another try sometime.

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