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

Monday, July 25, 2011

"Morning Prayer"

     I am finally finished with my mystery flower.  Does it still not look familiar to you?  It is quite possible - it is sort of an often overlooked flower.  In fact I have seen it most often just growing on it's own in ditches.  But plant them in large groups in your garden and you really have something special.  It is the spiderwort.  Poor little guy- he really got stuck with a crummy name.
    As I told you in past posts, at my home, it's usually just God  and I that get to enjoy this flower.  I sit on my patio surrounded by them in the early mornings for a time of prayer and Bible reading every morning - thus the name of the painting.  These unique little flowers only bloom in the very coolest of weather.  So, at 6:00 a.m. they are opened up and looking gorgeous, but as the sun rises along with the temperature, they close up for the rest of the day.  Maybe that is why they are not a very popular plant - people see them in the afternoon, shut up all tight and think they are nothing special.
   I have included a photo of the actual plant so you could see the amazing color combination of the chartreuse green leaves and blueish purple leaves.  They really make a statement in my garden... at 6:00 in the morning that is.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

"Iowa Barn"

   I know it is a little out of the ordinary for me, but , yes, this painting is mine...I was remembering a few weeks back, something from when I was  kid.  My parents, both artists, used to leave their brood at home (ten kids - they needed a little break, I'm sure) and go off together to spend the afternoon drawing or painting.  They usually found some barn out in the country and sat near it trying to capture the image before them.  I still have a few of their sketches/ watercolors of these wonderful old barns.  I didn't used to give them much thought.  But driving through the country a while back I saw an old barn and thought, "They would have loved to have sketched this one."  Then I realized that rather subconciously, I had passed a barn here or there before and had had the same thoughts.
   I'm not really a "barn person", per say.  But I really loved the lavender tinge that seemed to settle on the dark side of this one.  Plus, I liked the fact, that since we are looking at the doorless back, it has a forgotten feel to it - yet there are these fantastic flowers scattered at the back of this barn.  It's like God put them there for His own pleasure, even if not many others might see it.  And finally, I love it because, well, there are flowers - need I say more?
   I will not be doing a work in progress post on Wednesday.  I am really close to my "mystery" flower being completed and will try and finish it up this week and post the final painting on Monday.
    Have a great week...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Work in Progress Wednesday - "Early Morning"

This 36x24 oil is a work in progress on my easel.  It might not look like much right now, but I am pretty happy with the direction that it is going.  In phase one, seen below, I laid out the basic design and shapes of the flowers.  These shapes, by the way, at this point remind me of an elementary school child's version of the basic shape of a flower.   But the flower I am doing does have a basic shape with a few surprises that make them special, which won't be brought out until I get a little further in the progress.

I used a very limited palette at this point; Windsor yellow for the leaves, Ultra marine Blue on the petals.  The background is done with the Ultra Marine Blue, Burnt Umber and a touch of my old stand by Prussian Blue for it's translucent quality that gives backgrounds such depth.
In step two (the photo at the top) I am at the beginning stages of laying down glazes after the first layers dry to touch.  The petals are overlaid with Dioxine Purple, the leaves with Permanent Green light.
In my last post, I told you that I had to get up pretty early to paint these particular flowers.  I will tell you why and what flower they are in my final post on this project (although I am enjoying some of the guesses that my readers have sent me - keep them coming!)  I will tell you this - I usually get up early in the mornings, before the kids are up, so that I can enjoy a very strong cup of coffee, and time talking to God, and reading what He has to say in His Bible.  In the spring and summer I enjoy this quiet time on my back patio.  It was during this time that I became enamored with what has become one of my favorite flowers.  I have dozens of them all around my patio and I am amazed at God's handiwork every time I look at them.
Have you figured them out yet?
I'll keep you posted...

Monday, July 11, 2011

White Petunia

             I have some white petunias blooming on my porch summer - something a little unusual for this girl that craves bright colors.  But they are so peaceful and calming to look at, I had to try and capture that feeling on canvas.  I played around with a few new mixtures of oils to try and get a certain pale turquoise color that has long eluded me - I'm close, getting very close to what I see in my mind.  My favorite part of this painting is the turquoise along with the sap green stripes of the petals - I love that combination.
           Check in Wednesday and I will give a sneak peak of a work in progress on a flower I have never painted before.  I will give you a hint - to paint it, I have to get up pretty early... any guesses?

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Work in Progress - Red Rose

           It has been a little crazy around my house this week what with the holiday, famiy in from out of town and a major repainting and musical bedroom changes for my three middle children, so painting time has been a bit scarce lately.  However, I do have a few projects that I have been stealing a few minutes here and there on and wanted to give you a peek at one of my works in progress.
          I haven't painted a red rose in quite a while and thought it might be a nice change of pace to try one again.  This 16x20 oil just has about the first three layers of glaze on it so far.  It does me a lot of good to take a picture of a project and look at it from a different perspective.  I see now that I may want to rework some fo the inner petals, as it may look a bit crowded.  I might try combining some fo the smaller petals into larger ones for interest, too.  I am always amazed at how much difference looking at it as a photograph, instead of just looking at the actual canvas, can make.
         I am very close to finishing  up a project that I plan to post on Monday.  Until then....


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