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

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Last Post of the Year

                 I finished up one last painting for 2011, and of a subject dear to my heart.  This is my son Zach, who will be turning twenty next week.  He is a full time art student, working his way through college and doing quite a few amazing paintings along the way.  (You can check out his work on his Facebook page.) 
                   Zach moved out on his own this past fall, which is always bittersweet for a parent.  I miss having his sense of humor around.  But I am happy to see him seek to make his way.  
I had wanted to try and paint at least one painting of each of my kids, and Zach was the only one that I had not yet painted.  (To see the others click here for: MicahShelbyTori, and Sophia).  

               Well, it is almost time to close the books on 2011.  I looked back briefly today through the photo records of what I have painted over this past twelve months and reflected a bit.  This year I painted thirty-nine paintings (this does not count the dozens that ended up in the garbage can!)  I was able to work on quite a few commissions which were all fun challenges, and was thrilled to be in my first two man show last spring.  I sold quite a few paintings, and got to give away quite a few as  gifts for special people in my life.  Over all it has been a great year.  
                I am looking forward to what is in store for the coming year.  I have never been one for a lot of new year resolutions.  But I do have two goals that I have set concerning art for 2012.  One, I want to grow, get better, try new things.  Secondly, I will strive to bring glory to God.
Happy new year to you all...

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

"Tis the Season for Giving

     Well, this is an odd month - I am posting two watercolors in a row.  I think I actually might even be overcoming my fear of it!  And not only is this a watercolor instead of my preferred oil -  but this is like, my fifth bird to paint this year.  Times they are a changing.
     This little hummingbird was a gift to a very special lady in my church who collects them.  She is an older lady who is such an example to those around her.  It is always such a great experience to paint something for someone specific.
     It is now officially Christmas break here, on the homeschool front, which means I am in full swing painting mode.  I have a couple different projects going that I just started.  I will keep you all posted.
     Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Good News!

     I got a chance last weekend to pull out my watercolors to do a small project for a Christmas card exchange for an artists group that I belong to.  As some of you are aware, I am usually quite out of my comfort zone when it comes to water colors.  But I should do them more often because I really do enjoy playing around with them.
     The best thing for me, when dealing with water color, is to keep it simple.  I tend to get overwhelmed with scenes and just blow it big time.  So I chose to do some simple holly which is one of my favorite symbols of Christmas.  I love the freshness of the greenery in the midst of winter blah, and I like the wake up call the red berries give your senses.  I also love traditional symbols associated with holly.  The thorny leaves have represented the crown of thorns that Jesus would someday wear upon His head, the berries, the drops of blood that he would shed as a payment to ransom us from sin.  I always thought it was interesting that with those symbols it was also associated with Christmas, when we typically think of Jesus just as the small baby in a manger.  But that, for me, is what really makes it special, because it is a reminder that the whole reason for Christmas is that the baby was born with a purpose - to die for me and you.  With that in mind, the scripture in Luke only seemed appropriate.
   I'm hoping all of you are enjoying this Christmas season and remembering the true reason we celebrate it.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


     Our home has an additional "family" member this year.  My daughter, Shelby, who is a senior, has a friend who moved away from our small community her freshman year, out of state, and has been pining to come back every since.  Last year her mom had given me a call to ask if for her senior year, Jenna, could come live with us so she could graduate with her friends.  I have to say that we feel so honored to be asked to do this, and can only imagine what a huge sacrifice it was for her parents to allow her to do this.
   Jenna moved in last August and has been such a fun addition to our crazy household.  Both of our sons are moved out on their own, so my husband is feeling a little outnumbered with five females living under one roof.  But we are thoroughly enjoying it.
   Jenna is about to go home to spend Christmas with her family and I wanted to send something special with her for her parents, to say thank you for giving us the honor of watching over their child.  I thought it would be nice for them to have a painting of her, especially with it being her senior year.  I really had fun painting this, as she is obviously such a beautiful girl.  I'm excited to hear her parents reaction!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Christmas Cardinals

   It's starting to feel like Christmas around here.  We have had a really warm fall here in Iowa, and it is now taking a turn towards the cold side.  I have been working on some holiday themed paintings for since the beginning of November, so the holiday spirit has been alive and well around my house for a while.
   This one I did for purely selfish reasons - I needed something to hang in my living room!  I change my themes for Christmas every year and this year I am doing birds - in particular, cardinals.  I just love the flash of red that these birds provide in the stark winter landscape.
   I am also working on a project with one of my favorite Christmas flowers - paper whites.  I'm almost finished with that one, should have it posted by next week.
   Enjoy the holiday season  - The saviour has come!


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