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

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I Hope You Always Wear Flowers in Your Hair



        Lately I have had the an itching to challenge my self a little bit, step out of my regular floral box, and try something a little different.   I am a huge admirer of portrait artists who can capture the beauty and personality of the human face.  I am not a portrait artist, but from time to time I like to do portraits to work on my skills.  Summer time, when I usually have a little more flexibility in my schedule, is the perfect time to do this.
         When I started this one, I had a very clear idea in mind of what I wanted to convey- that wonderful innocence of childhood, and how they see the world around them in such a beautiful way, and how we so want for them to always keep that (something that I may even explore some more in future portraits).  But the subject was needed.  I wasn't sure who to paint.  I had my seven year old, Sophia (a sweet little blond with blue eyes), pose for me for a few photos to see if that would work.  It just wasn't fitting what I was going for.
        For some reason I reached for some darker shades for the hair and instantly pictured my half American, half Bolivian grand daughter, Hope.  Not as she is now, as an eighteen month old, but as she would some day, maybe be.  It was about who I hope she will become.
      It just fit.  It seems like when the ideas line up, the painting lines up. The paint went on just like I wanted it to and all the time this grandma got to pray for her sweet grand baby's future.   I can't even tell you how much fun it was to paint this one.
     

Thursday, July 2, 2015

On Fire


     It took me quite a while to work my way through this one.  Not because it was exceptionally difficult.  It was more a matter of life getting in the way.  I had a lot of starts and stops on this one.  Sometimes that can make "getting in the groove" a little difficult.  This morning I was able to sit down and put the finishing touches on it.  It always feels good to accomplish something.
   The entire time I painted this one, I kept envisioning flaming fire.  Thus the name, "On Fire".

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