Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Prayer Cards

Isn't it interesting how once in a while, a particularly significant and poignant time of life sneaks up on you? Have you had that happen to you? And I am finding that during this kind of time, it is crucial to put the important things first, and fit the rest of life around them. Interestingly, as I have been visiting at my son's church the last couple of Sundays, this has been the theme of their sermon series. As I type, I can envision the graphic they have had on the screen demonstrating the principle of putting first things first. 

This painting that I am posting is one of a collection of small paintings that I group together to use as prayer cards. They could be used in a lot of ways, such as listing things that I want to remember to pray for, or listing Bible verses that remind me of things I am thankful for, or separating my prayer list into daily segments. Prayer lists can be especially helpful to me during hectic days. I am making some sets to offer for sale at the art fair I will be part of August 25-26 in Syracuse, IN. (If you are interested in a set of cards - each about 4" square - contact me! I can work with you on your favorite color combinations for your own set, which will sell for around $20.)

This art fair is just part of a PACKED schedule for the next while. I am having the opportunity now of putting the first,

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Practice Makes Perfect

Practice Makes Perfect
"You practice?" he asked in a surprised voice. "Of course I practice!" I answered, equally surprised at his question. I was being filmed in my studio for an upcoming video about five local artists, and my role in this film was that of "daily painter". I do try to participate in daily painting challenges twice a year, but I also paint bigger, more involved paintings, and I teach, work on marketing, study, and so on. There really is a lot more to being an artist than just painting, as almost every artist well knows! 

$165.00 plus $10.00 shipping and handling
11" x 14"
Painted with acrylic heavy-body paint on acid-free, heavy weight Fabriano watercolor paper
Ready to frame

My Bible reading today was in the New Testament book of Luke. The first thing that really struck me was familiar.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

In Situ Pictures

In Peace
This evening, I am going to post something completely different here on my blog. Because this week has been full of twists and turns, mini adventures and opportunities to solve significant problems (!) , I have had very little studio time. 

So, I have decided to share several pictures of my paintings digitally placed in living and working spaces - in situ, in other words. I hope you enjoy today's different format. Click the title of each photo to see the blog post about that painting and the paypal link.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Be Still Landscape

Be Still Landscape
"You ARE going to be busy!" my Beloved Husband said to me this morning as we shared some time on the couch with our coffee and calendars. I love the time we spend in the mornings, and it is well worth getting up at "zero-dark-thirty", as I have heard it called. We were discussing my next couple of months' art calendar. Whew! (see my upcoming events at the bottom of this post)

Not only is my art life packed for the next stretch of weeks, our personal life will be full of challenges, too, as both of our adult kids move and start seminary (!), and we do our best to help them. My in-laws head back south during this time too, and also we have some new responsibilities to cover. It looks a bit overwhelming from this point! 

$72.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling
7" x 5"
Painted with acrylic heavy-body paint and water soluble pastel on acid-free, heavy weight Fabriano watercolor paper
Ready to frame

In today's Bible reading, I read of Jesus being tested in the wilderness for forty days, and then teaching,

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Happy Yellow Accident

Happy Yellow Accident
"Well, Mom, there is ONE more surprise...", I told her as I turned west instead of continuing toward the south. My brother and sister-in-law, along with my niece and some friends threw a HUGE surprise birthday party for my mom! And it was actually a surprise, I am delighted to say. We worked together from Utah, Minnesota, and Indiana to pull things together, so it was no small thing. 

Anyway, Mom's party was a week and a half ago, and I am still using it as my excuse for being behind with my work! *wink* I try to paint at least three days a week, and preferably five days, and I have not gotten as much painting in as I like to. BUT, it was so worth it.

$175.00 plus $10.00 shipping and handling
12" x 12"
Painted with the finest quality acrylic heavy-body paint on canvas panel
Ready to frame

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Abstract Classes Available!

After months of deliberating and planning, I can FINALLY post information about upcoming Abstract Classes! I have found a venue, planned a supply list and class outline, figured costs, and am finally ready to take reservations. 

This September, I will be offering a four week class which will meet each Tuesday evening at 7:00   UPDATE: This will be a four session class meeting Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm. The dates will be September 12, 14, 19, and 21. We will meet  in Warsaw, IN. The class will focus on principles and techniques of painting abstract works and will aim to have the student ready to begin painting his or her own abstracts with the knowledge gained. 

Classes will cover:

Week 1: Elements of Art; composition
Week 2: Paint characteristics & acrylic mediums    
Week 3: Color, texture, blending, tools
Week 4: Plan and paint your own composition
(Optional Week 5: Finish your composition, wiring, framing, hanging)

Supply list will be sent to students as they register.

Cost will be $300.00 per student, with a discount given after 3 students are signed up, so invite your friends! 
Early-bird price is $275.00 if paid by August 1.

Refund of 50% if cancelled before August 1; 25% if cancelled after August 1

Friday, June 30, 2017

Psalm 25 Landscape

Psalm 25 Landscape
"But you have painted red ones that I like before," he said, when I told my son that THIS is the red painting he looked at yesterday. "I just can't do red," I told him. Yesterday this painting was almost entirely shades of red in a purely abstract pattern that I was working on. The composition was taken from a portion of another of my paintings. I do often work that way, and I love seeing what I can do with those older ideas. But this 'red' painting was just "crying out to me" to become an abstracted landscape! 

$150.00 plus $10.00 shipping and handling
9" x 12"
Painted with acrylic heavy-body paint on acid-free, heavy weight Fabriano watercolor paper

I have been watching an instructional video for abstract painting, and one of the (many) things that really struck me was the teacher's statement that she wanted to discover what she really loved, and that she discovered that it was abstract painting. I feel that way too! I love the freedom of expression that comes with painting abstracts. And I also really love abstracted landscapes. I find that my pinterest board of art has a lot of abstract landscapes, and I still remember one that kept me awake for most of the night on the day I first saw it - just because I found it so beautiful. 

This morning in my Bible reading, I was rereading Psalm 25. I have read it for several mornings just because I find it so beautiful. Here is one of the verses I loved. 

Psalm 25:14 The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him,
 and he makes known to them his covenant.