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.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

In His Right Hand

In His Right Hand
Today started out well. In spite of pain, I was able to accomplish several tasks that are normally quite challenging for me. It is a BEAUTIFUL day in northern Indiana, as each day this week has been. I kept my phone nearby for the call from the new specialist for scheduling the procedure for alleviating this pain.

Only, when they called, I learned that the tests show nothing wrong, and there will be no treatment. 

I must admit, I have not handled this well. I want to be faithful and strong and brave, and tell you that all is well. It is well, but I am not feeling it. I am just struggling with questions... 

$600.00 plus $40.00 shipping and handling
24" x 36"
Painted with artist quality heavy-body acrylic paint on gallery wrapped canvas

I know this may sound like I am asking for encouraging notes and "suck-it-up-cupcake" comments, but that is not why I write this. In an effort to live transparently, I am sharing this difficult battle. I would generally consider myself to be a happy, cheerful person, and I hope that my paintings and my blog reflect that. I am completely confident that my foundation is secure, and my Heavenly Father makes no mistake in my life. But today, I am not finding it easy to get my emotions to go along with my mind. 

One of the things that having nearly debilitating pain in my dominant shoulder and arm has done for my painting is to focus me even more on composition and color theory and good painting technique. I have been painting left-handed (!) and it has caused me to pay attention in a different way. Painting with my non-dominant hand in this painting has led to some techniques that I had not tried before, and to results that I have been trying to find. I have to slow down to make my left hand do what I want it to do. And I love how this painting turned out!

In every painful situation of my life, including times of deep loss, GOD has eventually brought about good. Even great good. He has worked things out for His glory, and the good of my family, myself, and many times help and encouragement for other people.  I have no doubt that He will do the same with this 'bump in the road'. He, after all, never fails. 

Isaiah 41:10
‘Do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,
Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

Monday, June 26, 2017

Well Done ACEO

Well Done ACEO
Today's Bible reading was full of convicting passages for me. I read from the New Testament where Jesus distinguishes between people who are merely religious, and those who truly follow Him. I also read in the Psalms about the man who God allows to come near to Himself. In both places, I found enough to call me to prayer and contemplation. 

This past weekend was great for three of the four of us in our family. One has successfully sold property to raise funds for grad school, one is celebrating a new living situation, and I am looking forward with hope to medical procedures which may alleviate the pain I have been enduring for months. These are such great blessings! 

But one of us is facing a huge challenge and frustration at work. In the midst of a large and expensive project with many facets and interconnecting parts, a key piece has failed. Now a new solution has to be found, and it has to fit into a tight timeline, too. 

$20.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling

2.5" x 3.5" ACEO
Painted with acrylic heavy-body paint on acid-free, heavy weight Fabriano watercolor paper

Frame available for additional cost - contact me for details