Sunday, September 24, 2017

The Water of Life

The Water of Life
This morning our speaker at church talked about heaven, or more precisely, he spoke about the New Jerusalem as described in Revelation 21 in the New Testament. It is a passage that has some special connection for me, besides just my longing to see Jesus there. If you have followed my work for a while, you may remember that I painted a series about stones – particularly precious stones – mentioned in the Bible. Revelation 21 was one of my main Biblical sources for 12 of those paintings. I felt very privileged to be able to share my grouping of paintings (see below) at church today as a way to encourage people to think about the beauty God is preparing for those who love Him.



$150.00 plus $10.00 shipping and handling
9" x 12"
Painted with the finest quality heavy-body acrylic paint on canvas panel
Ready to frame

The beautiful descriptions took my breath away again today. GOD designed beauty, and HE is expressed through beauty, somehow. I absolutely love it that the GOD who created me, and bought me, and loves me is a GOD of beauty. As an artist, beauty speaks to me in ways I cannot articulate. And it was so meaningful to me to be able to share that today!

My painting today started with color choices and composition, as is my normal plan. As I worked on this curvy composition, I felt that the shapes and colors were expressive of water, but not exactly like we usually see it. The description of the “river of the water of life” in Revelation caught my attention, and I imagine it being water – no question of that – but water that looks and moves in ways I have never seen here on earth.  Maybe this painting can help you try to imagine the beauty of heaven, too, as seen in the Bible!


Revelation 22:1 (NASB) “Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb”
My artwork at church. What a privilege!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Not My Style

Not My Style
My hair stylist is the best! I suppose a lot of people feel that way, but really, they should try Tony. She has taken my hair through all kinds of interesting phases, and now I have a creative, artist-y haircut. When I was a barista in our own coffee shop, I had smooth, shining hair that was just right for that job. But now that I get to paint – ZOWIE! My hair sticks out in unpredictable places and sometimes is purple. When I am at art events, sometimes people will say, “Are you the artist? I thought so. You have artist hair.” I love that comment.

Sometimes, though, on a “bad hair day”, my hair looks “nice”. Rats! Sometimes it lies down nicely and looks like an ordinary short hair style. I am sure I would like it on someone else, but it is definitely not my style!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Fortitude

Fortitude
September 21 is my daughter’s birthday! I would love to be going to visit her today. I have to admit, though, in one area I failed at least half the time. I rarely got a birthday cake baked for my loves. I have no idea why I consistently failed in that area. We had a lot of other birthday traditions that we practiced, but those cakes always seemed to get the better of me.  

One of the things we started at one point was decorating our meal table with photos of the honored person. I spent a day going through photos, both digital and printed, to choose the best ones or the ones that helped tell an interesting story. We have a pretty large table, so it would take a LOT of photos to cover the whole thing. I would put a clear heavy plastic cover over all of it to protect the whole scattered, jumbled, fun bunch of memories.  The collection would stay on the table for weeks, and sometimes we would switch from “our spots” at meals to enjoy a different photo grouping. What fun those photos brought! Such storytelling and teasing. Such love.

$500.00 plus $15.00 shipping and handling
16" x 20"
Painted with the finest quality heavy-body acrylic paint on deep, gallery wrapped canvas
Ready to hang



My autumn baby is a lover of all things fall, now that she is an adult. Sweaters, hot drinks, bonfires… So, in honor of her birthday, I have chosen autumn colors to work with for my daily challenge painting. The composition that I chose today is the uneven, or cantilever composition, which should be carefully balanced to work well. It is not a composition that I use a lot, so it is taking several layers and do-overs as I work today. A lot of mistakes are being covered, always leaving a mark to enhance the finished work. Sometimes, especially beautiful parts show up unexpectedly, and I am working hard not to cover them up.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

How Do Ya Like Them Apples?

How Do Ya Like Them Apples?
“How do ya like them apples?” After a really cursory google search, I found that this phrase may have originated in WWI, and has been used since the 1920s. For some reason, I am familiar with it, maybe through books or movies I have seen. It is not a straight forward question, as many of you already know. In fact, I would say it carries more than a little bit of irritation or sarcasm.

We have lived in our home for 21 years now. Our kids grew up here, for the most part, and it now seems too big for us. We have a small orchard that we planted years ago, and it produces loads of apples,

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Legacy

Legacy
My dad had what he called “Lake Fever”. Almost every trip in the car or vacation we went on ended up near a lake. For many years, all five of us would pile into Dad’s small plane and we would fly to a park or a town with a lake nearby.

Today is the day Dad would have turned 81. I cannot imagine him at that age, of course. Dad worked and flew until he was taken to the hospital right before he died. He was intensely involved in aviation, and intensely in love with my mom.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Weed or Flower?

Weed or Flower?
Yesterday, my husband's Uncle Clyde died unexpectedly. It reminded me of the way life catches us unaware, and of making sure the important things come before those that are only urgent. So, this afternoon I called Mom. We play games online, and communicate that way sometimes, but it had been over a week since I had called. It is always so good to talk to her! 



$175.00 plus $10.00 shipping and handling
12" x 12"
Painted with the finest quality heavy-body acrylic paint on acid-free, heavy weight Fabriano watercolor paper

Ready to frame

During our conversation, we were both bemoaning our aches and pains, a little bit. I hate to admit it, but, it's the truth. She pointed out

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Long, Tall Abstract

Long, Tall Abstract
I have to post ONE MORE challenge painting while traveling!

Again, I will fill in more info when I get a chance, but here is day 16.

$125.00 plus $10.00 shipping and handling
(special price for challenge paintings)
6" x 19.5"
Painted with the finest quality heavy-body acrylic paint on acid-free, heavy weight Fabriano watercolor paper

Ready to frame




This painting sat on my easel for quite a while, and I kept thinking I had to do more to it. But I found it so appealing, and couldn't think what more I would add. I actually just really like the colors, repeated characteristics, and contrasts, so I have called it finished.