Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Abstract 022

Abstract 022
Taking classes from an artist in a nearby town, I have been stretched beyond what I am comfortable with, and have learned more than I thought I would! The teacher has started with the basics, and while most is review for me, each week I have come home with a workable challenge to improve my skills. 

These classes have not been 'monkey-see-monkey-do' type classes. They are, maybe, more comprehensive in covering a lot of art education. (Don't get me wrong - I really enjoy the MSMD type workshops, and I usually learn new skills in that type class as well.) Each class has sent me home with homework to keep practicing, and it is such a good exercise to keep pushing ahead with learning in new areas!

This time, the teacher challenged me to be less hesitant, and to respond to the color I was seeing. (This abstract was based on a still life.) It was so helpful in opening my eyes to one of my problem areas, and is something I can work on! 

$165 plus $10 shipping and handling
11" x 14" on canvas panel
ready to frame

Monday, May 25, 2015

The Waters

The Waters
Like so many other people I know, I have 'a thing' for the ocean, or a big lake, or a running stream or waterfall, or, really, almost any water! When we visit the water, I can sit for literally hours watching the waves. I lived on a lake for part of my growing up years, and loved it then, too, but I think I may have taken it too much for granted. 

$72.00 plus $10 shipping and handling
6" x 6" on cradled panel

One of the things that is so fascinating about water is the way it changes in different circumstances. I remember skating on the lake almost every day in the winter, and great times snowmobiling when the water had turned to ice. I remember being stuck out there on a sailboat with no wind when the friend with me had to get to work. I remember watching the blue water turn green and gold and gray during a storm. I loved whitecaps and swimming and canoeing. 

As I read in the Psalms recently, I came across a couple of passages that described 'the waters' responding to GOD. Psalm 77:16-19 is one place where HE moves in a storm on the water. It is awesome to me. 

Hinds Feet On High Places by Hannah Hurnard is another book that I have been reading lately, and part of the story takes the young girl along the sea shore. In this allegory, each stage of the girl's journey to the High Places represents part of my earthly journey as I follow my Savior, Jesus Christ. I enjoy the book very much! 

I hope this painting reminds you of your very favorite place on the water!

Psalm 77:16 - 19 (New American Standard Bible)
The waters saw You, O God;
The waters saw You, they were in anguish;
The deeps also trembled.
The clouds poured out water;
The skies gave forth a sound;
Your arrows flashed here and there.
The sound of Your thunder was in the whirlwind;
The lightnings lit up the world;
The earth trembled and shook.
Your way was in the sea
And Your paths in the mighty waters,

And Your footprints may not be known.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Psalm 75

Psalm 75
Psalm 75:1-3 (Amplified Bible) 
We give praise and thanks to You, O God, we praise and give thanks; Your wondrous works declare that Your Name is near and they who invoke Your Name rehearse Your wonders. When the proper time has come [for executing My judgments], I will judge uprightly [says the Lord]. When the earth totters, and all the inhabitants of it, it is I Who will poise and keep steady its pillars. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]

In another version, verse 3 says "the earth and all who dwell in it melt". I am overwhelmed today by the power of GOD. 

In this painting, there is a lot of texture, a bit of iridescent accent, and colors that I love. The colors remind me of earth in the springtime. I am thankful that God keeps all of creation steady. 
16" x 20"  acrylic on watercolor paper
ready to frame

Thursday, May 14, 2015


Today I returned to my first love in the studio... ABSTRACT! Ahh, how I love it! I love to get filthy hands (check) and turn my canvas around and around to find the best look, (check) and try to make my paint respond to the painting and the concept in order to communicate an idea. 

I have been thinking about getting older today. Some days are great, and then there are some... Interestingly enough, the Psalm I read today was written by an old person. As I age, my prayer is that I will finish well, and will share the glory, power, and beauty of my GOD. 


Surprisingly, I even wrote a poem about my thoughts. Want to hear it?

When I am old and gray,
When my strength fails,
When confusion and slowness and sloth
Shadow my steps,
When I am young and gray,
When my strength revives,
When cheeriness and desire and drive
Design my direction,

Psalm 71:17-18 (Amplified Bible) O God, You have taught me from my youth, and hitherto have I declared Your wondrous works. Yes, even when I am old and gray-headed, O God, forsake me not, until I have declared Your mighty strength to [this] generation, and Your might and power to all that are to come.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Landscape lessons; Red Barn

Red Barn
Again last night, I attended a class in another town to brush up on my skills (pun intended). I enjoy these classes, but at the same time, they push me out of my 'comfort zone' as I return to skills I haven't practiced (portrait drawing) or haven't ever tried (oil painting). I am sure this is a valuable part of my pursuit of excellence as an artist. I definitely want to be the best artist I can be!

$200 plus $15 shipping and handling
9" x 12" on deep canvas

I chose these particular classes because I really appreciate the work of the artist, Nazar Harran; and also because I enjoy the gallery where the classes are being taught, Artworks Galleria in Fort Wayne, IN. Nazar does many different kinds of work, including landscape, portraiture, still life, but best of all, ABSTRACTS! 

Last night at class, my neighbor was doing a tight, precise landscape, using the same photo I was using. I felt great about my work, until I looked over at hers... Eventually, I realized that my preference is for a much looser type of work anyway! I had compared myself to someone/something, and had needlessly felt inferior and ashamed. With my teacher's help, I progressed on this landscape that I enjoy. Maybe there is a lesson here for me, huh?

So today, I am reminding myself that MY path to artistic improvement is not like anyone else's, and that is just as it should be! Just like my path to Christ-likeness. 

Philippians 1:6 (New American Standard Bible)
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Silence and Praise

Silence and Praise
Silence and praise are two things that have been emphasized in my Bible reading lately. As I have mentioned in other blog posts, I am currently reading in the Psalms - usually one Psalm a day. It is odd for me, because I often like to read several chapters in a day, so this approach slows me down, quiets me, and often fills me with praise and awe for GOD.

$350.00, $15.00 S&H
22" x 30" acrylic on panel

This painting has a lot of vertical movement and line, which to me suggests a curtain or veil. In one area, the 'veil' is separated - opening to show what is hidden behind it. There are layers upon layers, sometimes showing through, but more often covered. The large, three-ring shape is iridescent, and can only be seen when the light is right. (see below) The most exciting and beautiful part of the painting is where one can see through all of the veiling to the color and movement behind it. 

This spring, there is color and freshness and fragrance all around me. It is beautiful when I slow down. But it doesn't come close to the glory that radiates from the Creator! I pray the veil will be pulled back from my eyes, and I will see HIS beauty more clearly than ever before. 

Coram Deo.
Psalm 65:1 (Amplified Bible)
To You belongs silence (the submissive wonder of reverence which bursts forth into praise) and praise is due and fitting to You, O God, in Zion; and to You shall the vow be performed.

Psalm 63:1-2 (New American Standard Bible) 
O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly;
My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You,
In a dry and weary land where there is no water.
Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary,

To see Your power and Your glory.

Hebrews 1:3 (Amplified Bible) He is the sole expression of the glory of God [the Light-being, the out-raying or radiance of the divine], and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God’s] nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty word of power. When He had by offering Himself accomplished our cleansing of sins and riddance of guilt, He sat down at the right hand of the divine Majesty on high