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.

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


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Cascades ACEO

Cascades ACEO
I am sitting here in my motel room, drinking a cup of coffee and finishing my breakfast of a chocolate croissant. Pandora is playing on my computer, and just over my shoulder is a balcony opening on gorgeous gardens with waterfalls, walkways, and wonderful plants. 




$15.00 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

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Abstract 027

Abstract 027
When I travel, I usually take a different Bible with me than I use at home. I am travelling as I write this post, and this morning's reading was in the Psalms, and I am reading from my tiny copy of the Message version of the Bible. Sometimes it is extra tough to concentrate when I am on the road (don't worry - I am not literally on the road!), and it started out that way today, too. But the Message has been translated into 'contemporary English' by a poet, and the Psalms are ancient poems, so the wording is particularly beautiful. 




$70.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling

6" x 6"
Painted with acrylic heavy-body paint on acid-free, heavy weight Fabriano watercolor paper

Ready to frame


Friday, June 16, 2017

Raindrops on the Water

Raindrops on the Water
"We need to schedule some times for me to come to your studio and get some footage," said my friend Marc. Marc is an internationally recognized performance artist, and he is making a documentary film entitled 'The Five' which will be about five artists from our small Indiana town. We all met in Marc's gallery last night to get schedules coordinated and ideas on the table. 




$160.00 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

We are a diverse group in so many ways! There are two abstractionists, a colorist, a multimedia artist, and an illustrator - three men and two women. We also have very different philosophies about our art, and I expect there to be fascinating perspectives to consider. I feel so honored to be chosen for this project!

As I talked to the multimedia artist, she talked about the inspiration for her recently-awarded painting. She and I talked about our shared love for Jesus Christ, and how He is key to our inspiration for our work. At one point, I pulled out my cell phone to show her my inspiration photos that were taken during my morning quiet time, and this painting that was the response to my thoughts and appreciation for the beauty of raindrops hitting water outside my window. "That painting is beautiful," she encouraged, "especially having understood your inspiration." 

Yesterday I was up very early in my favorite spot of our family room, looking out the huge windows and listening to the rain tap on the sky lights. I was reading my Bible and telling God that I thought His creation was so beautiful. I was overwhelmed watching the absolute beauty of the raindrops hitting the water outside my window. I noticed how the wind made darker and lighter patches of water, how the summer rain clouds and occasional breakthrough sunshine threw color there, and how the drops splashed up with little white ridges on dark water, and dark ridges on the light. It felt like a blessing on my day. 

As I read from Psalm 20, here is a verse that seemed to express those thoughts, even as I worked to schedule our own family activities. With both kids moving and starting new adventures in their lives, and my Beloved Husband heavily involved in a remodeling project at work and my own busy summer art schedule, I needed to be reminded that God has everything in hand, and even takes the time to satisfy my soul and inspire my art! 

 Psalm 20:4 ESV "May he grant you your heart's desire and fulfill all your plans!"

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Glenna, Too

Glenna, Too
First off today, before I write about this painting, I want to welcome my new newsletter subscribers, and try to help those of you who have been around for awhile overcome the shock of hearing from me more than once a year! Since I have not done well at consistently getting my newsletter written, I have decided to connect it with my blog posts. At this point, an email will go out whenever I post on my blog. If you would like to receive email less frequently, but would still like to be on the list, please contact me! I haven't figured out all the tricks of the trade yet, but I want to work with you on that. (At some point, I hope to get the automatic scheduling worked out, but that might be a little while!)


$120.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling

6" x 6" 
Painted with Golden Open Acrylic paint on Art Bite panel

This is the second painting I have posted of my Grandmother, Glenna. As I mentioned before, I have photos of her that were taken when she was young, and I love how they remind me of the Grandma I remember from when I was preschool age. One of the things I remember is staying with her (maybe when one of my siblings was born?) and having tea with lemon and honey for a sore throat, and wearing bread bags over my shoes so that I could get them into my 'galoshes'. I also remember her playing 'gas station' with us when we were a little older and were riding our bikes. She would fill 'em up for us every time we came by. 


I am still on a steep learning curve with these Golden Open Acrylics. It just seems to come off of my brush in a different way than I expect, and it surprises me when it is still wet after it has been on the substrate for a while. I think I will really like this paint for certain applications as I get more familiar with it and know what to expect from it. It is challenging, and I love how it keeps me on my creative toes to keep working with it!


I hope you have great memories of times with your loved ones like I have, and I hope you can take the time today to build some with someone for the future. I am so thankful for the sweet memories, and again am reminded of the same verse from the Bible that I thought about last time I painted my grandmother.

Psalm 16:6 "The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;
Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me."




Monday, June 12, 2017

Little Seascape

Little Seascape
One more post of a tiny abstract landscape - this one reminds me of stormy clouds coming or going. These VERY quick little works turn out to be such bright spots of color, and sometimes they work well as studies for my larger works. 

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and my facebook painting page here: 
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See you soon!

$25.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling
6" x 6" 
Painted with acrylic heavy-body paint on Art Bite panel

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Little Landscape 2

Little Landscape 2
During the rush of preparing for shows and art fairs, it has been so much fun to get into the studio for these quick little abstracted landscapes. I find I am still learning, every time I paint, even when I am working on something small and familiar. What fun! 

$25.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling
6" x 6" 
Painted with acrylic heavy-body paint on Art Bite panel



Friday, June 9, 2017

Cheery Little Landscape

Cheery Little Landscape
Often when I am "fighting with" large paintings in my studio, it is a pleasant break to paint a little, colorful work just for the joy of it. I really do love playing with color, texture, contrast and composition. I love to make a little cheerful piece that would be enough to brighten my day even in the tiniest room! 



$25.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling
6" x 6" 
Painted with acrylic heavy-body paint on acid-free, heavy weight Fabriano watercolor paper

Actually, I am learning, too, how to use a new color that I purchased entirely by accident! It is a color that I would have thought I would have little or no use for, but I am learning that it is, in fact, really handy at times. It does actually make me wonder how often I miss out on something special or helpful just because I am not watching for it. It is a delightful "happy accident". 

Here is a verse that comes to mind with this little cutie. 
Proverbs 17:22 (ESV) A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Provision

Provision
"How do you start a painting?" This is one variation of the question that I hear most. "Do you know what you are going to paint, or do you just start?" I have touched on this in this blog before, but I think this painting is a particularly good one to use to describe one of the ways paintings take shape in my studio. 

$500.00 plus $40.00 shipping and handling
30" x 30" painted with the finest quality heavy-body acrylic paint on 1.5" deep, gallery wrapped  canvas


Occasionally I "see" a painting in my head before I ever touch my supplies, and this is one of those works. The shapes and colors were there from the start, and I knew what the general concept would be, too. I suppose sometimes my subconscious mind is finding creative expressions while I work on other things, like homemaking. I knew that this work would be largely red-orange with a light, contained shape and a darker edge right from the first, and I knew that "provision" was the theme, though I could not have articulated how the two fit together.

I have been reading in the New Testament book of Matthew, and have noticed over and over in the story of Jesus how GOD's provision is evident. I particularly noticed Jesus' miracles of healing the sick and feeding the hungry. In two instances when Jesus fed large crowds, there were large baskets of food left over, and the shape in this painting began to remind me of a basket. 

This morning, I read how Jesus met a monetary need for Himself and Peter, His follower, with a coin found in the mouth of a fish. This provision was the one that helped me find the last needed elements to finish the painting. I feel that the fish's mouth, the coin, the basket and grain, water, need and provision are all represented. 



Matthew 17:24-27 (ESV)
24 When they came to Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma tax went up to Peter and said, “Does your teacher not pay the tax?” He said, “Yes.” And when he came into the house, Jesus spoke to him first, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings of the earth take toll or tax? From their sons or from others?” And when he said, “From others,” Jesus said to him, “Then the sons are free. However, not to give offense to them, go to the sea and cast a hook and take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth you will find a shekel. Take that and give it to them for me and for yourself.”

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Purple Cosmos

Purple Cosmos
How is it already June? All of a sudden, this year is absolutely FLYING by me. (You too?) It is time for shows, contests, and art fairs, and somehow or other, it all sneaked up on me.

This past weekend was a local art fair that I have always loved attending, and this year for the first time, I was one of the people in a white tent! It was a good show for me, but I already feel like I will busy until Christmas! Well, maybe not quite...

$175.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling

12 x 12" painted with the finest quality acrylic heavy-body paint on 
acid-free, heavy weight Fabriano watercolor paper


Ready to frame




Today I finally got back into the studio to paint. Ahhh. That makes such a difference. The time just melts away, and I am surprised when I look at the clock and it is past time for me to be doing other things. Here is a work that has been many, many layers in the making, and is one of several that have been WIPs in my studio. I love the colors, textures, and the celestial feel of this little piece. It is one that I have spent time looking at over and over again. It reminds me of this passage of Scripture. 

Psalm 19:1-3 "The heavens declare the glory of God,
    and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
    and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words, 
whose voice is not heard."

Monday, May 29, 2017

Keep a Stout Heart (Clorinda)

Keep a Stout Heart
"Are you reading your trash novels?" my Beloved Husband will ask whenever he finds me reading. (To tell the truth, I doubt he knows what a trash novel really is.) I do occasionally read historical fiction, but since he is not really a reader, ANY novel is a trash novel! A favorite comedic writer of historical fiction is Georgette Heyer, and I was reading from one of her books the other day as I thought about the finishing touches for this painting that was on my easel. Toward the end of the story, the hero says, "Keep a stout heart, Clorinda," to the heroine (who is NOT named Clorinda), and surprisingly, that sentence stopped me and carried my thoughts out of the book and into 'real life'. 


$375.00 plus $15.00 shipping and handling

20 x 16" painted with the finest quality acrylic heavy-body paint on watercolor paper


ready to frame

This painting has been a handful because I have been painting on a different kind of watercolor paper than I am used to. It surprises me how a seemingly small change can take such a lot of adjustment to achieve results that satisfy me. During the time that I have been working on this one, my kids have decided on grad school, (financial burden and overwhelming decision making on their part, as well as packing, moving, etc.), and I have been struggling with some kind of problem with my neck, back and shoulder that has become nearly debilitating. I only mention this because I feel that I subconsciously painted some of these things in this abstract work. Bold shapes, brash brush strokes, unusual (for me) choices all seem to show my struggles. 

(Incidentally, I took this painting with me to a meeting of a group of artists with whom I meet monthly. We peer review each others' work, and I so much appreciate their input! After hearing the title of the work, one of them asked me if the shapes were the 'Stout Hearted Men'. I had not heard of that, so I googled it, and found this clip from an old movie I will have to find and watch.)

I have been reminded of things by my Loving Heavenly Father in many different ways, and I enjoyed His getting my attention through a novel this time. And through a painting. Here is the verse that comes to my mind as I think of how He is taking care of my every need. 

Philippians 4:19 "And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus."

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Glenna


Glenna
My grandmother was a beautiful socialite in the 1920s, according to family tradition. We actually have a couple of photos of her from that time doing a 'scarf dance' with friends. I think my artistic 'soul' came through my grandmother. She had a gorgeous singing voice, and an infectious, tinkling giggle when I was a small child. 




SOLD

6" x 6" 
Painted with Golden Open Acrylic paint on acid-free, heavy weight Fabriano watercolor paper

My first try with Golden Open Acrylics, this little 6 x 6 figure sketch turned out well! I love it, and am looking forward to practicing and learning more about and with Open Acrylics! 

Today, on social media, both of my kids announced that they are accepted and attending seminary this coming fall! Amazing to me! So today, my thoughts are on heritage. Both the heritage I received, and the one that my Beloved Husband and I pass on. This verse says it perfectly. 

Psalm 16:6 "The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;
Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me."

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

I Love Being An Artist study

I Love Being an Artist study
"It's embarrassing, really," I thought to myself as I uploaded this little landscape study today. Yesterday I was looking at my Instagram feed, and noticed another artist working with her Pantone book to plan colors for her next pieces. Why have I never thought to use my Pantone book (a throwback to my commercial artist days) for my color research?

SOLD

6" x 6" (technically 5.875" x 6.5")

Painted with acrylic heavy-body paint on acid-free, heavy weight Fabriano watercolor paper

Ready to frame




Almost every part of being an artist is 'my favorite'. (Not marketing, so much, or taxes, or loading up after a show... but everything else!) I really love the research part, whether it be searching for composition, technique, or color theory. I have four color wheels in my studio that I use when I paint, and they cover different color theories. I love to try to figure out how the theory feels, and which one works for which painting. 

This study was primarily painted with washes using a CMYK color theory wheel. The trusty "rule of thirds" composition with diagonal movement seemed interesting to me for today. I really love the cheerful feel of this piece. It reminds me that I love being an artist!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Gomer's Wilderness

Gomer's Wilderness
For the last several days I have been looking at my painting Gomer's Wilderness and thinking that I wanted to change it - make it a more interesting painting. So today in my studio, I worked on it, and I like this version much better! 

$325.00 plus $15.00 shipping and handling

20 x 16" painted with the finest quality acrylic heavy-body paint on canvas, gold leaf



Friday, May 12, 2017

Ambiance

Ambiance
"Thanks for the fun date," he said to me as he drove me home. My husband and I have been married for 31 years now, and we still try to date each other every Friday night, and sometimes more often than that. We are still actually pretty crazy about each other, and I am so very thankful! That solid foundation of acceptance and encouragement allows me to do my best - and him, too. 
 
SOLD $195.00 plus $10.00 shipping and handling
11 x 14" painted with the finest quality acrylic heavy-body paint on canvas

This painting is not a heavy, overworked painting. It feels light and allusive. But somehow, to me, it leaves no doubt that it is a finished painting. And I love it!


Every once in a while, I become aware again of how much I depend on my Heavenly Father's love for me, even more than that of my husband. This morning was one of those mornings. I was feeling especially in need of Him, and He gave me a full dose of His attention, through His word, another person who called me, and circumstances that remind me of the way He provides all I need in my life. (Not that it is always easy, by any means! But He has always - always - come through for me.) The verses I read were not heavy or overstated in His words to me. But He left me no doubt that He loves me, accepts me, and encourages me to do my best. He is kind of awesome in that way!


Psalm 8:3-4 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,

The moon and the stars, which You have ordained;
What is man that You take thought of him,
And the son of man that You care for him?