Friday, January 27, 2017

Who Are YOU?

Who Are YOU?
Earlier this week, I was so excited to find a website that I loved of another artist. I have visited her site several times, and I am still loving it! I love the depth into which she goes as she explains her work, life, and inspiration. 

$175.00 plus $10.00 shipping and handling

12" x 12" painted with artist quality heavy- body
 acrylic paint on cradled panel

Ready to frame 
or hang

One of her projects set me working in a different direction than she is working, but with a very similar concept. To put it into only a few words, it is the idea of allowing any and every thing to call me into worship, and to ask my Heavenly Father, "Who are YOU, Lord, that You can make that sunrise" or "that You allow me to notice such tiny beauty" or even "that You can allow that situation?" This concept really struck a chord with me. I had to paint it, but how in the WORLD do I paint something like that?

This is a layered painting, and the part that appears white is actually iridescent silver. The purple is a favorite color to me, and makes me think of royalty. I love to work with texturing as I did in this one, and it makes me think of something being made with care - handmade. 

Exodus 15:11 “Who is like You among the gods, O Lord?
Who is like You, majestic in holiness,
Awesome in splendor, working wonders?"

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Let the Little Children Come - a very personal blog post

Let the Little Children Come
When this painting went to my 'fan club' (my family, mother, and friend who lives far from here), I got the same response from ALL of them - so I am sure you see it too. All saw a snowman, and one of them asked if I think this is how snowmen procreate - by sitting on colorful snow-baby-eggs! Ha ha! Well, interestingly, I was thinking of babies, children, pregnancy, and I guess it really shows! (I definitely did NOT intend the snowman though!) 


24" x 36" painted with artist quality heavy-body
 acrylic paint on canvas 
Painting can hang vertically or horizontally

Ready to frame 

As I was reflecting on 'women's issues' and the problems of unwanted children, sexual slavery for mothers and children (primarily), abortion, drug use, rape, and on and on, I felt the need to paint about these things, even though I am well aware that they can be politically and socially divisive. I hate - HATE - to be divisive. But I cannot keep quiet about the abuses that are suffered by women and children. I must paint for 'the least of these' who have no voice of their own. 

The shapes used here are gentle flowing shapes, and the overall flow of the painting is curved. I love curves in paintings! Outside of the darker ovals are circles that are incomplete - hints of possibilities. The colored focal point is enclosed and protected. The five shapes represent my five children - two here on earth (and in their 20s!), two who died at birth, and one miscarriage. 

Oh, how I wish that each woman felt protected and safe. I wish each one could reach her greatest potential. I wish each felt honored and loved. And this is true for each child, too, whether born or unborn. I long for them to be loved and free and happy. 

Let the Children Come to Me
Mark 10:13-16 And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.

Matthew 25:4o "And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ "

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Like a Tree Planted By Water

Like a Tree Planted By Water diptych
What an exciting morning! As I started my research for today's work, I found a new source of inspiration that should really help me with my website, newsletter, etc. I found several galleries that might be a good fit for my style, and people that 'talk the talk' and 'walk the walk' where abstract art that is focused on Jesus is concerned. (Did you follow that run-on sentence?) 

Then as I read in the Old Testament book of Jeremiah, (a very sad book), I found a passage that just spoke to me - hit the spot, so to speak! I was so wound up that I could hardly wait to get into my studio!

BUT THEN I actually did get into my studio. 

$600.00 plus $40.00 shipping and handling

2 cradled panels, 30" x 44" total (22" x 30" each)

painted with artist quality heavy-body acrylic paint on handmade prepared cradled panel
edges painted black

Ready to hang

When I thought the mail might have arrived today, I headed out to our mailbox. It is not a long driveway at all, but on cold, drippy days it can seem long! But today, just as I got to the mailbox, THE SUN CAME OUT! It was only out for a total of about 3 minutes, but it made such a difference! I actually decided to pick up a bunch of the sticks that littered our yard and clean up for a bit. 

I got to the house re-energized and ready to try again!

This diptych has been on my easel for months in various states of 'done-ness'. I knew what I wanted to express, and I thought I knew how I wanted to express it, but it just would not cooperate! In fact, the what-have-I-done-this-is-the-most-awful-painting-I-have-ever-painted syndrome was particularly bad with this one! I think I am happy with it now, though I may go back in to add leaves and fruit (abstracted, obviously *wink*) because of the passage I am working from. 

But for today, I feel a breath of fresh air, a splash of sunshine, and I feel blessed. 

Jeremiah 17:7-8 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord
And whose trust is the Lord.
“For he will be like a tree planted by the water,
That extends its roots by a stream
And will not fear when the heat comes;
But its leaves will be green,
And it will not be anxious in a year of drought
Nor cease to yield fruit."

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Could I Have This Dance?

Could I Have This Dance?
I remember a song from the 1980s called Could I Have This Dance and I have to admit, it has been going through my head all morning! 

For today's 30 paintings in 30 days challenge, I painted something completely different from what I usually paint. I was playing with color and texture, and employing some of the concepts taught by Bob Burridge in his workshops. (I had the opportunity to attend a couple of his shortened workshops at an art expo.) One of the fun things about these challenges is taking chances and trying different things. 

$150.00 plus $10.00 shipping and handling

9" x 12" painted with artist quality heavy-body
 acrylic paint on canvas panel

Ready to frame 

Because I have to get my business sales tax figured out today, I am posting early and keeping it short! Talk to you tomorrow! 

Zephaniah 3:17 (NASB) “The Lord your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.

Monday, January 23, 2017


The old man stood up in church to read from his Bible. We had just sung "O God, our help in ages past, Our hope for years to come, Our shelter from the stormy blast... Under the shadow of Thy throne, Still may we dwell secure; Sufficient is Thine arm alone..." and he went on to read from Psalm 112 about not being afraid. I was surprised to find myself crying as I listened to him. I hadn't even realized that I was afraid! But, there it was - I was feeling fearful.

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

Ready to frame 

When I texted this photo to my 'fan club' of my good friend, mother, and family, I told them that I hadn't titled it yet, but that it would have to do with not being fearful. Surprisingly, two of them immediately texted back, "How about Unafraid?" (How did I not think of that, anyway?) I love the free color, the playful swirls and the general cheerful feel of this painting, and I think Unafraid is a good name for it!

This past week was a doozy! I had a marketing consultation with the lovely and talented Leslie Saeta, was a guest speaker in a high school painting class, and taught a private lesson - my first - to a very nice young couple. By Saturday, I was spent, but - TA-DA! - the sun was out! We have had literally weeks with clouds and drizzle, and expect more, but Saturday was splendid! While we were out, though, I saw a sight that (unbeknownst to me) refilled my fear tank to the point of spilling over. You know, I really don't think of myself as a fearful person, and I guess that is why I was so surprised on Sunday when I recognized what was making me feel so sick to my stomach. 

In me, that fear was wrong. It was sin. It was a lack of trust in my Heavenly Father - and I am so embarrassed that I turned my eyes to 'the thing' and away from Him. I am so glad that HE so kindly redirected my focus through the reading of my Christian brother. I hope that today YOU are unafraid, and have your eyes on the loving Heavenly Father!

Ps 112:1 Praise the Lord!
How blessed is the man who fears the Lord,
Who greatly delights in His commandments.    

Ps. 112:7-8a He will not fear evil tidings;
His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
His heart is upheld, he will not fear,

Jer 15:16 Your words were found and I ate them,
And Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart;
For I have been called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Getting a Fresh Perspective

Fresh Perspective
Today I had a marketing consultation with Leslie Saeta and we talked about my art, and my goals for my art and my marketing. (I didn't even know I HAD goals until we started working together!) It was so helpful to have fresh eyes looking at my website, my Facebook page, my blog, and my other social media sites. It was great to have someone helping to define my work and to define who might be interested in it. It was a fresh perspective. 

$160.00 plus $10.00 shipping and handling

11" x 14" painted with artist quality heavy-body
 acrylic paint on acid-free, heavy weight Fabriano watercolor paper

Ready to frame 

Before Leslie and I started talking on the phone today, I had already gone to the studio to paint. I had a plan and a direction I was going with my painting. As sometimes happens, the painting kind of decided to go in its own direction! While it is not what I thought I would see, I do like this painting. It is a different 'view' than I expected. A fresh perspective. 

Aren't you glad for that fresh perspective sometimes? I find that I learn and grow and have new energy when I see something with new eyes. I love that! 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Falling In Love Again

Falling in Love Again
"Could you come and speak to a group Friday morning at 7:30?" the text reads. WHAT!? I am almost never decent by 7:30. I am in my artist 'uniform' at that time, and it would definitely not benefit ANYONE to see that in public! This has been a very interesting week - and maybe just a tiiiny bit overwhelming - and so very promising at the same time. 

$325.00 plus $15.00 shipping and handling

16" x 20" painted with artist quality, heavy-body
 acrylic paint on canvas, unpainted sides

Ready to frame 

As I have looked back at my paintings for the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge that Leslie Saeta is hosting, I am seeing 'new' colors and composition. (Still lousy photography skills, but... ) It is exactly one of the reasons I have participated so many times. I learn a lot, and I remember that I love to paint. Each time, I return to the studio, reexamine color theory, composition, line, shape, value, and so on, I find my love of painting rekindled. 

This same concept is found in the New Testament book of Revelation in the early part of the book where a group is called to remember what they did at first - to return to their first love. I am learning - slowly sometimes! - that in order to return to my first love, it is helpful to do the things I did when I was 'falling in love'. And this is true whether I am returning to the studio, or returning to fall more and more deeply in love with my Heavenly Father. I am so glad He gives me the key to returning to my first love for Him!

Revelation 2:4-5a "But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first"   

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

January Thunder

January Thunder
Ba-ba-BOOM! I could hardly believe my ears this morning - thunder! In Indiana - in January! When we got up, it was over 50 degrees, raining, and there was thunder and lightning. Not at all what we are used to! Well, that will knock the sleepies out of a girl, let me tell you. 

$150.00 plus $10.00 shipping and handling

9" x 12" painted with artist quality heavy-body
 acrylic paint on canvas panel

Ready to frame 

This little green landscape painting has been through a lot of layers, restarts, and upgrades. I am nearly sure you wouldn't recognize where it started this morning. Part of teaching classes requires a lot of prep work, and this piece started out as prep. Again, I am using unfamiliar paint, colors, and substrate, and it can be very overwhelming. Not what I am used to, to say the least. It will wake up a 'sleepy' artist, let me tell you. 

My Bible reading is still in the Old Testament book of Jeremiah where GOD is having His prophet warn the children of Israel what is in store for them because of their complacent lives of unbelief and disobedience. Jeremiah recognizes the problems in his beloved nation, and wants to make the people hear - "Leave your life-as-usual assurance that the 'gods' you have made for yourselves will protect you! Don't rest on the hollow confidence that nothing will change!" They needed some new colors to paint with, or some thunder and lightning in January. They needed to wake up from their sleep, let me tell you. 

But they didn't listen. They were defeated by enemies and taken into exile for life. Oh how terrible. 

May we - may I - listen to the January thunder. May I be quick in my response when GOD calls. That is what I most want, let me tell you. 

Jeremiah 10:6
"Yahweh, there is no one like You.
You are great;
Your name is great in power."        

Monday, January 16, 2017

Sketch from the couch

I don't mean to whine, but I am sketching and posting from a reclining position... the flu bug seems to be knocking. I hope that taking it easy will kick it out the door! *wink*

This sketch is not for sale. It is done with the closest ballpoint pen on my old 5" x 7" sketchbook that I have had since college! (I had some pages left...)

It was actually pretty fun to do, so maybe I will try another one. 

Anyway, here's my sketch from the couch. 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Pooh Sticks

Pooh Sticks
"There is Pooh Sticks Bridge," said my daughter as we were driving near the house we used to live in. It is not really a bridge at all - it is really a large culvert where a creek connects with a lake. We loved to walk with our kids and our dog down to watch the water and give the dog a bath and play Pooh Sticks. 


$150.00 plus $10.00 shipping and handling

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

Ready to frame 

I love to think back on the times when the kids were small, and I am thankful for the time we had playing Pooh Sticks. Sometimes, when the future seems especially dark and the current of time seems to be curling and rushing relentlessly toward a crashing, foaming future, I want to remember to play my Pooh Sticks. To enjoy each day - today - and catch the beauty of it.  To celebrate! 

Lamentations 3:22-23
22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
   great is Your faithfulness.

One of my favorite paintings ever won an award and was purchased by one of "my collectors". Since it has been sold, I have several other people interested in it, and disappointed that it was gone! (Not necessarily people ready to purchase, but they did want to see it on display.) Well, this painting is quite a bit smaller, but very similar to the one that sold. 

Friday, January 13, 2017


Do you have a Mulligan when you play mini-golf or Bocce Ball, or other games of so-called skill? We often did, especially when our kids were younger. We would call "Mulligan" to have a one time start over from the beginning of the turn. (Of course, sometimes it was so tempting to have more than one Mulligan!)

$40.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling

9" x 12" painted with artist quality a
crylic paint on unstretched canvas

So today's painting is a Mulligan - though I won't promise it will be the only one I will call! I am using unfamiliar paint, unfamiliar color combinations, and an unfamiliar substrate, and yesterday's attempt was a dismal failure. Well, no. That is not true. As my son reminded me, yesterday's attempt did exactly what it was supposed to! It got me started and showed me some things that didn't work. It made me think differently. And today, I painted over the whole thing, and I actually like this one! Even with the same paint, colors, and substrate. So, I am posting early, and I plan to paint another one today! 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


Today, for my challenge painting, (see today's challenge paintings on Leslie Saeta's blog here) I am posting a study. I know the PLAN is to paint a complete painting daily, but today I worked on 4 paintings, planning for teaching a class, and some miscellaneous art paperwork. AND I worked on this study. I have to say, I just love working with texture and color and composition... (Please pardon the glare on the photo today!) 


8" x 8" painted with the finest quality heavy-body
 acrylic paint, on watercolor paper

Ready to frame 

I do want to post part of a passage that I read this morning that actually had me in tears. I feel that the writing is so very powerful. So poetic. This kind of writing draws me to the Old Testament book of Jeremiah, even though the book is so sad. 

Jeremiah 4: 19 "My soul, my soul! I am in anguish! Oh, my heart!
My heart is pounding in me;
I cannot be silent,
Because you have heard, O my soul,
The sound of the trumpet,
The alarm of war."

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

My Sheep Hear My Voice

My Sheep Hear My Voice
When my son, who is now 25, was a baby, there was one particular little song that my Dear Husband or I could sing to him, and it never failed to calm him. (I haven't tried it recently... HA!) It seemed that even at his fussiest moments, we could start singing "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them and they follow me..." and he would stop wriggling and crying and focus on the music. One evening in the city park, we mentioned that to friends, and they said, "Show us." Sure enough, after I had sung it through a time or two, our baby boy settled into my arms and watched my face.

As I contemplated this painting, I wanted to represent, in an abstract way, that idea of following the Shepherd. The painting feels to me like a cold and treacherous mountainous area, with peaks, cliffs, and waterfalls. I wanted to express that although the 'landscape' of life may seem cold and treacherous, I can be calm and comforted by following the voice of my Shepherd - Jesus Christ.  

$150.00 plus $10.00 shipping and handling

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

Ready to frame 

That idea of following has been on my mind since yesterday. This morning when I read from Jeremiah, one verse in particular stuck out to me. It seemed to bring my heart quiet and comfort in the middle of a chaotic chapter. Jeremiah 3:15 “Then I will give you shepherds after My own heart, who will feed you on knowledge and understanding." I suppose it is the idea of the voice of the Shepherd, again, leading through difficult times with tenderness, knowledge and understanding that caught my attention. Just like with our baby boy, my heart was caught and my eyes turned to my Father's face to listen to His voice. 

John 10:27-28 "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand."

Monday, January 9, 2017

I Will Follow Him

I Will Follow Him
YouTube is great for so many things. Today, as I type, I am listening to a song from 1963, I Will Follow Him. I also remember hearing the song in a movie about a nun/singer who was running from the mob. Oh yeah, Sister Act was the name of that one. I love this lyrical song, and it can be so very expressive! 

$165.00 plus $10.00 shipping and handling

11" x 14" painted with the finest quality (artist's) acrylic heavy-body paint, on acid-free, heavy weight Fabriano watercolor paper

Ready to frame 

This is another of my 30 paintings in 30 days challenge paintings, and I am still a little bit on the landscape concept. It is strange to look at my own work and see so many somewhat representational paintings in a row! This landscape reminds me of a place far away, and maybe a little lonely. The colors seem reminiscent of a sunset. I would really have to love someone to follow him that far...

This morning I was reading in the Old Testament book of Jeremiah. Jeremiah is called 'the weeping prophet' because of the sorrowful things he had to tell Israel. In Jeremiah 2:2, GOD says to Israel 
"I remember the loyalty of your youth,
your love as a bride—
how you followed Me in the wilderness,
in a land not sown." 
I just find it heartbreaking how Israel - the nation GOD called as His own - left their love for Him. 

As I listen to this song (so powerfully done in this cover) I can feel my own heart wanting to follow my GOD wherever He goes. I am pretty sure I don't have the will-power in myself, but may He keep me close! 

I Will Follow Him by Peggy March
I will follow him, follow him wherever he may go
There isn't an ocean too deep
A mountain so high it can keep me away
I must follow him, ever since he touched my hand I knew
That near him I always must be
And nothing can keep him from me
He is my destiny
I love him, I love him, I love him
And where he goes I'll follow, I'll follow, I'll follow
He'll always be my true love, my true love, my true love
From now until forever, forever, forever

I will follow him, follow him wherever he may go
There isn't an ocean too deep
A mountain so high it can keep, keep me away
Away from my love

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Walk With Me

Walk With Me
"Paint what you know." That is what we are told, so today I painted another abstract landscape of one of the places that I love to walk. In fact, this is our own woods. 

$70.00, $5.00 S & H
6" x 6" 
painted with the finest quality (artist's) acrylic heavy-body paint
Art Bite painting panel
ready to frame

Today was such a busy day, and it was difficult to get into my studio to paint. (Which is why I am posting so much later than usual!) I started the day very early, at about 5:30 - yes, I know that isn't early for some! - and I really wanted to get a good start, so I began with my Bible reading. 

I found myself reading in 1 John in the New Testament, and once again was struck with the idea of GOD walking with us on our planet. It is just so very amazing to me! This reference photo of our trail in fog makes me think of walking with Him. You, too?

1 John 1:7 but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

No Place is So Dear

No Place is So Dear
Oh dear, I hate being trite! I really tried to come up with a different name for this abstract landscape, but it just looks so much like a "church in the wildwood". 

$150.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling

11" x 14" painted with the finest quality (artist's) acrylic heavy-body paint, on acid-free, heavy weight Fabriano watercolor paper

Ready to frame  

I am beginning to think that my theme for this January '30 paintings in 30 days' challenge is going to be recycling old paintings, and maybe venturing into more abstract landscapes, too. I am not sure about that part... My guess is that it won't be long and I will be just dying to get back to abstracts! 

Painting on old, recycled paintings means that the surface has interesting textures, and sometimes the color from previous work shows through. I love that about reworking older work!  I have been reading from the Old Testament book of Isaiah, and I am in a section where GOD speaks of renewing his children, Israel. In the New Testament, He promises that he will remake me, too. I wonder if little bits of texture and color of this old me will still show through. I bet they will, and He will make me beautiful. 
reference photo

Isaiah 66:1-2
' “Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool.
Where then is a house you could build for Me?
And where is a place that I may rest?
“For My hand made all these things,
Thus all these things came into being,” declares the Lord.
“But to this one I will look,
To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.'

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Wish You Were Here

Wish You Were Here
"This weather seems to be doing that to people," she said as she took me to start a procedure. "Everyone's pain seems worse today." The cold and damp and post-Christmas-break stress must be taking a toll on lots of people!

$375.00, $25.00 S & H
20" x 20" 
painted with the finest quality (artist's) acrylic heavy-body paint
3/4" deep canvas, edges painted black
ready to hang

I decided that for my second challenge painting of January 2017, I would try a loose, abstracted landscape. I always love seeing them when others have painted them. I took a photo from a place where I like to walk in the summer time and worked to simplify the image until I was happy with the abstract value sketch, then off I went! I had a blast painting with a HUGE (yooge?) round stencil brush. There is a lot of varied color and texture in this painting. It reminds me of how much stronger and better I feel when I am getting in my appropriate exercise - especially if it is outside when it is warm! So, this title is kind of aimed at myself. I wish I were there. 

Comfort seems to be what I am wanting - warmth, strength, and enjoyment. This past Sunday, Psalm 25 was read, and the familiar words warmed my heart as I listened and concentrated on the words. Here is a section that I especially enjoyed. 

Psalm 25: 4 - 5

"Make me know Your ways, O Lord;
Teach me Your paths.
Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
For You I wait all the day."

Monday, January 2, 2017

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

O Come, O Come Emmanuel
"Do you think you'd have time to go with me?" I asked my Dear Husband. We were sitting together working out our scheduling for the days he would be off work this Christmas season. (Today is his last day off for this break - rats anyway!) I have several appointments scheduled, and one of them was making me nervous. "Would you like me to come? I think I should be able to be there," he said. Well, call me a wimp, but it just made me feel a lot better to have his support and help to tackle this tough assignment.

$375.00, $10.00 S & H
22" x 28" 
painted with the finest quality (artist's) acrylic heavy-body paint, 
on acid-free, heavy weight Fabriano watercolor paper
ready to frame  

This painting is on a background that is entirely underpainted with iridescent gold, and then with an abstract, colorful landscape that is allowed to barely be seen here and there through the surface treatment of the work. The movement from top to bottom with descending and scattering objects reminds me of the surprising introduction of the Heavenly ones into the daily walk of the shepherds, carpenters, and young girl so many years ago. It also represents the unexpected interaction of GOD in my own daily life. 

I started this painting before Christmas - actually quite a while before Christmas - and just finished it today. My thoughts this year during the Advent season have been on GOD, Himself being with us and entering our dark sphere in human skin. I have felt like an onlooker at the outskirts of Bethlehem when Jesus Christ was born, and the angels announced His arrival to the shepherds there. I am in awe of His unearthly person interrupting our daily struggle - Someone so immense and beautiful shrinking Himself to fit into our walk and schedule and pain. Someone to go with us to tackle this tough assignment called life. 

Micah 5:2 “But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Too little to be among the clans of Judah,
From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel.
His goings forth are from long ago,
From the days of eternity.”

Matthew 1:23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.”