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.

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16" x 20"
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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! 



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12" x 12"
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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.

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6" x 19.5"
Painted with the finest quality heavy-body acrylic paint on acid-free, heavy weight Fabriano watercolor paper

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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. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Where Does My Help Come From?

I did not intend for these to be mountains, but they sure look like them. They bring to mind a touching story, and a Psalm.




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3 each 6" x 12"
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My dad, Peter Tanis, died unexpectedly in 2000. He was a godly man, very intelligent, and highly respected in general aviation circles. I loved and respected him "to the moon and back". 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Delight

Delight
I really wish you could come and look at this painting with your great eyesight. (I have to wear glasses to see it...) The detail and color are just delightful - if I do say so myself. 

Delight has been a favorite word of mind for a LONG time, maybe because it is one of those cool words that sounds like what it means, you know? Like whoosh! (Onomatopoeia, anyone?) At least, it does to my ears. As I am typing, a beautiful, tinkle-y song has come up on my iPod, and it seems to 'say' delight, too. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

In the Beginning

In the Beginning
Sometimes I try to imagine what our universe looks like from beyond. Or at least, how our solar system and our planet might seem from outside. I am pretty sure our perspective - our view of ourselves - is severely warped! I could go into some of the things I think about, like how reality is perceived (are there only 5 senses?), but it would get pretty weird!

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10" x 10"
Painted with the finest quality heavy-body acrylic paint on hand-made, prepared cradled wood panel




I actually love thinking "big thoughts" that are way beyond my limitations. In a way, abstract painting is an expression of big thoughts to me. I try to paint what cannot be seen with sight.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Abstract Composition Class

Abstract Composition Class
Today was another beautiful day in Northern Indiana, and boy oh boy, was it busy! This evening was the first session of the abstract classes I am teaching, and we worked on composition. It is probably the toughest of the four sessions - at least, we are hoping so!

This 6" x 6" exercise is not for sale at this point, but is a good example of some of what we worked on. The last part of the class was painting on small surfaces with one color and using our references to different compositions to make a pleasing work. 

Excited to paint more tomorrow!! Here we go!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Glad

Glad
"He has made me glad, He has made me glad! I will rejoice for He has made me glad!" This older chorus based on Psalm 100 has been playing in my mind's ear today. Often, I know when I have last heard the song, or what has brought it to mind, but not so today. But if there is music playing in my internal headphones, I better paint about it!


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6" x 6"
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Psalm 100:1-5 
"Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations."

This day 11 painting (for Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days challenge) started out with a pretty basic cruciform composition and an analogous color scheme. (Too bad the color doesn't seem to transfer to the screen very well!) The 'circles' are iridescent. 

Psalm 118:24 "This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it."

I sure hope you are glad today, too!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

I Would See Jesus

I Would See Jesus
This morning in church, I was really having a tough time paying attention. I mean, I was distracted by decor, other people in attendance, the music ... I just could not turn my mind and heart upward. So I started praying about that. I really long to focus on and be still in the presence of my Heavenly Father, especially on Sunday mornings. 

The focus in this painting is a vertical composition, and I wanted it to be obviously layer upon layer.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Sunflower

Sunflower
Such a busy Saturday! It was a good Saturday, though. One of the fun things I did today was attend an art fair - not as a vendor. I found a lot of friends there, the weather was outstanding, and there was some some gorgeous artwork. 

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11" x 14"
Painted with the finest quality heavy-body acrylic paint on acid-free, heavy weight Fabriano watercolor paper
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I must say though, I don't have a lot of words left for blogging this evening. So, I will just leave this bright flower here. Happy Saturday!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Peace, Peace, Peace

Peace, Peace, Peace
I knew what I wanted to paint about this morning. Peace. I wanted to paint complexity, yet simplicity. I wanted to do something landscape-y. As often happens when I am painting in Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days challenge, I am starting to hanker to paint something representational, too. Stay turned to see if THAT happens!

$375.00 plus $10.00 shipping and handling
19.5" x 19.5"
Painted with the finest quality heavy-body acrylic paint on acid-free, heavy weight Fabriano watercolor paper

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Busy Signal

Busy Signal
"When would be a good time for a phone call?" I asked my daughter via Google hangouts. I know how busy both of my kids are now, and that they can often briefly respond to a message when they are not available for extended conversation. As it happened, she was free to take my call, and it was grand to hear her voice. Remember when we used to get a busy signal if someone was already on the phone, or if *gasp* they took the phone off the hook so they wouldn't be disturbed? I guess we might still choose to ignore a call if we are busy, but we usually have our phone at hand, and our caller just hears our voicemail message and leaves a message. 

$125.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling
(special price for challenge paintings)
11" x 14"
Painted with the finest quality heavy-body acrylic paint on acid-free, heavy weight Fabriano watercolor paper

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This painting reminds me of a cityscape at night, or traffic and street signs.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Precious


Precious
It was such a vivid dream that when I woke up I had to open my eyes and look around my room in order to know where I was. You know the kind, right? I was back in our house on Birdsong Street in TX, and someone had broken the window out, so I knew that the house was now vulnerable. They could get in and steal from us. But, I found that content of the house was still there. It was still safe, and there was still time to secure it. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Rhythm

Rhythm
It was a good trip to Dallas to see our son, though I would recommend you allow yourself more than 4 days for a round trip from Northern Indiana to Dallas and back! I loved seeing him, meeting his roommate, seeing the campus of Dallas Theological Seminary where he is attending, and seeing how he is already making friends and finding his rhythm in grad school. AND, to make matters better, we only got slightly lost once or twice! 

So today, I am making an effort to get back into the rhythm of my own life.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Poignant III

Poignant III
For a little while yesterday, I rode in the back seat of the car, and our son was the navigator for getting us around in this unfamiliar city.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Poignant II

Poignant II
September 2 finds us in another motel room, and I am once again painting with water soluble pencils from a styrafoam cup in poor lighting - but what fun! If I had not been part of Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days challenge, I am pretty sure I would not have gotten up early to paint in these places, but I am glad I have. 

I have decided that while I am painting "on the road",

Friday, September 1, 2017

Poignant I

Today, I am posting my first blog for the September 2017 30 paintings in 30 days challenge from the car as we hurtle down the highway. We left our home last night and are headed to Texas where we will help our son make his new apartment a home. So this morning, in our motel room, I grabbed paper and water soluble colored pencils to do a quick painting for the challenge. Not my normal style, obviously, but I do love an abstract landscape!
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It really strikes me that as we left our home to help our son make his new home,