Monday, April 27, 2009

Bluebonnet and Horse Notecards

My friend and card designer, JoDitt sent
me this link to the following blog.

In her blog, Kimberly features several bluebonnet
and Texas related items. JoDitt used my
bluebonnet and horseshoe image on cards that she
designed and Kimberly featured them on her blog.

I painted several western designs for JoDitt
to use for wedding related cards.

Now, JoDitt works mostly with digital images.
She designs some awesome graduation cards.

Here is the link to JoDitt's website

Sunday, April 26, 2009

West Texas Sunset or Sunrise

I'm back. I painted most of the afternoon. I think I
might be to a stopping spot on the sky.
Here is a closer shot of the center canvas. I will
save the "scruffie"brush I made. I will use it
for foliage as the picture progresses.
This painting will contain images from
Snyder's history and steps of progress.
It has been a great opportunity to pray for our town.
As I paint the sunrise or sunset, I think about the
sun setting on the past, the close of the day,
and the gift of each new day.
When the sun set on the earthly life of
Jesus it was the dawn of the ministry
for His disciples and followers.

Comission in Progress- West Texas Sunset or Sunrise

I am working on a new commission.
It is 3 canvases 4' X 5'. This is easier for me
than having to go up and down a ladder.
The client is a photographer so I asked if he had a
sunset or sunrise image that would be used. He did!
OH MY! OH MY! I believe that God may have been
showing of the morning that he took the photo. After working on this for a long while I thought I just
might have to get out the white paint and a roller
and paint over it and start all over. I took several
breaks. I worked in the yard a little bit a
then came back to it.
I decided to move on to the center canvas and
work on the light source. The colors are so vibrant.
It's a real challenge! Mom called about the time
I was ready to start over. She was so encouraging
and she told me how to make a "scruffie" "puffy"
cloud brush. Break time (again)!!! Wal Mart here I come.
Got a brush! Used my razor knife!
HMMM!Well, that didn't work out too good.
I used some C clamps to put the canvases together
to make sure the clouds connect.
The client will be able to hang these side by side
or seperate them and hangin different locations.
And if, they decide to move then
the artwork can move too!

I worked on it some more this morning.

It's geting better but now I need to get ready for church!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Whitetail Deer Acrylic on Canvas Painting Demonstration

I just finished this commission for a young lady.
She will give to her husband as a wedding gift.
The most important part of the whole painting is
the shape of the antlers and the crook or bend
at the tip of one of the antlers

Psalm 42:1-2

As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Why Do I Love To Paint-Part 2?

I said I would post some pictures of my mom and dad painting.
I took me longer than a day or so. It was more like a week or so.
During that time we made a trip to see them.
Here is Mom working on an old service station/store.
It's got to be in Texas. There are bluebonnets.
Here's Dad working on the same painting.
They share the canvas now.
That is so precious to me. Daddy has always had an artistic flair.
I remember him painting and
donating countless signs for churches.
My mom had an easel set up in our garage where
she painted huge landscapes of majestic purple
mountains, tall pines, and log cabins.
Daddy actually went to school and received art training .
I think that he is the only one in this family
of artists that has an art education.
As you can see, he is wearing magnifying glasses.
Daddy just celebrated his 82nd birthday.
His eyesight is not what it used to be but that
doesn't stop him. He still creates and sells works of art.
He and my mom are a great team,
working together in so many ways.
One of the most precious things about my parents is that they
gave me the most awesome sense of what a relationship with
God is like. I have shared this with them before
but it bears repeating.

As I looked through the album of old photos I was
reminded once again what it was to be loved,
accepted, and encouraged. Just like my Father God,
they were and are interested and involved in
every detail of my life. That is a welcome thing now
but as a teenager I wasn't quite so excited
about them being so involved.

Looking back, I could see that we didn't have a lot
but I was never aware of any lack. Daddy always
provided for us. And just like Father God,
he was firm and fair in his discipline.
He used to say, "This hurts me more that it does you."
At the time, I didn't believe that but now I know
that was true. My relationship with my dad taught
me the security of the love of God
and also what it means to fear God.
I am not afraid of God but I sure do not want to
disappoint Him and I do not like trips
to the "Holy Ghost woodshed".
Been there, done that.

I have also learned about the character and
nature of God from my mom. She has taught me
what unconditional love looks like and feels like.
The times when I was and am so difficult
to love, she continued. And she never gives up
hoping and believing for God's best for her children,
her grandchildren, and her great grandchildren.
What a blessing and great
hertiage that have given me.
I pray that I have that same impact
on my children and grandchildren
As it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard,
no mind has conceived what God has prepared
for those who love him
but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.
The Spirit searches all things,
even the deep things of God.
1 Corinthians 2: 9-10
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