Thursday, December 30, 2010

My Great Niece Watercolor Portrait

My great niece is so delightful and the moment she
sees a camera aimed at her she goes into beauty queen
poses. This time she didn't see the camera and this very
relaxed and natural image was captured by my brother.
I couldn't wait to try this with watercolors.
Watercolor 11" X14"
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Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

As you hurry and scurry about taking care
of all those last minute details
-remember Jesus.
He is not only the reason for the season,
but "in Him we live and move and have our being."
Acts 17:28
Have a blessed Christmas
(this is an 8' tall silk banner I painted)
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Friday, December 3, 2010

Faith Moves Mountains Silk Flag

I painted several silk flags for fellow worship flaggers
in Abilene. One special order that I really enjoyed
painting was "Faith Moves Mountains"

Stephen and I went to Abilene to deliver the flags
and had the privilege of getting to explore the
highest point in Taylor County. The rocks in the
background were all compressed bits of shell.
This whole area was, at sometime in the past,
under water. Imagine.

Debra and Angel are worshipping intercessors
with a passion to see God's love and power poured
out on the Big Country. Angel and her husband are
the owners of this beautiful, rugged piece of property.

We walked, worshipped, prayed, and spoke
declarations as we carried these 2 flags to the highest
point. It was so awesome. We could see for miles!
They said that the area looks a lot like some of the
places they had seen in Israel.

Thank you, Debbie and Angel for a great morning
in His Presence and allowing me to
"Worship God With All My Art"!

Also, I have added a couple of new pages.
Check out the Silk Flags page.
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Dutch Art Gallery "Where Texas Gets Its Color"

It has been an amazing and busy month.
I have been so excited to be able to have
7 watercolors at the Dutch Art Gallery in Dallas,
My sister, Soozy went with me to the artist's reception.
She is so beautiful and so much fun to be with.
 I was a little hesitant to use my camera around all the art.
Didn't want someone to think I was stealing
their ideas. I just took this one of "Pico De Gallo".

 I met many wonderful and gifted artists.
It was such a blessing to get to visit with other artists
about their medium, their inspriation, 
how they got to where they are today,
and their hopes and dreams for the future.
I did not hear any negative comments 
but I did hear lots and lots of encouragment
among the Artists of Texas members.
 Here is Soozy admiring more of the
wonderful works of art.
Thanks to Pam Massar at the Gallery for all the
hard work and promotion for this event!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Guadalupe River in the Fall - Watercolor

I just finished this. Landscapes are a bit of
a stretch for me, but I keep trying.
I love all the rocks and the beautiful, orange cypress
tree. I can almost hear the water rippling.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Praising With Paint Workshop

Last weekend I went to Odessa and conducted a
"Praising With Paint" Workshop. The ladies that
participated seemed to have a good time.
 It was a 2 hour event and they used an 8"x10" canvas
panel and acrylics. There was one who had never painted
before and one had a Master's Degree in art,
but there was no sense of competition. 
Our love for Jesus was the common thread.
 My friend, Davina came along for the ride. As they
listened to music and listened to the Lord, she also
listened and wrote as they painted. She didn't see
what they were painting. It was amazing how what
they painted and what she wrote blended. She read
what she wrote in her journal and it really ministered to them.
God is so good!
Yolanda was the hostess for the workshop.
Thank you, Yolanda!
I provided them with a sketch of a dove and a horse
head. They could use those or create whatever was
in their heart.
 Here is a collage of their work.
But remember you are
His work of art!
Ephesians 2:10 "You are His workmanship, created
in Christ Jesus to do good works..."

Thursday, September 9, 2010

With All My Art Fine Art Gallery And Studio

Here are before and after photos.
The blisters are almost healed! The wonderful vintage tin ceiling tiles
are revealed and painted brown.
Jim and Soozy came to help and installed
the ceiling fan. What a blessing!
The carpet and tile have been removed.
I had a huge bruise on my hip from leaning into
the machine that peeled the tile up.
Even with the bruise is was so much faster
and easier than chipping it out by hand.
Been there-done that!
Finished concrete! I love it!
Finally moving in.
Move in started only a week after retirement
but we have been working on
the building for a month.
The art is in place. I am still adding pieces.
I have a little work space and a little coffee area.
I put out the "OPEN" sign today.
We had a few customers (Whoo Hoo!)
and even sold a few pieces. Hallelujah!!!
I have a couple of mural commissions that I
will start when the rain is over.

I need to tell you what happened last night.
I was online doing research for an art project.
Something happened with my browser
so I copied the info I had typed into the search bar.
I opened up a new browser window,
pasted the search words, and hit enter.
What came up blew me away.
"Behold, I will do a new thing;
now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I
will even make a way in the wilderness;
and rivers in the desert." Isaiah 43:19
The whole page was search results for that scripture.
Line after line of that scripture repeated
over and over and over.
It was not what I was searching for,
not even close to what I had typed in,
but it was exactly what I needed to see and hear!
I just began to laugh.
Thank you, Lord, for that message!!!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Giant Leap!

Tomorrow is my last day at work.
After 10 years as a purchaser at our local prison,
I am taking early retirement.
We found at little shop just a half block off the square.
It's on the busiest, main street-location, location.
Doesn't look too bad here.But, looks can be deceiving!!!
I will change the sign and the broken front door
is now fixed. It smelled really bad.
Old and closed up, musty, moldy...not now.
The ceiling tile looked like patchwork
and the light fixtures resembled vintage ice trays.
The landlord told us we could do whatever
we wanted to. The ceiling tile and lights are gone,
revealing an embossed tin ceiling underneath
The old carpet and tile is also gone.

I will post more pictures of the progress later.
Be sure and stop back by.

Friday, August 6, 2010

The Mural is Completed

The room is finished.
What great fun it was to paint it! It brought back such wonderful memories.
When my sons were young we listened to the story
on an LP that was played on a child's record player.
We just about wore the grooves out.
Then we graduated to VHS when
Stephen came along and now DVD!
I love the story of good triumphing of evil.

As I painted the scenes I prayed for the children
who would stay in this room (which I am told may
evently have green shag carpet, hamocks, and a tent!!!
That would be too cool!). I prayed that the Lord would
protect their hearts and minds and deliver them from
the traps that the enemy sets for them. I could see
in the snake's eyes how he wants to entice and
lure our children away that he might
squeeze the very life out of them.

And the tiger was up to no good and wanted
to destroy the lad! He was a liar just like the
enemy of our soul. The panther was always
gently leading, guiding, and trying to protect the boy.
After a lot of monkeying around, a great battle
ensued between the tiger and the bear.
The bear fought valiantly and was willing to
lay down own his life to save the boy.
Greater love has no man than that heshould
lay down his life for another. How sad when we
thought that the bear was dead BUT NO!
He was ALIVE.
Now, I am not saying that this was a
gospel story but I love when my Lord
speaks to me thru the simpliest things.
The Love of Jesus is without a doubt
the bare necessity of life!!!

Monday, July 26, 2010

New Mural - WIP - A "Work In Progress"

My friend, Richard commissioned me to
paint a "Jungle" room for his grandkids.
This is great fun. I have loved the characters
of this story for a long time. There will be characters on each wall.
One of his grandsons came into the room while
I was painting. He loved it but had never seen
the movie so didn't know Baloo or Mowgli.
It is such a blessing to be allowed to work
on this kind of project.
I had been working for 2 days and transforming
the room. As I was leaving yesterday, I had a thought
I knew that the neighbors or those
just passing by had no idea about the
changes that were happening inside.
It is like that with us, too.
God does amazing changes on us.
So much of it is on the inside-changing
our heart, our attitudes, our beliefs...
Most of the time it is not real obvious to
the "neighbors" or those just passing by.
He takes such joy in working in and being
a part of our lives. We are a "work in progress".
"We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus
to do good works, which God prepared in
advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:10
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Apricot Fried Pies and the Crumbs

A couple of weeks ago I posted
a painting called "Apricots in a Paper Sack".
This morning I finally got around to
making some little fried pies.
I cheated and used
Pillsbury Ready Made Pie Crust.
A cup of coffee and a tasty little treat
Our dog, Clyde is a constant companion
anytime I cook. This morning was no different.
He waited patiently at my feet waiting for
an "Oops" to fall in his directions.
Sometimes he nudges me with his nose
just to remind me that he is still waiting.
As I watched Clyde this morning,
the Lord nudged my heart, too.
He reminded me a story in Matthew 15.
There was a Canaanite woman who came to
Jesus and begged him to heal her daughter.
He told her that it was not right to take the
children's bread and toss it to their dogs.
She replied to him, "Yes, Lord! But even the dogs
get to eat the crumbs that fall from the Master's table.
He commended her faith and healed her daughter.
She knew this-
Enjoy every morsel from the Master's table.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Our Flag Is Still There

This is an awesome video about the history
Please take the time to watch this and
remember the price.
This could be the reason that we
don't allow our flag to touch the ground.
Have a blessed 4th of July.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Apricots in a Paper Sack - Watercolor

This spring we had abundant rains
and the last cold snap was not cold
enough to kill the young blossoms.
In 16 years this is only the second time
that our apricot tree has produced fruit.
I gathered the fruit just a little bit green and
put it in a brown paper sack to ripen.
After a fews days -

First- peel, pit and put some in the freezer.
Next, a painting, of course.
Tomorrow, fried pies.
Apricot fried pies are my favorites fried pies
We thought about cutting down the
tree since year after year it did not bear
fruit but we decided to leave it in hopes
that it would eventually.
It had fruit once before and maybe it would again.

God sees the potential in each of us even when
we are in the barren, unfruitful seasons of our life.
He knows the plans He has for us,
for a hope and a future...

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Cherries in a Fiesta Yellow Sugar Bowl

A handful of red, almost black cherries,

a yellow Fiesta sugar bowl, a vintage tablecloth,

and some wonderul morning light --

all the ingredients for new watercolor painting.

My parents are antique dealers and

have blessed me with many wonderful pieces of Fiesta.

The smaller vintage tablecloths and tea towels

have been my newest quest as I visit antique shops.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Old Piano and Old Jar Watercolor

I just entered my first art contest.
This is the painting that I submitted.
The piano is at the
Manhattan Coffee House.
Good Coffee!!! The glass jar, tied with sisal rope
and filled with stones and
Texas wildflowers, was sitting on
a little table by the front door.
I thought the combination would
make an awesome painting.
I was thrilled with how it turned out.
I think I will make limited
edition prints of this one.
I think it also needs a good name.
Any ideas?

Sunday, March 14, 2010

King of Glory Hand Painted Silk Flag

One of my silk flag customers
wanted a "King Of Glory" design.
I thought and prayed over many
different concepts -regular crown, crown of thorns,
letters and rays of glory, etc. etc...
Then I remembered!!!
25 years ago I made this very ornate
and heavy fabric banner. I have always loved the
image and the elegance.
This banner has graced many
awesome worship services over 2 decades.

I reproduced the design so I could transfer it to silk.
The outline is made using resist for
the serti technique, a silk painting technique.
I love this technique. It is sort of stained
glass on fabric but staying in the lines
can be tricky. Silk dye can be tricky to control
and sometimes it just doesn't want to mind at all.
I have had some real disappointments with color
going where it's not supposed to go.
It jumps over the resist, another color gets too close
and pulls the original color in a direction the
I did not intend for it to go. I don't like to discard
a project, so I stand back, stretch the creativity
just a bit more and redeem the mess! (That will preach!)

This one was exciting to me!
There were no mishaps! No redos!
And I love it! More than that-
Oh yes, the finished flag (1st image) -
I have added a crown!
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 8, 2010

In The Secret Place

For a little over a year, my good friend Melissa
has been writing a series of articles
about Ruth and Boaz for
It is a precious, love-filled work
where she shares the hidden riches
she has discovered “In The Secret Place”,
in the presence of her loving Heavenly Father.
She decided to put the articles together in a book
for Christmas presents for her family.
I was allowed the priviledge
of designing the cover for her.

"In The Secret Place" is an invitation
in to the Holy of Holies by God.
He is a gentleman – He won’t force us to accept
His invitations, but He desires, more than anything,
to have intimate relationship with us so that
we, too, can experience the manifested
presence of God Himself. “We have this
hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.
It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain,
where Jesus, who went before us,
has entered on our behalf. He has become
a High Priest forever…” Hebrews 6:19-20a and
“He is able to save completely those who come
to God through Him, because He always
lives to intercede for them.” Hebrews 7:25

After some encouragement,
Melissa has decided to make the book
available for purchase. I don't know about you
but as much as I love reading online sometimes
I just want to hold a book in my hands
or make notes in the margins.
Melissa's book can be purchased from
New Realms Prophetic or leave me a comment
with your email and
I will send you more information.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Sword of the Spirit - Finished

Here is the "Sword of the Spirit" finished. I took a bit of time and sharpen the sword...
reworked the flames...
added details to the grip and
a crown of thorns on the pommel.
As I researched the proper names
for the sword parts I discovered ... the part between the blade and the grip
is called the guard. How perfect is that?

Here are a few scriptures about being on guard:

1 Corinthians 16:13 Be on your guard;

stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.

1 Timothy 6:20 Timothy, guard what has been

entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter

and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge,

1 Timothy 1:14 Guard the good deposit that was

entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the

Holy Spirit who lives in us.

Phillipians 4:7 And the peace of God, which transcends

all understanding, will guard your hearts

and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Sword of the Spirit - WIP

I started this painting last week.
I love standing in front of a blank canvas
as the music team at our church begins to worship.
I love the challenge of "hearing and seeing"
and then in 30 to 45 minutes letting the brush
and my heart dance to the sounds of praise.The Sword of the Spirit;
it seperates light from dark and
it seperates the spirit and soul.
I finished the painting at home.
I will post the finished work in the days ahead.
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