Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Memories - Acrylic on Canvas

A potential client called Tuesday. 
She wanted a painting of a horse 
for a staff member that was moving?
(Her) Can you paint a horse?
(Me) Yes! What's your budget? 
Acrylic or watercolor?
Canvas or Paper? What size?
What color horse? The head only or
standing, running, rearing up, bucking,..?
You want it when?
Thursday? Sure!
(Her) Can you add a windmill and water tank?
(Me) Sure!
"Memories" 11"x14" Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas
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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Fishers of Men Commission

It has been a busy week! Thank you, Lord!
I have finished several commissions. Our good friend, Mike
asked me to paint one for his office. He wanted a stormy
sky, a stormy sea, a huge rock with a man hanging on to
it reaching out to someone in the waves and a sinking
boat in the background. Hmm!?! 

What should I use as a reference. We are in a drought. 
Our lake is at 2 percent-not 2percent low. 
That would be 98 percent low. 
So, no waves! Storm clouds have been scarce as 
hen's teeth. With the moral decline we have seen
a lot of shipwrecked lives. 
The waves behind the figure in the water
are dark and pulling. The wave in front of the figure
is light and figure on the the rock is holding 
on tightly with a strong right arm.

The precious thing about this painting is 
the model for the figure on the rock is Joe 
and the one in the water is our son, Stephen.

Jesus is our Rock! He is our Redeemer! He draws
us up from the deep! We ought also to reach out
to those who are overwhelmed and drowning in waves
of fear, depression, poverty, illness...
Make us Fishers of Men and Women!!!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

3 Chilies in Watercolor Class

When I was in the produce section at the grocery store
I spotted these Anaheim Chilies. I picked these 3 that were
changing colors and I knew they would be fun to paint.

It was so fun that I taught in this weeks class
I am so loving teaching my watercolor classes.  I love
seeing their work, how they are progressing, 
and the friendships that are growing
Last week we had a special treat. 
We met at Laurie's house. She is such a gracious hostess.
She has a beautiful home and we enjoyed a yummy brunch
and then splashed around in the paint while 
Zach splashed around in her pool.

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