Friday, February 23, 2018

Two Little Angels Sitting By the Water



I have been working hard on a couple of commissions and completing some inventory for the upcoming Jerry Brown Art Festival in Hamilton, Alabama.  Today I painted this little painting with a palette knife.  There are times when a palette knife will just work better for the painting I have in my head.  

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Your Sister I Will Always Be - SOLD


The love between siblings is so deep.  I read a quote on Pinterest recently that said, "Here's to you, here's to me, big and little we'll always be."  We moved around a lot when my children were growing up and the one thing they could always count on being a constant was each other.  Today they are all grown up and some of them have kids of their own but I still see them as these two cute little girls.   I am very thankful that they still know they can always count on each other.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Friday, February 16, 2018

I Got You - SOLD


It is nice to know someone has "got you" regardless of what is ahead.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

True Colors - SOLD




There is a lady in our church who is so transparent, so "real", so honest.  She tells her story of mistakes and then reconciliation with God and it is so inspiring.  For one thing she is brave, she knows she is loved and forgiven and she really does not care what anyone else thinks.  The other part of the story is that the small church congregation loves her, accepts her and holds her story in their hearts and not in their gossip.  

Those are true colors to me.



Saturday, February 3, 2018

Wake Up to Hope - SOLD

14" x 14" acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas


I spent the most wonderful lunch with an old friend yesterday, our lives crossed over 16 years ago and as life does sometimes, circumstances - some good, some not so good brought us back together.  I am always amazed when this happens, especially when it just feels "right" and "good" to share our learned life lessons over a bowl of soup.  This morning I had that visit on my mind when I glanced up on my wall and saw a painting entitled, "Wake up to Hope" something we had talked about yesterday.  The fact that we were much more hopeful and compassionate in these years of our lives after living through some "things".  Hope, love and the fact that we cannot make something "ok" for another person.  We have both grown and changed and become different over the years.  Maybe being gracefully broken has not been all in vain as we both feel we are becoming more of the people we were meant to be.  Thank God people can grow and change and move closer and closer to freedom and being "real".   I grabbed that painting off the wall and completely redid it and just felt it was now representing it's name...........

P.S.  I love you Martha!!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

You Are Loved - Sold

16" x 20" acrylic on stretched canvas


I am in a Bible study where I read this passage last week:  Luke 9:51-56 (The Message)
When it came close to the time for his Ascension he gathered up his courage and steeled himself for the journey to Jerusalem.  He sent messengers on ahead.  They came to a Samaritan village to make arrangements for his hospitality.  But when the Samaritans learned that his destination was Jerusalem, they refused hospitality. When the disciples James and John learned of it, they said, "Master, do you want us to call a bolt of lightning down out of the sky and incinerate them?"

The study is about John and I could not help but laugh that the disciple who called himself "the one that Jesus loved" was also a hot head.  He gives me hope.

At Valentine's and always, "you are loved".

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Hide and Seek

12" x 12" oil on gallery wrapped linen
$200
Email if interested to paintingbythelake@gmail.com

You can click on the image and see a larger view with more detail.  I love getting emails from customers after they have received their paintings and they tell me that they love them!  Paintings truly are more beautiful "in person".



Monday, January 29, 2018

Friday, January 26, 2018

Topiary Road - SOLD



This is a very peaceful road that a friend of mine jogs every morning.  I was struck by a picture he posted to his facebook page because I walk a road that looks similar every morning and I love it. I also love finding new sayings or messages that speak to me and last night I found a scripture while participating in a Bible Study.  Maybe I have read this before but I never heard it nor did I know it existed.

Proverbs 6:  20 - 22 "My son, keep your father's command and do not forsake your mother's teaching.  (The study stated this was in reference to scripture).  Bind them always on your heart; fasten them around your neck."

This is the part I love....."When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; when you awake, they will speak to you."

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Monday, January 22, 2018

Splash

8" x 10"
oil on stretched canvas
$125

I love watching kids run in the ocean, even when the water is freezing they are so excited to squeal and splash around.  This little girl was even dressed for the occasion complete with bow in her beautiful hair.  I was in my beach chair covered up and smiling.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Life in a Fishbowl


12" x 12" on gallery wrapped canvas
$150

My husband and I have been in Destin, Florida this month and I have had beach paintings on my mind.  I found a picture of this fish, a koi, I think and decided he needed to be captured on canvas.  He makes me smile.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Me and Mommom - SOLD



Having a grandchild is a gift- one of the greatest ever - I cannot imagine what it would be like to be a great grandmother and be able to witness life moving forward at such a rapid pace.  

Friday, January 12, 2018

Love Always - SOLD

12" x 24" on gallery wrapped canvas
Mixed media


I love painting mixed media.  The painting seems to take on a life of it's own.  I found some wonderful paper that says "Love always" and I have that incorporated into the painting on the lower left.  

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Soccer Secrets

10" x 8" oil on stretched canvas
$125 + shipping

I absolutely love watching my grands play sports.  Miller wears his baseball cap even during soccer games and he and his friends take every opportunity to share secrets on the sidelines.  


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

A Pretty Mess - SOLD


This is the granddaughter of one of my friends.  She is beautiful and when I mentioned that to her grandmother, she said, "She is a mess but she is pretty".  During a critique by other artists recently one told me that I had the ability to capture emotion.  I hope I was able to do that here because I loved painting this little girl.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Palm Tuesday

12" x 24" oil on stretched canvas
$150
Today I did not go very far - well except Max and I walked 2 miles and then I came home to paint the house across the street.  My goal is to get my husband to take me out for lunch.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Summer Serenade - SOLD




This painting was fun.  I am painting inside on these cold days at the beach and I have surrounded myself with flowers trying to "will" some sunshine and warm weather.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

St. Andrews By the Sea Episcopal Church







20" x 20" on gallery wrapped canvas


Every morning Max and I head out for our walk on the road by the ocean.  Even though it has been very cold, I bundle up in my heavy coat and he seems completely fine with his long, curly hair blowing in the wind.  I listen to a lot of podcasts and today I listened to a interview of Jack Canfield, the author of Chicken Soup for the Soul.  He stated that he believes that what makes us come alive is the fulfillment of our soul's purpose.  He said, "We all have an inborn purpose we were born to fulfill and when we fulfill that, we achieve happiness and we serve the world."  When asked how he thought we could do that he stated, "Your passions are your purpose."  He quoted Howard Thurman, "Don't look to do what the world needs but see what makes you come alive because what the world needs is more people who have come alive."  I like that.  For me personally, when I paint I find happiness and when someone tells me a particular painting means something to them or if I paint a painting and just "feel" that is for someone in particular, then I am happy.  I am very thankful that my art sells but I think I am at the point where I really just paint for the pleasure of painting but it is nice to be able to buy more paint :).

The second podcast I listened to (it is a long walk) was the pastor Keon Henderson.  This guy is good!  He said that God introduces you to people who look like you will eventually look. The premise is that God can use people to shape our lives and he believes that every time you are in the presence of a great person that you look up to, God is giving you a snapshot of what your are going to look like.  He said if you have a dream that is nothing more than a thought asking for permission to live.  A dream is something God put into your head asking to live.  

So I guess I took away an idea from both of these podcasts....our passions are our purpose and we can make our dreams come alive.  That is what I am going to focus on in 2018.

Each one of us is given his own gift I believe that and I like the way it is described in 
Ephesians 4 in the Message:

"You were all called to travel on the same road and in the same direction, so stay together, both outwardly and inwardly.  You have one Master, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who rules over all works through all, and is present in all.  Everything you are and think and do is permeated with Oneness.  But that doesn't mean you should all look and speak and act the same.  Out of the generosity of Christ, each of us is given his own gift....."

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Pelican Dreams - SOLD






It is cold even in Florida but I am having so much fun!  The Emerald Coast Plein Air group graciously allow me to paint with them.  I did opt out today because it was 33 degrees, but Friday I am going to paint with the local figurative painters at a local gallery with models.  Yesterday I went to my favorite beach bookstore, Sundog Books and found a good book to read and some wonderful fish paper.  I wanted to paint a pelican so I thought he would like the fish and I love working on mixed media pieces.  AND to top it off, there are restaurants that have discounts for early dinners......so no cooking!!

This piece is 12" x 24" on gallery wrapped canvas...the fish extend to the sides and the side are also painted.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Joy Comes in the Morning



There is a promise in Psalms 30 that  "Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning."   That's a good promise.

24" x 24" on gallery wrapped canvas  $400


Thursday, December 21, 2017

You're Beautiful - SOLD



It does not matter what age, height, weight, color, day, or year.....everyone loves to hear those words.



Saturday, December 16, 2017

Recovery - NFS



For the last three years my husband and I have been involved with a church called "Recovery Church".  Every Thursday night the church meets on the campus of a sober living facility.  A meal is provided, someone who is in recovery from drugs and/or alcohol will give their "story of hope" and then a minister brings a short devotional.  The guys present are from all socio-economic statuses, various ages and cultures.  There are those who have been homeless and those who have come from very wealthy families.  They are all present because they want sobriety, they choose to be free from their addictions and they are working out their sobriety as best as they can.

I have learned a lot about addiction during this time.  I know that addiction is chronic, often relapsing despite the harmful consequences to the addicted individual and to those who love them.  The reasons why a person might start taking drugs are varied but after a very short period of time, the brain changes and that change will challenge a person's self control and his or her ability to resist the impulses to use again and again.  The brain becomes "fooled" into thinking the drugs are as essential as food or water.

I have seen men who have found sobriety through the 12 step program and through Christian based programs.  One important part of their healing is the comradery and encouragement found in support groups.  Being with others who have been exactly in the same place.  I am always touched by the love they have for each other, it is deep.  They hold each other accountable and also hold each other up when someone has  relapsed because they know the depth of the struggle.

Recently, I was asked to paint two paintings.  One depicts a man who gave his time and expertise to starting a farm at a particular Recovery site to provide work and food for the inhabitants of the facility.  Not only did he provide this service but he provided friendship, love and concern.  He was such an example of Christ and compassion that he touched many.  A compassion that came from his heart unsolicited.


The second painting is one of a young man who strayed away and returned.  He was not met with condemnation but with love and encouragement.  The kind of encouragement that only those who have walked in his shoes could give.....totally unconditional.




During the three years we have been involved in this ministry, we have also seen too many deaths.  The disease takes the lives of young men and women every week.  It is epidemic and it takes a miracle to find healing and wholeness once the person is in the throws of the disease.  But miracles do happen.  I heard a man in recovery say that he believed in miracles because God had turned crack cocaine into groceries at his house.  He had delivered him from years of pain, low self esteem and bad choices.  He said he was broken.  The scriptures tell us in Psalm 34:18 that "the Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit."  His testimony was that only God could do that.



Each week when we ask for prayer requests at the service, there is one young man who requests that we continue to pray for those who are still "out there" - those who have not found the way into the rooms where sobriety occurs.  That is my prayer for those who are battling addiction.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Always Faithful - SOLD



It is a gift in our lives when we have that one place that holds for us wonderful memories of births, deaths, life changes, love, celebration, friendship and faith.  Life can sometimes surprise us with unexpected twists and turns, hurts and unplanned disappointments but we know that there is a God who is "always faithful".  And many times we find that promise wrapped up in a memory that reminds us of that fact.  My daughter, being a "preacher's kid" for a long time named this painting for me.  She knows.......He is ....Always Faithful.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Angel Baby - SOLD



I had art class with Whitney today and we painted Angel Babies.  This little angel was one that I came up with.  I love painting these little intuitive type paintings that are inspired by Mindy Lacefield.  My granddaughter (Whitney) and I took her class and we are mesmerized by these little paintings.  They require a lot of intuitive pushing and pulling of paint until a little personality appears.


Sunday, December 3, 2017

Happy Birthday Jesus - SOLD



My grandchildren have a Birthday cake for Jesus on Christmas Eve and their parents read the Christmas story of Christ's birth.  This little angel reminds me of that celebration.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/577073469

Friday, December 1, 2017

Memories Are Made Here - SOLD


During the Advent season one of the traditions of the church is to have "Hanging of the Greens".  That is a service where the church is decorated in greenery and possibly a Chrismon tree (a tree covered in Christian symbols).  The little church I attend will have that service this week and a lot of fellowship with visiting and, of course, eating.  Most of the members of our little church are related.  They have known each other for years, many of them were born in the church and remained and are now the older members.  The cords of family and friendships run deep and memories are made.


Photo by Angela Reynolds

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Mary Did You Know? - SOLD








I would not call myself a country music fan but I did watch the CMA Christmas special this week and I loved the music!  I especially love the song, Mary, Did You Know?  The group who sang did a wonderful job, however, my favorite version is by Pentatonix.  They are an American a cappella group.  Not to sound too "out there" but many times paintings appear to me in dreams and I woke up yesterday with the idea of an angel asking Mary those questions.  This is my impressionistic interpretation of that encounter.  I have included the words of the song here and the link to the song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifCWN5pJGIE

Mary, Did You Know?

Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day walk on water?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you've delivered, will soon deliver you.

Mary did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will calm a storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
And when you kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God

Mary did you know, Mary did you know, Mary did you know

The blind will see, the deaf will hear and the dead will live again
The lame will leap, the dumb will speak, the praises of the lamb

Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy is heaven's perfect Lamb?
This sleeping child you're holding is the great I AM

Mary did you know, Mary did you know, Mary did you know

Songwriters:  Lamont Savory/Buddy Greene/Mark Lowry/ Courick Clarke/ William Barclay/Wayne Buchanan

Monday, November 27, 2017

She's An Angel - SOLD


...God commands the angels to guard you in all your ways.  With their hands they shall support you, lest you strike your foot against a stone. (Psalm 91:4-6, 11-12)





Saturday, November 11, 2017

Those Ole Cotton Fields Back Home - SOLD



I love it when people have great ideas for paintings, especially ideas that I would not have come up with.  This painting of cotton fields is 40" x 40" - a large gallery wrapped canvas so the sides are 4" and painted.  I have never purchased from this canvas company before and I love the canvas.  I wanted to see how it would look above my fireplace and I found I love it.  

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

"The Cock Walk" and "Yes, Honey" - SOLD




I love roosters, the attitude, the colors and the tail feathers.  I could not help myself naming one "Yes, Honey"----sometimes the hen lets the rooster strut.

I am so honored when a friend has purchased several paintings from me ----thank you Libbie.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Holding the Light - SOLD



This past weekend I attended a "Silent Retreat" at St. Ignatius House in Atlanta Georgia. A silent retreat is for the purpose of reflection and drawing close to God.  I know those of you who know me will not believe I could be silent for 3 days but I attended partly because one of my friends, Paula D'Arcy, who is a writer and retreat leader was the leader of the event.  Paula is an exceptional human being.  I met Paula almost 30 years ago at a retreat with Norman Vincent Peale, the author of The Power of Positive Thinking. I had lost a little girl 8 years before and I was so touched by her story of healing and hope after the loss of her husband and young daughter to an accident caused by a drunk driver.  For about 10 years, I organized women's retreats and Paula was the speaker.  She continues to speak, write and touch lives everywhere she goes.  

One of the stories she told this weekend was about a friend who attended an ALAnon meeting ( a support meeting for those who are affected by someone who is an alcoholic or addict).  The friend stated that the speaker was wonderful and gave so much hope.  When the friend attended the next week there was another speaker but the one from the previous week was a wreck!  She was crying and needing encouragement from the group.  The friend asked someone in the group, "what is the deal?  Last week she was so positive."  The member answered, "We take turns."  In other words, we all have "turns" at pain in life.  This week it might be your turn to be betrayed, broken, hurt, widowed, sick, depressed or whatever.  Through your own experience you can choose despair or a deeper healing.  If you choose the healing then it might your time to "hold the light" for someone else because we all take turns.  

This little angel is "holding the light" for whoever needs it today.

Monday, October 23, 2017

You Make Me Happy - SOLD



Today I helped a long time friend with some painting.  This was my demo of my impressionistic style.  I liked the way this guy turned out.  This is an acrylic painting painted on Ampersand board.  You make me happy when skies are blue.......

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Belle - SOLD


Belle has the greatest eyes!  I have painted several dogs in the past and my next project is to paint Max.  He is getting rather jealous. 

And To All A Good Night - SOLD



Got him on my mind.



Sunday, October 15, 2017

"The Road to Home" and "The Homeplace" - SOLD




I have said this before but I think giving the gift of a unique, original piece of art is a great gift.  I know it is one that I love to receive.  These two pieces are from old photos taken from the old home places of the giver's Mom and Dad.  What a great way to honor them and their heritage.  I truly hope they enjoy and that these little paintings bring back happy memories of days gone by.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

I Fell in Love - SOLD



I painted all week long last week at the Sarah Towery Art Colony and I told the other artists that I really do not like to paint florals because they are hard to know when to soften the edges and when to keep hard.  Then I saw this bouquet at Costco and I knew I had to have them.  The colors were so brilliant bright ---so even though I know how dangerous I am with Cadmium Red I took the challenge.  This painting is 12" x 24" on gallery wrapped canvas.  The sides are painted black.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

My Little Angel - SOLD



Tomorrow I leave for a week of painting.  I thought today I would just know out a quick little painting while I was teaching my grandkids.  WRONG!  This painting had a mind of it's own and I had to just follow the paint but I do like the results

24" x 12" acrylic on stretched canvas


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Celebrity Cecil - SOLD


Of course I would think this, but I really think one of the most thoughtful gifts someone can give is a piece of art. Anytime I am given the honor or someone commissioning me to provide a painting for that purpose I am honored.  However,  when someone asks me to paint a portrait I am quick to remind them that I am not a realistic painter but an impressionistic one. Their response is usually that they are looking for an impressionistic interpretation and my style is what they want.  That makes me happy.  So that being said, I always hope that something in my painting will touch something in their soul.  

Cecil was a commission that I really enjoyed.  His sweet face and tossed about curls made me smile while I was painting and this is my interpretation of him.

This week I leave for my yearly artistic experience painting with a wonderful instructor, Julee Hutchison and several artists I have painted with for 10 years.  We will be spending the week together at the Sarah Towery Art Colony.  I hope to have some paintings in time for Christmas presents.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

It's Fall Ya'll - SOLD



I really need to move on but these pumpkins keep calling to me and I am trying to paint these daisies before they are gone.  It actually feels like Fall today.....time to decorate for that.


Saturday, September 30, 2017

I Couldn't Love You More - SOLD



I have been painting a lot of commissions for Christmas.  I love painting for people who tell me they are happy with their paintings or that I have captured a certain "spirit" or personality.  Those times make my day but I find that I get very "serious" when painting commissions.  Mostly, it is self imposed pressure because I want to please the person I am painting for.  I have to fight being too "tight" or reverting back to a way of painting that I have tried to move away from.  As I have mentioned before, it is very hard to paint freely or loose and at the same time try to incorporate the needed color theory, rules of thirds, exciting brushwork and value patterns that make a good painting.  I constantly read and study painting techniques and attend workshops as often as I can. In fact, next week I will attend the Sarah Towery Art Colony at Lake Martin which I have attended for over 10 years now.  I love painting with many other artists that I have known over the years and I am especially happy to be painting with a wonderful teacher, Julee Hutchison.  But today I strayed - I took the advice of another artist and took an old painting and painted over it.  Someone told me recently that I should paint more intuitive paintings and that is what I did.  I painted a very loose vase of flowers with a lot of pushing and pulling of paint.....adding and removing until I found what I wanted.  There are some places where the old painting peeks through and adds interesting detail.  Rarely ever do I say, "I love this" but today I do. I couldn't love it more.

Sometimes people will ask me to replicate something I have already painted and sold.  That is really impossible because paintings can be similar but there are always nuances that cannot be repeated.  I know this one will never be repeated, it is one of a kind.