Wednesday, April 19, 2017
There are times I feel so conflicted with my art. I love to paint from photos and real life references but i also love to paint intuitively, meaning just laying down paint and following it to create the painting. The real truth about my painting is that I am never satisfied with anything I paint. I am constantly rethinking and my daughter says I am too critical of my skills. So yesterday I simply took time to meditate on that and this idea came to me to paint the lovely, larger than life sunflowers I took photos of in Colorado last year. I decided to just paint for me....what would I really like to paint without a critical voice in my head and guess what? I love this painting. When I had to get down on my knees to sign it because it was still on the easel, I thought, "how appropriate".
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
The reference photo from Anita Johnston caught my eye. I am never quite sure what reaches out to my heart to make me want to paint a particular thing but in this particular picture I liked the way the couple is strolling along. The lady has her purse on her shoulder and her arm in his. I also like the way the man seems to be engaged and listening. (Always good and sometimes unusual) I am also planning a trip to Italy in August to paint with Trisha Adams and this scene is actually from Italy.
I love Trisha's work. Check her out, you can find your website at https://trishaadams.com
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
I am honored when asked to paint for someone. Someone asked me to paint the children of a friend as a gift to their friend. The thoughtfulness of this gift touches me. I usually send my first drafts of my paintings to my daughter for her critique. When I sent these her response was, "cutest kids ever!"
Sunday, April 2, 2017
Whitney, my 10 year old granddaughter and I were walking Max around the small lake near my home and we came upon a lovely dogwood tree. I asked Whitney if she had ever heard the story of the dogwood tree and she said no. I told her I had always heard that at one time the dogwood tree was very large and the wood was actually used to create the cross that Jesus was crucified on. After that time, the dogwood near grew large again. We picked one of the flowers and I told her to notice how there were 4 petals in the shape of a cross and the little middle section looks like a crown of thorns. There are even small areas at the end of each petal that signify where the nails were. In child-like wonder she said, "Isn't it just amazing how even a tree knows to do that!"
There is really no Biblical truth in this story that I know of but I like the story and I LOVED sharing it with Whitney. She helps me see that faith is very simple.