Friday, July 21, 2017
This is a commissioned piece taken from a reference photo where a little girl's Daddy followed her around all day long to keep her protected from the sun. What a great depiction of what a Daddy will do for his little angel. He will strive to protect her for the rest of her life and if that day comes for him to "give her away" at an altar, he might find it as hard to let go of her hand as it was on this day to let go of the umbrella.
Sunday, July 16, 2017
Last year my son and his wife and their 2 sets of twins lived with us for 6 weeks while their house was having some work done. One of the younger twins dresses up every chance he gets. This outfit was a combination of superman and a dracula cape but he is Super Super Hero to me!
Friday, July 14, 2017
I was using a photo reference for this painting from Pixabay but I wanted to use limited strokes and paint it in a impressionistic manner. I try to not think about what I am painting but just what I see - the colors and shapes. I remember an art teacher told me once that you do not have to paint flowers so exact (unless of course you are a realistic painter). Anyway, she said if you do not know exactly what kind of flower you have then it is a "fantasy flower". These are fantasy flowers.
6" x 6" on gallery wrapped
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Can anything be better than witnessing love? The love between siblings is especially special. Because we moved around a lot, my kids had to "start over" at new schools and meet new friends often but one thing remained a constant. They had each other. The bonds that were formed have always been there and remain there to this day. I can just imagine that will be the way for these two.
Monday, July 10, 2017
This is the block in for a commission for two grandchildren. There is a lot of pushing and pulling that goes along with this stage that I enjoy. Things just happen. But while I was starting this painting I happened to scroll through Instagram. Have you ever found yourself making comparison of your work, your art or any other abilities to someone else? I am reading a wonderful book entitled, "Looking for God" by Nancy Ortberg. In the book she states, "Comparison becomes a faulty scale on which we place ourselves, waiting to see how we balance out with the people on the other side. Comparison leaves us jealous and critical and insecure. ...Part of what it means to be created in the image of God is that each person has his or her own story, giftedness, and calling. I cannot find mine by looking at yours. Your story may inspire me or warn me, but I should never use it to determine my own." Once we understand this we are free to admire other people's gifts and be grateful for their contributions to the beauty in the world.
Thursday, July 6, 2017
I love the paintings of John Larriva. Recently he sent out a
You can go to this link and become a supporter of his work on Patreon. For a minimal fee a month you can watch demos and videos of how he creates some of his work. I do not think I could ever paint like him but I learn something each time I watch another artist at work. He has a very good teaching style and he is interactive to comments via messages. I appreciate his offering!
I played around today with a small 6" x 6" board and painted my best friend's picture. It is so wonderful to have beautiful friends. (Not so wonderful having my picture made with her as she is ALWAYS dressed, accessorized and beautiful.) She is also one of the Miss Alabama Moms every year and I am sure some people think she was Miss Alabama at one time.