Saturday, September 27, 2014

Red Cups-Figurative

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Graphite on paper...approx 6 1/5x5 
This is my contribution to this week's WDE at Wet Canvas. Lin was the gracious host this week who provided a bunch of great photos.

 I went with a couple on the beach. Intriguing to me thinking of all they've been through together.

I did another graphite mainly because of time constraints. This is approx. 6.5x5.5. I used colored pencil on the cups for surprise/shock value. Creates interest.

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Psalm 100:5, "For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations."

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Dual Portraits

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Graphite on paper...approx 6x6.

This is my contribution to this week's WDE at Wet Canvas. Valri was the gracious host this week who provided a bunch of great photos.

Even though Valri and Mackenzie aren't officially blood related ( her fiance is the grandfather), I suspect a lot of love and bonding are in the offing. This just seemed like a great pair for a dual portrait.

Just a sketch in graphite and a wee bit of color pencil for variety and accent.
Approx. 6x6.

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Psalm 37:4-5       "Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act."

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Smokey-In Memoriam

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Acrylic on 10x8 gesso board.

I know from firsthand experience what a hold these four legged members of the family can have on the heart.

“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day.
It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.”..... John Grogan

“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.”......Will Rogers

This lovable dog belonged to the son of the neighbor who helps me so much. The son's name is Mike, and he's been a great help with my computer woes...I'm a neanderthal at computer savvy.

Mike...I hope this painting will bring you and your family some sweet smiles of remembrance.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Shade Hog-Lambs

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Oil on 5x7 canvas panel.

This is my contribution to this week's WDE at Wet Canvas. Gail was the gracious host this week who provided a bunch of great photos.

I liked the grouping of the lambs in this one. Very interesting shadows on the lambs plus those cast on the wall.

Gail's challenge was to accentuate color in the manner of Vickie McMurry.

I looked up Vickie McMurry's art and loved it. So for the challenge, I gave my color a bit of a boost.

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Psalm 139:15-16, "You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed."
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Saturday, September 06, 2014

Soulful Eyes -Beagle-Dog

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Oil on 7x5 canvas panel.

This is my contribution to this week's WDE at Wet Canvas. Kathy was the gracious host this week who provided a bunch of great photos.

This is Wylan. Kathy said the rescue she got him from in Canada said he was a day away from being put to sleep in a high kill shelter. Wylan looks so thankful to have been saved. I have been owned by several beagles in years past, so I know this expression pretty well.


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1 Corinthians 10:13, "No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to humanity. God is faithful, and He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation He will also provide a way of escape so that you are able to bear it."

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Morning Alarm-Rooster

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Oil on 7x5 canvas panel.

This is my contribution to this week's WDE at Wet Canvas. Jean was the gracious host this week who provided a bunch of great photos.

Just couldn't resist the colorful rooster! Plenty of thick paint for texture!
This was a lot of fun to paint!

C&C welcome. Thanks for looking and commenting!

Hebrews 10:35-36,     "So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised."

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Ride-Figurative

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 Oil on 7x5 canvas panel.

This is my contribution to this week's WDE at Wet Canvas. Ai, from Thailand, was the gracious host this week who provided a bunch of colorful photos!

I settled on doing the rider. The toughest problem was trying to straighten out the shadows and legs as I eliminated the "horse whisperer" walking on the other side. Then, making up the background is always a challenge for me.

Here's the original photo




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Psalm 145:13,     "Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The LORD is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does. 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Bucket Full Of Treasure-Boy Figurative

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Oil on 7x5 canvas panel.

This is my contribution to this week's WDE at Wet Canvas. Oty, from Greece, was the gracious host this week who provided a bunch of colorful photos!
 I thought the beach scene with Christos was great! I wasn't overly cautious to get everything just right...I was after expressive looseness (actually, I was short of time tonight... ). I just kept adding notes of paint attempting to match the feel of the ref.

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Psalm 119:11          "I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you."

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Dinner Guest-Cat And Mouse

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Oil on 7x5 canvas panel.

This is my contribution to this week's WDE at Wet Canvas. Dewi was the super host with super reference photos.

I really liked the concentrating cat! I wondered what would he be looking at so intently?? So I added the guest.

This is oil on a 7x5 canvas panel.

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1 Peter 5:10,      "And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast."

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Inviting Spot-Street Scene

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Oil on 7x5 canvas panel.

This is my contribution to this week's WDE at Wet Canvas. A super watercolorist name Kay was the gracious host this week who provided a bunch of colorful photos! She issued a challenge to paint a subject that you don't normally do. I painted something I haven't done very often...the sidewalk scene. Nary a dog, lion, or cow to be seen ! I enjoyed it once I was into it.

I used a lot of painting knife plus heavily loaded brush work to give this piece an impasto texture.

C&C welcome. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!     


Isaiah 43:18-19      "Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness, And rivers in the desert."

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Leader Of The Pack-Goslings

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Approx. 5x7 graphite on Canson 100 lb. Bristol paper. Slight use of colored pencil for variety.


This is my contribution to this week's WDE at Wet Canvas. Li was the gracious host this week who provided a bunch of colorful photos!


I really wanted to do a painting of these goslings, But since I was running short of time went a quicker route...graphite.


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Matthew 5:14a, 16     "You are the light of the world ... In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."

Saturday, July 19, 2014

In Control-Lion

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Oil on 7x5 canvas panel.

This is my contribution to this week's WDE at Wet Canvas. Jean was the gracious host this week who provided a bunch of colorful photos!

Had to try this King Of Beasts. It turned out to be more difficult than I had at first imagined.

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Matthew 11:28     Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Raven

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Oil on 7x5 canvas panel.

This is my contribution to this week's WDE at Wet Canvas. EP was the gracious host this week who provided a bunch of colorful photos!
Ravens are super smart birds and are truly impressive looking! In my younger days, I had a pet crow named Crawford. Crows and ravens are very similar.

I really wanted to paint this over a ground of black gesso. It really worked out well on some ravens I painted a few years ago. But today I didn't have time to apply gesso and have it dry completely. So I did it against a ground of thinned red acrylic....just didn't have the same feel.

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Luke 12:24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?

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