Sunday, November 29, 2009

Mirror To The Soul

This is about 30 min into the process. It looks as if the cat has applied war paint... . The color of the board is actually red and not as orange as this photo shows.

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Oil on 7x5 hardboard. This is my contribution to the WDE at Wet Canvas. The image was supplied by Sharron.
The first photo is to give you an idea about how my paintings usually start. This time I pre toned the support with red acrylic. I tried to achieve texture and active brushwork.
Hope you enjoy!!

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Psalm 100:3 Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his ; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Kreative Blogger Award!

Kreative Blogger Award

I've been honored with the Kreative Blogger Award!! The gracious giver is a highly talented artist and friend, Bunny Griffeth. Please check out her blog for some fantastic watercolor work!

To comply with the rules, here are seven things about myself. I decided to state it as seven things I love.

My 7 Loves!

1...I love the early dawn quiet...the birds and nature noises... before the world gets cranked up and running.

2...My faithful companion through it toy poodle, Dolly.

3... Painting to music...makes the painting flow better.

4....Painting...It seems the more I learn, the more I realize how little I know.


6...The United States of America...I've always been patriotic...what we're facing today as a country is very troubling.

7...I love God's Word...All of the above would not mean a thing without the Bible as the base.

And now I pass the Kreative Blogger Award onto 7 very talented artists. Make sure you check out their work and say "Hi"!
1 Qiang Huang

2 Miro Sinovcic

3 Lesley Spanos Art

4 Saundra Lane Galloway

5 Jane Hunt

6 Dominique Eichi

7 Connie Tom

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Thankful (Happy Thanksgiving)

Oil on a 7X5 hardboard. To quote my chicken: " I'm thankful I ain't a turkey!" Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

This is my contribution to the WDE at Wet Canvas. The reference photo was graciously provided by Gail.

I reverted back to my favorite thing...pre toning the board with red acrylic. I like how it peeks through and activates the painting. Hope you all like it!

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1Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Shop Till Ya Drop

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Oil on 5x7 hardboard.

This is my submission to the Weekend Drawing Event at Wet Canvas. The reference photo was provided by the gracious hostess, Maureen. These shoppers are actually in Oxford England, but they could be from Anywheresville, USA.

I had to fight off a little trepidation to finally pick the Oxford shoppers. But, as it turned out, I'm glad I pushed myself and did this one. It was a lot of fun. I must give some credit to Karin Jurick and her DSFDF for nudging me into doing more figuratives.

I first used black gesso with a touch of pthalo blue thrown in to make it darker.

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Psalm 86:5 You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Featured Artist

I am deeply honored to have been selected as featured artist by a wonderful lady named Julie who runs the Happy Catholic blog! Thank you, Julie!

Julie's blog is a wonderful experience. The articles are uplifting and educational. Faith and art are expertly blended. Check it out. It will most likely wind up in your favorites!

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Cool Cardinal

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Oil on 7x5 hardboard.
The ref photo for this painting was generously supplied by Alain for the WDE at Wet Canvas.
I haven't done a bird for of my favorite I just had to try the beautiful cardinal. Just having fun with colors and textures.
The gesso was left textured with brush strokes. I then toned the surface with purple acrylic.
What I really enjoyed with this one was how the paint application broke to show the texture of the support especially around the outer periphery.

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Proverbs 27:8 As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Hurry Up And Wait

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Oil on 5x7 board.

These airport travelers were Karin Jurick's challenge for DSFDF. A wonderful blog which demonstrates how one reference photo painted by many artists winds up with great diversified and creative solutions.

The original photo was very dark as above. I lightened the image and saw a lot more detail, but then decided that would actually detract from the interest. The mind likes to play detective and try to decipher what is what...So a dark mysterious painting is an invitation saying,"Come on in...look around ...stay awhile".

I first used black gesso on the board which makes the colors pop from the start. But after I had all the painting completed, I decided the black gesso wasn't dark enough to do the job. I darkened the black even further by using a thinned layer of ultra. blue, alizarin crimson, and burnt umber.
I hope you like it!


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Proverbs 7:2 Keep my commands and you will live;guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.
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