Sunday, May 30, 2010

Memorial Day - Seat Of Honor

Oil on 7x5 hardboard.

This is my submission to WDE at Wet Canvas. The reference photo was graciously submitted by Desiree.

The original photo showed a beautiful elderly couple sitting on a bench. There is something uplifting about seeing a couple like this. I compels me to consider all they have seen and been through.
I changed things by adding the uniform and flag to create a Memorial Day tribute to the military heroes. I hope the painting honors all who fought for the US and all the faithful partners who stuck with them throughout it all.

Despite all the ugly rumors, American pride is still alive and well. God bless all who are in the service of our great country...and all who ever were.

Happy Memorial Day everyone!


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Colossians 1: 3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Ben--Shih Tzu

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Acrylic on 8x10 hardboard.

Do you remember when I did the acrylic painting of my neighbor's dog, Max? That was in March of this year. Before that, I painted Jingles for him on Dec. 26 2008.
Well, Jack got a new acquisition a short time ago. It's a little heart stealing Shih Tzu named Ben. Personally I think he's a thinly disguised Gremlin. Sure hope Jack doesn't feed him after midnight.

Here's where to see Jingles and Max.

I'm very fortunate to have the world's best neighbor living just on the other side of my back fence.

Proverbs 25:11 A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Yosemite Landscape

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Oil on 5x7 archival canvas panel.

Here's my contribution to this week's WDE at Wet Canvas. It's the Half Dome along with the Mercer River in Yosemite National Park. The reference photo was graciously supplied by Marianne. Thank you Marianne.

All the way through this one I kept reminding myself: don't over mix the paint.... load the tip of the paint brush...apply it in one or two strokes then leave it alone. Had no idea I could be so danged bossy! I'm startin' to get on my nerves...Heh, heh.


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Romans 14:8 If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Face To Face

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Oil on 5x7 hardwood.

This is my contribution to the May challenge at the A Day Not Wasted blog. Lee Brown, the proprietor of ADNW, is a very dedicated artist and photographer. Stop over and join the challenge- it runs for the rest of May.

I chose the crop in really close in order to capitalize on the captivating textures and reflections.

As it happens so often, I was very dubious about the potential problems involved in this still life. But the more I got into it, the happier I became with it. I feel this painting was quite a good learning experience!
I hope you like it. :-P


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Romans 10: 13 "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."

Saturday, May 15, 2010

San Salvador, Bahamas

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Oil on 7x5 hardboard.

This was done for the WDE at Wet Canvas. The reference photo was graciously supplied by a lady who goes by Lisilk.... She actually lives there--lucky lady!

The photo showed this spot in all it's glorious Bahamian color. But just for the heck of it I embellished and invented and came up with this sundown scene. I'm not saying it's better than the original photo. But I can say that it now has the look of a painting and that some of my spirit lives in it.

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isaiah 45:8 You heavens above, rain down righteousness; let the clouds shower it down. Let the earth open wide, let salvation spring up, let righteousness grow with it; I, the LORD, have created it.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Dove Love

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Acrylic on 8x10 moleskin paper.
This is for the Flying Moleskin project.

This is my entry into Camille LaRue Olsen's moleskin. Her theme is Peace. Hope you like it, Camille!

James Parker did a fine white dove as part of his beautiful entry. I have to second the motion (emotion). So I painted my version.The mourning dove...a very peaceable creature, indeed.

Words that, to me, describe one of my favorite birds, the dove....muted colors...soft cooing call...vulnerable and completely non-threatening.

This will soon be coming to you, Vern.

Genesis 8:11 When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

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Acrylic on 8x10 mat board.

This painting was done in 2004 shortly after the passing of my wife, Kay. Roses were her favorite flower. Roses were also the favorite flower of my mother.

So I post this in memory of the two great greatest people who have ever resided in my heart.

The video is for all the Moms who have gone on.

I have re posted this video from Celeste Bergin's fine blog.

Revelation 21:4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Where The Buffalo Roam

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Oil on 5x7 hardboard.

This is my submission to Gary Keimig's Wilderness Art Challenge. Gary is a mighty talented artist and photographer who resides in the perfect the Rocky Mountain beauty of Wyoming! He snapped this magnificent bull bison at Hot Springs State Park. What a lucky man!

A few years back, due to some buyers, I fell into the niche of buffalo/bison I'm fairly familiar with them. This was especially fun to paint!

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Psalm 5:3 In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Lake Anna Swans

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Acrylic on 8x10 paper.

These are swans from one of my favorite places...Lake Anna in Barberton, Oh.
A beautiful spot smack dab in a very urban area. Usually filled with walkers, joggers,and just plain ol' bench sitters, My favorite times to be there were early morning or late evening...when everything quieted down.

For the Flying Moleskin Project
This is my entry into Angela Elledge's moleskin. Her general theme is Places. Hope you like it, Angela!

Get ready, Vern...comin' atcha! Hope this shipment goes smoother than the last nightmare.

Psalm 147:1 Praise the LORD. How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him!
I Feel Lucky!
A month ago James Parker awarded me with a subscription to Birds And Blooms magazine for entering his monthly challenge called Windows To The Words.

A short time ago, I won a beautiful print from Don Michael, Jr

I won a great little sparrow painting by Saundra Lane Galloway who runs a monthly challenge at Art For Life.

Then as if that weren't enough, I won the famous A Day Not Wasted artist's apron! This fine monthly challenge is run by Lee Brown a fine artist and gentleman.
Love those challenges!!
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