In 2007, I began blogging. It is exciting to create consistently, sell my work around the world, and meet wonderful friends! I paint, teach, write, am a lover of nature, family and friends. This is where I post my latest studio work with comments about my process, tips about my techniques, and my thoughts on how faith, art, and life converge. Book mark me and visit again soon!
Once again this month, I'm offering a small painting at a deep discount as a featured painting! Last month, it sold within 2 days and was shipped across the country to live on the west coast! This is an exciting way to put a small original painting in a special place in your home. These small paintings look great framed on a small wall or sitting on a book shelf! There are many possibilities! Of course, they make a wonderful and unique gift as well!
Only for the month of August, this small painting is being offered at its special featured cost. It is just off the easel and ready to be shipped to you! If it is unsold at the end of August, it will be available for its regular price of $100.00. (Please add shipping in the US - $10.00, IL residents, please add 8.25% sales tax.)
This was started a while back - and got put aside. Today, while cleaning my studio, I got side tracked and finished it up... or, almost finished it up. I'm not sure if its entirely finished... I may work w/blending the background a bit.
I don't do bird drawings too much - but this one was fun to work with. The paper is a gray drawing paper and has some tooth to it, so the application isn't as smooth as I might prefer. But, overall, I think it has a nice feel to it.
Though we have not had a huge storm here today, this is what the sky looks like right now in the east!
Very large billowy clouds - its a little unusual for our area, but very beautiful.
This painting has a story! It actually was a massive storm with tornadoes that I drove through in northern Indiana a couple of years ago. Only after we had driven through the thick of it, could we look back and see the beauty of the sun on the clouds. Something of a metaphor for life, I think!
Also, as we were still driving through it, in near darkness, a bright golden light from the western horizon started seeping underneath the clouds and the storm moved eastward. After a short time, everything was absolutely bathed in golden light! It was breath taking.
And, I was reminded of the biblical verse, "no eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him." (I Cor. 2:9)
If such breathtaking moments on earth remind us of these things ... just imagine how much more awaits those who love God!? Pretty cool!
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I've been working with abstract ideas again. This one uses the ideas of pathways and circles. Color of course is very integral to this piece. There is a structure to this piece which barely shows through behind the painting. Abstracts continue to challenge me in so many ways. There must be organization, though it may not at first appear that way. The elements and principles of art must still be observed, or the piece is simply chaotic and without visual interest. I always hope to have everything "working" harmoniously!
A new small landscape! Its been awhile since I've done a landscape - so it was fun to go back to this subject matter. This was part of an online project called Virtual Paintout. There is a monthly challenge given. Using Google Maps, street view - artists are invited somewhere new around the world to view the area and find an area to paint. This painting comes from the Isle of Jersey which is in the English Channel. See the link below for the exact site from which I painted virtually. Its along the eastern shore of the island. Its a fun idea - and something that would have been impossible just a few years ago! Thanks to the street view from Google we can go places that probably would never happen otherwise!
Link for original view:
La Route de Saint-Cathérine, Saint Martin, United Kingdom