Visual Art is a beautiful language using the elements of art. It is universally spoken and invites the view into the artists world. A painter and art instructor for many years, I also enjoy writing, nature, family and friends. Take a peek into my studio; see what is on the easel, read my thoughts and tips, explore how faith, art, and life converge. The world of art is fun, challenging, exhausting and renewing all at the same time!
Last weekend was the annual student art show at the high school where I teach art! Its a huge production - cleaning out the library, setting up our student work, and then having the school view it and open to the public for weekend viewing ... then, it all comes down on Monday, so the library can be a library again! But, as you can see, (though these few shots don't give the full view, by any means) hundreds of pieces are submitted and shown, and the students absolutely love seeing what their classmates have done!
As a teacher, its gratifying to see everything in 1 spot! We don't really get to see it all unless its shown in this way!
So, I'm exhausted ... and as the semester winds down - I will continue to be very busy with school. I'm ready for summer!! (Perhaps more than the kids are) Though it will be a summer with graduate work and planning and preparing curriculum for the fall, it will be a slower pace! The intensity of teaching can be exhausting!!
Quite obviously, this is still in progress! But its an exercise in drawing accurately shiny things. The shadows and reflections still have to be added, and the 2 larger marbles are much more complete than the smaller one, which has only been started.
I'm using Prismacolor Premium colored pencils - on black smooth paper.
In honor of Mother's Day, I'm reposting this series - which is in a private collection.
I painted this showing the progression of my experience as a mother - a full nest, which was just wonderful! I have three great kids ... I couldn't have been blessed with more wonderful kids, either.
I loved each day being a mom with a full nest!
And then... they began to fly from the nest.
They left behind a reminders of themselves - and now all three are flying (mostly) on their own.
Its a difficult transition in some ways... and yet, its what we raise them to be - productive, independent adults who are contributing to their world in unique and valuable ways.
Of course, they do come back to visit - they do keep in touch - we continue to have a wonderful relationship over a huge stretch of miles .... and yet, sometimes the nest feels quite empty.
So, when the nest feels empty - I try to remember that they are following their callings. They are doing well. They are using their unique gifts. They are having a positive influence in the world.
In honor of the Bleeding hearts that are now blooming in my yard (finally spring seems to have arrived), I'm posting this older painting. These are such interesting little flowers... and so beautiful as they dance on their delicate stems.
This one has taken a long while to finish. It is composed of many small circles and dots, shifting colors and nuances of colors very subtly.
The idea behind it is the scripture that states "In the beginning the Word already existed. He was with God and he was God. He was in the beginning with God. He created everything there is. Nothing exists that he didn't make. Life itself was in him, and this life gives light to everyone." (John 1:1-4) and "...through the Son he made the universe and everything in it. The Son reflects God's own glory, and everything about him represents God exactly. He sustains the universe by the mighty power of his command." (Hebrews 1:2-3)
I really like the idea that by his power he holds everything together and sustains all of the systems and processes of our universe.