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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Valentine Roses

Valentine Roses,  9x6" oil on gesso board
©2018 Helen Read 

Just in time!  Give the timeless, fadeless gift of flowers for Valentine's Day!   Nothing says "love" as universally as red roses.  And these beautiful colors are only enriched by the deep and alluring blue which holds them!
The impressionistic approach and the clear transparent colors exude soft romance! 
Still drying, but will be ready to send in time for Valentine's Day! 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Winter Glow

Winter Glow, 7x5" oil on gessoboard
©2018 Helen Read 
Ready to frame


January can feel like such a long stretch of gray gloominess.  This is the time of year when Color Therapy is required!   And what is more colorful than a gathering of vivid color?!
To restore the spirit and revive the heart - this little jar is bursting with beautiful blooms.

This painting is done with impressionistic brushstrokes and colors that vibrate with one another.
Truly a small gem! 
Go ahead!  It's easy - just a click away and this beautiful burst of color can be hanging on your wall! 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

His Eye on the Sparrow

His Eye on the Sparrow, 4x6" watercolor/ink on paper 
matted to fit 8x10" frame
©2018 Helen Read


Even in the bleakness of winter, the sparrows flit and sing their songs.   I can't imagine how they find enough to eat but, their provision is given.  This becomes a personal lesson in trust.  Even these tiny birds - not particularly noticeable - really quite ordinary, are cared for day by day throughout the year by their Creator.  Their needs are met even on the coldest, bleakest days.
The old spiritual song, His Eye is on the Sparrow, comes to mind.  I remember my mother singing it when I was young, and it is a wonderful, comforting reminder  of who is caring for and watching over me.

Why should I feel discouraged,
Why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely,
And long for heaven, heaven and home,
When, Jesus is my portion,
My constant Friend is He;
Oh,  his eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Winter in the Midwest

Winter Twilight,  24x36" Oil on canvas 
©Helen Read 

Weather here in northern Illinois can be so changeable!  Today, the temperatures are in the middle 40s, which is more than 50˚ warmer than it was a week ago!!   Even though it's January, and we have snow on the ground, which melts and then falls again, I'm more than ready for spring.  I miss getting out to wander through God's beautiful creation.  I miss the inspiration it brings to my spirit and to my creativity.  

This painting, Winter Twilight, was begun in January during a winter warm up.  Because of it's size, it took a number of weeks to complete.  But, it reveals what our January weather often looks like - patches of snow, shades of browns and gray, bare branches and quiet water ~ and a lovely silence with only the occasional bird call.   An opportunity for reflection and forward thinking into the new year.  That's what I'm doing this January;  thinking forward into the new year!  I'm excited about what may come off my easel, and how I can connect and offer value to my friends!  May it be a productive and fun-filled year!  Cheers!! 

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Happy New Year, Friends!

January has arrived with lots of COLD, cold weather this year!   I hope your new year has started well!  
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