164 Portrait Series No.2

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SOLD (24x24in on Stretched Canvas)

It’s a cold Saturday and I had the whole afternoon free.  Since I was lazy yesterday I had no excuse not to paint today.  Ever since finishing my own self portrait, I’ve had this image in my head of a Native American with similar background colors.  Don’t ask me why.  What I really loved about the self portrait were the dull colors in my sweater contrasted by the bright, cheery colors of the background.  I thought I could get the same effect with this guy.  This painting took two tries.  I actually had a whole different Native American dressed up in PowWow garb and dancing in the attempt before this one, and I LOVED his pose!  But for a few reasons I just didn’t like the composition.

Paint over.  Try again. Sometimes you just have to do that when it’s not worth trying to “photoshop” it.

 

161 Arrows in the Hand of a Warrior Series

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Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
    the fruit of the womb a reward.
 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
    are the children of one’s youth.
 Blessed is the man
    who fills his quiver with them!
He shall not be put to shame
    when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

Psalm 127:3-5

   I found myself worrying about raising a baby in the culture of the world today – as I’m sure most parents eventually worry about – and I got pretty sad.  I wondered why at all to have kids, what’s the point if I feel so out numbered as a Christian.  Then last Sunday we had baby dedications at church and a pastor shared this verse (above) and explained that we are to be on the offense, not the defense, when raising our kids.  It was exactly the verse I’ve been looking for to meditate on while growing this little girl in me.  

This is a little mini series I did with all the images floating in my head since Sunday, I do hope to get inspired for a larger piece or two in the future.  Here they are individually:

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(8x8in on Masonite)

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(8x8in on Masonite)

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(8x8in on Masonite)

 

160 Self Portrait

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SOLD (34.5×34.5in on Stretched Canvas)

I’m SUPER excited about this one.  A local gallery, Coco Artist Studio is doing a call for artists to submit self portraits, which she’ll then hang in her gallery for First Friday Artwalk next month.  How cool!  I had a couple I was going to enter, then my husband convinced me that I could do a better one – and that was my task today.  I had two photos picked out, and I picked this one because the pose was better (even though my face was silly).  Though- since I had so much fun, maybe I’ll do the other one too.  Just because. Note: I’m also drinking out of a coffee cup in the other- : ).

I love this because it combines both my bold-stroked “realism” and my love for patterns and color.  I might have just found my niche.

159 Flamingo Flirting

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Not gonna lie, I symbolism searched ‘flamingo’ and found out they are symbols for compassion and flirtatious-ness.  And then I totally saw it!  The yellow one is totally eyeing the top pink guy right?  ::wink::

I need to up my posts this month so today gets 2!  I had the day off and just experimented and played with colors and patterns all afternoon.  I have 3 other little ones I’m working on inspired by the baby dedications at church yesterday – keep your eyes peeled for those.  Back to the flamingos > I was searching for inspiration through my previous sketch book and found this drawing from a picture I took when my husband and I went to the Denver Zoo forever ago.  I loved the curves, the lines and the negative space shapes.  They all just clicked.  Then came the color.

I don’t tend to like or use much pink….ever, but since we found out we’re having a baby girl in June I think I’ve been jiving with the rosey shades lately.

158 1 Peter 3:3

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Phew!  I have something to post today.  Although another from the archives.  I made this for my sister as a Valentine’s day present.  She has the verse 1 Peter 3:3 tattooed on the back of her neck and I happened to have read that verse in my quiet time that day and all these images flooded to my mind – love when that happens.  Here’s the verse, can you pick up on each part?:

“3 Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. “

I love that hidden person of the heart part.  Enjoy!

157 Color Just Because

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Since I haven’t created anything new in a few days, here’s another one I finished a little while ago and just never posted.  It was a fun creative outlet after a show we saw on the last First Friday gallery walk.  I wish I would have grabbed the artists’ card so I could post a link to his website.  He was in the book Abstract Artists of Colorado, and for abstract, his stuff was pretty cool.  He was very geometrically focused, filling in the different squares with very intuitive color schemes.

Anyways, here was my play rendition of experimenting with color, and my own little twists.

156 Rubies and Gold

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I started this one a while ago and put in on the back burner, today you get to enjoy the finished piece!  This is just a fun creative exercise for me, I love seeing colors and patterns working together.  No artist statement, just fun.

Doesn’t this make you feel like royalty? It needed an expensive title.

It’s supposed to snow a lot this weekend.  My husband and I are hoping to get snowed in. ::wink::  Good art comes from bad weather days around here.

154 Lion Fish

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Apologies for not posting in a few days, but I honestly just didn’t even feel like walking into the studio these last couple days.  And we had family visiting.  But yesterday while drawing with an 8year old friend, she wanted to draw different fish, and this lion fish was one of them.  She always has the most fun ideas!  I loved all the crazy lines and irregular shapes the fins made.  I had a lot of fun with this one.

153 Warm Chrysanthemum

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I started the morning off with a non-mixed-media painting!  I needed a little refresher before starting some commissions I have coming up.  I have to admit, I got the color palette from an artist I recently discovered on DailyPaintworks, Brandi Bowman is her name, click her name and check her out!

151 Sunset on the Farm

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(8x8in on 1/2in Wood)

I thought the little white house in the garden painting from yesterday was so cute I wanted to do a little mini series with it.  Here is one of two (other one below).  Abstract with hints of realism. Yummy.

On another note, I showed an 8 year old boy that I’m drawing with lately my garden painting and he said, “creepy!”  Not was I was expecting, but we got to chat it out and talk about abstract. He thought the carrots were weird : ).

152 Sunrise on the Farm

152 Sunrise on the Farm

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*a note to remember for locals to Fort Collins:  don’t worry about the shipping cost, contact me personally and I can get it to you.

150 Enter My Garden

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(24x48in on Stretched Canvas)

(to see it bigger, check out the “fruits and veggies” tab on the left, there will be an image you can click to view larger.)

So, I lied.  I thought I would be too busy to paint this weekend and I was feeling burned out of painting last Friday – BUT I have actually been painting both days! : )  Maybe I’ll just convince my brain that next time I’m in a painting rut.  This was a cool masterpiece I just couldn’t wait to share.

The colors are so much more in person, come over and see for yourself.

A friend and I went to a gardening class yesterday, and what a beautiful day for a gardening class it was!  I came home with vegetables floating in my head and my husband and I dreamed about how our garden would be in the backyard.

I stayed home from church this morning and had the hymns blasting and just enjoyed how easily this painting fell off my brush.

Still in my experimental phase.

149 Because He First Loved Me

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 (24x24in on 1/2in Wood Board)

I started this one the morning we woke up to snow, singing this hymn in my head, and the composition just flowed out of me.  Here’s the whole hymn, see if you can find the lyrics I pulled out and included in the painting. : )

  1. There is a Name I love to hear,
    I love to sing its worth;
    It sounds like music in my ear,
    The sweetest Name on earth.

    • Refrain:
      Oh, how I love Jesus,
      Oh, how I love Jesus,
      Oh, how I love Jesus,
      Because He first loved me!
  2. It tells me of a Savior’s love,
    Who died to set me free;
    It tells me of His precious blood,
    The sinner’s perfect plea.
  3. It tells me of a Father’s smile
    Beaming upon His child;
    It cheers me through this little while,
    Through desert, waste, and wild.
  4. It tells me what my Father hath
    In store for every day,
    And though I tread a darksome path,
    Yields sunshine all the way.
  5. It tells of One whose loving heart
    Can feel my deepest woe;
    Who in each sorrow bears a part
    That none can bear below.
  6. It bids my trembling heart rejoice;
    It dries each rising tear;
    It tells me, in a “still small voice,”
    To trust and never fear.
  7. Jesus, the Name I love so well,
    The Name I love to hear:
    No saint on earth its worth can tell,
    No heart conceive how dear.
  8. This Name shall shed its fragrance still
    Along this thorny road,
    Shall sweetly smooth the rugged hill
    That leads me up to God.
  9. And there with all the blood-bought throng,
    From sin and sorrow free,
    I’ll sing the new eternal song
    Of Jesus’ love for me.

I’m taking the weekend off painting I think, to refresh.  So enjoy this one all weekend long!

148 Dream Catcher Red

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This reminds me of elementary school when you used to scribble lines then color the shapes in with markers….same idea.  Again I resorted back to my faves; red, teal, white…and now gold : ).

I’m painting bacon with the 12 year olds today!  Maybe I’ll snap a photo of the process.

146 Still I Will Praise You

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email me to inquire about this painting (11x14in on 3/4in Wood Board)

This was the pattern inspired by my coffee cup the other morning I mentioned before.  Cool huh?  And I just love this phrase.

We woke up to snow this morning and I was SUPER inspired with some new ideas.  These mixed media ones are just so fun it’s weird to have more paintings ready than days to post.  Oh the flows.  Stay tuned.

In the studio on this wintery morning.

In the studio on this wintery morning.

<—–Also, check the ‘daily painting blog’ tab to see what else I’ve been making this month and previous months.

146 On Bread Alone

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“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”  Mathew 4: 4

I just painted toast.  But this verse was in my head as I was wrapping up, sometimes that happens. : )

145 Bubble Bath Guest

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(16×20 on Stretched Canvas)

This one took some re-working let me tell you!  I was rolling off my zoo animal theme from a couple days ago.  The values and the composition took a lot of try and re-try, but that’s how it goes sometimes!   Everyone deserves a bubble bath.

144 Inspired at Breakfast

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Breakfast is super inspiring!  Found this scrap piece of wood on the pile outside yesterday (husband’s been working on the garage again) and thought a fried egg would fit on it nicely. ::wink::

I was also inspired by the pattern on my thrift-store coffee mug this morning, look —> forward to seeing that soon.