Sunday, September 28, 2008

Spoonbills Feasting, wild flock of pink birds

"Spoonbills Feasting"
8 x 10 inches
Acrylic on canvas
$650.00
sides are painted, framing is optional

This was an amazing site! I have seen spoonbills at zoos, but this is the first time I have seen them in the wild! The evening sun was shining on them and the pink feathers were just dancing all around. I tried to capture it from memory, because I forgot to take my camera!

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Friday, September 26, 2008

Summer Fawn, wildlife art, deer

"Summer Fawn"
9 x 12 inches
Acrylic on hardboard
ready to frame

This painting is not available

This was a very challenging thing to do! I had a couple of photos of the doe and one of the fawn, and made up the back ground. It think it came together very nicely. I love the little guy walking under his mother! So typical of youngsters to cause chaos for parents. Smile.


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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Sabbath, wildlife, great egret


"The Sabbath"
12 x 16 inches
Acrylic on canvas
ready to frame



I started out with too many colors, and nothing would come together. So I took a little breather and slowed down. Then I put on some worship music and thanked God for all the blessings in my life. Then the painting came together and it felt like Sunday worship service. It was as if God showed up and took my hand and showed me the way. I love it when He does that!




The Sabbath means a day of rest. Saturday or Sunday for most, but if you take your day off in the middle of week that is good too, as long as you give yourself a day of rest! God knew we needed that or we would get to run down.
Some people still get hung up on the old laws, but Jesus only gave us two commandments, To love the Father with all your being and to love each other!!!!

For more on this topic go to my Random Thoughts.


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Monday, September 22, 2008

Down By The Water, Animal art, young cow


"Down By The Water"
8 x 10 inches
Acrylic on canvas
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Saw this young cow while taking a boat ride up the creek. She was the only cow around and was very close to the edge, which I thought was odd. The rest of the herd was probably just over the hill. I was attracted to the bright sunlit grass and the wonderful shadows in the foreground.

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Friday, September 19, 2008

Lavender Lace, impressionism flowers

"Lavender Lace"
6 x 6 inches
Acrylic on canvas
ready to frame
$450.00

I am doing small studies for future compositions in a larger format. Lavender is one of my favorite flowers. This view has a little more detail than my more abstract paintings of these wonderful flowers.

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Wild Clusters, orange flowers

"Wild Clusters"
6 x 6 inches
Acrylic on canvas

NOT AVAILABLE

I painted these from memory, you see them around the fence posts and along some paths around here. I like the impressionistic brush strokes and the thick texture of the flowers against the smooth soft background. It creates a nice contrast as well as the warm and cool contrast.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

"Opposing Forces" palette knife abstract painting

"Opposing Forces"
Set of 2, 6 x 6 inches each
Acrylic on hardboard
ready to frame

No deep hidden message for these paintings, at least not that I am aware of. I just wanted to push around some strong colors, and take a break from representational art. So here is what came about:
I started with swirls of thick bold color, and then decided to go with cool colors playing against the warm colors. I really got lost in the moment. After I finished the first one, I decided to create its companion. They could be hung together or separately, but I am only offering them as a set. 

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Late Spring, impressionism garden

"Late Spring"
5 x 7 inches
Acrylic on canvas panel

Not Available

This is a take off from "Spring's Arrival" in a different format. I played up the stream more and used only half of the composition. I like the strength of this format, and I really like the stained glass look to the trees.
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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Escape, abstract, palette knife painting

"Escape"
9 x 12 inches
Acrylic on hardboard
$950.00
ready to frame
Lots of thoughts going through my mind. Wanted to create the feeling of a struggle or battle.
Life seems to come crashing down on us so easily, and we feel like we are going to drown in the sorrow and negative forces. But God promises a way of escape, and always makes a way for us, especially when it seems like there is no way out.
The horse symbolizes us in the storms we face. He is determined to overcome the trials, and so he does!
The light on the other side is where God made a way for us to find rest from our struggles. Jesus made that way for us.
This painting was done alla prima, or all at once. It has thick swirls of paint, applied with a painting knife instead of a brush. This technique makes some interesting and cool effects.

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man, God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your strength, but with the temptation will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. (First Corinthians 10:13)


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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Little Neighbor, colt, equine art

"Little Neighbor"
8 x 10 inches
Acrylic on canvas
ready to frame
$775.00
This young colt just moved in next door. He is quite friendly and I was delighted to get a few nice pictures of him before he got so close I couldn't get him in the view finder! His little nose is so soft, and he seems to have no fear. I finished painting him this afternoon.

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Monday, September 08, 2008

Still Standing, study of an old tree

"Still Standing"
9 x 12 inches
acrylic on hardboard
ready to frame

I like all the intricate growth patterns at the base of this old tree. Looks like a strangler lost the battle and merged with it. It had been raining most of the day, and all the shadows were strong from the soggy bark.

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Sunday, September 07, 2008

On the Rise, Lake sunset with birds


"On the Rise"
8 x 10 inches
acrylic on hardboard
ready to frame
$750.00


Went down to the lake yesterday. For the first time in over two years you can see water under the pier! Boat ramps are working and the locks are open too! The best part is that birds are everywhere by the hundreds.

I did this painting from memory, it is one of my favorite spots. The patchy area used to be under water a few years ago, and now it looks like the water is trying to cover all the weeds again.

It did my heart good to see the water level on the rise again, so I just wanted to share it.
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Friday, September 05, 2008

2 Egrets, wildlife, impressionism

"2 Egrets"
8 x 10 inches
Acrylic on hardboard
ready to frame
With all the flooding and and rising streams, the birds are in heaven! It is migratory season anyway, and we get a steady stream of birds this time of year. But the amount of egrets is unbelievable! hundreds at a time! I painted just two of them here, but hope to do a flock of them soon.
By the way, Lake Okeechobee is up to it's average depth now for the first time in over two years! The pier actually has water under it now. Such a lovely site. I hope to paint it soon too.

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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Quenching the Darts, palette knife painting

Quenching the Darts"
10 x 10 inches
Acrylic on hardboard
framing is optional, sides are painted
There is a lot of back ground and life stories that go with this, so I will try to keep it short.
Life has always thrown hardships my way: The death of my father as a young child, abuse from step fathers, moving every year, running away as a teenager, and foster homes for three years. I thought as an adult I could make life good, be a good person, and live a "normal life"-- whatever that is. But life continued to throw more hardships my way: a husband that lied and cheated and ran off with another woman after thirteen years of giving it my all (leaving me with two sons to raise), a second husband that abused me (whom I divorced after a year and a half) and now in the midst of finally living my dreams and being a professional artist -- I find my self in a world of doubt, strife and unbelief. My husband is very old school, and I have to fight for my rights on a regular basis. he has been ill lately, and taking his frustration out on me verbally. Sometimes I just want to give up altogether and run away. (Which helps me understand my mother and her frequent moves to a new state or even to an island in the pacific!)
Anyway, back to the painting, this started as a release of pent up anger at my husband, whose quick temper is hard for me to deal with sometimes. Next I saw an angel begin to form, but the wings began to look like a dove, the symbol of peace, and I knew it was me in agony on my knees, again. "How do I stay positive when all the world is so negative?" Sometimes I just can't stop the tears. So this painting poured out of my wounded soul. I have always found hope on my knees.

In the Bible it says to put on God's armor:
His peace, His helmet of salvation, His righteousness . . . so you can quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one, for our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the powers of darkness in high places.
(Ephesians 6)

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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Celestial Shores 2, mountain landscape, knife painting

"Celestial Shores 2"



Just made this one up with a palette knife. It is alla prima, all at once, fast loose and simply for the fun of it. Love the thick paint and the texture it creates.



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Media: acrylic on hardboard

Size: 12 in X 9 in (30.5 cm X 22.9 cm)

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