Tuesday, June 23, 2009

In Memory of Michael Neal Reed - (10/25/71 – 6/19/09)

My dear friend and co-worker, Mike Reed, passed away on Friday after a long battle with cancer. I miss him greatly!

I have never met a more likeable person in my whole life – we hit it off as soon as we met and formed not only a great working relationship but a wonderful friendship as well. Mike was always positive and encouraging - even as he suffered through all the bad effects of radiation and chemo he kept a positive outlook. He worked hard and loved life. He was always thoughtful of others. Mike has a huge circle of friends and he touched so many people in so many ways - I don’t think it can be measured. Mike’s work ethic was impeccable and he was respected by those he worked with. Most of all Mike loved his family – his wife and six year old son. They were the light of his life.

Last year I dedicated my Christmas card to him. Even though this is a very sad time for all of us – I have to celebrate knowing him and who he was. He has made me a better person in just having a friend like him. I take comfort knowing his pain is over now and even more so in the fact that I will see him in Heaven one day. Mike put his faith in the Lord throughout his life and especially at the end – he told me the last time I talked to him that it "was all in the Lord’s hands now. "

After hearing the news the other day, I was crying, then out of nowhere I heard Mike’s voice as clear as if he was standing next to me – he said “Karen, it’s wonderful!” then there was a complete peace that came over me and I had to smile.

I have to thank God for sending Mike to me as a friend. I thank God too that there is Everlasting Life through our Lord Jesus Christ! I wouldn’t want to think about the alternative!
Mike - I will miss you but you will be in my heart always. God Bless You.
John 6:47
Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life.
Psalm 23
1The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
2He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters.
3He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name's sake.
4Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows.
6Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Pastel Exhibition at the Scarbrough Building in Austin

The Austin Pastel Society has a miniature pastel exhibition at the Scarbrough Building in Austin from June 21 through July 19. Pieces had to be 8"x 10" or smaller. These are my two pieces that will be on display there. The building really is wonderful - art deco style.
I walked around the small exhibition area, there are a lot of beautiful pastels by some very talented artists. If you are in the area you should stop in. You might find something you just have to take home with you.
BTW - Happy Father's Day to all you fathers out there - enjoy your day! I'm on my way to my folk's house now to celebrate Father's Day with my dad and the rest of the family.

Daniel 9:3
So I gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Citrus Orange on Black - Original Pastel

Citrus Orange on Black
7" x 5" (17.8cm x 12.7cm)
Pastel on Velour
$75 plus $10 shipping and handling in the US
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I thought I'd try another citrus painting. This was going good until the background became rather muddy - so I made it black. I can see I need to fix some edges but for all practical purposes it's complete.
I think I'll go peel me an orange to eat - how about you?
Philippians 4:9
The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Citrus Yellow - Original Pastel

Citrus Yellow
5" x 7" (12.7cm x 17.8cm)
Pastel on Velour
$75 plus $10 shipping and handling in the US
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This week has been so hectic! I thought I'd be painting most every evening - but with car problems, doctor visits, vet visits and numerous other things called "life" going on I just haven't been painting. I did finally sit down last night though and painted this little lemony pastel. I've seen so many beautiful paintings of lemons by other artists that I admire I wanted to try one. Lemons are harder than they look to paint. I knew glass can be difficult but didn't expect lemons to be as much of a challenge as they were. At any rate here there are!

John 15:4
"Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Vegetable Plate - Original Pastel

Vegetable Plate - SOLD
5" x 7" (12.7cm x 17.8cm)
Pastels on Velour

Finally I'm back painting again!

This is from a reference from Karin Jurick's Different Strokes From Different Folks. I figured it would be a good one to get back into the swing of things.

I don't know about you, but I'm ready for lunch!

Genesis 1:29
29 Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.