Saturday, July 24, 2010

Red Poppies - Original Pastel

Red Poppies
5" x 7" (12.7cm x 17.8cm)
Pastels on Velour
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I have such a hard time painting flowers but I saw a beautiful photo of some poppies by Patricia Chute on Facebook and asked her if she would mind if I used her photo as a reference picture.  She graciously said yes. Thank you Patricia!

So here they are. They are OK - not as beautiful as the photo but they are OK.  I really should paint flowers more and not make them the first thing I paint after not painting for  a week or so since I'm always rusty after a break.

Psalm 112:5 (New International Version)
5 Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Precious Boy - Original Pastel Portrait

Precious Boy 
Original Pastel Portrait 8"x 8"
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Have you ever seen a photograph that you just HAD to paint?  This is one of those. I mean look at that face and the lighting.  I really wanted to paint it and what made me want to paint it even more is this precious boy and his wonderful parents go to my church.  It has been such a joy getting to know them. They are just a lovely little family - you can't help but smile when you see them.

Well, when this photo was posted yesterday, I decided immediately I was going to paint it and give it to them tonight - you know just because.  It was one of those paintings that just came together without much effort and I had so much fun doing it.  But I had more fun giving it to them!  I wished I had a camera - their reaction made it so worth it - what a blessing!  I think we all cried.

Luke 18:16 (New International Version)
16But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Proud To Be An American - Original Pastel

Proud To Be An American
7" x 5" (17.8cm x 12.7cm)
Pastels on Velour
$75 plus $10 shipping and handling in the US
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I don't know of another bird that looks as proud as the Bald Eagle.  It stirs up all kinds of emotions in people of this country - pride is one.  I'm proud to be an American and to call the United States my home.

I found what I posted in 2008 for the 4th of July.  You might find it interesting to read

I find that although we still live in the land of the free and the home of the brave, I fear some of our freedoms are being whittled away before our very eyes - even since 2008.  We can see some people trying to rewrite history to their liking.  We have seen people remove God and prayer from our schools and want to erase Him altogether.  I don't understand that kind of thinking because after all our country was founded on Judeo-Christian  principles.  God Almighty has made this country great and our founding fathers were wise enough to recognize they couldn't do it on their own and called upon Him.  I hope we, as a nation, wise up soon. 

Despite it all, I'm still proud to be an American.  I pray for our leaders, and our country as a whole, to turn to God, ask for forgiveness, and get back to those values and principles that our founding fathers held so dear to their hearts and turn this great country around soon.

Happy Independence Day America!

2 Chronicles 7:14 (New American Standard Bible)
14and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Friday, July 2, 2010

ETSY Treasury is Featuring "Paddling As Fast As I Can" - Print

Paddling As Fast As I Can
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This has always been a favorite of mine.  It is being featured in an ESTY Treasury by elinay.  As you may know these treasuries only last a few days so you might want to check it out soon.  The original sold right away, however, I have plenty of  giclee prints on hand.  If you miss the treasury you can go to my ETSY store or my website to purchase.

Exodus 20:12 (New International Version)
12 "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.