Friday, August 20, 2010

Little Beauty

Another little 6x6, Oil on Canvas.

I call this one, "Little Beauty" because of my daughter, Myla. She is this little tree growing and blooming in the light like God's beautiful stained glass. She reflects the love of God to me. Now I will enjoy this new time of her life as she steps out to school. I will pray, watch and remember when she was just a tiny baby. I had no idea how to do this thing called mothering. Yet God took my hand and said, "Let's do this together ok?" It gives me strength to think of how faithful He has been all the way. He will be faithful still.

I like to think of myself as the Mother Tree with my limbs over her although she may not see them. I'll be here waiting and smiling at this dear life God has made.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Still and Quiet Wood

I've been working on some little 6x6's and this one just came very quickly today. I suppose cause it's just four colors: Alizarin Crimson, Pthalo Blue, Paynes Grey and Titanium White. I wanted it to seem lonely and quiet.
In all honesty, it's how I'm feeling right now. I'm about to see my oldest daughter go to Kindergarten in a few days and I've been a bit sad about it. I know she is growing up and it is good to see. What a treasure it's been to me to have her home all these years and just see that little life grow and deepen. I will miss seeing her but I know she needs to do this. And I will always be her Mom.
"The Still and Quiet Wood" is where my heart is sitting. In this blue fog. Praying and holding onto the hand of Jesus. She's not really mine. She's His. That's my comfort.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Little Ones

Finished this little 6x6 today. I left two of the saplings in and gave some more shadow effect to the foreground. I like how the baby trees looked safe under the shadow of the Mom and Dad trees.
I kinda liked the idea of the little trees looking out to the light as their "lives" start. I am trying to put more of my life into my paintings and I see this everyday with my twin girls. They are growing so much, wanting to try new things without Mommy's help. Sometimes to my and their frustration! Ha! How much we all need The Light to guide us, help us and grow us.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Here be Dragons

So I was cleaning out my studio on Saturday and I came across some of my old work. If some of you don't know I used to paint/draw dragons a great deal. Yes, I love the lizards.
Now, before you think how crazy I must be just remember that it was only a few hundred years ago that maps had dragons drawn over them labeled, "Here be Dragons" for areas that were unknown or yet to be explored. Sound crazy? Dragons used to be a symbol of mystery and danger.
I had a triptych going here but never finished the third green dragon. The first one is the blue dragon named, "Lust." I had him sitting and waiting for someone to approach him as he slyly waits for his next meal. The second dragon is named, "Violence." That is why he is drooling and clawing at the canvas. I wanted it to feel like he's ready to attack. My third green dragon was supposed to be "Greed." In a lot of ways they are the evils that sit in our T.V. screens. Not only are they real and out to devour anything right and good but they live in the unknown water of our living rooms where we freely move and relax never suspecting we might be eaten by the darkness.
Don't worry. I'm still painting skies and trees. But I am getting back to my roots in the mystery and story of things. God has such a way of making things come full circle. I've never been a fantasy artist, a landscape painter or a real realist. I see how God has called me to the mystery, the feeling and symbolism of things. I like it here. I'll stay and paint for a while.