Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Detail for "Judas Tree"

Detail of "Judas Tree"

Just finished the grass today for this painting.  It has taken several days to layer it like I wanted it but I like the life it shows all the way up to the tree trunk.

I used a #0 Round Brush to do the detail.  The colors were Earth Green, Sap Green, Yellow Ochre, White and Burnt Umber.  I find that a lot of Linseed Oil helps to get those sharp edges on the grass.

Now for the harder part...

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Still and Quiet Wood (bigger)

8x10, Oil on Canvas

I had done a little mini 6x6 of this piece but wanted to do it bigger.  I have been thinking a lot about mood and putting feeling into a painting.  This one has a set mood with just the three trees, mist and simple coloring.

Seems kinda fitting to my life just as it was when I painted the 6x6.  I don't know what is in these woods.  It's unknown and feels a bit lonely.  Although I've felt a bit down as of late (after my surgery) I am also trying to wait patiently on God's timing, not mine.  It's hard when I want to get back to my life.  Yet, there is a sweetness here in the waiting. I get to see God reach out His hand and love me, right where I am. 

I've been trying to ask myself, "what am I learning while I wait?  what is God showing me?" and I hope to share some of that with you in the next few weeks as Jesus and I start to walk up the valley.  

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Surgery Again

Sorry I don't have any new pieces to show you all right now.  I just had surgery on my ankle this past friday.  I had some bone spurs that cut through some tendons and had to have some repair surgery as well as removal of the spurs.  I will be honest and say I've been a bit down lately.  I know, I know, it's just an ankle.  I think it has to do with the fact that I'm normally a pretty active person and I'm having to use crutches to get around to the bathroom or to eat or to even read a book to my daughters.  It's frustrating in that something that normally takes just a few minutes is taking me a long time.  I've even noticed it annoying that I can't hold anything in my hand to carry like a cup of coffee or a towel to dry my hair because of the crutches.

So all that whining to say I'm learning a lot about sitting still and knowing that God is God and I am not.  It's been good in some ways to wake up to the life that is going on around me all the time yet I don't slow down long enough to really see it.  I've had to ask for help (again) from friends and family and felt the guilt that goes with being a burden on others.  Yet, I also see how Jesus is showing His love for me in their tender care and meals for our family.  It really comes down to a choice: Do I believe God is here with me or waiting to catch me later when I am in a better mood?

I noticed this back in December when I had the hysterectomy.  I had weeks where I just didn't feel like doing anything and my legs were working just fine.  My body was adjusting to all the changes and my brain was trying to figure it all out.  I started to see my life in a new way not just the cooking, cleaning, jogging, blogging, painting, meeting Dawn but the sitting and breathing and really looking at life Dawn.  I saw some neat things like the way braiding hair can lead to a good conversation with my daughter.  I saw how giggling over a Veggie Tales video WITH my kids meant a lot to them.  I saw the sunshine as a delicious gift and my husband as a sweet mercy from God.

Now I'm kinda laying flat again and my brain is trying figure it all out.  I don't know why but for me pain is really one of the greatest ways I see God in my life.  Pain and Mercy.  I've had friends, my sister and now my Mother-in-law come by these past few days and really show me Jesus.  Not just the scripture and the reminder that HE is near but the Jesus who would DO things for you and cheer your heart in the truth.

Our Pastor spoke on Ruth this past Sunday.  It really is a mini-Job story isn't it?  Naomi loses everything when she had so much.  The one thing I noticed about the story that I never did before was that Ruth would not leave her in her despair and darkness.  "She clung to her" the scripture says.  She was Jesus for Naomi.  It reminds me how if I slow down my life God can allow me to be Jesus for people right here and right now with the way I treat my kids, my husband or even those on Facebook.  It also reminds me how there are those doing that for ME right now.  They are walking it with me.

"Be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live.  Teach them to your children and to their children after them."  Deuteronomy 4:9 

Monday, May 9, 2011

Setting a Mood with Color

I'm starting on a tree that's been in my mind for over a year now.  It's called the Judas Tree.  I will explain more about it in later posts once I have it detailed and saying what I want it to say.

For this post I wanted to talk about mood and creating one with your colors.  This is so essential to what you are saying.  It's sort of like the plate your present your cuisine on or the setting in which you place your characters.  

I like to keep one foot in the fantasy artist door as well as the surreal one so it's neat for me to go back to these things in my mind. I then think of the Bible and the mood that must have been a part of the everyday lives of these men and women we read about.  So many times we take the Bible in our dry ways without seeing that God was also speaking through their tone and emotion with nature always a great backdrop of what is happening to them on the inside.

I liked the idea of going from dark to light and the mysterious feel so kept it with this piece.  I need to go back through and put some rough detail in the tree trunk.  Although I'm sure the real tree on which Judas hung himself on was probably not this "romantic" in nature it does give us a feeling of that decision he made to kill himself instead of turn to God.