Wednesday, November 30, 2011

"With Wings of Eagles" drawing on clayboard

16x20, Graphite on Clayboard

You might be wondering why it took me so long to get back to blogging.  I've been swamped.  It seems like once the holidays get here everything goes into super speed, "Warp 10 Mr. Crusher!"  Geez.

At any rate I've been working on a drawing that has to do with Isaiah 40: 31, "But those that wait on the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."  It is a well known verse and one that I always wondered about, what does it mean to mount up with wings like eagles when I am waiting and hoping in God's deliverance?  What does God mean here?

I won't share all of what I've been praying as the piece is not finished yet.  I thought I would share just a part.  I used my oldest daughter as my model as I am having her wait with her head on her Daddy's arm.

This year has absolutely been one of the best years of my life as a Mom.  I got to see Myla trust Jesus to be her loving Savior.  Kendrick and I feel like we could soar we are so thrilled.  Nothing can break it and nothing can stand against His awesome love for her.

I think about all the trusting and waiting I do as a Mom (and I don't even have teenagers yet! ha!).  From the very moment of their fragile life all that is in me is trembling at the precious charge I've been given.  Me?  A Mom?  What??!!  Then I go back to the roots, the strong rock, the hand in which I place mine.  God.  He will give me the strength, the ability, the know-how to do this job.  I've got to remember that as I run around trying to bake cookies, wrap presents, sing songs, rinse, repeat.  I remember that it's in the waiting and hoping and the being still that God is showing me His great power.  Stop and lay my head on His arm and just remember that I can't do this without Him.

Monday, November 7, 2011

"Burnished" Oil Painting

6x6, Oil on Canvas

Maybe it's because fall is upon us but I wanted to try these trees with a burned, dry feel in the colors.  It seems with just the right amount of dust and atmosphere we can see the whites become almost yellow and the darks a deep brown.

Happy fall.  Hope your enjoying watching your trees turn into beautiful monuments to the cycle of life.  So many of our trees in Texas have had a hard summer.  They are falling fast this Autumn. 

Sunday, November 6, 2011

"Deep Woods" Oil Painting

4x6, Oil on Canvas

I like the wetness of the atmosphere I get with the colors.  It makes me feel like I'm walking out of a deep wood into a clear air that has just stopped raining.

The two dark trees in the foreground really frame the work so that the viewer is forced to move "into" the middle of the piece.  Or at least that was the idea behind it.  Ha!

I'm getting ready for Lakewood next weekend.  It's all wiring, varnishing and packing up for me this week.  I'm looking forward to it and looking forward to having some serious studio time for a few months. 

"Snow Mist" Oil Painting

4x6, Oil on Canvas

I keep going back to the same image of trees on a misty hill.  I like the feel of it and tried lightening up the blue, grey and green even more.  I thought it gave a quiet, soft feel to the piece.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Artists of Texas: "Spirit of Texas" Art Show at Dutch Gallery


The Dutch Art Gallery is hosting the annual Artists of Texas show. This year the theme is: "The Spirit of Texas." Come on out and enjoy some really wonderful art from some of the best of Texas. The Reception will be this Saturday at 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. at Dutch Art Gallery, 10233 E. Northwest Highway, Dallas, TX 75238. Show runs from November 5th - December 31st.
I have three pieces in the show. "Wall Cloud," below, as well as "God's Light" and "White Lightning." All Texas skies.

"Wall Cloud" 18x36, Oil on Canvas

Some artists to look out for are: Cecy Turner (well known all over the country), Debbie Lincoln (some really beautiful equine art), Barbara Mason (for realism in flowers and fruit), Tempy Berg-Gilbert (for still life) and Niki Gulley (for vibrant landscapes done in impressionism).

For more information please go to: www.dutchartusa.com.  You may also browse through the artists and their artwork.  Really some incredible talent.  I am so honored to be among them.