Tuesday, May 29, 2012

"Mountain Fog" 30x30 Oil Painting

30x30 Oil on Canvas

Finished the bigger piece of "Mountain Fog."  I tried adding a few more colors with the grey/blue so used a blue/green and olive green.

You can see the tips of a few of the trees at the top.  That is one of my favorite parts of these paintings is the hints of the trees in the distance so soft and mysterious.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

"Snow Mist" Oil Painting

6x6, Oil on Canvas

This is actually an older painting I redid (the first one was sold a while ago) and my Grandmother loved it so much I painted her one.  The bark and the blue in the background are different so their are still variations even when something is revisited.

I painted the tree then went over it with a white wash for several layers.  A process called scumbling.  Once that was dry I went over it with the snowflakes in varying sizes.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

"Mountain Fog" Oil Painting

6x6 Oil on Canvas

I finally started on some ideas for a larger piece much like "Misty Mountain."  This one has more blue and green in it and I thought it gave it a more natural feel.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

"The Lewis Tree" Oil Painting

6x6, Oil on Canvas

This tree was painted for a wonderful friend, mentor and professor of mine at Dallas Baptist University, Dr. Naugle.  While he was visiting the home of C.S. Lewis he went on Addison's Walk the famous trail that Lewis walked when he was home at The Kilns. I like to think Lewis was dreaming up Narnia as he walked through those trees. 

Dr. Naugle was kind enough to take some shots of the trees while he took that same walk.  This was one of those trees.  So twisty and moving.  I loved that it seemed to spread out in all directions.  I call it "The Lewis Tree." 

If any of you are in the Arlington area on May 17th Dr. David Naugle will be giving a lecture on C.S. Lewis at the Arlington Museum of Art from 2-3 p.m.  Please come and hear this.  You will not be disappointed.  Dr. Naugle is a scholar and lover of literature and art.  His book, "Worldview: The History of a Concept" was selected as a 2003 Christianity Today Book of the Year.

Friday, May 4, 2012

"She is the Sky" Oil Painting

16x20, Oil on Canvas

This is a commission piece from a husband to a wife for their anniversary. 

After talking with him he shared how his wife is like an anchor for the family, someone who is strong in their faith and love and does not waver.  He also shared how she fits all the puzzle pieces together and makes it work.  What a lovely legacy she is building into her husband and children. 

A little while ago we had some tornadoes come through Dallas.  It was a very hectic day of rushing to the bathrooms for shelter (as the sirens went off) and checking the weather periodically.  My 4 year old twins were huddled in the bathtub with me (dressed in full princess regalia by the way).  I figured if God was going to take us then we were going out in style.  Although the day was crazy I felt such a peace.  Not because I'm such a spiritual warrior but because I KNEW God had His hand on us.  My oldest daughter said it best when she got home that night (pretty late as they weren't running buses until 5:00 p.m.) "It was a miracle Mom."  She was telling me how there were all these babies out there in homes and none of them died.  You know what?  She's absolutely right.  When it was all said and done we had 11 tornadoes come through town ripping up roofs and trees but not one person was killed, not one in the whole busy metroplex.  If that doesn't show God's hand (the outline of this invisible but real hand) I don't know what does.

That night the sky was an amazing intricate display of pieces of cloud fit together.  The spaces between were deep red or blue.  I remember praying that God would show me this precious woman's sky and as I stood there looking up I felt Him say, "This is it."   She fits the puzzle pieces together in her family.  She makes it work.  She has strength (color is vibrant).  And you know what?  God is doing it through her.  She is letting Him.  She has an outline of God's hand on her life and it is showing through.  Her husband sees it, her children see it.

In a world where tornadoes rip through marriages all the time and uproot all the values we hold dear I get such an encouragement when I see a couple like this.  Hold fast to Him, keep going, you are a fresh wind to a stagnant world.  You are showing us how it's done.