Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Big Bend National Park Artist Residency Sponsored by National Park Artist Foundation

 Chisos Mountains

 "Big Bend National Park is the highlight attraction of the entire region. It is at the same time an 1100 square mile playground and classroom. The 800,000-acre national park contains three basic habitats: river, desert, and mountains. Big Bend National Park encompasses the largest protected area of the Chihuahuan Desert in the United States. It is roughly the size of Rhode Island."

Oh, I can't describe to you these past weeks as I was notified  that I received the 2015 Artist in Residence with Big Bend National Park for the month of November! Our house was in (and continues to be) melee as we are scrambling to work out schedules and all the little things that make a household run. The generous gift of a non-profit called the National Park Artist Foundation heads up the residency's. I cannot thank them enough for such a blessing.

My Husband has been a strength and support that I can only keep thanking God for. He was the one who took my hand and prayed with me about it. He also took it upon himself to reach out to teachers and principals so that the girls could come down a week early to be with me for TWO weeks instead of one. God has been clearing the way, making straight the paths in the wilderness. He has been drawing me out and I will obey with joy even though I am trembling.

 The Basin

Kendrick and I plan to backpack some of the area as we hike over this wild place rich in rock, earth and sky.

 Getting ready! Everything AND the kitchen sink!

So what do you do in a residency? I've been asked that several times. I plan to paint, paint, paint! I will also be teaching a class every week about plein air painting and color theory. Mostly, I expect to be overwhelmed by the landscape and to not be able to truly make sense (i.e. facts) of it but to slowly sink into its mystery and beauty. Pray for me friends, to listen well and receive into my heart the love that God has given me. As a friend said to me, "He is inviting you to dance. Then dance!" If you know me you know I am not a dancer. In fact, I don't know how to dance. But I figure that's an even better analogy as I go into His arms, safe, sure, wild and full of joy.

Gold Tier Night Skies

Big Bend is rated as a Gold Tier in night skies. That means it is one of the darkest skies in North America. As my Pastor's wife said, "It's like God dumped His glitter bottle out right in front of your face." Oh, the wonder of those lights. I can't wait to sleep under that dome with my husband and girls. I can't wait to be drenched in sky.

How many times are we allowed the time and space to truly SEE?

As I was listening to some talks given by Esther Meeks this past week she shared how the Magi launched out to the not yet known as God was saying, "Come find Me." They simply trusted that they would find something out there in the mystery of it all. She went on to share that "knowledge is rooted in what we trust." Just as the Magi trusted not for answers or explanations but in this overwhelming, wonderful, wild God.

I'm taking some of Lilias Trotters writings with me. I can't seem to leave home without her. I'd like to leave this quote with you all and just say again how thankful I am for your prayers and thoughts and kindness. I am thankful to the National Park Artist Foundation and the National Park Service for this privilege. May God call you out to your desert and to the deepening beauty that makes you tremble.

"We were up and out early, and went down to the riverbed. Looking back every crack and line of the hills lay reflected in a pool. Looking on and on, the desert stretched away like a great sea, broken only by an island of palms here and there, away and away to the Touaregs and Sudan beyond. I shall never forget the feeling of that first sight of it. The sense of rest and silence that lies in the immensity of it grows day by day."

Monday, October 26, 2015

Sold "Wisp" 16x20, Oil on Gessobord, Art for Adoption

 "Wisp" 16x20, Oil on Gessobord
Available at Mary Tomas Gallery
Contact: 214-727-5101 
 So very pleased to share that this piece was sold today!
 
Please remember that the pieces (some of them) will be hung for a show on November 21st. But I will be sharing the paintings periodically. If you see a piece that you truly love please contact Mary right away (see the contact info. under the painting). 
  
You may also go to the main website to see ALL of the select works available for Art for Adoption: www.dawnwatersbaker.com under the tab: Art for Adoption.




Detail of "Wisp"

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Art for Adoption Part 3

"Whispering Wood" 5x7, SOLD this week at Mary Tomas Gallery 
Art for Adoption
 

"Tree of Protection" 12x12, Oil on Gessobord
Based on C.S. Lewis' work, The Magician's Nephew
Available at Mary Tomas Gallery
Contact: 214-727-5101 

Thank you to all of you who have purchased a piece from Mary Tomas Gallery for Art for Adoption. Please remember that the pieces (some of them) will be hung for a show on November 21st. But I will be sharing the paintings periodically. If you see a piece that you truly love please contact Mary right away (see the contact info. under the painting). 
 
 
You may also go to the main website to see ALL of the select works available for Art for Adoption: www.dawnwatersbaker.com under the tab: Art for Adoption.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Art for Adoption

"Openings" 6x9, Oil on Panel
Available at Mary Tomas Gallery
Contact: 214-727-5101 
Art for Adoption
 Beautiful puzzle that is coming together from many who love this dear couple.



Last week, by God's grace, 4 pieces sold to help the adoption of Beth and George Butler. I want to just say my deepest thanks to all of you who are sharing this and also who have bought pieces. It gives me great joy to see their "picture" come together through love. Not only through art but through many beautiful ways!

Please just continue to pray and share with me for this precious couple and their child.

The pieces (some of them) will be hung for show on November 21st. But I will be sharing the paintings periodically. If you see a piece that you truly love please contact Mary right away (see the contact info. under the painting).
You may also go to the main website to see ALL of the select works available for Art for Adoption: www.dawnwatersbaker.com under the tab: Art for Adoption.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Art for Adoption, Sold Pieces

 "Verdant" 5x7, Oil on Canvas (framed)
Sold



 "Canyon Storm" 6x9, Oil on Gessobord (framed)
Sold



 "Rubicund" 6x6, Oil on Gessobord (framed)
Sold



"Softening" 6x9, Oil on Canvas
Sold


So pleased to share that these four pieces have recently sold through Mary Tomas Gallery here in Dallas. The show is not officially opening until November 21st but you can go to the main website: HERE and click on the tab that says Art for Adoption to see all the pieces that are still available.

50% of the sale goes towards adoption fees for Beth and George Butler. I can't think of a better way for art to bless than to help write the story of love.

Thank you to all who have been sharing this on Facebook and given such kind wishes and prayers. Bless you!