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I welcome your comments and hope that as we journey together you will find, as I do, that it's more fun making a journey along with others and with each new work or adventure there is also growth and expansion. Come back again soon.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Original Mini 4x6" Acrylic "A View from Afar"

I've had such a busy last couple of weeks and then received a call the other day from my dear friend telling me her husband has been diagnosed with brain cancer.  I have to tell you that I HATE BRAIN CANCER.  Another dear friend's husband succumbed to it recently, my sister-in-law is in the last stages of it, my niece-in-law also has it. 

As an artist I used to be blocked by bad news or negative thoughts but have to say that today it reminds me that I am so very blessed as well as my friends with wonderful lives, spouses and relationships and mostly good health.  This little painting became like my prayer for my friend and her husband.  I hope to always be able to convey the beauty that I feel, see and experience in my life.  Cherish each and every moment as no one is guaranteed tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Original Acrylic "Joyful Colors" on 8x10" Canvas Panel Painted 15 April 2012

Painted 15 April 2012 "Joyful Colors" Acrylic
My husband bought me a bouquet the other day and this is my first attempt at using it as a study.  I started painting in the morning, went to lunch and spent a few hours with a friend, came home and finished it up that night, or so I thought.  Got up not being able to sleep and added the finishing touches to it.

Monday, April 16, 2012

9x12" Prismacolor Drawing "Finally Spring" with Sharpie Pen & Markers on Canson w/c Paper

Painted 16 April 2012 "Finally Spring"
This was my second study of the bouquet my husband bought me, this Prismacolor drawing was actually done on 16 April 2012.  I had thought the second would be a pastel though for whatever reason it ended up being Prismacolor pencils with Sharpie pen and shaded markers.  The bouquet is still very pretty so who knows ... maybe the next WILL be a pastel (smile).

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Painted Birdhouse for a Friend "A Far Far Forest"

The back of a birdhouse I painted for a dear friend and presented to her today.  The quote on it is by someone I know nothing about tho searching for a quote I felt went with the acrylic painted scene from my imagination seemed to apply. The quote is "But I'll tell you what hermits realize. If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you'll come to understand that you're connected with everything". - Alan Watts         P.S. My friend was totally surprised & loved it!!!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Finished Prismacolor Drawing "Natural Beauty" April 8th

I started a Prismacolor drawing and blogged about it on April 2nd that I picked back up late in the evening April 7th and finally finished about 2:00 in the morning April 8th.  If you look down below to my posting for April 2nd you can see the beginning drawing and then the final to see the progression.  

Thursday, April 5, 2012

"Floral Experiment" Original Acrylic on 8x10" Canvas Panel

"Floral Experiment"
Yesterday I started painting a birdhouse for a friend, something I like to do to keep doing something creative, fun and for someone else. This morning just spur of the moment I thought I'd pick up a canvas panel and try a little floral experiment. I love impressionistic style painting tho have had no instruction or experience with it.  The result was this "Floral Experiment" acrylic.  Many stressful and emotional things happening in our family and I find art a wonderful way to get some of those overwhelming feelings on the outside instead of keeping them all stored up on the inside like I used to.  What a wonderful outlet.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Framed Original Oil Painting "Psalms 121:1-2" on 8x10" Canvas Panel

"Psalms 121:1-2"
I actually forgot about this painting that I painted in October of 1999 and this morning while enjoying  what I hope is the last cold snap and snow of this season I happened upon it in my art room.  It is an original oil painting that I named "Psalms 121:1-2" framed and on 8x10" canvas panel.  Can't wait for springlike weather to get my oil paints out and paint either in my art room with the windows wide open or outside in my backyard.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Artistic Expression on the Road

"The Farmhouse - Banning, CA"
While on a recent trip to California to visit family I had moments that I was able to do some drawing in the mornings just a couple of days.  I am so grateful that today I don't feel like I am blocked by situations or events in life that used to kind of "freeze me" or leave me unwilling or unable to continue to express myself if confronted by emergencies, etc. 

The first drawing is prismacolor with watercolor and some pen and ink of "The Farmhouse" a restaurant in Banning that we frequented while living in Cherry Valley.  My husband worked with the owner's brother and we always loved going there for breakfast.

The second is the beginnings of a prismacolor pencil drawing I think of as "Natural Beauty" from a photo I saw in "Indian Country Today" magazine which I was given a gift subscription to.  Funny how, as in the past, I start out drawing or painting something from a photo and the face turns out to be, in MY drawing or painting, the person who is on my mind or in my heart at the time of it's creation.  In this case my sister-in-law, Rosa, who is in the final stages of brain  cancer seemed to emerge. A similar thing happened with my mother-in-law - I was painting a native woman and the face of my mother-in-law emerged and not that of the original. Wonderful women I have been blessed to have in my life.  Makes you think ... each day is a gift, each person.