Friday, January 30, 2009

Fiery, but Laughing Jesus
11 x 20 inches
acrylic on wood
sealed and ready to hang

I often get requests for paintings of Jesus laughing. It has taken me awhile to produce something that I thought was worthy of Him. There is a glare on this painting, because I forgot to photograph it before putting on the clear gloss.

Here is an interesting quote about Andrew Wyeth, a very famous, successful artist from Chadd's Ford, Pennsylvania:
"Making a fortune allowed Wyeth to play a familiar American role--the free-thinking individualist who at the same time represented the vox populi. As bohemianism itself became institutionalized, Wyeth encapsulated the artistic conservative's paradoxical idea of cultural disobedience through traditional behavior."
~Michael Kimmelmann, art critic

This quote reminds me that not all artists cut off their ear, or are drunks or drug addicts. While those do exist (I know of a few) most of us are just regular people. As a matter of fact, latey, I've been noticing that many of my favorite artists are dedicated Christians that give all the glory to God. That is the direction to which I strive.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Even Trees Dream
48 x 36 inches
acrylic on wood
sealed and ready to hang
It's more fun to paint things as I wish they were than as they are. Why not, ya know?

Vision is the art of seeing the invisible.
~Jonathan Swift

Monday, January 26, 2009

Growing Together
approx 8 x 14 inches
acrylic on wood
sealed and ready to hang

This piece is part of the togetherness theme for my February show. I've had fun coming up with ideas that blend in with Valentine's Day.

We turn not older with years, but newer every day.
~Emily Dickinson

Friday, January 23, 2009

Real Women At The Beach
20 x 11 inches
acrylic on wood
sealed and ready to hang

Real Women go to the beach, too!

I'm going to go painting with friends today, and the weather is supposed to be good. It promises to be a wonderful day.

The best way to prepare for life is to begin to live.
~Elbert Hubbard

Thursday, January 22, 2009

On The Lookout
10 x 10 inches
acrylic on wood
sealed and ready to hang

I've learned so much about the herd instinct in horses lately. They are always on the lookout for predators. I have a new respect for them.

Where you come from is not nearly as important as where you are going.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Wind of Heaven
acrylic on wooden seat of a recycled chair
approx 20 inches wide
Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Pink Dove Mermaid
10.5 x 17 inches
acrylic on wood
embellished with Dove wrappers
sealed and ready to hang

Genius is the power to express individuality.
~Elizabeth Barret Browning

Monday, January 19, 2009

Canaan Flows With It
12 x 6 inches
acrylic on wood
sealed and ready to hang


I received a cream and sugar set for Christmas that looks like this, whimsical and fun. I decided to change cream and sugar to milk and honey, as a reminder of all our blessings.

So the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with great terror and with miraculous signs and wonders. 9 He brought us to this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey; ~Deuteronomy 26:8-9

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Bon Appetit
11 x 20 inches
acrylic on wood
sealed and ready to hang

My husband thinks the chef looks like our old pastor - any similarity is unintentional! Ah, well, it makes me want some spaghetti...

Seek the wisdom of the ages, but look at the world through the eyes of a child.
~Ron Wild

Friday, January 16, 2009

Whimsical Clown Fish
10 x 3.5 inches
acrylic on wood
sealed and ready to hang
SOLD What do we live for, if not to make life less difficult for each other.
~George Eliot

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Psychedelic Butterfly in Orange
16 x 11 inches
acrylic on wood
sealed and ready to hang

I love painting butterflies. They are such a wonderful metaphor for change. We all need change in order to grow. I must confess, my first instinct when faced with change is to dig in my heels and refuse. But once I surrender to it, I'm always glad I did.

Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Lorelei Mermaid
approx 3.5 x 10 inches
acrylic on wood
sealed and ready to hang

This one has real shells and starfish as embellishments - a bit of the ocean for your home.

Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days.
~Ecclesiastes 2:26

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Moonlit Hug
12 x 22.5 inches
acrylic on wood
sealed and ready to hang

Joe and I went to see the movie "Marley and Me" and it brought back lots of memories of Bear. The love shared between people and dogs is special.

The heart that loves is always young.
~Greek Proverb

Monday, January 12, 2009

Midnight Magic
22 x 24 inches
acrylic on wood

Last night, the full moon was so incredible, my neighbor called me out of my barn to see it. Then, I saw it again this morning on the other side of the sky. Sometimes it is amazing to think about this great expanding universe in which we live.

May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night and a smooth road all the way to your door.
~Irish Blessing

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Happy Flowers in Pink
24 x 36 inches
acrylic on canvas

I never cease to be amazed at the ways that God leads me and speaks to me. (Sometimes it is through the Word, and sometimes it is through a friend, or a billboard, or a poem on the underground wall, as Paul Simon said.) Because of that awareness of God's constant presence and faithfulness, I have joy - and because I have joy, I choose to be happy.

Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
~Abraham Lincoln

Friday, January 9, 2009

The Beach Changes Everything II
22.5 x 12 inches
acrylic on wood
sealed with clear gloss and ready to hang

Lately, I've had some disappointment and discouragement, mostly with people. Then, I ran across this quote:

Dissatisfaction and discouragement are not caused by the absence of things but the absence of vision.

It helped me look at the big picture. Then I realized the opposite of discourage is courage. It does take courage to persist in the face of disappointment, but I believe it is worth it, in the end. I feel the same way when I go to the beach. The bigness of the ocean keeps everything in perspective, and the salt air helps rub off a layer of my cynicism. Thank God for the beach.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Dancing Coffee Cups
33 x 13
acrylic on wood cabinet door
sealed and ready to hang

This is my first post of the New Year, so I thought I'd toast it in with coffee cups. I'm getting ready for a solo show soon, and filling up all my galleries so that I can concentrate on the book starting in February. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Ours was wonderful in every way. We are blessed beyond understanding.

Three things in human life are important: The first is to be kind. The 2nd is to be kind. The third is to be kind.
~William James