I had extra paint from another project; instead of waisting it, I sat down and started painting. It had been a difficult week…painting was relaxing and I could vent some frustrations to the Lord. When I was done, I felt light. I went upstairs and told my Mom, “I just painted my frustrations.”
“Close of Autumn”
For my other older sister’s birthday. I started on the owl down at the chest area. By the time I got to the lower beak I did not think I could do it, especially the eyes. I had some pictures of owls to help me with the beak and eyes. Now, I like to just go by what my brain remembers of how things are shaped as it feels more artistically authentic.
For my grandparents: I really enjoyed doing the sky on this one.
This was another grandparent’s painting. I chose the colors on the paintings to match the style/colors that I see in their homes and in their personalities.
This was my first attempt at modern art.
This is Pinky. My childhood teddy bear. I painted this for my friend who acted more like another grandma in CO. Mom and I stayed with her in Denver during my radiation treatments. I think that was God planned, because he knew we would need the support and humour during those times. She loves teddy bears and so I painted this for her before I moved; she hung it in the bedroom that I stayed in. 😀
I initially started painting the left canvas. I ended up with a ton of extra paint, so I painted the hill with flowers. I did not intend for them to be together as a set of two, but the closer I looked at them side by side I really liked the artistic balance they presented. It was a little late, but I gave them to my mom for her birthday.
This is my little sister’s cat: Tux, short for “tuxedo.” We found Tux and Muff abandoned at the side of the road near the river by our house when I was a junior in high school. We got them out of the poky bushes and brought them home. They turned out to be great indoor and outdoor cats. Tux was a big cat, but shy and liked to come out from sleeping when it was dark. He had a loud meow and was a big fan of sleeping in the hay. He also loved sitting in my mom’s lap. He and Muffy made the trek out to OH and adapted quickly to the new conditions here. His treat: a barn right across the road from our house. A few months later, he got run over crossing the road. 😦
I had painted this for my sister long before we even knew we were moving. I found a picture she had taken of him when he was sitting in the back of the barn at our old house. I tweaked it–I painted Tux sitting in the grass, with the gravel driveway showing at the bottom…the railroad tiles they liked to walk on from the barn to the house is what outlines the grass. Such sweet memories of a beloved cat and our Colorado days.
This was painted for my friend, who started out as my interpreter in college. I painted this after the hymn “Great is Thy Faithfulness” by Thomas Chrisolm, with the theme verse of Lamentations 3:22-23: “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness.”