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Water Color

It is hard to believe that it has been slightly over a month from which I wrote a blog entry about a Skype conversation with a few students from the University of Cincinnati DAAP. Since that time, I have had a few more interactions with these three peer tutors and met the instructor, Jenny Ustick, via Skype as well. I really enjoyed the chance to ask my questions, get new perspectives for my painting techniques, recommendations for supplies to assist in the techniques and even a few good reads about different artists and art in general.

During the first Skype conversation, I was invited to take part in their art show, though at first I understood it to be an art viewing held there at the school. The art show will actually be held at the Cincinnati Cultural Arts Center. As I got more details, it became more exciting. I was permitted to send in two of my own paintings–choosing was not too difficult. I chose ones that represented the best of my painting techniques: Fire and Ice. and Clematis in Full Bloom.

The second part of this art show and experience in general was something new: collaborating art. These past two weeks, I have been working on my portion of the pieces–a canvas and water-color cards–each in which I was the beginning half. Painting has never been so full of thought! But it was a different thinking…I usually paint with an ending in mind; a finale, final project and work towards that image in my mind (though they don’t always turn out as hoped.) I simply sat for a good half hour just forlorn, “What am I to paint?” I finally formulated some ideas as I dug around in my bead and fabric cases. When I finished my starting half, I felt satisfied with the result, but in my mind, I kept saying it needed more. The first of my “expanding your horizon” experience!

The second part was water-color cards. I have only used water colors a handful of times a good three years ago, and even my high school art class (years ago, haha). All the times, prior this week, the water colors were pencils…then I applied the water with the brush. This time, Mom let me use her set of water-colors…true water-colors that look like mini paint tubes. It must be my reputation for using a lot of paint, because Mom’s first comment to me was “It doesn’t take much.”

The cards were easier in terms of what to paint, because for two of them I did have an ending in mind. Not that I know the ending, but I painted images that just need ink details. My portion for the cards was just the water-color as even holding a pen to sign my name is difficult these days. I just sent the cards back to the university where ink will be imaginatively drawn for completion.

Here is one of my image cards:


It is a Beta fish. 🙂

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Working collaborating art reminded me of how we interact daily with each other. We have all been given gifts–mine are specific to me as the same for you. When we recognize our gifts and live them, it starts a beautiful, detailed picture.

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

1 Peter 4:10-11, ESV


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More Paintings

Hi everyone!

I just finished posting more paintings to my Etsy shop. Below is the link. 🙂


More to come…


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Shifting Agendas

I had an agenda for today. I had my various projects all neatly organized, ready to be completed. My day started bright and early with getting my blood drawn for chemo. It has now been three weeks on the chemo treatment and my lab results look good. I still have had no side effects other than in the intestines, which is like a roller coaster ride: some days I feel fantastic and other days not. I am in humble gratitude for your daily prayers.

Shortly after returning home, I made chai and settled down for a time of reading and studying. When I finished, I had a whole new agenda: Think of something you have been neglecting and respond. I cleaned my bathroom and changed my sheets (it is a full workout for me); I refilled Muffy’s water dish; I rested; I enjoyed the evening air; I painted. It was a fantastic day.







Title: Prism.


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My favorite Painter.

If you haven’t noticed by now–my Greece pages under my “I Like!” section are still currently where they were months ago. I feel like my progress relates to the frustration of long-term road construction; but when it is finished…it will be a grand thing! I do apologize for that and hope to get those updated with pictures and stories very soon!

Following some sort of train of thought from Greek civilization, artwork and architecture to more modern times, I have an announcement. I have discovered my favorite painter.

Yes, I decided this last Sunday afternoon as I visited the Columbus Museum of Art. An excellent way to spend your afternoon if you are ever in the area..bonus it is free admission on Sundays. 😀 My favorite painter is not one I ever remember learning about in my two years of required art class in high school. I remember in particular Vincent von Gogh, well, because he had such a heart breaking life. However, his “Starry Night” is one of my personal favorite paintings of all times. I learned about Michelangelo, da Vinci, Raphael, and Picasso. But never do I remember hearing the name: Claude Monet. My favorite painter.

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I probably would not have initially recognized his “Weeping Willow” piece on display in one of the rooms had it not been for purchasing blank greeting cards from Barnes and Nobles around Christmas. It is so hard to find good writing cards that this particular boxed set seemed to be exactly what it should be–12 designs with two each. The box holding the cards/envelopes even has a picture of one of the paintings on the cover so it can be reused. I skimmed through the assorted replica pictures and bought the boxed set being more excited about having nice greeting cards more than who the artist was.

After starting to write some cards, I noticed Monet’s name. I still have no idea who he was, but I am really liking his style. I think that is what it comes down to really–I like his style of painting. The strokes…most short and the contrast of light in each painting. It makes the painting seem to have a deeper dimension. Monet is said to be one of the founders of the Impressionism movement. I went on to read, “The term Impressionism is derived from the title of his painting Impression, Sunrise.” [or in French: Impression, soleil levant] (2)

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I am still trying to understand the Impressionist technique, but I think I just opened a new window of fascination in my interests! The best part of having a favorite painter is the feeling that I am now an art student. 😀 I can’t wait to get to the library and check out some art books and begin reading more about these different movements in art history as well as other artists. Sometimes when I paint, I get stuck in a rut–the same pattern, colors, style. By learning, I have an opportunity to create better artwork myself. How exciting! “Attitude is the mind’s paintbrush. It can color any situation.” ~Anonymous.

Do you have a favorite painter or artist?


(1) Claude Monet. (French, 1840-1926). Weeping Willow. 1918. Oil on Canvas.  51 5/8 x 43 7/16 in. (131 x 110.3 cm). © Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio. Retrieved from  http://arthistory.about.com/od/from_exhibitions/ig/inmonetsgarden/img_columboh07_07.htm

(2) [*Excellent site! You can see his other paintings too, under “The Complete Works” tab.] Retrieved from http://www.claudemonetgallery.org/biography.html

(3) Claude Monet. Impression, soleil levant, 1872. Image retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Claude_Monet,_Impression,_soleil_levant,_1872.jpg


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