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Monday, February 25, 2013

Rodan + Fields

I've begun another adventure! I joined the team of Rodan + Fields. I'm so excited about this opportunity, and looking forward to spreading the good news of making changes in more ways than one. I love telling people about spiritual change through Jesus Christ, and am so excited about telling people about the physical changes available through this amazing product. More to come in the upcoming posts. https://jayneal.myrandf.com

Sunday, February 24, 2013


Did a Demo for the West Texas Art Guild in Colorado City, Tx.  It was fun to share fun, and to reconnect with friends.  I demonstrated techniques in oil and cold wax.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Not the Typical Bed of Roses

"Not the Typical Bed of Roses"
Watercolor on 140# Arches Paper
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     This was a fun piece in anticipation of spring.  My roses have begun to leaf out and will be blooming soon.   I'm so glad.  It reminds me of His mercy being new each morning.  

Sunday, February 17, 2013

In Progress

Started this watercolor from a photo of flowers that I think I took at Sam's Club.  I'm using Windsor Newton, Daniel Smith, and Dr. h Martin's Hydrus Liquids on 140# Arches paper.  I'm having fun, but must go to bed.

Friday, February 15, 2013


"OO LaLa"
Watercolor on 140# Arches Paper
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     Finished my second reflections of the Martini glasses.  I chose to not use any masking on this one, and to push my colors a little more.  I love the way it turned out.  It's color depth is really nice.  I used Windsor Newton watercolors along with some Dr. Ph Martin's Liquid Watercolors.  I'm already planning another one of these.  They are extremely time consuming and tedious, but so much fun.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Reflections 2 work in progress

     Some hours later on this second try on reflections according to Carrie Waller.  This is very tedious, and not something to do in a hurry.  I'm listening to some really good stuff concerning end times, prophecy, and mixing with worship music.  I'm learning so much, in more ways than one.

Reflections 2 work in progress

     This is the second time around for these reflections.  After getting some personal advice from awesome artist Carrie Waller, I decided to try this again, using 12"x16" 140# paper, and no masking.  I love doing this detailed work, especially while listening to blogtalk radio, the Word streaming, and some good worship music.  Keep posted for updated stages.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Be Dazzled

"Be Dazzled"
Watercolor on 300# Doak Paper
Will Be For Sale

     I'm calling it a night.  My eyes are popping out from this tedious work.  I love the colors, the reflections, and the effort I put in it panned out.  Hope you can appreciate the work involved.  For the most part, I used Windsor Newton and Daniel Smith Watercolors.  The 300# works well for not having to be taped down.  

Work in Progress:

     This is the next step in my reflective work in progress.  My, this large piece is a challenge. (22x30") The first glazes are on, and some of the masking is removed.  So far, I'm pretty pleased.  Now, I will go in and soften the sparkles just a bit, and work on the background a little more.  The angle that I took this photo from makes it look a bit distorted.  What I"m learning is, is that the large size watercolor is very hard to work on, as it is too large for my table, and the easel doesn't work so much for the detail work.  The running down of the color is not what I want in all places.  Next time, maybe I will choose to work smaller.  Maybe.  

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Be Mine Upside Down

The painting on the bottom is the intended painting.  The one on the top is what we discovered when I turned the painting upside down.  The second face appears to be that of someone in distress or even a lion face.  I immediately thought of the Lion of Judah who rescues each distressed person from the pit, as they call upon His name.  The name of Jesus.  This was a real worship painting experience for me.  See the previous post if you are interested in the details.

Be Mine

"Be Mine"
Worship Art
Acrylic on Canvas 22"x30"

"Be Mine", Acrylic on Canvas Painted during Worship today. This was such a fun experience. I have had a very busy week, and was a little apprehensive going into the morning without much inspiration. Last night as I prepared my canvas with the help of 3 grandsons, I decided to just put some modeling paste on it for some texture. As I explained what texture was, and kept little fingers out of the wet goo, I kept saying, " I don't know what I'll paint, but the Lord will come through". The boys couldn't quite grasp that idea, and I must say it wasn't long ago that I couldn't either. So, as the worship team practiced and I stood before that barren white, well textured canvas I prayed. I searched for an idea. About all the idea I had was that I like RED. So, that was it. I decided to start with red. So I squirted out 3-4 shades of red, along with white and some browns. Then it was time to just rest and wait. Wait for something....Worship started, and I prayed again..."Lord, which brush should I start with?" "Oh, that one. The one thats not really a brush. The one I have not used before. That one looks good." Then, I began. You have to begin somewhere. Otherwise, worship will be over and you'll still have a blank canvas. Well, that funny non-brush was a little wider than expected and happened to grab a bit of old paint (left on the pallet), and when it mixed with the white paint, and another color it was a serendipity.
On and on, I went enjoying the presence of the Lord, asking Him what to do next, and loving the colors. I flipped the canvas the other way, and noticed some things! Thank you, Lord! I began to see...then, I "heard", "Be Mine", just Be Mine".

I don't know if it's finished or not. I know I could work and work and make it look really polished. But, I may rather leave it be and remember the moment my hands were shaking from hearing the voice of the Lord, and had a very hard time lettering because of it. Maybe I'll leave it as a symbol of how beautiful imperfection is to the Lord, and how he can work through us. Maybe I'll leave it just to show that I don't have to use RED. And maybe I'll leave it, because when you flip it back right side up, like I started painting it, there is yet ANOTHER FACE! This one that appears to be like a person in distress, and like the face of a lion. Isn't that amazing? The Lion of Judah rescues the one in distress, if we just call out to Him. I will post a close up of the 2nd face in the next post.

Friday, February 8, 2013

What I'm up to: Step 3

Step 3 or 4, maybe 5

     I've had the help of a hubby (love that help), two sons, and at least 2 grandsons and a dog....I don't know what the garden sprayer adds to this photo, but I guess it speaks of help.  I'm having some fun with this.  It is a whole body experience, due to the size of this.  I don't have a board big enough to tape this to...so it's not quite right for the easel, and too big for the table.  I'm doing the best I can do.  I'm loving the colors....and the fun of it.  Love reflections.

What I'm up to Step 2

     Step 2.  22"x30" 300# watercolor paper....lots of details and lots of masking, and lots of TIME.  I can't wait to start adding the paint.  Praying for just the right touch, and just the right buyer.  I need to go to Africa!  (All revenue goes towards missions, and I need this mission trip to work).

Thursday, February 7, 2013

What I'm up to step 1

Stage 1

     I was in San Angelo today, and decided to meander through a favorite old general store.  I saw this amazing shelf of very reflective martini glasses.  I don't like martini's, but I loved the beautiful colors and the reflections of these glasses.  I immediately, thought about painting them.   So, I flipped out my iphone to take a quick pic, while at the same time remember that I got in big trouble taking pictures of a grocery store display in the metroplex.  I didn't know whether to take it on the sly or just take it.  So, I just took it....the shot that was.  Not the shot of martini!  The picture shot!  This is going to be the mother of all my paintings, I think.  It's 22x30 on 300# watercolor paper.  Time will tell.  I do believe, TIME will tell.  Wish me luck.  

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Purpose of the Storm

"Purpose of the Storm"
Watercolor on Paper
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Sometimes I have wondered why scripture tells us to give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. (I Thess. 5:18), While painting this storm today, I realized that if it weren't for storms in which we have to learn to trust God, then we wouldn't have the experience in trusting, and growing. Duh. It's a no brainer, now that I think about it.

About to Burst

"About to Burst"
Watercolor on 140# Arches Paper
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     I took the photo reference of these beautiful plants while in Guatemala a couple of years ago.  It was such a beautiful sight, while dripping with dew, and a backdrop of fog on the mountains.  I wish I could go there again.  It was my first mission trip, and a trip to remember.  I thought I was really suffering for Jesus with no warm water to shower in.  That is, until I experienced Africa and saw how many people have to walk miles and miles barefooted to get a jug of water to drink.  I have a feeling that I still don't have a clue what suffering for Jesus really means.  

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