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Tuesday, May 28, 2013


Progress on my first painting in this "Quest" series. I'm on a quest to narrow down, think about, and hopefully come to some kind of conclusion as I who I am as an artist. I played with this outside in all the wind, as I kept my hubby company. Or maybe he kept me company. I have been wanting to do some art journaling and I love the work that Kelly Rae Roberts does. Since I am trying to figure some things out, I decided I'd just take the opportunity to play in this style for a bit. I used an old canvas that had already been painted over twice. I used "YES" paste to collage with, and discovered that acrylics don't stick to it well at all. Watercolor will, but acrylics will not. I used some symbolism in this piece and thought about all the things that I wanted to "release", I haven't answered my original question yet, at least on paper. I think I know deep down, but I'm going to give myself some time to contemplate and play. This whimsical approach was fun, and a change from my tight watercolors I've been doing lately. I'll probably add to it before calling it good.

Monday, May 27, 2013


11x14 watercolor on Arches Watercolor paper

     I took the photo of this little girl carrying a baby.  I have no idea whether she was babysitting, or whether it was her natural or adopted child.  In Uganda, there are so many children...and they steal your heart.  This girl was so intrigued by us "Mazunga's"getting on and off the bus.  She seemed so perplexed at what we might be doing.  I snapped her picture as she watched us, trying to figure out whether we were friend or foe.  She sure was carrying a load.  Bless her, Lord.  Bless her.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013


Watercolor on paper

Lord, thank you for your continual provision of finances to go and preach your Gospel to the people of Uganda. Thank you for keeping your little children under your wing...the ones that lost parents to aids and other diseases. Thank you, Father that they hear your voice, and seek you, even at their young age. Thank you, Father that even he young ones have the wisdom of a parent as they tenderly care for their younger siblings. Thank you, Lord for protection and provision, and for their eager hearts to sit for hours and hours in your presence, just to hear your words. Bless them, Lord...the ones that walk for miles with no shoes...lay on banana matts overnight, with nothing to eat...awaiting the Good News! Bless Uganda, Lord. Bless Uganda. Lord, I pray for America to wake up! I pray for America to have the heart of the people of Uganda...to seek you, and love you, Lord. May America be hungry for your word! May American wake up! Amen.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Pretty in Pink

"Pretty in Pink"
Acrylic and Mixed Media

     This completed my exploration of acrylic and glass beads.  I like the colors, the depth, and the overall look.  The pic doesn't do it justice at all.  I guess I could search for a spiritual meaning for this one, but I don't like to do it that way.  I much prefer the Lord speaking to me direct and outright through my art.  I think I'll just leave it like it is...another experiment.  

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Another try

     This is another try with experimenting with flowers from my head and glass beads, and doing the underpainting in complimentary colors with water soluble wax pastels.  I'm sure having fun with this.  I have been commissioned to paint during a wedding in a few weeks.  I'm thinking this technique will do really well, with a wedding communion still life or something like that.  Can't wait to practice on that, very soon.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Wave of Redemption

"Wave of Redemption"
22"x30" Acrylic and Mixed Media on Canvas
     I painted this during worship one Sunday a couple of weeks ago.  It was another "experience" in which I had absolutely no idea where I would go with it.  Painting in this way, while worshiping my Lord, Jesus sure brings a level of freedom.  A freedom from performance, a freedom from thinking and planning, a freedom from expectations and outcome.  It's truly a "let go, and let God" experience.  Very fun.  

Friday, May 10, 2013

A Touch of Gold

"A Touch of Gold"
Acrylic and Mixed Media on Canvas

     I was experimenting with some mixed media glass beads and acrylic.  I painted this to be sold to aid in the prevention of Human Trafficking.  It did sell, almost before I could get it displayed.  It is really pretty and has depth like nobody's business.  The previous post shows the underpainting in complimentary colors, using water soluble wax pastels.  This was fun.