Cherry II in the new oil paints. I'm having fun pushing the paint around and going with the flow of the curvy stems.
Sweet n' Tart - Cherry II
oil on board
My artist friend, Mel Kistner, and I got together to try Water-Mixable Oil Paints. So rich and creamy - no need for turpentine - but still a little wet...
Sweet n' Tart - Cherry
8x10in. on wrapped canvas
acrylic on canvas
Beth waited a long time to meet Mr. Right-For-Her. This spring, I had the sweet privilege of being part of a bridal shower!
In preparation, I drew a vase and stems on a canvas. As a part of the festivities, each of the ladies drew a flower connected to one of the stems.
Using her dishes and a favorite fabric for color inspiration, I painted "The Bouquet"
- representing a beautiful group of women who treasure Miss (now Mrs.) Beth.
The Lifter of My Head
acrylic on wrapped canvas
Inspired by a sweet little blue woodland flower (transplanted from the woods in Iowa) blooming in the early spring - just outside my studio window.
I finished the painting just in time (2 1/2 hours of sleep the 'night' before) to deliver it to the Wilder Mansion in Elmhurst, IL this past Sunday. It was on display for the Elmhurst Garden Club's Afternoon in the Garden luncheon.
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Close-ups of the painting.
I started this painting during a week I was teaching art classes. The 4 year old sibling of one of my students walked into my studio and exclaimed, "WOW!". I turned to catch his wide-eyed expression framed by his little hands up to his cheeks. I could use that kind of encouragement on a regular basis!!
At the Wilder Mansion
I've got ideas for a 'Lifter of My Head' series.
I'll write more about it in a future post - hopefully with another painting to show.
A friend and former colleague recently asked me where I get my inspiration for my paintings. I gave a rather unsatisfying answer about having lots of ideas, taking photographs, blah, blah, blah. (sorry A.R.!) Here's a more in depth look at where my inspiration came from on a recently completed painting.
'Drink', 36x48in., acrylic on 1 1/2in. wrapped canvas
This image was planted in my mind while I slept!
I was even able to make a sketch of it a few days later.
For shapes and values, I referred to photographs I had taken from a bouquet of daisies my Sweetheart had previously given me.
Sketch for 'Drink'
With the image, All Who Are Thirsty, by Kutless, was running through my head.
All who are thirsty
All who are weak
Come to the fountain
Dip your heart in the stream of life
Let the pain and the sorrow
Be washed away
In the waves of His mercy
As deep cries out to deep
Come Lord Jesus, Come. Come Lord Jesus, Come.
My impression was a gentle, refreshing rain. You may see bubbles. The concept still works for me either way - Coming to the Fountain of Life, being filled and refreshed - hope restored.