Under the Canopy, 5x7in., oil on board, $50.
I find it comforting to be under the canopy of a tree as the sun breaks through...
After 20+ years, I met up with my high school art teacher, Mr. Williams - Jim and I visited his studio/gallery in Door County, WI.
Behind his inspiring studio, there is a gorgeous garden (planted and cultivated by his wife) and a forest stretching out back. This little painting was inspired by one of the photos I took on our walk in the woods.
Visit Rob William's gallery online or in person! http://robwilliamsstudio.com/home
When I entered Mr. William's art room my junior year of high school, I had my feet firmly planted in the math and science track.
By graduation, I was heading off to college as an Art Major.
Sweet n' Tart - Cherry, 8x10in., oil on canvas, $100.
Thinking about Door County
has got me thinkin' about cherries.
Are you looking for a gift for a special garden lover? Do they have a favorite flower?
Daisy? Rose? Tulip? Sunflower? Poppy? Cosmos? Iris? Black-eyed Susan? ...
Browse the floral section and/or consider a commissioned painting including his or her favorite.
The Lifter of My Head II, 30"x30", acrylic on wrapped canvas
I keep noticing flowers with their heads turned down. I have wondered why - why is such beauty being hidden?
On one of my 'treasure hunts' around the yard, I captured this little Springtime beauty (a Columbine). The warm lighting and the exquisite lines and shapes in the petals revealed a bit of glory right there in our side yard!
But - why the downward pose?
This verse from the Bible came to mind:
"But you, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head." (found in Psalm 3:3)
"The lifter of my head" ... Ahhh ... I then saw the flower face down as a person - in grief, despair, or shame (symbolized by the rainy sky). But the scene is far from hopeless!
From above, the bloom is cast in the warm light of God's presence and affection. At the same time, he is coming around underneath, gently touching and lifting the downcast 'chin'. The head is lifting and hope is being restored (symbolized by the highlighted circles and their upward movement).
Scruffy, 8"x10", acrylic on wrapped canvas.
Consider a commissioned painting as a special gift for the animal lover on your list.
This portrait of 'Scuffy' was a Christmas gift for 'Nana' and 'Papa' - in honor of a beloved family pet.
The paintings shown here range in size:
from a 5"x7" up to about 20"x30".
I get excited about giving gifts! ESPECIALLY when I feel like it's 'just right' for the recipient!
Last fall, Katie contacted me because she wanted to give her parents a special gift. She gathered her siblings and together, they went in on a pen & ink and watercolor portrait of her family home.
I'm now working on a portrait of L.'s boyhood home. When it is finished, scanned, and color corrected, I will be getting quality giclee prints made for his siblings. Shhh...
If this gives you any ideas - contact me! Click here to see more examples of the house portraits I've done in the past.