Painting Through My Eyes

This rainy afternoon I decided to hide in my studio to do some painting. I am sure some people will say “what were you thinking”? So….I decided to also include what I was thinking at the time. These are not finished pieces.

My main focus today was on my faith so I started the face of Christ.

The Teacher

We are living in such a terrible time….I try to reflect on things more positive.

Waste Art – Baloons

I don’t put a lot of thought into my waste canvas art…I just do! With free flowing movement I ended up with balloons. My pallet is empty now…but these will give me something to finish in my next session.

Painting is a great way to relax, do something positive and make the long days go by faster.

Hope you have enjoyed this afternoon in my studio.

Keep your Bible open….the words within will enlighten you.

An Abstract Kind Of Day

Motion Without Cause

I typically don’t do abstract but today it just kind of fit my mood. Just because I have a type A brain I guess, when I finish a painting session I don’t waste the paint but throw it on another canvas and “see what sticks”!

It doesn’t really represent anything but free movement. In some ways this is the most relaxing mode of painting. There are no lines to be defined or faces to create.

Ironically abstract is kind of the way I feel these days. I want to be able to create that perfect painting but am satisfied with the simple flowing lines and gentle movement.

I guess the lesson in this is I should paint more based on how I am feeling than on replicating something I won’t be satisfied with.

Keep stroking!

Remembering Days Of Old

Well….I was in a mood today to get back to the canvas!

I can just hear the comments now…”Looks like kindergarten stuff”. Not to worry. .will post again when its finished.

This painting was inspired from a photo of an actual old store with vintage gas pumps…

Considering the times we are in now….I much prefer the times when this old store was built. I remember walking a quarter mile as a child to a little country store much like the one above to buy a 2 cent sugar cookie and an RC Cola! We didn’t mind the walk. The old store was heated by a large old wood stove. Those were the good old days. As kids we didn’t realize then how much we would come to appreciate those days.

What Does Christmas Mean To You

This is the first thing that comes to mind.

This is just my first sketch.

Christmas is coming. As Christians we of course celebrate the birth of Christ and that should be our focus but right now I challenge all you artists, photographers and crafters to display what Christmas means to you.

I don’t want to leave anyone out. Whatever your religion or customs are show us how you celebrate. It can be events, decorations or other traditions.

As for me, I typically do not decorate very much and don’t do a tree. This year will be very different since my Mother passed. She died three days after Christmas and loved the holiday. When she was able I took her to a candle light service at church on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day she and my sisters and I would get together with our families, have lunch and open gifts and just spend quality time together.

Although this year will be different, my sisters and I will still get together and celebrate and honor her memory of Christmas. We will not let Covid or the government dictate how we celebrate.

Regardless of your beliefs or traditions, take the time to love and just be kind to others. You don’t have to like everyone you meet but just be kind and treat people the way you want to be treated.

I look forward to your Christmas blogs.

Be safe and God bless you all.

America The Beautiful

It’s a rainy morning as I write. I challenge you as writers and photographers to display your best interpretation of America. Let’s keep this as positive as possible.

I shot this many years ago in the early morning on the river.

The simplicity of horses feeding from this old stone shelter.
Christmas trees soon to be harvested.
From sea to shinning sea…

to the simple farm life that provides for you and me.

A bench by a pond’s edge leaves little more to be said.
And even grains of sand can be counted and every one placed by the hand of God.
While rivers and streams still lead the way…
Mountains still soar with great majesty…

While great ships of iron may ride its waves….. there will still be another day!

GOD BLESS AMERICA

Be comforted by the fact that God says DO NOT BE AFRAID. It is easy to give up on America right now but you should never give up on God because he has the final say.

To Be Or Not To Be…

In nature as in life a lot of things are connected but always have the opportunity of reinvention.

Lately I have been doing beadwork. What I like most about working with crafts is the ability to take something plain or raw and make something useful and hopefully beautiful out of it.

Sun Stone Quartz Pendant

The above picture defines my point. I took a rough piece of Sun Stone Quartz that I mined out of the NC mountains, added some decorative black jewelry wire for a harness and now it will have purpose as a pendant.

Not unlike this rough stone we can reinvent ourselves. Sometimes this reinvention occurs as a result of an event in our lives or like me just a desire to be the best I can be.

Have a great Sunday.

Keeping Faith Alive

Good morning friends. This week I have again been reminded to keep my faith alive. While I know where my own personal faith lies, I try very hard not to judge others for what they believe.

Earlier this week I had an opportunity to visit the Freschoes of West Jefferson, NC. These paintings are not just pieces of art that are overwhelmingly beautiful but they relay such a strong sense of peace. See for yourself!

For more information visit the following wesite: https://www.ashefrescoes.org/churches.php

The Elusive Dragonfly

I have always been facinated by the dragonfly. They are colorful and fast but more importantly a symbol of peace and prosperity. Some years ago I was able to get a shot of one of these special creatures.

The peacemaker.

While he nestled quietly on top of an unopened day lilly, all seemed to be right in his world. Yes, this was shot with a film camera. A Canon AE1 to be exact with a micro lens.

We should all be like the dragonfly and seek to find peace not violence and destruction.

Peace be to you all.