Tuesday, February 12, 2013

For the love of Painting

Yes... I am still alive and have not forgotten you. 
I don't know about you but it is getting harder to blog these days. To be honest I feel my life changes are not what you want to hear about. 
I don't have a shop anymore and rarely do shows, so my antiquing days are few and far between. 
My traveling has been minimal and I am not in my studio this winter because of a heating problem...
 so what have I been doing? 
Well, I have picked up the brush again and I am trying my hand at oil painting. 
I have painted mostly with acrylics and that has been mostly small projects to sell or display backdrops.
I have found a challenge in oil on canvas and only hope to get better at it with each project. 
I really haven't found my style yet but I am having fun experimenting.

This oil is called Overshadowed

During the whole process of painting her the song that my father used to sing kept running through my head... I'm overshadowed by His mighty love.

Playing with the camera

This next one just comes from my love of lambs

It was inspired from the 23rd Psalm and it is called
He Restores My Soul

Tend My Sheep
This also comes from loving sheep... it was inspired from
 Jn 21:16  He said to him a second time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love thee. He said to him, "Tend my sheep."

This was a birthday present for my daughter, my grandson

Lion of Judah

I am working on a landscape painting as a wedding gift for my dears April and Russell, who's wedding I was honored to officiate last month. April is my gal Donna's daughter of which, if you visit here often you know we are fast friends.

So those are my projects that I have been working on this winter along with helping design 

My daughter and her husband along with partners just opened this fabulous art and photography gallery
Creator Gallery is my daughters dream realized, it is her vision to have a gallery that focuses on a place to gather to feel inspired and encouraged. I have been thrilled to work with her on this project and I am so proud of her fortitude and accomplishment. 

 Opening Night
Opening night events included a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Mayor of North Aurora IL cutting the ribbon.

 The evening included a demonstration in acrylic painting, fabulous works of art, acoustic guitar, food, drinks and plenty of laughter. It was well attended, the gallery was filled to capacity and you gotta love that!

Kerri and Laura partners in Creator Gallery with Jody.

Jody and James, my son and oldest daughter. All the kids came for the event and it was so good to spend time with them.

My youngest daughter Jennifer... life imitates art!


James and Scott, my son in law owner of Creator Gallery.

Fooling around

Jody, Nicole and Sarah... cops

It was a fun event and we will look forward to many more. 
If you are interested in upcoming events check out
There are workshops coming soon also.
I will be doing workshops beginning in March, I will post on those later.

I hope all of you are having a wonderful winter. The holidays have past and we have gotten through January, which is always the hardest part of winter for me. Here in Chicago it is mostly gray skies and I have a hard time with it. I finally broke down and bought a light box and it seems to be working some... either that or it is a good placebo. 
But there is nothing like the Arizona sun to lift your spirits... 
which I will be going the end of the month... going to paint me some cactus :)
Blessings to you