Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Reflections of NY Watercolor Painting


Reflections of NYC
Full sheet watercolor

...inspired by a photo taken while on a trip to the American Watercolor Society's gallery exhibit last April. There were reflections on everything in the painting, every car window, every window....

Reflection for today:

"When Francis of Assisi turned his back on wealth to seek God in simplicity, he stripped naked and walked out of the city. He soon encountered a leper....He passed him, then stopped and went back and embraced the diseased man. Francis then continued on his journey. After a few steps he turned to look again at the leper, but no one was there. For the rest of his life, he believed the leper was Jesus Christ....." "And the Angels Were Silent" by Max Lucado.

The Bible tells us that we sometimes entertain angels without our knowledge....

Monday, February 25, 2008

Taking Time to Smell the Flowers Watercolor Painting



Taking Time to Smell the Flowers watercolor inspired by this almost pose for me.

Twilight came to me as an adult cat and had been through an ordeal for her...in a strange home with other animals, she hid in a closet and could only be removed by an animal control officer from the closet to go back home. And then she had to leave there and came to me. She spent her first few months with me hissing and spitting at everyone and everything. My youngest grandson's first word for her was "HISSSS". Recently, she came over to the older grandson to curl up beside him while he napped....a big progress for her. It reminds me of I Corinthians 13 "love never fails". Sometimes we give up and don't want to care anymore, but if we persist, we win. Love always wins.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Giraffes Watercolor Painting

SOLD
Giraffes watercolor painting was inspired by a trip to the zoo with my grandsons and the new baby born there. I reworked this after I had almost had it completed and didn't like it. With 300 lb paper, you can put it in a bath and wash out 80% of the color and reuse it, so that's whatI did, using a different background and reworking the giraffes.

This was a big re-do weekend for me. I re-worked several of the paintings I had already posted here on my blog, took new photos, resized them, deleted the old and uploaded the new. I wonder if you look at them if you can tell which ones were reworked.




Friday, February 22, 2008

Via Bienvenuti Watercolor Painting



Via Bienvenuti watercolor painting inspired by the Italian architecture and the long shadows of the afternoon.... Reworked this painting to make the shadows more natural... Catching the last rays of the day....

I tried a different technique with this painting today.

Some thoughts on success, from Bob Gass, in his Word for Today:

"Dr. Jonas Salk, who developed the polio vaccine, was attacked continually for his pioneering work in this field. He found that criticism came in three stages. First, they'll tell you, 'It won't work!' Then, when you begin to succeed, they'll say, 'What you're doing really isn't that important!' Finally, after they see that it's important, they'll say, 'We knew you'd do it all along!.'
Just make yourself available to God and let Him show
you what He can do with your life."


Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Wilkison Mill, Slater Mill Historic Site Watercolor Painting


Wilkinson Mill Slater Mill Historic Site watercolor painting was started "plein air" but finished in my studio. This was at the 'Paint Rhode Island' the Watercolor Society had last August, and on this day the location was the Slater Mill Complex, of which this mill is a part. It was a beautiful day....perfect weather. I tried to capture the sun's reflection and colors on the different stones that made up this old building.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Cabbages Watercolor Painting

Cabbages watercolor painting is done on Arches 300 pound paper inspired by a Wet Canvas weekend drawing event reference photo.

"The time has come," the Walrus said,
to talk of many things:
Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--
of cabbages--and kings--
And why the sea is boiling hot--
and whether pigs have wings."

---"Through the Looking Glass" by Lewis Carroll


Friday, February 15, 2008

Rainy Day Watercolor Painting


Rainy Day watercolor painting.



".... by his knowledge the deeps
were divided
and the clouds let drop the dew."
--Proverbs 3:20

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day

Couple
Watercolor

I thought this painting of this elderly couple walking toward the sunset was appropriate for Valentine's Day.  This was also part of the weekend drawing event at Wet Canvas.  I used 140 pound Canson paper for this and am not 100% happy with the effect of the watercolors on the paper in some places.  

"A Mile With Me"

O who will walk a mile with me
Along life's merry way?
A comrade blithe and full of glee,
Who dares to laugh out loud and free,
And let his frolic fancy play
Like a happy child, through the flowers gay
That fill the field with fringe the way
Where he walks a mile with me.

And who will walk a mile with me
Along life's weary way?
A friend whose heart has eyes to see
The stars shine out o'er the darkening lea,
And the quiet rest at the end o' the day, --
A friend who knows, and dares to say,
The brave sweet words that cheer the way
Where he walks a mile with me.

With such a comrade, such a friend,
I fain would walk till journey's end,
Through summer sunshine, winter rain,
And then? --Farewell, we shall meet again!
----Henry Van Dyke

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Strawberries Still Life Watercolor Painting

Strawberries watercolor painting inspired by a Wet Canvas weekend drawing event reference photo.....Sunshine on a dish of strawberries. I used to rock my oldest grandson to sleep singing the song, "You Are My Sunshine".... ".... you make me happy, when skies are grey...."
which brings me to the thought for today....

"Those who bring sunshine
to the lives of others cannot
keep it from themselves."
----James M. Barrie

Monday, February 11, 2008

Window Sill Flowers Watercolor Painting

Window Sill Flowers watercolor painting was inspired from one of many great Wet Canvas images for a weekend drawing event....I did lose track of time doing this.
Today's thought:

"Not in the clamor of the crowded street,
Not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng,
But in ourselves are triumph and defeat."
---------Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Saturday, February 9, 2008

American Eagle Watercolor Painting


American Eagle watercolor painting, inspired by a walk through the zoo with my grandsons and admiring this beautiful animal.


"He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.

Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;

but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grown weary,
they will walk and not be faint."
--------Isaiah 40:30,31




Friday, February 8, 2008

Snow Leopard Watercolor Painting


Snow Leopard watercolor painting. Usually hiding, on this fall walk through the zoo this guy was out so I got a few shots of him. Such a beautiful animal.

Thought for the day: I came across a book I forgot I had: "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made" by Philip Yancy and Dr. Paul Brand, and flipping through this read from a chapter on love:

Christianity is not a statistical view of life---Malcolm Muggeridge. ...And an interview by a news reporter with Mother Teresa, who was ministering to the homeless who were dying. He asked, "What kind of success rate could her hospital boast of when most of its patients died in a matter of days or weeks? Mother Teresa stared at him in silence, absorbing the question, trying to pierce through the facade to discern what kind of a man would ask them. She had no answers that would make sense to him, so she said softly, "These people have been treated all their lives like dogs. Their greatest disease is a sense that they are unwanted. Don't they have the right to die like angels?"

Faith expressed in love...that's what Christianity is. Our doing should come from our being, our living free - not because we go to a certain "church", or don't, or wear certain clothes, or don't, or attend a certain number of meetings, or don't, or do good deeds, or don't.... but from our being.


Thursday, February 7, 2008

Dreaming Watercolor Painting



Dreaming watercolor painting inspired by my grandson's love for baseball and his belief he IS those great players he sees.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Bengal Tiger Watercolor Painting

Bengal Tiger
Watercolor


A truly noble creature.

"The Life of Pi", by Yann Martel, is about a young man who survives a shipwreck and saves this 450 pound Bengal Tiger, named Richard Parker, the two of them adrift on this life raft for 200 plus days.

His father was a zoo keeper and he speaks a lot about animal behavior, and also of religion and spirituality - he practices Hindu, Christianity and Islam--finding good in all of them. He says, "I just want to love God."

Pi's survival he says is dependent on the survival of the tiger. "We would live-- or we would die--together." So, he manages to feed them both for their duration at sea and they both survive.






Monday, February 4, 2008

Chicken Watercolor Painting



Chicken watercolor painting was inspired by this colorful chick.

Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?
Watercolor

Karl Marx: "The chicken was driven by the lash of economic necessity."
Amelia Earhart: "She could have flown."
Martin Luther King Jr: "I have a dream that one day chickens will be able to cross roads without having their motives called into question."
Central Intelligence Agency: "We can neither confirm nor deny any involvement in the chicken-road-crossing incident."
Bill Clinton: "It depends on what the meaning of the word 'chicken' is."
Douglas Adams: "42"

Something about chickens and religion....Jesus compares himself to a mother hen when talking about Jerusalem:

"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem,
you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you,
how often I have longed to gather your children together,
as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings,
but you were not willing."
------Matthew 23:37 and Luke 13:34




Sunday, February 3, 2008

Turtles Watercolor Painting


Turtles watercolor painting.

These two guys were enjoying the noon day sun, but most definitely on guard - one facing front, one facing rear, mouths open in warning..... I don't know if these little guys have emotions, but it certainly looks like they are facing their fear. Just finished this morning, the challenge with this painting was the water.

Thought for today:

"You gain strength each time you look fear
in the face and refuse to back down.
You are able to say to yourself,
'I lived through this, so I can handle that.'
In other words, you must do
the thing you think you cannot do."
----Eleanor Roosevelt

Friday, February 1, 2008

Deer in the Mist Watercolor Painting

Deer in the Mist
Watercolor Painting

Thoughts on Encouragement

Encouragers in our lives don't wear signs....we can all cite times when someone we barely knew gave us kind words of encouragement. Hebrews says,

"Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it."

Encouragers are like fueling stations along the way to one's destiny. God has them stationed intermittently throughout your life, just so that you can receive enough strength to go on. It's not optimism....that is just a positive attitude that is passive...you simply wait for things to get better. Receiving encouragement is like seeing land after months at see. It communicates hope to continue on your journey.

Who have been the encouragers in your life?

In the Bible, David, in the face of terrible circumstances over and over "encouraged himself" in the Lord. Reading the Psalms--most of them written by him---you can see this.

"He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights." Psalm 18:33

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