Saturday, May 30, 2009

Indian - Sarcee Tribe - Watercolor Painting

Indian - Sarcee Tribe - Jack Plume -watercolor painitng is 7.75 x 7.75 inches on Sennelier 140 pound paper. This is from a Wet Canvas reference photo. There were 3 challenges---to do a black and white in color or vice versa, to do some local history searching and 3rd to show everyone. This photo was in black and white (for challenge #1).

I first noticed a house on the corner not for from me that had a plaque that said 1757...surrounded by a white picket fence, .and I am amazed at how well the house is kept up. There’s an old carriage house, including carriage, a well in front. One of these days I will take my camera and get some pictures - I think it would be a great painting. Anyway, the challenge has spurred me to do some research on our little Oaklawn village.



This is the Oaklawn Baptist Church, one of 2 central buildings of 35 that comprise the village of Oaklawn in Cranston, purchased from the indians for settlement. The second is our library, which was a school house. Here is the full information at this link, if you're interested: http://www.cranstonri.com/generalpage.php?page=110

and this excerpt:

“Archaeologists have determined that, from about 1500 to 1800 B.C., the area near Furnace Hill Brook was inhabited by Native Americans who fashioned bowls, pipes and other tools from soapstone mined from a nearby quarry. Pottery-making and the growing of maize, beans and squash were major changes introduced in the area from about 500 B.C. to the colonial period. By the time the first European settlers arrived, the Narragansett Indians had at least six villages in Cranston, although none has been found within the Oaklawn district.”

From there I did some research on the indians: the Narragansett Tribe, from various sources, and found out many of them were killed during King Phillip’s war even though they were neutral from the other warring tribes, and many of the homes in the Oaklawn settlement were burnt down during that same war.

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Monday, May 25, 2009

Garden Pond Watercolor Painting

Garden Pond Watercolor painting, 12 x 16 inches on Arches 140 pound paper. This is from a plein air painting day at the Botanical Gardens in Roger Williams Park. I have been struggling with this painting for a few weeks (when I'm not working on images for the children's book I am illustrating). I think it may be done.

Nothing worth having doesn't come without some kind of fight.
...Bruce Cockburn


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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Red Rose Watercolor Painting 2


Red Rose Watercolor painting, 5 x 7 inches. I can't seem to get away from doing these flowers..... I would love to do this in a larger than life version.

Love thou the rose, yet leave it on its stem.
...Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton


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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Three Yellow Roses Watercolor Painting

Three Yellow Roses watercolor painting is 7 x 10 inches, on Arches 140 pound paper. The yellow rose represents friendship, and so it's fitting that there are three, and they are in intimate relationship with each other.

Reading this morning from a chapter called Silent Nights and Solitary Days in Max Lucado's "Traveling Light" book, he talks about how loneliness is not the absence of faces, but the absence of intimacy. This may be how God gets our attention. Max uses an example of going on a long ride with a friend's car with only a CD player and your friends classical music selection, which you don't like, to listen to. By the end of your trip, you may be "this isn't so bad". In the pain of our loneliness we may turn to God who so wants us to hear his music.

"He has a rhythm that will race your heart
and lyrics that will stir your tears.
You want to journey to the stars?
He can take you there.
You want to lie down in peace?
His music can soothe your soul."

Just a reminder that even though I am not posting here as often as usual, I am daily painting. I am currently working on the illustrations for a children's book.


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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

White Crocus Watercolor Painting

White Crocus watercolor painting is 5 x 7 inches on Fabriano Artistico paper.

"It is by our hearts that we know God,
and not by reason."
Oswald Chambers

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Red Rose Watercolor Painting

Red rose watercolor painting is 5 x 7 inches on Fabriano Artistico 140 pound paper

My love is like a red red rose
Thats newly sprung in June;
My love is like the melodie
Thats sweetly playd in tune....
Robert Burns

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Friday, May 1, 2009

Pink Hibiscus Watercolor Painting

Pink Hibiscus watercolor painting, 5 x 7 inches on Fabriano 140 pound paper. This image is from the Flutterby butterfly exhibit at the zoo last fall.

"Now he can help those who are tempted."
Hebrews 2:18
I love the picture that Max Lucado "Next Door Savior" paints of "Jesus, angry enough to purge the temple, hungry enough to eat raw grain, distraught enough to weep in public, fun-loving enough to be called a drunkard, winsome enough to attract kids, weary enough to sleep in a storm-bounced boat, poor enough to sleep on dirt, and borrow a coin for a sermon illustration, radical enough to get kicked out of town, responsible enough to care for his mother, tempted enough to know the smell of Satan, and fearful enough to sweat blood.
But why?.....So that you would know, whatever you're facing, he knows how you feel."


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