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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Mosha Day 30 of the 30 day challenge

6" x 6"  acrylic   $70.00

Mosha is a composite of a photo and a vision from my mind.  I consider this little boy one of the adopted lost boys from Peter Pan.  I cannot remember their names,  Mosha to me is a sweet temperament, wiling to please, and desiring to be loved.  I know some boys like that in foster care.  I pray that they feel loved, that they become responsible citizens and that for all the rest of their lives they seek God. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Meilyn Day 29 of the 30 day challenge

6" x 6"  watercolor    $70.00

When this little cutie came to live at 11 months of age,  from China, with our son and his wife, we had no idea of her potential.  Meilyn's greatest desire and all her efforts go into being a professional ballet dancer. She works many grueling hours a day perfecting that goal.  She is home schooled  and taking honors classes, and is also a joyful, grounded young woman every minute of every day.  Another granddaughter that is completely bathed in our love. 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Helen Hunt Falls Couple

6" x 6"  watercolor   $70.00
A darling couple at Helen Hunt Falls who allowed me to take this amazing photo.
They were so relaxed,  enjoying the falls and adding color and harmony to the scene. 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Butterfly Ears Day 27 of the 30 day challenge

6" x 6"    watercoolor    $70.00

Kahlua is deliciously tiny, but has a substantial personality and ears! She makes certain that the house is safe, that her food is not bothered, and that she gets plenty of rest. Her humans coddle her and her brother and cannot imagine life without her.

Yellow Slicker Day 26 of the 30 day challenge

8.5" x 10"  watercolor  $200.00

At the Garden of the gods Visitor center this handsome man in a yellow slicker was helping people find their way around.  It was a rainy day and all the colors of the rocks and foliage were soft foggy colors except for this tall rock of a guy.  He brightened the day.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Chasing Bubbles

19" x 14"  colored pencil   $400.00

 This was a moment of victory, blowing the giant bubble in the air for many minutes. Love these youngsters who enjoy competition  Dad couldn't do it, and neither could anyone else.  Snatch the moment while you can!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Krystal's Eyes day 24 of the 30 day challenge

6" x 6"   watercolor  SOLD

Krystal is my first granddaughter.  She is now 27 years old and and actress in Hollywood.  When she was a baby she had enormous brown eyes and a tiny face.  She was always curious, loved to be the center of attention, and we loved giving it.  Krystal is so humorous.  She imitates anyone she meets and exaggerates their speech, colloquialisms, and mannerisms.  She is quite sharp witted and sarcastic, diminutive, adorable and has a monumental heart.  She has gone through some tough times in her short life, but is able to elevate those times to humor.  I respect and love  her so much and am so impressed by her massive courage. 
and I just adore her and never get enough time with her.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Babe in the Leaves day 23 of the 30 day challenge.

6" x 6"  watercolor   $50.00

My second attempt at this little blond head.  I made her face larger, (better for my  eyesight), and put less shadow on her face.  It is better I believe, and I won't paint it again real soon, but I so enjoyed getting her to look like a baby, that I probably will do her another day.  Thank you Nancy Wylie for loaning me your granddaughter's photo!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Bathed In Light

6" x 6"   watercolor      $50.00

I asked Nancy Wylie for permission to paint her precious granddaughter.  She graciously said "yes".  This is my first renditions of this little one, however I don't feel I captured the innocence.  But I did capture the light, which was important to me.  It seemed that no matter how many times I layered color on the face it wasn't dark enough  Now it may be too dark.  Oh well.  It was worth the try and loved the exciting process.  Maybe I will take one more stab at it.

Taylor In Sunshine

6" x 6"  watercolor SOLD

I had to depict Taylor in sunshine because that is her personality!  She is the most lighthearted, gentle, cheerful granddaughter who knows how to listen, prepares great food, is and supportive when you need help. She contributes to her basketball team and swimming as well.  Taylor does have  a serious competitive, creative  side, but would rather hang out with family and friends and bring comfort where needed.  I love to relax with this fun girl!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Sam the Man Day 20 of the 30 day challenge

6" x 6"  watercolor  SOLD

My handsome grandson Sam is no longer a child.  He is making decisions about school, friends,  and life.  He is a hard worker, loves to be funny, to tease, and is an extremely caring person with a warm and gentle personality.  He is athletic, strong, loves to climb and is daring.  I  love him so much.  When I make paintings of my loved ones, it is as if they were once again babies, and I can look closely into those beautiful eyes, almost smell the baby sweetness, and dream about a safe and productive future for them.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Dandy Girl Day 19 of the 30 day challenge

6" x 6"   watercolor   $50.00

The name, "dandelion" is a mispronunciation of the French name dent de lion, which translates to “tooth of the lion”.  This refers to the dandelion’s leaves which are serrated and look much like teeth.
When dandelions turn to fluff, however, children, animals and wind can take credit for spreading their lovely seeds which are so expertly sandwiched into the base of the stem.  I always marvel at seed heads and seed pods.  Take them apart yourself and you will find that they are ever so perfectly tucked in and ready for us to spread them into our garden.  Amazing!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Girl Picking Grapes Day 18 of the 30 day challenge

6" x 6"  watercolor    $60.00

Selecting succulent grapes from the vine for her family, in Tuscany, Italy, on the Pevina farm, she not only looks for that particular color and size, she checks the fragrance and taste.  How amazing that so much  ado has been made about grapes and healthy vines.  We all know that apart from the vine, our branches will not bear good fruit.  I am now finished with day 18.    I am happy.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Girl in Paper Hat Day 16 of the 30 day challenge

6" x 6"   oil   $70.00

  At a fair in downtown Colorado Springs, CO. the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society helped attendees make wonderful paper hats in 2012.   Children and adults scribbled on their hats and shaped them around hat forms.  The result was genuinely stunning.  This little girl was gorgeous in her sun drenched hat.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Lauryn in canary and blue 14 of the 30 day challenge

6 x 6  oil SOLD

Lauryn is another one of my precious granddaughters who loves all animals.  I can only imagine how they must feel when they are tenderly cupped in her sweet small hands.  She speaks words of love to them and delights at their movements.  This little heart is kind beyond words.  I will bet you know a child like this.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

September's Song...rose and Ebony

6" x 6"  oil on canvas board   $60.00

The garden is her melody.  It is her solace, her peace, her joy.  The fragrance and the soft petals of the roses embrace her heart and the prickly thorns remind her that life is not always easy, but always worth the effort. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Drifter...plum and citrus

6" x 6"   oil on canvas board   SOLD

At the rock show, this rockhound was busily chattering to the young and old, helping them examine, touch and understand the beautiful stones in his collection.  He was quite knowledgeable and kind, even giving discounts to those who asked.  I hope he doesn't drift too far away.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Remember ....scarlet and sapphire day 11 of the 30 day challenge

6" x 6"   oil    $60.00

These young faces that inspire us by their achievements and call to defend their country.  Whose son is this?  Whose brother, sister, husband or dad is this?  We must keep them in our hearts, pray for them, and appreciate the gift of life, limb and sacrifice they have given. 

The Dreamer Emerald and 10 of the 30 day challenge

6" x6"  oil on canvas board    $60.00

Oh she's a dreamer, a delight, a dancer and entertainer.  She will bring you to your knees with laughter and melt your heart with her raspy girly voice and flirty eyes.  Oh Sydney, we will see you in the funny papers and on stage!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

"Come With Me....Day 9 of the 30 day challenge

11 " x 14"   oil    $145.00

Irressistable joy in this face and gesture inviting us to come with Him.  Never underestimate His love for you.

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Assessment...lavender and flax

9.5" x 7"    watercolor      $45.00  
The image in the mirror reflects her silken skin and somber eyes.  She wonders if she has added too many silk flowers  and if this look is appropriate for schoolteacher, Ann, of Avonlea.  Adjusting the neckline and fretting with her magical image, she assesses that it is "just right" and the school play will go on. 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Campfire Days Indigo and Flame Day 7 of the 30 day challenge

6" x 6"    watercolor and colored pencil    $35.00

Light swarms the face and shadows hide in the crevices.    I well remember the campfire nights huddled in a blanket next to my best friend, listening to stories of faith, honor, and duty that others carved out from past experience.  I pray that all young people have an opportunity to encounter the divine and take it into their hearts, through the goodness of those who are willing to share.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Profiling Periwinkle and Ivory Day 6 of the 30 day challenge

6" x 6"  watercolor   sold

  A ballerina's  perfect bun is difficult to achieve.   If you have a blonde ballerina in your household maybe this would be the perfect gift.  I am trying a myriad of color combos in my 30 day challenge.  It will be auctioned starting at $15.00 on daily 

Profiling Chestnut and Mulberry Day 5 of the 30 day challenge

6" x 6"  watercolor    $35.00  

Yesterday got lost around the corner, so today I have done two small paintings for day 5 and day 6.  I chose smaller simpler subjects this time and a wet on wet charming color study so that I could stay loose.  Much less stressful and much more delightful!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A Fair Exchange! Day 4 of the 30 day challenge

11" x 14"    watercolor and colored pencil  GIFTED

So if sunglasses are a statement as well as protecting your eyes, these two good buddies always goad one another into some sort of silliness.  I think they look absolutely stunning in their original eyewear par excellance!  Oh Yeah baby!