I did something that took a lot of bravery on my part. I entered four paintings into a small local art show. I love to design, sew, draw, and paint. Up until now, I have kept it to myself or only shared with close friends. Art is so personal. A big thank you goes to Gene who always encourages me to follow my dream. I was so unsure about entering the art show that he was the one who delivered the paintings. I'm still working on the bravery thing.
I grew up learning how to draw and paint things exactly as they appear. As I have gotten older I have realized that things are seldom as they seem so I wanted to start adapting my art to "real life." I have embraced mixed media painting. It give me a sense of freedom. So many things are layered into the piece... scraps of paper, material, paint, modeling paste, and little trinkets that I find or are given to me.
My inspiration usually comes from a Bible verse or a little something that I noticed one day that had meaning to me. I have a little sketch book that I do quick sketch of an idea and when I have time to paint, I go back to the sketch book and find what's inspiring.
|First Place - Mixed Media "Let your gentleness be evident to all."|
|Third Place - Mixed Media - "Greta" (she gave me the little green jewel and asked me to make her a painting with it.)|
|Water color - "Snowbird"|
|Mixed Media - "To Ensure our Protection" (There is a picture of my husband taking command and a picture of his father in Vietnam embedded in the painting)|
|Can you feel the emotion? We all have days like this.|
|This guy wasn't entered in the show. It was a featured painting by a local artist. I love the colors.|
|I don't know the name of this one but it has a religious feel to me... truly God's country.|
|There was also an ice sculptor. The girls loved watching him work.|