I'm continuing to have fun with roses. Rose profiles are much easier to decode than looking straight into the rose. This one got wiped at least once till I figured out how to simplify what I was seeing. The problem is the longer you look the more you see. The mantra in this kind of painting is "Squint!" It helps you see less. This 5 x 7 oil painting is available on Ebay. Click here to bid.
Monday, July 29, 2013
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I was born with a love for horses. Maybe it's my Irish ancestry but, whatever the reason, by the time I was 10 years old I had memorized all the different colors (bay, chestnut, etc.), the names of the body parts (hock, withers, etc.) and knew the different breeds and riding styles. I read all the books about horses I could get my hands on. I could tell you the stories of America's famous racehorses.
My parents finally gave in when I was 11 and bought my first horse, Appy, from a local riding stable. He was a mutt — part appaloosa with large tan spots on his rump and a dirty white color that never looked clean no matter how much I brushed him. Appy was stolen about a year and a half later and died a tragic death. But that's another story.
I owned four horses through my teen years, rode western and english, and competed in shows from barrel racing to jumping to dressage. I even took my horse with me to college so I could continue riding with my trainer not too far from the University of Michigan.
When I was 18 I made the decision to follow Christ. I was born again. (It does happen. The experience is real.) I started to read the Bible regularly, what modern Christians call having a "quiet time". It just means you spend time in prayer and meditate on scripture. I had a Christian roommate. We would write scripture verses on index cards and put them in a box on the kitchen table. Then we would pull one out every morning. That would be our verse to think about that day.
One Sunday morning before church I was having my quiet time with God and read the verse in Matthew 6:21, "For where your treasure is, your heart will also be." That verse made me pause because I had been recently thinking about the fact that I was spending so much of my time and energy riding and training my horse. This horse was a beautiful bay 17-hand Thoroughbred named Running Blues.
I went to church that morning and the pastor happened to preach on the verse "for where your treasure is, your heart will also be." That got my attention big time. I wondered if God was telling me it was time to refocus my heart and let my horse go. That was a hard thought for me because my identity was so wrapped up in my riding.
Back home after lunch that day I was sitting at the kitchen table staring at the box full of cards with scripture verses on them. I said to God, "Lord, I don't believe you're going to do this, but I know that you can if you want to." I reached over and pulled out a card. It said, "For where your treasure is, your heart will also be." I was stunned. I said "OK." Not long after I put Blues up for sale. The first person that looked at him bought him.
It was very hard letting go but my heart did refocus. A year later I was married and four years after that my husband and I headed for seminary in California.
I share this personal story because I still find it so amazing myself that the God of the universe cares enough to be personally involved in our lives.
Horses are such beautiful creatures. I did the pastel painting above this year. It's 24" x 24" framed with True View glass — glass that's almost invisible. You can buy it directly from me for $1000. Shipping is free.
I am also available for commissions to do portraits of horses. Call me at (719) 547-1093 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss sizes and pricing.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
What attracted me to this particular rose besides the beautiful yellow color was the brilliant spots of red. The oil paint doesn't quite do them justice. Nature's full range of color is beyond the possibilities of paint. This is an unframed 6 x 6 oil painting and is available for $50 in my Etsy shop. Click here to purchase.
Friday, July 5, 2013
I bought some of those gorgeous big yellow sunflowers at the grocery store and this is the result. I originally thought I'd do something more complicated. But I'm glad I kept it simple. Just for fun. This is an unframed 6 x 6 oil painting available in my Etsy shop for $50. Click here to purchase.