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Fireplace Poppies

“FIREPLACE POPPIES” 37×48. After a long day of painting I have a much DEEPER RESPECT for all my painting friends who use acrylic paint. 😳  I learned that I have no love for acrylic paints…. nor am I fond of painting florals. I think I am a portrait purist or something… I love faces… eyes, noses, mouths, wrinkles, doucle chins, etc.. lol

Anyway, I don’t use my fireplace so 3 years ago I went to Home Depot and bought a piece of insulation foam board and cut it to fit the opening to control drafts. I got tired of looking at the silver blah so I decided to use some free acrylic paints someone gave me, plus a few more I had to buy (🙄) and paint something pretty. 

Oh my goodness!  I disliked it from the start but my 5 years of drawing has taught me that there is usually a “this is awful” stage that occurs at the beginning and to push through it. So I did and ended up with what you see here. 

Meh.🤷🏽‍♀️. It’s OK.  Never felt that exciting moment I get to with a “face” but at least it’s better than insulation board. Overall, a good learning and practice experience.

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Grandpa’s Favorite

Portraits of little ones and their parents and grandparents are so special to me. As I have no children, each finished portrait becomes a part of my own family in some way, even as I hand it off to the client. My work may never grace the walls of art galleries around the world but I am completely happy knowing that several homes now have a part of my heart in a portrait that could last for generations to come. 💝3F5DD0AD-FA5D-41DF-94F8-E6A57CCEA875

Life is Precious

It’s a joyous time of the year for the most part …but for some it will be a difficult time. Many people have lost loved ones this year.

I know of a wonderful family who recently lost their father/son/husband, late 50s, diagnosed with a rare cancer just a few weeks ago. I was reminded again how life is so fragile and is but a vapor. Psalm 144:4 tells us this… “Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.”

I am often at a loss for words during difficult times; in spite of deep feelings I have. I am thankful for an outlet in art to express myself and share my heart.

I saw this sweet, special moment in a photo of the gentleman who passed with his only grandson and wanted to do something with it for his wife. As I studied it, I felt I wanted to convey the time, place, mood, feeling, and memory of this photo rather than the exact replication of the faces. So, I attempted to do a pen and watercolor wash to capture all the things the photo revealed to me. When I presented it to his wife, she immediately recalled the week the family was together at the time this photo was taken. It’s just a quick sketch, not my typical style, but I think it fulfilled what I’d hoped to accomplish.

Say a prayer for those who are hurting this season… and go hug your people! ❤️

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Textures

ED76F24D-05E7-4C08-B1B4-6520C898C6A2Much of drawing portraits for me involves the overall feeling of a photo… including textures. When I was first commissioned to draw this one, I studied the textures as much as the face… how to draw the cottony feel of a shirt, the softness of a sweater, the coils in tightly coiled hair was a fun challenge.🤷🏽‍♀️ It worked out I think.✌🏽😎

 

Ms. Bee and Me 🐝

I was sitting around one day just thinking about the sheer number of people I’ve met in my lifetime. I’ve probably met and forgotten as many as I actually remember. Point is, I am old enough now to plainly see that people come and people go.  That’s life. 🤷🏽‍♀️

Then, there are people who come and stay. Thankfully, I have some friends like that … met them at different stages of my life and immediately knew they were for the long haul. More so, some are closer than blood relatives. That’s part of life too… people need people. The challenge is often knowing, and settling in your heart, the difference… who is there to stay and who is there for just a season of your life, so you learn and grow.

I believe God orchestrates my steps, and allows me to cross paths with people from all walks of life.  I love that… I have met, interacted with and befriended some of the most incredible people ever.

About a year ago, I visited a new church; just walked in alone and sat down. Just so happened I chose a seat in front of three people, who during the Meet & Greet time introduced themselves. The couple, Mary Ann & Corky were so friendly, and another woman sitting with them, Barbara, was as well, though she seemed a bit more reserved.  Mary Ann told me about the church and invited me back, so the next Sunday I went back.  Needless to say, I go all the time now.  They are some of my new “people”.

I’m giving all this back story because I find it fascinating that you never know how one small change that you make in your life opens a ton of new doors and adventures.

Over the weeks, I started hanging around with these three new friends…. loved it. We went out to eat after church on Sundays. Loved it. After a few weeks, I learned that Barbara was having memory issues but we continued our times together in the same manner for the most part.

However, within six or so months I, and others, started to notice a small change in Barbara. Basically, she just needed a bit more help with things at home, not anything drastic, just more help with things at home.  Her children made sure she had all she needed.

I lived pretty close to her so I started popping over to her place to mostly hang out with her…she was not able to drive anymore so my visits turned into dinners out a couple of times per week, and sitting on the her porch waiting for BunBun to show up (the bunny who nested in her mulch near the front door, whose name was changed to Harriet when Barbara discovered she was a girl..lol), and walking the 1/3 mile loop in her neighborhood for exercise. We texted a lot too… I addressed her as ‘Ms. 🐝’ often in the texts.  Fun times!

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Over the weeks it became clear that Ms. 🐝 was going to need a bit more care. She struggled with the idea of moving at first it but everyone reassured her that the new place would be perfect, and she’d have the help she needed.

I am an artist so she mentioned wanting me to draw a picture of her husband, who had passed a decade or so earlier. He was a Marine and from my time with her, I learned he was loved by all. During this transition I asked her to choose the photo she wanted to have drawn for her new home.  She chose this photo of her young Marine husband as he looked when she first met him.

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Ms. 🐝 moved in last weekend.  She is doing great! Me, I am missing her company this week. I want her to give her time to acclimate and get used to the new space, new routine, new friends … but I’m missing my riding, shopping, dinner, porch-sitting partner a bit. Sort of a transition for me too. … but like I said in the beginning, that’s life.

I plan to visit her still but things are different now, so I am sure the structure and dynamic of this sweet friendship will change, not fade … but simply change.

God crossed our paths at a crucial time in her life and in mine; so for that, I am thankful.

❤️&✌🏽

Go hug your “people”.🤗💕

 

Blessed to Be A Blessing

I recently got a request to do a drawing of this gentleman who recently suddenly passed away. I learned that he loved his family dearly….and that he was recognized as a sharp dresser.  I wanted to capture that in this drawing. 

Requests for these ‘memorial’ type drawings have become a growing and important way that I am blessed to share my abilities.  Feeling grateful for the gift … and honored that I am trusted to share it with the others.💕

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The Only Photo She Had

A few weeks ago I was commissioned to do a drawing of a client’s mother who had recently passed (see post on this page). This same client contacted me again to draw a picture of her father. She had only one photo of him and in the photo his head is leaning to the side in a somewhat awkward position. I used a bit of artistic leeway because the photo had many shadows and darkened areas. She asked me to draw it with his head straightened. I wanted to reposition the head but also I wanted to complete a drawing that would be an heirloom for her family since this was the client’s only photo of her dad. 💛

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Twinning

I love drawing portraits. This was a fun drawing! TWINS🤗. Double cuteness.❣️❣️

I often thought of drawing twins so when asked to do these two I couldn’t resist. To do a facing forward AND a profile of the same face but different people…. true happiness for a portrait artist.😎. Boy, do I love drawing portraits…. did I say that already? ✌🏽49ECC020-2ECC-4128-BE35-710D3A7FE5BB

Fever

This was sort of a personal challenge to learn more about watercolor; as you know, graphite is my gig. I drew this about 4 yrs ago in graphite (see it on this page) but wanted to try it in WC. Faces seem to be the only thing I can draw halfway decently. I wasn’t so concerned about the likeness this time as I was practicing layers, backgrounds, brushes, lifting, working on canvas, and basically learning about watercolor. I think this little boy had a bad cold when my friend took the photo so I named it “Fever” 😎. It did not turn out like I imagined at all… and no lie, I surely struggled with it … but it was a fun practice session, I learned a lot, and you’ve gotta start somewhere, right? BIG PROPS to all the real painters in the world – painting portraits is NOT easy I’m finding out…. but Im just getting started. Stay tuned for the next one. ⭐️
“FEVER” 16×20 on canvas.

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Beginning & End

I take LOTS of photos during the drawing process to make sure I’m on target so I have to file photos constantly from my cell phone. I can see where I’m “off” more easily on a photo.
While filing away old photos I ran across one of my early WIP photos and also the final drawing. Wow! I still get amazed that I know how to do this. …and it’s so much fun. 😊 This was a good clear photo to start so it just flowed.

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Happy Mother’s Day

🌸HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!🌸 …. If you don’t have children, fret not, Neither do I ….so…. 🌺HAPPY LADIES DAY🌺 to you. 😊. You are a wonderful, unique, and distinct creation of God!

This is my grandmother. My mom found and sent a very old photo that was a bit torn and worn. I knew I would have to guess at some areas but I wanted to draw it as a gift to my mom. She was so surprised! 😌 The look on her face when she received it told me that I must have done a pretty decent job. She loved it. Honoring my grandmother and blessing my mom❤️.IMG_0627

Farewell President Obama

I thought I’d revisit this familiar face. The first real portrait I ever drew, 3 years ago, was from a photo of Obama back in the early days of the presidency. It’s always fun to compare old drawings to recent ones.

It’s so funny – people asked me, “Why’d you choose him to draw?”  When I did a recent drawing of Trump (see previous post)’ people asked me, “Why’d you draw him?”  Haha!  Can’t please everyone… ‘ain’t even trying to’.

Humanity … its beauty, love, sorrow, joy, and all things associated with life as we experience it; that is what I try to capture in my drawings… that is why I drew ‘him‘.

Peace and Love to you.💛

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CAUGHT!!

CAUGHT! Who’s bringing the fries!?! Ha!

Saw this photo of my cousin and thought, “Have I drawn fish yet?….Good for the portfolio.” 🐟🐟🐟. I’m on vacation so I’ve had time to sketch/practice all kinds of things. Hope you all aren’t weary of these drawings yet.😉

P.S. I’ve been fishing only once in my life; about 40 years ago. Caught one fish about the size of my hand. The End. 😏

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Trump & Hillary

So, I decided to make my little artistic contribution to the 2016 presidential election madness featuring the two most unpopular candidates ever (so I hear). Trump’s hair gave me fits. It looked so fake as I was drawing, but then I remembered that it looks fake in real life too 🤔 so I just quit working on it. 👀…. and … Hillary, well, she just ought to thank me for not drawing all of what I saw on her photo. (You’re welcome, girl) 😌.

Anyway, it’s all good (and needed) practice. 😎

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A Heavenly Commission

A couple weeks ago I was contacted by a young lady who asked me to do a very special drawing. She explained that her son was born two years ago, and he lived for 28 days; he never came home from the hospital.  She asked if I could do a drawing of him without his tubes and bandages. Well, my first thought was, “I’ve never done that but I could certainly try… and she will never have another photo of her baby, so I must try.”  I draw strictly from photos, not from my ‘mind’ (I’m not that skilled yet). She sent a few photos she had taken when the baby was in the hospital… and, yes, I was unsure when I saw the photos. His little face, with the tubes and bandages, told of his struggle to live.  I doubted my ability to do it but I asked God to show me this baby’s face without tubes and bandages, and healthy; the way he might have looked as he was ushered into the arms of the Lord.

As I started to draw, the neatest thing started to happen. My physical eyes studied the photo (as usual), however, my mind’s eye started to see a healthy baby with no bandages or anything. As I continued to draw I was excited  to see how his face came to life for me, I even heard God whisper to me about what I needed to do to portray the child’s little face and body. It was definitely a new challenge and a different kind of experience for me.Nate 2When I completed it, I was silenced by the results. Not that it is a perfect, artistically-skilled, and technically astounding drawing, but I felt I had totally succeeded in rendering an accurate likeness… only because God guided/showed me. Most of all I felt God approved and was pleased, and that HE had commissioned me to do this particular drawing.