December 21, 2008
December 20, 2008
December 16, 2008
December 15, 2008
November 23, 2008
November 18, 2008
November 16, 2008
November 15, 2008
I recently visited Fountain Hills and my friend, Barbara, took me to lunch at their new lakeside location. I had a great reunion with Jim and saw the painting I had gifted them hanging on the wall. It occurred to me that I had not taken a photo of this painting and was glad for the opportunity be able to post it on my blog.
November 14, 2008
November 12, 2008
A few years ago, my grandaughter, Missy, wanted to dress as a flapper for Halloween. I took the opportunity to teach her to sew as we created a bright red dress with lots of fringe. A black feather boa, rope pearls and sequined headband completed "the look".
This was a quick watercolor "sketch".
November 10, 2008
November 9, 2008
November 8, 2008
This is one of the paintings that was purchased right off my wall by someone touring my house with a realtor. I was selling paintings but not the house. One more I didn't have to pack for the move to San Antonio.
November 6, 2008
October 25, 2008
I was reminded of this painting. Five years ago my son-in-law asked me to paint this picture of the Derksen family. They pastor Faith Mountain Church in Fountain Hills and somehow got the title of Fountain Hillbillies. You probably recognize Jed Clampett's jalopy. I painted them cruising down Saguaro Boulevard past the lake and the fountain. The faces of Mark, Carol, Mark, Jr. and Vicky were cut from photographs.
The Shaffers wrote lyrics to the theme music from "The Beverly Hillbillies" and sang it to them at a church celebration.
Com 'n listen to my story 'bout a man named Derksen
A bless-ed Christian man who tries not to sin
An' then one day, he was prayin' what to do
An' down from the cloud come a shinin' white hue.
God that is! Glorified! Cant's be denied!
Well, the first thing ya know, Ol' Mark's without a care
Holy Spirit said, "Derk move away from there."
Phoenix Arizony is the place that God wills,
so they loaded up white lightn' and they moved to the Hills.
Fountain that is! Palm trees! One hundred plus degrees?
Ol' Mark got a church home and he has God to thank
He didn't even have to see the pres'dent of a bank.
Lotsa folks objected, but the Lord found no fault,
'Cause ol' Mark's treasures are a buildin' in God's vault.
Riches that is! Heavenly wage! Derk's gettin' paid!
Well now it's time to say good-bye to Mark and all his kin
An' they would like to thank you folks fer kindly droppin' in.
You're all invited back again to this locality.
Ta' have a heapin' helpin' of their hospitality.
Spirit filled, that is! Shed yer cares off! Worship a while!
Y'all come back now, ya hear!
October 3, 2008
October 1, 2008
September 30, 2008
September 22, 2008
September 20, 2008
September 19, 2008
September 18, 2008
September 11, 2008
September 4, 2008
San Pedro Presbyterian Church has honored Reverend William H. Arnold by naming the Arnold Building in his memory. He served the church from 1988 to 1995. I was commissioned to paint this watercolor portrait of him to hang in the hallway of the Arnold Building. It was dedicated and unveiled by his wife, Mary. I asked Mary to name the portrait... she always called him her tall man of God.
The plaque on the frame reads: A Man for All Seasons and beneath that title Mary's Tall Man of God
This painting was a challenge as I was working from a small photograph. The robe read as solid black. Black in not a color on my palette so I worked to incorporate color in that start black clergical robe.
August 30, 2008
He took the bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me."
In the same way, after supper he took the cup saying, " This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me."
I Corinthians 11:24
August 28, 2008
August 27, 2008
August 20, 2008
August 19, 2008
August 2, 2008
In January, 2008, I was awarded second place ribbon for Artist of the Month competition at The Coppini Academy of Fine Arts in San Antonio.
Below is the finished painting matted, framed in brushed silver and hanging above my mantel. I searched for a sphere shaped vase to display the lilies and repeat the design of the painting.
July 31, 2008
July 29, 2008
This was my first figurative painting using oils. I also painted a different pose of her in watercolor. I may post that tomorrow.
July 28, 2008
oil on canvas; 30x40
This larger than life Gerber daisy is painted on a stretched canvas. The petals wrap around the edges so no frame is necessary. My daughter wanted one giant red bloom for her dining room wall and it certainly makes a statement as you enter her red, white and black kitchen.
July 27, 2008
July 24, 2008
oil on canvas, 18x24
July 23, 2008
July 22, 2008
July 21, 2008
July 20, 2008
July 19, 2008
Double click on image to see a larger, more detailed view.