Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Morning Birds

Morning Birds:11x14, acrylic on canvas board, 2010
 I intentionally carry my camera with me throughout the day so that I can take pictures of moments that catch my fancy. On my drive to work one morning, I was stopped at a light, and spotted and adorable cluttering of birds. The light gray background helps the captured figures pop out in a playful shade of violet.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Red Caboose

The Red Caboose: 11x14, acrylic on canvas board, 2010
 Having grown up reading the Boxcar Children book series, this painting was fun to create. Even though this train car is resigned to spending the rest of its days outside a museum, It is fun to think of all the adventures it may have had.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Birds by the Bay

Birds by the Bay: 8x10, acrylic on canvas board, 2010
 This image was captured off of Southern California's coastline: a place I once called home. I have since moved to the opposite coast, but California will always bring a sparkle to my eye. 

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Bell Tower at Patmos

Bell Tower at Patmos: 11x14, acrylic on canvas board, 2010
On the small Greek island of Patmos, one of the major must-see sites is the Cave of the Revelation. This is where John saw the revelation of the end times that led him to write the last book of the Bible. In present-day Patmos, the cave has been converted into a church. Above, the church bells rise and chime to tell the villagers the passing time. I reversed the gray and blue tones in the painting in order to pay homage to the blue-domed churches that speckle the islands of Greece. I may just continue on and create a full color series on the bell towers.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Shining Light

Shining Light: 11x14, acrylic on canvas board, 2010
Three extinguished candles are waiting patiently to be lit again. This is how I often feel about my artwork. Lately, when I am not painting, I find myself designing artwork in my mind, and catching myself getting giddy over the possibilities to make more beautiful things. 

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Ventura Cross

Ventura Cross: 11x14, acrylic on canvas, 2010
 This picture was taken several years ago, back when we were able to call California home. The message in this painting continues on to this day: Founding our marriage in Christ is vital to its strength, quality, and longevity.

Walk With Me Through Life

Walk With Me Through Life: 16x20, acrylic on canvas board, 2010
This is my first piece of art that I created with the intention of keeping for my home. It is super personal to Ryan and me. The photograph that I used to inspire this painting was one that was taken in Jerusalem. We were in the garden of the believed tomb of Jesus. We were on our way to see where Jesus rose from the dead: the entire cornerstone of our faith. The physical site itself was not as important as the message of God's sacrifice for us. Not only do I get the profound pleasure of walking through life with my loving husband Ryan, but most importantly we are doing it together with the knowledge of Jesus Christ who saved us!

Boy With Ducks

Boy With Ducks: 8x10, acrylic on canvas board, 2010
 Deep tones of hunter green unfold to reveal an idyllic day at the park.

Fala in Blue

Fala in Blue: 8x10, acrylic on canvas board, 2010
 This is my sister-in-law's first Guide Dogs of America puppy, Fala. In a effort to stray from the traditional back and gray tones, I introduced blue to the palette.

Big Brother G.

Big Brother G.: 8x10, acrylic on canvas board, 2010
 With a little sister on the way, I was able to gift this painting of the soon-to-be big brother to my expectant friend on the day of her baby shower.

Pretty Girl C.

Pretty Girl C. :8x10, acrylic on canvas board, 2010
 Candid life shots often turn into the most unique pieces of art. In the natural light, different nuances are highlighted and make for a great silhouette.

Beautiful Baby N.

Beautiful Baby N.: 8x10, acrylic on canvas board, 2010
 As a housewarming gift, a portrait of their daughter helped turn their new house into a home!

My Nephew J.

My Nephew, J. : 8x10, in acrylic on canvas board, 2010
 This is my first painting that I used to develop the technique of the contrasted silhouette. I loved the way the light played across his face, and wanted to capture that in paint and canvas.