Sunday, October 23, 2016
I have studied this child's face for many months in anticipation of painting his portrait, searching for his true emotion. In his eyes, I see such sadness, yet he tries to muster up a smile for the camera. I note that he, like all the other refugee children, have dark circles under their eyes. Their sleeping conditions are poor at best, and they may be cold or hungry or both. Fear has to play a part in their emotions, as there is often unrest in the refugee camps. Many of the children know no life other than in a refugee camp. These children are The Innocents. They deserve so much more.
ANERA (American Near East Refugee Aid) tries to give these the children the "more" --- the things we take for granted: clean water, warm clothing, shoes, medical attention, schooling---and all of this requires money. Please consider a donation to ANERA and "The Innocents Project," which ismy attempt to bring awareness and monetary support of the good work ANERA does in Lebanon andPalestine. As you know, Lebanon is inundated with refugees from Syria, and it greatly affects their economy. ANERA is there to help the Syrian and Palestinian children and families.
Here is ANERA's contact information: www.ANERA.org
1111 14th Street N
Washington, DC 20005
Thank you for your consideration.
acrylic - 12x12 in
Thursday, October 20, 2016
This painting has been in the making for quite some time. I selected the keys, many of which were antique monastery keys, and enjoyed arranging them carefully so as not to look contrived, yet still balanced enough for a good composition. I'm crazy about painting old things with texture/rust/patina, as well as collections of items, so this was really fun for me. The hardest part of this painting was the background, which I know sounds silly, followed by coming up with a title. In the process, I found a quote by Pablo Picasso, that I like: "Action is the foundational key to success" ---which applies to just about everything, including painting, doesn't it?
acrylic - 36x36 in
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Just for fun---that was what this was all about. A new painting is almost finished and I hope you will like it. I need to look at it with "fresh eyes" several times a day for a few days.
"828 Just For Fun"
acrylic - 16x20 in
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Sunday, October 9, 2016
Finding the right title was a challenge. "Antique Hand Blown Wine Jugs" just didn't do it for me, so I did a little research. The title in English and Latin, is one of many common proverbs about wine in everyday language in Italy, wine being an important element. Basically it means "wine makes people tell the truth."
"In Wine There is Truth (In vino veritas)"
acrylic - 30x24 in
Thursday, October 6, 2016
acrylic - 20x16 in
Monday, October 3, 2016
I love learning new things during the process of painting. In addition to learning about this lovely tree, I continued to learn about the color green. I did not use any green paint in this painting, rather mixed a variety of greens from different blues and yellows. It was lots of fun and amazing to learn how many combinations there are!
"826 Russian Olive"
acrylic - 15.75x20 in
Thursday, September 29, 2016
This image of beautiful little Tala was taken in 2012 when she was just one year old. Sadly, I doubt that four years later her life is any better. She has probably never known a "normal" life outside of a refugee camp. ANERA tries to make children's and their families' lives a little more "normal."
If by chance you are so moved, please make a donation to ANERA.org and mention "The Innocents Project."
acrylic - 12x12 in