Monday, March 12, 2018
Setting up a still life is harder than it looks. Sometimes what you envision in your mind just doesn't work in reality. There are so many possible variations for positioning the actors and many, many photographs taken. The right set up usually lets me know which one to pick.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
"893 Lady in Red"
acrylic - 24x24 in
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
On the ride home from Door County a few years ago, I came across this beautiful farm with fields of sunflowers. It was such a charming scene, in my mind. Much to my dismay, the sunflowers were gone the following year and replaced with corn fields.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
This morning glory bowl was made by Milwaukee artist, Jean Smaglik Wells using a technique called sgraffito. Her bowls are my favorites for still life paintings.
"891 Lemons in a Blue and White Bowl"
acrylic - 12x12 in
Monday, February 5, 2018
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
This little girl captured my attention (and my heart) because she looks so familiar. She looks just like I did as a child! I wish I could locate the photo to prove it to you. The point is this: this little girl and the other Palestinian and Syrian refugees could be your child or grandchild or mine, and the children deserve more than their current living conditions and fate.
In my opinion, the refugee situation in Palestine is not going to be improving any time soon. More and more families are left homeless because of the occupation and the recent decision to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem. Important funds have been cut by the United States that were earmarked for the Palestinians, who are living in occupation. Organizations that provide aid, such as ANERA (American Near East Refugee Aid, Washington, D.C.) are even more important to the refugees now during these times.
ANERA and its partners are determined to give some semblance of dignity to the refugees, as well as crucial medical assistance, improved water systems, education, distribution of important goods, etc.
In December 2017 alone, ANERA distributed 96,000 pairs of Tom's shoes to Palestinian and Syrian children in the Beddawi camp and in informal tented settlements of Lebanon.
Here are a few more facts about ANERA's 2017 statistics:
-ANERA distributed 50 - 40 foot containers of donated medicines;
-100,000 Palestinians were connected to reliable water sources;
-With ANERA's assistance, 8, 658 children returned to school in Lebanon alone;
-22 schools in Gaza and the West Bank were renovated
-94% of ANERA's revenue was spent on programs in Palestine and Lebanon.
The time to step up is now to provide assistance to these organizations. I hope you will consider making a donation to ANERA in honor of The Innocents Project, my independent effort to raise awareness and funds for these precious children. Please learn all about the services they lovingly provide at https://www.anera.org/ Thank you for your consideration.
"888 Now More Than Ever"
acrylic - 12x12 in