Monday, February 13, 2017
Happy Valentine's Day to all of you.
"Love is a Many Splendored Thing"
oil - 12x9 in
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Her name is Safaa. I don't always know the child's name when I paint the refugees ANERA serves, and the more information I have about each child, the more intimate the painting experience. I don't know anything about her, other than she is probably Palestinian or Syrian living in Lebanon, Palestine or Jordan, so I just imagine what her life is like, and what it could be when I am painting her. She probably lives in a makeshift refugee camp where heat is nonexistent. If she is lucky, ANERA provides her with a preschool to attend, and warm boots provided by Toms, and emergency lights. Hopefully she has the medical supplies she needs and clean water, all provided by ANERA.
ANERA (American Near East Refugee Aid) is a non-political non-profit headquartered in Washington, D.C. They are committed to providing not only aid to families in the Middle East, but to giving them as much dignity as possible. These ANERA folks are angels too.
If you are so moved, please consider making a donation to ANERA at www.anera.org.
"844 Will You Be My Valentine?"
acrylic - 12x12 in
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
My online class is over and I really enjoyed it. I still have much to learn. I will continue to study and will take the lessons with me as I further develop my style and identity as an artist.
Working with oil paints is a much slower process and much more difficult than working with acrylics, in my opinion. I thought I had a lot of patience, but working with oil showed me that I need more.
"843 Grace and Beauty"
oil - 16x20 in
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
"842 Miranda, Sweet Sixteen"
oil - 14x11 in
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
This adorable little girl is a student at one of the 165 preschools that ANERA (American Near East Refugee Aid) has rebuilt/refurbished in the West Bank and Gaza. ANERA has introduced new creative ways for 600 teachers to teach 30,000 children who attend schools in Palestine. The new framework developed by ANERA, the Ministry of Education and others nationally and internationally concerned about education involves a creative approach to learning, just as we would see in most American preschools. Instead of passively playing music in the background, children and teachers play a variety of instruments, incorporating dance, drama and art. Play time is very important part of development for children in this age group, and so many social skills revolve around playtime. At first the children didn't know what to do with the various games that were provided to them, therefore they mixed up all the playing pieces. With time and effort, they learned to keep the games together and how to enjoy them. We take things like this for granted. These children live in horrific living conditions, but I am grateful to ANERA for providing them with education in a happy setting.
"ANERA’s ECD program is built on a comprehensive and holistic vision to provide the best learning environment for children in safe and colorful settings with child-appropriate learning materials and furnishings, sanitary facilities and playgrounds."
You can read more about the wonderful work that ANERA does for refugees in Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan here: www.anera.org They also have Facebook and Instagram pages.
"840 Feisty and Sweet"
acrylic - 12x12 in
Thursday, January 12, 2017
I am enjoying my online Flower Portrait class and here is my first full painting. There may be some tweaking to do, but I enjoyed the very slow process of it. The artist who is teaching the course strongly believes in The Law of Attraction and he applies the concept to our painting. It makes all the sense in the world to me.
"840 The Law of Atrtaction"
oil - 12x16 in
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
With the new online course I am taking, I am making several adjustments--medium (from acrylic to oil), a new palette of paint colors, and a new technique. There is always so much to learn in the process of identifying and perfecting one's "craft."
I spent a lot of time today and yesterday mixing colors and practicing the floral portrait. Yellow is my nemesis color so I painted one of the yellow roses and a red rose for the first assignment. I will try to find white roses or another multi petaled flower to paint for upcoming assignments. I am enjoying this learning process after one of those "uh oh, what have I done?" moments yesterday.
oil - 8x6 in
oil - 8x6 in