Thursday, September 7, 2017

869 Education is Key

The new school year began this week in my community and many others, and as I watched neighborhood kids trot off to school with their new paraphernalia and school clothes, I couldn't help but think of the children in Palestine and Lebanon, where education for many is not readily accessible due to poverty and conflict.  Stress and anxiety can prohibit the learning process and development for these children.

In Lebanon, not only is the economy left in turmoil by the 1.5 million Syrian refugees, but so is the education system.  But so many of the Syrian refugee children drop out of school to work to support their families, and many of them have not been enrolled in school at all.

If you have been following my blog, you may recall that I have been painting the refugee children as part of my effort called "The Innocents Project."  This is my 17th painting in the series, which I'm hoping will raise awareness of the innocent children who are caught in the middle of a turbulent situation.  (More on that in the weeks to come!)

I am also working to promote the good work of a Washington, DC headquartered organization called ANERA, American Near East Refugee Aid, a non-political, non-profit group of devoted people in the US and in the Middle East who are committed to restoring dignity to those who live in sub-human conditions.  ANERA provides early childhood education to those like this beautiful young girl, incorporating expressive arts as part of their curriculum.  For older students, they provide non-formal and flexible education to teens so that they can try to go to school and help support their families.  It is often difficult and unaffordable for the children to get transportation to schools outside of their camps, so ANERA is working to educate them in or near their camps.

ANERA seems to cover whatever is needed for the refugee families, renovating schools, improving water systems, distributing medical supplies and relief materials, including shoes and boots for children who otherwise would be barefoot.  I cannot say enough about the work they do, which is so much more than I have described here.  Check their stats and you will see.  Please consider donating to ANERA or at the very least, check out their website to learn about this crucial situation.

Thank you so much for your consideration.

"869 Education is Key"
acrylic - 12x12 in

Thursday, August 31, 2017

868 Nasturtiums

My new floral infatuation is with nasturtiums, a beautiful and edible flower.  I have a few multi-colored plants--yellow, red and orange, in a pot on my patio and they are hardy and beautiful.  I love how the stems go every-which-way.  I am sure this is the first of many more nasturtium paintings.  Next year they will have a more prominent place in my garden.

"868 Nasturtiums"
acrylic - 6x6 in

Monday, August 21, 2017

866 Kate and Will

I just returned from Brewster, Massachusetts Cape Cod where we attended a most beautiful wedding of my god-daughter, Kate and Will, the perfect compliment to Kate.  The wedding was an elegant, yet warm and welcoming celebration of their love and future.   Kate loves succulents, and her wedding was draped with gorgeous flowers, greenery, and of course, succulents.  The above painting was part of my wedding gift and hopefully they will find a place in their home that will remind them of all the love, pride and admiration I have for them, and of all the heartfelt wishes I send for a beautiful life together.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention that Charlie, the Best Dog looked quite dapper in his tuxedo.
You may remember that I have painted Charlie numerous times.  He is the perfect subject!
Congratulations, Will and Kate, #pairofkings.

Monday, August 14, 2017

865 Blue Roof

I really enjoyed mixing all these greys and I'm happy with this painting after a couple of bombs.  It will be on its way to The Leigh Gallery in Chicago very soon.

By the way, one of my paintings from my Plymouth Beach series was rented for a Lowe's commercial.  I don't watch much television, so I doubt I will see it, but it's lots of fun to get the publicity!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

864 Family Farm

This post should be called "When Life Gets in the Way."  For the last several weeks, I have been absent on the painting and posting scene because of a commitment to my garden club.  Now that most of the dust has settled, I am eager to get back to painting more regularly.  There are so many paintings in my head just waiting to be put to canvas.

"864 Family Farm"
acrylic - 9x12 in

In case you'd like to know about our big "event," read on.  For the last 15 months, The Whitefish Bay Garden Club has been planning our inaugural garden tour of 10 private gardens and 4 public gardens in our little village.  But not just any garden tour--a tour of gardens with quilts made by local quilters, "Quilts in the Garden."  Oh. My.  Our little idea grew and grew and our 10 private gardens were staged with 90 beautiful quilts.  It was spectacular.  We had no idea how many tickets to print, so we initially printed 250.  The number of pre-orders kept growing, and more tickets were printed.  We never expected, nor were we prepared to sell 900 tickets.  But it was a beautiful day and people came and truly enjoyed the quilts and the gardens.  Here are a few photos. Enjoy!

Monday, June 26, 2017

863 Simple Elegance

Most artists I know paint with emotion while trying to capture with paint and canvas a feeling they had about a certain subject.  I am most relaxed and connected to Mother Nature when I am amidst the trees in any given area, woods or neighborhood.  A recent visit to Mackinac Island brought us to that place for me during our horse drawn carriage ride through most of the island.  This tree caught my eye and I was lucky to get a photograph or two on the move.  

I made this painting with a very limited palette.  No green or brown paint, just three blues, three yellows, two reds, a white and a tiny bit of black to mix that olive green on the left.