Monday, February 13, 2017

Love is a Many Splendored Thing

Need I say more?

Happy Valentine's Day to all of you.

"Love is a Many Splendored Thing"
oil - 12x9 in

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

844 Will You Be My Valentine?

A very wise woman,  my mentor, always said it was the kiss of death to fall in love with your painting.  (It really was a tough lesson to learn.)   But she never said I shouldn't fall in love with my subject.  This little angel stole my heart at first glance.

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

"844 Will You Be My Valentine?"
acrylic - 12x12 in

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

843 Grace and Beauty

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