Thursday, 19 June 2008

Gathering Rosebuds

This was the first piece that I have done on an actual canvas. I did it on a box canvas so that it has deep sides. The sides are also painted as well as the front and so a person doesn't need to frame it. You can hang it just as it is.

I loved the whimsical look of this little girl with her basket of roses. She looks very pleased with herself!

I painted the sides with the same rose colour as the front only I added the cheery touch of some big white polka dots to dress it up.

I was thrilled in that this painting sold before I even had a chance to list it. Because it is on a boxed Canvas I was selling the original not prints. It is always a bit of a wrench to sell an original I think, kind of like selling one of your own babies in a way. I suppose I could still sell prints if anyone wanted them, but they wouldn't have the cheery polka dots on the side.

I think I may do more of these on the canvas as I am really pleased with the way this one turned out. What do you think?

Saturday, 7 June 2008

Sometimes in the Rain

Sometimes when things seem to be going really wrong we may be tempted to ask ourselves where is God. Sometimes it takes the rough times to find Him and I truly feel that He is never closer to us than when we are in despair and feeling down. All we have to do is reach out to Him. He'll reach back and hold us if we reach out in faith. He truly does love us. It reminds me of a beautiful song I like to listen to by Steven Curtis Chapman. Here are some of the lyrics...

"Sometimes He comes in the rain
And we question the pain
And wonder why God can seem so far away
But time will show us
He was right there with us, and . . .

Sometimes He comes in the clouds
Sometimes His face cannot be found
Sometimes the sky is dark and grey
But some things can only be known
And sometimes He comes in the clouds . . . "

Sometimes In The Rain . . . prints available now in my Esty Shop, or by private arrangment.

Friday, 6 June 2008

For Dad

Just a little something I have done for my dad for Father's Day. I call it "The Hug" My dad took me everywhere with him when I was really small and before my sister and brother came along. He's always called me the apple of his eye. He probably calls them that too, but when he says it to me I feel like it's a name just for me. He has always believed in my art talents and has carried a painting I did for him of a winter scene when I was about 17 years old with him everywhere he has gone in these past years. He always displays it with pride in a prominent place in his home. I reckon it's about time I did him another one, don't you?

Sunday, 1 June 2008

A Few Commissions I've been working on

For a little girl who is whimsical and who loves animals. I don't think the Polar Bear looks too ferocious do you?

A delightful little picture for a girl that loves to read. I hope that the recipient loves it as much as I do. This is the first one I have done with background colour. What do you think?

For a store that is also a restaurant. They wanted something whimsical and fun. I hope that I managed that!