Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Fish are relaxing to watch and great stress relievers, in my opinion. Until something goes wrong...like the pond pump getting a frog stuck in the intake. At least that's what I SUSPECT is the reason for the minimal trickle of water currently coming down the waterfall. Which means today I need to lower the pond level to below the intake box, then dismantle the pump and run a snake down the pipe which goes underground to the waterfall. Yep. And the water is now about 55 degrees. I am not looking forward to that chore. But it must be done because my fish depend on me to take care of them. This 6 X 10 painting is up for auction on eBay. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=220165611421&ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT&ih=012
John 21:16Again Jesus said, "Simon son of John, do you truly love me?" He answered, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Take care of my sheep."
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
This little 4 X 6 panel will be auctioned starting Oct. 28 on eBay along with a number of others.
Galatians 6:10Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
This painting looks like a change of season is underway, rather like the weather today. I like the limited palette of blue and orange - complimentary colors and opposite one another on the color wheel. That's what initiates a lot of vibrancy and movement. I'm hoping my son likes this one and would hang a larger version somewhere in his house. Meanwhile, this one is available for purchase from me (measures 8 X 12). firstname.lastname@example.org
Deuteronomy 28:12 The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
I have always loved horses and have owned them for the past 25 years. Many have come and gone - for one reason or another. Most were good, some weren't. This horse was the best. Her name was Miss Jack and she was with us 14 years. She died this past summer, three months after giving birth to her last foal. She was 21 years old, and I still have her 11 year old offspring, PJ, who will be having a foal herself, this March. The baby will be a paint horse, and I expect it will the subject of many paintings in the future.
Horses are nothing like dogs, although many people treat them as such. I have a great deal of respect for an animal that allows a human to sit on it and tell it what to do, and for those who know how to get a horse to do such a thing.
1 Peter 3:15 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Isaiah 11:6The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
My Son-in-law's parents are ranchers/custom farmers down near Bay City, Texas, and I painted this little painting for them before our kids got married last May. They've had quite a flood of rain this past year - not much farming has been done, I'm afraid. And that's hard for Mark - he does not like sitting idle at all.
This is pretty illustrative work, and I used to think I would enjoy doing the art for a children's book. Maybe some day - meantime I keep looking for little scenes to paint and put our dog, Georgia, into. Maybe I should write the book myself and use Georgia as the main character.
Ecclesiastes 10:18 If a man is lazy, the rafters sag; if his hands are idle, the house leaks.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Job 12:13 To God belongs wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
While in Wyoming this past June I took numerous lake and boat pictures. Most folks canoed, while there were a few speed boats on the lakes. This individual was spied in a canoe at Colter Bay having a good time on the crystal clear water. He had a fishing pole in the front of his boat, but I think he was enjoying the paddling more. He gladly posed for me while I snapped a dozen photos.
Me and the bristle brush are still arguing, but I think we are coming to a compromise.....
This is a large painting - 24 X 36 - and will be posted in my eBay store. Contact me directly if you are interesting in purchasing it. email@example.com
Mark 1:17 "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men."
Saturday, October 13, 2007
I have a friend who swears that mules are the best to ride, and she has been trying to get me to come ride one at her place. She also owns a phenomenal stallion who happens to be a paint horse and I have bred my mare, PJ, to him. But she really loves her donkeys and mules. Mules have a reputation for being sure footed and well balanced - and most don't buck - which is a good thing at my age! They also have a reputation for being stubborn, but I think that is more along the line of being cautious and practical.
This molly mule was at her place last time I visited. She didn't want to make friends with me a first - being a practical mule, she waited to see what my intentions were before she let me approach her.
Psalm 32:9 Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you.
Friday, October 12, 2007
This is another small (6 x 8) attempt to make friends with the bristle brush again! And to get the color right portraying distance and heat.
We have raised many babies on our farm - both four legged and two legged - and they were all quite good at following Momma. Some mommas were better than others at leading, but all have been fiercely concerned when it came to looking after their little ones.
This painting will be offered on eBay next week and is available for purchase directly from me now, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matthew 19:21 Jesus answered, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
They're strong and powerful, for sure - especially on a quarter horse, the sprinter of the horse world. They are well defined on a horse that is in shape - only a few strokes of the paintbrush are needed to define the image.
This painting will be auctioned on eBay next week.
We are weak but he is strong (from "Jesus Loves Me, This I Know")
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Proverbs 4:1 Listen, my sons, to a father's instruction; pay attention and gain understanding.
Sunday, October 7, 2007
At first glance, this painting appears totally abstract - but there IS an image. Can you see it? I was sitting on a fence looking down at my horse, PJ, when I took the photo that inspired it. Now can you see it?
Things aren't always what we perceive them to be upon first viewing. I have come to call several people "friend" who at first meeting didn't seem to be "friendship material". Digging deeper is sometimes worth the effort....
Proverbs 27:9 Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of one's friend springs from his earnest counsel.
Saturday, October 6, 2007
One of the best vacations we ever took with the kids was to South Padre Island. It's a long trip to get there, but well worth it. The beach that year was spotless, the weather perfect and the fishing great!
My daughter could have spent the entire time feeding the gulls, if we let her. They knew an easy mark, too - and they were so conditioned to getting fed, all you had to do was make the motion of raising your arm or tossing something in the air (either real or imaginary) and there'd be a squawking flock around you in seconds!
Philippians 4:12I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
Friday, October 5, 2007
We visited Yellowstone this past June. After a gloriously wet winter and spring, the wildlife was fat and abundant. Of course they are protected in this 2 million-plus acre "park" so they behave as if they own the place - and in reality, they do! Bears, bison, mule deer, coyotes, wolves, bald eagles and elk - all live in this Eden created by God and managed (sometimes well) by man.
I couldn't resist painting this man "shooting" an elk with his digital camera. This little 9 X 12 is available for purchase.
Genesis 2:15The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
This painting makes me wonder what it must have been like for the last buffalo in a particular area. Bison are herd animals and like horses and cows, need companionship of their own kind to thrive. How lonely he must have been.
This painting is available for purchase.
Psalm 25:16Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Monday, October 1, 2007
Crossing New Mexico can be a challenge for some people - especially those that view it as a desolate expanse of boring cactus-filled desert. I have NEVER felt that way about the state. We visit New Mexico at least twice a year and every time the scenery is different. This past summer the skies were awesome everywhere we looked, and I will spend much of this winter trying to recapture the expanse and grandeur of this state.
Isaiah 32:2 Each man will be like a shelter from the wind and a refuge from the storm, like streams of water in the desert and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land.