Sunday, December 27, 2009

Max - pembroke welsh corgi dog portrait oil painting

Max - Pembroke Welsh Corgi
5 X 7
Oil on canvas sheet $100
Includes shipping and insurance
While my friend Tessa was out of town for Christmas, we cared for one of her dogs - Max.
Max is a Pembroke Welsh Corgi and one of Georgia's good friends. I couldn't resist taking pictures of the two of them in the snow. Max is originally from California, so I doubt he's seen much of it - and neither has Georgia, for that matter. Both dogs enjoyed a romp after establishing that it wasn't dangerous.
I haven't painted much over the holidays, but Max's handsome face was an inspiration.
Now back to the book cover commission!
2 Samuel 14:25
In all Israel there was not a man so highly praised for his handsome appearance as Absalom. From the top of his head to the sole of his foot there was no blemish in him
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Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

The last White Christmas I remember was probably when we took the kids to Breckenridge, Christmas 1989. Merideth was 6 and Ben was almost 9. We got stuck in a blizzard in Colorado Springs on the way home and my mother ended up driving her Caravan into the ditch. She was simply following the tail lights of the car in front of her, and unfortunately THEY went into the ditch, too. We were in a new Suburban and made it to the last exit that was open before the Interstate was closed. This story has a happy ending. A tow truck pulled Mom out fairly quickly. We stayed in touch with a CB radio, and we all ended up spending the night in a tiny hotel, along with a number of other stranded travelers. The Denver Broncos were playing that night, and Mile High Stadium was almost empty. Every 3 downs, the officials had to sweep the yard markers, it was snowing so hard. Somehow we managed to get pizza delivered and a family memory was born....
Merry Christmas to you all and may you remember that the reason Christ was born was to bring love and generosity and forgiveness to us all EVERY day of the year!
John 1: 1-5
1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning. 3Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5The light shines in the darkness

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Asters - floral oil painting colorado flowers

Colorado Asters 5 X 15 Oil on canvas board $115
Includes shipping and insurance

The snow has been falling all day and the wind has blown like nobody's business. Yesterday it was 79 degrees. I got sunburned working in the garden, and I was inspired to paint flowers!
I awoke this morning to blustery winds, 32 degrees and fat snowflakes, desperately trying to stick on the warm ground.
Mike and I were scheduled to ring the bell for the Salvation Army in front of the local WalMart at noon, so we journeyed into town through the blizzard.
Until today I had been rather glum about this year's Christmas, but standing in the blowing snow and wishing friends and neighbors "Merry Christmas" totally changed my mood. By the time we finished our assigned hour, had shopped and visited a friend in the nursing home, the roads were becoming dangerous so we headed slowly for home. We passed 6 cars in the ditch in our 12 mile journey. (All were being helped.) A long, cold afternoon in front of the fire, listening to old time radio programs, reading and painting loomed. Life is good.
We all need to remember that the reason for Christmas is NOT to have a contest for who gets the biggest pile of goodies that hold our interest for 5 minutes. We need to remember that God only wants us to be more like him every day of the year - giving and FORgiving. And every time we do so, we get closer to him.
God bless ya'll this Christmas and remember to keep laughing at Al Gore - Global Warming hasn't hit Texas yet!
Ephesians 4:32
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Bevo - University of Texas mascot longhorn UT oil painting

Font size3.75 X 5.75 Small oil on canvas $115
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There's still time to get this for your favorite UT fan! Includes shipping, the cedar frame AND the frame stand. nodp
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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Dandy Coming At Ya - sunset afternoon horse running oil painting

8 X 10 Oil on linen panel $125
SOLD to a Texas Collector
This one is similar to another I painted recently - this time with the horse running to the viewer.
Is dry and will arrive in time for Christmas.
Join me tonight in Dallas at the Dutch Art Gallery on NW Highway from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. I will be bringing some new paintings and sharing stories with my collectors!
Philemon 1:6
I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.
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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Zenyatta Wins - thoroughbred racehorse breeders cup winner

8 X 10 Oil on Linen Panel $125
Includes shipping and insurance in US
This is an amazing mare. Fourteen races, fourteen wins - most of them from way behind. Breeders cup winner two years in a row.
Mike Smith is the only jockey to ride her and I'm sure he is sad over her retirement. I'm sad because she didn't win "horse of the year". But I'm happy, too, because she is still healthy, unlike Barbaro (or Ruffian - remember her?).
I don't follow thoroughbred racing all that much, but this one is worth researching. Winning stories are nice to read about. And winners are nice to know (and paint).
Isaiah 58:14
then you will find your joy in the LORD, and I will cause you to ride on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob." The mouth of the LORD has spoken.
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Monday, December 7, 2009

Kiss My Bevo .... - University of Texas UT mascot oil painting

6 X 8 Oil on linen panel -
SOLD to a Texas Collector
Immediately following the GREAT UT-Nebraska game, my blog had 7 viewers in a row searching for paintings of the University of Texas mascot, and this painting is a brazen result of those searches! Thank goodness I enjoy painting long horned cattle!
Since I mostly paint from my own photos or with permission from other photographers, AND I didn't have a personal photo of Bevo, this was a challenge. Since there are plenty of photos of Bevo on the internet, I used one of my neighbor's bull bodies and put Bevo's spots on him. They are far from perfect, but I think he's close enough.
This painting should be dry enough in time for Christmas - barely.
Psalm 37:11
But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy great peace.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Horse of a Different Color - bright colored abstract horse

8 X 8 Oil on Linen Panel $50
SOLD to a collector in Indiana

In between the "serious" paintings, I am compelled to just paint color - but it seems like I still have to paint horses....oh well, so shoot me.
It's another dark, wintry day in Texas. It even snowed briefly this morning. The good news is that winter rarely lasts for very long in Texas. In fact I can remember a number of Christmas days where it was 70 degrees or warmer. But today is miserable. Soooo to create warm fuzzies, I have fired up the wood stove in the studio and placed a pot of bubbling venison stew on it. The dog and kitty consider me their best friend right now.
Just 20 days until the Winter Solstice and the days will begin to lengthen again. I sympathize with my Norway friends!
Proverbs 22:24
Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Free Ride - butterfly on mule nose with cowboy illustrative art book cover

20 X 20 Oil on stretched linen
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I HATE wasting time on the computer!!! I spent most of this morning working on my WEBSITE and updating and networking and cleaning up files and and and...I feel like I've done nothing. I think I need a manager...
Anyway, I worked a while on this painting and I still need to do a bit more - mainly darken the background (and probably "yellow" the hat). But since I'll do it with a glaze, it'll have to dry first. The title, of course, is a lie - there is no such thing as a free ride...which the world will find out eventually when the huge house of cards we have built comes crashing down.
The state of the world is beginning to worry me some more - I go through stages of confidence, followed by stages of extreme fear - and not for myself, but for those less capable. Today was a rainy, dark, worrisome day, so I spent part of it ordering seeds for next year's garden. One things is for sure, as long as I have dirt and water, I'll never go hungry, because, like my mother, I can stick a board in the ground and something will grow.
Psalm 34:10
The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.