Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Sofie's Choice - Jersey heifer oil painting by Debbie Grayson Lincoln

6 X 6 Oil on Gessoed MDF board $100
Includes shipping and insurance
CALLING ALL FARM ANIMALS!!!!
Starting sometime in January (after my next grandbaby is born!) I want to challenge myself to paint 50 animals in 50 days. I and a number of my artist friends have done this to help ourselves get into a productive habit of working daily. I took some time off this year and did not paint a thing for over 3 months. I was productive in other ways, but I missed painting and I thought this challenge would help.
That's where YOU come in. I have painted my own cows, horses, dogs and assorted feathered friends so many times. I know every wrinkle and every beak. Fellow artist Carol Nelson asked for photos of people to paint and produced 100 portraits in 100 days. Laurie Pace painted 100 horses in 100 days. I am asking for assorted farm animals. I prefer head shots, well lit naturally (NOT with a flash), and large.
Send them to my e-mail address WITH your name and permission to use ("I grant Debbie Lincoln permission to paint the attached image of my animal and use it on her blog").
debbiegraysonlincoln@yahoo.com
Of course the paintings will be for sale, but you are under no obligation to purchase them. You CAN copy the image and use them however you'd like, though.
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

6X6 Oil on linen panel $100
Includes Shipping and Insurance U.S.
Continuing with the limited palette exercises. Colors revealed at end of post!
I have no Hereford neighboring cows, but I do pass this one really nice herd on the way to Bluff Dale and have stopped to take some photos of them on occasion. They have always been pretty far from the fence so I cannot get much detail in the image, but I really don't need it with an exercise in color.
Christmas is bearing down upon us but it doesn't feel like it at all. It was 77 degrees today and continuing dry. East Texas got a bit of rain with the last "cold" front, but it passed us by completely. I would LOVE to get another milk cow (one is NEVER enough!) but feed is an issue - particularly pasture. SO I sit on my hands when I hear of a cow bargain. I will be happy with my 1 cow, 1 heifer, 1 calf and rehabbing Dr. Doofus' cow, Mayflower (more on that later when I paint her).
Colors used: Red, Violet, Yellow-Green - a split complement. fun fun fun
Colossians 2:18
Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you. Such a person also goes into great detail about what they have seen; they are puffed up with idle notions by their unspiritual mind.
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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Limited Palette Cow 4 - by Debbie Grayson Lincoln

6 X 6 Oil on panel $100
Includes shipping and insurance U.S.
This is the last one of the series of limited palette cow paintings and I kinda like the little touches of violet. Have you been correct on the other three color schemes?
Today is "get ready for winter" day - there is an Arctic front due to hit us tomorrow evening, so today we are stocking up the firewood stacks, winterizing outdoor equipment, giving animals extra food and bedded shelter, and covering the garden as best we can. Temperatures in the twenties is not unusual here, but they are rarely sustained for very long, so I have found that if I cover garden plants with a variety of insulating materials, I can extend our growing season by a month or more. Plants like English peas and beets can take 20 degrees for several days, as can Spinach and Kale and Swiss chard. They'll come back better if I cover them up, though. The lettuce really doesn't like it much below 30, though, and if I cover it, it can take it down to 25. Below that it become chicken fodder.
Speaking of animal fodder, Aunt Abbey has decided that she loves beet tops. Her mouth starts drooling when she sees me coming with a bucket full. Next year I may plant twice as many just for her!
Have you guessed the colors yet?They are violet, yellow-orange, and yellow-green. I am looking forward to the next set of limited palette paintings, and I hope you are, too!
Ecclesiastes 3:1 (One of my favorites!)
[ A Time for Everything ] There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.
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Friday, December 7, 2012

Limited Palette Cow 3 - by Debbie Grayson Lincoln

6 X 6 Oil on canvas panel $100
Includes shipping and insurance U.S.
Here's number 3 in the series...same idea, limited palette with complements.
Mike and I went to one of the local dairy sale barns today, hopefully to buy another new born baby calf to "graft" on to Aunt Abbey. We sent her adopted 4 month old bull calf to the sale Wednesday and now she's just nursing her single calf. He's loving it, but that much milk is giving him the scours (diarrhea) PLUS we are getting a gallon to drink every 3 days. We really need to put another calf on her.
At the dairy calf sales, usually there are 50 baby calves to chose from, but today there were just a dozen. I picked out two I liked, and as usual, they were the most expensive ($250 and $145 each - I had HOPED to pay less than $100). We passed and returned home empty-handed. The weather is supposed to turn cold Sunday, so part of me is kinda glad I won't be wrestling the cows in bad weather. We may try to get another one later.
The palette I used on the painting had green, red-orange and red violet. I like the way this one "pops" - almost Christmasy!
Jeremiah 50:9
For I will stir up and bring against Babylon an alliance of great nations from the land of the north. They will take up their positions against her, and from the north she will be captured. Their arrows will be like skilled warriors who do not return empty-handed
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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Limited Palette Cow # 2 by Debbie Grayson Lincoln

6 X 6 Oil on canvas panel $100
Includes shipping and insurance in US
Here's the 2nd cow in the series, and it turned out the University of Texas' burnt orange school color. This palette should be easy for you to guess. Remember I am using complements.
Still no rain down here in central Texas. We watched a special on the Dust Bowl last week, and I see a number of parallels in then and now. Politicians promised the moon when they sold that part of Western Oklahoma to homesteaders. It looked like a deal that was too good to be true, and it was. That part of Oklahoma has been returned to the native state it once was. Mother Nature had nicely populated the ground with prairie grass and it thrived in the limited rainfall. There is a reason there are no trees in that part of our country - IT DOESN'T RAIN ENOUGH THERE!
There ARE trees in our part of Texas, though, and they are all suffering with lack of rainfall. It won't be long until the only live ones will be those surrounding houses where they get watered - much like West Texas! At least we will have plenty of firewood!
The palette used here was Red Orange, Yellow Orange and Blue. Did you get it right?
Genesis 8:2
Now the springs of the deep and the floodgates of the heavens had been closed, and the rain had stopped falling from the sky.
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Limited Palette Cow #1 by Debbie Grayson Lincoln

6X6 Oil on gessoed masonite panel $100
Includes shipping and insurance U.S.
Here is the first of the four limited palette cow studies...Can you guess the 3 main colors?
Today is cattle sale day and we are hauling one of Abbey's 2 calves to the sale barn - I think he weighs 250 to 300 pounds. The money he brings will feed Aunt Abbey through winter AND allow me to purchase another baby to put on her next Monday.
The tax situation is still up in the air (thank you, Congress), so we are probably going to sell the other calf before the end of the year, too. We are NOT the so-called wealthy that the President wants to tax - we are retired/working middle class, a group that is slowly shrinking and getting strangled by government regulations. Living on a farm certainly helps buffer prices and tax fluctuations, but we can't do it forever. I do know a lot of families across America who are readying themselves for a long hard night, though, and are learning how to live self-sufficienty. Even my Momma in Dallas uses every spare plot of dirt in her yard to grow veggies - you should see her enormous spinach plant!
The colors I used, by the way, were Red-Violet, Blue-Violet and Yellow. Did you guess right?
Luke 12:38
It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the middle of the night or toward daybreak.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

One Cow Four Palettes

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I have been thinking of ways to challenge myself without paying an arm and a leg and going to workshop after workshop.
One way to send the brain in different directions is to limit the available colors to paint with - limiting the palette. I have done this before with mixed results. This time, I decided to commit to painting 4 little images of the exact same cow (I liked the light on her) all with a different palette - in this case 2 or 3 analogous colors and a complement. These are the 4 paintings and in the next 4 days I will talk about each one individually and reveal the palette. I will be interested in knowing your favorite, too!
Thanksgiving this year was a real blessing - we spent it at my son's home in Euless, which is becoming a central meeting place for our mostly Central Texas Family. You have to understand why this was a HUGE undertaking....my son, Ben is a minimalist. Material things don't matter to him and his life is actually quite uncomplicated. He is not married and has no pets. He also doesn't cook much either. SO we had to bring EVERYTHING - and by that, I mean plates, silverware, salt and pepper, pots and pans...etc! I cooked the turkey at my house in advance and everyone else brought a dish to share. The dogs got to go, too, and I think we fed 14 people - a houseful under any circumstances. We ate very well, watched the Cowboys get beat, and returned home with good memories.
I hope your Thanksgiving was as blessed and as memorable!
“[Dispute Over Jesus’ Testimony] When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”” John 8:12NIV
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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Donkey Time - baby burro painting by Debbie Grayson Lincoln

6 X 6 Oil on Linen Panel
SOLD to a collector in Florida!
The elections are over and I am so glad I can now get back to my farm and animals without constant interruptions to vote for this or that candidate. In all honesty I cannot believe that it will make a bit of difference who was elected. The politicians are ALL donkeys anyway, and the sun is setting on a world that won't be seen again for a long time. I could be sad, but I am choosing to be busy instead.
The winter garden is doing well (except for the green beans which were done in by an early frost). We haven't harvested a deer yet, but I am still hopeful. We take no pleasure in shooting them, but I sure do enjoy venison stew when the weather turns cold.
Aunt Abbey is feeding her two "babies" well - and us, too. Together the calves probably weigh over 600 pounds now. At 4 months, that's pretty good growth. We'll be weaning and selling one of them soon and putting another dairy calf on her. Carl's bull has been visiting for the past month, too, so hopefully we'll be looking forward to another calf next summer.
Trudy, the German Shepard pup, has grown huge, and at 6 months is already intimidating when she barks at visitors at the door. We are beginning her training in a couple weeks - after she gets spayed Monday.
Ezekiel 17:9
Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Will it thrive? Will it not be uprooted and stripped of its fruit so that it withers? All its new growth will wither. It will not take a strong arm or many people to pull it up by the roots.


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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

When Mama's Not Happy - Cowboy oil painting by Debbie Grayson Lincoln



11 X 14 Oil on stretched canvas
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This image comes from a Spring calf working at a ranch around the corner from me. (Around the corner, in Texas, means about 10 miles away and you take more than 4 turns to get there!)
Separating calves from their Mommas, however briefly, makes for unhappy cows. Bawling bovines can be hard on the ears for the few hours it takes to get the veterinary chores accomplished. But everyone is ultimately happy again when reunited. Of course it all starts all over again when weaning time comes....
I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.
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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

It's a Goat's Life - small nanny goat oil painting by Debbie Grayson Lincoln

6X6 Oil on linen panel
SOLD
Goats in Haiti are valuable commodities. Providing meat AND milk, they are often brought into the residents' homes at night for protection. Dogs, on the other hand, are NOT cared for and in fact are merely tolerated - as garbage cleaner-uppers, I suspect. A PET dog in Haiti is a rarity. Where children go hungry, a dog kept as a pet would almost be a blasphemy. All cultures have their priorities and although I was appalled at the way dogs are treated, I understand the reasoning and reluctantly support it. But I still don't like it...
 1 Corinthians 4:13
when we are slandered, we answer kindly. We have become the scum of the earth, the garbage of the world—right up to this moment.If you are interested in this painting, click here to send me an email. I accept checks and Paypal. I can also arrange LAYAWAY. To view my latest paintings on Daily Painters go HERE. To view larger paintings, go to my Website HERE. To view a wealth of OTHER Texas Artists, enjoy THIS site!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Business End - commissioned piece

I leave for Haiti on a mission trip in 2 days. Preparing to go has been difficult this year: our church is also in the middle of building a parsonage (a historic even for our small congregation), I have a show opening the first of November, and I have a large commission painting that has been eating my lunch.
The collector contacted me and asked if I could do a large rendition of a small painting that she just loves. I have done this many times before, so of course I agreed. But I didn't pay close enough attention to the details of the little painting and why it is appealing. 
The collector wanted an image slightly wider than it is tall, so we agreed on a 36 X 30, creating issue number 1: The original is a square composition and they don't always translate into a successful rectangle. I think I can handle that issue, though.
She also wanted it on stretched linen, creating issue number 2: This little painting was done on canvas BOARD, giving me a firm backing for my brushstrokes; not "springy" as a canvas allows.
Issue number 3: The canvas itself. I used a rough cotton canvas on the little one which allow the canvas' texture to show through the brush strokes - the finer linen canvas doesn't do this.
Issue number 4: Timing. I painted the little one in a single sitting which translated into spontaneity and liveliness. I have not done that with the larger one - I let the painting dry between layers - losing the "ala prima" effect as well as the canvas texture.
Issue number 5: My fear of big brushes!!!! SO many of us get caught up in the details of a painting and forget about the composition, color and values - all obtainable with big, bold, brave brushes.
I need more paint.
I also need an entire day to devote to correctly assemble this painting. I have already purchased a firmer ground, gessoed it and painted the basic image on it. Paint is ordered and will be here when I return from my mission trip. 
Everything is painted for the show (and currently drying). More on that (and the BILLBOARD!) later.
I am so grateful for this PATIENT patron who has assured me that she is comfortable letting me do what I think is best. No pressure!!!
Now please pray for me and my teammates - we leave this Wednesday, Oct. 17 and will return the 25th.  Mike is keeping the home fires burning (and the horses fed, and the garden watered, and the dogs exercised. Abbey the cow (and the model for the painting) does not need to be milked as her calves are quite large now and getting it all. 

Colossians 3:9-10

Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Apart From the Crowd: Before the Storm - quarter horses oil painting by Debbie Grayson Lincoln

10 X 20 Oil on stretched linen
Contact artist for availability
We all know a storm is coming - it's right there on the horizon. How many of us are still standing out in the open, not yet seeking shelter or preparing for difficult times?
I know so many people who feel as I do, and have gotten themselves out of debt and are spending the money they have wisely. None of us are digging holes and crawling inside, though! We are still planning vacations, dreaming of the future (making babies!), and enjoying life. BUT we are also being good stewards of God's gifts to us and preparing for whatever the world may throw at us.
My next (and hopefully not LAST!) grandbaby is due in January. Number One baby will be 2 in December and is the light of this family's life. The rest of my time on earth will be devoted toward seeing that her future (and her sister's) is as bright as the one I had.
Psalm 61:3
For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.
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Friday, October 5, 2012

Downhill - old gray horse painting by Debbie Grayson Lincoln

8X6 Oil on canvas board $115
Includes shipping and insurance US
The word "downhill" is used in two expressions I can immediately recall - each with totally different connotations. "Downhill all the way" implies that the worst is over and it's an easy journey to completion. "It's all downhill" also implies that the journey is nearing it's end, but the ending is not a happy one.
This horse was heading for water after climbing up the backside of the pond's dam - so I'm thinking that this "downhill" has a happy ending - a thirst quenching.
Did you see the presidential debates night-before-last? Unfortunately, I do believe this nation's economy is heading downhill and not in a good sense. And I have my doubts if either candidate has any way to stop it. I will continue to pray and stock up. It's about all we can do....
John 4:14
But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Mommas Love Even The Plain Ones - longhorn cow with calf by Debbie Grayson Lincoln

6X6 Oil on Linen Board $100
Includes Shipping and Insurance US
Part of the "fun" in raising Longhorns is viewing the exquisite coat colors they can display in their offspring. But every now and then you get a dud. This almost white cow belonging to my neighbor, Ron, usually had spectacularly colored calves, but last year she gave birth to this plain little red heifer calf. She was healthy and lively and practically "care free" as Longhorns usually are, and I can assure you that her momma loved her despite her lack of flash...much like most mammas everywhere...
One of the reasons I wanted to paint a white cow was my admiration of a fellow artist's painting of a white horse...not an easy project, but she makes it appear effortless. If you are not yet familiar with Susan Smolensky's work, take a peek HERE.
Psalm 139:3
You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Strutting His Stuff - colorful rooster oil painting by Debbie Grayson Lincoln


8X6 Oil on Board $125
Includes shipping and insurance US
Had some leftover paint from another project and just couldn't resist paintings this cocky fellow. Roosters, by their structure, just naturally strut when they walk. Might have something to do with keeping that tail up and waving properly in the air.
Our current rooster is by far the kindest we have ever had. I have been very careful to remain quiet around him and NOT antagonize him. In the past I have found it amusing to "box" with them as they grow - but once they get their spurs, it's not longer fun to be having to watch your back every time you walk across the yard! Out last rooster would come from 100 feet away just to get in the first lick. He has since been relocated. The current flock leader is watchful, as a rooster needs to be, but follows me for food, not sparing practice. And when he finds food, he clucks to his hens to come and get it - always looking out for them first. Right now he's missing most of his tail feathers and some body feathers off his back. I suspect he's been in a scrap - perhaps he even risked his life for the ladies. Sometimes I wish he could talk....
Romans 12:13
Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Cruising the Cows - cowboy checking cattle herd

8 X 12 Oil on gessoed board $125
Includes shipping and insurance
He's just checking the cows and the fence and the condition of the grass and looking for that sick cow that needs her foot doctored all while watching out for that big coyote who took down a calf last week. The cows know this "multi-tasker" is on their side and are unconcerned...
I am trying different limited palettes and this is another result. Cad red deep, Cad yellow, Ultramarine blue, dioxazine purple and white. And for fun, I used my I-phone to take the picture. Got a little glare, but it's not bad.
Luke 15:27
And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Bumper Crop - Texas prickly pear cactus painting



11X14 Oil on stretched canvas
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We may still be in the middle of a drought here in Texas, but the prickly pear fruit crop is no indication - unless they know something we don't know, and they've made so much fruit because this is the last chance they'll get for a long time! Our pecan trees are also loaded with nuts - so many, in fact, that we have had some branches break from the load. We have also had some trees suddenly just die - one peach and my fig. One day green, next day no leaves at all. I suspect it is the extreme heat that did in my fruit tees - sometimes I imagine I can actually hear the sap boiling in them!
Despite the heat we have still prepared the big garden for a winter crop, but I haven't put out seed yet - not while it's still 100+. I am also holding on to several paintings I need to mail - I am afraid they'll melt in the delivery trucks right now! The key to survival is adaptation, and we are certainly trying to rise to the challenges we have faced weather-wise! And we are praying for the rest of the world facing floods and drought. We are all in this together.
Ecclesiastes 11:4
Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest.
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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Casey's Fantasy - colorful zebra unicorn fantasy painting



 24 X 48 Oil on gessoed masonite
Commission - SOLD
I just completed this painting for some precious people who have given me wonderful encouragement through the years and find exciting ways to inspire and CHALLENGE me!
This painting was "directed" by their daughter, Casey who envisioned this scene of a family of colorful zebra unicorns who live in a castle in the sky.
Casey described this to her mom who in turn passed it on to me. The tall trees that grow the golden eggs - everything! This painting will hang over Casey's bed in her newly re-decorated room.
I am actually rather fond of painting Miss Casey, herself, as she exhibits a wonderful exuberance of life in  everything she does. Oh to be 6 years old again!

Ephesians 3:14-16

King James Version (KJV)
14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man


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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Heather's Cow - University of Texas mascot longhorn cow oil painting

11 X 14 on stretched canvas
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My adorable cousin, Heather, lives in a lovely urban neighborhood, but she is a farmer at heart - like most of us of Oliver descent. She dreams of owning Longhorns and described the color of the animals she prefers. This one belongs to one of my neighbors down the road and I love her markings, too, as they remind me of Heather's description.
My little part of Texas is deceptively green right now. We have had a couple inches of rain in the past 2 weeks and the grass has responded vigorously, so everyone's cows are looking wonderful. The moisture is only in the very top of the soil, however.
Mike and John had to dig a post hole to house the temporary electric line that will be needed to build our new parsonage. The first 6 or 8 inches went well enough, but then they struck rock hard, dry earth. Usually it's the other way around this time of year. Dry on top, moist down below, but the drought has eliminated all the reserve moisture in the ground, and I fear it will be years before it returns to normal. In the meantime, the animals that depend on grass are loading up for winter...good advice for all of us to follow...
Judges 20:7
Behold, ye are all children of Israel; give here your advice and counsel.
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Friday, August 24, 2012

Concentration - roping cowboy painting by Debbie Grayson Lincoln

5X7 Oil on Masonite board
Contact me - I may re-paint the background!
So many things have to come together perfectly at once when a cowboy ropes a calf: Horse must be positioned precisely, rope must be thrown without getting tangled everywhere, rope then has to be tied off on saddle, horse must stop, cowboy stays balanced on horse, etc. I don't think the cowboy realizes how his face looks at this moment, but I see intense concentration that comes from years of experience and practice. I never fail to be fascinated with the procedure...A GOOD cowboy makes it look effortless.
1 Thessalonians 5:2
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

First Day of Kindergarten foal baby horse painting by Debbie Grayson Lincoln

16 X 20 Oil on Stretched Canvas
SOLD
Young horses should never be raised as an "only child". Social skills are learned through interaction with each other, and a horse that is raised without this opportunity usually ends up a spoiled brat. And just like human children, horses with the same parents can be totally different.
My wonderful old mare, Miss Jack, had three babies for me - all by the same stallion. And each one of them was totally different in color, body shape and personality. Just like my kids. Viva la difference, I love them all!
(Thanks to Janet Blackledge Williamsen for use of her terrific photo reference!)
Romans 10:12
For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Red Boots - 6X6 Cowboy Oil Painting by Debbie Grayson Lincoln

6X6 Oil on Linen Panel $115
Includes Shipping and Insurance US
He appears to be reaching for something in his right pocket - a gun? a cigarette? Modern cowboy with modern devices - probably his cell phone. And the red boots positively identify him as 20th century!
Philippians 3:13
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Losing Sight - 8 x 6 Palette Knife Oil Painting of baby horseby Debbie Grayson Lincoln

8 X 6 Palette Knife Oil on Linen Panel $125
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He was grazing peacefully, sun warm on his back, grass cool and lush, life was good. SUDDENLY he realized he had lost sight of his Momma - momentary fear and panic! Bugged eyed, he searched and caught sight of her farther away than he usually ventured at this young age. But SHE had kept HIM in HER sights, and he was still safe.
I went to the local cattle sale barn yesterday and brought home a very nice, mostly black day old bull calf. It was so hot in that barn, many calves were barely able to walk. I felt lucky to find one in relatively good shape, as he was quite lively and evidently came from a dairy who had cared for him well before they brought him to the sale. He was eager to nurse Abbey when I got him home and after a little resistance, she allowed him to join her own calf at the dinner table.
There was also one tiny little Jersey heifer calf who was bouncing all over the pen she was kept in before the sale. I briefly considered bringing her home, too, but I needed to get the one I already had purchased home before the heat injured him, so I left with him as soon as the ticket was ready.
Going to the sale barn to get a baby calf is worse than visiting the dog pound. So many baby calves are considered a by-product of the dairy industry - and many never make it more than several days of life - especially this time of year. Cows in a milking herd cannot be allowed to raise a calf, so their unwanted babies are sold almost immediately upon birth to folks who make a living (or try to) bottle feeding them until they can be weaned. They are then sold to ranchers who put them on feed and/or pasture until they are large enough to be butchered.
The main problem with this scenario is that the calf buyer never really knows for sure if the calf has gotten the necessary colostrum to survive. Or even if he ever nursed at all. In defense of my dairy friends, most of them make every effort to be sure that their calves get every chance they need to do well...and many even keep them to raise themselves (a VERY labor intensive effort). At the sale barn, however, it's "buyer beware", even though I think I have a pretty good eye for finding a calf that is at least 3 days old and has been cared for well. So far, so good....
Joel 2:21
Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things.
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Monday, August 6, 2012

How Old are YOU? foal oil painting by Debbie Grayson Lincoln

7 X 7 Oil on linen panel $125
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His legs are still so long - and to reach the ground, he must make them go in opposite directions...the little bird MUST be investigated - both just fledged and newly exploring the world.
I still find many things new and curious, and baby critters top the list. I never tire watching a newborn anything.
Miss Abbey had her calf 3 days early in the wee hours of this morning - a healthy black bull calf. The day quickly turned scorching, though, and I scrambled to get a water mister going under the barn's cover where they'll stay for the next few days. As soon as the sprayer was working, Abbey almost immediately ceased her panting and looked so relieved. I remember when we brought her home last September in 100+ degree heat, she panted so desperately, I was quite worried about her health.
After the calf nursed several times, I milked Abbey and got a gallon and a half of colostrum
to store in the freezer. Wednesday I will go to the sale barn and purchase an extra calf for her to raise - the first of 3. Last year, the extra calves ended up making enough money to pay for the initial purchase of the cow. Its a lot of work to raise calves like this, but worth the effort in my opinion. And I am looking forward to my first glass of sweet milk - my tummy will be happy again!
Jeremiah 30:17
For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the LORD; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.
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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Don't Judge Me!

8X8 Oil on Gessoed Masonite panel
This painting is SOLD
One of our neighbors has donkeys - they live a mile from us, but we can still hear their braying. I don't find the noise offensive at all - in fact, it's a lot more pleasant that the noise of the compressor on the gas well next door. Like many folks who live in the country, we have had our "quiet" disrupted by the sounds of commerce.
I don't pay attention to the compressor noise anymore. It angered me at first, but like most aggravations, we get used to them with time and they become part of our background. My husband calls it "incremental changes" and calls them the most dangerous of all. They sneak up on us bit by bit and before you know it you have lost all your peace and quiet (or freedom).
I surely did enjoy the quiet in Colorado, though...
Acts 22:28
And the chief captain answered, With a great sum obtained I this freedom. And Paul said, But I was free born.If you are interested in this painting, click here to send me an email. I accept checks and Paypal. I can also arrange LAYAWAY. To view my latest paintings on Daily Painters go HERE. To view larger paintings, go to my Website HERE. To view a wealth of OTHER Texas Artists, enjoy THIS site!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

On the Edge - Roper Cowboy and Horse Oil Painting

6X8 Oil on Masonite Panel 
This painting is SOLD
Can you see why "On the Edge" is the title of this little painting? Look where the rope is...and what happens with the horse's next step? "Calm Before the Storm" would be another good title for this painting - rather like today's economic status...but that's another soapbox...
I have seen this happen so many times - a wreck looking for a place to happen, and there is absolutely nothing you can do. Just stand back, stay out of the way and pray no one gets hurt. 
I told you yesterday that we had a new puppy - a German Shepherd female named "Trudy". She's 13 weeks old tomorrow and nearly as big as Georgia already. AND they get along WONDERFULLY. They wrestle and play tag, and Georgia is teaching her all about the chickens, the property boundaries and her other friends (Joy and Max). We are crate training, and so far have had only a couple mishaps (my fault, of course). She learns fast and is eager to please...unlike some politicians I know....oops, I was gonna try to stay away from that subject. Too late. Part of the reason I resumed painting after my hiatus was so I could voice my opinions about the coming elections. We, in Texas, have already started to "throw the bums out" by voting for  Ted Cruz (supported by the Tea Party) in the Republican run-off for Governor and locally voting against another incumbent, Sid Miller, who I have nothing against, but he has served his limit of 2 terms. 
Personally, I have suspicions about ANYONE who would jump into the political arena in today's climate. They must be incredibly altruistic or totally insane. I also think it's too late to do anything about the economic train wreck that about to happen. Prepare yourself - it's gonna be a bumpy ride.
Ephesians 6:12
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
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