Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Art~n~Life with Betty

My thoughts this morning about Art n Life;
Sometimes life as an artist can be overwhelming.
Every where we go we are sure to see something worth making notes in our mind... the colors of something we see, the lines of an old building, and oh... the sky is ever wondrous with design changing events from day to day, hour to hour. That's Art n Life!
I am in awe sometimes when I look around at the creations God has made.
Doesn't it make you wonder how He even thought of the smallest details of things we don't even see, the tiny little cells and how everything has a purpose!

In my working career, I use to look at cells and things with microscope, grow things on a petri dish and give the reports to the doctors which in turn treated their patients.
I will never forget how amazed I was when I first started learning, I couldn't believe the things I saw that could never be seen with the naked eye. These living cells all had a job to do whether it was to protect our bodies from infection or if it was a fungi, etc.  It was amazing.

The world around us is like that, everything has a purpose, a shape, a color, its own beauty.  Creations like the autumn colors on trees and bushes, nature from flowers to weeds, animals and humans, etc., beauty is everywhere, and yes, that's art-n-life! 
God's creations are so unique and so amazing!  I can't help but to say Thank You Father for all you have done.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Swamp Buddy's

I painted this one as a group challenge of painting something with only two colors, I chose blue and orange. Now that the challenge is over I finished the painting by adding white to some of the mixes for highlighting.
18" X 24" acrylic.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Hospice Chili Challenge and Silent Auction

Copied from Athens-Limestone County, AL.
Tourism News

Hospice of Limestone County Chili Challenge
Saturday, February 27th
10 A.M. - 2 P.M.
Athens High School
Tickets $7.00
Children 10 and under FREE

The Hospice of Limestone County Chili Challenge will be February 27th at Athens High School. Its hot, spicy and lots of fun! Live entertainment and Silent Auction adds to the excitement.
Mark your calendar and purchase your tickets early.

A favorite of locals, teams compete for awards in different categories and excitement grows as the silent auction comes to an end and the winners are announced.

"Come bid on my painting (seen above) in the silent auction, all proceeds go to Hospice".

Bring the entire family! Contact 256-232-5017.

A Daily Devotional

Each morning when I get up (around 3:30 or 4:00) I grab a cup of java and read my email. This is my quite time of day to catch up with things and watch the sun come up and listen to the birds sing as they start their busy days. I am subscribed to a wonderful list that is called the 'Daily Devotional' that is sent to my email and waiting for me each morning, it makes the day start out right.
I am putting the link here if anyone would like to read it and/or subscribe to it.

I hope some of you enjoy it as much as myself.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

One AMAZING little artist

I have been in awe of this little girl for 2 or 3 years now. This is one truely blessed soul. She painted Jesus at age 8. And turned her athiest family to seek God.

This is her website if you would like to visit and see all
her AWESOME work....

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Update and finished "Look'n Out"

I have finished this painting, at least for a few days. The time it takes me to study it and make any final adjustments.  I painted this on a 2" cradled hardboard. 18"x24", acrylic medium.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Update to previous post

There hasn't been a lot of time but, did manage to get a little more done.
(excuse the heavy hand with charcoal on the sails) :)

My little helper... Scruffy

rough.  sketching the sails

Close up of the arch, can't see the colors in the whole pic.

paint is laid in for the boat and sails.

another layer or two, some fine tuning and 'maybe' I will be finished.

Still work to be done.

Have a blessed day.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Looking Out

I started a new painting last week and have the arch, sky and water done, of course there will be some changes once I start on the boat. But for now I'm satisfied.

I will post a few pic's of how its coming along, even the mistakes, lol. Well, no one is perfect are they?

I laid the background in first to get my idea's down. Now to decide on the type of boat.

Do I want to go with the very old ship or something newer like the beautiful sail boats we see today. I will research pic's to see what catches my eye.

Have time on your hands? Try Creating!

Now that the holidays are behind us...
Have time on your hands?
Pick up a brush and paint or crayons or colored pencils or anything to make art with. It is the creating and doing that is so satisfying and the interest it sparks. If you've never made art, please try I bet you like it. It doesn't have to be great or perfect, the idea is to get started and being able to make out what the art piece is. It could be flowers, a single daisy or rose or even a single leaf or grape and it doesn't have to look realistic or even close... you get the picture (no pun intended).

Then share it with your friends or relatives, maybe get them interested. After they see how excited you are and satisfied with your life.
What use to be boring hours in between all the hectic activity around you and the interest in life art causes, you will find a new person within. Get the kids in on it also, have a family hour to just be together and create. And on some nice days have a family picnic outing to go photo shooting of trees, buildings, foliage. It's great fun and you and the family will enjoy it, don't forget about your friends, they may like to come along to.

Your painting friend,