Sunshine in Blue
11 x 14
Gallery Wrapped Canvas
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The above painting was started during a workshop through The Good Art Gallery in Fredericksburg with Texas artist Nancy Medina. It was an amazing venue and a great workshop. All twelve ladies painted from the same still life arrangements but we all interpreted them in a different way. I learned new techniques, lots of new tools in my apron, and new friendships. I did have to cut my time by a day, as my mother was hospitalized and I had to return home. She spent eight days in the hospital and is now in rehab, hopefully getting stronger to return home soon.
The sunflower will seek out the light, no matter how little light there is and hold their heads high in worship. Just like having a faith, these flowers are a symbol of constant, true and unswerving loyalty to something bigger and brighter than themselves.
An important part of a painting is laying the foundation for the piece, the underpainting. With the shadows and basic shapes in place the next step is to start laying in the next layer of color. With the last step placing the bright beautiful highlights, the “Wow” factor.
As with the journey of life, our foundation, our roots, pave the way for the future. We may take a few detours along the way, but with a strong and solid foundation we can find our way back to the light, the brightness of the Son.
Denny asked me recently, do you start a painting with a dark canvas? He was studying for a sermon and came across the following commentary of the Parable of the Prodigal Son….our Lord always puts down a black background and then puts the bright colors in the foreground of the picture. Have you ever noticed that God paints that way? And, so, on the black background of this boy’s sin-down in the pigpen, out of fellowship with his father, having left home in a huff- our lord begins to put on the bright color…. for the rest of the painting read Luke 15:11-31
I believe as long as we keep moving toward the Son, and keeping our eyes on Him, the dark times will be layered with bright highlights.
Blessings and hugs…..
If you live in the Dallas area or will be visiting before November, make plans to visit the Dallas Arboretum. Not only is it an amazing place on it’s own but the Chihuly exhibition is awe inspiring. If you can, visit during the day and one of the evenings. A total different experience.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers, grandmothers, and daughters!!!