What Have I Been Doing

Pause for Peace

So difficult to listen to the news these past few months whether it is national or local it’s hard. There is far more reporting on conflicts and violence then messages of peace. I know there is anger and frustration in people’s hearts right now, but I can’t be angry all day, every day. It’s not healthy to be that angry as a norm for my soul. Art helps to calm me. Not just the art that I paint but also the art works of others. Art tells the audience what is important to the artist. It is our voice when no one is listening.

Mourning doves are called birds of peace. Did you know that? In 1971 the mourning dove was named the state bird of peace in Wisconsin. When mourning doves sing their song it makes me think of my grandparents. It’s a soothing and loving sound to my ears.

So painting birds of peace is a healing action to me. While I paint I think about the world I am living in. I think about change. We need to treat each other better. We need to listen more then we talk. We need to be a better “me”. We need to want to open hearts and minds to each other in order to grow as human beings.

I want to be better. I want to do better. I want to live my values. I want to be stronger for me. I want to learn from my mistakes. I want to be a blessing in the life of others. I will learn from you and I hope you learn from me.

Have a blessed day and find your peace.

Pause for Peace
18”x36” acrylic

Time to Reflect

With the many worries that come with living in a pandemic I wonder how are we all spending our days. I find I keep wishing that I would wake up from this nightmare, but every day is a repeat of the day before. I am not alone I have my husband but there is a cloak of uncertainty that hangs over us. When will this be over? The challenge during this difficult time is to find joy in whatever you do.

My heart swells when I think of my family and friends. As hard as this pandemic is the best thing that has happened is from the many phone calls and zoom meetings that I have been part of. We talk more; we check in with each other; we share our hearts.

Where would we be without technology? To talk and see each others faces is an amazing thing. In fact I have learned you can play Pictionary and “Grandma Guess What Room I’m In” on the Zoom App. Who knew.

But not knowing when I will see and spend time with sons, daughters, grandkids, aunts, cousins and friends is the hardest part. Whether they are a few miles away or thousands of miles the lack of the physical embrace can bring tears to my eyes. I just miss them.

I’m blessed to have a circle of friends where someone calls or texts each day. We each feel the emptiness of not being together. A band of women who have becomes sisters instead of friends. We share our blessings and our fears. In our circle new grand babies are born, new illnesses develop and life itself never slows down. So it’s important to keep moving forward.

I stop and start when it comes to my painting. I wonder what will I do with all this art that I have created. I simply do not know, but painting gives me joy so I continue to paint. I just did this little painting only because little pieces are easier; less canvas to fill. I enjoy painting chickens but those who know me know my favorite animal is sheep.

No sheep today just a couple of chickens walking on a cold Wisconsin winter morning.

Candy Suckers

So I’m on this site where photos are free for artists to paint. So I start scanning the images that are posted. I see a picture of a little boy in a country I know I will never have the means to visit. I’m always drawn to children especially children wearing their cultural dress. The fabric is beautiful and the little boy too adorable not to try to make into a painting.

Now when you paint from a photo it is important that the images are high quality. High quality images makes it so much easier on the artist. I know this rule. I’ve learned this rule. Yet I must set all of that aside. I want to paint this little boy.

During this quarantine I’ve cleaned my house, organized drawers and cleaned flower beds. So why not challenge myself with painting from a small slightly fuzzy picture.

Here is my final product. It’s a 9”x12” acrylic on canvas. I hope I’ve done him justice.