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

It’s a Process….

I took a mini workshop on mixed media. I have never done anything that is remotely considered mixed media, but I loved this woman’s art. So I got out paper and pen and took notes of what she was saying. Sounded like something I could do. Isn’t that what we think until we actually go and do it?

So I started with pieces of paper, mod podge and a board. Well the tearing of paper, gluing and layering isn’t the hard. Repeat and repeat this layering process until I felt it was enough. The hard part is deciding on what direction you are heading with this piece. In other words what picture should be used.

I looked at my sketches and selected a sketch of a sheep. I printed my drawing onto card stock. The sheep is now going on top of the many layers. More glue, markers and paint. Let’s see if this is becoming art or something else. He has tons of texture that looks aged and weathered. I need to stop with my layering. I think I am done.

So do you like it or does it totally miss the mark?

“Mr. Intense”

9”x 11” on wood, mixed media