Winter’s Beauty

I think one of the prettiest birds that really pop against the white snow is the cardinal. I am often commissioned to paint the cardinal the most. I love the many shades of red and orange that goes into their feathers. It is not just solid red but many vibrant shades blended together.

This painting is at the request of a friend who wanted the bird painted against a green background instead of the typical snowy white. I like this choice. With so much snow surrounding me when I go outside this brings me a little bit of early spring.

Spring will be here before you know it. I hope when this year draws to an end that everyone who wants a vaccine has gotten a vaccine. I hope that we are once again able to come together.

It has been a challenging year where I’ve learned about Zoom, what restaurants delivers and the value of a phone call instead of a text.

Think spring but remember the beauty still visible in all the snow that surrounds us these days.

Life Lesson

My 11 year old granddaughter sent me a picture she had taken of a zebra. She wanted to know what I thought of the photo. Like any good grandma I used encouraging words about her photographic abilities. I then said I would love to one day paint it. She quickly responded that she hoped I would say that and yes I could paint from her photo. She had one requirement. “Grandma, I want credit for the photo.”

Hum, now where did she learn about that? I assured her I would and proceeded to paint her zebra. I have asked her if she liked the final product. She whole heartedly said yes she loved it.

Now she hasn’t asked me if she can have the painting. But I’ve been thinking. If she does should I give her a life lesson that includes a payment plan??

“All Black and White” acrylic on canvas 18”x24”

Reference photo. Original photo taken by “Leena Merchant”.

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