Saturday, April 5, 2014

Cherry Spring

6"x6" Oil on Gessoed Panel
with Palette Knife
$75.00 (Unframed) + Shipping
$100.00 (Framed) + Shipping
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Spring is here! The bitter cold is finally gone and the trees are blooming. One of my favorite spring trees are cherry trees. Their blossoms are so delicate in both texture and color. More than than their visual beauty, I prefer listening to the ever-so gentle whisper they make when the wind blows though. It reminds me of God's spirit blowing and whispering through us.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Resilient

8"x10" Oil on Panel
with Palette Knife
SOLD


This is another plein air painting I did with The Chestnut Group. A portion of the group’s sales are donated to the preservation of fragile local environments and historical properties. It is for an upcoming show benefiting The Battle of Franklin Trust.

This red building survived the Battle of Franklin that occurred on November 30, 1864. The building served as the farm office for the Carter family when their property became ground zero for what became one of the bloodiest nights of the Civil War. Riddled with bullet holes, this little wooden structure is currently the most battle-damaged, free-standing building in the country. Today, you can walk up and put your fingers into the building's many holes. It is a great testament to the violence of that fateful day, 150 years ago. It is also speaks to the resilience of a family and a community to survive the toughest conditions, but not without bearing some scars.


If you are in the area, come and see the show and meet the wonderful and very talented Chestunts.


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Witness Tree

11"x14" Oil on Canvas
with Palette Knife


This year, I have joined a plein air painters alliance called The Chestnut Group. A portion of the group’s sales are donated to the preservation of fragile local environments and historical properties. This painting is for an upcoming show benefiting The Battle of Franklin Trust.

On November 30, 1864, the Civil War came to Franklin with great cost. One of the key locations in this tragedy is the Carnton plantation which served as the area’s largest army field hospital. 

This tree, on the adjacent property of Windermere, witnessed the horrific events of that terrible day.  Its curved trunk, twisted branches, knots, holes and fallen top bear witness to a long life of moments—both joyous and tragic. Trees like this have many stories to tell, and are living monuments to events we should never forget.

If you are in the area, come and see the show and meet the wonderful and very talented Chestunts.





Thursday, January 30, 2014

Breathe on Me, Breath of God

6"x6" Oil on Gessoed Panel
with Palette Knife
SOLD


Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Fill me with life anew,
That I may love what Thou dost love,
And do what Thou wouldst do.

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Until my heart is pure,
Until with Thee I will one will,
To do and to endure.

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Till I am wholly Thine,
Till all this earthly part of me
Glows with Thy fire divine.

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
So shall I never die,
But live with Thee the perfect life
Of Thine eternity.



Wednesday, January 29, 2014

O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee

6"x6" Oil on Gessoed Panel
with Palette Knife
$50.00 (Unframed) + Shipping
$75.00 (Framed) + Shipping
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O Master, let me walk with thee
in lowly paths of service free;
tell me thy secret; help me bear
the strain of toil, the fret of care.
Help me the slow of heart to move
by some clear, winning word of love;
teach me the wayward feet to stay,
and guide them in the homeward way.
Teach me thy patience, still with thee
in closer, dearer company,
in work that keeps faith sweet and strong,
in trust that triumphs over wrong.
In hope that sends a shining ray
far down the future's broadening way;
in peace that only thou canst give,
with thee, O Master, let me live.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Mother & Child

11"x14" Oil on Canvas
with Palette Knife
COMMISSIONED


Sometimes when I finish a painting, I feel a sense of gratitude to have been able to be a part of the subject's beauty. It is a joy and honor to have the opportunity to express this beautiful moment with my art. This portrait's true power is love.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Ancestral Home

 6"x6" Oil on Gessoed Panel
with Palette Knife
COMMISSIONED


Here is when 30 days of paintings comes in handy. A client wanted her ancestral home painted as a gift for her parents. The photo reference was a black and white photograph. Thankfully, I my previous painting experiences allowed me to interpret the subject in color. 

Whew.