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Spring has Sprung

  • Posted on April 18, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Poppies Trust in the LordOh yes, Spring has Sprung…and last week I was wanting to paint something happy and cheerful. Poppies  just make me feel happy. I love the red and green combination.

When I finish a painting I always search my Bible for just the right verse to go with the painting…I look and look and look…there are too many good ones to count.

It never fails. I always ask the Lord for guidance to find the one that would be most fitting and then seemingly out of the blue floats in a scripture that was just meant for the project.

Invariably it will be one I had not thought of, but will be dropped into my thoughts and I know…this is the one. It happens every single time. I know this may seem simplistic, but,  if God Almighty is concerned with the number of  hairs on my head then even the insignificant details of my life that matter to me, matter to Him.

So, Trust in the Lord with All your Heart….

Springtime and Bluebirds

  • Posted on April 18, 2013 at 9:15 AM

BlueBirds Praise the LordI’ve worked on a couple of new designs for Spring last week and so far the favorite by far is my bluebirds and dogwood. With the scripture “Let everything that has breath Praise the Lord!”… I’m not surprised…who doesn’t enjoy birdwatching and the sentiment that even the birds of the air use their talents to Praise the Lord. Why shouldn’t we? A sweet reminder to hang in our homes that everything we do and every gift we have ultimately is from the Lord and to be used to glorify His name.

St.Patrick’s Green and Orange

  • Posted on March 26, 2013 at 2:06 PM

kids shamrock

March will soon be over, but before it leaves I want to share this little bit of information….Did you know that the color green associated with St. Patrick’s Day is representative of the Catholic Church?…Probably because St. Patrick was Catholic, imagine that.

And, in opposition to that, in Ireland, the Protestants chose the color Orange in honor of the protestant conqueror, William of Orange (aka William III) who conquered the Catholic James II (aka James VI of Scotland)…(Not the one who translated the Bible. That was an earlier James I. 1611) …

I know… much more history than you probably can handle on a Monday. But it was later, 1688 to be exact, when William III, now King of England, routed an attempt by James II to regain the throne, sending the Catholic James II packing back to France, never to return. Dubbed the Glorious Revolution 1688…you’ve probably heard of it.

James II was the last Roman Catholic monarch to rule over the kingdoms of Ireland, England and Scotland. It was in tribute of THAT final victory, the Battle of Boyne (1690) that the Orangemen organized in 1796, in Ireland.

Thankfully, today, we protestants are able to live peacefully with our Catholic friends and neighbors. That’s why the banners downtown Dublin, GA, during the month of March, are both Orange and Green. That’s also why I chose to paint the background color for my GREEN shamrock design, ORANGE.  Just on the outside chance, you were wondering……:) There’s a method to my March Madness!

The Lamb of God Cross

  • Posted on February 23, 2013 at 11:40 PM

1WMEaster Cross lambI love the new cross Design for Easter 2013. The design may look difficult for beginners but I assure you that I will take you step by step thru painting this and you won’t believe how very simple it really is. So far as the scripture goes, you can use mine or one of your choice, or none at all. The cross itself is beautiful enough to stand alone and make a personal statement of faith.

The scriptures I chose have wonderful significance for Easter. The first one is from Genesis. Remember Abraham was on his way to sacrifice HIS son….and Isaac kept asking his father, “Where is the lamb for the sacrifice?” Abraham said “God, Himself, will provide the Lamb”…a foreshadowing of the day when God did do just that…and in the second Scripture I quoted John the Baptist who said, when he saw Jesus …”Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” The LAMB, Abraham foretold 2000 years earlier, was finally here.

I love that the scriptures on this painting come from the Old and New Testaments. And I love the symbolism of the shape of the Cross. The horizontal lines make a bridge pointing from the Old Testament to the New Testament and the vertical lines pointing down from God to Man.

I know I’ve already said this but: love this painting! I had so much fun designing it and painting it and I’d love to paint it with you!

Easter Egg

  • Posted on February 23, 2013 at 10:49 PM
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This is one incredible month! St Patrick’s Day is Sunday, March 17th; the very next Sunday is Palm Sunday and the next is Easter! The point is, that leaves little time between to schedule Art to Gogh Parties. This week I worked on Easter designs. For those who may not know, painting Easter Eggs is something I do every year. I try to have different designs each year or a special theme. I’m not sure what I’m doing this year, but I do have something new. Last year after Easter I won a couple dozen duck eggs off ebay! They…

St. Patrick’s Day

  • Posted on February 18, 2013 at 10:17 PM

I live in Dublin, Georgia….one thing you find out quickly about Dublin is St. Patrick’s Day is very big…very, very big. In fact, you may be surprised as I was to learn we have the longest St. Patrick’s celebration in the whole wide world…Yes, longer than anything Ireland has ever even thought of.  We begin in February with the crowning of our Queens…Miss St. Patrick and Miss Emerald City. Early Crowning is necessary because the Queens must preside over the events of the month….everything from Pancake Supper with GREEN pancakes to BBQ Cook-off,  Leprechaun Contest,  Parade,  Arts and Crafts in…

Welcome budding artists

  • Posted on February 18, 2013 at 8:38 PM

You may not think you are a budding artist, but trust me, you are. I have been teaching art lessons to non-artists off and on for the past 35 years. Time and again people are surprised to discover they have an artist hidden inside. I don’t know what is more exciting…their discovery or my pleasure in seeing them satisfied with their accomplishment!

An Art to Gogh Party is a great way to spend time with family and friends.  Schedule a party for a girl’s night out, a special birthday, a shower or just to relax with friends and forget the worries of the week. Bring your own drinks and refreshments and I’ll provide the  canvas, paint and paint brushes. And at the end of the evening you can take home your very own painting….. I look forward to helping you discover your inner artist.