Vessel of Light


Bowl of Light

“Vessel of Light”

Hand formed and carved ceramic bowl Made in 2004

I often ask myself, and I encourage you to ask the same, “am I being a vessel that bears light or darkness, love or hate, peace or fear, health or disease?

About 30 years ago I had discovered that who or what you spend time with rubs off. In other words we emulate and even physically, emotionally and spiritually change to become like those we spend the most time and energy with. We know this is true because we have proof, for example, when we look at programs that help people break free from addiction, one of the first things they teach is that the addicted person can no longer hang out with the same people who shared in their addiction in any way, they also have to get rid of any “triggers”, anything that reminds them of the activity that was familiar and linked to the addiction (s). We see this in commerce where the sales team are told that if they want to be millionaires, then they have to start hanging out with millionaires. 

Beyond the obvious, we also know that we have the power to physically change matter just by speaking or thinking. A Japanese scientist and photographer, Masaru Emoto, proved that we alter matter by how we speak. He did this when he took water and spoke hatred and angry words to the water, he then froze the water and took photographs of it under a microscope. The form of the water looked like unstructured blobs. He then spoke loving and positive words to water (from the same source as the previous) and conducted the same steps of freezing and photographing it. This time the water had magnificent crystalline shapes which were beautiful to behold. 

Today I would like to point out that we humans are made up mostly of water, what kind of effect do you want to have on your body and mind? What kind of effect do you want to have on the minds and body’s of those around you? How are you allowing other people to affect you and those that you love?

This is a very short and very simple explanation of something that has been on my mind and heart for a very long time. I desire to spread this great news in more detail soon.

…whatever is true, whatever honorable, whatever is right, whatever pure, whatever lovely, whatever of good report, if of any virtue, and if of any praise, think on these things. Ph. 4:8 

We are all connected, we are all affected by each other. I say it’s high time we realized the power of our words and thoughts and that we start being the change we want to see in the world.

Best to all of you. Love and kindness. ❤ 

Thanks for stopping in and for your encouragement. 

 

 

Loose & Quick


There will be more daily quick and loose works coming soon; I intend on making this a daily practice to improve my skills. Plein Aire season is starting so that will be a good motivator.

This weekend I will be painting live at Airdrie Alberta, Genesis Place Gymnasium with the Airdrie Arts Society for “ARTWARS” a friendly competition, people’s choice award. See the poster below.

Cheryl
This is painted from life, she sat for 2 hours with breaks.

Cherly Vogue  5 x 7

This was painted from a photo that I took (what a fun day) and the painting took an hour.

aRTWARS

This is the poster of what is happening for me this weekend.

Letting Go with Joy, Love & Peace.


It is said that an artist is their own worse critic…well I certainly have been. I know it is a good thing to take pride in my work and always push the boundaries in order to achieve the level of painting that I want to achieve; not comparing myself but to be better than I was yesterday. So with that in mind I have realized that while I am painting and pushing my boundaries, I am developing; but in the process I am also advancing which can be somewhat crippling at times because I then am dissatisfied with a painting not long after it is finished. I have an idea, an image in my head that I want to attain…therefore I often don’t appreciate the beauty of a piece that I just painted.

I have been going through my studio getting organized for new clients and new work. In the process I came across some older paintings that I did on watercolor paper. I have a new appreciation for them; absence makes the heart grow fonder. 🙂

It reminds me of when I go to my sister, Charlene`s, home. She has collected many pieces of my work: a handmade, lidded ceramic box with intricate carving and a soft moss green, sugary glaze, little leaf print dishes with tiny coiled feet, an ornately carved tile piece, and (among other works) paintings which I made so many years ago. When I see them I can`t help but gaze a little longer at them and wonder why did I not appreciate these before? I am thankful that she has kept them safe. It is like old friends that someone has taken care of for my return visit.

These flower paintings do have a charm of their own and I can see that they can be loved and appreciated by someone as much as I have come to love them. If my work brings joy to one person it will have been worth it.

I can imagine them all being framed and hung as a group on one large wall or even in some small, precious, sitting nook to be enjoyed while relaxing for the day. I can imagine that they will be quietly speaking peace to the home where they will live.

Well today I have decided that in order for this “river” to flow I will let these paintings fly away to rest in whichever home they are meant for.

I am letting go with love, joy and peace …sending these out to their new families. My hope is that once they have been framed and placed in their perfect nest, that the owner would take a photograph of themselves with the painting (or just the painting if you wish) and allow me to have a digital copy for my portfolio. It would be such a good memory for me.

Each one, no matter the size, is CAD $60.00 each (plus shipping).

Thank you for your kindness in liking and sharing this post around the world.
Hugs to all.
I am including larger, individual images with the size and description underneath each one….keep scrolling. 🙂

flowers

group

large flower watercolour
giant poppies

Ink and Watercolor on YUPO – 26 inches x 16.5 inches.

big pink poppy

Big Pink Poppy – Watercolor on Paper. 16 x 20 inches.

iris

Irises – Watercolor of paper. 11 x 15 inches.

Flowers

Red Poppies – Watercolor of paper. 11 x 15 inches

pink poppies

Pink Poppies Watercolor on Canson Painting Board 16 x 20 inches.
red poppy

Poppy – Watercolor on paper. 11 x 15 inches.

red_100826

Red Poppy- Watercolor on paper. 11 x 15

red and orange poppies

Orange and Red Poppies –  Watercolor on paper. 11 x 15 inches
tulips

Tulips –  Watercolor on Canson Paint Board. 16 x 20 inches

red poppies blowing

Poppies in the Breeze. –  Watercolor on paper. 11 x 15 inches

still life

Blue Vase. Acrylic on Windsor Newton 140 Lb paper. 22 x 30 inches.

wht fl
 

Love, Joy Peace- Watercolor on Windsor Newton 140 Lb- 7 x 10 inches.

Red Blouse


My latest portrait is titled Red Blouse. What I so love about this painting is that the red from the blouse has reflected onto my model (Cheryl) not only under her chin, but also the lower lip, the nose and eyes. This was so appealing to me and I am very happy with the results.

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I am including two progress images.

Until next time, thank you for stopping by, please feel free to share this post.

latter stage

mi-stage

Scars With a Purpose


Scars With a Purpose

We attract to ourselves the people, things and experiences that we are drawn to. I know it seems cliche to say this, but I don’t know how else to explain it. I had seen a portrait of a Nuer man on a friend’s Facebook page. I’ve seen him share this photo before and I found it to be so stunning. As a photographer and painter of portraits, it drew me in, the intensity of this portrait and the light was so stunning. I made a comment that I wanted to paint that portrait, my friend was more than happy about that. I searched the internet to see if it was a copyright image and I couldn’t find the source. I did paint it and of course posted the painting on my Facebook page. When all was said and done I discovered the source/photographer of the portrait. The very day that I had spoken to my sister about it, she asked me if I had given him credit, I was feeling apprehensive because when I painted it I had no idea who it belonged to. Then he (the photographer) sent me a message, he is kind to say the least, I did include his link on my post of the painting but in case you don’t see it there, here is the website of this photographer; all I can say is WOW his work is so amazing. http://www.mario-gerth.de/ I am certain that you will like his work.

Here is the information about the significance of the scars.
The pattern of the scarification takes the form of 6 lines across the forehead. They are given to a youth as an initiation into manhood and each stands for a code of behaviour that the youth is supposed to perfect as a man. Line 1: You are no longer a boy. You are now a man and should not entangle yourself with childish things. Line 2: You are now a man, you are to fear no one and are now independent of your parents. Line 3: You must participate in the defense of the public without fear of death, and you must take care of your household with as much vigour as you would take in the defense of the public. You must not steal, or take part in any scandalous activities. Line 4: You must exercise honour and dignity; being especially careful to not eat at inappropriate places and times. Line 5: You are never to be gluttonous, or covetous. Line 6: You are never to commit adultery, especially with the wife of a man near of kin to you, or to have sexual relations with a girl that is related to you, in particular those that have some sort of blood relation to you. To do so is a violation of the incest taboo and will result in disgrace and death.

Andrea


Have you ever been in a sleep and had such a vivid dream that you see it so clearly…and in color? I have them all the time, sometimes I may even take the time to write them down; I find it helps to bring them back to life when I read about them months or years down the road.

I had another such dream last night and I am so excited to paint that one…but for now let me tell you about this one.
As you all know I am working on my two passions, painting and photography. I had a lovely lady that was scheduled to come in for a portrait session. About 12 days before the session I saw, in my dream, that I needed to paint her profile photo on a giant canvas and shoot her portrait in front of it. The idea was that I wanted it to be like a painted wall, well it isn’t as big as a wall, maybe next time I can do that.
I have to say I am so happy with this one and her portraits turned out great, I have some post work to do and after she views them, then I will post some on here.
For now, I get to share the painting.

Enjoy. Thanks for stopping by and for all of your patient support and love.
48x60 Andrea

Rise Above


Rise Above

Click image to view larger

16 x 20

oil on panel

available

My younger sister always used to say “water off a duck’s back” whenever anyone was faced with adversity. She would motion with her hand as if stroking the back of a duck…that movement looked like an airplane diving and then at the last second taking off up into the air…and it is a good saying and a good motion because both of them imply rising above the strife, rising above the toils, the troubles and pain of this life.

This painting ‘Rise Above’ is a little sparrow that has flown up high into the air and turns to look down at the place where s/he once was, to see that s/he is not trapped by the snares of this life, s/he sees that s/he has power, power to choose.

I am choosing to paint sparrows right now because they are considered to be a pest and are not given much significance. I have often felt that I was considered to be a pest, not very significant…a sad truth, but I repudiate that image that was placed on me.

I Rise Above the labels, the voices of the past, and even some voices of the present that do not agree with what I stand for. I Rise Above because I choose to live a life that is real, a life that is filled with truth and love and understanding. I choose to live a life that is aimed to do good, to help others, to love others freely in the best way that I know how. I Rise Above because I have decided to be the change that I want to see in this world…to love mercy, to do justly and to walk humbly with the Creator.

When one can Rise Above and overcome, then one can truly listen enabling others to be heard, to be free, to Rise Above.

But even the hairs of your head are all numbered! Do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Luke 12:7