First Friday Art Show

I’m busy with last-minute framing for this First Friday show in Anchorage. If you live in the area, it would be a pleasure if you would stop by and say hi. Some of the Facebook Photo series will be on display and lots of paintings never seen before. (I finally got them framed) A deadline is a great motivator. Hope to see you there!

Tomorrow I will post the first “My Way or the Highway” sketch. There is so much beauty as Spring turns to Summer in Alaska. I’m planning on two posts a week.

A New Series and a Newer Website

I haven’t posted for some time, since I’ve been busy getting this website to function as more than just a blog. It is amazing how much time it takes to research options and set it up. Thankfully, I haven’t had to do this alone or it would have never happened. I finally have a place to sell and display art. There are several more pieces to post as well as the details of size and prices. Here is a piece available on the gallery.

Close-Up Geranium, watercolor

The next post will begin a new series called, “My Way or the Highway”.  During the summer you might see me sitting by the road as I sketch views along the Glennallen Highway here in Alaska and flora or fauna nearby-that part is the “my way”. We have some of the most amazing wildflowers. In fact, I sketched the first ones yesterday!

Sketching Spring While Snow Falls

Spring is dragging its feet here in Alaska.  A week ago the sun had been warm and kind, then off it went,  replaced by snow and clouds.

A miniature rose with sunny blossoms was waiting for me at the store in the Valley and although my husband wasn’t with me, he bought them for me for Mother’s Day. He’s nice that way.

So with snow falling outside this morning, I happily sketched these roses in my studio.

The sun came out briefly this afternoon and although it was still cool, I sketched the shadows that fell on a balsam poplar. Wildflowers will show up soon and they will be wonderful to sketch out in the warm sunshine, but until then I’ll paint color where I can find it.

A Home for Grace

When I started the “Painting Facebook Photos” series I looked at so many great photos. One of my friends told me about a friend of hers who lived in Kenya who took lovely photos of orphans. So I went to Kate’s Facebook page and to her blog and saw not only some beautiful photos, but a mother’s heart for her five bio children and the fifteen orphans she and her husband, Johnny have rescued. I painted their eldest “orphannomore” girl, Grace, and named the painting “The Shalom of Grace”.

I didn’t realize when I painted the series that all ten of the images I painted were really a study and a sort of mosaic of shalom, which means peace, but it also means rest, wholeness, safety and completeness as well as the process of all that. Painting Grace gave me an opportunity to see shalom from her perspective in a small way. I don’t know the depths of what she has gone through and won’t pretend to, but I know that she is now safe and in the process of healing and restoration because she is with people who love her and who are committed to care for her.

So in the spirit of shalom, I would like to help Kate and Johnny feed all those hungry mouths. I thought first of auctioning off the painting, but then only one person would have the opportunity to help. So instead, I’m going to give you an opportunity to help by having a drawing for it. If you donate $10 to them on their blog here your name will be put into the drawing. Your name will be added twice if you donate $20, three times if you donate $30, etc. No matter who wins the painting, everyone who gives will be able to help and give shalom. The drawing will begin today and end on Mother’s Day, May 13, at 9pm Alaska Time. You will be notified by email if you won and the painting will be mailed to you.

“The Shalom of Grace” original watercolor 10″x13″

I asked Kate what $10 would buy in Kenya and this was her reply:

“We can buy a thick blanket for a person in need.
Flour for a week or two
Almost 90 eggs (we use 35 eggs per egg meal)
8 lbs of meat (we usually use 4 lbs per meal)
2 lbs of butter
Medicines are relatively cheaper here, so that could buy malaria meds for one person.
40 avocados
15 lbs of tomatoes (we use about 10 lbs for spaghetti or chili)
25 large mangos
16 heads of cabbage”