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"Carolina Wren"

This little bird and her mate spent the summer on our porch nesting right in my hanging geranium. They were an absolute delight to observe as they busied themselves around carrying for their one chick. There melodious songs and behavior served to be great entertainment for all who visited our porch. John 8:12 Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness but will have the Light of life.”

Colossians 1:13 For He received us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son.

This is a 12 x 6 watercolor painting done on 140 pound cold press paper. I absolutely love the rich pink/orange color in a sunset…..this painting was an experiment with a good outcome. I used glazes of Opera to build this intense sunset scene from my yard. It allowed my lavender clouds to remain lavender and not turn gray.

Lucky the Elephant

I was drawn to a photograph of an elephant by the striking contrast of the bright sunshine and dark shadows on this massive elephant. Painting Lucky was one of my greatest accomplishments as an artist. This painting is 22 x 30 inches and I painted it all wet into wet and I am still thrilled with my finished result!

"Intimidation – Cougar"

I photographed this cougar at the Nashville Zoo. She was one of the few animals who ventured out in the sun for us to photograph. When I had my photo enlarged at the local Kinko’s I was pleasantly surprised by all the color I found in the copy. I thought I would use these colors as the undercoat of my cougar. However, I loved it as the final coat. I think the color on her fur is an afterthought as you are captured by the piercing eyes before you see the color.

"Boy it’s cold out!"

The chickens really hate the cold weather and hate it even more when it snows. I caught this scene when I saw the bright and dramatic contrast of their bodies, huddled together in the shadowed snow drifts. Chickens are very social and I love watching them.
This is the scene I often see as I peer out my studio window watching the sunset. I love the peaceful emotion I feel as I look at this painting. The original painting is quite small about 4 x 6 inches. I love the orange, yellow, crimson, violet, turquoise and blue colors reflected in the sky, framed by the tall dark pine trees. The Bible tells us there are many colors in Heaven, colors we’ve never known on earth. It is very difficult for me to paint pastel shades….I’m a person of bold and bright colors, so I’m especially pleased with the final painting.

"Magnificent Cygnus"

I love to watch a swan gracefully float along barely creating a ripple in the surface of the water. When I saw this photograph, taken by Denny Bingaman, I was intrigued by it. First of all, the bird still looks magnificent but not quite as graceful. I love the dark shadows on the white feathers and the dark water was a perfect contrasting background. I love painting high contrast and drama and this piece has it all.