Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Big Five Oh!

Cowgirl Saddle - 16" x 20" acrylic on artist board, gloss varnish.
With frame- $450
Without frame- $390
S & H included
Contact me to purchase.

No...I'm not turning 50! And even if I was do you think I would announce it on the world wide web???

Why 50 then, you ask?

Its just my 50th blog post!

My blogger stats state that I had 30 visitors to my blog just yesterday! Wow!
And I just snagged another follower in the process... up to 17 (yes, including myself and there is method to my madness; that means every post is automatically forwarded to my email, so I can then forward to anyone on my email list from there...I know...genius right?). ; ) Actually...truth be known, I accidentally stumbled upon this when setting up that widget.

More sneak peeks into my sketch book;

Sketching out ideas in my sketch book...
the writing on the left are notes from one of the online
 'webinars' I have taken on painting landscapes.

On a mission. I have been inspired to paint a series of works that I hope will bring awareness of the world food shortage. This is something the Lord has put in my heart and it has slowly developed over the past year from being one or two big paintings to a series of smaller paintings to tell the story (a narrative) and to just bring it to the public's attention. I know its happening, yet we see nothing in the news about it, nor do I see a collective effort by anyone to tackle this issue. Governments of the world are more worried about energy sources than feeding the people. I don't want this project to be about bashing world powers, but to bring awareness and hope for the future.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Why Mona Lisa?

Our Gallery at home.

I was thinking, today, about the famous painting; the Mona Lisa by one of my all time favorite artists, Leonardo Da Vinci. I came around to thinking about his particular painting as I was remembering how many great paintings I had seen while living in Paris, France back in the mid 80's. I visited Louvre several times, sometimes staying for hours at a time, looking at these huge (and I mean huge) oil paintings on the walls. I was young at the time, just out of high school. Although I was keen to learn about Art History, I was still very naive and just a 'small-town girl' who did not understand what it was I was looking at (at a deeper level). I did, however, understand it on a level beyond most girls my age. It was what I was interested in and learning it was easier than most other things (namely algebra).

But I do have one small regret. I never did get a good look at this 'Mona Lisa' painting. This painting is in a room, off the main great hall in the Louvre and this room was always packed with people (like sardines) and since I have never been good with large crowds, I decided it was enough to be able to just catch a glimpse of it on the wall. I remember thinking to myself; what is the big deal anyways? It is so small, and what are all these people hoping to see in viewing the 'original' painting? I mean, we are talking about one of the most reproduced paintings of all time! I am sure they sold cheap poster prints of it in the gallery shop if you really wanted to see it that badly! But...I can say that it was in fact there...I did see it briefly, from afar, and that seemed to satisfy my curiosity at the time. I just could not see what all the fuss was about in seeing "the real thing"!

Jump forward 25 + years and here I am, thinking to myself, with all my rekindled fire in art, I was so close! Why oh why did I not take an extra 20 minutes to get in line and get up close to that particular painting? Now that I understand more about what it represented and my appreciation of the artist himself has grown over the years, I really must admit, I am a bit disappointed in my 18 year old self!

Lesson; do take the time to notice the small things in life. There are great things in small packages. Don't live your life with regrets because you didn't take action! Make that extra effort, take that extra time and have a closer look at those little gems!

Mona Lisa - by Leonardo Da Vinci

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