Sunday, April 13, 2014

All glory, laud, and honor

The multitude of pilgrims
With palms before you went,
Our praise and prayer and anthems
Before you we present.
All glory, laud, and honor
To you, Redeemer, King
To whom the lips of children
Made sweet hosannas ring.

Hymn # 102 from Lutheran Worship
Author: Melchior Teshner

Tune: Valet Will Ich Dir Geben
1st Published in: 821

Illustration from a Bible story page for David C. Cook Publishing. The story is The Good Samaritan, but today was Palm Sunday and I thought about this donkey as I participated in our procession and liturgy.

Kyrie eleison

Friday, April 11, 2014

one more little texan sketch

A little quick sketch made while walking about a lovely Texas State park near Houston. I was in love with the magnificent spreading branches of the live oak trees and the soft veils of spanish moss waving from all the branches.
Under the fishing pier in the background there is a big alligator perched and waiting for those fishermen to catch something.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

I can see a tiny bit of green

It may be early spring but it is still very gray out there. We have variations of grays that are greeni-ish and brown-ish, blue-ish, black-ish, gray-ish, pink-ish, olive-ish, but still it is gray.
My current work on canvas here in my studio is coming along. I am excited to be painting in oils.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

the sun came out for a minute

Early hint of spring here in Northern Illinois. I found this in my front yard. It is called the Lesser celandine and is all of a half inch across. Sunshine and a flower? After many long months of winter, I'll celebrate.
And here is a detail of my current painting in the studio, a joyful oil on canvas 40x30 inches. Buckets of yellow and pools of blue skies, this is a commission for a particularly sunny client.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Enjoying some ribs in a typical Texas BBQ joint, with appropriate country western music and beer.

Monday, April 7, 2014

alligator revisited

I added an alligator to this scene from Florida which I posted about back here in late January/early February.
I am going to visit Houston, Texas with my husband. He is speaking at a conference and it is my spring break. Maybe I will have some paintings from this trip to share. My husband is a big fan of alligators and wants to hike around a wildlife reserve on the Texas coast. Most people don't "hike" there, they drive on designated wildlife viewing roads. I have cautioned, "hiking might be a dangerous idea, let's be careful, honey". Honeee! ( I might not come out alive.)