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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Part of my biblical series paintings. There will be 4

in the series and this is the not quite finished number three. Exodus.
The first letter in the word Exodus!
So far I have painted with added mixed media Genesis, Noah, and now Exodus! Here the letters are down the painting and in a stone like feel, special pumice media for that effect! God's Holy Spirit moves around the E and Mose's hand is sort of holding up the tablets(which are not quite finished still needing the commandments). I tried to make the skin color so everyman could relate to this human being as moses. Not white or black sort of middle Eastern looking which has a sense of either any or all mankind!

 Here you see the "X" is right on top of Mose's face since he was chosen by God Himself for the task at hand, as were all the Jewish people!
 In the "O" are the Jews rejoicing in their freedom through raised hands and prayers! Mose's beard is wrapped around them in protection. Also you can see the snakes tongue here as a symbol of power from listening to God!
 Here is the letter "D" the Egyptians who are trying to re enslave or kill the Jews are
trying to escape God's wrath, Their horses are bucking and the people are running in fear of being drowned but the Egyptians will not escape!

Her in the "U" we see the staff of Moses and his head wrap blowing in the winds, the chariots and the men of Egypt not faring well, as the waves begin to crash in on them!

The last letter of the painting is the "S" in the word Exodus and as you can see the Egyptians are drowning
 and Mose's beard has turned from soft  white trellises into a raging sea enveloping the Egyptians
Mose's staff turned into a snake!

Still much to do with Every Man's Moses! This is slightly blurry I will show better full photos when finished!
as they try to run and escape further!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

This is the painting I am doing in our class with the mentally challenged of Manchester!

 First I must tell you it isn't quite finished yet. Secondly that it along with the others will be up[ for silent auctions starting at $50,00 dollars to benefit the mentally ill of Manchester NH! This is an 18" x 24" wrapped canvas canvas with the sides painting and when finished will be ready to hang without a frame if so desired.  I was inspired by a field on the way to teach my first day of the class and am loving all the results from each artist! They are an amazing crew!! I will be posting all of them when they are all completed! 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Where do we as artist's fit in in this world????

 Do you ever feel or have you ever felt ostracized or misunderstood and alone in the world as I sometimes have? I think figuring out who we are as artists is especially trying sometimes. When we have no one to back us and no help from family. Life can be trying when you know you still have to follow your calling, your passion, your gift and your bliss.
   Around the time I was about to turn 50 I began to see things I had not thought about before. Like how can I really make a positive difference in my world around me? Always asking myself where do I fit in and how do I become an active member of my culture my community, when it seemed many times I was not a member of this tribe, this race of people.
 I prayed a lot about this issue and really wanted things to change. I wanted things to change for me and in me and in the world around me too. Where to begin though was my question it all seemed so overwhelming at times. So many things had come together which seemed to be working against my desires and dreams.
  Like mental challenges and traumas and disabilities that were seemingly a curse to my life. I worked through many issues but there always seemed to be something stopping me. Not giving up though as my antidepressant was working and so so was I. I created feverishly everyday, and found joy in doing so. Than through many avenues and classes and reading the bible, making some new friends and getting some of what I consider Holy Spirit divine inspirations, at 50 things started coming together.
  Now if someone had told me when I was ten or twelve or even thirty that I only had to wait for my  hearts desires and eventually they would come true like at age fifty and beyond! Maybe I would have been frustrated, in disbelief or possibly even excited! People did tell me to wait on God, and not give up hope(easy for them to say). Having had my extreme bouts of depression and struggling with PTSD, ADHD, and even anxiety made it very difficult indeed.
  Then I took some classes online. I love my online support teams. Without you my friends and your undying encouragement not sure I would have kept plucking away? You were there though, thanks God for all of you, and your amazing inspirational art as well! For all the gifts you handmade and sent me on my birthdays or when my sons was having surgery and you sent him get well cards. Life became happier because I met all of you and you shared your very souls with me. In the groups I have belonged to and the sites I have owned I found so much fulfillment and creativity. Wishing many times I had come onto this source sooner but it's all in God's time!!!
     After all I was and still am raising a family and married for 25 years almost 26 years now. Recently my dog of 15 yrs had to be put to sleep and it was sad but we have a new puppy too and she's a pip! My dad had to go into the hospital last week and we wondered for  a few days if he would make it out, but he did and he's home now. My car had to go into the shop which cost me unexpected cash, so did my husbands car,and today I had to have a cavity under a filling filled with which they found an adjacent tooth also had a cavity of it's own which also had to be filled. Cha ching, but at least I get to keep those teeth for now! The week from hell!
  I tell you about this week because if all this had happened to me in the past I would have fallen apart spent my days crying wondering why? Not anymore though, I haven't cried at all which worries me a little but not really. I am so grateful for the joy I have everyday, I never say it enough but thank you God!
  I am finding my tribe, the people I know online who share creativity with me, the classes I have taken and the great teachers who teach them, the friends I have made through the classes. Oh and the Ugandan children whom, I love so much they too are a part of my tribe, and I a part of theirs. I sent my son Haslam art supplies last week when my friend Melissa went over to Uganda for mission work. I can't wait to see if he likes it all!
   I love teaching my home schooled children Grace and Noah art, they too are a part of my tribe now as is their beautiful mother. Even the children in the neighborhood and the college students I have worked on art with, in the past who grew from the experience and taught me much as well!!!!
   The mentally challenged whom I am teaching a layering technique to with the over and under painting are part of my tribe and will soon know I am a part of theirs if they don't already! All the folks
at the club house like Mike, Cameron,Sean, Reeny,Peter, my sweet friend Euretta,Kurt, Mary,Anna(whom I miss), ,Justine,Becca, Natalie, Bowe, Pam, Amanda, are all a part of my tribe.
   Some of my beautiful neighbors and their families too, just so kind and full of love they readily give to others, including my son which means so much to me.
  The people at Nami too especially Ellen who honors me by letting me be the one who makes paintings for their volunteer awards ceremony she's a part of my tribe as are all the people who help me at the VA. The ones who make an extra effort to tell me a joke, or smile, or listen to me chat about my art endeavours!
  Naturally my family members immediate and extended family are an integral part of my tribe, they support and encourage me weekly if not daily! My children , my mom, all of my family even my pets are a part of my tribe. I am not alone, I am a part of my culture, my community and the world. I make a difference and I serve my community, and I am so thankful to be a part of my tribe!
  Oh God, my prayer is that I can learn to serve my tribe even better each passing day that you Lord will utilize the gifts you have given to me in the best way you see fit. That I will not squander them or become to self absorbed not to see how others  need, and can use me to the continued glory of your kingdom! Keep my energy to a place where I will not grow weary or week. Help guide me God in the path you have chosen for my life so that I will not become prideful and try like I have in the past to do things on my own. Help me to remain humble to others, and to you so that I can be a vessel to win souls to eternity and not to my own worldly desires . May the tribe I belong to which is your tribe Father be blessed and more fruitful because I realize I am a part of it, and thank you so much for letting me know this ever more clearly each day! Amen!
    One of my past online teachers Flora Bowly  has a bit on her page about finding your tribe:
  I really love what she has to say and her influence on my own artwork!!! Flora is a member of my tribe too! Love you Flora!
Her class is well worth the taking if anyone is looking to learn and grow creatively in leaps and bounds!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Here's the work I did from God!

To the children of Uganda, in memory of Martina and all the children of Africa who need medical care. The money this piece raises will go towards a medical center in Kampala Uganda!

This work is being auctioned off next week at The Newport RI yacht club.
They are having a fundraiser to raise  $70,000.00 dollars for a medical center for the children and town people of Kampala Uganda. I pray with all my heart this comes to fruition. I have to say Americans are very generous people when the cause is worthy, and they know the money is going where it should. To a kind and grateful people!
Some people who knew her called her Martine and others called her Martina! She was kind and generous of heart, everyone loved her. She died last year at the young age 18 of meningitis. One thing we know for sure, she's in heaven with the Lord!

Teaching class with the mentally challenged!

They are so talented!

mine so far, and yes I am also mentally challenged

Sean's art!

Natalies art!


Reeny's art!

Mary's art!
Kurt's art!

My student who is ten finished his painting!

It's really phenomenal
Title:"The Eagles Truth"

Make an offer he can't refuse!

Noah, you are amazing!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

The painting I did with my youngest son is finished!

First my ten yr older made his picture than we layered together and I finished the final layer. Can't ya see the ten year old influence? This one is being auctioned off for the mentally ill of Manchester NH! Garrett wants to title it:"The Smokes of Life", and I "Cat Thoughts"! So it has two titles!!! Hugs, Sanna

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