Faithful Friend

I was hosting an Abbye West Pates house concert, in October, when a friend of mine asked me if I would paint an alpaca for him. He said it would be a surprise Christmas gift for his wife. They are one of the cutest couples on the planet!!!! How could I refuse that?

They celebrated Christmas early with their family, so I am now able to post about my alpaca friend! I asked her details about this alpaca and she said they were at a farm that had them there. They got lots of pics of my little friend. She is a huge fan of them and that is why he wanted me to paint her.

He sent me a picture:

I start with my map:

Background colors are added:

Detail work begins:

A little more definition work is done. I am happy with how my bright eyed friend looks and we have a finished painting.

“Faithful Friend: Psalm 26:3″

22″x28” canvas

Oils (finished December 12, 2018)

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!! I will see you in the new year with more fun projects!!!! ❤️😍🎨😃


Evie’s Rose

I have a dear friend, Megan, who lives in Washington State. She used to babysit my kids when we lived up there. I watched her grow up through her youth years and now she is married and a mom to three wonderful children.

Her middle child is a beautiful girl named Evie. Her parents noticed (when she was a baby) that she was struggling in transitioning to solid food. She would only eat things like mashed potatoes or applesauce. They had Evie evaluated by a therapist and found that she had food texture issues. She was provided with in-home occupational food therapy and she is eating healthy and doing well.

Evie was evaluated for speech therapy as well. It was this therapist that first suggested that Evie might be autistic. They had to wait a year for this evaluation. She was taken to Holly Ridge Center and received speech therapy. HRC had a psychologist come in once a month to evaluate children for autism. An appointment opened up and Evie was officially diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

HRC was a major help to Megan and her family. They helped Evie get diagnosed and had an amazing therapist that worked with her in many ways, including counting to ten. She is now attending preschool through the school district and has an IEP (Individualized Education Program).

My friend, Megan, asked me to paint something for autism awareness. She told me the color theme is rainbow. I thought about it for a while and knew there were rainbow roses and tulips. I brought it up to her and she chose the rose.

This is actually the second canvas I did of this rose. The first one was too dark and I wanted a lighter and more whimsical feel to the flower. Here was my day 1 progress:

Final detail work is done on the rainbow rose. It is much lighter than the first canvas and I am happy with the colors on this one!!!

Hope: Psalm 147:11

16″x20″ canvas

Oils, completed on November 27, 2018

Megan has set up a donation page on Facebook for the center that helped diagnose Evie. It is Holly Ridge Center in Bremerton, WA. They are a great support to families with special needs children. They offer services like speech therapy for babies – 3 years. They help special needs adults find and keep their jobs as well.

Here is the link to the donation page:

Please consider giving to this great organization.

If you would like to buy a canvas print, posters, or other items of this painting, please go to my stores:

Thank you for your support!!!! It means a lot!!! ❤️😊

A Little Love to Share

About two years ago, I met a sweet lady on Facebook. I have learned a lot about her and the incredible ministry she does to help orphans in Jinja, Uganda. Her name is Racheal. At our first communication, she informed me, her husband and she had around twenty children they were caring for. Many were left in the streets by parents who abandoned them. Also, parents who died from AIDS or other illnesses and they were left alone. Racheal and her husband, Dominic, are renting a home and taking in these wonderful children. They love, nurture, provide medical care, educate, clothe, and feed them with their biological children. Tender Love Orphan Care ( have over thirty children now and want to help more…

They are not a US sponsored charity, at this time, and it costs $650.00 to become one. My friend, Yaelis, has on her heart to make t-shirts, cards, and other items to sell to raise the money. She contacted me and asked me to design a canvas so she can make the various items to sell. She wanted the Bible verse, that is put on my heart, to be prominently displayed throughout the design. I was honored to do it.

Here is the design I came up with:

I have always been a fan of African Batik art. This is based off of the fabric design idea. The highlights from the sun that are on the trees and elephant are where the verse is displayed. Here is what it says:

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me…” Matt. 25:35

If you would like to help this amazing ministry, by providing for their daily needs, we have set up a GoFundMe page for that purpose:

I hope you will consider sharing a little love with these children. I have received numerous videos, pictures, and messages from them. They have stolen my heart. They will steal yours as well. You’ll see! ❤️😊

Next up, a painting to spread Autism awareness. ❤️