The Eagle and the Goat

All on one canvas! There is actually a very sweet story behind this painting. A friend of mine moved with her family from one town to another. Her daughter was attached to her old school and participated in many of the school activities. She had lots of friends and was really sad to leave them.

Her mom got ahold of me and asked if I could paint the mascots for the Eagles and the Billies (billy goat.) She wanted real animals with the school symbols as well. I asked what her favorite color was and got started on this fun project.

The map goes on…

Then, the favorite color background goes on and it is … blue!!! πŸ˜‚

Next, I start work on the eagle and then the goat.

Detail work is done with brushes and finger painting. The images are more defined and the canvas is complete.

Moments That Last Forever: Ruth 1:16

22″x28″ canvas

Oils, (finished on January 23, 2018)

I have to admit, I wasn’t sure how this canvas was going to look. It is an unusual subject matter, but at the heart of it, this is a painting that a mom wanted for her daughter to help her understand a simple thing…

Yes, it is hard to leave your friends, but you never truly leave them. They will always be a part of you. Now, you can have new friendships and new experiences to go with the old. It is all part of who you are.

I think she got the message, cause she seems happy…

Many blessings to you, sweet friend! I hope many happy experiences are ahead for you! Lots of love and hugs, KWG

Next up, Mighty! ❀️🎨🐘

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The Wolf, the Unicorn, and the Bunny

Lately, I have been posting one painting at a time. This time, I am showing three paintings. These paintings go together because they belong to one sweet family. A friend of mine commissioned these paintings for Christmas presents. Her children picked their favorite animal, whether real or not, and I started work on these canvases. I have to admit, painting for children brings out my inner child. This was a fun project!

The oldest girl went first and wanted a white wolf. In my impressionist style, I put my handy blue glove on and finger painted over my rough sketch. (My map.)

Continuing with finger painting, I begin to add texture and definition to the wolf.

My husband wanted me to add blood around his mouth! I don’t think so!!!! This is for a child!!! πŸ˜‚

A little more shadow is needed and I use small detail brushes to finish the canvas.

Determination: Psalm 119:133

22″x28″

Oils, finished on November 16, 2017

The middle girl wanted a unicorn with a purple background and glitter added too. I got a little giddy when mom said glitter!!!

First, the map goes on.

Second, I finger painted and did light brushwork to define the image.

Third, more paint is added and the unicorn becomes more defined. I am using a fan brush for broader strokes, as well as, smaller brushes for the detail work.

I want this painting to have a whimsical look…

Fourth, continuing with a fan brush and medium sized brushes, I make the shadows more defined…

Fifth and last step is adding the glitter. I thought about putting the glitter all over the canvas and really making it shine, but decided to put it on the horn and mane. Sometimes, simple is better and gives a more classical look…

Brave: Deuteronomy 31:6

22″x28″ canvas

Oils, finished on November 29, 2017

The youngest son chose a rabbit and it had to be brown. His wish was my command! πŸ˜‚

The map goes on. I finger paint the texture to the blanket that the bunny is laying on and it’s head.

Next, I finger paint the body.

The detail work begins with a fan brush and smaller brushes.

Finishing touches are added and the bunny is complete!

Bloom: Ephesians 4: 15-16

22″x28″ canvas

Oils, finished on December 12, 2017

You know what makes an artist joyful? Happy customers!!! These paintings live in the Texas Hill Country. β€οΈπŸŽ¨πŸ˜ƒ

Another dear friend loved the unicorn and wanted a smaller one for herself. She is my age and has a childlike heart. We are kindred spirits! This painting lives in New Orleans.

Next up, the Eagle and a Goat… β€οΈπŸŽ¨πŸ˜ƒ

Home!

When I was a little girl, I loved to visit my grandma, uncle John, my great aunt, and great uncle. They lived side by side in lake houses that had a catwalk between them. I loved running across that thing and visiting with my family (or driving them crazy… πŸ˜‚) One of my favorite things about those visits was sneaking out of my room at night and heading to the large bay window in the dining room and staring out at the water. Across the lake and to the left was the Horseshoe Bay lighthouse. I loved to watch her and she always flashed her light at me.

You know I had to paint her!!!

The map goes on. I do a rough sketch of the lighthouse…

Next, I start work on the background colors. This is a good combination of finger painting and brush work. I am finger painting here…

Continuing with the background colors, I slowly move towards the front of the canvas. Brush work has begun. (I love how messy my drawing is getting…) πŸ˜‚

All background colors are on and detail work begins…

Last bit of detail work is done and here is the finished canvas…

Home: Matt. 5:16

24″x48″ canvas

Oils (finished on November 1, 2017)

Today, my family and I live in my great aunt’s and great uncle’s house. My brother and his family are building their house next door. We are the third generation to own these homes. My life experiences have been all over the place, but the one constant in my life has been these homes in the Texas Hill Country. As long as I can remember, that lighthouse has been there too. When we moved here, about five years ago, and I opened the window to our remodeled house, she was there flashing her light at my family and I. We are home. ❀️

My family and I are the proud owners of this canvas. 😊

Next up, the white wolf! β€οΈπŸŽ¨πŸ˜ƒ

Bold

Have you ever started a project and not known the direction it was going to take you? For me, that would be this project! My brother, sister in law, my husband and I went to a winery in the Texas Hill Country and found out, while touring, they were having a label contest for their artist blend. I haven’t really entered any art contests before and thought I would give this a whirl. They did not know, at the time, how the contest was going to be conducted. They asked for my email and would send the information to me at a later date… Ok…

I saw past wine labels and realized that they liked abstract art. They also liked cool colors with hints of a red mixed in. (The wine is a red.) So, I came up with the idea to do a lion with a water to wine theme. The idea is Aslan (from the Chronicles of Narnia) would mix with the first miracle of Jesus. I start to play with the idea…

The map goes on…

The infusion of the cool colors begins. This is almost entirely a finger painted canvas. I start with the eyes and work on the lion’s face. I am trying to decide, at this point, if I want to go with bold blues. I’m not sure about eye color either, so I start with green…

Continuing with the darker colors, I begin work on the snout and mane…

Remembering the other wine labels, I thought this might be too dark, so I lighten the blues, add more burgundy, and try a different eye color. This is when I get the call to do the flower mural and stopped work on my lion friend…

After I completed the mural, I had a fresh idea of the direction to take my lion. The whiskers definitely needed some work, softening of the face colors, and I still wasn’t happy with the eyes. I couldn’t get out of my mind the three colors that are prevalent in the Old Testament and decided to incorporate them into this painting. The colors are purple, blue, and red. I got the blue and red down, but no purple. I finally found my eye color and am happy with the result…

Bold- John 2:10b

30″x40″ canvas

Oils (completed on October 6, 2017)

Bold did not win the contest, but I already figured that out when I saw it was going to be an Instagram contest. I had an account to keep up with my kids and purposely did not add many people. I am not a fan of begging my friends for votes either, and the one with the most votes wins. Well, that was not going to be me.

I learned a valuable lesson with this project and learned a lot about myself. I am not a competitive person and just enjoy my job. That’s enough for me! I am going to continue to grow and learn new techniques. Boldly moving forward!

I placed this painting in an auction at our church. We have a policy that all children go to camp for free. I’m totally participating in that!!!! This painting lives with dear friends in the Texas Hill Country.

Next up, the lighthouse! ❀️🎨😊

Floral Surprise!!!

My youngest daughter came home from work, one day, and told me she might have lined up some work for me. I was like, “What?” (Number One, I had just started painting again. Two, I was not looking for a job! I had one!!! Studio Artist!!!) I proceed to question her about this and find out that the job would take place in Fredericksburg, Texas. I would be painting a floral type mural in their clothing store in the downtown area. (Number three, in my life, I have only worked on and completed about a handful worth of murals. It had been a while since my last mural project…)

We live about an hour and a half away from Fredericksburg, so I was not sure how this would work. The owner, Kate, arranged a place for me to stay and I would not have to commute. It took about three days to complete.

My map (a rough sketch) is on and I start work from right to left. This is mainly a finger painting and the first time I have worked with oils on a mural. Usually they are done in acrylics.

Right about here, Kate walks in and tells me that the store would be opening in two days! I almost fell off the ladder when she announces this. I thought there would be more time and I may have had a panic attack!!!! I wanted to have this complete before she opened…

Starting to kick it in high gear, I work on the mural until 1:00am the second night. (The map went on the first night.)

Day three starts here…

They are starting to bring the store counters and merchandise in. By the early hours of the morning, I have started using my detail brushes and start to see the finish line…

Finished on September 28, 2017.

Because store merchandise has moved in, I am going to show the mural from several view points…

Taking a selfie πŸ€ͺ

If you are ever in Fredericksburg, drop by Eve Couture and take a pic in front of my mural. It’s a great clothing store and the owner is a sweetheart. If you bring your man along and he is not a fan of shopping, no problem, there is a tv room with sports playing to keep him occupied.

If you get hungry after shopping, eat next door at Der Lindenbaum. It is the best German food and the best restaurant in town. The staff, before closing, brought me coffee because I was working so late. They are wonderful people. They are closed on Tuesdays.

Next up, the Lion… πŸ¦β€οΈπŸŽ¨πŸ˜ƒ

Vigilance! πŸ¦‰

My husband asked me why I was posting three paintings at a time? He said I should focus on one and take my time getting to current projects. He is a writer and his advice is solid. So, here we go…

This is the second painting in my “Eyes to the Soul” owl series. Color mixing on plates and getting my glove on, I am ready to get some finger painting going!

Next, start with the background colors…

Gradually the owl becomes more defined as I build on the background colors…

Add more definition and use small brushes for detail purposes, you get the finished painting…

Vigilance- 1 Peter 5:8a

22″x 28″ canvas

Oils (finished on August 31, 2017)

Next up, the flower mural! πŸ’πŸŒ·πŸŒΉπŸ₯€πŸŒΊπŸŒΈπŸŒΌπŸŒ»

The Owl, The Dog, and the Wedding!

I have to admit, my love of owls is HUGE. It started when I was a kid. My mom and dad worked at Rice University in Houston. The team is the Owls. I had owl shirts,pom poms, caught a football or two at the games… I grew up on that campus and loved seeing the live mascot!!!

As I got older, my love of owls increased with the Harry Potter series. I have a stuffed Hedwig and he screeches like him too! β€οΈπŸ¦‰ So, it was only natural that I would paint owls. I decided there would be a series of them and named it, “Eyes To The Soul.” These painting’s will all be focused on the eyes. The expressions are what matter most and owls have the most expressive eyes…

When I start a painting, it always has a rough sketch. I call it my map.

Next, I start working on the background colors. My handy blue glove goes on and finger painting happens…

I gradually add more color and the owl becomes more defined.

I do a little brushwork for the smaller details and here is the finished painting.

Wisdom: Proverbs 2:11

22″x28″ canvas

Oils (finished on June 6, 2017)

This painting lives with a sweet family/dear friends in Highland Haven, TX

After seeing the above owl, a friend of mine sent me a message on Messenger and asked if I would paint his dog, Stormy. She is a rescue dog and important member of the family. He wanted to surprise his wonderful wife with this painting for her birthday. I was honored to do it!

Here is the final result for this painting. It is mainly a brush canvas with hints of finger painting.

Stormy: Proverbs 18:24

11″x14″ canvas

Oils, (finished in July 2017)

This painting lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota

A sweet friend of mine, who lives in Washington State, wanted her bouquet, from her wedding, painted in my impressionistic style. They both serve in the military and she sent me her wedding pics. I saw a pic with his hat next to her bouquet and knew that was the one to paint.

This is a brush painting with some finger painting. I start with the background colors first.

I continue putting on the background colors.

And more background colors…

Detail work with brushes and here is the finished canvas:

Union: 1 Corinthians 13:13

22″x28″ canvas

Oils (finished on August 14, 2017)

It lives with the newlyweds in Gig Harbor, WA

Up next, an owl, a mural, and a lion! Roar!!!! β€οΈπŸŽ¨πŸ˜ƒ