Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wrapped in His Feathers -Paint Party Friday


I was going through some piles of my old artwork when I found a drawing I'd penciled onto lined paper, dated the year 2000.  The drawing struck such a chord in my heart, I put the idea to paper once again. 

My life has been so different since my husband passed away recently.  I have run into the arms of Him Who loves me, so many times over the past few months.  Ah, He covers me with His feathers and keeps me safe, next to His heart.

He will cover you with His feathers, 
and under His wings you will find refuge; 
His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
~Psalm 94:1
A Song of David 

Happy Paint Party Friday, all you lovely artists and beautiful people. Thank you for dropping by.









Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Kitty Cat Cloud


It has been awhile since I posted one of my cloud paintings, so here he is--this sweet little Kitty Cat Cloud.  I love how his ears turned out.  What a cutie.  I do so adore cats.  (grin)


Above you see this beautiful little fellow as I first saw him, floating and stretching across the skies.

Have a lovely week, dear Friends.  Eyes to the Skies!!!  You never know what you will see.


Friday, March 13, 2015

Grapevine Princess -Paint Party Friday


I was inspired by an Art Nouveau border I found online.  I've made it my own, but I can't claim full credit.  I have done a lot of doodling in my sketchbook lately, and this is one of my most recent graphite drawings. I like the look on this lovely girl's face.  I caught something beautifully appealing here--but with such a lovely model, I am not surprised.


Above you see my wonderful model Rena.  I love the way the camera sees her.  Her beauty is that of the old Greek statues.  How blessed I am by her friendship!  

Happy Paint Party Friday, all you lovely artists and beautiful people. Thank you for dropping by.







Friday, March 6, 2015

Crown of Vetch -Paint Party Friday


This colored pencil drawing is of my niece.  She is a free spirit like me, with a grand imagination and a love for the Forest and all things faery.  Flora is a wonderful little friend and I love her very much.

Here in the Pacific Northwest, spring is in the air.  The trees are bright with blossoms.  There are flowers springing from the earth and the birds are trilling their spring songs.  It is a beautiful day today.  I am posting this picture, because on the other side of the country--you all have snow!  I'm envious of your snow, as I am sure you must be envious of our spring blossoms.  

Happy Paint Party Friday, all you lovely people. Thank you for dropping by.





Friday, February 27, 2015

Springtime Beauty -Paint Party Friday


One of my favorite artists is Alphonse Mucha.  He has been an inspiration since the day I saw his incredible artwork.  

Inspired by Mucha, this is my Spring Beauty.  She has been tiptoeing through the Pacific Northwest all this week.  The fruit trees are in full bloom--they've peeking out since before mid-January.  I can't recall an earlier Spring.  Glorious pink flowerings against a slate grey Oregon sky makes a perfectly lovely combination!  Here my Springtime girl is wrapped in grape vines.


Above you see my beautiful model, Rena.  She is not only a dear friend, but the camera loves everything she does.  

Happy Paint Party Friday, all you lovely people. Thank you for dropping by.




Friday, February 20, 2015

Kitty Surprise -Paint Party Friday



I've posted this before.  This is one of my favorite drawings from long ago, so I would put it up again.  It is hard to believe so much time has passed since I drew this picture.

I'm not sure who is the most surprised, the faery, or the kitty cat! In my mind's eye, this is one of the faeries who frequent my garden--I am sure there have been more than one skirmish between cat and fairy folk over the years. It is my belief the winged ones love teasing the cats.

I know, I know--I have a GREAT imagination!

I did the first part of this drawing in graphite. Once that was done, I carefully drew in the lines using India ink. Once the ink was good and dry, I erased the pencil lines and used my beloved Prismacolor pencils to achieve the bright effect you see here.

Happy Paint Party Friday, all you wonderful people. Thank you for dropping by.


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Stars in the Desert -Paint Party Friday


Here is a recent graphite drawing from my sketchbook.  I have started drawing again in earnest.  My fingers are not near as stiff as they were--I believe my inability to draw had much to do with mourning the loss of my Beloved.   I was frozen for awhile.

Sometimes the road I travel is rocky and full of tears.  But then I remember to look up at the stars and to Him Who made the Heavens.   He is the Creator Who loves me and walks with me. 

For the twinkles in the skies, I used the Star of David.  I love the way the star looks--so perfectly balanced and beautiful.

Happy Paint Party Friday, all you wonderful people. Thank you for dropping by.



Friday, February 6, 2015

Wilderness Walker -Paint Party Friday


I am so grateful to the Friends who have walked by my side through this awful time in my life. You know who you are, and I love you. ((hugs)) 

This path we tread is difficult, but with each step we bear each other's sorrows.  We shoulder one another's burdens--sharing the great adventure yet to come.  Though hard times will be a part of what is ahead, we will walk hand in hand with God, together.

This is an acrostic I wrote long ago.  It perfectly describes where I am right now, and inspired the drawing you see above (which I finished yesterday).

WILDERNESS WALKER

                       T  he desert blooms
                   H  ealing the heart.
                   E  ncouraging fragrance

                        W  ill new things spring forth?
                        I   long to know it.
                        L  et me watch the blooming.
                        D  esert Redeemer
                        E   mbracing me.
                        R  iver Maker
                        N  ew things shall spring forth
                        E  ternal Trail Breaker
                        S  trength to walk the path before me
                        S  afe in His hands.
                   ~Copyright ©1995 by Beth L. Niquette

"Do not call to mind the former things, Or ponder things of the past.  Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it?  I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert...The people whom I formed for Myself, will declare my praise."  ~Isaiah 43:18, 19, 21

Thank you for dropping by, dear Friends.  Happy Paint Party Friday!



                                                                                                      

Friday, January 2, 2015

Loyalty Through Hardship -Paint Party Friday

This will be my third piece of art since my husband left for heaven recently.  This is a watercolor I painted New Year's Evening. There is a fun fact about this drawing.  The circle part of this, was created by a tea cup saucer!  (grin)


Rena and Heather were my lovely models for this painting.  They are so dear in every way.  I painted this picture for them as a late Christmas gift.  I am blessed by their friendship!

Thank you so much for dropping by!  Happy New Year, sweet Friends.  May God bless you with strength, peace and joy this coming year and beyond.  Happy Paint Party Friday!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Sky Dreamer -Paint Party Friday

This dreamer in the sky was made especially for a young friend of mine named Emily. She has a bit of the dreamer in her eyes.

Above you see the sky dreamer as I first caught her floating along the cloud's edges.

Thank you so much for dropping by!  Have a lovely weekend, sweet Friends!  Happy Paint Party Friday!



Friday, December 19, 2014

The Lady and the Lambs -Paint Party Friday


This is a graphite rendering from 2005, of an old picture my Mother loved. It was a gift from long ago--the person who gave it to Mums said she looked just like this beautiful woman. It is true! Indeed, in her younger years, Mumsie was beautiful--but not in the classical sense. She is still lovely--a stately yet mischievous and fun lady whom everyone loves.



Years ago, when color programs were first coming out, I scanned my sketch into the computer, then played with the paint programs. I was astonished to see so much color coming from a grey and white graphite drawing--I saved the results. But after that, any attempts to recreate these color patterns failed. I wonder . . .
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May the joy and beauty of Christmas permeate your lives--even through great tragedy and loss.  God is good. 

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Thank you so much for dropping by!  Have a lovely weekend, sweet Friends!  Happy Paint Party Friday!




Friday, December 12, 2014

Lion Slide -Paint Party Friday


I realized I haven't put up a cloud painting in some time--so here's one I painted in 2011.  I took the original picture out over the back fence.  I thought, at first it was a sliding dog with large flapping ears.  But as I worked on the picture--a lion began to form.  I laughed at the expression on his face--he's having SO much fun sliding down that cloud bank!


Above you see this frisky feline as I first saw him in the clouds.

Thank you so much for dropping by!  Have a lovely weekend, sweet Friends!  Happy Paint Party Friday!


Saturday, December 6, 2014

Cats! -Paint Party Friday


You are probably wondering about this drawing...it took HOURS to get all that fur drawn to my satisfaction! Elvis, our fat Main Coon, now in heaven, posed for this picture along with one of my daughters. What fun to be a cat? I think I would like that.

Thank you so much for dropping by!  Have a lovely weekend, sweet Friends!  Happy Paint Party Friday!



Friday, November 21, 2014

Malaya Rosebud -Paint Party Friday

Years ago, I was given eight rosebushes to plant in my yard.  All seven of these lovely rosebushes grew and flourished.  Indeed, today at the beginning of winter, I can hardly wait for the soft fragrant aroma of roses to waft through the warm summer air. There is something so exquisitely wonderful and precious about every phase of a blooming rose.

This is a piece of art from long ago--as you can see here, roses are also a great favorite among the faeries who often visit my garden. 

Thank you so much for dropping by!  Have a lovely weekend, sweet Friends!  Happy Paint Party Friday!



Saturday, November 15, 2014

Birdhouse in my Garden -Paint Party Friday


I collaborated with my daughter to do this painting, which was for a fund raiser for a school for disabled children.  When you enlarge it, you'll be able to see the detail.  This is a combination of acrylic paint and lineart drawing.


Here's a selection showing the detail of the painting. I have posted this before, but because of my current circumstances, having very recently lost my darling husband, I haven't been able to do much art.  That will change as time goes on.  In the meantime, I am thanking God for His strength as I walk this new pathway in my life.

Thank you so much for dropping by!  Have a lovely weekend, sweet Friends!  Happy Paint Party Friday!


Friday, November 7, 2014

Goodbye My Love -Paint Party Friday


Early Thursday morning, October 30th, I lost the love of my life.

I know lots of people are not comfortable with the loss of a loved one and the story of what happened.  However, my husband left in such a beautiful way, I wanted to share it with you.  If you are uncomfortable with reading this account--I truly, deeply understand.  ((HUGS))

That night I knew something was wrong, so unable to sleep, sat beside him, as he slept in his big chair downstairs.  Suddenly he grabbed the top part of his chest and said he was in awful pain.  A moment later, his eyes grew large, and he gasped as though he saw something indescribably wonderful.

I called 911, and I performed CPR until the ambulance came.  Our dear children were able to arrive before he left for the hospital, and we were together there when he flew away to heaven.

As we were hugging and kissing him goodbye, telling him what a great job he did, what a wonderful father and husband he was, and how much we loved him--to be at peace and to not worry about us--the walls of the emergency room were lined with those who had fought so hard to save him.  We sang his favorite songs and held him as long as we could.  Those wonderful people surrounded us....their heads bowed, hands folded, many with tears running down their faces.  After a time, they trickled from the room--but stayed close by in the hallway.

As we were getting ready to leave, the head RN came in and said, "We see a lot of these, but it is rare to find a family with such love, who handled this moment with such great beauty, love and dignity."  Then he gave us his card and said, "If you need anything let us know."

I have been married to this wonderful man for 31 wonderful years.  Alan is the love of my life.  I miss him more than I can put into words.

I want to share something beautiful that happened to me early Saturday morning. As I lay trying to sleep, a small sweet breeze slid across my face...and then his dear lips pressed against mine.  My husband kissed me goodbye.



Alan was a servant of God and He loved people. He wanted everyone to know God loved them too, and so I am passing his message on to you dear ones--God loves you.  He longs to know you, God wants to share His son and the world He created for you--in a whole different way than you've ever known.


My family and I would deeply appreciate your prayers.  May God bless you with joy--even in the midst of great sorrow.

Friday, October 24, 2014

A Day in the Country -Paint Party Friday


Here is an vintage saw I painted with acrylics in early 2001.  It was a Christmas gift for our Papa and Daka.  As you can see--I've always painted faces into my artwork.


Here is a bit more detail.  As you can see there are faces hidden in the sky.


A face in the mountains...


Trees, sky and mountain--with their hidden treasures.


And still more faces to find...


Here is another glimpse into my sketchbook.  I call this graphite drawing, Ocean Robes.


My reference photo is above--this is our lovely Emily in a photo I took last January.

Thank you so much for dropping by!  Have a lovely day, sweet Friends!  Happy Paint Party Friday!