Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Spirit of a Quiet Place Feb., 2015

I am experimenting with a little more realistic style yet keeping with my Spirit painting concept.  In this piece, I was thinking of a place in the country that belongs to a friend of mine.  She feeds the deer several times a week so one never knows when a glimpse of one will be found in this quiet place.  Rather than creating a landscape, I tried to create the passion my friend has for these graceful and shy creatures along with the magic of this very special quiet place.  

This is a mixed media piece:  scraped acrylic on an 11"x14" stretched canvas, pastel, ink.  This piece won 2nd place in the Senior Division of the 2015 Kansas Bowhunter Association convention in Hutchinson, KS 2-21-15.  

Spirit of a Quiet Place

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Spirit of Found Peace, 2-5-2015

I finally got back to my painting yesterday and finished the painting today.  It is not my typical Spirit painting.  It is 11"x14" mixed media on stretched canvas.  The medias are:  scraped acrylic, torn paper I made myself used as a collage, pencil, pastel, charcoal, acrylic and the grass is 3D cut paper that is bent and stands out from the canvas.  

My husband is a bowhunter and I made this to show at the Kansas Bowhunter Convention at the end of this month.  I love walking in the woods, feeling the quiet and peace that envelopes me.  My husband walks the woods for the same reason while he is looking for deer sign, turkeys, other wildlife, and building habitat for all the animals.  He finds much joy and peace in being out there alone with the animals.  And yes, he does hunt, for food and we have always made a distinction between hunting and killing in our house.  My husband has told me many stories of sitting in his blind or tree stand and watching a deer come by, sometimes many deer come within range.  But he so enjoys their beauty and peace and quiet, that often he will just sit and watch, observe, and soak in the beauty.  I wanted to show this side of hunting so everyone will realize there is a difference between finding peace and those who only kill.  I hope you enjoy this painting and find some peace within it.

'Spirit of Found Peace' 11"x14" mixed media on stretched canvas.

Detail of deer and 3D grass

Detail of bowhunter enjoying the 'found peace'