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My sister turned 23 on Friday.  She is living in an apartment attached to a house, and she’s been nagging me for art.  Instead of allowing her to take something I’ve already finished, I decided to paint a larger piece that reflected Maria more personally.  Maria likes bright colors.  She loves Americana and is passionate about our young nation’s history.  The piece that was formed from my knowledge of and love for my sister became “Independence”.  The background is whiter than it appears here.  I used Prussian blue, Grumbacher red, gold, and titanium white.  Maria loved it, and I am quite happy with the result:

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There are caves underwater!

Did you know there are hundreds of islands all over the planet?  Did you also know that there are hundreds of caves under these hundreds of islands?  National Geographic recently did a spread about the beautiful caverns beneath the Bahamas.  I loved the translucent shades of turquoise and aqua the divers’ lights cast.  The contrast with the blackness of the foreground of the caves was quite striking.  How did I grapple with my awe?  I painted.

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Spirit of Kaye Lee

A couple months ago, I read The Shack, which began slowly but turned into quite a powerful read for me.  At one point in the book, God allows the protagonist to see people the way God does:  in color and light.  Ironically, I had discussed such a concept with my college roommate when we were seniors.  If we saw each other as color and light, what colors would each person be?  What if our souls, in fact, did appear in color and light?  Anyway, after reading the novel, the first person who popped into my mind was my dear, beautiful friend, Kaye Lee.  An extremely talented artist filled with intricate thoughts and a layered personality, I have loved Kaye dearly since I first met her.  She is color and light.

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Is it a landscape?

Or is it just that oil and tar and water don’t mix?

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