Wednesday, September 17, 2014
I have created a goldfinch for day 17. When I was around the age of 12 or 13 (a painfully awkward season in my life, when I was embarrassed about everything) my family took a trip westward. Now when my dad took a trip back then, he would pick a general direction, figure up how much money he had to spend, drive in the decided direction and when he was half way through the money, he would turn around and come home. Now there may have been more planning involved than that but that was the way he described his trip planning to his preteen daughter.
On our journey we traveled through Iowa. I don't recall much of Iowa. Lots of corn fields. But we did stop in a little town that had a gift store that was full of corn souvenirs and Iowa themed knickknacks. I picked out a necklace with a pewter pendant which had an enamel goldfinch on it. I had decided sometime before that goldfinches were my favorite birds. Probably because of an art kit I had received for Christmas which had been a paint-able goldfinch model. Anyway, I knew that the goldfinch was the state bird of Iowa but for some reason when I was discussing the necklace with my parents I called it the state bird of Ohio. Now Ohio and Indiana have their state birds in common. They both chose the cardinal. Not that this matters. My twelve year old brain managed to get the words Iowa and Ohio mixed up. Never the less, my dad got such a kick out of my mistake that he teased me about it all the way to Nebraska and back to Indiana. And even to this day, if you ask him about goldfinches, he will tell you they are the state bird of Ohio and get this silly grin on his face.
Well, this little goldfinch is not the state bird of Ohio. But it is for sale for $17. If you would like to buy it, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The first person I hear from can purchase it. Thanks so much for following me as I create this series. Your comments are also welcome.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
So why am I sad? Elephants are disappearing. I read an article in Smithsonian Magazine a couple months ago and it made me realize there really could be a day when Africa is empty of this majestic and iconic animal. And it is all because of the evil and greed of man. That is why I am sad. Because the elephant should be an image of God's creativity and majesty. Instead it is a symbol of the depravity of which people are capable.
I painted a picture of this elephant family, that even though it makes me sad, represents love, which I believe elephants feel. God did make them and He gave them a capacity for affection, joy and grief which is so close to human beings it stirs our hearts and minds. This elephant picture represents the love of a parent and child and it represents God's love which is all around us.
This painting is available for $16. It is 5 x 7 on watercolor paper. If you are interested in it please email me at email@example.com.
Thanks again for following my art. Today I was cutting it close as it is 10 til Midnight as I write these words. But I made it. And if you know anyone who might enjoy this picture, please share it with them!
Monday, September 15, 2014
As I was thinking on all of this I recalled a Bible verse "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things." Philippians 4:8.I want to think about the beautiful things in life. There are injustices and dark and terrible deeds perpetrated by human beings on each other and other living things. And it makes my heart freeze. But to only know about these things is not enough. I have to be strong enough to face them and push against them. The only way I can is if I have hope. Beauty can create hope in our hearts. It gives us a reason to fight. It is beauty that causes us to see the injustice and darkness for what it is - a twisting of what we were meant to be. Beauty reminds us of all the good that can be and should be.
So I will paint pretty pictures of kittens and children and horses and birds because they are beautiful and they remind me to have hope.
This painting, #15, is for sale for $15. It is 5 x 7 and ready for framing. If you would like to buy it, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you so much for coming to see my art. And please share it with someone who needs to see something pretty.
Sunday, September 14, 2014
I realize fears are mostly just shadows that give us the willies but don't have any way to actually harm us. I think I am just feeling overwhelmed with all of my day to day stuff and I will feel better in a few days. I just have to make up my mind to keep going and not give into the fears in my head.
There I've decided. There will be another painting posted tomorrow. Unless I die and then I won't be worried about anything!
Speaking of fears. This mountain lion would strike fear into the heart of any one who might meet her. I have lived in Indiana all my life and there haven't been mountains lions around here in years...depending on who you ask. I hear the rumors and the stories of hearing eerie screams coming from the hollars in the dark of the night. The kind of sound that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand on end. There may be a mountain lion out there deep in the woods. I hope they stay out there because it makes me cringe to think they might come near.
This beautiful cougar is for sale for $14. She is painted in watercolor on watercolor paper and is 5 x 7 in size. You can email me at email@example.com if you would like to purchase her. She would also make a great gift. Or maybe you know someone who loves mountain lions, please share this with them.
Thanks for stopping to look at my art today. Hope you can come again tomorrow to see what I paint next!
Saturday, September 13, 2014
As it is day 13, this painting is for sale for $13. Please email me at lauraparkhurstillustrator @gmail.com if you are interested in purchasing it. The first person I hear from can buy it. And if you don't feel inclined to purchase it for yourself, this panda would make a great gift. Or maybe you know someone who would enjoy it. Please share this post with that someone! Thanks for coming to see my artwork. I am creating quite a collection in a very short time which is really exciting. It has been a fun challenge fitting painting in a midst day to day life.
Friday, September 12, 2014
I am learning so much about watercolor by painting a complete piece everyday. I am learning how to build up the colors, to create depth and shadow and drama.
This 12th painting is for sale for $12. It is on 5 x 7 watercolor paper, ready to frame. If you are interested in purchasing it, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The first person I hear from can be the new owner of this beautiful tiger.
Thanks so much for stopping to see my art work.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
I am posting this eagle in honor of those who lost their lives and those who lost their loved ones too soon on that terrible day in 2001. As this is the 11th day of my challenge, it is available for $11. If you are interested in purchasing it, please email me at email@example.com. The first person to contact me will be able to buy it.
Thanks for coming to see my art today. I hope you can come by again tomorrow for my next creation.Please leave a comment if you are so inclined.