Sunday, September 18, 2016

China Doll

China Doll
Oil on Linen
24 x 36


Recently I was fortunate to be able to travel to Japan to visit Carrie Roets Waller a dear friend that does magnificent water color paintings rich in colors that reflect her impressions of her travels.  My traveling buddy Debra Kierce joined me on this venture and we enjoyed all the art, sighseeing and shopping we could fit into our short visit.  Debra is also an amazing arrists who specializes in painting miniature works...some as small as or smaller than a business card. 

During my time in Japan I purchased as many kimonos and obis along with other interesting props and costumes as I could afford!  I mailed home boxes of treasures.  It was just like Christmas to get home and open all the great finds. 

This kimono, worn by my great niece Ellen, was one of the many Kimonos I purchased...along with the precious little doll she is holding.  She is a marvelous model and I look forward to painting her again. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Anticipation - Military Spouse Series

36 x 24
Oil on Canvas


Anticipation - Waiting for the birth of her child.  This is part of my military spouse series...this woman is a military spouse.  She is lucky her husband was with her for the birth of their child.  I know many military spouses who have had to have their children while their spouse was deployed.  It is a hard time..but the military family is strong and we stick together.  Help is always available.  

When my oldest son was born we were living in Germany.  I was two weeks from my due date and my husband was called out on maneuvers.  Since it was an exercise and not the real thing there was some leeway and my husband was allowed to come in and check on me.  He came in just in time! He rushed me to the hospital and a couple of hours later...literally a couple of hours...I had very quick labor and deliveries... I gave birth to our son! Of course as soon as I had given birth he left to rejoin his unit.  Since we were in Germany I didn't have any immediate family nearly and only immediate family was allowed to visit.  I heard the Battalion Commander's wife at the nurses station saying she wanted to visit. When they told her only family could enter the ward she replied "of course I am family!"  and she walked past the desk to see me.  

I have know much kindness in my life.  My goal is to pay back.