deck and flowers

It’s cold right now in Michigan. In fact, little tiny snowflakes (that my Michigan-born friends tell me is called “lake effect” and my Texas used-to self calls “too early”) are falling even as I write.

So, when a friend asked me to paint a picture of her deck and flowers for her, I was delighted. What better reminder of sunny summer days?

beautiful flowers on a deck, oil painting

Deck with flowers, oil, 18
X 24

I did a side photo of my painting, in hopes to reduce the glare. It only reduced it on the right side (that’s the actual wood deck color in the painting I did). I’ll keep working at taking photos; I should really wait until my paintings dry. The lake is one of the many around here in Lake County.

The Feast of Tabernacles

As a messianic (Jewish) Christian, I enjoy this time of year more than any other. As a child, I lived for a time in Israel, and once the Day of Atonement is past (last weekend), the tabernacles start going up. These are small, temporary shelters (sukkah) which are erected for this Thursday’s celebration of Sukkot, or the Feast of Tabernacles.

Yesterday, some friends and I erected our sukkah. Here’s a picture of it:

picture of a sukkah for sukkot

My sukkah

I can’t wait to go in and have morning coffee in it (it’s a great spot for quiet times); I like to imagine Yeshua having coffee with me in it!

I also love the joy of this season. Here are two of my favorite songs which show the celebration of this time, which remembers that Yeshua is coming back soon.

Also, my favorite song by Paul Wilbur:


Chag Sameac! (Happy Festival!)

Excited: Art Will Be in Another Gallery

I’m excited; I took some of my art and cards to the NCCA-Artsplace Gallery in Fremont,, Michigan yesterday, and they accepted several of my bird paintings, two landscapes, and my gift cards – she even wanted more of the new designs! (I need to get new frames for two of my other bird paintings, and then they can join the others).

The Art Director, Lindsey, was very gracious and helpful. She offered some suggestions to improve two of my landscapes. Of course, I looked around the gallery for awhile; the textiles there are absolutely gorgeous, and the other art was amazing.

I am very happy to have my art hanging in a gallery of this quality over the holidays. Yay!

Confession: Male Cardinal Bird Painting

I have a confession to make. Last week, I had grabbed a cardinal painting that I did for my roomate’s bathroom to scan (for a card), left it on the dining room table…and sold it that day. I felt terrible; in the excitement of the sale, I had forgotten about HER bathroom. I confessed, she laughed and forgave me, so I painted another (larger) one for her.

Here it is:

Original oil painting of a cheery red cardinal on a branch by Yeshua's Child Art

Birds of Michigan: Male Cardinal, original oil painting 11 X 14

I think he’s as good as the other – what do you readers think? I’ll show it to her tonight and let you know.

Lake Michigan Painting: Part Two

Here in part two of my lesson on how to paint Lake Michigan, I have the finished painting:

"Lake Michigan Nocturne" an original oil painting landscape of Lake Michigan at sunset by Yeshua's Child Art

“Lake Michigan Nocturne” original 18 X 24 oil painting on wrapped canvas.

Here, I’ve added more variety to the grasses, deepened and highlighted more, and added some seagulls going towards the sunset.