Sometimes it is a good thing for me to put the ceramic paints aside and do something different. In my years as an artist I have painted walls (Happy Walls), furniture (CKB), clothing (DB Arts), but it was my unexpected turn to ceramics that really stuck and resonated with me. Here is where I found my true voice, and it was and continues to be a profound recognition of the places on life's checkerboard that God places us.
When our first grandson Rudy was born I painted a canvas to go over his crib, my purple javelina with Sweet Dreams Rudy. When his brother Auggie arrived I wasn't quite on the ball, so it was just recently that I did a painting for him. I enjoyed painting both of those canvases and watching the layering of colors develop. Auggie's fox has a light brown base with layers of darker red brown, purple, magenta, and copper. Once I sealed the canvas the colors brightened, but it isn't until you look closely that you see the various colors. On first glance they blend together for fox fur beautifully.
I am so excited to deliver that painting in person in the near future. It is a joy to paint a piece and think of who will be receiving it during the process. My heart felt so full.