Alright Folks! One more photo before I put this away...I did not get much farther but you can see what has been done since last post. I hope this is appreciated for the countless hours I have put in so far, and the countless hours yet to go!
There is no way I will be finished with this before Christmas...so I will wrap it up and present it and tell the recipient that I will take it back home with me and complete it! Hopefully before I wrap it at the last minute I will take one more snapshot to share here. Wish me success please! :)
This is probably my most ambitious project to date...
I am trying to paint a picture of a deer in some blackjack oak leaves...
I may have bitten off more than I bargained for!
I will be attempting to finish this before Christmas...for certain reasons :)
I had to travel around a bit to take a live picture of a blackjack in the area...on our side of the county they don't seem to grow...and of course I had waited too long to get a photo of good fall color, so I printed off some reference shots from online. I had to flip my photo to get the branch going the way I needed it.
I just finished another handpainted birthday card...this time for my aunt who has a December birthday! My reference photo was one I got online, of either hot apple cider or cinnamon-apple tea. I think my photo came from Pinterest...or maybe it was tumblr...
Here it is on my worktable, while it was still a "work in progress"
And here is the completed project!
If you follow me elsewhere online, you may notice that I had said in another post that this was for my pastor's wife...but my aunt's birthday came first, so I sent it on to her-family first you know! Now I will have to do something else for Sister Sylvia...I will probably use a copy of this teacup and alter it somehow with my photo- editing software.
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I love the portrayal of King Theoden in The Lord of The Rings. It inspires me to be a "valiant warrior" in the battle against the darkness of this world. "Arise, Riders! Forth! and fear no darkness! Spears shall be shaken, shields shall be splintered. A sword day- a red day- Ride now! Ride for ruin and the world's ending! Forth! " Link this with this passage from the Bible, "Stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel, AND IN NOTHING TERRIFIED BY YOUR ADVERSARIES, which is an evident token of salvation of God." Philippians 1:27,28 (I love it when King Theoden answers the one who says they can not possibly win against the might of Mordor, "But We Will Meet Them In Battle Nonetheless.")
I have found such joy in simple things; a plain clean room, a nut-brown loaf of bread, a kettle as it sings; a leaf-laced square along a floor where yellow sunlight glimmers through a door. I have found such joy in things that fill my quiet days: a curtain's blowing grace, a potted plant upon my windowsill, a rose fresh-cut and placed within a vase. A table cleared, a lamp beside a chair, and books I long have loved beside me there. -Grace Noll Crowell