So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. I'm speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me...
A New Commssion:
Yesterday I put aside the Trixie painting to start on this commissioned piece – it’s not quite finished, but I wanted to show you all that I haven’t been goofing off (much) during my studio time this week. I laughed when I came across the phrase I’m going to use as a title for this piece - you’ll have to check in later to see what it is; I’m saving it as a surprise for when I post the finished painting.
As usual lately, I’m using acrylics on 12 x 12 cradled gessobord for this one. After I sketched the outlines in purple colored pencil, I covered the whole gessobord with a wash of burnt umber.
After I had developed their furry little mugs a little, I added a glaze of dioxazine purple over the whole piece, and went on from there.
So this is the painting so far. Let me introduce you to Paris and Milan. In this picture, they've just arrived home from the beauty salon virtually oozing cuteness, and you can tell they just know how adorable they are, from their fancy shmancy new top-knot bows all the way down to their sparkling fresh pedicures. I'm not normally a big fan of little bitty dogs with underbites, but I have to tell you that while I was working on this one, every now and then I just laughed out loud – these girls were just cracking me up!