Friday, April 30, 2010

But wait ... there’s more!

Here’s the final version of the painting in my last post.
After I scanned the first version for the poster, I developed the center area with more color to enhance the painting as a work of art in itself. All proceeds from the sale of this painting will go to Emanuel Hospice in Oradea, Romania, for the purchase of medical equipment
and art therapy supplies.

Be Transformed ©2010 Karen Mathison Schmidt
24 x 36 x 2 • acrylic on 2" cradled Gessobord


“God’s Love and Compassion in Action”

Emanuel Hospice was founded in 1996 by a team of dedicated Christian professionals, in response to the desperate plight of adult cancer patients sent home to die with little or no professional medical/nursing care or medication. The hospice offers palliative care services to adults with a confirmed diagnosis of advanced cancer and to children (0-18 yrs) diagnosed with a life-threatening or life limiting condition confirmed by a medical specialist. All services are completely free for both adults and children and are provided regardless of ethnic origin or religious beliefs.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Be transformed ...

This original painting will be available for purchase beginning April 29; I will add a link for purchasing at that time. All proceeds will go to Emanuel Hospice in Romania, for purchase of medical equipment and art therapy supplies.

Be Transformed ©2010 Karen Mathison Schmidt
24 x 36 x 2 • acrylic on 2 inch cradled Gessobord

I did this painting as an illustration for a poster advertising the spring Women’s Night Out event at Broadmoor Baptist Church in Shreveport, where I am a member. I really had a blast with this, doing a lot of layering of color, using brushes and palette knife. I used iridescent gold paint on parts of the path, and a glaze with that iridescent gold on the girl’s skirt. Her hair has the iridescent gold and iridescent copper. Fun!

The golden bricks on the pathway transforming into butterflies could have two meanings: the juxtaposition between what the world sees as valuable and what God considers to be valuable; and the fleeting nature of earthly, temporal treasures. The scripture that goes along with our theme is Romans 12:2. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. I incorporated the first half of this verse into the bricks on the pathway in the finished poster.

Here are some close-up brushwork details of the original painting.

Sunday, April 4, 2010


Christ, the Lord, is risen today!

Here are just a few pictures I took Thursday at the breathtaking gardens of Norton Art Gallery here in Shreveport. My photog friend Sandra and I have decided we’re going to go on a picture-taking outing every Thursday. She makes beautiful cards and stationery featuring her photos, and I use mine mostly for painting reference. This week we made the observation that whenever we’re on a photo outing, time just seems to disappear. The day goes by so fast.

Upcoming outings include back to Norton when the azaleas are blooming, and to the American Rose Center.

Happy Easter, everyone!