"A People Project" a series of three paintings from photos that I love of people in quite different settings.
I took a little time off this summer to deal with a few medical issues with a few of my family members. It has been a crazy year! I still made a little time to be creative, painting and also planting a garden. I am finished with all my orders and attempting to move forward with the many changes for me. I decided to paint something challenging, some meaningful illustrations of life, beauty and joy. Happy moments that we all experience and are grateful to experience them and experience through others too.
So I began my search for interesting people.
"The life that I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt."
This brings me to my first painting,
I have been a volunteer for World Vision for 12+ years now doing music concerts and events, and I have been a child Ambassador for about 4 years (I need to go look that up to see for sure). I am amazed at some of the photography! The incredible joy and beauty of the people and the rich cultures displayed, almost literally pulled out on these wonderful photographs.
For this painting I asked a world-renowned photographer from World Vision (Laura Reinhardt) if I could paint this photo. I really loved this photo from Rwanda. A beautiful, almost whimsical moment between a mother and child carrying water in a lush (almost tropical) setting. What a gift to capture such joy and beauty even in the hardship of carrying water for miles.
|Of course the painting|
was no match for the beautiful photograph,
she was so gracious for allowing me to try. :)
|Photo credit; Laura Reinhardt (Rwanda)World Vision|
My second painting is a tribute
to my love of music.
I don't play myself but I do admire people that can
play musical instruments!
This painting is a violinist that I saw at a show that I did a while back. This place was an upscale senior art fair and the ladies were going gaga over this guy! They were leaning over the balcony and giggling like school girls. I thought it was really funny until it struck me, right in the middle of sharing sponsorship with a lady.
He started to play the theme song from Schindler's list
and I started to cry.
He got me too!
This has absolutely never happened before!
He just played so beautifully and with such passion
it made a good (but funny) memory.
This is a painting of my grandson
with his trusty stick,
in an endearing photo
with his cousin.
He is always an interesting subject for me, even when he gets that smirk on his face and drenches me with the hose.
Stories are the single most powerful weapon in a leader’s arsenal.
~Howard Gardner, Harvard University
Life itself is the most wonderful fairytale of all.
~Hans Christian Andersen
And the garden...
The garden that I planted has took over it's tiny space in my yard. Apparently we are going to have a pumpkin patch!
My final synopsis
Gardening is actually similar to art and to anything in life. It takes a step of faith to plant, paint or do anything on a bare canvas, a sheet of blank paper or a plot of dirt. Moving forward with faith allows growth.
Plants and people are also very similar in the fact that they do well with even just a little love and care. Just a little investment in a human life can go a long way for growth.
and as for faith...
If you have the faith the size of a mustard seed,
you can move mountains!
Have a good day! :)
"If we are to love our neighbors, before doing anything else we must see our neighbors. With our imagination as well as our eyes, that is to say like artists, we must see not just their faces but the life behind and within their faces. Here it is love that is the frame we see them in."
Jesus replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”