Roxy Snickers During Prayer Time
I am making minimal efforts to keep this blog alive. I apologize. One reason I am so unmotivated is because I think I let it die so much that no one is really expecting much from it anymore. But I would like to be able to publish it one day for my own records, and at that time I intend to fill in all the blanks I have been leaving out... probably just with pictures though.
This is my latest painting. It is Roxanne. I absolutely love this little michevious smile I see from her so often. Although I painted it from a photo of her, I added the church scene myself. This is her take on the painting:
"everyone is supposed to be praying, but I am thinking about brownies or something."
Ofcourse, the painting is also very much a self-portrait... but I like to represent myself with her cute little face instead of my not-as-cute face. I feel like I am often times not taking things seriously the way everyone else thinks I should be (especially in a religious setting), and yet, I am still the one getting the blessing (represented with the light rays coming from the stained glass window). And that's why I love grace. Although sometimes I think I am pushing my luck with it.
I started this painting after the painting of Caddy, thinking that I might as well keep busy painting the ones I love while I wait for what I REALLY love to paint to come along. And well, it has come along! On the 19th, I am going to be going to Baltimore with my brother, Luke, to meet and photograph someone that I can not WAIT to paint!!! I am so excited about this, and feel like my life has reached such a perfect place where I am finally getting to do what I love, but haven't been recognized or finished the journey so that there is still so much exciting unknowns ahead. I am so excited to see where this road takes me.
Mostly I am so thankful for people in my life, like Matt, my brother, my kids, my parents, Jodi, and others who have been atleast SLIGHTLY open minded to my ideas, even though they might sound really really strange. I know they're skeptical, but they're giving me a chance and I hope I'm not insane!