The holidays have been rich and full for me, time with family and friends, music and food, as we focused on the reasons for these celebrations. A few days ago my husband's oldest brother, Earl Towner, died of a stroke. Although a sad time, it does also bring extended family together, and memories of his family. My own dear mother in law, Ruthie Evangeline Christine Ost Towner, had a lovely hobby-business creating felt pictures of the Alaska of her life. I enjoyed helping her sew these scenes for years, but lately tried my hand at painting some of her ideas om good cotton dish towels. Here is one that I did while we sat around reminiscing with these dear brothers and sisters in law.
Esto es una toalla de algodón para secar platos, decorado con figuras, como las que hacía mi querida suegra en fieltro sobre fieltro. Mientras vivía, la ayudaba hacer estas escenas, de los cuales, este es uno.
I have been so busy living, and moving to Sauk Centre, then a trip to Spain interrupted, that blogging has taken a rest.
This fall my husband, Jim, and I and two of our children took a trip around Spain visiting folks and had great time! Yes, there was so much to paint and so little time to do so! When we got back, I got out my paints and covered the large shed doors with morning glories, of the variety so common in northern Spain. Oh, my hands got chapped and numb with cold, and parts were so high that i had to balance rther precariously. It was especially enjoyable becaue it took me a long time to decide what subject I would like on it. I considered a northern MN lake scene with loons or ducks, or large hisbiscus, or mountains, or coasts, or waterfalls, but when I tried to envision what those would look like in the various seasons, they were not satisfying to me. So I asked the Lord for ideas, since He knows me well. Yes, what joy it was to suddenly think of the blue morning glories and know that God had whispered that idea.
My sister in law commented that a plastic flower on a stick was sometimes the only spot of color in her "garden", and suddenly I knew what I wanted to do.
Why not add "spots" of color to river rocks and decorate a garden?
This is the backside of the forget-me-nots rock where added a message of praise to our Creator in Spanish.
Poppies, daisies, iris! I enjoyed splashing colors over this good sized rock.
These were done in acrylic, so the next step is to seal them with clear polyurathane.
Oh, we artists are always using what is at hand. Just today I was making time count for more than one thing... visiting with my daughter Elisa while doing a knitting project.
Because we are in the process of moving, the knitting needles are packed deep away in some box, so another daughter, Anne Carolyn, suggested that there were some chopsticks in the kitchen drawer of the mission housing.
Yes!! So my knitting creation is beginning on the length of chopsticks that have surely never been used for that purpose!
Growing up as a young missionary kid in various countries, beauty of many kinds fascinated me- especially God's creations. By and by I found pleasure in painting. When married, Jim and I went off to Mexico and Spain as missionaries and now are in MN. In these lands I snatched pockets of time to capture scenes that I love with various mediums, trying to honor our host countries. Beyond that, I have a strong desire to please and honor God in my art. He is my greatest inspiration and my most sought-after critic and fan.