Friday, April 24, 2009

More mother's love


Hello Pin Pals,
Today I have another painting that I did inspired by motherhood. It was part of my Reflections 3:28 series I created last year for my 40th birthday. It is titled, Reproduction3 which is a version of the original painting Mother's Love. I chose this name because it represents my being the mother of 3 children. I think I love this painting even more than the other because it is 3d, is full of bold color in shades of black and white and texture you wouldn't believe.

Reproduction3 is for sale.
40"h x 30"w x 1.5"d
Mixed media on canvas
$850

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Mother's Love


Hello Pin Pals!
Sometimes I have to remember to give thanks for things I've been blessed with but take for granted. I am a mother. I love being a mother. As far back as I can remember I have dreamed and desired to be a mother. My life is rich— full of memories, experiences and love that I have given and acquired being a mother. Motherhood is truly a job. It is not something that should be taken lightly and is not for those not totally committed. I believe that as a parent we are chosen to be caretakers of God's most precious creations. That is a huge responsibility. It is a sacrifice. Years ago I even considered being a surrogate mother to help another couple have the opportunity to experience what I have as a parent. Unfortunately things didn't work out, but I was very willing to give the ultimate gift of life.

Todays piece, Mother's Love is actually the very first painting I did back in 2004. It shows the bond between a mother and her child, a connection that is formed in love and remains in tact regardless of all that happens outside the relationship. I was amazed at what I created. It was definitely inspired by love and drew on the talents I'd been holding back all those years. It is indicative of the relationship that I have prided myself on having with my own children. I've been asked many times to sell it but due to the attachment I have and the meaning behind it, it is part of my personal collection.

Much love,
Your pin pal
Re-Re

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Gluttony



Hi Pin Pals!
Today I am was just thinking about how many problems I have brought on myself because of gluttony. Most people think of food or drink but Webster also defines gluttony as greedy or excessive indulgence. I am guilty of being a glutton as alot of us are. Anything from food, drinks, sex, drugs, working, material things, etc can make you a glutton. Leading a hedonistic life is dangerous and many times leads to detriment. Looking back I am finally admitting to myself that I have put myself in harms way one too many times because of self gratification. Now is a time for change. This old dog is about to learn some new tricks!

Todays painting is titled, US Debt which is quite appropriate because it represents not just something I'm enduring in my life but the state that many of us Americans are in right now. This huge dollar bill commands attention, is unique and hits home for most who see it.

Much love,
Your Pin Pal
Re-Re

US Debt is for sale.
24”h x 48”w x.5”d
Mixed media on canvas
$575

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Expecting...


Hello Pin Pals,
I've had an emotional morning. It hurts me to see someone else suffer or go through bad times. A friend who has a special needs child is going through some rough spots with him right now and its really taking a toll on her. She is stressed and worn thin from the years, time and energy she has to put into his daily care. He advances and then reverts. Everything is always baby steps and she is tired. She has struggled with the thought of why God would give her such a child, but realizes that some things are just meant to be. As we spoke I reminded her of all the good days she's told me he's had. The times he's advanced or learned something new. That all of us have our 'bad days'. I asked her if she'd been praying for him lately and their situation and she said no. I told her that she should because it will help. I also had been urging her for awhile to journal her thoughts, feelings and his progress so that at bad times like this she can look back and see the journey. I've learned that we are never exactly in the same place we think we are. If we journal regularly we will see the progress we make, the answered prayers, the surprises, the twists to our story instead of just dwelling in the present moment when we are at our lowest. I know that trouble don't last always and just as her son has advanced before he will again. Some times you've got to take a few steps back to move forward!

Today's painting is a representation of that conversation this morning, its titled, 'Expecting'. I know usually when you see a large female belly you immediately think about a baby or pregnancy but actually this painting represents us living in a state of expectancy. Every day we wait to hear about something we are expecting—if we got the job, the house, the car, a good report card, the loan, an invitation, etc. I am always expecting something and keep this one on a table in my studio as a reminder of all the things I've asked for and gotten.

Monday, April 20, 2009

In the eye of the beholder



Hello Pin Pals,
Impatience is definitely one of my flaws. However, I've realized that alot of times when I'm in a hurry or trying to find a short cut, it's because it involves stuff I don't want to do, don't like doing or things I'm not very good at. Illustrations have always been one of my weaknesses. Few people know this, but when I first went to college in 1988 at Texas Southern University my major was Fashion Design. I'd always liked drawing and my god-mother, Betty Randall was an instructor there and a great fashion designer, so it seemed like a great idea. Well needless to say I quickly changed it when I saw that everyone else was so much more advanced than me. It was extremely intimidating to find out that something I'd always been praised for by my family and friends meant nothing when I was up against some real competition. Well years later, after several futile attempts at making myself 'fit' into a major -- from fashion design, nursing, business, then marketing, I finally got the nerve to try art school again in 1998, this time at the Art Institute of Houston majoring in Graphic Design. I loved it and felt as though that was where I should've been all along. I still wasn't the best illustrator, but a great designer, especially in packaging. I will never forget my drawing instructor, Mr. Kevin Richert who always told me I wasn't seeing. It was so hard to understand what he was saying, but finally he referred me to this book, 'Drawing from the right side of the brain' and it helped alot. Although I've let many years go by without practicing or trying to get better until recently. I've always wanted to draw/illustrate better, but out of frustration and the desire for perfection I wouldn't. I know that makes no sense at all, but its the truth. Well lately I've been practicing and am very, very proud of some of my drawings. My skill level has improved greatly. Like I would always tell my kids, "practice makes perfect". But I was only partially right, practice makes perfect when doing it the right way. Now I see the fine details and it is really helping my drawing skills. It's all in the eye of the beholder--I thank God for giving me the vision to see!

Monday, April 13, 2009

I am a Masterpiece!


Hello Pin Pals,
It is a beautiful morning! Life is good. There's always room for improvement, but I have no reason to complain. I was just thinking about how I am feeling today and what I wanted to write about when one of my favorite paintings, titled Masterpiece caught my eye—"we are God's masterpiece." That is a simple truth that helps on days when I'm feeling down. Although I can appreciate it on good days too! Being an artist is very emotional. I've always been teased by my family and close friends about being a cry-baby. My thoughts and feelings run deep. As I've grown older I've come to realize that my sensitive nature actually is a big part of my gift as an artist. My sensitivity allows me to be in tune to things and people around me. Those feelings allow me to interpret things through my art for others/non-creatives. Now that I understand myself better, I can appreciate those quirky little things that make me, me.

Much love
Your pin pal,
Re-Re


Masterpiece is for sale.
24”h x 48”w x .5”d
$575

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Friday, April 10, 2009

Good Friday!


Hello Pin Pals,
TGIF! And its Good Friday too! A time to commemorate our savior for sacrificing his life for ours. That is DEEP!!! I love hard, but there's no way I could even imagine my love comparing to His.

This pin titled Rebirth is from my Reflections 3:28 series. It is about the blinders being taken off, becoming spiritually enlightened and beginning to love life anew. Rebirth has a sleek finish in black and white with some texture. This pin represents another one of those moments that you can reflect upon where or what you were in life, compared to now and be thankful. Life is good!

Have a safe and happy Easter!

Much love,
Your pin pal
Re-Re


Rebirth is for sale.
15"h x 4.5"d
$150

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Thursday, April 09, 2009

Wisdom


Hello Pin Pals!
I feel that I have come a long, long way. I've learned so much. Made so many mistakes. Been blessed to do things others only dream about. Experienced stuff that has put a strain on my 41 years--good and bad. My life is my paintings...painting is my life. The strokes of my brush reveal images from the depths of my mind. A visual testimony. I am being manipulated
and I'm loving it!

Revelation is a painting from my Reflections 3:28 series that represents Lady Wisdom. She is
beautiful, nurturing and available to anyone who seeks her. Time is her friend. She attracts good spirits and is a pleasure to know. Wisdom looks beyond your mind and into your heart. This piece is one of my most popular as her bold, 3D texture pops from the canvas to represent the truth that is always revealed in life, in time.

Much love
Your pin pal
Re-Re


Revelation is for sale.
40"h x 30"w x 1.5"d
$850

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Life is a Trip!


Hello Pin Pals!
Don't you hate it when you think you have things all figured out? You've been planning, making lists, deciding on how and what you want to happen...then BAM! All of your little plans are thrown off track. Huhhhh! It's so hard to learn to give up control. I know that I am definitely a guilty member of the 'control freaks party'. Its like human nature-- spending a big portion of life trying to 'run' things. It sounds so easy when someone says, 'just give it over to God'. That is so much easier said than done. But I do know that when faith is applied, life seems to feel less stressed and complicated. Things seem to fall into place more...kinda like putting a car on cruise control. I just have to get comfortable with getting out of my own way. Hahahaha!!!

Well my painting today represents life as a roller coaster. It is titled, "Reality" and is a part of my Reflections 3:28 series. It is wild yet soothing and very interesting to see.

Much love
Your pin pal,
Re-Re

Reality is for sale.
30"h x 40"w x 1.5"d
$500

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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Synchronicity


Hello Pin Pals!
You know how we say that things always happen for a reason. Well they do and in the book, The Artist's Way the author refers to those 'coincidences' as synchronicity. As a result of my spiritual journey through journaling and prayer I have learned to pay attention to those moments. I recognize, acknowledge and appreciate those times much, much more than before.

The piece I am posting today has already been sold but fits today's entry perfectly. The name of it is Enlightened2 and the photo just doesn't do it justice. It has another image behind the one shown--a double painting. Nice texture too.
I'd love to hear some feedback from the owner if he is tuned in!

Much love
Your pin pal,
Re-Re

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Monday, April 06, 2009

ReAl Love


Hello Pin Pals,
I had the chance to go to a beautiful wedding on Saturday. Then yesterday I was watching Last Cake Standing with my kids and we began talking about the cake my husband and I had at our wedding. Wedding stuff always put me in the mindset of my own and I found myself thumbing through photos of ours. I continued my stroll down memory lane by admiring the painting titled "ReAl Love" I made from a photo of us at our reception as we were doing the Second Line dance. Ahhh memories!

Later,
your pin pal
Re-Re

Friday, April 03, 2009

Purple Reigns - #3


Hello Pin Pals,
"Humbled" is the third and last painting from my series entitled "Purple Reigns". When you realize you can't run or fight the truth anymore, it is a humbling experience. The kind of thing that will bring you to your knees. Embarrassing, maybe even scary but you know it feels right
and feel comforted by that.

I hope you've enjoyed getting a peak at this new series. It is available for sale now. And as I said before, they are all full of texture, bold colors and command attention so you won't be disappointed!

Much love,
Your pin pal
Re-Re


Humbled is for sale.
30"h x 30"w x .75"d
$350

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Purple Reigns - #2


Hello Pin Pals,
Today's piece, "In Time" is the second painting from my series entitled "Purple Reigns".
All things happen in time--harvesting, giving birth, realization, etc etc. No matter how much we try and fight a situation, the truth eventually is revealed.

I hope you can appreciate and/or relate to this piece. I will be posting the last piece of this series on tomorrow. They all are full of texture, bold colors and command attention. I haven't worked with purple much or really cared to
but these pieces are amazing!

Much love,
Your pin pal
Re-Re


In Time is for sale.
30"h x 30"w x .75"d
$350

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Purple Reigns - #1


Hello Pin Pals,
Today's piece, See Saw is from a new 3 painting series entitled "Purple Reigns". After years of trying to be in control of my life I have realized that no matter how much we think we are controlling things, it is really the Almighty who is working the strings. I've seen and saw alot. Good and bad things, stuff that's made me happy and sad.

I hope you can appreciate and/or relate to this piece. I will be posting the others on tomorrow and Friday. They are full of texture, bold colors and command attention. I haven't worked with purple much or really cared to but these pieces are amazing!

Much love,
Your pin pal
Re-Re


See Saw is for sale.
30"h x 30"w x .75"d
$350