Joy Ornament, 6 x 6, oil
I've always admired the beautiful blue and white ornaments my friends, Joy and Scott's would hang on their tree each year ever since we lived in the same apartment complex ... wow... 22 years ago!
It wasn't until last year that we reconnected after 16 years of separation.... and I can't tell you how thankful I am to have both Joy and Scott back in my life again.
We both have daughters name Veronica and they are only a year apart... something we didn't plan.
Joy lent me her lovely blue and white dutch ornaments to paint. I can't wait to show you more.
This season I want to reflect on the wonderful friendships I have in my life. ....
the other treasures of joy in my life... my children!
Pictured below are two of my three kids. Today,
Veronica just received an award for outstanding player this season on the Varsity Field Hockey team at her school.... while her big brother Ray and I cheered her on during the assembly.
Pomegranate, 6 x 6, oil on gesso board
There are several reasons why I chose to paint a pomegranate this morning for the first painting in a new series I'm titling: Thankfulness.
My sincere intentions this holiday season is to seek out the joy of the memories and moments of my life that I'm so thankful for and what better time than to reflect on this time of year from Thanksgiving to Christmas.
In Christianity, pomegranates were featured in paintings of Mary and the baby Jesus by the likes of Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael, as symbols of the resurrection and everlasting life.
So for me, my first painting is humbly painted with gratitude and thankfulness to the one who created and saved me... and gave me this talent to be shared with others.
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