Michele's Watercolors

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Release #14 “Hiding Hurt”

Release #14 “Hiding Hurt”

 

Today is Giving Tuesday, an international day of charitable giving, so it’s the perfect day to release my 14th print, “Hiding Hurt”! All net proceeds from this piece will go to Calcutta Mercy to provide free medical treatment to children in need. How awesome is that?!

Artist Statement: I do not know this little girl’s name or story but was no less captivated when my friend sent me the photo she took of her while in Calcutta, India. There just seemed to be a story behind those eyes that very few knew about. We all seem to have those stories, don’t we? Maybe that’s why I was so drawn and wanted to capture her in watercolor.

The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Psalm 9:9

 

Details:
8 x 10” Print
Unframed
$35
Find it for your own collection or to gift this holiday season here.

 

*Thank you to photojournalist Morgana Wingard for giving me permission to use your amazing photography as my reference once again. I am humbled and honored in one! Please check out her awe-inspiring work at http://www.morganawingard.com/index

**For more information on Calcutta Mercy and the far-reaching and deep impacting work that they do, please visit https://www.calcuttamercy.org/.

 

Release #13: “Ooh La La”

Release #13: “Ooh La La”

 

As I’m sure you know, today is Small Business Saturday, a day to encourage shoppers to “Shop Small”. …and after all, I am small. Haha!! On a serious note though, when we support a small business, we are supporting a dream. So, for today only, I am offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders of any amount! Please use code: shop small. After entering the code, be sure to select “free shipping”.  Remember, offer expires tonight at midnight!

 

Today I am releasing the 13th print in my Creative Challenge series entitled, “Ooh La La”…

Artist Statement: In Christianity, the Good News is the message of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection which provides salvation to those who believe. Romans 10:15b says, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” While I am quite certain God was not talking about feet graced in high heels when He inspired the writer’s words there, He no doubt was conveying His perspective of those who obey His command to go all over the world and preach the gospel. …of course, I don’t think a fine pair of shoes can hurt the cause!

 

Details:
8 x 10” Print
Unframed
$35
Find it for your own collection or to gift this holiday season here.

 

So Thankful for You!

So Thankful for You!

 

Happy Day of Giving Thanks!! I am so thankful for each of you and your support of me and God’s work through me. Whether it’s been through your words of encouragement, likes or purchases of my work, you’ve made my next step a lighter and more inspired one. Truly, there are times when I am in awe of God because of you. Thank you so much!! Okay, I’m afraid it’s time to take a deep breath as we officially enter the busiest time of the year…but the most wonderful time too!!

 

Release #12: “The Purity of Watercolor”

Release #12: “The Purity of Watercolor”

 

Last evening, I introduced to you my latest print release, “The Art of Watercolor”; well, here’s it’s cousin, “The Purity of Watercolor”. Haha!

 

Artist Statement: Something that God has been working in me is purity of heart and mind. It can be easy to make a right choice here and there, but to consistently walk in right choices in our thoughts and actions can be hard. We’re human. I’m human. Psalm 51:10 has become my prayer, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

Keeping my paintings “pure” isn’t always easy for me either! My process and techniques with watercolors are unorthodox, forcing them to be what they are not. That’s why my work looks more like oils than watercolors. In the process though, I taint their raw beauty and potential. When I created “The Purity of Watercolor”, my goal was to keep myself from robbing the medium of its unique inborn qualities and characteristics with my manipulation. Ahh, so hard for this artist to do! This wash represents a baby step for me, but it is no less a step in the right direction!

 

Details:
8 x 10” Print
Unframed
$35
Find it for your own collection or to gift this holiday season here.

 

Release #11: “The Art of Watercolor”

Release #11: “The Art of Watercolor”

 

Well, only 4 more releases to go after this one to complete this series of 15 prints from my Creative Challenge comprised of 50 works of art.  My plan is to launch all 4 in the next 2+ weeks.  In the meantime though, let me take this opportunity to wish you and yours a Blessed Thanksgiving celebration!

 

Artist Statement:  Watercolor is a paint that has a mind of its own. It’s the beauty and the challenge of the medium. It’s why I love them and sometimes strongly dislike them. This strong-willed girl is constantly fighting against the paints to force them to do what ‘I’ want…although that doesn’t mean I always win! It really makes me think of the sovereignty and ways of God. There too, this strong-willed girl fights to control what she has little control over.

The purpose of my yearlong creative challenge (where I created a new piece of art every week) was to loosen up my perfectionistic ways, allowing the inherent beauty of the medium to shine through. So, for three weeks, my works of art were nothing more than allowing the paint to do what it wanted, not what I wanted. The result was three washes, including this one… “The Art of Watercolor”.

Quite possibly, you do not see the beauty and value in this piece that I do, but I am certain that is often God’s perspective of our circumstances that we struggle to appreciate and understand. He sees beauty and value when we don’t. Let’s trust that His ways are higher than ours and that He is working all things out for our good…regardless of our understanding.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; Proverbs 3:5

 

Details:
8 x 10” Print
Unframed
$35

Find it for your own collection or to gift this holiday season here.

 

Upcoming Holiday Vendor Fairs

Upcoming Holiday Vendor Fairs

 

For those interested, tomorrow (November 23nd) from 9:00 – 4:00 I’ll be down in Clark, NJ at a holiday vendor fair! If that’s your neck of the woods, please stop by, say hell0 and pick up some Christmas gifts! It’d be so fun to see you there and I’ll be offering some pieces and packaging that I don’t sell online.

Details:  Arthur L Johnson High School Holiday Flea Market & Gift Fair – 365 Westfield Avenue, Clark

 

Then on Saturday, December 7th I’ll be in Warwick, NY!

Details:  Warwick Valley Middle School Craft Fair – 225 West Street, Warwick, NY

 

 

Release #10: “Emma’s Dancing Chucks”

Release #10: “Emma’s Dancing Chucks”

 

This painting is close to my heart as my oldest niece, Madelyn, took the photograph that I used as a reference. And her model…my other niece Emma and her dancing feet in the ballet step, sous-sus. I loved the photo so much that it was my inspiration for the first of 50 works of art I made when I challenged myself to create a new piece of art every week for a year.

“Emma’s Dancing Chucks” is a fun representation of Psalm 149:3a… “Let them praise his name with dancing…” Praising our God is to be far from solemn and somber, so let’s pull out our dancing chucks and get praising!

Details:
8 x 10” Print
Unframed
$35

Find it for your own collection or to gift this holiday season here.

 

Release #9: “Texas Longhorn”

Release #9: “Texas Longhorn”

 

It was three years ago this month that I painted, “Texas Longhorn”. I have such fun memories associated with creating it as I was down in Dallas at the time for a fundraising event that my work was a part of at the Museum of Biblical Art. The real fun though was visiting 6 of my friends while there! I took the photo I used as a reference for this piece while at a cattle drive in Fort Worth a couple years prior; however, I could not decipher in the picture one Longhorn from the other.  As a result, I was quite stumped sketching this one out before painting it. Thankfully, two of my buddies that I visited are very artistic, so let’s just say this one ‘should’ have three signatures.

 

 

Artist Statement: While doing research on the Texas Longhorn I learned that they have a high drought-stress tolerance. Immediately after reading that I thought of Jeremiah 17:7-8…

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

I have always loved that verse for the truth it communicates. At its core, trusting God means standing resolved in His character of love and faithfulness to see us through…no matter what adversity we face. Trusting Him enables us to endure trials, without fear of the outcome, because much like the Longhorn, we will have a high drought-stress tolerance.

 

Details:
8 x 10”
Unframed
$35

Find it here for your own collection or to gift this holiday season!

 

Release #8: “Pick One”

Release #8: “Pick One”

 

Here in the northeast it’s apple picking season!! …albeit, near the end. The latest print release in my creative challenge series, entitled “Pick One”, was inspired by one of my trips apple picking. So fun!

 

Artist Statement: As the branch of a tree must remain attached to its life source in order to bear fruit, so we must remain connected to God in order to be producing the things of Him.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit;” – Jesus in John 15:5

In verse 2 we’re told “He cuts off every branch…that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” Pruning can be painful and confusing, but as long as we remain standing in our faith, we will come through stronger and more fruitful than ever.

…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 (NASB) We cannot produce that kind of fruit on our own, but through the Holy Spirit we are able to bear a harvest that strengthens the world around us.

“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” – Jesus in John 15:8

 

Details:
8 x 10”
Unframed
$35

Find it here for your own collection or to gift.  …it’d make a great Christmas present for a teacher!

 

Release #7: “Fresh Cherries”

Release #7:  “Fresh Cherries”

 

God’s mercies are new every morning…fresh for that day and its challenges. Lamentations 3:22-24 says, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.’”

 

“Fresh Cherries” reminds me of God’s daily provision. I often look back on things in my life and wonder, “How did I ever get through that?” or I look ahead with fear and dread and wonder, “How will I ever get through that?” The answer: God’s grace and mercies. However, He hasn’t given me grace today for yesterday’s trials and He also hasn’t given me grace today for tomorrow’s challenges. All I have and all I need is grace for TODAY; and before my feet hit the floor this morning, He had already provided…like fresh cherries for the day!

 

Details:

This is the newest print released in my Creative Challenge series!
8 x 10”
Unframed
$35

Find it here for your own collection or to gift.