heartful friday

I’ve pulled out my paints and brushes and made a tiny studio out of a corner in my house that’s bathed in light.

I have loved to paint since I was a little girl.  I remember the first time my mother took me to the art store. I remember my first brushes, my first sketchbook and canvases like it was yesterday.

My art teacher,Mrs. Spieth, had a studio in her basement. Each week I made my way down black and white checkered hallways filled with paintings from floor to ceiling. I was mesmerized by her ability to create so much beauty.

She taught about 5 of us at a time. Patiently. Quietly. Always encouraging.  Mrs. Spieth made me feel like the possibilities were endless when I took a paintbrush in hand. She taught me how to look at things. How to see.  She said that painting was really about training your eye to see what is there and then interpreting it on canvas.

I haven’t painted in a long time, so I’m working out the kinks, but I’m having fun.

Here are my two most recent paintings.

 

lilies of the field

 

through a glass though darkly
I am always on the lookout for artists, blogs and websites that inspire me creatively. Here are a few places that I love.

Jen Ramos has a couple of sites that I visit all the time. Made by Girl is straight from NYC and has all the latest and greatest in fashion and lifestyle.   But my absolute favorite is her site, Cocoa and Hearts., that features her artwork.  Here’s a glimpse of one of Jen’s paintings – gorgeous!

jen ramos:cocoa and hearts

 

 

I also love to check out what Merissa Revestir is up to. Her blog is full of creative ideas! Merissa graces envelopes  and cards with the most beautiful hand-lettered typography and illustration you have ever seen! She is from Hawaii, so her photography is also quite lovely.

merissa revestir art

 

Naptime Diaries {Jessi Connolly} is a frequent stop for me because of the beautiful illustration of scripture. I love to see God’s word illuminated in such colorful ways. Jessi is also part of the SheReadsTruth team, a group of ladies who have created a community to read God’s word together online.

naptime diaries

Do you have an artsy blog or website?  I’d love to know about it.  Please feel free to leave your info in the comment section below!

 

Blessings for your weekend,

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5 thoughts on “He{art}ful Friday

  1. JEN RAMOS

    Good job! keep at it! – i like what your teacher said, “painting was really about training your eye to see what is there and then interpreting it on canvas.” – i’ve always felt that way too!!
    thank you!

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  2. Merissa

    Hello there Lyn :) Art has always been one of my favorite subjects at school and I do thank God for bringing such good teachers and their creative and encouraging personalities throughout my life. It’s fun to hear your art story when you were little. I hope that my nieces, nephews, and perhaps future children will get to experience this type of fascination and beautiful world of art in their futures just as we have. And I always get excited when I go art supply shopping too!
    Such pretty color palettes on your paintings. Wonderful compositions. Enjoy your rekindled painting adventure!
    x Merissa

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