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It IS Better to Give Than Receive

You still need Christmas cards, right? Maybe some artwork on your walls to spruce your place up for the holidays. Me too.

I’ve been trying my hand back at watercolors again. As I prayed through my painting, some Christmas designs took shape. So, I decided that for today, #GivingTueday, I’d give the proceeds to charity. Giving Tuesday is that great way to recover from all that Black Friday + Cyber Monday madness, and reset into a spirit of giving for the season.

Here are the two cool ways that I’ll GIVE to YOU when you donate on #GivingTuesday:

1) 1-day Original Watercolor Art Auction here – only November 28th, Giving Tuesday:

2) Watercolor Christmas card prints – purchase here (will be available until December 18th):

watercolor christmas card

Or maybe you just want to make a tax-deductible gift, click the PayPal button here:

All proceeds benefit my nonprofit iAmplify, serving those who serve the Church, so it’s win-win. I appreciate your generosity! Thank you and God bless your Advent season!


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Glorious Sunset

One Spring evening a couple of weeks back, the Hubby and I sauntered out onto our little slice of patio in the city. Standing there, hugging one another, we watched the sky grow auburn – as is customary when it slips past the horizon until the dawn.

I slipped back inside to grab our camera, hoping to catch a few sunset sky shots atop the roofs of condos that just lie beyond ours. I managed to grab some keepers, including the background of the icon below.

Looking at those softly sunlit pictures, it reminded me of that Third Day song I love, “Your love, oh Lord, reaches to the heavens…” (click video below, it’s well worth it!).  And that inspired me tonight to design this:

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Painting for Mom

Painting for Mom

Inspired by my Mom, this was my submission for the 2011 Artists Competition

I could talk about it, or I could paint about it.  So paint I did…

Indeed, this was a stretching exercise for me.  I’ve drawn using various mediums since I was a kid, but painting has been a virtually untouched medium for me.  I was discovering the seemingly limitless world of Acrylics mostly as I went.  Thankfully I was blessed to have the support and supplies of loved ones.

The Catholic Foundation has done a competition for Artists for the past 6 years.  This time I actually found out that I hadn’t missed the deadline about a week or two out.  So I started to toss around ideas of subject matter. Should I go edgy – do an urban jungle?  What is appealing to those who will be judging?  Then it came to me…for centuries Artists have been expressing their emotions in their work.  This could be used not only as an opportunity to express some of my grief, but also to pay tribute to my beautiful Mom.

The painting is entitled “Cloud Dancers.”  It was inspired by my Mom’s love for Angels (she has left us a huge collection of them) as well as her love of dancing.  I always loved watching her and my Dad dance- to think of it still makes me smile – how they glided almost over the top of the floor, embracing each other, in the rhythm of the song, smiling…

To finalize my composition, I took my sketch book to St. Catherine’s adoration chapel 5 days before the deadline, and I asked Mom and the Holy Spirit to guide me.  How do you look now?  How do you want to be represented?  I kept coming back to Degas’ dancers, and various pictures of angels and dancers.

I picture her now running across the clouds, using her legs like they had never not worked.  She is in her prime, experiencing more joy then my heart could know this side of heaven.

Here are a few notes from moi, the Artist:

My Mom is the yellow figure in the middle – such a bright and joy-filled Spirit.

Mike’s brother, Tony, who passed away in his early 20’s is on the left.  His pointed finger leads us upwards to the Father.

And on the right, is my beautiful Grandma, Luisa Sanchez.  She was such an example to me, and many, of unfaltering love.

It’s amazing how a piece of art can not only reveal what is in our hearts, but can also help us to also get in touch with what it is feeling.  So even if my painting is not selected and my Mom doesn’t dance on a mural in the Dallas Art’s District, nothing is lost.  I have pushed past where I was:  In my art, in my expression of self, as well as where I was in my emotional life.

This painting gives a message to her too.  “I love you Mom.  Keep dancing on the clouds for me until we meet and dance together again…”

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