Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Making cards from my paintings

This is an old card that has been popular at Jewish craft shows. I decided to update the background. I had two old versions, one with a floral painting behind it, the other with a colored pencil abstract. I like the saying and I'll be doing a craft show in August so I did an update. If you have been following this blog for a while, you may recognize the sunset from my Sunset in Netanya painting done this past spring.

I was asked recently for sympathy cards. I thought my Springtime at Grace Church would be an appropriate background. I made two versions as I found I liked both of these verses that I found on the internet. I will probably do others with different backgrounds and verses.

I will put these cards up on my website later this week.  While I enjoy selling the originals, I also enjoy designing cards that are very affordable. I put my name on these images, but the bright white letters at the bottom are not on the cards.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Mojave CA

Another desert painting. This is the view from our daughter Sharon's house in Mojave, CA. The little marks on the mountains are windmills. There are many windmills in Mojave. It was very dry, windy and hot when we were out there a few weeks ago, around 100 degrees (F).

This is an acrylic painting, 11" X 14". I enjoyed working on it and as always learned something new. This time I learned that I need to lighten up my sky color at the horizon before I paint the mountains. Apparently it doesn't work well if you try to do it after the painting is finished (according to my teacher).

More windmills - this is a photo I took from a different location in Mojave.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Soulmates (updated)

we two are one
soulmates joined on this journey
as I wrote in my tenth anniversary poem
so many years ago

we two are plus five
bringing our children together
they give us places to go
and people to see
both near and far

we two are two
celebrating our creativity
brainstorming ideas and titles
enjoying our separate interests
and sharing them with each other

the angels are still watching over us
still joining with us each Friday evening
as we sing to them
welcoming the Sabbath
blessing and being blessed
coming in and going out in peace

may we have many more songs
and many more years together

Happy anniversary my love

©Linda H. Feinberg
Author's note: I looked at my 10th anniversary poem (when we were renewing our vows) and thought it was a good time to update it.  Joe and I are celebrating our 23rd anniversary this month.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

In the cactus garden

A challenging painting for me, but I enjoyed working on it. This is small, 8" X 10" (20.3 cm X 25.4 cm), acrylic paint on Ampersand smooth finish artist panel. I find the smooth finish harder to work with and probably will not buy any more of these panels.

I did the painting from one of my photos in Israel. Kibbutz Ma'agan Micha'el has a beautiful cactus garden and I took many pictures when I was there in the winter.  I like painting small animals and have other paintings and drawings of lizards, snakes etc. I have four more painting classes, then I'll be going back to some drawing classes during the summer months. There's always something new to learn and improve on with art classes.

We enjoyed our trip out west last week (visiting family) so I'll probably start on a new painting from my photos in Mojave (CA) and/or Nevada.  The rocks and mountains at Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada were beautiful, but I'd recommend going there when it's not as hot. The desert was between 90-100 degrees while we were out west. We did get to go swimming with the grandkids. Fun!