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Arty Updates

Wow, it’s been so long since I’ve wrote a blog post. Here’s what happened: I left my job at the university to work at an art gallery that also wants to be a hub for environmental activism (hoping I can slowly do my part to clean up the anti-human, Nihlistic mindset and bring more of Chesterton, Lewis, and Tolkien’s almost child-like love of both people and nature back into it). My hours are different now (long afternoon and evening hours), so keeping up with my routine of painting and drawing every day is going well, but I just haven’t done any blogging in a while.

I’m trying to think of an easy way for me to post every day without being too exhausting. I don’t necessarily want to post my daily progress, because you guys might get tired of seeing the same painting over and over with tiny alterations.

I’m still alive. Still making art, and I’ve finally started on my Saints coloring book. So far, I’ve only finished a Virgin Mary page, but I’m currently working on a St. Therese page as well.

I’ve also been hard at work on my David and Goliath reproduction:

And lastly, I’ve turned the reading nook in my living room area into a prayer space. I hammered a nail by the window, and that’s where my rosary goes, and I like to think I’ve been very good about going up there everything morning to pray.

One day I thought, “You know what this space needs? A gilded Sacred Heart icon.” So I started making one. And now here it is. Still not done yet, but almost.

And that’s all I have for now. Have a good day, everyone!

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Happy Mother’s Day

20170514_113626Happy Mother’s Day! I’m sure many of you think your mothers are the best, but you’re all wrong. Mine is. No questions. Not up for debate. Thank you very  much…

…is what I would’ve said had Mary had not already held that spot, sorry, Jesus.

I very much dread to think what my life would have been if it hadn’t been for her strength, her intelligence, and her wisdom.

Such wisdom including, but not limited to:

Do not let perfect be the enemy of good.

Be brave like a lion. Lions are mighty. They’re right. They have nothing to fear except for perhaps people with guns. They are not like the gazelles cowering in the grass or the wild dogs attacking everything in sight.

Her hard work and sacrifice being the mother of a large family isfullicon something that I will always admire.

She taught me the importance of being kind, understanding, and tolerant of others. She taught me that I never needed to be afraid. Not of other people, other faiths, and most importantly, not afraid to follow my dreams even though it required a field of study I greatly struggled in high school (chemistry) and the great distances I will travel to achieve them.

But most importantly, she taught me that I must always strive to a better me. She never looked at me and said, “Why can’t you be more like ____.” She always accepted me for who I was, and encouraged me to grow accordingly.

Now, some of you may remember that I tried to do a project for Lent. Well, I got a good head start on it. I’ve been spending about an hour every day on it, but my grandfather past away the last week of Lent, and I wasn’t able to finish it then. I did, however, get it finished in time for Mother’s Day.

 

So, in about an hour, I’m going to be driving over to Mom’s to do a big reveal of this painting and place it in the niche in the house (hence the shape of the painting).

Please follow this amazing woman’s blog, Simply Catholic.

It’s customary for religious painters to put their hometown/monastery/family members, etc in their paintings. I’m no exception:

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It’s a bit difficult to see, but that’s Mt. Hood in the background.