Saturday, December 31, 2011

Best of 2011

Fire Poppies
Mountain Poppies
Poppies for Millie

In the Poppy Paint Series....   The winner is..... Poppies For Millie!  Owned by Millie Welsh

Rose of Sharron
Something To Celebrate


Three Crosses, A Story Told in  Art 

In the Cross Series....   The winner is..... Three Crosses, A Story Told in  Art  

Three Trees At Night
Fire Tree
Color Tree

Nine Birch

Six Birch

Trees On Blue and Red

Rain Path Birch
Eight Birch

June Forest
Confetti Forest

Aspens For The Olsons

In the Tree Series....   The winner is..... Aspens For
The Olsons

The Art of Gratitude


Last Supper

In the Bible Series....   The winner is..... The Art of Gratitude
owned by Ann Horner

Thank you all for participating in this journey with me in 2011. I am inspired and motivated by all of your comments and encouragement and look forward to more to come in 2012.  Up first in the new year will be more from my Four Seasons Paintings... The next one will be Spring.  Coming soon....

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

1000 Gifts 741-760

741) Christmas Eve service next to my Dad
742) Squeezing his 86 year old hand when Isack sang O Holy Night
743) Silent tears
744) Singing hearts
745) Laughing while stuffing stockings
746) Another wonderful Rockwall Christmas
747) Barbara's birthday lunch at PFChang's with all our family
748) Watching people receive gifts 
749) Watching my nephews play legos and mousetrap
750) New Pajamas
751) Seeing my kids play dominoes with their grandparents
752) Peace in my home and my family
753) When Ian said, "An angel would kind of be like seeing a dinosaur, but with light shining all out of it."
754) Titus and Libby playing
755) Caleb and Titus bonding
756) A four day work week
757) Inspiration for second season painting
758) Time to work on it
759) Light
760) Music

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Re-Post of A Worthy Christmas Painting

Beautiful Star
Acrylic on Canvas
24" x 48"
by Cheryl Harris White

This is a re-post of one of my favorite Christmas paintings I have done so far.  It is currently on display at CAM Center Dallas.  I just wanted to repost it here today to wish a Merry Christmas to my blogger family. May you be filled with the wonder of Our Savior's birth this season.

Friday, December 23, 2011

1000 Gifts 721 - 740

721) The inspiration for Winter Tree
722) Glue
723) Magazines
724) Bold colors
725) Being connected to others
726) Time passing
727) Raising teenagers
728) patience
729) waiting
730) slow, but steady growth

731) kindred spirits
732) empathy
733) understanding
734) memories
735) being grounded and rooted
736) deep roots
737) clean air
738) sleep
739) short days
740) long lasting relationships

Monday, December 19, 2011

Winter Tree ... One of Four

"Winter Tree"
Acrylic and Paper Collage on Canvas
12" x 24"
by Cheryl Harris White
Not For Sale

This piece is one of a set of four I just started.  It was also a specific answer to a prayer for inspiration.  I combined words and colors from magazines along with acrylic paint to create this one.

"Of all the moments we gather in our lives, Those we cherish are the moments shared." is on one of the roots.  Wonder, Color, Lush are on the others.  Spreading up the trunk are the words Kindred Spirits and Understanding.  I liked the idea these concepts are the foundation of something lasting and beautiful and that is what I tried to re create in this painting.

Stay tuned for the next three.  Each one will illustrate a different season.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

1000 Gifts 701-720

701) Breath prayers
702) Nourishment
703) Sparrows 
704) Christmas shopping with Duke
705) Our family having game night
706) Spending all day painting on Saturday
707) I can't wait to share it soon
708) Being inspired
709) Time
710) Candlelight
711) Seeing my kids wrapping presents
712) Caramel flavored coffee
713) Giving
714) Hugs
715) Puppy paw prints on the floor
716) Seasons
718) Change
719) Growth
720) Wet leaves on the sidewalk

Sunday, December 11, 2011

1000 Gifts 681-700

681) Hearing Fifty voices harmonizing while belting Christmas Carols...
682) and being one of them
683) Dan's Christmas Devotional
684) Sharing a meal with friends I've known since we lived in Lubbock
685) Knowing that there is a Courtney shaped void in the world and that it is up to God to help her find it.  

686) Watching Caleb pitch
687) Seeing his smile when he walked off the mound
688) An amazing day watching boys play baseball sitting among friends...
689) A perfectly crisp blue sky
690) Catching up with old friends 
691) 13 year old boys who love playing baseball
692)  A 16 year old girl's confidence and strength
693)  Clarity after the fog
694)  Coffee in a thermos
695)  Everyone running around trying to figure out how the puppy keeps getting out

696) Bells on the doorknob
697) Scampering paws on the wood floor
698) Wrapping presents
699) Philip Yancy's book on Prayer
700) The sounds of  house waking up in the morning

Saturday, December 3, 2011

1000 Gifts 661-680

661) Hearing Caleb laugh when he's playing with his puppy
662) Rain dripping down the window pane
663) Fresh roasted Coffee
664) Folded laundry
665) Christmas plates
666) Art in my home
667) Festive tissue paper
668) Gift wrapping
669) Perfect rolls hot from the oven
670) Warmth

671) Learning what it means to treasure someone
672) Catching up with friends rarely seen any longer
673) A note from my Aunt reminding me of my childhood
674) Joy
675) Wet golden leaves
676) Glowing candles
677) Less pain 
678) Energy
679) Efficiency
680) Inspiration

Monday, November 28, 2011

1000 Gifts 641-660

641)  Thanksgiving memories in Rockwall
642)  Kids helping set the table

643)  Visits from old friends
644)  Noticing how fast kids grow

645)  Talking about college with my daughter
646) Talking baseball with my son

647) A 4 day weekend
648)  Thanksgiving 

649)  Duke's amazing pecan pie
650) Crisp air smelling like wet leaves

651)  Staying home
652) Not shopping on Black Friday

653) The sound of our puppy running on the wood floor
654) My phone going through the washer and not having to answer it now

655) Making a Christmas ornament
656) Post lighting our pre-lit tree with Duke

657) Decorating for Christmas
658) Seeing my kids make wise and good choices

659) Liking my kid's choices in friends
660) Looking at my home and family and feeling my heart about to burst with thankfulness

Friday, November 18, 2011

1000 Gifts 621-640

621) Humility
622) Encouraging blogs that inspire me
623) Waking up
624) No back pain
625) Balance
626) Rhythm
627) Hearing thank you
628) Saying I love you
629) Paw Paw's Birthday dinner
630) Courtney's show
631) Being surprised by her
632) Having family there for support
633) Seeing them have fun
634) Hope
635) Patience
636) Wonder
637) Perseverance
638) Honesty
639) Endings
640) Beginnings

Saturday, November 12, 2011

My Art Goes to Italy

A church community in 
Italy used art from my Parable Paint Series as inspiration for a fun evening of food, fellowship and creativity.
The painting they chose was the Parable of the Sower... 




These are photos from the night they got together to do their group art project.

I loved seeing the variety of ages of people working on the project together.  

Each of them painted a section of 
the original design.  

When they were finished, they were able to put them
all together ..

the entire













. . .





Even though this all happened in Italy... I feel by sharing my art as the inspiration for their project,  I was also there.
Since I was not...
I had to miss out on their delicious food.  

I am so happy to share their creative spirit with all of you.  BE INSPIRED !!!

Friday, November 11, 2011

1000 Gifts 601-620

601) My Dad, a WWII Veteran who served on Iwo Jima, Sipan and Tinian.  Thank you Dad. I love you!
602) Freedom
603) A Future
604) A Legacy to pass on to our children
605) A Heritage
606) The death of pain
607) My family
608) Computers
609) New friends
610) Laughter
611) Joy
612) Hope
613) Washed dishes

614) A laundry machine
615) Warm clothes
616) Light shining out from the edge of a cloud today...
617) Getting to tell a woman at work this week that an anonymous cash donation of $1000.00 was applied to her electric bill.
618) Gratitude
619) Autumn
620) November

Saturday, November 5, 2011

1000 Gifts 581-600

581) Creative motivation

582) Finishing a brand new painting
583) Something to celebrate
584) Joy
585) Welcoming our new family member...
586) Titus
587) Our new furry little puppy
588) Family moments

589) Bonding
590) Love
591) A change of season
592) Time
593) Rest
594) Comfort
595) Home
596) Kids doing their chores
597) A day without constant pain
598) The massage bed...aaaahhh
599) Finding an awesome chiropractor
600) A plan for wellness

Thursday, October 27, 2011

1000 Gifts 561-580

561) A painting for my pumpkin pal from Cheryl! 
562) New friends at my new job
563) new hire training class 
564) Candy Corn
565) Finding joy in learning something new
566) Fall
567) Family at home
568) My daughter making dinner
569) Chilli weather
570) Sharing my art with people
571) Perfect timing
572) Carpooling

573) Baseball moms
574) 13U AAA Baseball! Go Vipers!
575) Middle school football games
576) Snuggling under a blanket
577) Warm toast
578) Duke surprising me with a frap when he picked me up from my work.
579) Back rubs
580) Hugs

Sunday, October 23, 2011

1000 Gifts 541-560

541) Three generations of Ranger fans
542) A great weekend watching my son play baseball
543) Family
544) Refocusing
545) Online learning
546) Solitude
547) Friendships
548) Watching responsibility grow in my kids
549) My Dad
550) Help from my family after going back to work full time
551) Growth
552) Having enough
553) Challenges
554) Knowing there will be time to paint soon
555) Support and encouragement from others
556) Believing
557) Learning
558) Loving
559) Living
560) Dreams

Friday, October 14, 2011

1000 Gifts 521-540

521) Ice Tea
522) Liking where I work
523) A weekend to catch up on things
524) Fall
525) The changing weather

526) My nephews giggling
527) A visit from my dad
528) A visit from a cousin
529) Watching my son play middle school football
530) Poking bruises

531) Morning drives to work with my daughter
532) Telling my kids I am proud of them
533) The color pink
534) Old work friends
535) New work friends

536) Making people smile
537) Friday lunch with Duke
538) A family
539) Dinner with my Dad at Palazio's
540) Hearing my Dad's story

Saturday, October 8, 2011

1000 Gifts 501 - 520

501) Physical pain
502) Empathy for others
503) Struggles
504) Endurance and strength in the midst of the next one
505) Annoyances
506) Persevering patience
507) Witnessing the mistrust planted by others indulging in gossip
508) Conviction and resolve to earn trust by avoiding it
509) Seeing a friend win
510) Watching my children succeed
511) Joy from investing in their lives
512) Independent kids
513) Laundry
514) A great Vipers Win this week
515) Trying your best
516) Seth Godin's blog
517) Appreciation for how Steve Jobs has changed our lives
518) Training at work
519) Online learning
520) A future

Saturday, October 1, 2011

1000 Gifts 481-500

481) Starting work at CoServ
482) Making new friends
483) A 7 minute commute
484) Being worth waiting for
485) Being believed in
486) 6:30am football practice
487) Watching Caleb's football game
488) Fall
489) Kids bringing home good grades
490) Shopping with Courtney
491) Finding the perfect dress
492) Homecoming
493) Being able to trust my kids
494) My awesome husband
495) A cleaned kitchen
496) My sister
497) Family
498) Something to strive for
499) Time to read
500) Time to just be quiet

Friday, September 23, 2011

1000 Gifts 461-480

461) My last day at work
462) Well wishes from co workers 
463) Their smiles saying we are happy for you
464)  Me smiling back and knowing there are better things coming for them too
465) Motivating people (people who motivate me)
466) Motivating people (being able to motivate other people)
467) Laughing at jokes
468) Our kid's doctor 
369) Bronchitis
470) Folded laundry

471) Having just enough
472) Not more
473) Not less
474) A new book club
475) Women speaking beautiful thoughts
476) Insights shared 
477) Silence
478) Not even the sound of crickets
379) Liking the silence and not wanting it to end
480) Being still

Saturday, September 17, 2011

1000 Gifts 441-460

441) Fountains
442) Watching kids eat ice cream cones
443) Making a tough decision, but knowing it is right
444) Finding home grown tomatoes 
445) Seeing a child's growing independence 
446) Watching father and son wrestling
447) Weekend
448) Courtney driving herself to Thoroughly Modern Millie
449) Ideas for painting
450) Duke's birthday
451) Nook friends to share books with
452) RAIN
453) Knowing what to do next
454) New e friends from Uruguay
455) Brunch with my dear friend
456) Celebrating long term relationships
457) Something beautiful
458) Something magical
459) A long suffering hope that will not die
460) Faith while waiting

Friday, September 9, 2011

1000 Gifts 421-440

421) Duke sharing my art with people in Uruguay
422) Their beautiful art work
423) Sharing my story
424) Helping my friends 
425) Friends helping me
426) Laughing
427) Caleb loving football
428) Courtney loving Thoroughly Modern Millie
429) Finally getting her schedule straight for junior year!
430) Finding a great company
431) with great people
432) who think like I do
433) A great interview
434) And a new job to start in 2 weeks
435) Courtney assisting with a dance class
436) and giving advice about dance shoes
437) to little dancers and their mommies
438) A freshly cleaned bathroom
439) The joy of inspiring others 
440)  with words and art

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Lemonade Stand

I had to make a visual image or presentation for a leadership class I'm in at my work that communicated something that needed to change about the company I work for.  I tried to think about what I would most like to change about where I work... and there were so many things.... I couldn't pick just one. So, I decided the thing I would most like to change would be me working there.  I made resignation video.  My dream is to quit my job and stay home and paint all day long every day.  This video is for all the lemons out there who feel the same way.  Be apples...before you get all your juice squeezed out! 

Friday, September 2, 2011

1000 Gifts 401-420

401) Positive comments from my kid's teachers... so far.
402) Seeing old friends at parent teacher conference night
403) A friend going out of her way for me 
404) Being in the right place at the right time
405) Rest when I am weary
406) Strength when I have none
407) A quiet evening to spend reading
408) Duke's hamburgers
409) Five sold paintings last week
410) Provision 
411) Perfect timing
412) Hugs
413) Coffee with friends
414) Amazing women I am thankful to be friends with
415) Conversations I leave feeling rejuvenated from
416) Perspective
417) Music at CBC last Sunday
418) Kids doing the dishes together
419) Time with son at 6:30 AM every morning
420) Sleep

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Aspens for the Olsons Finshed

I loved finishing up these bright Aspen trees.  Ready for hanging in their new home for my friends the Olsons.  

Aspens for The Olsons (final)
by Cheryl Harris White
18" x 24" each (3 panels)

Friday, August 26, 2011

1000 GIIFTS 381-400

381)  Courtney's school getting a new drama and art teacher.  We are so thankful we made this choice for her high school years and looking forward to an amazing year.
382) Her developing leadership skills.  I love what a strong person she is becoming.
383) Caleb's great start as a 7th grader at a new Middle School.
384) His maturity and independence amazes me daily.
385)  My kids motivation to make good grades this year
386) Positive attitudes
387) Discipline
388) Paintings getting finished
389) Friends who encourage my artistic pursuits
390) Friends who challenge me to deepen the roots of my soul 
391) Hello Hugs
392) Another idea to paint
393) Sharing my art with people around the world
394) A new opportunity to share my art in Uruguay
395) Rest before a long night ahead at work
396) A Job for today.
397) My Nook Color!
398) Connection
399) Conversation
400) Looking into the straight in the eye of the future and feeling absolute calm.

Monday, August 22, 2011

1000 Gifts 361-380

 (Family Vacation)
361) Visiting my Dad in Minnesota
362) Seeing my kids chat with their grandpa
363) Two sunny, sparkling days in Duluth
364) Lunch with Dad at the top of the Radison and ice cream at Portmans!
365) The nicest man working at the awesome Schlotzkys downtown Duluth
366) Playing in the sand at Park Point 
367) Wading in Lake Superior... the water was so cold it made our feet numb
368) Peddling a 4 person surrey Lake Superior Canal Park 
369) Watching a boat come in
370) Sounds of seaguls
371) Skipping rocks 

372) Remembering summer days spend there with my mom and sister 
373) Gooseberry Falls hike
374) Going to the cabin in Cable, Wisconsin nestled in a circle of 50 foot tall pine trees.
375) Reuniting with cousins
376) Belly Laughter around the dining table
377) Seeing my kids play with cousins and making them friends
378) There is something so comforting and familiar about being around people who have known you since you were small.
Milking the last drops out of the summer with the Wisconsin side of the family...Doing a scavenger hunt, Pinecone Pete story, Big Foot, Keep A Way, Kick ball refereed by Duke, Toy airplanes and The hammock, Delicious food, Poolside chats...all memories made for keeps

380) The four beautiful deer bidding us goodbye as we drove away the last morning.