Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Blue Cross on Red Acrylic Collage

Blue Cross on Red
by Cheryl Harris White
Acrylic Collage on Canvas
16" x 20" 

This is the largest acrylic collage piece I've done so far.  It took a long time.  I will be teaching an art class at my church this month and showing people how to do this, but on a smaller scale.  More info is on the church website go to adult ministries tab, then choose studies and classes at the top of the left column...then scroll down to Wednesday night class information.  

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Last chance to see Original Works at Premiere Gallery is this week.

TODAY at Premier Gallery
Original Works Art Show
Thanks to all of you who went.  It's been a huge success!

Prices are listed on the Paint for Sale page 
of this blog as well. 

Gallery Hours
Monday - Wed 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday and Saturday 10:00 AM till 5:00 PM

1681 Justin Rd. #200
Flower Mound, TX 75028

Friday, May 27, 2011

1000 Gifts 121-140

An Artist's List Continued . . .
Friday, May 27,2011
121) Watching Caleb's crazy side arm pitching
122) Talking baseball with son
123) Rain on the weekend
124) Son's "Jackson Pollack" style artwork
125) Reverend Tony's special blessing on the phone at work
126) Glasses
127) Another sold painting
128) Connections with old friends
129) Goodnight hugs
130) A good laugh
131) Couch time
132 ) Cleaned pots
133) A mopped floor
134) Homework getting done
135) Spotlight 2011 at the Palace Theater
136) Courtney's magic moment
137) Laura's song and standing ovation
138) A dance beautiful all together
139) One evening recognizing an entire year of accomplishments
140) Family night at Sonic

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

BLOG Topper Hall of Fame

You may notice the new page topper on the BLOG now.   Today and I am honoring two former blog toppers for their faithful service to Paint On My Walls...

BLOG Topper Hall of Fame

Say farewell to the Blog Topper  from Hope cross painting which humbly served Paint On My Walls March through May of Spring 2011

Blog Topper from Parable Banners
Original blog topper for Paint On My Walls Feb 2011

Today's is my favorite so far.  It's  a close up from one of my recent paintings. Can you tell where it came from?

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Confetti Forests

Confetti Forest I
by Cheryl Harris White
11" x 13"
Acrylic on Canvas

Don't these 2 paintings just feel like the trees are having a party?... The leaves look like confetti on the forest floor and balloons floating toward the sky.  

While I was painting these I asked myself the question, "If the forest trees were to throw a party, what might they be trying to celebrate?"

Confetti Forest II
by Cheryl Harris White
11" x 13"
Acrylic on Canvas

I thought of Isaiah 55:8 - 13 . . .

8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. 9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.10 As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, 11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. 12 You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. 13 Instead of the thorn bush will grow the juniper, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the LORD’s renown, for an everlasting sign, that will endure forever.”

Friday, May 20, 2011

1000 Gifts 100-120

An Artists List of 1000 Gifts Continued...

Friday, May 21st
101. Caleb's strawberries with sugar 
102. Being trusted
103. A buy one get one for a penny canvas sale!
104. A mom to carpool with
105. Encouragement from friends
106. Caleb's love for baseball
107. and his team, the Denton Vipers
108. Courtney's love for theater
109. and all the opportunities she has had to share it
110. meals prepared, kitchen cleaned, laundry going
111. a new opportunity at work 
112. new glasses for son
113. daughter's clean room
114. crosses on my wall
115. paint on my floor
116. a new sketch book 
117. solitude
118. reflection
119. stolen midnight moments
120. morning sounds

Thursday, May 19, 2011

ART for SALE!!!

This month I have several pieces in Premier Gallery's  
Original Works Art Show.  
Prices are listed on the Gallery page of this blog as well. 

Gallery Hours

Monday - Wed 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Thursday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Friday and Saturday 10:00 AM till 5:00 PM

1681 Justin Rd. #200

Flower Mound, TX 75028

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Three Crosses: A story told in Art

Luke 23:32-43 gives us the account of the crucifiction of Christ between two thieves. I was inspired to create three crosses illustrating this.  One of the robbers was drawn toward Christ, the other rejected him.  The cross on the left illustrates the bitter robber, visually leaning away, almost repelled by Jesus.  The center cross represents Christ, and the cross to the right is for the forgiven sinner.  I added bright golden yellow bits of light on his cross forshadowing his entrance into paradise after his life here was finished.

Set of 3 Crosses

32 Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. 33When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
 35 The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”
 36 The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar 37 and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”
 38 There was a written notice above him, which read: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

The Bitter Robber
by Cheryl Harris White
Acrylic Collage on Canvas
8" x 8"

39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”

by Cheryl Harris White
Acrylic Collage on Canvas
8" x 8"

40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”
 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
 43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

The Forgiven Sinner
by Cheryl Harris White
Acrylic Collage on Canvas
8" x 8"

Saturday, May 14, 2011

My Mondrian Experiment

I called this post my "Mondrian experiment" because he was an artist so well known for his linear minimalist squares and lines paintings... but actually before he painted those famous red, blue and yellow squares and rectangles, he did paint many, many other kinds of paintings.  I was lucky enough to see his work on exhibit in Fort Worth and I found the progression of his pieces over time extremely interesting.

I enjoy trying different styles of art as well, but I'm not so sure what I accomplished this time could really be considered a progression... anyway, this is my experiment with creating abstracts with just shapes and color and texture.  I did these two together and I'm keeping them as a set.  They were so much fun.  I think the most difficult part about doing these type of paintings would be trying it on a larger scale.  I just might take up the challenge someday. 

by Cheryl Harris White
Acrylic Collage
10" x 10"
Set of 2 paintings $50.00

by Cheryl Harris Whte
Acrylic Collage
10" x 10"
Set of 2 paintings $50.00

Friday, May 13, 2011

1000 Gifts 81-100

An Artist's List of 1000 gifts continued...

Friday, May 13th, 2011
81. Lunch with son, one on one
82. Extra rest
83. Late night chats with daughter
84. Pink roses blooming like crazy by the front door 
85. Mother's day family lunch
86. Fresh flowers in a vase 
87. Blueberries 
88. Just in time finances provided unexpected 
89. Caleb's commercial
90. Courtney's voice 
91. Duke's faithful steadfastness
92. Dad's new found purpose 
93. WWII veterans legacy  
94. Singing in the car 
95. Hearts of loyal friends 
96. Understanding and forgiveness
97. Shade 
98. Wind on my face
99. Sunshine filtering through trees splashing on the lawn
100. Smell of the air after the rain

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Bloom Like a Rose

by Cheryl Harris White
Acrylic Collage 
on Canvas
8" x 10"

Bloom Like a Rose
by Cheryl Harris White
Acrylic Collage 
on Canvas
5" x 7"

Here are two more crosses I just completed.  I call the left one, Long -Suffering because it was one I started and then didn't finish until much later after a lot of time and struggling and "do overs".  Some pieces are just like that. When I look at it, I'm just glad it is finished.

The one on the right is called Bloom Like A Rose. I did the whole thing in about 30 minutes and it just seemed to almost come together by itself.  It almost felt alive and I just had to watch it grow. When I look at this one, I feel happy.  

If I had to choose one painting to be like, I'd choose to bloom like a rose.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Art from my Mother

I've always enjoyed exercising my creativity for as long as I can remember, and I believe a lot of my desire to create art stems from my own mother's encouragement.  She sewed clothes, curtains and doll clothes for us, lead us in crafts and also painted with watercolors.  These date back to sometime in the late 1940's through the early 1960's, but I'm not exactly sure.  I lost my mom when I was just 24 years old, so Mother's Day is always a little bitter sweet for me. ...I am remembering her on this day and thought I would share some of her watercolor paintings with you.  

Mountain Camp Site
by Harriet Thompson Harris
15" x 20"

Ocean Village
by Harriet Thompson Harris
14" x 11"
Spring Bouquet
by Harriet Thompson Harris
10" x 15"
Shore Day
by Harriet Thompson Harris
15" x 20"

Friday, May 6, 2011

1000 Gifts 61-80

An Artists List of 1000 Gifts Continued....

Friday, May 6th, 2011

61. My ART on display at PREMIERE GALLERY!!!
62.  The colors Red and Blue framing love made crosses
63.  Hearts on their art
64.  Jill Briscoe's coming to us
65.  Giving and Receiving
66.  The practice of being present with people and God
67.  One on one conversations
68.  Till We Meet Again Hugs
69.  Laughter
70.  Tears
71.  Prayers shared
72.  More Laughter
73.  Discovering a spiritual discipline
74.  My daughter making a cross in my class
75.  Watching a person grow
76.  The house to myself after the hardest day at work
77.  Tuesday night family night dinner
78.  Wednesday morning's answered prayer
79.  Knee therapy
80.  A quiet corner , coffee and and a cookie

Monday, May 2, 2011

Being friends with ME

This one is a companion painting with last Monday's painting (April 25th). Same subject, same color palate, just a little bit different.  I guess everyone needs a good friend they have a lot in common with...even paintings.  I think they look great together.

I've thought a lot about my friendships lately. I cherish the friends I have made throughout my life, but I don't really think I make friends very quickly.  When I meet a new person I usually like them or dislike them right away, but it takes me a LONG time to figure out if we will be really good friends or not....some quicker than others, but it has always taken me time.  I actually like the time it takes me to grow a friendship with a person.  Developing relationships slowly feels like a worthwhile long term investment creating value over time.  I think that is why I like painting trees so much.  They are slow growing, but strong and dependable and the roots go deep. That is the kind of friend I like to be to people.       

For both of these, I used a palate knife and lots of thick paint.

Rain Path Birch
by Cheryl White
Acrylic on Canvas
11" x 16"

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Collaborative Art Project from CBC Women's Weekend Workshop

I coordinated this project as a workshop this weekend and it will be on display at the CBC art show this summer.   One of the women in the workshop brought up how interesting it was that they all had the same materials to create their part of the project with, but no two turned out exactly the same.   This is a perfect  illustration of Corinthians 12:12-14. .. unity and diversity in the Body of Christ.   For the art show we will display them with the ones from the July classes as one unified piece of art.
 12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.
Collaborative Art Project
Women's Weekend Workshop
Acrylic Collage on Canvas
Coordinated by Cheryl Harris White

Dawn Paradise
Vickie Peters
Melissa Williams
Cheryl White
Courtney White
Kathy Hjelm
Teresa Graham
Amy Culak
Kim Cross
Melanie Bromfield