Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Last Supper - - FINAL PAINTING!

Finished this just in time.  Today I'm taking it to be submitted for acceptance in a VAL exhibition in Lewisville.  I'll let you know if it makes the cut and gets into the show and post where and when.  Meanwhile,  enjoy The Last Supper!

The Last Supper
by Cheryl Harris White
Acrylic on Canvas
30" x 24"


Friday, June 24, 2011

1000 Gifts 201-220

An Artist's List Continues...

Friday June 24th, 2011

201) Paw Paw's surgery finished, all is well
202) Caleb's cleaned room
203) Courtney home from NYC
204) Dishes done, not by me
205) Blueberries
206) Today at work someone gave me a wonderful sandwich
207) Coupons
208) Idea about how to paint Peter
209) The color red
210) Tea
211) Friends that miss you, and tell you so
212) Squash
213) Hearing thank you
214) Idea about how to paint Judas
215) A painting worthy of the story it tells

216) The story 
217) The washing, sharing, giving, dying and living story
218) Knowing I am loved
219) and have worth because I was paid for w/ a price
220) Feeling just washed


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Last Supper Progression Day SIX

I had some more fixing to do.  You may notice the colors are brighter and pop more. Still not done though. Tomorrow is gift day...I'll keep working on this and post the final painting this weekend.
Last Super Progression Day SIX
almost done
By Cheryl Harris White
Acrylic on Canvas

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Last Supper Progression Day FIVE

Judas is in the house!  Finally... I wanted him to look like he was sneaking out about to go betray Jesus.  I wasn't sure when I began what color I wanted him to be, but I knew I didn't want red on him, and he needed to look different from the others.

Yesterday I posted John 13:1-9 but look at verse 10.... 

10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.

but look at verse 10.... when I read that, I knew how I wanted to paint Judas.  He's over in the left corner, back to the group and looking off the opposite direction of the flowing water.  
Last Supper Progression Day 5
Almost finished...
More to come !

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Last Supper Progression Day FOUR

I still didn't get around to adding Judas today. But I did finish the flowing water and wine behind the other disciples.  I wanted to symbolize the wine at the last supper, the shed blood of Christ at the cross, the water he used to wash their feet. All these ideas ran through my head as i painted today . . . so I added three sections of purple, blue and red flowing across the canvas.  

I also changed the tall thin disciple in the center.  That is  Peter. He is having a conversation with Jesus about feet washing.  You can read it in John 13:1-10.  I think this is when Peter finally understood who Jesus was and I wanted him to look like he was worshiping God's Son.  

 1 It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
 6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
 7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
 8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”
   Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
 9 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”
 10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.

So that's why he looks different today...  still don't know what to do about Judas yet.  I'll try at him tomorrow though.

Last Supper Progression Day FOUR
By Cheryl Harris White
Acrylic on Canvas
30" x 24"

Monday, June 20, 2011

Last Supper Progression Day THREE

Today I added almost all the other disciples.  So far I'm up to 11. For these guys, I wanted to convey the feeling of a family.  I also added a spot of red paint on each of their heads to foreshadowing the blood of Christ about to be shed for them.  I liked the idea of illustrating the foreshadow of the cross, because to me that is what the last supper is all about. You know who is missing don't you?  Judas... he will be added tomorrow.  I needed a little more time to ponder what I want to do with him.
Last Supper Progression Day 3
by Cheryl Harris White
Acrylic on Canvas
30" x 24"

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Last Supper Progression Day TWO

Last Supper Day TWO
by Cheryl Harris White
Acrylic on Canvas
30" x 24"

I had to adjust my original design a bit because the only large canvas I had was a bit different shape.  I may go back an try this on several connecting panels later.  Today I focused on getting the background done and added lots of bright colors to make it start to look like a stained glass window.  I have the beginnings of a few of the 12 disciples and the head of Christ so far.  

This was my palate for today's work. More to come...tomorrow!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

The Last Supper Progression Day ONE

I've always wanted to paint the Last Supper as a subject for one of my stained glass style paintings.  After all, almost every famous artist has attempted it.  I hadn't though because I wondered if my simplified style of painting would be able to do it justice and if God would even take pleasure in my humble attempt at it.  The verse from Colossians 3:17 came to mind...

Colossians 3:17

New International Version (NIV)
17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

That got me started. I sketched out my first idea with some water color pencils.  Stay posted for the progress on this one.  More tomorrow.

Friday, June 17, 2011

1000 Gifts 181-200

An Artist's List Continues

Friday, June 17, 2011

181) Caleb riding bike home from hitting practice 3 miles a day
182) Boy becoming man
183) Courtney getting to go on tour to NYC
184) Her solo
185) Her gifts 
186) Her personality full of joy 

187) Duke fixing our cars
188) His patient heart
189) Family dinner out 
190) Caleb's triple
191) Daughter's hug
192) Baseball Moms

193) Theater Moms
194) Morning Quiet
195) Time to paint
196) Inspiration
197) Beginnings
198) Creative flow
199) Color on my palate
200)  Having the feeling that I just can't wait to get home and start painting.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

June Forest Progression DAY SIX

June Forest
by Cheryl Harris White
Acrylic on Canvas

36" x 24"
Added leaves, spots of color, twigs, sign the corner...It is finished!  It took 6 days.  Tomorrow I rest.  Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Friday, June 10, 2011

1000 Gifts 161-180

I am interrupting the series of June Forest Progression Posts for my 1000 gifts list today. I'll paint more on June Forest and post it this weekend. Today is GIFT day!

An Artists List of Gifts Continued . . .
Friday, June 10, 2011

161) Birds chirping through the quiet at 5:30 AM
162) Knowing truth and living in it
163) A three day weekend
164) Color purple laughing on my canvas
165) And the color red dancing with it
166) Beginning of June Forest painting
167) Last Supper Idea for my art class
168) My children being friends with each other
169) Sweet summer memories and many more to come
170) Steve Roese's message
171) The story of Joseph
172) God's plan
173) His Purpose
174) His Love
175) His Sovereignty
176) His Silence
177) Our Wondering  
178) Our Waiting 
179) And the deep life changing growth that comes from it.
180) Joy

Thursday, June 9, 2011

June Forest Progression DAY FIVE

More warmth...I wanted it to feel like the sun is shining...
This was my color palate for today's work
deep yellow, raw sienna, blue violet, and white

I used small brushes and gave the tree edges some shadow, lines and texture. You have to look close to see the changes I made today, but they do make a difference. Almost done.

June Forest Progression Day 5

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

June Forest Progression DAY FOUR

The hardest part about a painting for me is not usually knowing how to start... it's knowing when to stop.  

I spent a lot of time today looking at the painting as it is now and comparing it to my original idea which was this sketch done in water color pencils.  

I've definitely decided I'm not done yet.... but I'm very close.
More to come. Next will be a little more warmth.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

June Forest Progression DAY THREE

Today, I decided most of the trees were too wide and not quite vertical enough.  I repainted most of the sky and made the trees taller and thinner.  I like it much better this way because it seems like the trees are actually going somewhere.  It's growing.

Day 3 of June Forest
by Cheryl Harris White
Acrylic on Canvas
36" x 24"

Monday, June 6, 2011

June Forest Progression DAY TWO

On Day 2 I did the basic outline of where I wanted most of my trees.  I also started adding a little moss and texture to the trunks.  It's starting to look like something is going on here, but not near finished yet.

Day 2 of June Forest
by Cheryl Harris White
Acrylic on Canvas
36" x 24"

Sunday, June 5, 2011

June Forest Progression DAY ONE

I started a new large painting yesterday.  It will be a forest, and since it is now June, I'm going to call it June Forest.  Not my most creative title for a painting.  

So far I have leaves on the ground and sky.  I used a lot of purple for the shadowy part of the forest floor and imagined it was laughing while I painted it.  I added red next, because the purple needed a bright color to dance with.  I'll photograph this one as I paint it to show it's progression.

Day 1 of June Forest
by Cheryl Harris White
Acrylic on Canvas
36" x 24"

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Summer Sketch

Court and Caleb in 2001
@ Round Lake in Minnesota
Grandpa Hat's Chairs

My dad made these chairs in his workshop and the kids found they fit just right.  Behind them was Grandma Peggy's garden and as we were taking this photo, the sprinkler started going. Perfect timing for the best summer smiles ever!  I loved this Minnesota memory so much, I decided to do a quick sketch of it one day.  See Below. This was done about 6 years ago.  I just found it in my collection and decided to share it to celebrate our first day of summer vacation.  

Friday, June 3, 2011

1000 Gifts 141-160

An Artists's List of 1000 gifts continues. . .

Friday June 3rd, 2011

141) Today my dad is 86 and I celebrate him!
142) He served our country on Sipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima in WWII
143) and belongs to the greatest generation of Americans yet.
144) Our freedom is their gift to us
145) Our remembering is our gift to them
146) Red White and blue flags blowing in a row
147) Our family
148) Our home
149) A Memorial Day chat with Dad
150) Another weekend of Viper baseball
151) Hot sweaty dusty boys playing like gentlemen and winning like champs
152) Three home runs in a row !  Way to go Vipers!
153) Lunch in Rockwall
154) Happy red poppies
155) Kids doing their best
156) Finals over
157) Last trip to school
158) Summer beginning
159) Dreams
160) Hopes