Friday, July 29, 2011

1000 Gifts 301-320

An Artist's List Continues...

301) Daughter's homemade birthday wish to her little brother
302) Son turning 13
303) Students in my art class creating
304) Thick paint, heavy a canvas 
305) Wednesday evening dinners at CBC
306) Shots
308) My kid's friends
309) Enough work
310) Enough rest
311) The Acting Studio's summer student production
312) and the beautiful story it told
313) of grace
314) of redemption
315) and of love
316) Courtney's solo and beautiful gift she shared on stage
317) Laura's singing
318) Laughter and tears at the same time
319) Standing ovation, applause and cheers celebrating
320) The beauty of Les Miserables

Friday, July 22, 2011

1000 Gifts 281-300

An Artist's List Continues...

281) Carpooling for Les Mis working out perfectly with my work schedule!
282) Singing
283) Music
284) An orchestra playing
285) and a beautiful show
286) Strength during a very busy week
287) Birthdays
288) Relationships
289) Rest
290) Pizza
291) Evening Quiet
292) Perfect Timing
293) My Wednesday night art class
294) doing stained glass window paintings
295) Home just in time to get daughter to her show
296) Listening to her sing in the car 
297) Energy
298) Tuesday night book study
299) Peace in the house 
300) Sleep

Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Art of Gratitude

I am practicing the art of gratitude. If you want to know how to do this, or understand what the list I post every Friday is all about, then read Ann Voskamp's book One Thousand Gifts. It's very poetic, deep, truth telling, challenging and wonderful.

The Art Of Gratitude
by Cheryl Harris White
Acrylic on Canvas
20" x 20"

This is a companion painting to Eucharisteo posted earlier and was inspired by the book study group I am participating in.  This painting really illustrates the theme of this entire blog. . . "celebrating color, light and life" and you may see more like these two in the future.

Friday, July 15, 2011

1000 Gifts 261-280

An Artist's List Continues...

261) Dinner w/ friends
262) Art class
263) Caleb's finger
264) The lady at the gate
265) Ice
266) 1 on 1 time w/ each kid
267) Squeezing hands
268) Joy
269) Two finished paintings
270) Art supplies just in time
271) Just a Warning
272) Vacation schedule
273) Summer 
274) The Color Yellow
275) My sister helping me get my website up
276) Cheesecake
277) Oatmeal
278) Birds and Crickets 
279) Help washing the brushes
280) Sharing favorite colors

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


by Cheryl Harris White
Acrylic on Canvas
20 x 20

I Thank You God For Most 
This Amazing Day
by e. e. cummings
(1894 - 1962)

I thank You God for most this amazing day: 
for the leaping greenly spirits of trees 
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything 
which is natural which is infinite which is yes 

(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun's birthday; this is the birth
day of life and of love and wings: and of the gay 
great happening illimitably earth)

how should tasting touching hearing seeing 
breathing any--lifted from the no 
of all nothing--human merely being 
doubt unimaginable You? 

(now the ears of my ears awake and 
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)

Monday, July 11, 2011

A busy weekend

I must confess, I have been very busy this weekend, and quite lax in my posting, but I am so happy to announce one thing did finally get accomplished.  The first page of my website is up!  More to come on that hopefully soon.

The art show Saturday night was extremely energizing and I enjoyed friends old and new who came.  The art will still be up for viewing  July 9 through August 13, Tuesdays through Saturdays 1 - 5PM at the MCL Grand Art Gallery 100 N. Charles St. in the heart of Old Town Lewisville.  

The rest of my free time was spent trying to plan for the 2nd art class coming up this Wednesday.  The first class was last Wednesday and it has gotten off to a great start despite my being totally flustered by so many unexpected arrivals.  

What does this say about our culture? 4 students signed up ahead of time. I planned for a few extra guessing on 7 students for the first evening. I actually had 11 in the class (3 had to do a different project and a mother and daughter had to share because I hadn't bought enough materials for them all) and I had to turn an additional 9 more away who asked if it was alright for them to come at the last minute.  Stressful to say the least.  I did my best to accommodate everyone the best I could.  Once they got working, it went well and they all did a great job on their projects.  A challenge, yes, but a rewarding one and I was so thankful for everyone who was there.  I loved showing them how to make their crosses and seeing them create something beautiful. 

No pictures today.  I'm a little tired.

Friday, July 8, 2011

1000 Gifts 241-260

An Artist's List Continues...

241) Having my art accepted  to be in the 
Fresh Ideas ART SHOW 
Date: July 9, 2011   Time: 7:00 - 9 PM
242) Courtney's courage
243) Caleb and Duke on their way home from Orlando tournament
244) Veggies
245) The color orange
246) Idea for Eucharisteo paintings 
247) Seeing quiet confidence growing
248) A determined spirit
249) The texture of trees
250) Reunion
251) Family dinner at Red Lobster
252) A set table
253) Paw Paw doing so well after surgery
254) A Pool at Maw Maw and Paw Paw's
255) Brother and Sister bonding    
256) Firecrackers in the birdbath 
257) Independence
258) Fourth of July in Rockwall
259) A country worth fighting for
260) Freedom 

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Fresh Ideas Art Show 2011

You Are Invited. . .
Everyone is welcome! Please come! 

Opening Reception 
 Fresh Ideas ART SHOW 
Date: July 9, 2011   Time: 7:00 - 9 PM
located at 100 N.Charles Street, between Main and Church streets, in the heart of Old Town Lewisville.  

More Art Show Info: If you can't come that night, The Art show will be up for viewing at MCL Grand any time  

July 9 through  August 13, 2011.

Administrative offices and art gallery are open 
Tuesday through Saturday 1 - 5 PM.

June Forest
by Cheryl Harris white
Acrylic on Canvas

by Cheryl Harris White
Acrylic on Canvas
I entered these three paintings in the Anual FRESH IDEAS Art Show that will be held at the MCL GRAND Art Gallery in Lewisville.  This is a juried show, so not everything that gets submitted gets accepted into the show and I was really curious to see how many if any of mine would make it in. . . drum roll . . . AND THEY ALL GOT ACCEPTED!  I'm so happy.  If you are a blog follower, you've seen these before, but these are the three paintings that made it into the show. 
Last Supper
by Cheryl Harris White
Acrylic on Canvas

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Upcoming Art Class

Two examples of work we will be doing in my upcoming 
4 week Art Class starting this Wednesday!... Not too late to register.  
Class will meet for 4 Wednesday evenings in July at Crossroads Bible Church in Oak  

Class Time 7:00pm to 8:00pm each Wednesday in July
Class Fee is $20.00 per person. Contact CBC to sign up

Wednesday Schedule
  • 6:00pm — Fellowship dinner served in cafĂ©; donations accepted to cover food cost
  • 6:45pm — Dinner wraps up / clean-up
  • 7:00pm — Classes start
  • 8:30pm — Classes end
  • Childcare is provided (nursery-5th grade) by reservation for a $35 fee for one child, $50 max per family.

Contact CBC 

Phone 972.355.3343    


Office Hours 8:30am to 5:30pm (M-Th)

Address  8101 Justin Road Double Oak, TX 75077
Crossroads is located at the southwestern corner of FM 407/Justin Road and Chinn Chapel Rd. There are two entrances: one on 407, west of Chinn Chapel, and one on Chinn Chapel.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Abstract Tree II

Abstract Tree II
by Cheryl Harris White
Acrylic Collage on Canvas
18" x 18"


"I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do."-   Willa Cather (1873-1947), O Pioneers 1913  

Friday, July 1, 2011

1000 Gifts 221-240

An Artist's List Continues...

Friday July 1st, 2011

221) Caleb and Duke getting to play baseball in Florida
222) Sleep
223) Our family of four missing each other when some are away
224) Coming home
225) Birthday dinners
226) Father's day in Rockwall
227) Walking into a room of women and leaving a room of sisters
228) My weaknesses that allow others room to shine
229) A broadened perspective
230) Eyes that see what I need to see
231) Sharing a spinach omelette
232) Courtney's dog sitting job
233) Community service
234) Court helping at VAL art show
235) Mother / daughter time
236) A part time job
237) The beautiful sky full of shining clouds I saw on my way to work this morning.
238) Giggling
239) Keeping a secret safe
240) Peace in my home