My Most Recent Painting: “View of Iceland”

View of Iceland

I’ve never been to Iceland, but I felt this absolutely charming little village deserved some paintbrush time. I thought I’d share many of the options available with all of my paintings from the Gallery which links up with Fine Art America. If you click on the above link, you will have options to view any of these in person.

There are almost 300 paintings arranged in Collections and each painting is available as framed, canvas, metal, wood, acrylic, poster or tapestry prints; throw pillows, towels, blanket, duvet cover, or shower curtain; tote bag, pouch, yoga mat; cards, spiral notebook, coffee mugs, and MORE.

The paintings are arranged in Collections which include: CREATION, HOPE, ARIZONA DREAMING, CHERYL’S WATERCOLOR ART, CELEBRATING EUROPE, FURRY & FEATHERED FRIENDS, PEN & PAINTBRUSH, FLORAL FANTASIES, OCEAN BREEZES, and CHRISTMAS.

I plan to soon begin painting some of the wonderful views my husband and I saw in Breckenridge, Durango, Silverton, and Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Here is one of my husband’s incredible photographs which might show up as a painting in the future:

Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad!

Watercolor is a solitary endeavor. It captures memories and gives me something fulfilling with which to use my time. I do hope you will visit my website and do a little “time travel” among my watercolor creations. If you have a comment or question, please reach out to me.

In spite of the mayhem of the nightly news, our world is still an incredibly beautiful place. It is worth celebrating. We made so many wonderful friends and had such great conversations everywhere we went. We were both greatly encouraged by our visit to the Rocky Mountains.

Celebrating life and thanking the Lord for His amazing Creation.✨

ALOHA

Have you been to the “Islands”? An island? Or even just the beach? Most of the time just being there – wherever THERE is – is therapy for the soul: R&R. I have loved trying to capture the colors, but also the sound of the ocean. Can sound be captured with a paintbrush?! I honestly don’t know, but I’ve tried to capture the peace, relaxation and beauty of the ocean waves.

I invite you to envision one of these paintings on a coffee mug, on a wall in your home, on a throw pillow or a tote bag! All these are but a few of the many options on my wonderful website, Prayers and Paintbrushes at https://prayersandpaintbrushes in the Gallery section. The 300 paintings are also available as framed prints, on canvas, metal, wood or poster board. Let me know if you have a question, my friend.
THANK YOU for visiting my website!

I love the above painting of a solitary tree on a bluff overlooking the Pacific ocean. You can’t see the water from this vantage point, but as you walk to the tree you can hear then see it down below. I thought this was just magical! I is called Off the Road to Hana.

The painting below is a favorite because it was from the first trip to the islands, Kauai to be specific, that my husband and I made together. This painting is called, Kauai Hoaloha. I hadn’t been painting very long. This would probably look a bit different were I to paint it now. LOL

Aloha, my friends!

FURRY and FEATHERED FRIENDS

It’s hard for even me to believe all the animals I have painted to bless those who love their furry and feathered friends! Some of these animals are WILD and some are just fun. Most of these paintings you see have been cropped to fit this space. If you click on them you can see them as they were painted or please click on the links below

Some of these critters aren’t exactly PETS, and you may not want to go anywhere near a few of them to pet them… If you have a photo of a special friend you might want to have painted, please reach out to me! Message me here or email me at prayerandpaintbrushes@gmail.com Please Visit www.prayersandpaintbrushes.com GALLERY and view FURRY and FEATHERED FRIENDS.

NO VOTING REQUIRED! But if you specially like any of the above, I hope you’ll reply in the comments or on my website – JOY! Encouraging words are balm to the soul (and to the paintbrush~)

The very last painting has a charming story! I was contacted by a woman who wanted to celebrate her 20th wedding anniversary. She and her husband are evidently very different personalities, and many years ago she had found a card with a skunk and a porcupine battling to stay afloat on a log in a raging torrent. She beat herself up for many years for not saving the card. She found me, and asked if I could try to reproduce it. And here it is.

Sharing the Journey

I hope this makes you SMILE today!! Please comment or 😍

READY, SET, VOTE!!! (No, not THAT!)

I have been entered in an art contest with Fine Art America!

Life is short, do something crazy, enter a painting contest?!? Well, why not! I hope you will take a minute and vote for your favorite of the three paintings chosen! Here is a link to the contest. Please CLICK ->

The above is Cactus Flower
The above for Puppy Lovebug

The above is Off the Road to Hana

and these are the paintings that were entered. Please vote above and, of course, you can vote for someone else if you choose. In fact, you can vote 100 times, I believe. But only once for any of my paintings.

Let me know what you think. Was it hard, easy, fun, surprising, WAY too much trouble, or “why not bless someone today!”

Thank you for your time!

Hot, it’s HOT! Summer’s Here, Already?!

Arizona is beautiful! We have at least one of the wonders of the world with the Grand Canyon, but also have countless lakes, mountains, incredible rock formations, beautiful winter and spring weather, and, when summer shows up, we have heat like you can’t believe unless you’ve lived here! This week the heat showed up and 110 degrees in the shade is pretty HOT, thank you very much! I am thankful for air conditioning and a keyless car. I remember when I’d need a potholder in order to start my car without burning my fingers. Of course I still have to cover my steering wheel or I’ll burn my hands on that!

But I didn’t want to write this to complain. I love Arizona and thought it would be fun to share some of my Arizona paintings. I have shared a few of them with my recent trip to Sedona, but I have painted others as well. For those of you who love the desert, I hope you will enjoy these views of my home state. I’m about to start painting a few new ones from my trip. Maybe these will inspire me.🎨

Today I had a dear friend over who is finding some joy and respite doing watercolors with me. I hardly feel qualified to teach as I am still learning myself! I imagine this is a lifelong learning process. But what a joy to show some of the tricks I’ve learned and how to look at a grey sky and instead see purple and blue. I’m a long way from even thinking of starting a YouTube channel, LOL! But painting over 300 watercolors, illustrating 4 children’s books, being written up in a national magazine, and writing a blog was never on my radar at ALL! I can absolutely assure you of that.

I write and share to ENCOURAGE ANYONE who feels the best of life is behind them. That is not true at all. Keep on keeping on. PRAY! Seek the wisdom and direction of God Himself to help you find what might be a totally new direction. Turn off the nightly news and find hope and direction in the Good News of the Bible. “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4

Find your passion, be blessed to be a blessing, TURN from the darkness, shine LIGHT✨and His light will shine on you.

Cheryl