PEN and PAINTBRUSH

This was a VERY fun picture to paint. It’s my granddaughter, can you tell? She loves music, her guitar, and definitely her coffee. She’s not a baby any more but she’ll always be my sweet Sara. This painting makes me smile and I hope it makes her smile as well.

As much as this is a watercolor “portrait,” it certainly doesn’t define all that makes her who she is any more than any photograph captures the reality of what the camera captures. Most of the time we crop out the bad parts, photoshop the good, and discard the rest. A painting as with a photo, gives us a lasting view of a memory or emotion we can treasure, and sometimes it will make us smile. That is always my hope. Love Song and Latté captures just some of what makes her so precious to me.

We ALL have something we can do to bless someone else: a phone call, an email, a text, a card (and I WILL paint custom cards should you wish~) a lunch date, a glass of wine – or a latté!

I never thought I would paint watercolors and certainly not for such a long stretch of time! I have done over 350 paintings. Every painting has challenged me and will, I hope, bless someone.

Here are more of my Pen and Paintbrush paintings.

Seek to be a blessing to someone today.

Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

Cheryl

WATERCOLOR LIFE🎨🖌

Would you join me for a walk through some of My Gallery? These are just some of my favorites. I’m grateful I discovered the joy of watercolors. It has brought me much joy. If you like my paintings, I would be honored if you would share my website and/or my blog with one of your friends. Thank you for stopping by today!

Let There Be Love and Laughter!

I am so ready to do a little high-stepping after such a long period of couch-sitting. People are smiling again. I thought it would be fun to share a little bit of happy that hopefully might make you smile.

Everyone has a “thing” or two that draws them in and maybe says “oh, I must have it” – roosters, watermelon, sunflowers, cookbooks… (I don’t paint cookbooks~) but you know what I mean. For me, it is something I can paint. At the end of my post you will see my most recent painting, but below are some that were plain just fun for me to do. The umbrella painting is a street in Passau, Germany that had these adorable handpainted umbrellas hanging over Artist’s Alley. It happened to be raining, so we had our own umbrellas streetside! The high heeled shoe was for my granddaughter. I hoped it might make her smile as opposed to some of the other things I paint. 🎨The rooster. Well, he did make me smile.

This is Stubby the Cat, painted for my friend, Robin Johnson, who created a childrens’ book about a brave and special cat. I look forward to the release of this book because her audience will love hearing about the adventures of a busy 3-legged, one-eyed cat with a crooked tail.

Several years ago I had the privilege of illustrating a very clever children’s counting book written in both English and Spanish. Created and self published by Trudy VanderKnoop, it was my first venture into children’s books. I’m hopeful her charming storybook will be published again soon!

Today is a day to enjoy, not be too serious. Everywhere we look we have to choose between responses. Are we going to disagree, are we going to listen and acknowledge the feelings of others – even if we disagree? Are we going to look for JOY or are we going to look for discouragement? Today I choose joy. I want to be known for my love not for my opinions…and maybe a little bit for my paintings as well~ What do you think? Can you tell I love the great ourdoors?

I invite you to shop my Gallery. And here are some of MY favorite paintings:

And this is what I painted today. Just because. Maybe because Mother’s Day is coming up and it reminded me of kitchen tables and vases with fresh flowers. Celebrating family and the precious women in our life. Celebrating you, my friends! I hope it makes you smile. Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

Magnolias for Mom