Celebration

“Celebration”

4th of July-Independence weekend, We went to a Pawtucket Red Sox game July 3.  Baseball, BBQ and Fireworks.  ….though it’s fun to enjoy a BBQ and fireworks, that’s not the underlining reason we celebrate Independence Day.
We celebrate the fact that our founding fathers were able to break from their original government and rulers to create a nation of their own.

My husband and I at one point watch the movie version of “1776”.  According to the play and history, becoming a nation came down to the last minutes of the last hour.

Well, This Pawsox was an unusual game. A long game ensued.   The game went into 16th inngs.No one knew who was going to win.  At the beginning of the bottom of the 16th inning, the Clippers were one run ahead.  The Pawsox would get one runner on first base.  The next batter up hit the ball  out of the park to bring in 2 runs and win the game.  woohoooo

At the climax of “1776” play, the representatives were down by one vote.  There had to be a majority of “Yes” votes to be able to sign the Declaration of Independence.  In the last minutes of the last hour, a representative stepped up and put a vote in for “Yes”.
Our country would become a nation, The United States of America.
Two hundred Forty years later our country is still going strong.

Now that the Pawsox won, We got to see the Fireworks. Yeah!
Was it worth the wait?  We didn’t get home until after midnight.  Yes it was.

Happy Independence!

Best,
Lisa G.

Feature Art:

engstromsoldier_thumb

Soldier portrait

Watercolor pencils

 

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Le Cadeau du Cheval

Several artists in the Equine Art Guild were a part of this unique tribute to the horse. Click on the image above to read all about it and the artists who participated in it’s creation, as well as see where it will be coming to a location near you in the coming year!

 

 

Soldier Portraits
Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much.”

For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit SoldierPortraits.org.

Putting Smiles on Faces

“Putting Smiles on Faces”

It can be so heart warming to do something that puts a smile on someone’s face.
Even more exciting is when one can put a smile on many peoples faces.

I had a recent opportunity where I did Face painting at an event.
The Event was an Open House at Horses Bring Hope therapeutic riding program.

I got organized at my table and painted the director’s daughter’s face.  Once others noticed the face painting table, they came over to have their daughter’s and son’s face painted.
I had a sheet of some images they could look at so they could choose which image they wanted.
I asked each child what they wanted.  Then I painted their face.
When I held up the mirror for them to see it,  a smile would light up on their face.
How wonderful a feeling to be able to put a smile on someone’s face.

We all want to be able to bring happiness to others.
We all have talents and gifts.  I believe we are meant to use our talents to serve others.
And in this case to bring a smile to someone’s face.

Warmly,

Lisa G.

Feature Art:

YoungRider

“Young Rider”

Pastel Portrait

People and Pet portraits

Check out Great Gift items at Lisa’s Art & Horses

Art  News

 

Le Cadeau du Cheval

Several artists in the Equine Art Guild were a part of this unique tribute to the horse. Click on the image above to read all about it and the artists who participated in it’s creation, as well as see where it will be coming to a location near you in the coming year!

 

 

Soldier Portraits
Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much.”

For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit Soldier Portraits

 

 


Touching Lives with Art

“Touching lives with Art ”

Within the past month I did a couple of portraits that I was commissioned to do.
Though each commission had it’s own situation, there was a strong feeling and reminder of how art has the power of connecting and bringing people together in the most wonderful and amazing way.

The first portrait was a gift to a neighbor’s family member who had a dog for a number of years. This woman had recently bought a house in the neighborhood.  So there was a double celebration- wonderful dog of 9 yrs and a house.
To add to this experience was the fact that my family has gotten to know these wonderful folks and met this little dog back when he was a puppy.  Our girls just love him.
So creating a portrait of this dog was even more special.
The family presented the gift to her at the “dog b-day”- “house warming” party.
Everyone was very moved by the portrait I created.
And I was very touched by it all too.

Wonderful Karma moving around.

Oh, yet there was more good karma swirling in this time.

Second portrait was a soldier portrait.
I offer a service for military families to do a memorial portrait of a family member that died while serving our country.
This “Soldier Portrait project” was actually started by another artist I knew in a Pencil portrait group. Though this artist found she couldn’t continue running this project, I chose to continue on doing these portraits and project.
I have done at least 3 portraits along the way.

This one is my fourth.
I receive the information from a form that is filled out by client.  I then email and touch base with them.
Over and over these portraits have brought out poignant moments.
There is the discussion with the client about the portrait and the military person…  details on medium and size.
Collecting any other info necessary.
I create the portrait.
I send a thumbnail image for the client to review.
Then prepare with much care to send it to the family.
Throughout the process of  connecting, talking, creating and sharing there are moments that bring out the best in each other.

And of course I’m grateful to the good karma back to me in response.  A circle of positive energy.

“That’s awesome.  Thank you.” 

Nothing better than spreading positive karma to others where needed.

Art  News 

 

Le Cadeau du Cheval

Several artists in the Equine Art Guild were a part of this unique tribute to the horse. Click on the image above to read all about it and the artists who participated in it’s creation, as well as see where it will be coming to a location near you in the coming year!

 

 

Soldier Portraits
Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much.”

For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit SoldierPortraits.org.