My Fascination with Trees

Do you ever get stuck on a theme?  For me, I often start on a subject and keep working in that subject over and over for a while.  The theme this summer has been trees.  Trees are such fascinating subjects for me.  The term “Tree of Life;” is so literally true when you think about all of the different ways that trees support life – form the majestic eagle down to the lowly termite.  I sold my latest tree to a wonderful family this past weekend in Banner Elk.  Their joy and excitement with it really rejuvenated me and my excitement.  They sent me a picture of it hanging in their beautiful home.  Here is their tree.  I am so grateful that they sent me this photo of it in it’s new home.  

Another tree that I recently completed was for a friend who wanted a tree with birds in it.  We recently hung this piece in her kitchen.  Birds are another fascination for me and I loved creating this piece for her.  

When I look at birds, my mind always returns to the Bible verse about God’s care for the sparrow.  During the Depression, my grandfather Pope had a small store that he ran in the community.  He was a very caring and generous man and he could not bear to see families going hungry so he continued to issue his neighbors food on credit even though he knew they could not pay him.  Eventually he reached the end of his ability to provide for them.  He was very distraught over how he would provide for his family of 8 people for whom he was the only provider.  While out in the field trying to start a new field, he set a fire to burn off the brush so he could plow.  One area of the field refused to burn even though it was thick with brush.  When he went to investigate the problem, he found a small nest of sparrows.  He fell to his knees weeping and praising the Lord because he knew that God had sent this to him as a sign that his family would be okay.  Because if God could protect these few sparrows, he knew God would protect his family.  I am very grateful for God’s protection and for the example of a godly grandfather who loved his family and loved his Lord.  Here is Libby’s tree window.

Lizzie is headed home

Sweet Lizzie’s custom mosaic pet portrait is finished and ready to go to her mom and dad.  I hope Lizzie likes it.  Her mom said she does.  Baxter, my Lhasa apso gave it high praise.  He kept barking at it thinking it was a strange dog in the house.  Thanks for the vote of confidence Baxter!  If you want a custom pet portrait of your pet, click This link.  

Happy Serendipity

I love this combination of the flowers on the slate plaque and the dahlias in my pot.  I could pretend like I did that on purpose but I didn’t. Unless it was my subconscious mind!  I usually don’t keep much of my work, I enjoy it before it moves onto it’s new home.  This piece was my test piece though to see how the slate and silicone would hold up through the winter and the weather.  So far so good.  If you would like a slate plaque to hang in your garden click Here.  I love seeing this little vignette that sits underneath my bird feeder.  From the breakfast room table, I can see the birds and the flowers while drinking my coffee every morning.  Life is Good!

Lizzie is in the House!

Lizzie’s custom pet portrait is in process.  Once I get close to finished with a portrait, the sweet puppy or cat moves to my kitchen counter where I study it for a day or two.  What am I looking for?  Is there anything that bugs me when I look at it next to the photo, do I see something that I want to change?  In Lizzie’s case, I think she needs a little brown piece at the bottom of her white beard on the left and I am going to layer in a little bit of black glass in some of the lighter areas on her ears.  I think it needs a little more shadow.  Once I make those changes, I will send a photo to her mom and dad so they can see if they see anything that needs to be changed.  The pink glass is there because I am trying to decide which one will work best as her background.  Any suggestions from you guys?  I will be back in the next couple of days with the finished portrait so you can see what she looks like in all her glory!   If you are interested in a mosaic pet portrait of your fur baby, click Here.