January 31st is Inspire Your Heart with Arts Day. I didn’t know that until a few hours ago. It’s not a holiday that is widely known or well advertised. I love the idea of having a holiday that’s dedicated to inspiring hearts. Sooooo…. put this on your calendar to celebrate next year. There are so many ways to celebrate the arts, which include both the visual and the performing arts.
Today, I am celebrating by sharing a gallery of paintings that I have done in November and December of 2017, as well as January of 2018. The magic of making a painting is that you start with a totally blank sheet of paper or canvas. It is up to you to bring life to your paper and canvas. You draw a picture and, then, you paint it, bringing color, light, and depth to your image. In addition, your image tells a story that can better be told with pictures, as opposed to words. Your image has power. It has the potential to inspire the viewers’ hearts. Maybe they will also want to paint. Maybe they will create their own stories for your paintings.
Below is the gallery:
|Preparing for Christmas. The painting on the left was the one that I chose for my Christmas card design for Christmas 2017. I have a bunch left over and, when we’re a little closer for Christmas 2018, I plan on advertising these for sale.
|On January 18th, I enjoyed creating this very peaceful snow scene in the countryside.
|This was the painting that I discussed just a few days ago in the blog post about creating warm weather images during a very cold and windy winter.