Sunday, December 30, 2007

Sacrifice (first run)

I was wrestling with the "computer generated art vs. painting on canvas" dilemma when I was reading in David Hawkins' Power vs. Force that hand-crafted, hand-painted images calibrate higher (mean more spiritually and are "better") with people than computer-generated images. That kind of told me what I have to do. Get busy. Here, though, is a first run of an image I found on a walk. I took my camera and was coming up with nothing of interest...until I asked God to give me SOMETHING. I looked down and this was some of what I found--I heard, "I laid down My life as a sacrifice."

Tuesday, October 23, 2007


The last couple of jobs that I'm working on have been "repeats!"

I did another version of the "peeling" paper for the Iron Chinchilla in Keller, TX. The original was on a retail wall; the next was on a trade show set. I'll post that pic soon.

Now, I'm working on another floor of Cross Timbers church in Keller! The huge children's mural has now moved upstairs. I have some added freedom in it, because I can more or less free hand the design since I've done it once. It's about 1800 square feet of mural; multiply that by 3 due to the paint and richer colors! I'll post some pics!
Click on 'em for larger views.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Reworking "Return to Eden 2" I think this will be the beginning of just "Return to Eden"
Getting there.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007




The Lord gave me this one this morning. We make our own choices and our paths can be simple and truth-seeking; or we fake ourselves out and get off track. . .

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Just so you know....


Update: cortisone shot in one knee,
numb foot in same leg...HA!
Almost done...will finish TODAY!!!

That things don't go smoothly....hardly EVER in any job I do...this one is going to give me more than enough gray hairs for a year or so. The shape of the dome is football (!?!) and I should NEVER have taken it on. I hate heights, and it's a hand wrought dome with quirks and bumps that were not evident when it was one neutral color. Add to that my humanly imperfection, and a (what I thought was simple) design that requires DEAD ON CENTERING on a structure that is not perfectly set...and you have frustration to the nth degree.
I'm off today to get it right. There will be "iron" rods shooting off of the center dark design, and they must look good and straight visually.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Church mural

All images Copyrighted Cross Timbers Community Church

Just a few can get an idea of the size and it goes back farther from the bottom's about 300 linear feet...after painting it 3 times to get the paint to cover, it ended up pretty big! Design by Ryan Colon. I just painted it! :-)

Monday, February 19, 2007

Return to Eden 2

in process.......

Saturday, January 27, 2007

This trompe l'oeil is on a L shaped wall in Sebastian's Closet; an upscale clothier, mostly Italian clothes and such. The owner went to Italy and took pictures, which I translated on the walls as an "entry" or "exit" onto a Tuscan landscape. The "window" on another wall is completely flat except for the ironwork. Clicking on them will probably give you a better view.
This is another view, closer of the 13' diameter faux mosaic painted floor at Mercy Wine bar. The colors aren't very true, but it's a good image...there is a "broken" pearl necklace on it, and fake cracks and breaks. This took a long time, as I could only work on Sundays. I spent those lonely days with worship music and lots of meditative prayer.

another ceiling

here's a barrel vaulted ceiling that one artist started, and I finished. The style was somewhat controlled since he had made a similar composition and color choice in the bedroom of the homeowners. I had to change the faces of the cherubs in the bedroom because the woman said they looked "demonic" and scared her! He had begun the center burst of "light" with gold here on this ceiling. Can you believe this is in a BATHROOM? The same bathroom as the blue marble columns. The center object you see is a chandelier. This ceiling is 20'x10' approximately, and 20' high at the center. My client's husband was sick of all the cherubs in the house and asked for something more masculine, so "Michael" there is oldest son was the face model for it.

previous works

Joe asked about ceilings...I've done my share, and this was challenge. I also trimmed the molding in gold, and marbleized the columns in a blue marble. The whole media room has an old '40s feel to it. The client wanted the constellations "personified" and represented...I added a moon and sun to the center. These are ancient depictions of constellations.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Reaching for Him 1

Starlight 3B

When I translate this to canvas, there will be some changes. I've been playing with it quite a bit. It's all about Him...and the fire that burns within us for Him, rising to the heavens....

Monday, January 15, 2007

new works in the works

These are some computer generated images that I have been making, I have this urge to paint just for God at this time. He has given me images and titles, and I find it faster to get them down on the computer then to fritz around with them on canvas. After doing this, I will translate them onto canvas. I hope that is successful, because I'm pleased with these as they are...but need to get my hands dirty!

Return to Eden 1

Paths of Joy

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Ceiling, faux marble columns and door

Picture of my painted cement floor; very doggie, kitty, and teen friendly. Also pics of Mercy Wine bar murals; one reproduction of a Pompeiian Venus, (I think about 16'x9 and the other some wild and crazy critters 8'x5' ish, painted to look like a faux fresco.

walls and floor

I did the homeowner's bedroom walls. They wanted a fantasy stone...not too real looking to go along with their castle motif. Also painted their dining room floor with fun fake mosaic border, pearl necklace, and broken plate. They are fun people!

Torn walls mural

This was a challenge. The homeowner wanted a landscape in the upper floor of their home, however the ceiling had some "roof" issues that you can see in the first pictures. The occupant of this office is a man, so he wanted Texas landscape...rugged and strong. She wanted Tuscany. I compromised, and both were satisfied. The walls are finished like the Alamo, very rustic with corners extra dark. Each part of the walls were just partially "torn" away, so that the landscape appears continual, and it allows for the inset of the architecture in the middle of the wallspace.