Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Getting Organized

Ok, so over the course of the past week, I have gotten my list of art that is ready to be completed, started on, or in the works on a list with what needs to be done and a timeline. I'm feeling good. I'm off work today so I'm going to get some materials and fully intend to get some stuff done on them. Hope fully I will have some pics posted soon. Thanks for the welcome back messages Kristin, Bethany, and Pam. I hope you all aare doing great. I know ya'll have had some great stuff going on with your families; let me know how you are! Missed ya'll! BTW, Preston says hellooooo! He's into taking pics himself now, so this is fun and funny!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

One of the Many Reasons I Know God Exists

This is a painting I have been working on for a friend of mine on a 28x36 inch canvas. It is actually of a vase of daisies that her boyfriend bought for her. When I see the beauty that God creates whether it is through the birth of a baby, a healing miracle, or the beauty of nature, as in this case, it reminds me that He is the creator of all things that are good and true. This painting was very fun to do and was a learning experience for me. The colors are actually very bright and bold; this green is a subdued but cool lime color. My camera captures them well, but when I upload them it looks different?? Anyways, the large flowers in the center are about 6-8 inches in diameter and all of them are texturized, so they are pretty cool in person. You can kind of see the depth that creates in the blue flower on the right. When this is complete, there will be very little, if any, white space in the background. I also posted a few pictures of the original flowers and the painting is very close in color except for the purple which I am still needing another coat to make it right.

I hope to have updated pics very soon.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Back...and Better Than Ever!

Hey friends, followers, and supporters of Initial Designs...long time no "see"?? I hope things have been better for you all these past several months than they have been here. Not trying to be a Debbie Downer because things are looking up with all thanks to God, which brings me to the point of this post. I have taken about a 6 month break from my business and painting (for the most part) because too much was going on and I really couldn't even commit to doing a painting. Sorry to Shirlee, Weeza, and Stephanie, but thanks for your understanding and support. I will get started on your paintings. Anyways, I am back and, with the help of God, better than ever. The past year has had its ups and downs, but God has pulled me through and I am emerging on the other side stronger and more faithful than ever. As a thank you to God and a commitment to Him, I am re-aligning my business and its purpose. My purpose with Initial Designs originally was to glorify God by using the talent He gave me, but now I want to have that idea be the drive behind the business and use most all profits to go to Christian support services, volunteer organizations, and not-for-profits. Over the next few weeks expect to see some changes in the lines of artwork offered, more specific descriptions of the places I plan to make donations and support, and even a calendar of events so my readers can start helping some great causes as well. I also plan to do some posting, as I have some in the past, about issues that concern me, families/people/blogs I come across that inspire me to be a better person, and even, God willing, some events that I might try to lead to raise additonal money for good causes. Stay tuned...a lot of great things are coming from Initial Designs!