Subdued

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12×9 original pastel on sanded La Carte paper

I have been a student of the personalities for years now.  There are introverts (me), and then there are extroverts (who fascinate me).  My first little “best friend” was an extrovert.  She pulled me out of my safe shell.  She made me laugh. We did crazy things.  We took chances.  I was more interesting because of her.  All of my closest friends have been extroverts. Some have been so loaded with ideas that I can almost see the ideas split open out of their heads. Oh, how they process their thoughts out loud.  They love an audience.  They love a party.  The extrovert painted above is one of those students that makes a presence when she enters the room.  When she is absent, there is a void in energy and the entire class feels it.  I have seen her stand on a chair and tell stories, show her artwork and entice the rest of us.  The reason I named the painting “Subdued” is because I saw a different side of her during our photo shoot.  I was surprised, inspired, and caught off guard.

Drama

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12×9 original pastel on sanded La Carte paper

Life is full of drama.  Some of it is self induced.  Some of it just comes with being a human being living in a fallen world.  It helps to hang on.  There is a Rock we can hang onto through storms, floods, downed trees and whirling debris.  Thank God!

Pirate II

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12×9 original pastel on sanded La Carte paper,

$225 framed, shipping not included

Despite being decked out with colors and feathers, this man is manly.  He is confident.  He is sure.  He leads.  He is in charge.  I have had many exchanges with my friends who have masculine husbands — I mean the kind with full-on testosterone.  Though it has its setbacks, the benefits far outweigh the negatives.  They fight.  They win.  They accept a challenge.  They protect.  They provide.  What’s not to love?  So, when I see a man who can pull off feathers, bright colors, or even a kilt, I am intrigued enough to paint.

Moment

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12×9 original pastel on sanded La Carte paper

Normally my contrast between lights and darks is overwhelmingly intense.  I took it a little easy in this painting.  Mollie is a soft and gentle mother.  She is has no nervous energy.  She is steady, rock-like.  I am blessed to be around her once a week and to see her faith.  I got bold and asked her how she handled four children, and she said very assuredly that God helped her because there was no way she could do it without the help.