The Thin Red Line

red white blue abstract painting

The Thin Red Line 22″ x 28 ” Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas ©2017Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

During my time as worship artist in June (Father’s Day), I played with application of the paint.  I premixed my blues and several shades of red.  Beginning with the light blue at the top, I applied more blues liberally as I moved from top to bottom.  I sprayed the paint with water using a downward motion trying to guide the droplets of water as I continued adding more paint.  Shades of red were added with copper towards the end of the painting in both services.  I didn’t have to do much tweaking once it was home.

Even though it was Father’s Day, I was thinking of the many sacrifices made for our freedom.  This includes Jesus’ sacrifice for us.  The red stands for those sacrifices and how fragile our freedom is in this world. It provides the barrier between us and evil.  How easy it is to forget and take this gift for granted.  I thank God for all those who sacrificed so much for me to have the life I have today.  I especially thank Him for His Son, Jesus, who has both saved my soul and healed me.

Happy Fourth of July!

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Sun Shower Wins 3rd

Abstract painting

Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas 22×28

Sun Shower wins 3rd at the Scurry County Museum’s Middle of Nowhere Art Show today. 

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Western Landscapes

Landscape of West Texas at Sunset

Western Sunset II ©Suzan Hughes-Kennedy Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas 9″ x 12″

West Texas Sunset Painting

Western Sunset II ©Suzan Hughes-Kennedy Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas 9″ x 12″

Two examples for this Wednesday’s class at the Scurry County Senior Center in Snyder, Texas.   Hours are 9:30-2 with a break for lunch.

I had fun designing this project. Supplies are purchased and we are ready to paint.

For more information please contact the center  at 325-573-4035.

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Worship Art 3/26/17: Comforter

Dove Painting

Comforter
22″ x 28″
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

I have been preparing for this for weeks.  Drawing in my sermon notes book and researching.  Also watching the many dove we have in our yard even though they aren’t white.

I also found some great tutorials on painting white objects and animals and will share them below.  I didn’t realize I was painting on a Baptism Sunday but Pastor Loran Rule has been teaching on the Holy Spirit.  How timely!  I am so happy with it and I believe it is sold.  I’ll find out tomorrow.

Here are two artists whose advise helped me choose the colors to use in painting the dove which to my amazement include yellow, cadmium red, ultramarine, viridian, quinicranone magenta, and violet.  Plus, yes lots of white.

  • Lisa Clough:  http://lachri.com/what-colors-to-use-when-painting-white/
  • Lori McNee:  http://www.finearttips.com/2010/09/how-to-paint-iridescent-bird-feathers-make-them-glow/

 

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Meet Me in the Morning Finished

Woohoo! I have finished another painting.

The wooing of our soul, calling us to draw near to Him and to experience all God has for us. It’s all found in his word. Here it is in a perfect place to experience his love. It will come alive once picked up and read with an open heart.

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Meet Me in the Morning: WIP

I am so pleased with this painting. It has been a stretch for me, trying to keep it fresh but evoking a sense of a real place.

    I faded away at the end of last month’s challenge due to a bug which is still hanging on. It’s nice to be able to paint again.

    Here are the stages of the painting.



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    Glory Be & Hallelujah!: Jan 31, 2017

    Another January Challenge is over.  Thanks to Leslie for the push to reach deeper, to explore, and to be consistently self-disciplined.

    As always, there was much to learn but this time I had a little more play in my doing.  I am not agonizing as much in where I am nor was I trying to complete work to sell.  It was fun.  To my surprise the miniatures were fun and I think they may be my new warm-up exercise.  No worries, just playing with paint.  I fell in love with painting – truly – I think for the first time.  I am looking forward to what God has for me this year.  Truly excited.

    Thanks, Leslie!

    Collage of work.

    30N30 Jan 2017
    Collage of Work
    Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

     

    Now here’s to getting well and over this bug so I can get back to having fun with paint!

    See all the artists collages at:  https://www.saetastudio.com/30-in-30-blog

     

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    Sketch – Jan 30, 2017

    I traveled with several other women on Friday to Lubbock, Texas for a women’s conference.  Since we were returning on Saturday, I just thought I would do a pen and ink sketch for Saturday’s post.  I did do the sketch.  Here’s my sketch and my picture thanks to a dear friend.

    Pen and Ink Landscape Drawing

    Pen and Ink Landscape
    Sketch
    NFS

    Photograph

    Suzan Hughes-Kennedy
    Shine Conference
    Jan 27, 2017

    However, I began feeling bad about 8:00 and by the time I arrived at my house on Saturday, painting was not an option. Today I was able to work on my collage and this post.  Hope all of you miss this bullet!

    Check out the other artists participating in the challenge at:  https://www.saetastudio.com/30-in-30-blog

     

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    WIP: Jan 27, 2017

    Actually a painterly sketch done in preparation for last Sunday’s worship painting service.  Needs a lot more but off to a retreat I go.

    WIP Landscape Painting

    WIP Landscape
    5″ x 7″

     

     

    Check out the challenge at:  https://www.saetastudio.com/30-in-30-blog

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    WIP: Jan 26, 2017

    Here we are today.  I am almost finished but am off to a Women’s Retreat so I won’t be able to finish until Sunday.  Putting the paint in the fridge til then.

    Landscape Painting Meet Me in the Morning

    WiP Meet Me in the Morning
    Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
    22″ x 28″

     

     

     

    Check out the challenge at:  https://www.saetastudio.com/30-in-30-blog

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    Ama Fatum: January 25, 2017

    Found an old sketchbook and this project. The project didn’t pan out but I thought I’d give painting it a go. What do you think?

    Painting


    Original sketch:


    Last week of the 30 in 30!

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    WIP: Jan 24, 2017

    Still a work in progress.  I think it is coming along nicely.  Do you think the book is too large?

    landscape Painting

    WiP
    Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
    22″ x 28″

    Landscape Painting

    WiP
    Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
    22″ x 28″

     

    Check out the challenge at:  https://www.saetastudio.com/30-in-30-blog

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    Snow Prince – Jan 23, 2017

     

    My snow people looked like they were related to the Jack in the Box mascot.  I reworked this one to make it look more fluffy.

    Finished:

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    First try:

    Snowman painted on wooden star

    Snow Prince
    3 1/2″ diameter
    Wooden Star
    NFS

     

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    WIP: Jan 22, 2017

     

     

    I was so blessed to receive an image to paint during worship today last Sunday.  It is still a work in progress.  More on the meaning to follow when it is finished.

    Landscape Painting

    WiP
    Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
    22″ x 28″

     

    Check out the challenge at:  https://www.saetastudio.com/30-in-30-blog

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    WIP – Jan 21, 2017

    Stage two:  This looks better than it photographed.  I think it is at an ugly stage – I hope.

    Sunset painting

    WIP Stage 1
    Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
    8″ x 8″
    WIP

    Here is stage one:

    Painting of a sunset at sea

    WIP Stage 1
    Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
    8″ x 8″
    WIP

    I am so enjoying looking at all the art work.  Check out the challenge at:  https://www.saetastudio.com/30-in-30-blog

     

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    WIP – Jan 18, 2017

    A couple of years ago, my son asked my help in designing something for him.  The project never panned out but I am painting a small painting to illustrate the idea.  Maybe a gift if it works out.  Here is stage one:

    Painting of a sunset at sea

    WIP Stage 1
    Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
    8″ x 8″
    WIP

    I am so enjoying looking at all the art work.  Check out the challenge at:  https://www.saetastudio.com/30-in-30-blog

     

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    Star Nursery 2: Jan 17, 2017

    A work still in progress.  This is the one I painted the sketch Star Nursery 1 to better understand how to paint the expanding explosion occurring in the larger painting.

    A universe atmospheric painting

    Star Nursery 2
    Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
    22″ x 28″
    WIP

    Painting of a star.

    Star Nursery 1
    Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
    8″ x 6″
    Work in Progress

    Check out the challenge at:  https://www.saetastudio.com/30-in-30-blog

     

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    Star Nursery 1: Jan 16, 2017

    A painterly sketch using just my round brushes.  I usually use a flat so this was a stretch for me.  The oldest brush without a point was the best one for this painting.  It started to look like one of my floral painting.  It is not easy for me to get that glowing white hot feeling.

    Painting of a star.

    Star Nursery 1
    Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
    8″ x 6″
    Work in Progress

    Check out the challenge at:  https://www.saetastudio.com/30-in-30-blog

     

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    Joyful Bubbles: Jan 14, 2017

    Busy, busy weekend.  I have several works in progress.  This one is about 80% complete.  It is a bit of a cheat because it actually began in worship in November.

    Painting of Bubbles

    Joyful Bubbles
    Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
    22″ x 28″
    WIP

    I am enjoying this 30 n 30.  I am learning a lot and I just love looking at all the artwork.  Makes me want to go on a visit the artist road trip.

    Check out the challenge at:  https://www.saetastudio.com/30-in-30-blog

     

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    Winter Sunset II – Jan 13, 2017

    Another teeny tiny sunset painting for my 2017 Christmas gift stash.

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    I am so enjoying looking at all the art work.  Check out the challenge at:  https://www.saetastudio.com/30-in-30-blog

     

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