Growing up next door to my grandmother, I spent many many of my childhood days with her. She shared so many stories of her younger years. I wish I could remember more of them! One of the places she spoke of often was Pottersville Church where she attended at one time, but I don't know for how long. She used to share stories of riding her horse or driving her horse and buggy to Pottersville to visit friends and family.
Recently my facebook friend, Sue, uploaded this photo she took of the church in Pottersville.
I was immediately drawn to the photo and considered painting it and asked Sue if she'd mind and asked her to send me the photo in color. She was honored to have been asked but I found that I loved the photo in sepia and decided to paint it that way too.
My sister gave me some old windows that had once been in the church where her husband is pastor. I have painted one of them already, and painted a church in a field of wildflowers on it. After I began painting Sue's photo on this window, I have decided to paint only churches on the windows from my sister.
I thought you might like to see the progress of this window, that I think has become a favorite of mine. A good friend of mine shared that his parents were married in this church and that the windows that once graced its walls now reside in their home. Several have shared their memories of this church with me and I'm loving all the stories!
It measures 34" wide by 27" tall. Acrylic paints were used and painted over gesso, applied right onto the glass panes.
My daughter is graduating high school this year. Many parents have come together to plan "Project Graduation" for the graduates so they can celebrate their night in a safe, fun environment with no alcohol nor drugs. Monies are still being raised for this event and here's how you can help. Contributions are of course welcomed! If you'd like to purchase this painting (would make an awesome Mother's Day Gift by the way!!!), simply leave your bid amount in the comments section below (click the word "comments" below this post). Bidding starts at $25. Bidding will end at 10:00 pm Central Daylight Savings Time on Wednesday, May 5, 2010. 100% of the proceeds will go to Seguin Project Graduation. At the end of the auction, the top bidder will have 24 hours to contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) to make arrangements to pay. Painting will be delivered to local winner if in the Seguin/New Braunfels areas. Others may choose to pick up from a convenient location. If winning bidder lives outside area and cannot make arrangements to pick up, it will be necessary for you to pay for shipping expenses. You may contact me for shipping information.
Good luck and let's help make some money for Project Graduation!!!
Saturday I went to San Antonio to shoot some portraits of a young lady. I captured some sweet photos of her 9 month old baby too. As soon as I saw that I ♥ Faces' theme this week is smiles I immediately thought of this photo of baby Karlie:
Head over to I ♥ Faces and check out the other amazing collages or enter your own smiling photograph:
A random number generator was used to determine the winner of a painting in my recent "700th Post Celebration."
The Winning Prize is this 11x14 painting:
And the winner was Denise, my 27th commenter. So, Miss Denise, contact me asap with your mailing address via email so I can ship your new painting to you! Thank you all for playing along and keep watching! You never know when I may do this again!
For the rest of you who did not win, if you'd like to order another rendition of the painting (on canvas), I'll paint an 11x14 for $50 plus shipping or a 16x20 for $75 plus shipping. Contact me if you'd like to order one.