Saturday, December 20, 2014

Merry Christmas!

"Self Portrait" Watercolor & Inks 9x12
As we go into the final countdown, I want to wish you all wonderful tidings of good cheer! There is nothing like great times to rejuvenate the soul...may all your dreams come true! Thank you for sharing mine.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Do you see what I see?

Copyright 2014, Unfinished Watercolor Study, Trudy Gomez     
Many of you know I have created individually painted Christmas Cards for friends and clients the past few years. This year I will create one painting...make small prints and send those out. I hope no one will be upset...this allows me to focus on the reason for the season! 
Above is a watercolor in progress. I have basically drawn off my subject and laid down my first wash of colors for compatibility. The funny ragged marks are mystic applied to preserve my lightest lights. My subject has her ragged winter coat on! I started with the sky laying in some blues...I never stick with just one blue on my sky. I then took Daniel Smith Pyrrol Orange to lay in my contrast against the blue...complimentary, yes? Then after mixing these two colors, I laid in some grays. After this, I started happy dancing across my board using Daniel Smith Cobalt Blue, American Journey Copper Kettle and Opera Pink from shavings off a watercolor crayon! I will come back after this layer dries to add some more medium and dark range colors from the same palette. After the second layer dries, I will remove mystic and adjust to blend. I can already see areas where serious work is needed to adjust...get thee away from me Critic!
Many don't practice the written word. It is priceless to me. I love sharing your vision of Christmas.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Art Jewelry!

October 2014 Peace Dove Necklace
August 2014 Rose Dove Necklace

After my last post, I received a few inquiries regarding my jewelry pieces. Today I decided to post a couple of necklaces where the icons were used in construction. They are one of a kind. Many of the parts are donated, found or purchased at flea markets. I am constantly on the lookout for vintage beads or icons. This gives me an excuse to visit small town antique shops and county fairs. I also use them in bracelets and hope to include some in my earrings soon. Sometimes they sell off my body! I hope you have a passion and find the means to pursue it heartily!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Art should be fun!

Love Symbols

While I am continuing to work on my portraits, I try daily to work on art for fun! These little jewelry pieces are one of those things. They are drawn off in this photo. A few have the first coat of paint applied. It takes two of these 300# watercolor hearts to create one heart (front and back). Once painted, they are cut out, glued together, holes are drilled and edges are filed. They are sealed with an insulation coat of soft gloss and then varnished to make them waterproof. As you have deduced by now, they are labor intensive and a work of love! Once finished, I incorporate them into necklaces, bracelets and rosaries. These are signed little artworks!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sunday, December 15, 2013

A Blessing for all!

My third custom made Rosary   

I created this rosary using 7mm Lapis Lazuli Beads, Luster Rose Petal Prayer Beads,
Holy Spirit Dove Centerpiece and Splendor Crucifix using German Style Gold Wire
with skills acquired in Rosary Making Group through my church. I am so grateful to 
all those who shared their skills that I might participate in this lasting legacy.

Hail Mary, full of grace,
more holy than the Saints, 
more elevated than the heavens, 
more glorious than the Angels,
and more venerable than every creature.
Hail immaculate temple of the Lord,
constructed in a holy fashion,
ornament of divine magnificence,
open to everyone, 
an oasis of mystical delicacies.
Hail urn of purest gold,
who contained the manna Christ,
the gentle sweetness of our souls.
Hail most pure virgin Mother,
worthy of praise and veneration,
fount of gushing waters,
treasure of innocence,
and splendor of sanctity.
O Mary, lead us to the port of peace and salvation,
to the glory of Christ
who lives in eternity
with the Father and with the Holy Spirit.
-St. Germanus of Auxerre

Friday, December 13, 2013

May Peace reign this season!

The end result of the Holy Spirit's work in our lives is deep and lasting peace. Unlike world peace, this peace is confident assurance in any circumstance; with Christ's peace, we have no need to fear the present or the future. If your life is full of stress, allow the Holy Spirit to fill you with Christ's peace.

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." John 14:27