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

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

What does your Art achieve?

I want to recommend a book to fellow artists out there entitled  "Art & Fear-Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking" written by David Bayles & Ted Orland. One of the sticking points for me were three simple questions to ask. They are as follows:

1st: What was the artist trying to achieve?
2nd: Did he/she succeed?
3rd: Was it worth doing?

Below is a work I completed while trying to deal with the pain of loss. I think I understand my loss better now that it is put into visual form, so yes I feel I succeeded. Was it worth doing? Absolutely! I hope it helps others to visualize their pain!
The weather has finally cooled somewhat here in Texas and I hope to go back into my studio soon. I would like to thank all of you who stop in to read my blog. Art really is priceless to the right person. Hope your fall season is full of crisp nights and colorful days...

Saturday, October 5, 2013

"Tribute to Mac - One Great Dog"

The Ghost of a great dog resides within my studio.
His breathing beats within my aching heart.
I can almost hear the thump of his tail as my brush swipes thru the veil.
Oh, to feel that velvet fur or to gaze into those chocolate eyes would please my heart anew...

but the crows are back
and reality seeps through.
Never again, never again will that Muse rise with you. 
 March 23, 2000 - Sept 16, 2013

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Making Mediums work!

Copyright Sept 2013, Trudy R. Gomez, All Rights Reserved

This is my latest commissioned pet portrait. I've not done many cats, and never a Siamese! He presented a challenge to me which I was hesitant to accept. I did not feel watercolor would do justice to such monochromatic royalty! I have never found a medium I was completely satisfied with. While I love my watercolors and acrylics for speed and ease of drying, oil gives the greatest depth. That said, I decided to play and give myself permission to evolve any way I wanted!
I began on 9x12 Ampersand Cradled Board. Using acrylics and inks, I created an abstract background replicating an Asian feeling. I insinuated temples, trees and golden was so fun. After this dried completely, I took my pencil drawing and using graphite paper, traced his main face shape onto the background. Using gesso, I proceeded to fill in this shape over the acrylics. My intent was to create a bright white ground. After the gesso dried, I started working with oils in transparent layers. By applying the blues, browns and grays separately with galkyd, I was able to pull my subject forward from the canvas. The galkyd helped the layers to dry quickly and set up a good base for the opaque whites to go over.
His final whiskers and some individual fur was applied last almost as a dry brush technique. I hope his owner is not what she expected. I really loved this process and felt it showcased my subject and my skills well.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

A needed blessing . . .

"American Barn" was completed in 2010. I had often driven past a little barn close to my home with the thought "I need to paint this before it disappears!". I am so glad I stopped one day and was given permission by the owner to do just that. As a small thank you, I presented her with a photo print of the painting.

She passed away in January of 2011. Her family found the photo while going through her belongings. They remembered her telling them of the "lady" who came to paint her barn! Her niece took the time to locate me and inquire about the painting. It has now gone "home" to be cherished as a memory of a "loved Aunt"!

One never knows how a small act can grow into greater blessings. I am so grateful for this validation of my work. So often as an artist you work alone and rarely see the lives affected as your work goes out in the world. I vision her Aunt smiling down as her family relates the story of their little barn. May you receive a needed blessing in your life today!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Tribute to great soldiers of World War II

Last year on our trip to Paris, my husband took the excursion to Normandy. It was a very moving experience for him. He has studied long and hard on World War II and this was a lifelong dream of his. While he took many great photographs of the beach, bunkers and surrounding fields, I find this one most moving. This was taken on the road located behind Omaha Beach. I believe the ghosts of this War to be flying past.

Won't you take a moment this holiday to honor all soldiers, past and present who gave their all for us.