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Archangel Michael Day Two of 30 Paintings In 30 Days.

I had what I would categorize as a super natural experience not too long ago. Something happened that I cannot explain. I’m not going to go into great detail about it because it is kind of private, but I told my friend, Molly Field, about it and she thought it was Archangel Michael. I don’t know much about angels and I can be pretty skeptical, but after what Molly said, and after looking up facts about Michael I have to say, even through all of my skepticism, she might be right. I mean, I believe she is right. It’s just too fitting.

Before I started Googling about Michael I painted something. Molly hinted  she would like to see me paint my experience and it seemed like a good idea. Sometimes words fail to express it all and art helps. I got out the paints and tried to express my emotions. This is what I ended up with.

Archangel Michael
Archangel Michael 10×10 mixed media on canvas.

After painting it I decided to do a bit of research and was surprised to read that Michael’s aura is so bright it looks like deep purple or cobalt blue. Part of my experience was a bright light. I think I captured that glow with my tree. The dark background of my painting is a combination of deep purple and cobalt blue. What a coincidence!

Michael is a protector concerned with truth, integrity, courage, and strength. I can’t imagine a symbol that would represent those ideals more clearly for me than a tree.

When I was a child there was an apple tree in my maternal grandparent’s yard. I spent a lot of time in that tree. It was a safe place for me. I ran there to be comforted, to hide, and to think. When I was young my grandparents home was a safe haven and a place where I felt protected. It all ties together wonderfully. Trees still hold a protective quality for me.

Have you ever had a super natural experience? Do you believe in angels? Have you ever painted something to express your emotions because you couldn’t express yourself adequately with words?


Don’t Forget To Wear Green And One Last Landscape (Day 15)

Don’t forget to wear green today! I know, if I wanted to impact what you were wearing today I should have posted this blog a wee bit earlier, right? I am so excited it’s St. Patrick’s Day even though I don’t have anything planned. I am going to sneak some green food dye into a few food items to surprise Tiny-Small. Hopefully she won’t be so surprised she refuses to eat any of it. I guess that’s a risk I am willing to take today, the day of green!

It’s the last day of my Landscape challenge. This is day 15. I am happy because I want to get back to painting some flowers for Spring. I have a box of tiles calling to me…paint me! PAINT ME!

Fireflies in The Garden Landscapes Day 15
Fireflies in the garden 4-1/4 x 4-1/4 alcohol inks on tile

I am also working on a few portraits and my gratitude boxes. I’ve been trying to put more merchandise in my Etsy shop, but that has been going much slower than I planned. For some reason I am not very good at carving out time to add things to my Etsy shop. I don’t like having to answer so many questions before I can list an item. It’s very time-consuming. I’ve been seeking advice for how to list things more efficiently and so far people have told me to use the phone app. Do you have any Etsy listing tips you’d like to share? I’d be grateful for any insights you might have.

Watch out for leprechaun’s today! Watch out for drunk drivers too. Does that make me sound old? Probably, but I don’t care. Stay safe! I’m a mother now so I can say things like that.

P.S. I wrote about my stubborn, funny, looking-for-a-fight Irish family last year if your curious and if you want to see me and my dog wearing an Irish Princess crown: Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

If you just like crowns I am wearing one in this post too where I lament trying too hard to be a fabulous blogger: Wait, How Much Longer Do I Have To Be Fabulous?


Happy St. Patrick’s Day! May it be filled with rainbows and a pot of gold!



Melissa’s Lake – Landscapes Day 13 and 14

I painted Melissa’s lake again…twice more actually! I think her husband took the sunset photo I used as a reference for these two paintings. Neither of my paintings are as gorgeous as the original photo. I admit that freely. The colors! The colors! I think Melissa’s husband could call himself  a sunset photographing genius, especially if he is prone to exaggeration and inflating his titles like I am. He probably isn’t so I am going to do it for him. He’s got serious sunset photographing skills!

With the first attempt I used alcohol inks on a ceramic tile. It came out sort of abstract looking. I feel like it has a lot of movement and that is kind of fun. Plus the yellow, purple, and blue combination is kind of eye-popping which I like too.

Melissa's Lake - Landscape Day 13 and 14
Melissa’s Lake At Sunset I, alcohol inks on tile.

Then I painted the same scene in watercolor on watercolor paper. It has a much more somber feel to it. It’s definitely night time and the world is settling down.

Melissa's Lake Landscape Day 14
Melissa’s Lake At Sunset II

I really like the way the water came out in this one. It has a nice reflective quality. After painting Melissa’s lake three times I have decided I want to live on a lake. I keep thinking about all of the painting opportunities. I am missing out! Maybe I can dig a hole in the backyard and make a mini pond. That might work, right? A toe-dipping puddle pond in the desert? Maybe Tiny-Small’s goldfish can live in it too. Sounds like a plan to me! I can create miniature scenes, photograph them and then blow them up to paint them as if they were life size.

I was really joking, but now I think it might be a good idea. A little fairy pond…maybe it will attract butterflies. Bees too. The fish might attract snakes though so I will have to think about that a little more before I set the goldfish up in a backyard pond.

I forgot to post my post yesterday so I decided to do two days in one post! My mom is visiting and we have been busy. I hope you are enjoying your weekend as much as we are!