This Turkish Van reverse painting on glass reads Proverbs 12:30 “Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast…”
A simply gorgeous species of cat, The Turkish Van originated near Lake Van in Turkey, They, as a breed are usually white with a colored head and tail, some with a small spot of color on the back of the neck. This spot on the neck was believed to be the ‘thumb print of God’. Oddly enough, most Turkish Vans love water, and enjoy swimming. With the chest and shoulders slightly wide than the head, they are built naturally for aquatic play.
One thing they do share with other breeds of cats is that there is a limited tolerance for play, and they fare better in families with older children as opposed to young children.
The Turkish Van is the oldest known domestic breed of cat, however, it never made it’s way to North America, and my pet portraits until the late 1980’s. With so much emphasis on exotic animals for pets and the love of cats and other animals in the United States, it struck me as being odd, that it took until the 80’s for people to import them.
The Turkish Van is now respected by cat fanciers world-wide.
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Psalm 36:6 religious art. As small dogs go, this little terrier mix is a cutie. I am not particularly attracted to them, but must admit there are a few who have won my heart. This one in particular belonged to my late mother-in-law. She was a down to earth lady who didn’t mince words, and I loved her. She cared for the dog as she would have a child. So many of us are guilty of that, if indeed it is a crime.
I use photographs to do my reverse painting on glass with, so if I should see a crooked tooth, or a tear in an ear from a long forgotten battle, I am probably going to paint it. These are the details that I believe make each one an individual in their own pet portrait. Some times I even come close to ‘capturing’ them.
I begin the painting process with the eyes, or in this case, the reflection of light on the eyes, and proceed to the remaining features. Only after these are in place can I start painting in the fur of this religious art pet portrait. To see more of my reverse painting on glass, please go tocontinue reading
“American Bobtail” reads “all creatures look to you to give them food at the proper time.” Even though tis is true for all animals, as far as cats go, it could not have been said better.
The breed of cat called the American Bobtail was developed in the 1960’s, a stocky cat, that might have either long or short hair. The “bobbed” tail was produced by a dominant gene, and not by the cross breeding with the wild bobtail, as one might be led to believe. They are for the most part a friendly and sociable house pet. They seem to be more shaggy than fluffy.
A few of my pet portraits are based in religious art, such as this, but for the most part, they are just that, pet portraits. To begin painting the colors of the coat of this American Bobtail, I usually use a small flat brush to go back and forth with, and when in the final stages of the reverse painting on glass, a soft, round larger paint brush. For the whiskers and eyebrows, a skewer for use on a grill. using the pointed end does very nicely. I find myself using tools one would not normally think of for painting, but it seems to work for this American bobtail as well as other reverse painting on glass that I do.continue reading
An Artist Statement for Reverse Painting Lady is my explanation for doing what I am in my artwork.
I began painting in oils on canvass at an early age, but at the same time, I was also smitten by reverse paintings on glass that I had seen in my parents’ antique shop. Even though a few of them were almost 200 years old, the colors still popped.
After several years of framing my paintings, the glass panes from the frames were piling up. So using the experience I had, and a copious amount of inspiration from my best friend and husband, Rich, I ran with it.
The first thing to enter the painting would be the last thing that happened in the scene Necessary details would also be painted near the start. The final view of the painting is from the opposite side of the glass. So if I paint the subject facing left, you will see it as facing right. Because I have to layer the paint, I have a friend who says my work looks like it was done by an 8 year old child from the side on which I paint. She still doesn’t understand how it can come out looking so finished. We have known each other for years, and apparently I don’t yet explain the process well enough.
I like to do my reverse painting on glass of pet portraits, your garden variety floral art, and religious paintings. After all, I would not be painting if I didn’t have the abilities I was given. For the majority, the theme of my work is based on nature, mankind, and religion. How they relate to one another and each other.continue reading
Even though I do not consider myself a religious person, I will venture to say that I am spiritual, firmly believing there is a God, and he is real and alive.
Every one’s beliefs are different, and I respect their right to their own beliefs. So there you have it right from the beginning. Every once in a while I find a passage or two from the Bible that moves me, so I paint what I feel that relates to it.
For we walk by faith, not by sight was a subject I thought about. In my mind, it would be represented by an older person walking with a cane. Until I happened upon this picture of my grand-niece in an old photograph.
I may still work on that passage again when I find the right subject for the painting.
I also believe the power of prayer is a powerful force not to be taken lightly.
I have not traveled extensively, so can only speak for myself when I say that I do see God’s hand in every thing around me. He is the biggest part of my life.