Sunday, September 28, 2008

Dolphin Curiosity

Oil painting on canvas of a dolphin (40 x 40 cm)

I have been so fortunate in my life to have seen many, many dolphins – in Table Bay, on the west coast of South Africa as well as off the coast of Robben Island. So, this little painting is for all the dolphins: may we always be blessed to have these wonderful creatures in our oceans. Dolphins are caught by fishermen, slaughtered by trawlers and horribly killed in some far east countries.

Dolphins are considered to be amongst the most intelligent of animals and their often friendly appearance and seemingly playful attitude have made them popular in human culture.

Thank you to Maxime of sxu for giving me permission to use her photo as reference material!!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Prayer

Oils on canvas (12×16 inches)

What a delight to paint this beautiful child! I love painting so much and this little girl with her sweet and innocent beauty captured everything I would wish for children all over the world. I don’t know who she really is but I named her ‘Sarah’.

So, for my little ‘Sarah’ and all the little ‘Sarahs’ all over the world:

An Irish Prayer

May God give you…
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer.

Monday, September 1, 2008

The Dolphin Series

An Irish Blessing:

May the blessings of light be upon you,
Light without and light within.

And in all your comings and goings,
May you ever have a kindly greeting
From them you meet along the road.

May there be spring enough in your life
to outlast the winters;

May there be guitars (and drums) enough
to lift your spirits whenever you need it;

May there always be a leprechaun near you to bring out laughter and dance and the child in you.

May you have warm words on a cold evening;
A full moon on a dark night,
And the road downhill all the way to your door

May your heart be as light as a song.

May each day bring you bright happy hours,
That stay with you all year long.

And may God always have room enough for you in the palm of his hand!