Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Madison Mission's First Arts Festival- Madison, AL

Andrienne Dabney has extended the Deadline. If you are interested in participating in Madison Mission's First Annual Arts Festival Oct. 2 please contact Andrienne at andriennedabney@att.net social@madisonmission.net or call 256-694-1410.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Featured Artist: Judy Hardwick

"She belived in His promises" by Judy Hardwick, copyright

"This world is but a canvas to our imagination" by Judy Hardwick, copyright

"Explore, Dream and Discover" by Judy Hardwick, copyright

Featured Artist: Judy Hardwick

I still hesitate to call myself an artist, but I do know that I love to create and it’s when I’m creating that I have some of my best times communing with my Lord. I’ve found that when I’m painting and creating ‘my girls’ I’m talking with God throughout the entire process – not about where to put what on the canvas, but instead about needs in my friends’ lives, and… in my own. About desires I have for Him to continue to lead my family, even as our boys are establishing their lives as independent adults. About the guidance that I continually need from Him as I go through life’s journey… – about His goodness.

And somehow, in my art, He’s speaking to me. Or, perhaps more accurately, I’m slowing down enough to hear His voice… As I put layer upon layer on ‘my girls’ He’s helping me remove the layers of all the world throws at me and focus solely on His goodness. ‘My girls’ are called Soul Sisters and I pray that the Lord can use them to touch someone’s heart – their soul – just when they need His touch most. And, He does. I created one way back in February that stated, “She Stood Tall in the Storm” and it was purchased in June by a lady who lost her entire house during the April tornadoes. Don’t you just love how our God works? That’s the kind of thing I want to be a part of – so I put my trust in Him – that He will use my little efforts at creativity to His Glory.

And whatever my creative efforts might be – mixed media, painting, knitting, scrapbooking [yes – I said it,] gardening, photography, etc. – I use it as an opportunity to slow down and be still [Psalm 46:10] and [truly] know The Creator of all creation. And I encourage you to take the time to be still as well, in whatever way best fits your life right now, take a moment to listen to His voice….

Judy Hardwick

Featured Artist: Don Maurizio

"Last Supper" by Don Maurizio, copyright

"Marlin" by Don Maurizio, copyright

"Carousel Hours" by Don Maurizio, copyright

"In Love Forever" by Don Maurizio, copyright

Featured Artist: Don Maurizio

You look at the beauty of a tree with its flowing branches and colorful leaves. They are a work of art that provides oxygen to sustain us and shade to cool us. But most don’t think of the beauty that is within. I learned in Jr High wood shop of this inner beauty.

Today I use hundreds of species as a palette to create marquetry. What started as a hobby turned into a way to not only show this beauty , not only keep this 2000 year old art alive, but most importantly to show my love for and to Glorify the God who gave me this gift.

The marquetry I produce covers a variety of subjects and is not only inlayed into cabinetry, tables for boat and yachts, natural pieces such as tree roots and cypress stumps but also wall hangings.

However no matter the completed piece, my hope and prayer is that my art will always praise Him and that you feel His presence when you see it.
Hardly a day goes by that I do not work on a piece of marquetry as every minute I spend on it I am spending time with God and each minute of our life should be with Him. One of my favorite sayings to remind me of this is “Make what you do today important because you are trading a day of your life for it.”


Don Maurizio djsknot@farmerstel.com

Featured Artist: Jennifer Taylor

"I See you with my heart", Oil and Digital, 20 x 24, copyright, Jennifer Taylor

"Buddy", Oil 16 x 20- Commissioned, copyright, Jennifer Taylor

"Carolyn and Dezzie" (pencil) 8x10 - Commissioned, copyright, Jennifer Taylor

Featured Artist: Jennifer Taylor

I started drawing cartoon characters of horses, dogs and cats when I was in grade school in order to entertain my friends. My love for animals and art has developed over the years to be my passion for painting. Aspiring to be be a contemporary master of portrait painting, I went to New York in 2010 to study with Daniel Greene to learn more about portrait painting. I was awe-inspired by his techniques and philosophies and apply what I learned to pet portraits as well as people portraits. I have a way to make animals look very distinguished as someone would a human portrait.

Graduating with a BSBA in Marketing, I have owned and managed several businesses over the years. After a long sabbatical from holding a pencil for serious drawing, I picked it up and began to draw again in 2001. After entering and winning some contests with my pencil drawings of horses, I decided to make it more than a hobby. I took two years of acrylic lessons from Barbara Miller in Huntsville, Alabama. I am self taught in pencil, charcoal, watercolor and mosaics. I also have taken casting classes and cold and hot metal working classes for jewelry. I continue educating myself through self-study, the influence of Daniel Greene, Igor Babailov, and many others I admire.

I have won several awards for pencil and acrylic paintings in Alabama, Tennessee, and Oklahoma. My artwork hangs worldwide. I consider myself a minimalist painter of single subjects. I like the power of simplicity and the impact of color, light and contrast.

I am a full time artist and love to spend some of my time inspiring others by teaching them to see the world differently, and create their own unique style of art.

I contribute all of my passion and success to our Maker, Jehovah-God. He is the ultimate master of creating art.

Favorite Bible Verses:
Matthew 6:22 “The Eye is the lamp of the Body” (The window to our soul)
Ecclesiastes 9:10 “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it will all your might!”
Mark 9:23 “Everything is possible for him who believes”

Website: http://jstaylorart.com/

or http://jennytaylorart.com/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/jstaylorarts

"Georgia Jagger with Vermeer Elements", Oil, 20 x 24, (see the map, the crucifix, letter, and pearls, all Vermeer elements), copyright, Jennifer Taylor