Hello friends! happy wednesday!
I wanted to share with you a recent canvas I made for my mom.. for her birthday.. BUT before I do.. I have to tell you about a exciting thing I am apart of for NEXT YEAR!!! I am teaming up with 12 Other FABULOUS artist to bring you an amazing class.. LIfebook 2013!!!
Want to see the sneak peaks??
Soo onto the piece I created for my mom!
So my mom is a very spiritual person like me and she also has a huge place in her heart for the early Pioneers of our faith who traveled thousands of miles through difficult circumstances to come find a place here in the West to live and be free from harassment. We are LDS (also knowns as Mormons :)) and Because so many people didn't under our religion early on.. there was actually alot of terrible things that happened to the members of the church in the early years including being tarred and feathered, houses being burned down, children and women being killed with gunfire (who were hiding in houses or in the woods for their safety). They were actually at one point driven out of their homes and the entire town they had built by a huge mob.. and forced to leave the East.. so they traveled in covered wagons west across unknown territory facing many hardships including starvation, death, and sickness. Today we pay homage to these wonderful people who risked their lives and moved west so we could be free practice our religion.. which is centered around Jesus Christ. We really look up to the courageous men, women and children who sacrificed their lives and mom mom especially has a soft spot in her heart because she had many ancestors who made that first journey and some that lost their lives.
SO for her birthday this year I thought it would be neat to paint her a picture of a pioneer woman. A strong but silent girl, full of faith and hope and courage.. that actually reminds me a lot of my mother as well.
Here she is..
I wanted to create with a calm, neutral background. Simple
I knew I wanted her eyes to kind be harsh.. but also full of kindness. The pioneers faced SO many hardships, so I wanted to show those trials in her eyes, but also wanted her to have a kind heart
I made sure to include words around the canvas the represented both her and my mom
Also wanted to keep her clothes true to what they wore in during that time.
My mom's birthday was a couple of months ago.. so I have already given it to her.. but thought it would be fun to share this with you!
Hopefully inspire you to go paint something that is part of YOUR history and YOUR Story!