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My commissioned paintings will capture your special places, people, & events. Be sure to check out my affordable prints and notecard sets. FREE SHIPPING on most.
Cindy Taylor on Jul 2, 2015
I received my notecards quickly and the watercolor artwork is beautiful!
refaela on May 13, 2015
wonderful, beautiful card! it came so quickly and is perfect to reach out, at Memorial Day, to families who have lost a loved one in the military. thanks, refaela
"Live - Remember - Enjoy" through Personalized watercolors, Greeting Cards and Prints
Hi, I'm Laurie... I am privileged to be Gary's wife, Sarah and April's mom, mom-in-law to 2 wonderful men, and grandma to 8 precious kids. I love them all like there's no tomorrow. I'm an eleven-year cancer survivor, and I care for my husband, who suffers from early onset Alzheimer’s' Disease. Bliss, for me, is getting lost in my latest Watercolor painting and blogging about Art, Family, Alzheimer's and the Lessons I'm learning. My life is full of joys and difficulties, all different colors painted in my life for my good, by my Creator, whom I love and desire to serve above all else. " I have been young, and now I am old(er)" so perhaps my Colorful World can be of some very practical encouragement to you as your own life unfolds. Let me introduce myself in this 2 minute video: https://vimeo.com/120989825 (copy and paste into your browser)
For the longer version...
30+ years ago Gary and I created a stained glass window for our kitchen. It was a very fun project that led to a cottage industry, designing and crafting custom stained glass for 12 years. So much has happened since then. To quote Karen Carpenter, “We’d only just begun…” Recently, I’ve been able to get “artsy” again, with watercolor illustrations. I call them “Colors By Laurie.” I have been mulling over the idea that my life is colorful too, not unlike a stained glass window.
I have experienced the light and bright joys, as well as the “dark” events that everyone dreads. My greatest earthly happiness is my husband. He and I have partnered together to face life and that has made for some wonderful memories. The fun of watching a thunderstorm from our bedroom with the girls with the French doors wide open, “batting practice” at Lake Powell, the Murder Mystery Parties, transitioning our daughters into the hands of the men they said “Yes” to, of course all the grandkiddos, and the endless practical jokes and movie quotes. All of these have been peppered with hard times as well, and now, in the last decade I’ve had a bout with Stage 3 Breast Cancer, and a few years ago, Gary was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease. We have the privilege of walking together through the “for worse” part just like the “for better” part, and though no one knows the future, I have a pretty good idea of what’s likely.
Our world could be monochromatic, but it’s NOT! I’m thankful for the variety of colors, darks, lights, textures, mass, shapes, and lines. I’m not meaning to sound like an art class, but it’s true! Look around. Our world is FULL of visual variety. That’s what makes it interesting, from the clear, aqua waters of Florida, to the vivid orange sunsets over the rugged, massive Rocky Mts. Why did God make the world that way? Artist’s prerogative. He does whatever He pleases, and it pleased Him to make the world beautiful, and then, give us minds that appreciate it! "Behold I am making all things new.” (Revelation 21:5)
Look too long at any element, without stepping back to see the whole, and you’ll not see the story the artist intends. God made the universe very quickly, but we are in process. One day, we will be as He plans, Gary will have a renewed mind, able to comprehend his Creator perfectly. I will no longer be distracted by the ups and downs of life, and completely joyful and at peace forever. For this reason, I refuse to give in to self-pity or sorrow. I don’t deny that emotions are very real, but there are far reaching benefits to the dark times and I choose to glean what I can from them.
If a stained glass window is all one color, it can be a nice geometric design, and that’s great, but it won’t tell a story. It needs shapes that mean something to the viewer, line so the eye can cruise around the entire composition, texture for interest, and those dark areas of contrast that make the colors stand out beautifully. People are creative, because they are created in the image of God. God is creating a beautiful thing in the lives of His people. “Look among the nations! Observe! Be astonished! Wonder! Because I am doing something in your days—You would not believe if you were told.” (Habakkuk 1:5)
Hi, I'm Laurie... I love creating original watercolor paintings which inspire prints and greeting cards. My custom paintings will capture your special places, people, & events. Thanks for stopping by my shop!
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Every artist has a unique style. After looking at my samples, you have a good idea of my personal style. If you like what you see, if my work speaks to you, I know you’ll be happy with your finished product. Because your painting is created just for you, and cannot be sold to anyone but you, all of my personalized paintings are non-refundable. Take some time to enjoy samples of my work, and then let me know if you would like me to capture your special theme in beautiful COLORS BY LAURIE.