Paintings for Livada: The Hostage Game at Ogra Gypsy Village

When I was on the missions trip with Grace Church serving the Livada Orphan Care ministry in Romania, the beauty of the country inspired me. I had the idea that when I got home to Arkansas I could paint these Romanian scenes and donate the paintings to Livada to raise money for orphan sponsorship.

Our group went to the Ogra Gypsy Village one day to meet the kids and bring some fun. We were greeted by the children who ran to us and grabbed our hands to hold.

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We walked through the village, which was like an alley behind big houses. Their small houses were set up and separated by fences.

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We walked to a large field and the kids formed two lines. We played “The Hostage Game”, which is like the Romanian version of “Red Rover.” The sun was warm, but the breeze was cool. It was the best day!
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2. The Hostage Game at Ogra Gypsy Village

Charcoal Sketch on Canvas

2. The Hostage Game at Ogra Gypsy Village Sketch

Painting Sketch (1st Coat)

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Painting Sketch (2nd Coat)

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Final Painting

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Paintings for Livada: Romania Hillside with Tree

When I was on the missions trip with Grace Church serving the Livada Orphan Care ministry in Romania, the beauty of the country inspired me. I had the idea that when I got home to Arkansas I could paint these Romanian scenes and donate the paintings to Livada to raise money for orphan sponsorship.

This scene is one of many beautiful landscapes I was able to enjoy on our drive to serve for the day (in the kids camp, the gypsy village, and baby hospital). The air was fresh, the day warm but with a breeze, and the clouds were full and moving. There were so many open fields, so when I saw this tree, I thought it a nice composition to have the lone tree in front.

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14. Romania Hillside with Tree

Charcoal Sketch on Canvas

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Painting Sketch (1st Coat)

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Painting Sketch (2nd Coat)

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Final Painting

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15 Illustrations: Sunday Morning at St. Andrews

I am working with Inktense pencils, Prismacolor and Micron ink pens, and Canson Illustration 11×14″ 150lb art pad to create 15 illustrations (that is how many pieces of paper are in the art pad) of my current family life and inspirations.

This work is narrative in content and uses color in a monochromatic way accentuating one part of each drawing. These fun and quirky illustrations are a reflection of the current joy I have been experiencing with my family and friend life situation.

In “Sunday Morning at St. Andrews,” our little family is standing while the Gospel according to St. Matthew is being read – in which we all respond “Glory to you Lord, Christ.” We have recently moved to Springfield, MO for M’s job and I am really missing our church St. Andrews, so this piece is especially sentimental.

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I wanted to match the actual color of the main wall in the church, so I blended Carmine Pink and Tangerine Inktense pencils to get that orange color. All in all I was happy with the composition and patterns in this illustration.

Some of the things I enjoy the most about this drawing are our little family portrait,

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The inspiration for this drawing:

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Paintings for Livada: Nana’s Romania

When I was on the missions trip with Grace Church serving the Livada Orphan Care ministry in Romania, the beauty of the country inspired me. I had the idea that when I got home to Arkansas I could paint these Romanian scenes and donate the paintings to Livada to raise money for orphan sponsorship.

Nana used to work with Livada in Romania and helped host the trip. When I told Nana about the painting series and what I hoped to achieve, she was delighted to give me a picture and request a painting for her home.

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16. Nana's Romania

Charcoal Sketch on Canvas

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Painting Sketch (1st Coat)

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Painting Sketch (2nd Coat)

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Painting Sketch (3rd Coat)

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Painting Sketch (4th Coat)

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I took the painting to Nana’s house, and although the picture she gave me to paint from was on an overcast day, she really wanted it to appear more sunny and bright.

Final Painting

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Paintings for Livada: Romania Hillside View

When I was on the missions trip with Grace Church serving the Livada Orphan Care ministry in Romania, the beauty of the country inspired me. I had the idea that when I got home to Arkansas I could paint these Romanian scenes and donate the paintings to Livada to raise money for orphan sponsorship.

There were so many beautiful landscapes. There were times when we were driving from the day camp to the next place we were going to serve and I would just look out the window and gasp. The place where we were in Romania (Târgu Mureș) was hilly and full of these breathtaking countryside views.

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11. Romania Hillside View

Charcoal Sketch on Canvas

11. Romania Hillside View Sketch

Painting Sketch (1st Coat)

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Painting Sketch (2nd Coat)

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Final Painting

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