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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Paintings for Livada: Hay Day

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 restaurant called Restaurant Pestisorul de Aur. We explored the site and found beautiful scenery and even some wildlife. We also took a group picture.

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3. Hay Day

Charcoal Sketch on Canvas

3. Hay Day 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: Sighisoara Tower

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.

Sighisoara was our one day excursion at the end of the trip – the touristy sight seeing adventure. After the group tour – the house in which Vlad Tepes, aka dracula, was born (now hosting a restaurant and a small museum of medieval weapons) – we had an hour or so to look around the city.

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I enjoyed a baked good and casually explored the 14th century city until I reached a tunnel of one thousand stairs.

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Well, it wasn’t actually one thousand stairs, but that’s what it felt like. There were some musicians at the top of the tunneled stairs playing some instrumental pieces. This was really cool because when I first started my month long hike the music was a faint echo, but as I got closer to the end of my journey, the music became louder and more pronounced.

I was rewarded at the top by a beautiful church.

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Right outside the church was this small house tower, which overlooked a graveyard.

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8. Sighisoara Tower crop

Charcoal Sketch on Canvas

8. Sighisoara Tower Sketch

Painting Sketch (1st Coat)

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Painting Sketch (2nd Coat)

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Final Painting

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A Studio Day

My studio day was spent working on the Romania paintings. I approached my studio space and knew I needed a fresh space to work in. I rearranged my studio, moving everything around to make a new space for myself.

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With my fresh space, I put on my audio track, and set up my paintings. My goal for the day was to cover the 13 charcoal sketched canvas in paint. I placed all of the canvas around the room in a line.

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I approached my easel and worked on mixing my color palette (oil paint).

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When covered in paint, the canvas was moved on top of the drafting table and flat file cabinet. The uncovered canvas would all get to move one space forward in their little line.

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I was covered in paint and pretty tired by the end, but it was a job well done!

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