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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Image to Paint

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



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.

View from the window

View from the door

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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