Romania Paintings for Livada Send Off

In June 2014, I went to Romania to work with the Livada Orphan Care (LOC) orphans. The beauty of the ministry and country inspired me and I wanted to paint scenes of Romania. When I was praying one morning, I had the idea to paint these scenes of Romania and donate the final pieces to Livada to raise money for orphan sponsorship. I sent the paintings to Texas with my Aunt Candy and Uncle Dale this week. I am so excited and am praying that they will be able to raise enough money to sponsor an orphan for one year.
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“Fairy Tale Romania”

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“Romania Poppy Field and Hillside”

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“Romania Field of Flowers”

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“Romania Hillside”

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“Sighisoara Tower”

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“Hay Day”

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“Romania Hillside View”

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“Romania Hillside with Tree”

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“The Hostage Game at Ogra Gypsy Village”

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“Sighisoara Clock Tower”

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“Sighisoara Church View”

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“Romanian Cornfield”

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“Orthodox”

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“Romanian Woman with Cane”

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“Shin Kai House”

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To see details and the process of each painting, please see paperopera.com/category/art/romania-painting-series
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Paintings for Livada: Romanian Corn Field

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 hilly landscape in Târgu-Mureș and villa type architecture paired with the warm sun and cool breezes made my experience in Romania seem dreamlike at times. I experienced the beauty of God many times while in Romania.

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6. Romanian Corn Field

Charcoal Sketch on Canvas

6. Romanian Corn Field 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 Church 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.

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.

When we first got to the city
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We went up the tower.

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The view from the top was great!

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7. Sighisoara Church View

Charcoal Sketch on Canvas

7. Sighisoara Church 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: 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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Artist Interview with Wildwood Park for the Arts

As an Arkansas Arts Council Arts on Tour artist, I recently had an art exhibition at Wildwood Park for the Arts. I was interviewed shortly after the exhibition by Wildwood.

What mediums do you work with?
In printmaking, I work with relief printing (linoleum and woodcuts), etching, and lithography. With painting, I work with mostly oil, but at times with acrylic, gouache, and watercolor. I enjoy drawing with different types of charcoal, pencils, and ink. I experiment with fabrics, fibers, and natural materials (papermaking).

Besides your art practice, are you involved in any other kind of work?
I write and record music with my spouse in our band “The Damsels in Distress.” We mostly create albums, but have been working with KUAR Arts and Letters to create music for their productions. We also have created a children’s story called “The Boy and the Firefly” that has accompanying music. We hope to explore more bookmaking and song ideas to accompany puppet shows.

What does a typical day in the studio look like?
I have a large to-do list and organize the project for that day. I lay out the materials I will need in order, and then begin working in a linear way. So, if I am going back and forth with multiple pieces or projects, it’s all ordered in a list of what to work on for each piece. I often will have an audio book (fiction literature – mostly classic literature or adolescent literature) playing or an old black and white movie going on in the background. I am alone in my studio and cannot work with others in my space unless they are intently working on something as well.


 
 
 

What are you presently inspired by – are there particular things you are reading, listening to or looking at to fuel your work?
I am currently working on a Romania landscape painting series. It was inspired from a missions trip I went on last year with Livada Orphan Care to Targu Mures Romania. Because the region was mostly country side, we had to drive each day to the on-site work location. I was completely inspired by the beauty of the countryside and took many photographs during these drives. I hope to finish these paintings early next year, where I will photograph them to place into an inspirational prayer book and donate the paintings to Livada to sell for orphan sponsorship.

What do you hope your work will accomplish? How do you want people to be affected, if at all?
I hope to use my work to connect with and help others. I think for others to be affected by my work differs for each series I work on. For the “Maintaining Life” series, I hope people are able to see how even the mundane can be otherwise from an altered perspective.

How do you navigate the art world?
I still have a lot to learn about the “art world.” In the meantime, I will continue to create, blog on paperopera.com, and exhibit my work.

L.K. Sukany at Thesis Show artistinterviewphoto

How would you define a “successful artist”?
Success is such a personal thing. For me, a “successful artist” is an artist who works, who likes their work, and who continues to challenge themselves in their work.

To see more of L.K. Sukany’s work, visit lksukany.wix.com/artist/.

You can also read the interview here.