100 painting challenge!

IMG_2958I’m doing a ‘just for fun’ painting challenge over the next few weeks under the title “what the cat saw….” in my own wee naïve art style.

It will keep you amused and me too!  I hope you enjoy my whimsical collection and please be patient with me as I build my brand.

All mini paintings will be for sale in my ETSY shop and I’m happy to take commissions on request

watch this all emerge on my Instagram page with daily updates

 

see my website http://www.cherylmorrice.com

A new creation

“Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new creation. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”- 2 Corinthians 5:17 🦋

I keep thinking of butterflies this week. Aren’t they beautiful little creatures. But they spend the first part of their lives crawling in the dirt until they are fat and dirty and can’t move. Then a cocoon is formed around them. Whilst inside the cocoon, the butterfly is literally being transformed from the inside out. Every part of his inner being is rearranging itself and recreating itself into something beautiful. The brand new butterfly eventually emerges and has freedom to live beautifully!🦋🦋This is what happens when we become part of God’s family. He literally gives us a new Spirit and a new mind. When we stop, confess our sin, repent (turn) from our life sin, and get into the “cocoon” (shelter) of Jesus’ redeeming love, God transforms us from the inside out.He no longer sees us as the old caterpillar dirty with sin but sees us through His filter of love. Our old stinkin thinking ways no longer satisfy us and we find new life and freedom. Isn’t that amazing. 🦋I love how God speaks to us through nature. Some of us have been caterpillars for far too long and it’s time to shake it off and emerge as beautiful butterflies 🦋🌷you are so very loved.

So I made a whole batch of butterfly paintings for Mother’s Day. ☺

New collection: Edinburgh street scenes

I am in the midst of building a new collection of paintings. Mixing my love of my favourite City Edinburgh and naive / folk art.

Here are a few of my new paintings and I hope you enjoy the scenes I am building over the next year.

All originals are for sale from my website and cards/ prints will be available online or at my wee Grassmarket stall …

Favourite artist: Gary Bunt

My Christmas pressie to myself has finally arrived – a book of paintings and poems by Gary Bunt, UK naive artist.

I love Gary’s work. I love it because it’s just so simple but with some punch.

I bought this book ‘By the Grace of God’ because Bunt has some great and funny paintings and poems about Jesus and the Kingdom.

I recently discovered the world of ‘naive art’. I didn’t actually know it was a genre of art.

There’s a whole world of naive art out there – centuries old!

It’s redeemed me from striving and thinking I have to be some kind of ‘really good artist’ , making boring pairings that look lifelike to be successful.

‘Naive’ artists have no formal art training and paint in their own free style, any subject they choose -that’s me!

I feel a whole lot free’er to paint in my own style – which I always thought was a bit childlike – anyhow, now I don’t really care and I’ve found new joy in painting for fun.

The Crofters

I’m creating a little series about ‘the Crofters’ just for fun .

I love Scottish history and I’m currently learning about the Highland Clearances and the Crofters 🐓 .

The Scottish farming families were run out of their community farms to make way for big farms for Cow farming and pastoral farming – the leaders in the cities thought this would bring more profit into the city.

The Highland folk were unfortunately run out of their cottages and farms and forced to the coastal areas or even emigrated abroad.

The Crofters moved in and here is a little collection of paintings about life in the crofts.

I am going to eventually turn this into a little children’s book. 🐓

Heroes of the Faith: Jonah and the Whale

‘Jonah and the Whale’🐟.acrylic on canvas 40×60 cm

Every month I am going to paint a children’s piece for my ‘Heroes of the Faith’ collection. A series of Bible characters for kids.

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Here we have Jonah the prophet. God told Jonah to go preach at Nineveh because the people there were wicked. Jonah had other plans however.

He soon learned though that when God says “Go” you go.

Jonah was washed away in a terrible storm, but by the grace of God, was swallowed by a large whale and spent 3 nights in the whale’s belly until God answered his prayers. After 3 days he was spat out on the shores of Nineveh.

The day I discovered ACEO cards

Check out these teeny tiny mini paintings! Aren’t they so cute!

Today I’m halfway through a personal challenge to paint 50 ACEO paintings.

What is an ACEO? An ACEO is a little tiny work of art. ACEO stands for Art Card Originals and Editions. Collecting them is a craze that is sweeping the UK. I read somewhere however that artists have been trading art cards for a very long time. Just for fun and inspiration. Perhaps before the days of Instagram, that’s how they got their ‘likes’ and shared ideas.

There is a huge variety of artwork available in this format. Store them in a book or display them in teeny frames or shelves. They’re going in my eBay shop tonight..Become a mini art collector today…

They are so much fun to make! 🎨

They are also very portable! This helps greatly with transporting to markets and fairs and posting abroad …

Watch this space. I think ACEO creating is about to become a new hobby of mine.