Saturday's Silent Auction brought in $2,000 for the camp.
Thank you to all who contributed by way of monetary funds, prayers, and encouragement.
Prints will be available in December.
Read the story behind the paintings, enjoy the detailed progress of each day, and progression photographs of each painting on Rebecca Finch's New Life Island Blog.
Bridge of Remembrance
11 x 14 oil on linen
11 x 14 oil on linen
From day one until the week comes to a close, the counselors are committed to forming relationships with their campers that will be unique in their rapidity and personal in their proximity. As friendships take time, many of the tools that are used focus on creating an opportunity for enjoyment and a chance for campers and counselors to converse on a personal level. To be sure, not all canoe trips are of a serious nature as an occasional canoe tipping, or passage through the rapids bring fun and excitement to time on the river.
Against every practicality, I took on the challenge of painting in only two days the largest still life I have ever attempted.
Since I was little, our family took vacations on Sanibel and Captiva islands located on the Gulf coast of Florida. In time we learned much about shells and how the animals made them. This cannot have happened by chance, survival of the fittest, or by a random explosion. The manufacturing of shells and the animals that are protected by them is an intricate design of purpose and order. Science and beauty in one object can only exist at the Hands of intent and meaning.
These paintings were given to my parents this year with the memory of all those vacations intertwined. Each shell brings back a certain image to my mind. I look forward to going again one day with my husband so that he can see and experience the islands.
"Mom's Home Cooking"
"Christmas Past I"
With three sheer delicate petals bending outward and three raised up covering its innermost parts, the iris seems to be a modest beauty. One of my dear friends brought a bouquet of irises from her garden to encourage me during a difficult time. This was the last of all the lovely irises that bloomed.
"In His Time"
four 8x10 oil paintings on linen
The Pear pieces consist of thin oil washes and are the first paintings completed in this textured style. The transparency of the paint allows one to see the canvas underneath resulting in the appearance of age. This has inspired me to name them in Latin, a language that has survived the passage of time.
One of the difficulties in setting up a still life composed of highly reflective objects is to somehow not appear I the reflection yourself, yet have the best angle of lighting and point of view. This painting is dedicated to my husband’s grandparents, born in England, who after coming to the States returned to serve for many years as missionaries there. I thank God for their example and for allowing me the honor of being in their family.
Spring had just arrived as the once bare branches began to be covered in new growth. This is the red maple that stands in front of the first home that my husband and I have lived in. It symbolizes two wonderful years of marriage and many hopes and prayers for the future.
This painting of some of my Mother’s flowers was completed in my parent’s home in Florida. It is also one of three remaining paintings bearing my maiden name. Some paintings are a struggle all the way through, however others will come together effortlessly. This was one of those paintings that seemed to paint itself from beginning to end and was consequently one of the most enjoyable experiences I’ve had painting.