Friday, July 21, 2017

Saved!




Kamehameha 
14" x 16" Unique Hand-pulled Collage Block Print on rice paper, 1982
Featured in my Ocean Encounters Exhibit, St. Catharines, ON. Jun-Sep '17

As a teen I learned what "Kamehameha" really meant: A Hawaiian word pronounced “kə-ˌmā-ə-ˈmā-hä” meaning “set apart." In Japanese it denotes a giant wave. In this print (collaged items glued on a board to make the print block), I was standing there in the wind, arm over my head trying to control my hair and the other against my torso attempting to keep my dress under control. The thundering Pacific waves pounded the north shore of Oahu. I hoped to show in this print both the threat and awe of the ocean and a relationship between the physical and spiritual worlds. This moment on the beach was a powerful and worshipful one for me as I looked out over the wild edge of the ocean: Just a short while before, I had been caught- more like sucked up- in a riptide, and after a compact Job Prayer, the memory of hearing how to respond to a riptide (submission to the wave) and trust that I was in God's hands no matter what happened, I was spit back to safety and swam to shore. After I recovered, I stood there on the shore feeling quite “set aside” for whatever purpose the Creator might have for me. 


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

When we were Six

As a young child, my view of the world was full of wonder. However, I became confused rather suddenly when ugliness came in and snatched the wonder away for the first time. I then found myself becoming unsure about whether or not to embrace the joy when it came my way. 

There are so many distractions from what is beautiful. I came to realize though that the ugly things need not replace the beautiful. Rather, they can co-exist to make the beautiful, in contrast, look even better. 

It's all about placement. We can be so surrounded by horrid things that the gorgeous world can seem out of reach. Ugliness is inevitable, but when I deliberately seek out beauty, it helps sustain me as I walk through my grief -  I acknowledge the bad and then choose to let beauty dictate my day. 

It's simple. And hard. Where is the beauty?

Look at the branches behind the bird in my drawing from childhood. . . I managed to be observant enough as a seven-year-old to notice the different tones and tints of the berries and to celebrate those along with the smiling woodpecker, even though confusing ugliness still lingered from my previous summer.

Every day that I choose gratitude, it allows me to slow down enough to notice the beautiful thoughts moments, memories or sights and pull them close to me, gather them, even hoard them. This way when the ugly hits, I have a stash of beauty close by. 

God himself surrounded himself with beauty and today, we can still enjoy that beauty or create our own. Just the act of creating brings a valued joy.  Just the observance of creation fills a hole. I hope you can find a way to gather beauty today: read some old thank you cards, draw a picture, set a gorgeous table, memorize a loved one's face. Take a moment. 





Tuesday, July 4, 2017

OH NIAGARA!


Oh how I love my Niagara region! My husband and I often take extended drives through the countryside and he is patient and even enthusiastic as I sketch or take reference photos of ...well...almost everything! Here are my 5 most recent paintings all inspired by my area - from the escarpment, to the falls to the vineyards.

"Niagara Concords"     12x12" Acrylic on Birch Panel, float mount
$190 including shipping in continental US and Canada


"Escarpment Horse"    12x12" Acrylic on Birch Panel, float mount
$190 including shipping in continental US and Canada


Escarpment Horse and Niagara Concords
are panels, float mounted on the wall.


Brink, Comfort Maple and
Somewhere Over the Skyway
hang flat on the wall


















"Brink"    12x12" Acrylic on Birch
$190 including shipping in continental US and Canada



"Comfort Maple"     12x12" Acrylic on Birch
SOLD

"Somewhere Over the Skyway"      12x12" Acrylic on birch
$190 including shipping in continental US and Canada

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Ready for Canada 150?

I am! Canadian! I chose to celebrate Canada's birthday this year by painting some of my favourite Niagara Region experiences. I have FIVE pieces that will first be on exhibit on Canada Day in Niagara Falls (Canada of course).

So on July 1st, you can drop by and see them at 
4333 Queen Street in Niagara Falls. 
Details here: There's Magic a Foot.


This is NOT one of the paintings...but it IS a Canadian Maple Leaf! 
(Sold)




Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Ocean Encounters Opens this Weekend


Ocean Encounter Details can be found here.

FREEDOM by Lorenda Harder - 1' x 4' - Acrylic on Canvas

SOLO Show OPENING
June 3 at 6:30-8:30 or
June 4 at 9 am - 5 pm (enKindle Arts Festival)

The B Gallery
Bethany Church Cafe
1388 Third Street,
St. Catharines, Ontario

You can also view it there Saturdays 6:30-8:30 pm and Sundays 9am-1pm until September 8th.

Ocean Encounter Details can be found here.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Month to Month


So last year, I found myself wanting to paint a little front entrance painting as a kind of welcome for guests. I start thinking this year: Wouldn't it be fun to have 12 different front entrance paintings, one celebrating each month? Obviously, this one is for March, celebrating St. Patty's Day.
What ideas do YOU have that I might paint for the other months?

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Home Again, Naturally

It's Valentine's today and I decided to be good to myself and produce a pen and ink sketch of my beloved childhood home. While sketching it out, memories came flooding back. The Mustang I raced around with (my mom's car, but, well, YOU know), the crazy little black beagle mutt we named Tiny, the summers in the front yard orchard with my pal Marlyn, the cool evenings wandering down the hill behind the house to the Red River to contemplate life, the hours in front of the fieldstone fireplace with my family - the fireplace and indeed, the whole house, was lovingly designed and built by my late father, Wilf Neufeld. You are still missed.

I just uploaded this to my commissions page: