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Coneflowers
Coneflowers

This is a color drawing of some prairie coneflowers (Echinacea sp.) that were blooming in our garden last summer.  Colored pencil, 16″ x 12.”

Terry Hall Arts - Swamp at Chippokes
Swamp at Chippokes

Virginia has a wonderful state park system.  Along the James River in Surrey County is Chippokes Plantation State Park, a plantation site from the olden days of yore.  A fun thing to do here is to take the ferry across the river to colonial Jamestown and Williamsburg. Continue reading “Swamp at Chippokes”

Thunbergia at the Door
Thunbergia at the Door

I came across this beautiful vine growing beside the doorway of a shop in Chapala, Mexico about ten years ago.  Photos were taken with the idea that I might like to paint the scene someday.  Well, someday has come, so here it is in glowing pixels on your computer screen or mobile device. Continue reading “Thunbergia at the Door”

Fruit of the Spirit
Fruit of the Spirit

By the power of the Holy Spirit, God’s people will bear good fruit.  Colored pencil on cold-press watercolor paper, 12″ x 16″. Continue reading “Fruit of the Spirit”

The Pumpkin Wagon
The Pumpkin Wagon

There is a pretty little hobby farm near our home.  The old farmhouse has been restored, and surrounding it is a menagerie of goats, donkeys, miniature horses, and other critters. Continue reading “The Pumpkin Wagon”

What could possibly be more fun than Watching Paint Dry?

Enlarging and Transferring an Image for a Painting

Terry Hall Arts - Japanese Landscape
My interpretation of Hokusai’s “A View of Aoigaoka Waterfall in Edo”

I just finished painting this interpretation of Hokusai’s “A View of Aoigaoka Waterfall in Edo” using ink and acrylic wash on canvas.  The dimensions are 36″ by 24″.  There were a lot of steps involved in getting from a print in an art book to the final result, and I thought it would be fun to document some of the process.

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Sunflower Fields and Villa

Sunflower Field and Villa
Terry Hall Arts – Sunflower Field and Villa

A while back I went on a tour of Europe with family.  I took lots of photos.  Somewhere between northwest Italy and southern France we saw this field of sunflowers with the building, Italian pines, and Italian cypress in the background. Continue reading “Sunflower Fields and Villa”

New Watercolors

Garden Girl on a Misty Morning Walk

Garden Girl on a Misty Morning Walk
Garden Girl on a Misty Morning Walk

The setting for this painting is the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond, Virginia.  This was in early May, and the crepe myrtles were just starting to leaf out.  It rained and misted all day, but we still enjoyed the gardens.

Continue reading “Garden Girl on a Misty Morning Walk”

A Fragrant Offering (Hearts on Fire Series)

A Fragrant Offering
A Fragrant Offering

This is the newest piece in my “Hearts on Fire” series.  This drawing depicts our prayers rising to God as a pleasing fragrance to Him.

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Praise (Hearts on Fire series)

Praise
Praise

This is a new painting in the “Hearts on Fire” series.  The series depicts the passion in the hearts of God’s people, which is the love of Jesus Christ.  The flames over the  worshiper’s heads represent this passion pouring out and are also a reference to the arrival of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Continue reading “Praise (Hearts on Fire series)”

Where is Freedom?

Captive
Captive

As often happens, the painting “Captive” started out as something else in my mind and became what it is on its own.  Over the years, I have enjoyed making loose, gestural line drawings.  Fancy doodles, basically.  I’ve decided that a few of these might be worthy of development into paintings, and so I am attempting to do just that. Continue reading “Where is Freedom?”

Lift Your Hearts

Lift Your Hearts
Lift Your Hearts

This is the first completed work in the “Hearts on Fire” series. God enjoys the praise and worship of those who love him. Continue reading “Lift Your Hearts”

Mawmaw’s Family

Terry Hall Arts - Mawmaw's FamilyThis painting was a Christmas gift to my grandmother.  Mawmaw was very proud of her family and poured a lot of love into each of us.  In her later years she took up painting, mostly acrylic landscapes, and she loved folk art.  I thought she would enjoy a picture like this, and she did. Continue reading “Mawmaw’s Family”

Watercolor Portrait

Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison

I took a watercolor portrait class this spring though Roanoke County Parks and Recreation.  The class was taught by Suzanne Ross, a very encouraging, enthusiastic, and talented watercolor artist. Continue reading “Watercolor Portrait”

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