hope

Hope is always looking toward the light, even when it seems the world is dark. Hope has wings. Deep in the background of this painting are two scraps of psalms that I took from a Book of Praise hymnal from the 1940s; you can barely see the music notes on the top right and bottom…

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Splendid Fairywren

Don’t you love that name? And he(or she) is indeed splendid! I saw a photo of this bird and instatnly fell in love with it. He (or she) is singing like they mean it. Or maybe yelling at an intruder. I don’t know, it doesn’t matter; the point is this bird is focused on getting…

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Redeemed Acrylic on Canvas

This painting is a bit larger, 18×22, I think. I found a photograph of two horses in this type of pose and something about it was vey compelling to me. I have been wanting to paint from that inspiration for months. I called this “Redeemed.” I listened to my JJ playlist (Jesus Jams. For real,…

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Blue Seranade © Monica Yother

This is a small wood panel, 12×12, I think. It was a quiet Saturday afternoon when I finished it, and slightly overcast so the studio was just a bit cool. I started with a thick layer of gesso, then a layer of the darkest blue, Prussian blue, which seems to find it’s way into most…

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Le Virage © Monica Yother

I gave this a french title because I liked how it sounded. It means “turn” or “the turn.” That’s literally what this painting is; inspired by a color photo from this amazing book I have. I was captivated by this central part of the pose, and had already decided it would be in black and…

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Pointe of art ©monica yother

This is a quiet piece…no color, just the texture and details of pointe shoes. I enjoyed being able to slow down and really study this pose..a study using my eyes and hands. It is 16×20 acrylic on canvas. It’s in the studio.

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dog portrait

This is Peanut, and I had the honor of painting his portrait in oil. This is in memory of a sweet and treasured family member of someone who loved him so very much. She wanted to be sure and include his favorite blue toy.

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This ballet painting was in my studio for a while. I did it as a series of studies. There were 4 in the series (thought I am doing some sketches now for more in this style). Last week a gentleman called and said he would like to buy it for his girlfriend as a surprise.…

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finished dog portrait of rebel

This is Rebel. I met him when his person-mom brought him to the studio not long ago. She wanted a dog portrait, and since he was right there I tried to get a good reference photo. Well here’s how that went: I should mention that this group of photos was taken in a bout 2…

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This was painted in acrylics…it was all about the textures and shapes. I wanted to create something more quiet than I normally do, so I limited the palette to whites, warm grays with just a little blue for a cool accent. (literally cool as in temperature). I sold this to a young guy who came…

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