Sunday, April 20, 2014

Andrew Wyeth American Master by Jill Saur

Andrew Wyeth Painting
Andrew Wyeth Painting "Pentecost"
Andrew Wyeth, American Master Painter 1917-2009 By Jill Saur

Think these are fishing nets?  Not so fast.  There's a story behind these nets.  There's always a story.

In Andrew Wyeth's own words, "On Allen Island, a young girl was washed out to sea in a storm.  They couldn't save her.  I was thinking about the young girls body floating there underwater, and the nets became her spirit."

Andrew Wyeth was rarely satisfied with his work.  But, this painting was different.  He thought it was beautiful.  He felt touched by a spiritual source while working on it and aptly named it, "Pentecost".

From my early years as an artist, till this day,  I've been greatly influenced by the works and life of Andrew Wyeth.  His inspired paintings touch my spirit and motivate me to paint from a deeper, more intimate place in my soul.

I love it when a painting expresses what's going on inside the artist as well as outside.  That's when you have the touch of the master's hand, soul, and spirit! - Jill Saur


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Chattahoochee River Painting

sope creek painting
©1990-2014 Sope Creek Painting by Jill Saur, all rights reserved
I couldn't have rendered this painting of Sope Creek in Marietta/Atlanta, GA, without my husband.  He made the long hike down to the river where he captured beautiful photos for me to paint.  I can get to most of the areas, but this was an arduous hike.

Atlanta is a big city and people here don't realize there are thousands of acres along the Chattahoochee River that have been preserved as part of the National Park Service.  When you get out in these areas, you realize you could be anywhere! The scenery is breathtaking, there are no sounds of cars, the air is fresh, and it's quiet!

My 48"x36" acrylic painting of Sope Creek, is titled, "Autumn Promise".  I'm thankful to live in such a beautiful area where I can get lost in nature and have my artistic senses refreshed.


Are you interested in this painting?  Or, would you like to commission your own painting?  Your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed!  Visit my website and see what my happy patrons have to say!  CLICK HERE

Friday, April 18, 2014

Crucifixion Painting by Jill Saur

Jesus on cross painting
©1990-2014 Jesus Crucifixion painting by Jill Saur, all rights reserved
Painting the crucifixion of Jesus was an emotional endeavor for me.  Every stroke, every hue, pierced my heart and caused deep reflection.  My 20"x16" acrylic painting is titled, "Golgotha", and it remains in my personal collection.  A reproduction of this painting is available to purchase.  EMAIL ME

Written seven hundred years before the birth of Jesus, the jewish prophet Isaiah wrote, "He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.  Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.  But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed." Isaiah 53:3-5

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Commission A Painting

art commission
©1990-2014 Aspen Tree Painting by Jill Saur, all rights reserved
"A few minutes ago every tree was excited, bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling, tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship. But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent, their songs never cease". - John Muir

My summer aspen tree acrylic palette knife painting is titled, "Eye Of The Beholder". The fallen trees represent those in our lives who are no longer with us, but will forever remain in our hearts and minds.  As John Muir says, "These trees are now silent, but their songs never cease." This painting is available to purchase!  Or, commission a painting of your own.

Why commission a painting with me?  Because you'll get the size painting you're looking for with the colors and subject matter that you want.  You'll own a one-of-a-kind original that will make a unique statement for your home or office.  Most importantly, you're going to get a painting that you love!  See my website for details. www.JillSaurFineArt.com 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Aspen Tree Paintings

fall birch tree painting
©1990-2014 Fall Aspen Tree Painting by Jill Saur, all rights reserved

Four feet tall by three feet wide, my acrylic fall aspen tree painting on canvas is titled, "Sequestered Dream".  I was inspired to paint this after one of my trips to beautiful Eastern Colorado, where some of the largest aspen trees in America grow. 

This painting is loaded with texture and has a beautiful glow during the daytime hours. In the evening it simply radiates with light!  This work of art is destined to be the focal point for someones beautiful home or place of business.  Is it you?  Contact me: CLICK HERE

To see more of my work, please visit my website:  CLICK HERE  Thanks,  Jill Saur

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Aspen Tree Paintings by Jill Saur



winter birch tree paintings


My 18"x24" acrylic painting, "Winter Solstice", represents the transition between the seasons in our natural world and in our lives. The path challenges the viewer to see life as an exciting journey with new discoveries to be made every day. 

Both the original and a limited edition hand-embellished giclee is available on my website.
CLICK HERE.  I invite you to become a collector and experience the joy of owning artwork that uplifts and inspires your soul! - Jill Saur


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Commission A Painting

Hawaii Painting
©2006 Hawaii Painting By Jill Saur, all rights reserved

This painting was a birthday gift commissioned by an adoring husband for his wife.  He brought me a photograph of their favorite lookout spot in Hawaii so that I could see what he was wanting for her.  This 48"x36" acrylic painting is titled, "Hawaiian Splendor" I love taking on these big requests.  They give me the opportunity to paint my heart out and work with great clients! 
My paintings are usually featured as the focal point of a room.  The two greatest compliments I get from my clients are that my paintings exude ‘joy’ and that they're hung in a prominent place for all to see.  
Why commission a painting with me?  Because you'll get the size painting you're looking for with the colors and subject matter that you want.  You'll own a one-of-a-kind original that will make a unique statement for your home or office.  Most importantly, you're going to get a painting that you love!  - Jill Saur - Atlanta - GA.
Here's how a commissioned painting works: CLICK HERE

Monday, April 7, 2014

Commission A Painting By Jill Saur

summer aspen tree painting



If you have a wall in your home or office that you're looking to hang just the right painting on, save endless hours of shopping, and commission your own original work of art today.  Your satisfaction is guaranteed!

My name is Jill Saur.  I create expressive, joyful works of art for my clients homes and businesses.  My work is usually featured as the focal point in a room.  My studio is in Atlanta, Ga., but I work with clients all over the United States!

Read about the process of commissioning a painting and what my happy clients have to say:  CLICK HERE

I look forward to hearing from you!  Email me with your phone number and I'll promptly reply.  EMAIL   Thanks, Jill Saur


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Aspen Tree Painting For Sale By Jill Saur

aspen tree painting
©1990-2014 Aspen Art by Jill Saur, all rights reserved

"The earth is the LORD'S and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers." Psalm 24: 1-2

"Abstracted Daydream", is the title of my newly painted, 16"x20" acrylic palette knife painting, depicting an aspen forest at the edge of a river.  My painting was inspired by Psalm 24.  I'm continually amazed at the beauty and grandeur of all that God has made.

Interested in this painting?  Email me:  CLICK HERE.  To see more of my work, please visit my website:  CLICK HERE  Thanks for viewing! - Jill Saur

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Summer Aspen Tree Painting by Jill Saur

summer aspen tree painting
Aspens in Summer Painting by Jill Saur, all rights reserved
I'm hoping to return to Colorado this year.  The beautiful white aspen trees display their white trunks against a sea of emerald greens and cobalt blue skies.  This is where I find inspiration for my paintings.

I sold this little 12"x12" acrylic painting, "Dawns Serenade", to a patron here in Atlanta.  I'm deeply grateful to those who collect and appreciate my work.  Thank you!  


To see more of my work, or to commission your own painting, please CLICK HERE

Email me with any questions or comments, I'd love to hear from you.  EMAIL ME
- Jill Saur

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Aspen Tree Paintings by Jill Saur

trees in art, birch tree painting
©1990-2013 Aspen Tree Painting by Jill Saur, all rights reserved

My 18"x24", acrylic aspen tree painting on canvas, "Golden Vibrance", hangs in my personal collection.  Bold, eye-catching, and a true focal point for any room, this work of art is available to purchase in a reproduction, either on paper or canvas.  As always, I love to embellish my reproductions to give them the complete look of an "original".  This work was inspired by one of my trips to Taos, New Mexico in the fall.

Send me an email to purchase one of these.  I'll respond promptly.  CLICK HERE  
To see more of my available artwork, visit my website.  WEBSITE
I paint commissions.  Please read what my satisfied patrons have to say.  COMMISSIONS

Vincent Van Gogh By Jill Saur

vincent van gogh birthday
Vincent Van Gogh 1853-1890

Vincent Van Gogh By Jill Saur

Born on March 30th, 1853, Van Gogh created over 2,000 works of art on canvas and paper.  He only sold one painting in his entire life and yet he is one of the most recognized artists of all time!

He is a man that, against all odds, produced an incredible legacy in a short period of time.  Van Gogh didn't start painting until he was in his early twenties and he died when he was only thirty-seven!  His brother, Theo, was so grief stricken at the loss Vincent that his own health declined and he died a year later.

No artist has had the single most effect on my later years as an artist as Vincent Van Gogh has.  His knowledge and use of color was so profoundly understated that I don't think the majority of the general public realize what a true genius he was.  His use of complimentary colors and their tints and tones still amaze me to this day. 

Van Gogh broke out of the mold of the traditional painters.  His free flowing lines, bold brushstrokes and vibrant colors, delight viewers to this day.  Happy Birthday, Vincent!


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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Summer Aspen Tree Painting by Jill Saur

the aspen, atlanta art galleries, tree art
©1990-2012 Aspen Art by Jill Saur, all rights reserved

“A tree against the sky possesses the same interest, the same character, the same expression as the figure of a human. – George Rouault”. (French painter)

"Aspen Dance" is an oil palette knife painting (8"x8").  I painted this after musing over one of my trips to Colorado, where the dancing white aspen trees against the blue azure sky are a site to behold.

This piece is for sale.  Email me: CLICK HERE.   
To see more of my available work, please visit my website:  CLICK HERE

If you live in or have vacationed in Colorado, and you'd like to have a custom commissioned aspen painting for your home or office, I'd love to accommodate you.  Please read what my happy patrons have to say about the commissions I've painted for them.   CLICK HERE

Friday, March 28, 2014

Aspen Tree Paintings by Jill Saur

aspen tree painting
©1990-2013 Aspen Art by Jill Saur, all rights reserved

"Its wonderful to climb the liquid mountains of the sky.  Behind me and before me is God and I have no fears." - Helen Keller  

My 30"x30" acrylic aspen tree palette knife painting on wide border canvas is titled, "Finding Grace" and is available to purchase.  Experience the joy of owning artwork that uplifts your soul!  My email:  CLICK HERE

You can see more of my work and contact me through my website, CLICK HERE

Thank you for viewing. - Jill Saur

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Summer Aspen Tree Painting by Jill Saur

summer aspen tree painting
©1990-2014 Aspen Tree Paintings by Jill Saur, all rights reserved

Our path is set before us.  It's up to us to move forward though this life to places that are often unknown.   Our solace in this journey is that our Creator walks with us, we do not walk alone.

My 48"x36" acrylic painting, "Autumn Beauty", is about the path of life and the amazing discoveries that are to be had each and every beautiful day!  This painting is available to purchase by contacting me. CLICK HERE  To see more of my work, please visit my website.  CLICK HERE

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Van Gogh Painting

van gogh painting
Van Gogh Painting

"To suffer without complaint is the only lesson we have to learn in this life." - Van Gogh*

Van Gogh had a heart for those who were poor and suffering and especially those who were doing manual labor in the fields.  He portrayed this woman with the utmost of dignity.  The green colors he used represent pride, serenity, and fertility.  The movement in his brushstrokes are sublime!

One of my students told me that she was recently traveling on a business trip and had an opportunity to see some of Van Gogh's paintings in an exhibit.  She said that she has a new found appreciation for his work.  That made me smile!  - Jill Saur  


To inquire about taking art classes with me, please email me.  CLICK HERE

www.JillSaurFineArt.com

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Summer Aspen Tree Painting By Jill Saur

birch tree painting
©1990-2014 Aspen Tree Painting by Jill Saur, all rights reserved
“A tree against the sky possesses the same interest, the same character, the same expression as the figure of a human. – George Rouault”. (French painter) 


I hope your Tuesday is filled with the joy of discovering something new and fresh in this incredible world of ours!

I rendered my 38”x48” acrylic aspen tree painting with brush and palette knife.  I closed my eyes and mused on one of my trips to Colorado, where the blue azure sky against the dancing white aspen trees ignite a flame of inspiration.  The title of this painting is, “Resilient Beauty”.  It hangs in the home of one of my patrons.  However, a limited edition hand-embellished giclee is available to purchase.  Email me, CLICK HERE.

To see more of my available work, please visit my website at www.JillSaurFineArt.com.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Albert Bierstadt By Jill Saur

Albert Bierstadt Painting

Albert Bierstadt was born in Germany in 1830 and grew up in America.  He was a prolific artist who painted the West but who also joined a group of artists in New York, known as the Hudson River School.  These artists traveled up and down the Hudson River and painted breathtaking scenes with a luminous glow.  Bierstadt is often categorized as a Luminist Painter. 

Of all his paintings, “Among the Sierra Nevada Mountains” is one of my favorites.  It measures 72”x120”.  This is an enormous work of art!  


Albert Bierstadt was a master artist.  After studying his work, I would venture to that he was a student of “seeing” and of life itself.  He was dedicated, passionate, and he saw his work through to completion.  I would say that long ago, the student became the teacher.



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"Pear Painting" By Jill Saur

Atlanta Art
©1990-2014 Pear Painting by Jill Saur, all rights reserved
I set up my still life and looked at that pear and thought, "This reminds me of somebody I know who could charm a grumpy old man into being a sweet little boy again".   

My 8"x8" acrylic palette knife painting is titled, "Charmed".  It's loaded with texture and my favorite blues.  It's just waiting to put a smile on the face of its future collector.


To see more of my work, please visit my website:  www.JillSaurFineArt.com

To contact me.  Please CLICK HERE.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

"The Love of Painting" By Jill Saur

Jill Saur with painting
©2010 Jill Saur, all rights reserved

"The Love Of Painting" By Jill Saur

I love picking up a blank white canvas.  I love contemplating the possibilities of what will emerge when I let myself go.

I love the musing of which brush I will select, or which brush will select me.  My brushes are like old friends with whom I am very familiar, yet I still find delight in what they are capable of doing.

I love picking up my palette knife. It is the instrument that will facilitate the mixing and dividing of hue, as well as the application of rich, dramatic texture that will bring my paintings to life.

I love opening the jars of paint.  Their rich, lustrous hues remind me of how they’ve impacted my life. The vivid blues speak of my first bicycle, and the shimmering waters of the ocean at dawn.  The golden yellows ignite memories of the sun rising over the great expanse of the Atlantic Ocean.  Painful or pleasing, color is deeply interwoven into every synapse of my being.

I love the way the first stroke of paint glides across the canvas, and I love the way I can feel the texture of that canvas through the vibrations in my brush.

I love stepping back to become an observer, and waiting until the painting reveals what it needs before I proceed.

I love when light and shadow and form begin to emerge from the canvas, and take on a life of their own.

I love what painting teaches me about life, and I love what life teaches me about painting.  I love that I can paint what I feel, and I especially love how I feel when I paint.

I love that the painting experience lightens pain, and gives wings of flight to fettered human limitations.

I love the way painting causes me to look to a source greater than myself for inspiration and guidance.  And, when I get to the end of a painting, I love that I know when I’ve made the final stroke that enables me to say, “It is finished”.

I love knowing that although I cannot sing with my voice, my paintings are like a song that will resonate through the years, even after I’m gone.  - © 2010 The Love of Painting by Jill Saur  


www.JillSaurFineArt.com
EMAIL:  CLICK HERE

Thursday, March 20, 2014

"Winter Aspen Tree Painting" by Atlanta Artist, Jill Saur

winter birch tree painting
©1990-2014 Winter Aspen Tree Painting by Jill Saur, all rights reserved
"Towering genius disdains a beaten path.  It seeks regions hitherto unexplored." - Abraham Lincoln

Sometimes the path of most resistance reveals the greatest discoveries.  This has certainly held true in my life.  My 30"x40" acrylic painting, "Enchanted Path", beckons the viewer to take that journey.

This original painting is sold.  However, a hand-embellished giclee is available to purchase by contacting me.  Contact me here:  EMAIL  To see more of my available work, please visit my website www.JillSaurFineArt.com 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Atlanta Artist, Jill Saur


atlanta artist
Atlanta Artist, Jill Saur

Artist Statement
My artwork is a natural outpouring of my encounter with God and His majestic creation, resulting in paintings that are dramatic, uplifting, and full of life!  It brings me great joy to share my art with those who collect my work!
My tagline is “joy on canvas”.  It was given to me by Stan Lee, the creator of Spiderman, the Incredible Hulk and numerous other super heroes. When asked to describe my work in just three to five words, Stan’s response was, “Joy on canvas”, because according to him, my work exudes sheer joy”.  
 INFLUENCE
American Artists, Andrew WyethWinslow Homer, and Georgia O'keeffe, influenced my early years of painting in watercolor.  Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Cezanne have deeply influenced my oil and acrylic paintings today.  With brushes, paint and canvas, Van Gogh especially inspires my whimsical lines and my desire to bring my trees and other subject matter to life!

PROCESS
I start every painting with gesture drawings before sketching my final drawing on canvas.  After carefully choosing and mixing my colors, I'm ready to paint.  By building up layers of transparent hues, I'm able to capture an illuminating glow in my work.  I also use an impasto style that I developed over twenty years ago. The richly textured paint, seemingly brings my trees and flowers to life!  My clients tell me they feel as though they can just walk into one of my landscapes, or reach out and pluck a petal from one of my flower paintings!  That makes me smile!     Jill Saur's Art 

Fall Aspen Tree Paintings by Atlanta Artist, Jill Saur

fall birch tree painting
©1990-2013 Aspen Tree Painting by Jill Saur, all rights reserved

My 18"x24", acrylic aspen tree painting on canvas, "Golden Vibrance", hangs in my personal collection.  Bold, eye-catching, and a true focal point for any room, this work of art is available to purchase in a reproduction, either on paper or canvas.  As always, I love to embellish my reproductions to give them the complete look of an "original".  This work was inspired by one of my trips to Taos, New Mexico in the fall.

Send me an email to purchase one of these and I'll respond promptly.  CLICK HERE  To see more of my available artwork, visit my website.  WEBSITE

Monday, March 17, 2014

Red Flowers Painting by Atlanta Artist, Jill Saur

red flowers on canvas
©1990-2014 Red Flowers Painting by Jill Saur, all rights reserved
Michelangelo said, "I am still learning."  Personally,  there are still many discoveries yet to be made, paintings to be rendered, and more to learn.  It's thrilling to know there's so much to look forward to!

This is my 48"x48" acrylic palette knife painting, "Absolute Joy".  I had a lot of fun with this one!  It's loaded with texture and looking for a home where it can be a stunning focal point for all to enjoy.  Contact me:  CLICK HERE  See more of my work:  www.JillSaurFineArt.com


Saturday, March 15, 2014

Boat On Beach Painting By Atlanta Artist, Jill Saur

boat painting
©1990-2012 Boat Painting by Jill Saur, all rights reserved

This abandoned boat on the beach, "Rhapsodic Blues", was inspired by a vacation I took on a tiny island in the Florida Keys, where I came across this enticing scene.  This 14"x11" acrylic palette knife painting is rendered in the impressionistic style of Vincent Van Gogh, one of my favorite artists.

I invite you to become a collector and experience the joy of owning artwork that inspires and uplifts your soul.  My Website:  CLICK HERE

Friday, March 14, 2014

Aspen Tree Paintings

aspen tree painting
©1990-2014 Aspen Tree Painting by Jill Saur, all rights reserved

My new 11"x14" acrylic palette knife painting is titled, "Defining Moment".  It represents our seemingly abstract life and the path we must take to find our own way.  To inquire about purchasing this work, EMAIL ME.  To see more of my available work, visit my WEBSITE.

I invite you to become a collector and experience the joy of owning artwork that uplifts and inspires your soul!  Thanks for viewing, Jill Saur

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Blue Flowers Painting By Atlanta Artist, Jill Saur

purple flowers painting
©1990-2014  Blue Flower Painting by Jill Saur, all rights reserved
This is my new 12"x12" acrylic palette knife painting on canvas.  It's titled, "Blue Flowers".

When I work with my palette knife, I use an impasto style that I developed for myself over fifteen years ago.  The richly textured paint seemingly brings my trees and flowers to life.  
My patrons tell me they feel like they can walk into one of my landscapes or reach out and pluck a petal from one of my flower paintings.  That makes me smile! 


I invite you to become a collector and experience the joy of owning original art that inspires and uplifts your soul! - Jill Saur  www.JillSaur.com

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Fall Aspen Tree Painting by Atlanta Artist, Jill Saur

fall birch tree painting
©1990-2014 Fall Aspen Tree Painting by Jill Saur, all rights reserved
Four feet tall by three feet wide, my original acrylic fall aspen tree painting on canvas is titled, "Sequestered Dream".  I was inspired to paint this after one of my trips to beautiful Eastern Colorado, where some of the largest aspen trees in America grow. 

This painting is loaded with texture and has a beautiful glow during the daytime hours. In the evening it simply radiates with light!  This work of art is destined to be the focal point for someones beautiful home or place of business.  Is it you?  Contact me: CLICK HERE

To see more of my work, please visit my website:  CLICK HERE  Thanks,  Jill Saur

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Red Flower Painting by Atlanta Artist, Jill Saur

atlanta artist painter
©1990-2014 Red Flowers on Canvas by Jill Saur, all rights reserved
Some flowers from my garden rendered in acrylic on a 10"x10" canvas and sold to a collector in Atlanta, Georgia.  I mostly paint on large canvases, but when I do these smaller works of art, I really enjoy it! 

To see more of my work, or to commission a painting, please see my website.  CLICK HERE
I invite you to become a collector and experience the joy of owning artwork that inspires and uplifts your soul!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Fall Aspen Tree Painting

fall birch tree painting
©1990-2014 Fall Aspen Tree Painting by Jill Saur, all rights reserved
"A tree is such a rich metaphor in a million beautiful ways.  You can consider a tree growing and consider its connectedness to all things above and under the ground." - Ann Brashares

"Winter Solstice", the title of my 18"x24" acrylic fall aspen tree painting, shows fall giving way to winters first snow.  This painting is about the transitions we face in life and the path  symbolizes the journey we must take through those transitions.   

To inquire about this piece, or to see more of my available work, please visit my website.  I invite you to become a collector!  www.JillSaurFineArt.com

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Butterfly Art by Atlanta Artist, Jill Saur

butterfly painting
©1990-2014 Butterfly Painting by Jill Saur, all rights reserved
"Oh my dear, love is so fragile but also very beautiful, just like a butterfly. Promise me you'll never put your heart in the hands of the savage , but instead give it to another butterfly." - Dagmar D.L.R.

My little 8"x10" acrylic butterfly painting is titled, "The Feast".  At the moment, it remains in my personal collection.  It was inspired by a fascinating little creature that I followed about in a meadow one summer.  It lighted on a flower just long enough for me to capture a quick shot for reference.  

This painting is available to purchase.  Please contact me. CLICK HERE  
To see more of my available work, or to commission a painting, please visit my website.  MY WEBSITE.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

"I Never Give Up" By Jill Saur

tree on canvas
©1990-2014 Tree Painting by Jill Saur, all rights reserved

 "I Never Give Up" By Jill Saur 


For me, there are three types of paintings that end with success.  In each case,  I never give up!
1.  The first type of painting is the one that flows effortlessly. It’s like a fine tuned symphony producing beautiful music.  I suppose it's like catching the "perfect wave" and riding it all the way to the shore.  However, even the perfect wave has obstacles and requires endurance.   I never give up!
2.  The second type of painting is the one that I wrestle with.  I find myself having to paint over certain areas again and again.  Actually, the ones I struggle with lead to new discoveries and results that surprise me.  They afford an opportunity for growth.  This struggle reminds me of the grain of sand in the oyster.  The oyster takes the annoying grain of sand and spins a beautiful pearl.  Some of my best works have resulted from these paintings.  I never give up!
3.  The third type of painting is the one that throws me out of my “comfort zone”.  Oh, but that's where the opportunity for greatness really happens!  I look to my Creator for new and exciting ideas.  That’s when my a painting becomes a rhythmic tango that I engage in with brush, paint, and spirit.  It’s always a beautiful dance.  I never give up!  
© 2010 The Love of Painting by Jill Saur, all rights reserved