Saturday, September 20, 2008

Family Oil Portrait commission

"Kelsey with Great Grandma" 11x14 oil on canvas
This is a portrait commission from a client from North Carolina who has been a few times a return client. The client wanted to make sure her Mom's favorite lamp was also in the painting :)

Anyway, this post is really about children. We don't have kids but it doesn't stop me from being protective of the ones I am exposed to.

This Wednesday, September 24th, 2008 is the deadline for "Protect the Children Act Bill 1738"

  • Authorize over $320 million over the next five years in desperately needed funding for law enforcement to investigate child exploitation.
  • Mandate that child rescue be a top priority for law enforcement receiving federal funding.
  • Allocate funds for high-tech computer software that can track down Internet predators.
Go to to find out who your senators are. You can either, call, write, FAX or email to urge them to vote YES on the Protect the Children Act Bill 1738.

Here is a sample letter to send that has published. The Sample Letter

Unfortunately I've witnessed some of this sort activities online when I first started to explore the Internet chats. And I can't believe how one easily falls prey to people with ill intents. I ended up playing "Mom" to those I've become aware about until it just became no fun to socialize online any more because I couldn't really help them effectively.

Just like the real world, the Internet is particularly dangerous to those who are new to its possibilities. This bill will help pave some new directions to help protect not just the children but also the rest of us who wander through the infinite world of this new dimension.

But I also do wish every computer, and Internet cable would come with a manual for adults on how they need to pay attention to the young ones and get more involved in their lives so they know who the children are associating with and be aware of their environment because we can't expect the government or the teachers and priest or ministers, etc., to do the job that should be implemented and regularly done at home.

Ok that's my contribution :) And before I go off to experiment if I can duplicate PF Chang Restaurant's lettuce wrap chicken, I now leave you with something autumn and delicious!

"Mangoes (study)" oil on canvas paper 6x6


  1. The portrait is sweet and bright, and I'm sure your client was thrilled. But for the thrills of enjoying a juicy ride from a paint brush, your Mangos steal the show in this post. The color and brushwork are exciting! Yum!

  2. Welcome home Hillary! Thank you, I too like and actually enjoy the more painterly and juicy style of the mangoes. Inviting and juicy like the fruits! One of these days I'll feel like I'm being hired to do a portrait that is more painterly like that :)

  3. Scheetie! I so bad. Just read this post and saw the fruit! luvluvluv it!

    you teach?


  4. LOL what are you up to Red? I teach in 4 words and a smiley: Just slap it on! :)

  5. HmmmHmm good....Me too...I will go with the mangoes. Luscious fruitiness of paint. I also like your style of teaching..just slap it on..:) You are way too funny, girl! I must remember that!

  6. Wow, Erika. That's a lot to think about. We should do all we can to protect children around the world. Easier said than done.
    The portrait is very sweet and I'm sure it will be cherished.

  7. LOL Theresa I'm sure you've said the thing maybe in different words when you teach :) Thanks so much dear!

  8. Hi Deb! Yes, my image of children is that they stand out there alone without and protection from bad elements until they develop the skills and the skin called "experience" so then can be wiser and able to make good judgment.


Thank you for taking the time to comment ~Erika