Original Designs: Panels

This blue-jay may have been the first original piece I designed.  I made this as a gift for my parents.  The leaves are cut separately and over-laid with wire stems.

The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. Psalm 24:1 


The wood duck was inspired while enjoying a summer dinner at the Big Spring Lodge on the Current River.  From the glass-walled dining porch you can often see families of these little ducks paddling up and down the spring branch just before it flows into the Current River.   If you're looking for a great vacation spot, check this out.......http://www.bigspringlodgeandcabins.com/

He shall have dominion also from sea to sea,And from the river to the ends of the earth. Psalm 72:8


I call this one Theodosia.  My husband, Dennis, published his first novel, Theodosia's Flock, last year.  I had done numerous sketches of a hyge, spooky old tree to help him conceptualize what he wanted on the cover of the book.  This is my tribute to a great first novel.   Too learn about his book, click here:  http://www.dgbryant.net/Home_Page.html

Let the field be joyful, and all that is in it.  Then all the trees of the woods will rejoice.  Psalm 96:12


This one is for my friend, Paula.

 Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not grow weary, they shall walk and not faint.    Isaiah 40:31


I made this panel for my cousin, Kathy, who has played the piano for church services since she was very young.


 I made this panel to celebrate the 60th anniversary of my parents, Conrad and Ruth Foster.




This panel is a sign for a hair salon.   




I started this one a couple of years ago, but had difficulty getting it framed.   Sometimes being self-taught is a handicap.  My goal for this Christmas break was to finish up several partially completed projects, and this was one of them.    My inspiration comes from lots of summer days on Current River, where you see great blue herons wading in the shallows fishing frequently.



When Dennis published his second novel, "The Hermit's Lair," I wanted to do a piece to commemorate that as I had done with "Theodosia's Flock," but it took me a while to come up with an idea.    But one day I thought about the geode slices I had picked up at a craft sale a few years ago, and this the result.