Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Time with a Great and Time to Paint

When I was 13 I lied about my age and enrolled in a drawing and painting class at the local state college. It was a continuing Ed class so no one was the wiser to my ill obtained class ;) My instructor would come to be one of the most influential people in my life. Lydia Ellis, a painter, mother and most of all woman strong in her faith was that would help me channel my creativity, venture into mediums I'd never experienced. She also opened her home to me on weekends and took me to church with her. This was the first truly spirit filled church I'd been in. No ancient hymnals and tiny blue haired ladies at the organ. I do love those things, but this hit a spot I didn't know I was craving. I was nurtured by the artist in Lydia as well as the mom in her.

I took classes from her for I think about three years, then got a part time job and friends I had no business associating with and lost my way from Lydia... and God. Down that dark road I never forgot her. And eventually after lots of heart ache and messing with what amazingly did not kill me, I came out the other side ready to finish growing up, meeting the guy of my dreams, starting a family and a new life in Christ. Oh and PAINT!
Naturally my thoughts turned to Lydia, and I was happily surprised to find her quickly online and to be welcomed back into her life with happy loving arms. It feels very Prodigal Son like. So that all brings us to a day with Lydia. I took my beautiful girls for a day of painting with Lydia. She had her grand kids with her. Gaspppppp... There dad was a little boy when I was around as a teen! So my youngest and her grands spent time painting and playing in the yard while Roxanne, my oldest and I sat in Lydia's studio painting and chatting. Roxy says we need a studio like Lydia's!

Lydia has an upcoming show at the Corner Gallery in Newnan, GA. Her exhibit will be, " The Horses of Cumberland Island" and you can see little bits of horses in progress in her studio. This little gallery is a gem and her work is not to be missed. Lydia has spent years painting murals for the most beautiful estates in Peachtree City, teaching classes and doing prophetic art. You can check out some of Lydia's work online click  here.

  ©2013 Heather Ozee, all rights to these images reserved.

  ©2013 Heather Ozee, all rights to these images reserved.

   ©2013 Heather Ozee, all rights to these images reserved.

   ©2013 Heather Ozee, all rights to these images reserved.

  ©2013 Heather Ozee, all rights to these images reserved.


Hugs,


1 comment:

Sorianna Choate said...

Her work is gorgeous. I had no idea you did that when you started taking at classes.