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Shop For a Cause | Child Trafficking | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

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Shop For a Cause | Child Trafficking | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

Shop for a Cause | Child Trafficking | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

 I have talked about my burden for children, and more specifically those who are victims of trafficking in past blog posts, but I’m ashamed to say that my voice has been quiet lately.  Life has a way of sneaking up on us and distracting us from some really important issues (not that all distractions aren’t equally important, but they can demand more of our attention than we need to give).

 

Princess Portrait | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

 

So, imagine the convicting blow to my heart when I opened social media on a recent Monday morning just to see an article that broke me.  Even if the accusations in the article are not true (and I pray they aren’t), it was non the less a wake up call equivalent to being woken abruptly from a deep sleep.  I have failed these children, and the thought of them in a dark room praying for someone to come and free them is unbearable.  I was reminded how urgent this issue is and how I CAN NOT stay silent…I need to do better.

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Kandinsky's Concentric Circles | Art Lesson for Children | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

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Kandinsky's Concentric Circles | Art Lesson for Children | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

 

Last week I shared my first art lesson for kids to help all of you who are teaming up with your school to educate your children from home, and I received so much positive feed back from you.  Upon request, I have put together another lesson for you inspired by the modernist artist Kandinsky.

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How to custom cut your own mat for framing | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

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How to custom cut your own mat for framing | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

How to custom cut your own mat for framing | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

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If you have ever had art matted and framed by a professional framer, then you know that it isn't cheap, but you want your art investment to look beautiful and to be properly protected, right?  Having your art matted professionally is wonderful and convenient if you can spare the extra expense, but some of us need  budget friendly options.  Today, I'm going to share with you some alternatives as well as teach you how you can custom cut your own mats, and I think you will be surprised how easy it really is.

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Beautifully Broken | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

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Beautifully Broken | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

Beautifully Broken | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

princess painting | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art
I was listening to Pandora like I often do as I work in my studio, and the song from Plumb “Beautifully Broken” began to play.  The words just resonated in my heart, and I found myself replaying the song over and over while soaking it all in.
Life is full of hardships... unexplainable, unimaginable hardships, and it isn’t my intention to discuss the why’s behind the tragic storms that we face...

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Painting With Gold Leaf | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

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Painting With Gold Leaf | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

A King Is Born | Gold leaf painting | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art
I painted with metal leaf and I liked it!  I think you will too because gold leaf adds a touch of elegance to paintings that is not only beautiful, but eye catching.  I love painting my Princess, Prince, and Crown paintings, but I was wanting to push the paintings further.  Isn't that what us creatives do?  I strive to always push myself towards growth by experimenting with new ideas as well as keep myself from getting bored with the same processes.  So when I saw that you can use metal leaf in paintings, I knew I had to try it.

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