Some Beautiful Artwork For Your Friyay!

Happy Friyay! I have a special treat for you today, an interview and artwork from a very talented artist. She’s not just an artist, but also my Mom. πŸ™‚

What you’re seeing here today is but a fraction of the wonderful oil paintings that grace the walls of my parent’s home, and that of our families. I hope you enjoy and please feel free to comment. Have a great weekend!

This painting celebrates the trees in a farmer’s field down the road. The farmer had trouble with wolves. The trees were destroyed because the cows were too attracted to the Crab Apples. Glad I painted a picture of those lovely trees.

How did you get into painting?

As a timid child, in a large immigrant family, I started school at the age of six. I had teachers that encouraged my drawing ability. My love of art grew, as I grew. After my marriage, I moved to a farm, where my husband and I raised four children. It was a good time, and I did try to find time for art, but at first it was water colors. Later, I discovered my real love was oil painting. It is such a relaxing and forgiving medium; no rush, and if I don’t like something I can just paint over it. Oil painting is best done in layers, anyway.

Lighting is everything on a finished painting. The daylight gives it an authentic sheen that becomes more mysterious by lamplight, so the picture is never quite the same. That is what I love about oil paintings.

Taken from a photograph. MacDougall Mill in Renfrew, Ontario, Canada.

What is your favorite subject to paint?

I try to diversify, but the easiest for me is trees. I love doing skies and landscapes. Bright, cerulean skies, with whitish puffy clouds and shadows, is a great way for me to start a painting.

A peaceful fall scene. Again, from my imagination.

Do you enjoy listening to music while you paint?

Music is a staple in my life. I especially love listening to beautiful hymns. I am so thankful for easy access to talented, Christian musicians. I almost always listen to music as I paint.

No longer used by humans. Left for wild animals. A sad and lonely painting.

If you could go back in time and learn from a famous artist?

I would love to learn from the 16th century artists, who mastered skin tones and shadows. Someone like Rembrandt. I like art that attempts to portray the natural world, over modern art, though some of those can be quite striking also.

A playful winter scene from my imagination. Happy times!

This scene is from our backyard, on a calm winter evening.

A peaceful scene, and something from the past. A farmer’s wife wife bringing him an early supper. They are offering up a prayer of thanksgiving to God.

Thank you, Mom, for being a guest today, and for everything you’ve done for us over the years. We love you very much. But, there’s one last very important question. How did you manage to raise such an angelic, oldest son?

Ummmhmmm . . . (nods and smiles) πŸ™‚

Meet Wendi Bierman:

Wendi Bierman was born in Holland and immigrated to Canada at the age of four, as part of a large family. She grew up in Pembroke, Ontario, Canada, and had a happy, busy childhood, with church every Sunday. She became a follower of Jesus at a young age, and has remained a Christian all her life.

As a teen, she loved roller skating, reading mystery books, learning to play music, and singing. Wendi married a farmer and moved to Athens, Ontario. They have raised four children, now married and enjoy eight grandchildren. Each one of those grandchildren has received a painting of themselves, at age seven, doing something they liked to do. Something for them to remember their grandmother in later years. Grandpa has added to this by making the lovely frames.

Wendi is thankful for everyday, along with the gift of art and painting that is in her soul.

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Born and raised on a farm near Brockville, Ontario, Mark Bierman's childhood consisted of chores, riding horses, snowmobile races across open fields, fishing trips to a local lake, and many other outdoor adventures. He was also an avid reader of both fiction and non. Transitioning towards adulthood also meant moving from the farm and into large urban areas that introduced this country boy to life in the big cities. After a short stint as a private investigator, he moved into the role of Correctional Officer, working at both Millhaven Institution and Kingston Penitentiary, until it closed.

69 thoughts on “Some Beautiful Artwork For Your Friyay!”

  1. Hi Mark, it is lovely to see you mom featured here. Her paintings are very good and it is a great thing she was encouraged with her artwork at school. That is not always the case with modern schooling as the focus always seems to be on science and maths rather than the arts.

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  2. This is such a treat, Mark! Thanks so much for sharing your mom’s beautiful paintings with us. Amazing! Such a beautiful gift to have and share. Please say thank you to her! πŸ™‚

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  3. I enjoyed meeting your mom, Mark, and she is incredibly talented. I couldn’t choose a favorite painting if you asked me to, but I could see all of them hanging in our house. πŸ™‚
    What a blessing to have her paintings in your home and in your sibling’s homes. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  4. Mark, I enjoyed getting to know your mom through this interview. What a talent she has! I am always in awe of those with drawing and painting abilities. Great interview. Enjoyed reading the article and the comments. And, we share a connection of family in Athens!

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  5. Thank you for sharing your mom with us, Mark. Her paintings are amazing. My grandmother offered her paintings to many in the family, and we cherish them as you do. What a blessing! πŸ’—

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  6. Beautiful art Aunt Wendi! It reminds me of your home on the farm that I visited as a child. My parents have one of your paintings (a vase of flowers), which I always enjoy looking at in their home. You are very talented.

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  7. What a fantastic tribute to your mom, Mark. Her paintings are beautiful. I’m particularly taken with the three trees and the nighttime winter glimpse of the backyard. What a beautiful gift God has given her. I especially love that she gives her grandchildren a painting of themselves at seven. What a treasure to cherish!

    My father was an artist as well. He worked in multiple mediums (watercolors, pastels, charcoal) but oil painting was also favorite as well. My family has many of his paintings throughout our houses.

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    1. Thanks. Mae. I’m so glad that you enjoyed the artwork. That’s neat that your father was an artist too, and that he enjoyed oil painting. Such a blessing to adorn the walls of your home with artwork made by the hands of a loved one, isn’t it? πŸ™‚

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  8. What a lovely post, Mark! Your mom is one talented lady. It would be hard to pick a favorite from this group. Thank you for introducing us to your mother and her beautiful artwork, Mark!

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  9. That was so fun, Mark. Your mom is super talented. I just fell in love with the mill. From reading your mom’s explanation about how rich (and forgiving) oils are, I can see why they’re popular among painters. You’re lucky to have an artist in the family to help decorate your wall.s.

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  10. What a lovely interview with your Mom! I can see her talent springs from her deep connection to God and love for her home and family. Such beautiful work! Thank you for sharing her with us, Mark!

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  11. Wow! These are incredible, Mark. Your mother has so much talent. I’m happy you shared these with us and the interview, too. The painting of the calm winter evening felt like I was looking out a window…it looks so real. I hope you’ll share more!

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  12. Interesting point about lighting: “The daylight gives it an authentic sheen that becomes more mysterious by lamplight, so the picture is never quite the same.”

    She paints very well and blesses your homes with artwork.

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