Autumn Leaves Like Life


Beautiful Autumn colors. You know, life is like these leaves. Beautiful and colorful. Then the wind comes and disturbs it, some leaves that becomes weak falling, but look. The tree still stands, the leaves are still beautiful, and His Light still shines through and illuminates those beautiful colors of your life. #lifeisbeautiful #autumncolors #autumnleaves #hislightshines #waitonthelord

Francesca Battistelli - Write Your Story (Official Audio)

I'm an empty page

I'm an open book
Write Your story on my heart
Come on and make Your mark
Author of my hope
Maker of the stars
Let me be Your work of art
Won't You write Your story on my heart

King Of Glory (Live)

Abstract Landscape “Cradle of Night” 24 x 24 mixed media by Kelly Jeanette Swift

“Cradle of Night” 24 x 24 mixed media
I love the night, especially during the summer months.
Just standing outside in the quietness, smelling the honeysuckles,
looking up at the stars, thanking God for the beauty He created.
This painting was the first one I liked after weeks of frustration.
I began it after I decided to ignore the “good painting rules” and just paint the way I wanted.
I close my eyes and see myself standing on a fog enshrouded hill
overlooking a valley with the lights of a town under a partly cloudy sky with stars.
Can you smell the honeysuckles? Can you hear the crickets?
24 x 24 gallery wrapped canvas
textural, mark making, acrylic paint, oil pastels, gold ink
Sides are painted and it is varnished with a satin varnish, and ready to hang out of the box.
It is packed carefully and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

This piece is available. $430 + shipping. Message me.
Or you can see it on my website

As always, Live Wild, Love More, Laugh Often, and Create Fearlessly!

Is it drawing or photography

I was just playing with making black and white photos with some cool plants I found when I discovered a setting on my camera that makes photos look like drawings. I thought they look cool and may experiment with it some more.

Solitude painting and not following the crowd

These past few weeks have proven a challenge for me. I have not liked anything I have painted lately. It's been a struggle. But I have finally figured out what the issue was. I have been watching too many YouTube artists and allowing their take to influence me. Do this. Don't do that. Follow the good painting rules. Today I just decided to follow my own rules and enjoyed the painting time. No more trying to fit a artist type mold. I'm just going to paint my way and to h*** with the art rules of design and composition.
This is what I started on today. Not finished but I'm happy with it so far.

Beautiful fish at Monet’ Garden in Kitagawa Village

Check out this beautiful video of a Japanese garden that could be straight out of a Monet painting and the beautiful fish swimming in it. Just click on the picture.

See more of this awesome garden here

Recent Small Paintings

 Here are some small paintings that I have done recently. You can find them for sale on my website 
Or you could drop me a line here if you want one.
The 8 x 10s are $45 +shipping and the 12 x 12s are $80 + shipping.
 All are textured and mixed media. The sides are painted and they are varnished with satin varnish.
As always they are created and stored in a dry, pet free and smoke free environment.

You can check out my policies page for shipping and payment.

As always, thanks!

White Washing Life

As a painter I do have times when a painting is just not going for me and I just give up on and do the gesso thing over it. Too bad we can't do that with some life issues. A relationship, a job, an obligation. Just white wash over it and start over. Or we would, as I tend to do, painstakingly, try to avoid places I like. Try to save them to use in the next painting. Try to save life moments we want to keep and remember. Would white washing over bad choices, bad memories, bad events in our lives be fair to us as human beings? Aren't we the sum of all our lives, those things-good and bad-that make up us? Something to think about.

Autumn Leaves Like Life

  Beautiful Autumn colors. You know, life is like these leaves. Beautiful and colorful. Then the wind comes and disturbs it, some leaves tha...