This lantern below was made by my fiancé Greg Gaskill. I’ve been watching him create beautiful raku ceramic lanterns.

raku-lanternRaku Lantern by Greg Gaskill, sold

We’ve talked about how they illuminate and cast shadows. We’ve talked about the other lanterns we have in our home. The hanging one’s we have on the back deck that are made of punched tin from Mexico. I love the star pattern on them. Then there are the solar lanterns we have along the walkway. And the red paper lantern I have hanging in my art studio and the delicately thin white papered one in our kitchen with the black, spaghetti thin wire handle. I would have to say we are lovers of lanterns!

So all this talk of lanterns is what inspired me to create my first painting with a lantern in it which I titled “Touching the Light:  One Danced with the Fireflies.” It is an acrylic on canvas, 30″ x 40″, and sold a few weeks ago at the Tumalo Art Co. gallery.

Touching the Light: One Danced with the Fireflies

yellow lanterns

And I’m painting more trees with lanterns in them. The one I’m working on at the moment has a number of colored lanterns in it. Here is the first layers of paint.


Then I put a black, patterned texture over it and this is the phase where it can look pretty bad. I usually have to tell myself that I know this painting is going to get better! It is these in between stages of my paintings that I do not like and get frustrated with because there is a tiny side of my brain that thinks it is not going to turn out the way I envision it. I know I have to push through this stage.


And it is getting better….it’s changing everyday and I can’t wait to see where it leads me!


I’ll post the completed painting after I finish it. Stay tuned.