Saturday, December 15, 2012

Painting again- the kitchen

Now that my knees are healing, I'm painting again. I have been in my studio and started new work and completed a few pieces, but I'm drawn to updating our living space and so teh painting this week will take place on our kitchen!

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Songbook cover

Gathered Together #9  has been selected as the cover for a 3 year cycle of songbooks starting in 2014. This journey of art is really surprising! The art director of OCP found this image online. I haven't been working in this exact mixed media style for a while and it's inspired me to get my stencils back out and work into some pieces in the 'halfway done' pile. If any come up into the 'finished' category, I'll post them.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

New knee

This time the knee replacement is quite challenging. Very painful and I hope it's teaching me patience and tolerance. I don't know what lessons pain is supposed to teach but it leads to all sorts of philosophical questions. Sometimes it just leads to 'OUCH!!'.

Friday, October 12, 2012


This is from a new series called Roadside Attractions. I'm attracted to the shadows and random bushes and flowers along the side of the road. I have a whole folder of these odd shots. It's so fun to paint the various colors of grasses and I like the composition. I don't know if others will like it, but I do.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


Friday, October 12 by this time, I will have a new right knee. I have excitement, hesitation, and a little bit of dread. I know when I heal it will be great, but the first two weeks are a big challenge. Fortunately, my terrific husband, Fred will stand by me and guide me through it. My left knee was operated on and replaced on July 19 and it's really quite wonderful for only being 3 months out.

Friday, September 21, 2012


BE, 2011, Mixed media
This piece utilizes some of the medical stickers that were used to plot my radiation last year as a part of my blessedly minor experience with breast cancer. During my treatments, I would sing to myself:

The LORD bless you from heaven above
And shine on you with radiant face.
The Lord who heaven and earth hath made
Illumine you with peace and grace.

(To the tune of "Praise God from whom all blessings flow")

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


ADVENT STARRY NIGHT 5, Virginia Wieringa, Acrylic 2011
MORNING STARS TOGETHER, Virginia Wieringa, Acrylic 2014

MAGNIFICAT, Virginia Wieringa, Acrylic 

JOY TO THE WORLD, Virginia Wieringa, Acrylic
EMERGING STAR 2, Virginia Wieringa, Acrylic 2014

EMERGING STAR 2, Virginia Wieringa, Acrylic 2010

EMERGING STAR 3, Virginia Wieringa, Acrylic 2014
ADVENT STARRY NIGHT 3, Virginia Wieringa, Acrylic 2009

ANGELS AND SHEPHERDS, Virginia Wieringa, Acrylic 2013
IN THY DARK STREETS SHINETH, Virginia Wieringa, Acrylic 2013

ADVENT STARRY NIGHT 1, Virginia Wieringa, Acrylic 1997
ADVENT STARRY NIGHT 2 , Virginia Wieringa, Acrylic 2006

ADVENT STARRY NIGHT 4, Virginia Wieringa, Acrylic 2010

ANGELS FROM THE REALMS OF GLORY, Virginia Wieringa, Acrylic 2013
CHRISTMAS MORNING, Virginia Wieringa, Acrylic 2012

This is an assortment of images I've created with an Advent, Christmas and Epiphany theme. I'm honored when churches ask to use my images and I am happy to share them. However, as it says in Luke 10:7    "the laborer is worthy of their hire" and is repeated in 1 Timothy 5:18, "The worker deserves their  pay." For a fee, I am willing to send you a high quality image for use on program and bulletin covers. You can email me at: Of course, the high resolution image I send will be for one use or one season and will come without the 'watermark' of my name and copyright.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Claudia's 1st birthday

This is my great grand daughter at her first birthday with a marvelous toy. I used a free trial of Camtasia Studio video software to adjust it. I was laughing so hard I turned down most of the volume and I filmed it in the wrong direction and learned to rotate it!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Knee Hiatus

My knee replacement surgery has forced me to take a hiatus from creating art. I had surgery 3 weeks ago and I haven't got the energy or interest in creating. I'm sure it will return but I'm filling my time with reading and napping and healing.

September Collage show at Lowell Arts

Bloodlines 2, Mixed media, 2012

Forward Movement. Mixed media. 2012
These two pieces were chosen to be in the Collage show at Lowell Arts which will run from mid September to mid October.

Monday, July 09, 2012

A Snap shot of Friends

This collage was done using photos cut from our 2012 church directory. My niece Sara and her daughter Lucy helped me on some of the arranging of pictures.

Our pastor, Jack Roeda, begins each sermon by addressing us as "Dear Friends of Jesus Christ".  It is amazing that Jesus calls us his friends and even calls us children of God!

I love the diversity of our congregation. I wanted to gather these photos together to provide a snapshot of us. A group this large is ever changing. Two members pictured have died since I began this project. Other people have joined the church but aren't pictured. This collage is simply a moment in time when this body of believers were Dear Friends of Jesus Christ together. The body of Christ includes all these faces and many, many more.

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Moonrise 2

These two paintings are 16"x20 and 12" square respectively. It was fun trying to capture the reflections on the water.

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

 I love the work that Matt Harding is doing. I enjoy the view of cultures and people around the world.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

2013 Church Seasons Calendar

Advent Starry Night 2

Lakeshore Morning
These two pieces were chosen for inclusion in the Christian Seasons Calendar. This calendar isn't arranged by months, but rather by the liturgical seasons and each week has a listing of readings from the common  lectionary . Last year I was delighted to have two pieces chosen and this year I'm amazed to have two in again! This comes with pay and free calendars!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Festival GR 2012

Allegan Fields 1
Bloodlines 2

   These two pieces are included in the Festival show this year.

ISEA 2012

Lake, Shore and Sky 2
This piece was juried into the ISEA (International Society of Experimental Artists) annual show. This will take place in September in Boston. I've had pieces in 3 of the last 4 shows. This third acceptance earns me signature status in the ISEA!

Friday, May 04, 2012





This painting incorporates pictures of the patriarchs in my fathers' family. I used red spots to indicate the blood relation and also to make the painting a little less personal and more universal. Variations on the American flag design are also incorporated. The guys in the buggy are my great grandfather and his brother. They came from the Netherlands and started a cartage company in Chicago. The building was the offices. The company was Wieringa Brothers Cartage, but my dad and his brothers took over half and renamed it Columbia Cartage when the originators passed it on to them.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

For Lizz

For Lizz
detail of a map of Colorado with Lakewood circled


maps of Grand Rapids and Michigan State
I made this piece for my daughter who lives in Colorado. She's going to hang it in her office. I embedded maps of places she's lived into the piece. It was fun to make something so personal ofr her. I resisted the impulse to put baby pictures into it too!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Miss Fitness

The new logo for the wonderful place I work out!
I dabble with graphic design and I love the variety of fonts available. I was honored to create a new logo for the women's workout place where I'm blessed to work out with a great group of women with the help of new owner and longtime manager Alex Cavasos! I've spent quite a bit of time fiddling with this and other aspects of the branding. Now back to painting!

Saturday, March 31, 2012

en los circulos naranja

en los circulos naranja 2

en los circulos naranja 1

en los circulos naranja 3

en los circulos naranja 4

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


en los circulos morado 1

en los circulos morado2

en los circulos morado3

en los circulos morado 5 

en los circulos turqesa 1

en los circulos turqesa2

en los circulos verde 2

en los circulos verde  3

en los circulos verde 5

en los circulos verde 6

en los circulos verde 1

en los circulos verde4

en los circulos murado 4

These are small playful compositions. with circles and coordinating colors. These will be on sale at 89 ART scene in Fennville.