Friday, November 08, 2013


IN THY DARK STREETS SHINETH.. Virginia Wieringa 2013

This is another part of the series ADVENT STARRY NIGHT that I've been exploring for years. This one is inside Bethelhem and based on the first verse of 'O Little Town of Bethlehem'

"O little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light

The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight"


MORNING STARS TOGETHER Virginia Wieringa 2013
I never tire of thinking about the sky on the night Christ was born. As you can see on my website I've already done nine pieces in this series. This one is based on the second verse of  'O Little Town of Bethlehem'

For Christ is born of Mary
And gathered all above
While mortals sleep, the angels keep
Their watch of wondering love
O morning stars together
Proclaim the holy birth

And praises sing to God the King
And Peace to all on earth

Sunday, October 13, 2013



Wednesday, October 02, 2013


TURTLE POND- Meijer Gardens spring 2013

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


UP THE HILL Virginia Wieringa, Acrylic, 2013

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


LOOKOUT Virginia Wieringa, Acrylic, 2013
A quick study based on experience, not reality. 24"x36".


Angels from the Realms of Glory © 2013 Virginia Wieringa,

This is a continuation of my series on Advent nights. The others had starry nights and wisemen. This is the first with the heavenly hosts.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013


VIEW FROM THE SCREENED PORCH, Virginia Wieringa, Acrylic, 2013

Another piece fresh off the easel.


MORNING LIGHT, Acrylic, Virginia Wieringa, 2013
This is fresh from the studio. It's been underway for a while.

Monday, August 05, 2013

Revisiting Red Tulips


 I went to paint over this tulip painting to reuse the canvas and wound up just tweaking the colors. This can hang around as is for a little while longer.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Hollyhock studies

Little 8"x10 studies of one of my favorite summer flowers. I can't grow them, but I love painting them.

Sunday, July 28, 2013


I took this 12"x24" canvas and primed over an old painting. These hollyhocks flowed onto it while I was at the gallery in Fennville- 89ARTscene- during my shift yesterday.

They didn't just show up unbidden! I've been looking at hollyhocks and sketching and brought along some photos. I've painted hollyhocks before. They are one of my favorite flowers. It was fun to complete a painting again in one sitting. I have too many incomplete projects going! This one is wired and ready to go.

Friday, July 05, 2013

Back in the game

It's been about 3 months since I worked on art in any meaningful way. After a cross country trip and encountering some lovely paintings at the Des Moines Art Center, the art wheels in my mind are turning. I had a dream about printmaking and spent the rest of the night contemplating new directions. Yesterday I spent time taking apart a painting and putting a new layer on top. It was an autobiographical piece. I have photos, I don't need the original. I have money in the frame and I'll reuse that!

Vee Gates

Thursday, June 13, 2013


I'm taking a sabbatical from creating art. One definition of sabbatical is ceasing. I ceased producing art a few months ago. My hands are not idle. I'm putting energy into remodeling our home with my husband. It's good to step back and it's also good to make changes in our living space. I'm still putting time in at the galleries (Flat River Gallery and Framing in Lowell MI and 89ARTscene in Fennville). But now when I go, I bring a book.

As with all the plans that I make, God adds some twists and turns. Last Friday, the fortune in my cookie after a good Chinese meal was "More art in your life at this time will help you feel better." I wasn't feeling bad to begin with, but I got a laugh out of it. I suppose, to quote Bob Dylan "I feel pretty good, but I could feel a whole lot better." Then on Saturday someone bought a piece of my art in Fennville and offered me a commission to design an icon of St. John of the Cross. And this week, I got an invitation to submit art for the Christian calendar I've had work in the last few years ( sabbatical!

Right now, I'd better get back in the kitchen and remove the wall paper paste that's been soaking. What a process! Just thought that some of you might be interested in this part of my art journey. Thanks.

Monday, April 22, 2013

LARGE commission

This is a 4' x5' commission I have worked on at Flat River Gallery and Framing for a few months now. The canvas was too big to work on comfortably in my studio, and it wouldn't fit in my car! Kind friends with a covered pickup were my canvas transport helpers. It's as yet untitled (something about cycles of the moon perhaps). It now hangs in a house in the woods over a magnificent fireplace in a great room with lots of windows. I am so honored to have it there. It's the largest painting I've ever done (except for some wall murals in my past). I did lots of sketches and it didn't follow the plan of any of them! It developed organically.


This is the road leaving the Franciscan Center in Lowell.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Two styles

People often remark about my diversity of styles. I love to paint loose acrylic landscapes and I also love to do more abstract mixed media pieces. Because I've been working in the Flat River Gallery and 89 ART Scene so much I've been doing more landscapes because they are more portable. I need all the tools and mess in my studio to work in mixed media and if I did transport everything, I run the risk of making a giant mess in the gallery space!


Monday, April 08, 2013

still blogging after all these years!

I went on a trip through memory lane. I went back in time and looked at things I've blogged over the years. April 2, 2006 was my first blogpost. It's amazing to have this record of my work over the last 7 years.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013


MORNING Acrylic 16" x 20" Virginia Wieringa
This is hot off the presses. I like it. I used Winsor Blue in the sky. I haven't used it before. I think it worked well. It's so satisfying to paint patches of sunlight!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013


As promised, here's a summer sunflower. It's coming!!

snow scenes

People in Michigan and elsewhere have about had it with winter. It's March 26 and we are looking for warmer breezes and no snow! So I post these two 16" x 20" paintings to get them off the list of things that haven't been posted! From here on in, it's warmer posts!

Thursday, March 07, 2013


I just finished this little painting. It's 12"x24". It was inspired by a trip along the back roads of Allegan County necessitated by road work on my usual route to 89 ART scene. It's in a series of paintings I'm calling Roadside Attractions. The shadow on the barn was what made me turn around.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Crazy Paper Quilt finds a home

This collage found a home yesterday. I'm thrilled because it's a piece I love and now it will be appreciated by its new owners!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A piece in FUMC Celebration.

Forward Movement
First United Methodist Church in downtown Grand Rapids has had a juried show for 40 years called Celebration. It highlights spiritual art. This year 'Forward Movement" was selected to be in the show.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


Possible 2013

This piece combines my love of circles, layers and textures.

In process since 2006

Embedded Prayer

Celestial Timing #6
These pieces are on top of paintings I thought were completed in 2006. It took until now to get the right layer! It's great to have the energy to be in the studio again!! Pain free. Praise God!


Michigan Cove

Near Glen Arbor

My first lakescapes of 2013. Tiny. 6" x 11".  I have just the right frames for them!

Wednesday, January 09, 2013



This is my first piece out of the studio for 2013. Now to frame it and hang it at Flat River Gallery and Framing.

Thursday, January 03, 2013

F&W becoming Flat River Gallery & Framing

For six years, I've been affiliated with Fire and Water ART! in Lowell. The space that was Fire and Water ART! is becoming Flat River Gallery and Framing! We're still at 219 West Main, but we're getting a facelift and new artists are joining many of the F&W artists. Deidre Wingelaar is still our framer.

We'll be having a GRAND OPENING when everything gets put into place!!

Flat River Gallery & Framing is on Facebook.