Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Emerson's Awards

Hi friends! It is snowing yet again as I type this. You may recall last year I told you of Emerson's achievement in art in this post. Well he has done it again! He has won another Gold Key Award  and an Honorable Mention Award in the Scholastic Art Competition. This is a national art competition. There were almost 2,000 entries from our state of Wisconsin alone. It is for grades 7-12. His Gold Key piece will go on to National Competitions for Gold and Silver Medals. This is the painting he won a Gold Key for in painting.
He has titled it 'Captured'. Perhaps you are familiar with the Prince Valiant cartoons in the newspapers here in the U.S. that have been running since before I was born? Well Emerson always reads that and truly admires the artwork in it. So he painted characters from the series and created this. I know I have never shown pictures of my kids. This is the closest you get! ;) Emerson has painted himself into this piece, next to Prince Valiant. I love the Vikings expressions he created. This next one is the Honorable Mention.
He calls this 'The Merchant'. =) I was with Emerson all the way on these pieces. He works at the kitchen table when not working on them at school. Mom stitches at the table and he draws and paints there. So cool to see these things come to life.

We will be attending the award ceremony at the Milwaukee Art Museum on Saturday. 'Captured' is hanging there already.
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 I received a special RAK from Donna! She made me a sweet, pink Valentine. She found "Matilda" the poodle candle while thrifting and thought of me. =) She also sent some nice variegated pink floss and yummy Candied Caramel Pecan wax cubes to melt. Thank you so much Donna!


I finished Little Town On The Prairie. Another great read. Laura cross stitches a gift for Carrie in this story. ;)

This is my progress thus far on Theotokos.

Thanks for indulging me today friends. I just had to share Emerson's wonderful artistic talent. =)

Have a stitchtastic day! I have thanked God for you today!

Stitching and praying,
Vickie


36 comments:

Margaret said...

Emerson is one talented kid. Wow! Wonderful art! I love the effect of the camel's head. Your stitching is really coming along too! It's such a beautiful piece. Nice RAK too! And cute little Henry -- awwwww. Such a little sweetie!

Annie said...

Congrats to Emerson! What an inventive and talented young man. I used to read the Prince Valiant comic strip everyday back when I read comic strips at all.

What a fun RAK for your poodle collection. And very nice progress on your stitching.

Vicki said...

Congratulations, Emerson! It's great to see such a talented young guy - good luck in the remaining competition. And congrats to you, Vickie, a proud mom!

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Wow, your son is so very talented. Love his pictures. I really like the one with the camel...that huge camel head is awesome! I am sending a prayer his way that he will continue with his art work and that his life will be blessed with the ability to make a living with his talents. So very awesome.

I know you must be very proud of him and rightly so, what a wonderful accomplishment. This is such great news. :)

I adore your Theotokos. Those eyes of Mary are so captivating. I love the colors in the background...is that an olive or a tan? So lovely.

And I see Henry has found a snuggle buddy, so cute. :)

Blessings to you and yours always sweet friend. :)

Julie said...

Congratulations to Emerson, wonderful artwork.

Lesley said...

Vickie,your son has a wonderful gift,thank you for sharing it here,and I hope he does well in the competition.
Lovely stitching and a very thoughtful RAK.

Melissa said...

Congratulations to Emerson for his wonderful artwork! What a great honour and I bet you will be teary at the awards ceremony!

Stay warm!

geeky Heather said...

Congratulations to Emerson! My favorite is the "extreme close-up" of the camel. =) Love that he did a self portrait in "Captured"...all the greats in Renaissance art did that. =)

√Čva said...

Congratulations to your son, he is very talented !
Your progress on Theotokos is amazing.

Carol said...

Oh, what a talented artist Emerson is (love his name, too!!)... I can't even draw a stick figure so I'm always in awe of people who can paint and draw such beautiful things. Congratulations to him, Vickie!

Your RAK from Donna is perfect for you--pink and poodles :) Love your stitching, too--such a wonderful piece :)

Lee said...

I am so glad you shared Emerson's paintings with us congratulations to him

Stitching Noni said...

Oh wow! Emerson is so talented! Congrats to him on his award.. just brilliant! I love the scene of you stitching while he paints - just lovely :o)
Sweet RAK gift too!
Hugs xx

Chris said...

Hey Vickie!
Your son is so talented. Amazing paintings! He must take after you.
Your stitching progress is so lovely.
Stay snug and warm!

Astrids dragon said...

Wow, he does great work! I especially love the close up camel, that's fantastic!

Your Theotokos is just beautiful, how big will it be?

Annette-California said...

Congratulations to Emerson! His paintings are fantastic. Of course your so proud of him:)
Theotokos is stunning you are stitching this one fast.
love Annette

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

What stupendous paintings and what an honor for your Emerson! CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Love your Madonna!

Giovanna said...

Big congrats to your son, and your stitching is just lovely.

butterfly said...

Your boy has the same talent as you Vickie.
His work is wonderful and your stitching is just beautiful. Lovely gift , hugs.

Catherine said...

Congratulations to Emerson!! His work is great ~ love the camel! Your stitches are very pretty ~ how great that you share that table creative time with your son!

Melanie said...

Congrats to Emerson!! That is so cool. He has a wonderful way of looking at the world, these are both great pieces.

Nicky said...

Congratulations Emerson, what a talented artist you are!

Lillie said...

Congrats to Emerson, what an achievement! Theotokos looking great and a cute gift received.

♥ Nia said...

Woooowww!!! That's amazing :D
Wonderful work and a well deserved recognition!
Congrats to Emerson!!! :D and to you proud mamma :)))))

Michelle said...

Well done Emerson. You must really be a proud Mum. Such an achievement xx

Sally said...

Congratulations to Emerson. What a fantastic achievement and well deserved too.

Lovely gift and wonderful progress.

Melody said...

Congratulations to Emerson. What a talent he has! How exciting for you to have his talent recognized.

Brigitte said...

Wow, Vickie, your son is so talented, congratulations to him on winning the Gold Key for his artwork and for going on to the National Competition. So great for him.
You stitched a lot on Theotokos, wonderful progress picture.

Meari said...

Congrats to Emerson doing so well in the competition. I love the camel, lol.

Nice progress on your WIP. You've gotten quite a bit accomplished.

Kathy Ellen said...

Your son, Emerson is amazingly talented! You must be a very proud mother. He is very gifted and surely will achieve great things with his artistic abilities.

'Theotokos' is beautiful. I think that your little Henry has the right idea, snuggled down in his bed.

Blessings!

Cindy said...

Congrats to Emerson, he's quite the artist!

Simply Victoria said...

How fantastic for your son! Has he chosen an art school yet?

Trace4J said...

My goodness!!
What a gift from GOD!
Such talent.
You go Emerson.
What a proud mama you must be.
Woolie Hugs and Love

Jeanne said...

Congrats on your son's achievements! I can barely draw a stickman myself so I'm impressed and yes I do remember the Prince Valient cartoons. What a nice gift you received and your project is lovely!

moreofhim said...

Emerson is so talented! I can totally understand why his artwork has been chosen as it's truly amazing! Congratulations to him!

What a sweet gift you received...the candle is so cute.

Blessings - Julie

Maggee said...

Congratulations to your son Emerson, for being awarded for his great artistic talent! I know you are smiling all the time when you think of it! You have REALLY progress on Theotokos! Wow! That is a really neat piece! Look at Henry snoozing away... so cute! Hugs!

Kaisievic said...

Emerson is incredibly talented. You must be so proud!