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Jodi Crubaugh

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A Different Kind of Bird


Only a different kind of girl would paint a different kind of bird!  Here she is, and here I am!  I'll fly away, oh glory!

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Rendezvous


This is another painting that I did not know I was going to paint.  As I was painting I noticed a strong handsome jawline appeared, and I just went from there.  My husband is always teasing me for painting women, but honestly, women just appear in my paintings more then men, I suppose because I am one, and I can relate.  My daughter would ask questions about the couple as I painted them.  She wanted to know if they were married, if they were dating, and what their names were.  I did not know the answer to any of these questions.  They were just two people who decided to show up on my canvas.  They appear to be in love.  Their story is a mystery. 

Outlook is Beautiful
Tiny Dancer


Outlook Beatiful and Tiny Dancer


These two painting were painted in September.  It has been so long since I have been able to paint!   Both were painted by what I call the paint and squint method.  I paint a bunch of strokes according to my mood, then I sit back and squint until something jumps out of the canvas, and then I paint it!  I do not remember what I named the painting on the right, but the paining on the left is Tiny Dancer!  


Me by Me

Me by Me

 

A lot of my paintings start with me grabbing few pretty colors,and just brushing it on the canvas.  Once I have filled the canvas with pretty colors, I will sit back and squint.  Once I have found a picture on the canvas, I will sketch it in and paint it.  That is  how these two paintings were developed.  This painting is a representation of how I feel  that God sees me. 

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Nat's Girl


I painted this lovely for my friend Natalie.  I had painted another nude on my birthday a year ago, quite by accident.  I never set out to paint her, just just happend. Actually, all of my painting tend to "just happen."  Any way, Natalie wanted her, and I just couldn't seem to part with her for some reason, so I painted the one above for Natalie during our summer vacation.  She has a peace sign and a heart tatooed on her, because that is what I always wish for my friend.  Actually, I suppose that is what I always wish for all of us.  It is my mantra.  Any way, My friend Natalie now has a real life girl, and they are engaged to be Married!  So I suppose this is now Nat and Marge's girl.  Come get your girl, ladies!   

Uninhibited


Uninhibited


This lovely was painted on my 45th birthday.  She is my first Nude!  I call her uninhibited, because I have never had the guts to paint a nude before.  I don't know.  Maybe there will be more nudes in my future!

BTW...  This is not me.  A lot of me comes out in my paintings, so there could be some simalarities.  My boobs are still perky for my age, but they are not quite that perky! ;)  


Dog Dreams

Dog Dreams


 This is another one of my "squint art" paintings.  It started out as a yellow house, and then morphed into my precious Pippin and Quigley hanging out with their Angel guardian.  I loved those two dogs so much!  I always love mornings that I wake up after dreaming about them.

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Ever Gracious Ever Present Love Is.

Donated to the Team Henderson Silent Auction

With arms raised in gratitude.  This angel is always present in the moment giving thanks and praise for where she is in her life.  Not looking forward or back, but showing appreciation for the moment.  

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Refuge from the Masses

(I will not assimilate) 

I recently started a new job.  I like my job.... sort of...  it just seems that a lot of time is spent in meetings where there is a lot of stress, and a lot of tension.  I am very busy, which helps pass the day, but everyone seems so impersonal, and so cut throat.

  It makes be want to climb up and a tree and just be.  I have to remind myself that my job is what I do, not who I am.

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Every now and then someone comes along who "gets you."  You call them Friend.


Painted for my friend Meg.  So glad that she gets me.  :)

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Born to be Me

I guess I have been feeling a little rushed and under pressure latey.  Pressure to be the perfect mom, perfect wife, and the perfect worker bee.  In all the pressure to be perfect for everyone else, someone important has been lost.  Me.   It''s time to go find her.

Evidence of Faith


My cousin's wife was recently confirmed Catholic.  This was a painting done as a gift to her.  It depicts my interpretation of Hebrews 11:1. "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."  I could go on and on about this verse.  I spent years struggling with Faith myself.  Not necessarily faith in God, but faith in the outcome of my situations.  The evidence of faith is seen in this picture, as the angel with eyes closed, mocks the wings of the butterfly she is holding.

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Hell in a Hand Basket


This piece was painted for The Vine silent art auction. 

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Harmony Travels with Compassion


This angel was ready just in time for election day!  How fitting!  I can't count how many times I have said it.  For the longest time it was a joke at the office.  One thing that Rodney King and I have in common, is that I am always wondering "Why can't we all just get along?"  I mean it seems simple enough, I am nice to you, and you are nice to me.  It is something we were taught as children, but seem to forget as we get older.  Play nice, share, take turns...  all the common courtesies that we seem to forget when we get in our cars, and drive to the local Target or Walmart.  "Get the hell out of my way!" "Move your cart bimbo!"  "Do I look like I have all day?" It is something that we loose touch with when we log on to facebook, and someone has a different political view, religious outlook, or personal life style.  We are so self focused that we think we know how other people should live, love, and vote.  We think that because we care about something, then everyone else should, and if they don't, well, they must just be going to hell in a hand basket!  This is where we go wrong.  People are not going to change their point of view just because we tell them they are wrong and we are right.  They are NOT just going to get along.  Yet, that is what we all want...  to get along... I don't know of anyone that WANTS to disagree, or wants to fight.  Yet, we do.   How can we achieve this harmony that we all so desperately want?  That is why this sweet angel has came!  She came to let us know that to achieve harmony, we must have compassion.  We may not agree with the person next door, or they may just plain be rude or unnerving.  This is where we need to look at this person, and see ourselves in this person.  See how we are like this person, and how this person is like us.  We need to remember a time, when perhaps we may have behaved as this person does, or when we would think like this person does.  Envision a situation that may cause us to think like this person thinks, or act like this person acts.  We must have compassion.  




Wikipedia defines compassion as a virtue in which the emotional capacities of empathy and sympathy (for the suffering of others) are regarded as a part of love itself, and a cornerstone of greater social interconnection and humanism - foundational to the highest principles in philosophy, society, and person-hood.  If only, we would take a moment to see how we are connected before we jumped to conclusions we might just be able to achieve harmony, if only for a little while.  




This angel has peacock feathers, most people think of peacocks as representing pride and virtue, however In Hinduism the Peacock is associated with Lakshmi who is a deity representing benevolence, patience, kindness, compassion and good luck.  It is an emblem of love, compassion, and kind-heartedness.  The goldfish represents many things in the Chinese culture.  It represents, wealth, and it also represents the harmony of family.  In this painting it specifically represents the harmony of our global family.  This angel is called Compassion, and she travels with her pet goldfish Harmony, in order to show us that getting along is possible, if we just have a heart.





Peace brings Prosperity 


Everyone knows that an owl represents wisdom, but every now and then it represents prosperity.  Every one wishes prosperity for those that they love.  The best way to bring prosperity is to be at peace with who you are, and with what those around you are.   Be at peace, and know that we are all connected, and prosperity will follow.

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Hope brings Healing 


This is another angel that literally appeared on the canvas as I was filling the background.  I was sitting in my dining room listening to Wayne Dyer's "Change Your Thinking - Change Your Life" , when she just literally popped out of my canvas.  "Hope brings Healing" has been a theme that I have wanted to paint for some time, and when this angel came to fruition, I knew that she had to be Hope.  The Apple Blossom is a symbol of hope, so naturally I decided to pair Hope up with her flower.  That flower will one day grow to be an apple, and we all know what they say!  "An Apple a day keeps the doctor away!"  

We all have times of despair.  Whether it be sickness, rejection, or loss of a loved one. In situations like these we always have at least two options.  We can dwell on our misery, thus going into a deeper darker place, or we can hope for a better future, lifting ourselves out of our despair and bringing ourselves to a better place.  Healing our mind and even our bodies, and bringing joy and encouragement to others. 

This Angel is Hope, and she has come to bring healing.

Peace be with You


I am about to give you a little more information about me on a spiritual level, than you probably want to know.  I was raised in a half catholic half evangelical christian home.  Needless to say the direction that I received was quite mixed.  I was told by my mother that I could not pray to anything but God and Jesus, and I would go to my Catholic school praying "Hail Jesus, full of Christ!"  I learned about the Father, the Son, and The Holy Spirit, and I thought that "Peace be with You" was just something you said to greet your fellow worshipers at the church.  When my parents divorced, I spent half of my Sundays kneeling and crossing myself, and half of my Sundays watching people get healed and speaking in tongues (still quite a scary concept to me).  I embraced both sides of this Christian Spectrum as I kept myself safely distant from both sides as well.  Both of my parents were very devout Christians, they just had very different ways of expressing their devotion.  In their own minds they were right, and the other was to put it nicely, a little crazy (sorry Mom and Dad).  I grew up just thinking that surely neither of my wonderful well meaning parents were going to hell.  This painting is entitled "Peace be with You." It is a painting about the Holy Spirit.  Something that I grew up a little scared of and confused about.  On one hand, I thought it was something I had to have in order to get to heaven.  If I were to by accident blaspheme the Holy Spirit, I would for sure go to Hell.  On the other hand, I thought the Holy spirit was God and Jesus rolled into one.  He was my left and right shoulder when I would cross myself in mass.  Absolutely and totally Conflicted.

 

In my older age, I have been able to reconcile the two.  First of all, I would like to believe that God honors all those that honor him.  Whether they be protestant, catholic, Muslim, or Jew.  I no longer see the Holy Spirit as a ticket to the pearly gates, but my comforter and my guide.  The holy spirit is the one that gives me that feeling of comfort when I am at my lowest.  It is the one that holds me after I have gone through a divorce, or have had a miscarriage.  The holy spirit is the one that tells me to bite my tongue rather than to verbally rip someone apart (I wish he would assist me some more in this area).  The Holy Spirit, to me is not something to fear, but something to hold on to.  It is something that is there for you when no one else can.  The Holy Spirit, to me, is peace.  So when I say "Peace be with You."  I do not intend it as a greeting, but I intend it as a sincere wish that the Holy Spirit will bring you comfort during your storms, and guidance throughout your life.... that all will be well with your soul.

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Whistle in the Wind

 

For some time now, I have been fascinated by glass.  I have dabbled some in stained glass, and fused glass.  I simply like it.  I especially love the concept of bottle trees.  They just seem poetic to me.  Whenever I see one on a movie, or along side the road on our way to Mississippi, or Cold Water Tennessee, I just start to daydream.  Did they drink all of the contents of those bottles?  Do they love to sit outside and watch the light dance off of the bottles?  What about the sound?  Do the bottles play beautiful clinkity clankity sounds?  Do they whistle in the wind?  Bottle trees just seem peaceful to me.  Sort of like sitting on the back patio on a fall night with a glass of wine listening to the leaves blowing in the wind. Total, absolute peace.  It is said that years and years ago people used to think that the bottles captured evil spirits.  Mainly because of the sound that the bottle would make when the wind blew over the mouth of the bottle. That is why people started hanging bottles on their trees, in order to capture the evil spirits, and keep them away from their homes.  The concept of bottles capturing evil spirits goes even further back to the times when people believed in genies and magic lanterns! 

I Came to Make You Smile

 

One of my besties came to paint with me this week.  When she was younger, she used to collect clowns. So in anticipation of her visit, I decided that I must paint a clown!  Knowing that everyone has those moments that they just don't feel like participating in the daily grind, I decided to make my clown a part of my angel series.  Whenever we feel down and out, we need to call on our inner clown to make ourselves smile, even if we don't feel like it.

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Fragrant Dreams

 

I have always dreamed of having a little girl.  Those who know me well, know that it has been a long and painful road for me.  My husband and I Adopted our daughter in October of 2006.  She was not born from my body, but from my heart. I have no doubt what-so-ever that this was the daughter that God intended for us.  I have know doubts or regrets for any of the stepping stones that led us to our girl.  Only joy for the present, and sweet dreams for a happy and prosporous future for our child.

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Grace Grows Gratitude

Grace Grows Gratitude is a title that I had been thinking about for a long time. However, I was thinking of a differnt painting, I was thinking of a little girl watching a flower grow.  This angel litterally appeared as I was painting the back drop.  She looked so sweet and delicate, that I knew she had to be my gratitude angel. 

 

Gratitude isn't always as easy as we think.  In todays fast paced world, we seem to expect and to demand more and more.  It isn't very often that we sit back and just be thankful for what we have.  We work and work and work, and often times feel as if we go unappreciated.  Yet, a lot of times we ourselves overlook all that God has done for us.  If we practice Grace, we will receive Gratitude, even if we are only grateful for ourselves.

Playing in the Poppies

This painting was done for a girl at church that I have often admired for her grace and for her faith, but especially for her strength.  At a very young age, she has gone through what no one ever dreams of going through.  She lost her two baby boys only a few days after they were born.  I remember reading updates on the boys, and praying for them not being able to phantom how anyone can go through this.  Yet they do.  I have often admired this girl from a distance. To me she portrayed a perfect example of God's grace.  When a lot of people would have questioned their faith and turned their backs on God, she and her family seemed only to draw closer.  It was an honor and a blessing to paint these sweet angels.

 

In this painting, the Red Poppies represent that the boys passing was not an end to their spirit, but an ascent to a higher place.  The white doves represent peace, a presence of the Holy Spirit with the boys, and a message of love from the boys to their family that remains on this earth.

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I Will Make Your Burdens Light

Angels are described in the bible as 18 foot tall creatures with 6 wings and two heads, or as wingless men. Supposedly an angel is neither male or female, and they usually present themselves to us in a form that is comforting and non threatening.   My Angels come to me in the form of paintings.  Sometimes they are a painting that resides in my mind for several days, and sometimes they just present themselves to me as I am painting.  This angel came to me today as I was painting at my mother's house, and she came to help make our burdens light.  This is a painting of an African Angel, and as you can see, she is carrying a pot on her head.  This pot is supposed to be holding our burdens.  She is covering her mouth to show us that as she is carrying our load, she will not disclose our burdens to others.  She was created to bring comfort to those of us who are troubled, whether it be over something big or small.  Whatever it is that is troubling us, she will carry it away with her in her little pot, so that we can let it go, and set ourselves free.