Saturday, January 5, 2013

Autumn Light

Autumn Light
by Candy Prather
16"x20"oil on canvas

Autumn Light was a 2012 Christmas gift to my wonderful parents. This year, 2013, commemorates their 60th Wedding Anniversary. What an accomplishment these days. I'm so blessed that they continually renew their love for one another and are the parents a lot of kids can only dream about having. They simply adore each other and have been a great example of a strong marriage, not always perfect, but one of support, grace, encouragement and love. I am honored to be one of their four children and will always appreciate the life lessons they've taught us. To you, Momma and Daddy, with all my love.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


by Candy Prather
11"x14" oil on canvas

Rest is a commission I did for a very special friend. Her Babygirl passed last November after being blessed with her for 17 years. In praying for answers about where pets go, she asked God to show her where she went. He showed her a vision of her in a field of Daisy's and butterflies flittering around. My friend said Babygirl laid there in total peace just watching them. She laughed and told me she doesn't even like Daisy's and the vision had to have come from God, because if it was her, she'd have her laying some other place other than a field of Daisy's. 

After asking me to paint Babygirl for her, she asked God what she should name the painting, and He said "Rest; this is what rest looks like".

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Peyton in Paris

 Peyton in Paris
by Candy Prather
20"x16" oil on canvas

Peyton in Paris is a storybook style commission. The intention was to portray the couple's daughter in a Paris setting as an animated layout. This was my first undertaking in storybook style painting and I thoroughly enjoyed it. My client sent a few photos of Peyton and I combined two of them to create her stance. I found the background of Paris in a photo from Google Images, then as I was finishing up the composition I added the flower pot and tree limbs to help portray the springtime season effect. The kind gentleman who commissioned me to paint his daughter in Paris was a pleasure to work with. He presented Peyton in Paris to his wife as a 20th wedding anniversary gift. Let me know what you think!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Safe Harbor

Safe Harbor by Candy Prather
30"x40" oil on canvas

I'm beginning to really enjoy painting water's funny 
because I'd really rather be in the mountains. 
My husband, R A, and I decided it was time for me to paint
one for our bedroom (a long time coming, seeing
that we've been in our home for six years now).
We found this photo and just liked it. In the photo the land
went all the way across and I decided I wanted a lighthouse, so
off went some of the land and on went the lighthouse.
R A absolutely adores it...hope you enjoy it too.
Happy Fall!
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Friday, August 26, 2011

He Makes All Things New

 He Makes All Things New by Candy Prather
16"x20" oil on canvas

 He makes All Things New is a commission painted for a couple that goes to my church. She asked me to paint them as children with wildflowers in the background and in white to signify their marriage. This painting was inspired by a vision she experienced earlier during a significant time in their marriage. I'm so blessed to have the opportunity to paint such meaningful piece for a couple that I admire and love very much. The painting was a wedding anniversary gift from her to him.

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Friday, August 12, 2011


 Tessie by Candy Prather
11"x14" oil on canvas

Meet Tessie...who belongs to a friend of a photographer friend
who had posted her photograph on an Artists social site.
Well, almost a year ago I spotted her and couldn't
resist the urge to paint her. Finally, I did and here she is!

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Monday, August 8, 2011


 Beautiful by Candy Prather
20"x16" oil on canvas

I did this one on a whim several months ago. Before finishing I felt led to contribute
it to the spring Ladies Conference we had at the church I attend.

Lady, whose light does shine
washed in Jesus’ blood
Abides in and is dependent upon the Vine
Growing, and people she loves
Her obedience produces fruit
And the Father, she desires to please
Full of His Spirit and truth
She is rightly beautiful and complete.

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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Clown Warrior

Clown Warrior by Candy Prather
11"x14" Oil on Canvas

What do you think about this little guy?
One of my favs...hope you like him, too!

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Outback Rosellas

Outback Rosellas by Candy Prather
14"x11" oil on canvas

A few years ago I had the privilege of visiting Australia with an awesome group of gals from the local church I attend. We went to Sydney and had a variety of touring choices to do in just a couple of days and of course one person just wasn't able to do all of them. I chose to visit the Wildlife Refuge, see the Blue Mountains, took the Sydney Harbor Cruise, visited the Bundi Beach and climbed the Sydney Harbor Bridge. We shopped and ate and shopped and ate. Then we traveled over to Manly for a Ladies Conference and heard from a wonderful selection of Ladies who imparted the Word of Life into us. It was great! This was, of course one of my most memorable of trips.

While I was there, I picked up a book, Australia's Wilderness. I picked it up again a few weeks ago and chose to paint these birds. I hope you like them. Let me know!

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Winter Lake

Winter Lake by Candy Prather
16"x20" oil on canvas

The reference for this one came from a dear friend who is a wonderful wildlife photographer that I met at an online art community. We followed each other to Facebook and I am always sneaking over to her beautiful photos, admiring her work. She tells me that these are Tundra Swans (also called Whistling Swans) and they are at Lake Almanor in Northern California. It does get below zero in the winter there.

Thank you Susan for giving me the pleasure to paint one of your amazing works. This was such a refreshing painting to paint in the dead of the Summer heat in Texas at over 100 degree days. Loved it!


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