…It’s Wednesday.

Heidi Schreiner looking nervous and biting her fingernails

I feel like I’m on an episode of Days of Our Lives. ‘Will the photographs be approved, so Heidi can paint?’ ‘What will she do next?’ *DUN dun dun!* Stay tuned for the next episode of Ravenheart Studio!!


Ok, so the drama is not ALL that, but I am SO stoked! Today I got the YES from above!! (not from God, but the Powers That Be at the Major Construction Company).

*Woo Hoo!!*

I’m doing the Macarena right now in my office chair.

All I need now is for the gents IN the photos to give me the go ahead to paint them.

YES, I have plans for other paintings, BUT – you should SEE the pictures! They are SO awesome.

(Apparently when I’m excited I TYPE IN ALL CAPS!!!)

What was captured in those photos was the camaraderie at a job site. You see what people can accomplish if they work together. The connection. It’s unique to those photos (for now), and they’ve inspired another part of my current project, ‘Extraordinary People – Construction’.

Yesterday, I finished my first painting called ‘Hand me a brick.’ Oh, my grits and gravy, it’s awesome. Yes, it took me a TON of time, but it is so worth it. It shows my husband’s hand.

oil painting of a hand with a black background
‘Hand Me a Brick’


My husband JP has worked all his life in construction, and for many years he built some of the most beautiful brick paver patios the Chippewa Valley has ever seen. Consequently, he ‘palms bricks’ meaning that he picks up those bad boys with one hand.

Do not try this at home!

Several years ago, we were building our own brick patio, so I was helping. I thought to myself, ‘Self, it would probably be very good for your hands to have your strength built up with these pavers.’

I picked up a brick with one hand. Wow, heavy. Picked up another. After a little while, I realized that I’d best pick up the rest with 2 hands like normal people. Now, total, I had picked up less than 10 bricks. Less than 10, mind you, because I could feel how heavy they were. Even the little ones that we call ‘Twinkies’ are over 6# a piece.

The next day, I was in agony. My hand was cramping, and I wondered if I’d actually torn something without knowing it.

*I have made a horrible mistake!*

No, I will never have muscle like that in my hands. Never again will I try to palm bricks, and I don’t recommend it to anyone else, either. Yikes! I got through that day, but it taught me a lesson. Stick to painting!

My major hurdle is done – I have a verbal ‘go ahead’ for the pics for the next stage of my paintings.

Stay tuned for the next episode of Ravenheart Studio!!





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