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  • Lauren Thrift

    Original acrylic paintings full of bright colors, clean shapes, and much joy.

    Bright colors make me smile. There is something about a big orange sunrise, a vast blue ocean, a deep green leaf, or an intense pink peony that fills me with warmth. I try to use the brilliance of color in my paintings to create a visual happiness.

    I hope you will enjoy viewing some of these colorful paintings. Check back from time to time to see what's new, feel free to share with friends, or subscribe in the sidebar below to receive occasional updates by email. Paintings are added several times a month. Anything added is sure to be filled with bright colors and much joy! Thanks - LPT

Sunny or Snowy….


How did you spend your spring break?  A sunny spot?  Or a snowy destination?

Spring Break 2016 was snowy for the Thrift boys.   They hit the slopes in Mont Tremblant with their cousins.


It’s always so fun to turn a vacation memory into a piece of art.  Let me know if you need your travels captured in paint.

A Friday Freebie…


Everybody needs a little shot of neon in the spring.  It’s the perfect way to banish all the winter blues and start getting excited for warmer weather and sunshine.

This bright piece is titled: “Circle of Life #6”  It’s 8 x 8 gallery wrapped canvas.  And it’s ready for a give away.

Details on the circles can be found HERE.  In a nut shell….

the small circle is the circle of concern

the medium circle is the circle of influence

the large circle is the circle of life

If you’d like to be the winner of this cheerful painting, you’ve got three ways to enter:

1 Instagram: head on over and leave a comment @lpthriftoriginals

2 Facebook: leave a comment under the link to this post

3 Leave a comment below

Bonus entry if you share or tag a friend.  Entries will be taken up until 8pm on Friday, April 8, 2016.

I will contact the winner through their entry.  xo

Great Loss + Great Love = Great Hope


These precious children belong to a woman I’ve never met…but she’s a mom, so I know her heart.  Her heart is huge…full of love that knows no boundaries.  She nurtures.  She feeds.  She encourages.  She teaches.  She delights.  She cares.  The list of ways she loves these children goes on and on….

But look closely at this tree….this woman has suffered great loss….carved in that heart are the initials of a sweet precious child she just lost…moments after giving birth…huge, unfathomable, great loss.


I was contacted by a friend of this mom.  Her book club wanted to do something for her…to remember this precious baby.  In the midst of great loss, this group of women surrounded their hurting friend with words, hugs, meals, kindness, and great love.

I was completely humbled, touched, and honored to be asked to paint for this family.  And I am so grateful that Jeremiah 17:7-8 came to mind for this piece.  “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.  They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.  It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.  It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”  I knew she needed a tree with those loved initials carved in a heart giving shelter and shade to her oldest two children.  And my prayers are that this mom and her sweet family will look at this painting and find great hope…for where there is love, there is always hope.

Transformation….at Christmas

Recently, I spent several weeks working on a very special project for the Harvest Center.  I was both honored and humbled to be asked to paint a mural in the reception area of the Harvest Center’s new location.

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The Harvest Center works to transform lives.  Their mission is: “To create a community where individuals affected by homelessness, poverty or unemployment are empowered through our transitional programs and transformed by the love and ministry of Jesus Christ.”

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This plain gray wall was transformed with paint

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The new building has been transformed by a major renovation.


The renovation was made possible by the transforming gifts of generous donors.


The building itself was made available by the transforming work of a mortgage company that seeks to re-invest in  communities.



At that heart of all of this work….the meals served by the Harvest Center….


the volunteers who give their time to the Harvest Center…..


the work of those served by the Harvest Center doing all they can to get their lives back on track….


the gifts of those who have contributed financially to make this move happen….


the work of getting a 16×16 inch painting up on a 14 foot wall….


at the heart of all of this work is the transforming work of Jesus Christ.

And isn’t that also the heart of Christmas….the transforming work of Jesus Christ, given to us as a gift from God.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 9:6

Merry Christmas!!xoxo

Here’s more on the Harvest Center, a Move That Matters, the process of acquiring and transforming the building.

Photos above are from my non-professional iphone and the very professional Taylor Glymph.

March 10, 2016 - 7:37 pm

Jackie K. Roche - Lauren, you are so talented. Love your paintings…..thanks so much for sharing…Love, Jackie