Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Be Thou My Vision

Be Thou My Vision
Be Thou My Vision
Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.
Attributed to Dallán Forgaill, English version by Eleanor Hull (1912)

Though I would love to put my thoughts into words, I cannot find the way to express how this painting is my expression of this ancient poem set to a beautiful Irish melody. I hope it speaks to you just as it is. 



$125.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling
8" x 10"
Painted with the finest quality heavy-body acrylic paint on acid-free, heavy weight Fabriano watercolor paper
Ready to frame

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

My Anchor Holds

My Anchor Holds
My hymn theme for this 30 paintings in 30 days challenge has been a great theme to work with, but I have had a tough time finding arrangements of hymns that I like. The music of this hymn "says the same thing" as the lyrics of the hymn, and that is something that I look for when choosing favorites. (Click here to find the best example I could find for this hymn.) 





$165.00 plus $10.00 shipping and handling
11" x 11"
Painted with the finest quality heavy-body acrylic paint on acid-free, heavy weight Fabriano watercolor paper

Ready to frame


Here are the lyrics to this encouraging song.

My Anchor Holds
Tho’ the angry surges roll
On my tempest-driven soul,
I am peaceful, for I know,
Wildly though the winds may blow,
I’ve an anchor safe and sure,
That can evermore endure.

Refrain:
And it holds, my anchor holds:
Blow your wildest, then, O gale,
On my bark so small and frail;
By His grace I shall not fail,
For my anchor holds, my anchor holds.

Mighty tides about me sweep,
Perils lurk within the deep,
Angry clouds o’ershade the sky,
And the tempest rises high;
Still I stand the tempest’s shock,
For my anchor grips the rock.

I can feel the anchor fast
As I meet each sudden blast,
And the cable, though unseen,
Bears the heavy strain between;
Thro’ the storm I safely ride,
Till the turning of the tide.

Troubles almost ’whelm the soul;
Griefs like billows o’er me roll;
Tempters seek to lure astray;
Storms obscure the light of day:
But in Christ I can be bold,
I’ve an anchor that shall hold.
by W. C. Martin

Monday, February 19, 2018

Be Not Dismayed

Be Not Dismayed
"How long will this take?" I asked the technician as he started an MRI. "The first one should be about 20 minutes," he said. I was passed into the tube, and immediately I couldn't breathe. I had never been claustrophobic before, but boy! I am now!  If you are claustrophobic, or have other phobias, you know the intensity of that fear. That MRI seemed like it lasted for DAYS!

$400.00 plus $15.00 shipping and handling
30" x 22"
Painted with the finest quality heavy-body acrylic paint on acid-free, heavy weight Fabriano watercolor paper
Ready to frame




Claustrophobia is small compared to things that people around me deal with on a regular basis. I don't think there is anyone who has not had tragedy or heartache in this life, but I do not know how I could make it through those times without the GOD Who carries me through them. The words to this hymn being me comfort in tough times. 

God Will Take Care of You 
(click to listen to a contemporary recording of this song)
Be not dismayed whate’er betide,
  God will take care of you!
Beneath His wings of love abide,
  God will take care of you!

Chorus
God will take care of you,
Through every day o’er all the way;
He will take care of you;
  God will take care of you!

No matter what may be the test,
  God will take care of you!
Lean, weary one, upon His breast,
  God will take care of you!

Painting for the 19th day of the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge, with my theme being hymns, both old and new. 

Psalm 94:19 
When I am filled with cares,
Your comfort brings me joy.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Abstract 028

Abstract 028
Since I am "fighting with" a larger painting in my studio right now, I am posting this tiny abstract today. It is only 4" x 5.75", but I find it captivating. This one was painted using a combination of experiments and regular painting practices. When I found something I liked with experimentation, I just doctored it a bit with my brush. I like to use my acrylic paints in lots of different ways. Here I have characteristics of watercolors as well as typical acrylic application. 

You can see that there is a lot of texture, but you probably cannot see the sparkle of the micaceous bits of paint. It is just an endearing little painting! 



$20.00 plus $1.00 shipping and handling
4" x 5.75"
Painted with the finest quality heavy-body acrylic paint on acid-free, heavy weight Fabriano watercolor paper
Ready to frame

Friday, February 16, 2018

Great God of Wonders

Great God of Wonders
Returning to my theme once again, I worked on this painting that has been on the easel, on and off, for a long time. It is heavily textured, layered, and manipulated. Several times as I have worked on it, it has come to a complete stop when I like what I see and cannot see what comes next to make it a good painting. As is often the case, it has been difficult to photograph. 

The hymn I worked from is a grand hymn with moving parts, and with a changing time signature for the refrain. The time change works so well to emphasize the meaning in the chorus, and the booming, moving bass parts build a huge foundation for it. The music was written by John Newton. (Click here for an a capella arrangement of this hymn.)




$350.00 plus $15.00 shipping and handling
20" x 16"
Painted with the finest quality heavy-body acrylic paint on acid-free, heavy weight Fabriano watercolor paper
Ready to frame


Great God of wonders! all thy ways
are matchless, godlike and divine;
but the fair glories of thy grace
more godlike and unrivaled shine,
more godlike and unrivaled shine.

Refrain:
Who is a pard'ning God like thee?
Or who has grace so rich and free?
Or who has grace so rich and free?

In wonder lost, with trembling joy
we take the pardon of our God;
pardon for crimes of deepest dye,
a pardon bought with Jesus' blood,
a pardon bought with Jesus' blood. [Refrain]

O may this strange, this matchless grace,
this God-like miracle of love,
fill the whole earth with grateful praise,
and all th'angelic choirs above,
and all th'angelic choirs above. [Refrain]

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Weep with those who weep

Though I am working in my studio today, I cannot help but feel for the brokenhearted people who lost loved ones in yesterday's shooting in Florida. And for our broken country. Today I am posting a detail from a work in progress instead of a finished painting that is for sale. 

Psalm 34:18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
       and saves the crushed in spirit.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

I Cannot Tell

Today is a day of triple celebration! There are three significant reasons for me to celebrate today, and even more if you count the video call from my son, the Snapchats from my daughter, the texts from my mother, and the gifts from my Beloved Husband (and a surprise announcement that I learned yesterday, which I will share at the end of this blog post) ... yes, a good, good day today. 



$150.00 plus $15.00 shipping and handling
11" x 14"
Painted with the finest quality heavy-body acrylic paint on acid-free, heavy weight Fabriano watercolor paper

Ready to frame

First, today is the first day of Lent. I am aware that for many, that requires solemnity and fasting, and I love the way that these things highlight the coming celebration on Easter. (Like in painting, the brights are brighter when they are juxtaposed with the darks...) For me, I just love the fact that the Lenten season brings me even greater focus on spiritual realities. 

Second, it is Valentine's Day, which is a day when I celebrate my family! Again, I know that