Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Nativity II

Nativity II
This painting may not be anyone's idea of the Nativity. I surely wouldn't have looked for these colors, were I looking for a Christmas painting! However, some of the thoughts in this work are of the birth  of Jesus being overshadowed by His cross, of the unique character of the GOD/Man, and of the surprising circumstances surrounding his arrival here on our planet! 


SOLD
8" x 10" on canvas
iridescent accents, lots of texture

Friday, December 19, 2014

Last few calendars

2015 Calendar
I have only a few calendars left to sell, and here is the opportunity! If you do not need shipping please contact me and I will work with you to get the right price for your purchase!

Calendar is printed on 8.5 x 11" matte card stock.

$14.00 plus  $3.00 shipping & handling

 No more calendars are available.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Consuming Fire


Consuming Fire
Since this is the Christmas season, I know what to paint. Paintings for Christmas. Maybe to use for greeting cards, or calendar pages... you know, red and green; sparkly; the holy family or the magi. 

Well, I chose to start my day of 'work' with my time spent in the Bible. I planned to read a few chapters, spend time in prayer, and listen to my Heavenly Father. He stopped me in my tracks. With a verse I read yesterday, but didn't 'hear'. 



Hebrews 12:28-29 (New American Standard Bible) "Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire."


A fellow artist recently came to my house/studio, and our discussion amplified my thoughts about GOD being everything that is important. Even in the important things like family, honest character, home and country, church - still, it is GOD that is the consuming fire. Without HIM - without HIS refining fire and purpose - it is all for nothing. 

I want to 'burn up' so that all I do is for HIS glory and pleasing to HIM.
detail 1


ON HOLD
$325.00 plus S & H
20" x 20" acrylic on canvas
lots of texture and added natural elements


 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Nativity

Nativity
I have been reading in Hebrews in the New Testament for several days, and I am stirred with the emphasis - JESUS is better. HE is better than everything, and yet is compassionate toward me. How amazing. 

Along with this focus, I have been considering the unimaginable incarnation of Jesus here on earth. (I plan to paint a series based on the incarnation... I sure hope there is time to be in my studio more this month!) Part of my thoughts are on Mary - in labor and delivery; incredible pain, fear and bewilderment; yet immense love for her Son. Part are on Joseph - love and protection for Mary and her Son; frustration with circumstances; mind-boggling thoughts of WHO this baby is, and what the role of father to God's Son will look like... I want to explore these thoughts further with my paintings. 

Hebrews 4:14 - 16 (Amplified Bible) Inasmuch then as we have a great High Priest Who has [already] ascended and passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession [of faith in Him]. For we do not have a High Priest Who is unable to understand and sympathize and have a shared feeling with our weaknesses and infirmities and liability to the assaults of temptation, but One Who has been tempted in every respect as we are, yet without sinning. Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].

SOLD
$125.00 plus $10.00 shipping
11" x 11"heavy watercolor paper; 1" white border; 9 x 9 image area
iridescent accents
ready to frame 
 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Dinner 2

Dinner 2
Another day of practice, and I am learning so much from painting the same concept over and over! (I hope to do well at the event - my first try at something like this...)

I like adding the black and white at the end of the painting. I think it is important to get the values and basic color well in hand before adding the deepest dark and lightest light. 

This painting would make a good companion to the first practice piece I painted, though the 'characters' are mostly the same in both. (The other painting is currently at a gallery, so I cannot compare them side by side.)


$200.00; $15.00 S&H
20" x 20" on canvas, edges painted black
lots of texture
 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Suffering

Suffering
I was struck today with a couple of verses in my daily Bible reading. I am in the New Testament book of Hebrews, which is one of my favorites. (Well, actually I have a lot of favorites, but...) It particularly caught my attention that suffering was connected with glory here. I was brought to tears with the realization that GOD Almighty, my Creator, became human and suffered because He loves me. 

Heb 2:9 New American Standard Bible "But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone."


Heb 2:18 New American Standard Bible "For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted."

SOLD
$50 plus $10 shipping and handling
6" x 6" on canvas, 1.5" deep
painted edges
 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Radiance

Radiance
As I read from Hebrews 1 today, I was reminded of and captivated by the idea of Jesus, the only Son of GOD Himself, being the exact representation of the Heavenly Father. The words in the verses emphasize his glory and the concept that Jesus doesn't just reflect glory, but IS light and glory. Wow. 

Here is the one of the verses as it is written in the Amplified Bible:
Hebrews 1:3a 
He is the sole expression of the glory of GOD [the Light-being, the out-raying or radiance of the divine], and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God's] nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty word of power.

And the first three, in the New American Standard Bible:
Hebrews 1:1 - 3a 
God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. 

I am just carried away by that thought today. Click here to read another blog post on a similar concept.

$100.00
8" x 10" on watercolor paper


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Dinner

Dinner
If you follow my blog or other sites, you may realize that I am practicing and preparing for a special opportunity. I have been asked to paint in front of people for the first time, and so I have been working to get myself ready to give it a whirl. What a lot of work! Not only practice, but deciding what materials I will need... It would be easier were I a plein air painter! 

I usually paint quite abstract paintings, with abstract thoughts to communicate. It is definitely a different type of preparation to determine a composition, colors, and ideas to communicate an entirely different kind of concept. And the thought of people watching, when I may not come up with a very good painting... (courage...)



$200.00
20" x 20" on canvas, edges painted black
iridescent accents, lots of texture


Monday, November 17, 2014

Brown Overlook

Brown Overlook
This morning, during "couch time with Bruce" (the daily time for my husband and me to catch up with each other and pray for friends and situations), I had a mental picture of this painting that I wanted to work on. I am still thinking of the same concepts as I was on the Overlook Triptych and so similar techniques are used here. 

Again, the same Bible passage is key: 
2 Corinthians 4:7 New American Standard Bible
"But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves"


No longer available
11" x 11" acrylic on watercolor paper
mounted on cradled panel


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Overlook Triptych

Overlook Triptych
I went to several galleries and an art museum for my birthday. It was a gift from my fabulous husband, who went with me, even though it is not really something that he enjoys. I absolutely loved it! Actually, the beauty I had seen all day kept me awake at night... (and my husband says he had no trouble sleeping - he actually slept AT the galleries!)

One of the paintings has stayed with me for more than a week. At first I didn't even really see it, so to speak. Almost every other painting in the gallery was more eye-catching at first. But as I came up close to it and spent some time looking at it, it was so beautiful that it brought tears to my eyes. Literally. 

Part of what made that painting so beautiful was the close up details, the evidence of many layers of beauty beneath the surface. It was actually partly the fact that I didn't see it at first that made the painting so unforgettable. It made me think about other things that are only alluring when I take the time to look closely, and get to know them better. 


OT left


I am attempting to give some hint of the same concept in this triptych. I chose the name "Overlook" because of the several different, yet related, definitions of the word. Particularly, the ideas of disregarding something as juxtaposed with inspecting or examining something come to mind. 





I hope that the love and beauty of GOD can be seen in me and in my work. I am quite sure that it will not be easily seen ... I hope, though, that HE will shine through as others see beneath my rough exterior. 
OT center




2 Corinthians 4:7 New American Standard Bible
"But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves"


Or as it is translated in the Amplified version of the Bible:

2 Corinthians 4:7 Amplified Bible

"However, we possess this precious treasure [the divine Light of the Gospel] in [frail, human] vessels of earth, that the grandeur and exceeding greatness of the power may be shown to be from God and not from ourselves."


OT right
$150 for 3, plus $10 shipping and handling
acrylic on panels
3 panels - 6" x 6" each




Painting is priced as a group of three. If you wish to buy one panel separately, please contact me. 



Thursday, November 13, 2014

Yellow Study

Yellow Study
This study at least seems less lonely than the last one I did! I am enjoying using complements and trying to make them 'sing'. I have never especially liked the purple/yellow combination, so I decided to test myself with it. I am not sure how your monitor (or mine, for that matter) is showing the colors, but it is quite a contrast all right!

I have been working on 'companion' paintings. I do like the way they look together. I think they would look great in a kitchen or dining room!

$125.00 plus $10.00 shipping
11" x 11"on heavy watercolor paper
iridescent accents
ready to frame 



Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Purple Study

Purple Study
Today will be a busy day in the studio! I expect no interruptions for several hours, and I hope to use the time wisely. 

Several different directions to take in my paintings have been on my mind lately. I will be working on several of them, including abstract paintings that are planned and somewhat overt in their meaning; abstract for beauty, where I discover meaning as I work; maybe some (gasp) impressionism, and who knows what else. 

I love the color and strength of the movement in this study - but maybe it is a little more lonely than I want to convey in the finished, larger painting. 

Study
11" x 11"on heavy watercolor paper
iridescent accents
ready to frame
 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Abstract 018

Abstract 018
It seems to be a recurring story - I have been out of my studio for too long. There are so many other good things that call me from my artwork, and I am pretty sure that most who are artists would agree that this is the case for them as well. In fact, I would guess it is an almost universal circumstance. 

This painting was started some time ago, and was not 'cooperating' with me. So today I decided to work with it until I liked it. As is so often said, a big part of success is just showing up, and the time spent here has brought a result I like. I am glad to be back in the studio, and to be reminded that I just need to show up - just keep working... 

There is quite a lot of texture in this painting. It is acrylic on an 11" x 14" watercolor paper. The image is 9" x 12.5", ready to frame. 

2 Tim. 2:15 (New American Standard Bible) Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.


study
11" x 14" acrylic on watercolor paper
1" white border (image size 9 x 12.5)
ready to frame



Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Content

Content
I have been doing a lot of 'business-y' stuff lately, and have a lot more to do. As with most who pursue art, business is not a strong suit with me!

In the midst of trying to work out these other things, I decided to just play a bit with my paints. This quiet little piece reminds me of the contentment that comes from trusting GOD to provide all my needs. Today as I read my Bible, and then enjoyed the outdoors, I was thinking about contentment and His provision for me. The arch in the corner of the painting suggests covering, and the blues suggest the beautiful blue sky of today.

1 Timothy 6:8 (NASB) If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content.

This painting has two rough, torn edges and two cut edges. It is acrylic on watercolor paper, and would be ready to frame. It is actually a little bigger than 5" x 7" and would be nice matted to 8" x 10".


study
5" x 7"  acrylic on watercolor paper
ready to frame


 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Bruce & Pups

Bruce & Pups
Today I just wanted to post a 'throw back' sketch I did in 1991! This is my husband, and he was playing with pups from our boxer's litter of 11. I have always loved this sketch - and Bruce does too. It hangs in his office. 

NFS

Friday, October 24, 2014

Green 2

Green 2
Having started a series on the Wordless Book in early September, I wanted to have five finished works to exhibit at upcoming events. I did manage to have all five completed (before I broke my arm), but I wasn't happy with one of them. Finally, I have been able to get back to my painting, and here is another version of the painting 'Green'. (see previous post here)


2 Thes. 2:15 (AMP) So then, brethren, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions and instructions which you were taught by us, whether by our word of mouth or by letter.


$125.00
11" x 14" acrylic on watercolor paper
1" white border

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Autumn

Autumn
Our woods has been absolutely stunning this fall. I decided I had to try to represent the beauty (thanks to challenges from several friends!) and I believe this is finished. ;) Since I usually paint abstracts, I always have to work at it to decide when my representational paintings are really done. 


Currently in gallery
SOLD
11" x 14" acrylic on watercolor paper
1" white border

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Floodlighted

Floodlighted
'Floodlighted' is my response to some things that have been on my mind lately. 


‘Walking on Water’ is a painting by Makoto Fujimura that I was privileged to see in Grand Rapids this fall. It is a painting that is easily overlooked in a contest with hundreds of works of art to see, and that is primarily because it is only fully ‘seen’ – the refractions of the crushed crystals are prismatic – after looking at the work for 10 minutes or more. Fujimura spoke the night I was there, and mentioned that his work is impossible to photograph, because that depth of prismatic beauty cannot be caught and transmitted via camera.

That got me thinking about my own art work and my frustration with trying to photograph it for sharing on digital media, and my cards and books. My work is not as complex, but even my paintings are so much more appealing ‘in real life’. It is why I like to show my work publicly whenever possible. The photo is just not as good as the actual work of art.

Next I considered how my daughter, Brittany, looks so strikingly beautiful each time I get to see her. I often see pictures of her online, or on my phone, and they are stunning (not biased at all!), but when I see her face to face, I am often blindsided by how her inner sparkle shows! I notice this more in my daughter, who I don’t get to see very often, than in my handsome son and husband who I see almost daily… though occasionally I feel the same way about them. I love the photos I have of these loved ones, but they are so much more beautiful in real life.

My thoughts turned to GOD. My Savior, my Father, my Everything. It felt like a thought was floodlighted in my head as I considered whether the ‘images’ I see of my Lord are good representations. I am sure they are… I see Him in His Word, in people who love Him and are His (and in all people, to a certain extent), in creation and the arts. But all of these are like photographs of great paintings. They don’t communicate the reality – the beauty – that seeing Him in real life will.

GOD came to earth in the person of Jesus Christ to communicate Himself to us. Somehow, Jesus, though fully human, was also fully GOD and gave a true representation to earth dwellers. God sent His Son here – not a photo or painting, not only HIS Word, but Jesus. Yet, in spite of that, people didn’t really stop to look at Him. His deep beauty wasn’t seen, and He died on the cross, carrying every single sin on Himself. But GOD raised Him from the dead! This is the completely surprising, overwhelming, unearthly way GOD represented Himself here on this planet!

Several passages of Scripture are significant here:
Col 1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.

Col 1:19 For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him

Col 2:9 For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form,

Col 2:16-17 Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day— 17 things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ.

Col 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.

Hebrews 1:1-3 God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, 2 in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. 3 And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

The book of John

I just think that if the things I see on earth that remind me of my Heavenly Father are so beautiful, and if all of the beauty I see is a ‘photograph’ of the reality …

Wow. HE must be breathtaking. 

$125.00
11" x 14" acrylic on watercolor paper
1" white border

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Absolutely

Absolutely
In my studio. 
Listening to Pavarotti. 
Painting for my own enjoyment, and worshiping my Heavenly Father. 
Absolutely happy.


$125.00
11" x 14" acrylic on watercolor paper
1" white border


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Glory ACEO

Glory ACEO
Today is the last day of the painting challenge, and the 16th day since I broke my arm! I have been sorry to miss out on most of the challenge, but have enjoyed working on these little ACEO works since I have not been able to manage the bigger paintings. 

(I have, as of yesterday, been given a 'go ahead' to start working toward flexibility and strength in my arm and shoulder again. So thankful!)

Today's ACEO has a big message to communicate in a tiny package! (For more information about ACEOs, click here.) The Scripture verses that I am working from are Colossians 1:26-27 (New American Standard Bible) that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 

It is incredible to me that the GOD of the universe would care enough about me - such a small part of HIS creation - that HE would give me the hope of glory through Jesus. What enormous kindness!


$15.00
3.5" x 2.5 " 
Colored pencil & watercolor on watercolor paper

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Before ACEO

Before ACEO
Col. 1:17 (AMP) And He Himself existed before all things, and in Him all things consist (cohere, are held together).

$15.00
3.5" x 2.5 " 
Colored pencil & watercolor on watercolor paper


Friday, September 26, 2014

Invisible Visible ACEO

Invisible Visible ACEO
Last Tuesday evening was a highlight for me, in spite of physical difficulties. With a LOT of assistance from my husband and my daughter, I was able to enjoy the privilege of attending a lecture and showing of art by Makoto Fujimura, an artist I greatly respect and appreciate!

His work and words have been influencing my thoughts each day since, and I hope these things will come through in my artwork. 

Along with that, today I have been contemplating an idea from today's Bible reading in Colossians. Here is the passage: Col. 1:15-16 (NASB) He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. I have been thinking about the concept of Jesus being a visible image of the invisible; the idea just cries out for an abstract painting. 


$15.00
3.5" x 2.5 " 
Colored pencil & watercolor on watercolor paper


I think I will consider this ACEO a study on this concept. I am not sure that I have a brush or mind capable of even beginning to express it! 

By the way, I am really looking forward to being able to paint more one of these days...