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...

Monday, September 22, 2014

Be Still ACEO

Be Still ACEO
Psalm 65: 1-2 (New American Standard Bible) There will be silence before You, and praise in Zion, O God, And to You the vow will be performed. O You who hear prayer, To You all men come.

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

 



Tomorrow in Grand Rapids, MI, one of my favorite artists, living or dead, will be speaking, and some of his art will be on display. I am very much hoping to be strong enough to go hear Makoto Fujimura

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Wasn't Finished ACEO

Wasn't Finished ACEO
Please forgive my going on and on about my broken arm... I really do realize that in the big picture, it is a miniature problem. Still, it is making a big daily impact on me personally as I am 'grounded' to a recliner, limited to one hand - thankfully my dominant hand is still working! - and enduring, um... , discomfort.

Already, in one week, I have acertained a lot. It is the time in my life when my job is art. (So much to learn and to communicate...) I feel stymied when I cannot do the art I want to do. I feel as though I have been interrupted mid-conversation, and I Wasn't Finished.

I do think the Big Picture for me is becoming clearer, and my job today is to continue by working on Miniatures. 

Philippians 3:12-14 (NASB) ... but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 


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

Monday, September 15, 2014

Broken arm

To be brief, I have evidently broken my arm near the shoulder where it is tough to cast... so my challenge painting is on hold. Sure hope to get back at it soon!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Rejoice

Rejoice
This is the third painting in a row with a similar title and a similar theme. I am currently reading in the New Testament book of Philippians, and am continually struck with the concept of joy. Paul is writing as he is suffering, and he is encouraging his recipients to be joyous. 

I wanted the painting to convey joy shining through trial... Part of the best part of the work is the strong contrast and more intense color that is completely surrounded by a more muted hue. 

I have also been thinking so much of those around the world who are being persecuted for their faith in Jesus Christ. I pray for them, and I wonder if I should pray that they would have joy in the middle of their suffering. It reminds me what a wonderful life I have. I have everything I need and most of what I want. May I also be filled with joy. 

Phil 2:18 "You too, I urge you, rejoice in the same way and share your joy with me."


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

Friday, September 12, 2014

Joy II study

Joy II study
The second in a companion set of paintings, 'Joy II' concerns companionship (interestingly) and friendship, joy and shared direction. 

The movement, both horizontal and vertical, are important, both to the painting and to personal interaction. It is significant, too to have both companion paintings expressing some of the same concepts. 

Phil. 2:2 - 3 (NASB) "make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves"  


study
11" x 14" acrylic on watercolor paper
1" white border

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Joy study

Joy study
Although this painting started out as an abstract concept based on color and shape rather than based on meaning, I feel that it still fits with the title 'Joy', as well as with this passage from Philippians 1 :3 - 4  "I thank my God in all my remembrance of you. In every prayer of mine I always make my entreaty and petition for you all with joy (delight)." These colors work together making such interesting and pleasant combinations and mixes- like friends who bring each other joy. 

I painted two companion paintings today, and the second one will come up in my next post. I am really enjoying being a part of the painting challenge, and can really notice that I have improved in my painting skills since the first challenge I did in June of 2013. 

study
11" x 14" acrylic on watercolor paper
1" white border



Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Confident

Confident
Confident. 

Yesterday was a curious day for me. I started the time out with my time spent in the Bible, and found these verses to be personally very comforting. 

Philippians 1:6 (New American Standard Bible) "For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus."
1 Thes 5:24 "Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass."

At times when inadequacy comes knocking (loudly) at my door, it is encouraging to know that the ONE Who has called me will also make sure I don't fail! 

The odd thing is, HE also used a couple of other "coincidences" throughout the day to be reassuring. So this painting is called Confident, and it references HIM who can take a mess and make it beautiful! 

Study
11" x 14" acrylic on watercolor paper
1" white border



Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Peace

Peace
Peace.

It was actually more difficult than I expected to paint such a 'simple' painting. Maybe that is appropriate for the concept. Doesn't it seem that peace should be simple? 'Just' see everything as I do, and act as I do, and we will have peace. Yeah. Maybe not so much.

I wanted something very simple and restful, because several of my recent paintings (in the last month or so) have had a LOT going on. The areas of flat color have a lot of texture in them from textured gesso. I love working on texture!

Ephesians 6:15 (New American Standard Bible) "and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace"


Study
11" x 14" acrylic on watercolor paper
1" white border


Monday, September 8, 2014

Stand Firm

Stand Firm
As I worked on ideas for the 30 in 30 painting challenge, I noticed that the phrase 'stand firm' comes up many, many times in scripture. I am impressed by the courage and strength of this command. 


Today I chose the passage in Ephesians 6:10 - 18, which talks about putting on spiritual armor such as truth, peace, and salvation to withstand deceit, cruelty, and evil. 

There are several colors that form strata in this painting, and each represents a piece of armor. The broad base is a reminder to stand firm. The splattered colors are reminders to cover all in prayer. 

Ephesians 6:10 - 11 "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil."


study
11" x 14" acrylic on watercolor paper
1" white border


Saturday, September 6, 2014

View from My Studio

View From My Studio
I finished my previous abstract series, and I am hoping to do two paintings today in order to cover some days when I will not be able to paint. 

The other day, looking from my studio window, I saw this beautiful sight - the bull and one of the cows in the bright grass. Today I just had to paint it! I tried painting the whole thing with palette knife and LOVED it! What fun!

Hope you like my venture into 'impressionism'. :)

$72.00 plus $10 shipping and handling
6" x 6" acrylic on cradled panel




 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Green

Green
Surprisingly, I have found the green page painting to be the most challenging so far. And also very tough to photograph! I am just not sure why some are so much tougher than others to get good photos of...

Green in the Wordless Book (see my blog post about it here) represents spiritual life and growth. 


Romans 6:22 - 23 (New American Standard Bible)  But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Philippians 1:6 (New American Standard Bible) For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.

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

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Gold

Gold
I am loving focusing on one color at a time, with the added color note choices already made. It is making me work hard at my composition and creative choices. This gold painting was challenging because the materials kept changing as I worked! I wanted a similar composition to the other paintings in this series, and the accent color is green. Of course, I didn't want "Christmas Green".

The fourth color in the Wordless Book (please go the first page of my series to learn more about the Wordless Book) is gold. Gold represents spending eternity with the GOD Who loves us. Scripture tells about buildings and pavement of gold and precious materials. Here are several verses that influence the golden painting:

Revelation 22:1-5 Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him; they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever.

Revelation 21:18-21 The material of the wall was jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass. The foundation stones of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation stone was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald; the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprase; the eleventh, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was a single pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.

John 14:1-3 “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. 
different lighting



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


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

White

White
Ahhh, the white page! This page of the Wordless Book (see my blog post here) is so joyous for me! This page speaks of righteousness - right standing before GOD - through the sacrifice of Jesus. The best way to explain is through Scripture, and a few of the references are 

1 Corinthians 5:17 (New American Standard Bible) Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 

21 He made Him [Jesus] who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

John 1:12 (New American Standard Bible) But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, 

Romans 8:1 (New American Standard Bible) Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 

This is the third in my 30 in 30 painting challenge, and so far, I am loving every day of painting! I am hoping that my skills increase this time as they have in other challenges. It has been a good experience for me to try to do works in mostly one color. It is making me think more creatively - as limitations often will! 

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

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Red

Red
As I am painting my first week of paintings in the 30/30 challenge, I am working on a 5 painting series based on the Wordless Book, and I hope that each day's work will be an improvement on the former page. 

The second page of the Wordless Book is the red page. (I would love for you to see this whole series - I am blogging about the meaning of the booklet, and the meaning of each page. These blogs start on September 1, 2014.) 

The red represents the sacrificial death of Jesus for the sake of mankind - for the sake of ME. Red is a reminder of the blood that was shed when HE was crucified in order to rescue us from our naturally sinful state, and provide access to GOD and heaven.

New Testament verses that speak of this are Romans 5:6-10 "For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life." 


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

Monday, September 1, 2014

Black

Black
For the first day of Leslie Saeta's 30 in 30 painting challenge, I am painting 'Black'. I fully realize this could seem like I am being facetious or audacious to paint an almost entirely black painting, but that is definitely NOT what my intent! I have been trying for a month to decide on my theme for this challenge, and have not been able to come up with what I wanted to do. 

During the night last night, I decided that my theme for the first 5 days of the challenge is 'the Wordless Book'. From Wikipedia, the Wordless Book "consists of several blocks of pure color that, in sequence, represent a nonverbal catechism about basic Christian teachings for the instruction of children, the illiterate, or people of different cultures. However, the presentation of the book is meant to be a verbal experience, providing the "reader" a visual cue to expound Christian doctrine". My mother used this tool to teach me when I was a child, and I have used it to teach others, including my own kids. 

In the Wordless Book, black represents sin - the condition that separates every person from GOD. The New Testament mentions our state many places, including Romans 3:10 'as it is written, “There is none righteous, not even one;" ' and Romans 3:23 "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." 

Painting an all black painting was not really where I expected to start this challenge! But I wanted to make it meaningful and interesting, even without being able to use a lot of color. I wanted to show different textures and shapes of black - yet all are black. No matter how shiny or flat, smooth or rough, beautiful or ugly, each is still black. Clearly, I just had to put a little bit of hope in this painting, too... the red leads to the next painting, which I will do tomorrow. 


Here is a photo of the painting under different lighting where the texture is more evident. 


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